Govt grants over Rs 2,281 cr for widening of national highways in TN


March 8, 2024: The Centre has allocated Rs 1,376.10 crore for the expansion of a segment of National Highway-716 (NH-716). Utilizing these funds, the current 2-lane stretch from Tiruvallur to the Tamil Nadu/Andhra Pradesh border will be upgraded to a 4-lane configuration with paved shoulders.

This stretch of road, located in Thiruvallur district, covers a distance of 43.95 km, as informed by Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways Nitin Gadkari on the microblogging site X, previously Twitter. The objective of this development is to establish a fully access-controlled corridor, crucially linking the revered cities of Tiruthani and Tirupathi.

In another announcement, he disclosed an allocation of Rs 905 crore for improving the alignment of the 6.6 km Thoppur Ghat Section of the national highway in Dharmapuri and Salem districts of Tamil Nadu.

"This segment, which traverses challenging terrain, has been plagued by deficiencies such as sharp S-curves with radii as low as 110m, leading to accidents. The proposed enhancements, including the construction of an elevated corridor/viaduct on the left-hand side, aim to reduce accidents on this stretch of National Highway-44, which forms a crucial part of the Bengaluru–Kanyakumari section of the North-South Corridor in Tamil Nadu," added the minister.

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