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Residents to go on relay fast for service lanes

Residents to go on relay fast for service lanes

The stretch has witnessed frequent accidents

Residents of colonies along the city stretch of the Tiruchi-Thanjavur National Highway (NH-67) between Ariyamangalam and Thuvakudi have planned to go on a relay fast from Sunday to press for laying of service lanes along the 14.5 km stretch to prevent the frequent road accidents.

The residents, organised under an umbrella organisation, Federation for Retrieval of Tiruchi-Palpannai-Thuvakudi Service Roads, have been lobbying for several years now for the cause. They had staged various agitations expressing displeasure over the inordinate delay in commencement of the land acquisition process for building the service roads along the city stretch.

Although the State government had issued an order in August 2011 sanctioning Rs. 84.5 crore to be given towards compensation for the land to be acquired for the service lanes along the highway, the service lanes could not be laid as more funds are required as per revised estimates to acquire about 35.51 hectares of land. The State Highways Department had suggested that the width of the service lanes could be restricted to 45 metres and the land could be acquired to that extent utilising the already sanctioned fund. But the federation wanted the State government to sanction the additional funds so that the service lanes could be laid for a width of 60 metres as planned earlier. Addressing a press conference here on Friday, the federation organisers S. Subramanian and K.Viswanathan, gave an overview of the various initiatives taken by the residents to get the service lanes built. Members of various residents welfare associations and trade unions would participate in the relay fast to be held near Ganesa Point Bus Stop near the BHEL from Sunday.

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