Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa has given the go-ahead for a wide range of road and flyover projects in eight districts of the State. She also ordered allocation of Rs 322.37 crore to cover land acquisition costs and help kickstart implementation of these projects.
Jayalalithaa’s orders would mean the construction of seven flyovers, one underpass, four bypass roads and ring roads, a flyover in Coimbatore and road widening works near Madurai.
Jayalalithaa also cleared the allocation of Rs 13.21 crore to construct an office building to house the offices of all the Chief Engineers of the State Highways Department. The three-storey block would come up on a 7256 sq ft site inside the campus of the Highways Research Station in Guindy, a government statement said.
The seven flyovers and one underpass are aimed at reducing waiting time and fuel cots arising out of stoppages at railway crossings. They will come up between railway stations in Vellore, Cuddalore, Thiruchirapalli, Ramanathapuram, Thirunelveli and Dindigul districts.
While all other districts would get one flyover each, Dindugul district would see the construction of two flyovers apart from an underpass.
Jayalalithaa ordered the allocation of Rs 70.03 crore to cover the cost of land acquisition and commencement of work on these projects.
The NH-209 stretch in Coimbatore is set to get a two-lane flyover to help reduce congestion, at a cost of Rs 20 crore.
She also set aside Rs 51.47 crore for land acquisition on bypass and ring roads in Mannargudi, Mannachanallur and Thiruvallur, apart from road widening works in Thoothukudi and Madurai.