Rs.18-cr. project report prepared for flyover

P. Sudhakar

To be constructed at Chellapandian Traffic Island

TIRUNELVELI: Following repeated appeals from the public and the Corporation, the Department of Highways has prepared a project report, costing about Rs.18 crore, for the construction of a flyover at Chellapandian Traffic Island at Vannarpet, here.

After the need for having a bypass road to connect Tirunelveli–Madurai National Highway near Thatchanallur with the Tirunelveli–Nagercoil National Highway near NGO Colony Junction through Vannarpet was felt, the 7 km-long circumvent road was formed in 2001 and that effectively reduced traffic congestion.

However, the Chellapandian Traffic Island at Vannarpet, which evolved as a fulcrum of vehicular traffic within the city, bore the brunt. Since traffic and subsequent congestion at this spot has been on the rise in the recent past, the Corporation decided to seek Government funding for the construction of a flyover at the traffic Island.

Pursuant to this decision, the Mayor, A.L. Subramanian, submitted a memorandum to the Minister for Highways, M.P. Saminathan, who in turn asked the Chief Engineer of his department to prepare a project report.

According to the estimate prepared and forwarded by the Divisional Engineer (Projects), Department of Highways, A. Shanmuga Pandian, the Government would have to allocate Rs.18 crore for constructing the flyover to connect South Bypass Road and North Bypass Road for about 200 metres each on south and north sides of the traffic island, for which Rs.5 crore each would be required.

For the proposed median on the elevated point connecting concrete structures on the northern and southern sides of the flyover Rs.2 crore would have to be spent and another Rs.3 crore would be required for the formation of approach and service roads on both sides. Another Rs. 3 crore would be needed for shifting of communication lines, drinking and sewage pipelines and high-mast lights.

Since the project report has been forwarded to the department and Mr. Saminathan, the Mayor has forwarded another appeal to the Minister, pressing the demand.

Another proposal

Mr. A.L. Subramanian has also sent another proposal to Mr. Saminathan, seeking allocation of funds for the formation of a new road to connect Mukkoodal Road at Old Pettai Road with Sankarankovil stretch at Ramaiyanpatti via Kandigaiperi Hospital and for widening of the existing road connecting the S.N. High Road and Thatchanallur.

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