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Tiruchy CORPORATION road projects finalised earlier this year are set to see construction begin within a month. "We were waiting for the monsoon to get over. contractors are most likely to start work next month and we will get a forecast from the Regional Meteorological Department (RMD)," Corporation Commissioner N Ravichandran told Express. The work order would be issued after the RMD gives the nod to the civic body. Roads managed by the Corporation run a distance of 1,29427 km, according to a survey taken in April. A government order was is-sued late in September about renovation of roads in need of repairs and upgrades.

The Corporation finalised at least 38 lo-cations in Tiruchy city which needed to be re-laid at a cost of 211.65 crore. Important locations include Collectorate Road, Bharathidasan Road, Rockins Road and Royal Road. These 38 road projects come under the Fourteenth Financial Commission scheme, an ongoing financial relation-ship between the Centre and individual State governments. Most of the 38 projects are to be renovated using road paver finishers and mixers. The maxi-mum fund allocation of 02.61 crore has gone to Ward 44, the highest among the 18 wards where work would take place. A total of Rs 62 lakhs has been allotted to renovate Uraiyur Salai Road and Palayam Bazaar Junction while the Maris Flyover in Ward 57 has the maximum amount granted for a single sub-project. Hassan Ghousebaig, secretary, Consumer Protection Council, said, "The Corporation should make sure it uses quality materials so road maintenance does not become an annual af-fair.

The Corporation should not disburse the entire amount to the contractor and should with-hold at least 10 per cent. The withheld amount can be disbursed if there is any maintenance." He added use of plastic and plastic composite materials should be encouraged as they have better structural characteristics like endurance, economy, resistance and 'Marshal' stability "There are more road projects under the pipeline. They will be sorted according to priority be-tween the two other schemes, General Funds and Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Fund (TURIF)." according to S Kerman, an executive engineer i the Corporation.
source: epaper. newindianexpress.com//c/24507682 

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