Tiruchirapalli

Residents federation to intensify struggle for service lanes

DANGER ZONE:In the absence of service lanes, chaos prevails on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur National Highway at Ariyamangalam as people are forced to drive on the wrong side to reach home.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN

DANGER ZONE:In the absence of service lanes, chaos prevails on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur National Highway at Ariyamangalam as people are forced to drive on the wrong side to reach home.— PHOTO: A. MURALITHARAN  

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The federation members will observe a day’s fast on August 9

The Federation for Retrieval of Tiruchi-Palpannai-Thuvakudi Service Roads, an organisation of residents’ associations fighting for the cause of building service lanes along the city stretch of the Thanjavur Highway, has decided to intensify its struggle seeking the sanction of the additional funds required for laying the service lanes.

The federation members would observe a day-long fast on August 9 to press their demand, said S.Sakthivel, one of the organisers of the federation.

The issue has been festering ever since the Tiruchi-Thanjavur section of National Highway 67 was widened into a four-lane one by the National Highways Authority of India a few years ago. The federation has been fighting for the construction of the service lanes on the 14.5-km stretch since 2009-10 when the NHAI took up the project to four-lane the highway.

A section of traders have been opposing the move saying it would affect their livelihood. A few persons have also moved the High Court against the land acquisition.

The Union Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has already issued a public notification, declaring its intention to acquire land for laying service lanes for a distance of nearly 15 km from Ariyamangalam to Thuvakudi. The State government too issued an order in August 2011 sanctioning Rs. 84.5 crore to be given towards compensation for the land to be acquired for the service lanes along the highway.

But as per the revised estimates of the National Highways Authority of India, Rs.196 crore was required for laying the service lanes. But the State Highways Department has suggested that the width of the service lanes could be restricted to 45 metres and the land could be acquired to that extent utilising the already sanctioned fund. Citing the frequent accidents on the city stretch of the highway, the federation has been requesting the State government to sanction the additional requirement of Rs.111.5 crore so that the service lanes could be laid as planned by the NHAI.

“The federation wants to highlight the issue at the state level and has planned to invite all political parties to participate in the fast. State level leaders will also be invited,” Mr.Sakthivel told The Hindu .



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