Salem-Chengapalli road work progressing

QUALITY CHECK: Officials testing soil in the Cauvery river at Komarapalayam, using sophisticated machines, as part of NH project work. Photo: M. Govarthan  

R. Sundaram

Land acquisition from Chengapalli to Komarapalayam carried out

ERODE: The National Highways officials are busy surveying the formation of the four-lane (golden quadrilateral) work on the National Highway- 47 from Salem to Chengapalli.

Some days back, the Prime Minister had laid the stone for developing the highway from Salem to Coimbatore as four-lane road at a cost of Rs. 850 crores.

Already the land acquisition work from Chengapalli to Komarapalayam (Erode district) has been carried out for which the Collector, D. Karthikeyan, had deputed Special Tahsildars and a detailed report was submitted to the Union Highways Department.

The National Highways Department decided to develop the highway from Chengapalli to Komarapalayam at a cost of Rs. 380 crores and from Komarapalayam to Salem at a cost of Rs. 470 crores.

Bridge to be widened

The entire work has been divided into two parts and being carried out.

The National Highways officials are taking steps to widen the bridge across the Cauvery river at Komarapalayam and convert it into a four-lane road. The officials said that it will take about two years to complete the work on widening the Salem - Chengapalli Road and it would be undertaken in two phases.

After that work on expansion of the road from Chengapalli to Palakkad would be taken up. Once the works were completed, traffic on the National Highway from Palakkad to Salem would increase considerably as it would take less time for travel.