Government approves Rs 2,281 cr for widening and strengthening of National Highways in Tamil Nadu

The Road and Highway Ministry has announced to allocate a total of Rs 2,281 crore for the construction of National Highways in the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh border to transform its route structure.

Government approves Rs 2,281 cr for widening and strengthening of National Highways in Tamil Nadu

New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Shri Nitin Gadkari has asserted that in Tamil Nadu, a substantial allocation of Rs. 1376.10 crore has been approved for the widening of the existing 2-lane Paved Shoulder from Tiruvallur to the Tamil Nadu/Andhra Pradesh border section of National Highway-716. This transformation to a 4-lane configuration with paved shoulders in the Thiruvallur district spans 43.95 Km under Package-1.

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The development aims to establish a fully access-controlled corridor, integral to a significant route connecting the sacred cities of Tiruthani and Tirupathi. In addition, an allocation of Rs. 905.00 crore has been approved for enhancing the alignment of the 6.6 Km long Thoppur Ghat Section of the National Highway in Dharmapuri & Salem districts.

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The segment, traversing challenging terrain in the highway region, has been barred by deficiencies such as sharp S-curves with a radius as low as 110m, contributing to accidents. The proposed improvements, including an elevated corridor/viaduct on the left-hand side, aim to mitigate accidents on this National Highway-44 stretch, which is a crucial part of the Bengaluru – Kanyakumari section of the North-South corridor in Tamil Nadu.

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