National Highways Authority of India on Friday carried out an eviction drive to eliminate the blind spots on the Trichy-Dindigul NH83 near Vaiyampatti flyover.
The service road of the elevated stretch passing through the locality was encroached upon by makeshift shops thereby obstructing vehicular movement. NHAI sources said that Trichy-Dindigul NH passing through the Vaiyampatti hamlet had a flyover to bypass the village. With a couple of half kilometre service roads on either side, the local people have been exploiting the space to set up around 100 makeshift shops.
As the shops attracted a sizeable number of customers every day, visitors parked their vehicles on the service road thereby choking vehicular movement towards the national highways. “To render better visibility for the road users approaching NH83 from Vaiyampatti and vice-versa, we have evicted temporary encroachments, mostly makeshift shops of hawkers,” an official source with NHAI said. A 20-metre-long underpass beneath the flyover which was completely encroached by hawkers was also cleared during the drive. A few permanent encroachments obstructing the right of way (ROW) of the service road was removed by NHAI with the support of police and revenue officials.
To keep the encroachments at bay, NHAI has planned to fence the space along the retaining wall of the elevated stretch on NH83 passing through Vaiyampatti. NHAI Trichy Project Implementation Unit (PIU) said that permanent encroachments identified on the service road stretch will be removed in the coming months after completing the legal formalities.