TAMIL NADU

Four-laning of Salem-Namakkal highway to be completed next month

Staff Reporter

Four-lane, 30-km stretch from Namakkal to Karur dedicated to nation

PARAMATHI VELUR (NAMAKKAL): Four-laning of the 50-km Salem – Namakkal section of National Highway 7 is likely to be completed by the end of next month, Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways T.R. Baalu said here on Saturday.

After inaugurating the four-lane, 30-km stretch of the highway from Namakkal to Karur at a function, the Minister said that there was no delay in the implementation of the four-laning project in the Salem – Namakkal section. Works in other sections were progressing well.

Mr. Baalu said the ministry had sanctioned over Rs.54,000 crore to Tamil Nadu for various projects. The total investment included about Rs.33,000 crore for developing road infrastructure. The projects also included establishment of a maritime university and a maritime complex near Chennai.

The development of better road infrastructure, he said, would help minimise road accidents and bring down operational cost of vehicles. The country witnessed over 4.6 lakh road accidents in 2006 in which over 1.05 lakh people lost their lives and about five lakh persons sustained injuries.

Apart from improving the road infrastructure to prevent accidents, the government was promoting awareness of traffic safety among people, he said.

Mr. Baalu said that the toll collected on roads in India was the lowest compared to many other countries, including developed nations.

Union Minister of State for Social Justice Subbulakshmi Jagadeesan spoke.

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