TAMIL NADU

Re-laying of service roads begins

Making it motorable: State Highways department is re-laying the Periyar Bridge service road in Salem.

Making it motorable: State Highways department is re-laying the Periyar Bridge service road in Salem.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: P. Goutham

Staff Reporter

SALEM: The State Highways department has initiated a comprehensive programme to re-lay the service roads of Periyar Flyover here in the city.

A sum of Rs. 50 lakh was allotted for the programme and works had begun on Sunday.

The service roads got damaged due to heavy traffic.

Almost all the road users who travel between the eastern and western parts of the city use these service roads. Besides, people coming to the Government Medical College Hospital also use the service roads.

A large number of people living in Salem district and neighbouring Krishnagiri, Dharmapuri and Namakkal districts depend on the hospital for their health care needs.

Huge potholes and craters emerged on these roads, which were being used by thousands of vehicle users.

The potholes led to a number of road accidents involving two-wheeler riders. Following widespread complaints from the public, the State Highways department initiated the programme and allotted funds.

The service roads located near Mahatma Gandhi Stadium, Kalpana Theatre, Government Hospital and Ponni Supermarket would be re-laid.

The department had planned to complete the works in 10 days, officials said.

Distribution

Collector J. Chadrakumar distributed 2,500 free colour television sets to beneficiaries at a function held in Muthunaickanpatti in Omalur block recently.

Speaking on the occasion, he said that the State government was implementing a number of programmes to create facilities in the rural areas in par with the urban parts. He appealed to the people to take advantage of the government welfare programmes to enhance their quality of life. Veerapandi MLA A. Raja and senior officials were present.

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