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Service road all set to come up at Samayapuram

Chaotic traffic conditions prevail at the Samayapuram intersection on the Chennai-Tiruchi National Highway.Photo: M. SrinathM_SRINATH

It will be laid at a cost of about Rs. 13 crore and will run for a distance of 1.6 km
Visitors coming to the famous Samayapuram Mariamman Temple in the outskirts of the city from Chennai and other northern destinations will soon have better and direct access to the temple as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) is planning to build a service road from the highway.

With the temple located off the national highway, visitors from Tiruchi access the temple by taking the old Samayapuram road. However, those coming in vehicles from the opposite direction have been finding it difficult to cross the highway at the busy intersection. Similarly, vehicles heading towards Tiruchi from Samayapuram were also facing a problem in crossing the highway.

With criss-crossing vehicles and wrong side driving by many, the intersection has been witnessing frequent accidents. The situation turns worse during major festivals, when a large number of people throng the temple. Locals have also been demanding an urgent remedy to the problem as they have been facing a problem in crossing over the highway to reach the other side for their daily commute.

In an attempt to overcome the problem, the NHAI, which four-laned the highway, has decided to construct a service road leading to the temple. NHAI sources said that the administrative sanction for the plan has been obtained and the technical sanction was awaited within a few days. The service road, to be built at a cost of about Rs. 13 crore, would run for a distance of about 1.6 km and entail the construction of three minor bridges, the sources indicated. Work on the project would begin soon once the necessary clearances were obtained, the sources said.


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