Laying of a service road adjoining Chennai-Tiruchi National Highway at Samayapuram that began over a year ago has been completed, facilitating direct access to the famous Mariamman Temple from the main road.
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), which executed the project at a cost of ₹12.77 crore, took up the work heeding public demand for entry to temple by skipping the highway intersection.The service road has been laid to a length of 1.59 km on the left hand side of the national highway’s Padalalur-Tiruchi stretch.
As part of the project, three minor bridges have been constructed along the service road running parallel to the national highway besides a retaining wall to a length of more than 400 metres. A crash barrier has also been installed along the stretch with boards containing reflective stickers to guide vehicle users. According to a senior NHAI official, the project has been completed barring some minor works. The service road will prove beneficial for devotees arriving in vehicles from northern destinations such as Chennai to reach the temple directly.
One of the objectives of the project is prevention of accidents at the busy intersection of the national highway that witnesses heavy volume of traffic on the Chennai-Tiruchi-Chennai section. Provision has also been made for street lighting along the service road, said the official. The Samayapuram Mariamman temple on the outskirts of Tiruchi witnesses heavy volume of devotees on weekends as well as on Amavasya and Pournami days. Annual religious events such as Thai Poosam, Poochorithal, Chithirai and Navarathri also attract hundreds of devotees.
(source : The Hindu)