Slum dwellers of Balijhar and Bauriapalanda have alleged that the road has turned into a virtual death trap with huge potholes and craters.
Accidents on the damaged roads have become frequent as no actions were taken to repair or revive those roads by the officials despite numerous petitions, say commuters.
In the last eight years, over 43,000 km state roads, including state highways (SHs), have been accorded the status of national highways (NHs) across the country.
People from the two towns use the road to reach Mettur, where a large number of industries are located.
Tourism is likely to increase at Nagarjuna Sagar, Anupu, and lift irrigation projects in Palnadu and Macherla areas.
Housing hundreds of residential colonies and educational institutions, the stretch between Aristo roundabout and Cholan Nagar is a one of the major arterial roads in Tiruchy city.
In the last 16 years, 38-year-old Pankaj Kumar Tarai, a truck driver, has rescued 400 accident victims in Jagatsinghpur district of whom, 300 survived.
Landslides on the ghat road cut off access to 32 hamlets in Burgur as well as to neighbouring Karnataka more than five times so far.
The Chief Minister pointed out that all the eight roads are very important, connecting significant pilgrimage centres like Tiruvannamalai, Tiruchendur and Palani, major trade and tourist centres
Days after the Ministry of Defence gave the nod for transferring its land for the Tiruchy RoB project, the State Highways Department has begun civil works for completion of the remainder arm.
According to Tamil Nadu State Highways Minister EV Velu, the Rs. 545 crore Madurai-Natham four-lane highway is monitored by the central government's National Highways Authority of India.