The State Highways department on Thursday began laying of bituminous macadam on Vannankoil-Manikandam Road as part of development of the stretch as a major link between Tiruchi-Madurai National Highway and Tiruchi-Dindigul National Highway.
The development of the 4.4 km-long road would help vehicles traversing between the two highways avoid entering Tiruchi city and save about 13 km. The rural road, which had long been in a state of neglect, was recently widened by the Highways department. Its width that was just 3.75 metres was increased to seven metres from Vannankoil to Manikandam. The development of the road involved construction of 14 culverts.
The project was taken up at a total cost of ₹6 crore under the Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme. On Thursday, Minister for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare S. Valarmathi inaugurated the bituminous macadam laying work.
A senior Highways official said the work would be completed by month-end.The development of the road assumes significance as it would bring relief to motorists in the wake of delay in execution of the by-pass road connecting Tiruchi-Madurai, Tiruchi-Dindigul and Tiruchi-Karur Highways from Panchapur to Thindukarai by National Highways Authority of India.
(source : The Hindu)