COIMBATORE: Maintaining a studied silence over the political situation in the State, CM Edappadi K Palaniswami on Wednesday invoked the memory of J Jayalalithaa while throwing open a first-level flyover built at a cost of Rs 120 crore at Gandhipuram here. He, however, drew a distinction between the DMK regime and the current AIADMK dispensation, saying, “We are meeting project deadlines, which did not happen during DMK rule, when several projects were kept in abeyance.”
To ease traffic bottlenecks, a flyover would be build between Ukkadam and Athupalam, besides re-laying the Western Bypass Road and constructing a high-level overpass between KMCH and Uppilipalayam Junction on Avinashi road.
“While Rs 121 crore has been allocated for Ukkadam-Athupalam flyover, the estimate for the high-level flyover on Avinashi Road is pegged at Rs 900 crore. Officials are making a Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the projects. Once live, these projects would reduce congestion within city limits. Steps would be taken to built a roundabout on Nanjappa Road where flyover has been thrown open,” he said.
Palaniswami assured to implement the schemes announced by Jayalalithaa to improve the infrastructure in the city. He said a slew of projects aimed at augmenting the infrastructure would be announced during the MGR birth centenary celebrations over the next few months.
He also laid the foundation stone for revamping water supply to eight areas added to the city limits at a cost of Rs 395.14 crore. The work would be executed by the TWAD. Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister S P Velumani heaped praises on the chief minister, saying that the latter had been giving approval to projects aimed at developing Coimbatore district.
Sources in the Highways department said that the first level of the flyover was constructed for Rs 120 crore and Rs 75 crore has been allocated to complete the second level between 100 Feet Road and Chinnasamy Road in six months.