TAMIL NADU

Setback to work on widening Tirunelveli-Tuticorin NH

When will it see light? The construction of four-lane track across the Tamiraparani near Morappanadu going on. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.

When will it see light? The construction of four-lane track across the Tamiraparani near Morappanadu going on. Photo: A. Shaikmohideen.  

P. Sudhakar

TIRUNELVELI: The widening of the 48 km stretch between Tirunelveli and Tuticorin (National Highways 7A) has been hampered by the inordinate delay in determining the quantum of compensation to be given to houses, which would be removed.

With this setback, the conversion of the existing two-lane into four-lane would take a minimum of 24 months from now, highly placed NHAI sources told The Hindu.

It is learnt the NHAI had dashed off letters to its headquarters explaining the present situation.

The NHAI, as part of its widening work, has planned to construct two four-lane bridges with pile foundation - one across the Tamiraparani near Murappanaadu and the other on the Uppodai near Pudukottai - on an outlay of Rs.25 crores.

The work on the Murappanaadu Bridge has begun on the northern side of the existing age-old single-lane overpass. Two roundtanas - one at the junction of the SIPCOT Bypass Road and NH-7A and the other one at the junction of the SIPCOT Bypass Road and Tiruchendur road - would be constructed. Service lines would be provided wherever necessary to keep the encroachers at bay.

Though it was announced at the `bhoomi puja' held on February last that the entire work would be completed within 30 months, only 20 per cent of the physical works has been completed in the past 14 months and that too only in some places.

Claiming that he was not aware of this delay, as it was not brought to his notice, the Collector, V. Chandrasekaran, said he would ask his officials to complete the assessment exercise within a week to expedite the work.

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