Corporation to approach State Highways seeking transfer of important roads

The Tiruchi Corporation has decided to formally approach the State Highways Department, seeking the transfer to the civic body of some important road stretches within the City that were currently under the maintenance of the department.

The Corporation will send in a proposal to the Highways Departments seeking the transfer of 11 such roads in the city. Important among these were the road stretch between the Cauvery North bank and the Coleroon South Bank, the Mambazha Salai, between the Tiruchi-Chennai Truck Road to Amma Mandapam Junction, the Amma Mandapam Road, between Amma Mandapam and Gandhi Road, and the road stretch between the road overbridge and the Arunachala Mandram near Mainguard Gate.

The Corporation seeks to take over the road between the Anna Statue in Chinthamani to Mainguard Gate (running via the Chinthamani Bazaar and Shrimati Indira Gandhi College) and the road stretch between the Mela Chinthamani and the Kudamuritti bridge on the Tiruchi-Karur Highway. It would also take over the Chinthamani by-pass road between the Chathram Bus Stand Kamaraj Statue to the Kudamuritti Bridge under the proposal.

Another arterial road between the Head Post Office and the TVS Tollgate is sought to be taken over by the Corporation. The civic body has also proposed the transfer of control of the road stretch between the Old Palpannai Traffic Island to the Palakkarai road overbridge and the Sangiliandapuram-Senthaneerpuram Road.

Some of service organisations in the City have been demanding that the road stretches be taken over by the Corporation so that they were developed and strengthened along with other roads in the city. For, they contended that these stretches often stood out in isolation, when roads in their neighbourhood were being taken up for development. The Transport Minister K.N. Nehru had also suggested that the Corporation take over the roads to ensure uniform development.

Corporation officials say they were had to seek permission of the Highways Department whenever repairs had to be taken up for faults in underground sewer lines or drinking water pipelines. This was causing considerable delay. Besides, with the four-lane projects going around the city, traffic was being diverted through many of these roads. Local residents look up to the Corporation for carrying out repairs and development. Hence it would be better if the roads were brought under the control of the civic body for effective maintenance and improvement. With the Corporation expecting a massive infusion of funds under the Tamil Nadu Urban Road Improvement Project soon, the roads could be developed and strengthened to good standards, the officials said.

The proposal, after approval from the Corporation Council, would be forwarded to the Highways Department for follow up action, they said.

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