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More than two years have passed since the Corporation mooted a proposal to make 1.5 km stretch from Salai Road intersection to Tiruchi-Karur road junction (Karur bypass road) as a smart road. But it is yet become a reality.

Considering the importance of the road, which is witnessing frequent traffic snarls due to heavy traffic, the civic body initially planned to transform the stretch under the Smart Cities Mission programme. Due to administrative reasons, it dropped the move and came up with a plan to implement the project under the Infrastructure Gap Filling Fund of the State government on an outlay of ₹8 crore.

The proposal envisages an extended two-lane with exclusive pedestrian platforms, bicycle tracks, development of stormwater drains and space for car parking. There is a plan to install ducts on either side of the road to accommodate cables instead of digging the carriageway. But the project has not been started yet. There are reasons for the road users to sulk over the inordinate delay in starting the work as people find it cumbersome while passing the stretch from Shastri Road, Salai Road and Maris theatre road.

(source : The Hindu)

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