TRICHY: The state highways department has undertaken a survey to identify encroachments on a section of the Trichy-Dindigul national highway within Trichy city limits, as they are hindering the widening work which is currently on. Excluding this stretch, the department will complete a majority of the Trichy-Dindigul NH widening work by the end of this month.
Of the 7.6km long stretch chosen for the widening between Karumandapam and K Kallikudi village, officials said that work on about 5km length from Koraiyar bridge towards Care College in Thayanur has been completed. The width of the highway presently varies between 14 to 15m, the widening work will increase the width to 18m, creating proper four lanes.
Meanwhile, the department suspected that encroachments have come up at various points near Karumandapam and Ponnagar. With the department initiating civil work for stormwater drains by marking the boundaries on either side of the stretch, road safety activists expressed concern that if the encroachments are left as they are, they could be detrimental to the widening work.
“We are verifying our land records. A survey will be completed soon. If there are any encroachments on government land, we would remove them,” a senior official said. Due to the developments, a portion of the widening work between the Koraiyar bridge and Karumandapam is likely to consume more time. However, the work on the suburban stretch of the Dindigul highway will be completed before March.
Of the total 11 culverts identified for reconstruction, the department has completed work in six. Out of the total nine culverts identified for widening, work has been completed in seven. Road work for widening the NH was taken up by the department in May 2022 at 75 crore.