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Vehicular movement on Tiruchi-Karur road growing exponentially

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There has been a substantial increase in the volume of passenger vehicles utilising Tiruchi-Karur stretch of National Highway 67 over the last few years.

An average movement of 12,000 vehicles was recorded per day four years ago by the concessionaire, TK Toll Road Pvt. Limited (TKTRPL), a SPV of Reliance Infrastructure Limited. Going by its projection made then, the number of vehicles passing through the stretch has doubled by now.

While the vehicular movement is seamless along the four-laned segment of the road from Mayanur to Karur, the two-way road with paved shoulders in the Thirupparaithurai-Mayanur section is not wide enough for free movement of vehicles.

The road sustains high passenger traffic volumes since it connects major tourist destinations such as Srirangam, Samayapuram, Kallanai, Mukkombu and also industrial zones. Also, since the road is parallel to the Cauvery, sand trucks ply on the road in large numbers.

Karur being a hub for handloom, powerloom textile products, paper and bus body works industries, all commercial traffic between Karur and Tiruchi use the stretch.

According to officials, the stretch between Tirupparaithurai and Mayanur cannot be expanded further due to space constraints though the passenger traffic volume is bound to increase further in future.

Construction of toe wall, retaining wall, and raising of bund was carried out within the available space under the project awarded to the concessionare by NHAI on a Build operate and Transfer (BOT) basis in this section of NH-67 that connects Coimbatore to Tiruchi, Kumbakonam, Thanjavur and Nagapattinam.

According to sources, the ease of travel between Tiruchi and Karur will improve significantly in the long run under the Bharat Mala project that envisages formation of a four-lane carriageway along a 64-km stretch along an altogether new alignment.

Meanwhile, State Highways authorities expect the widening work between Thirupparaithurai and Tiruchi city to commence after the completion of the 17-km bypass road connecting Thuvakkudi and Jeeyapuram as part of the Tiruchi-Karur project. The semi-ring road, once completed, will be in a formation of two-lane with paved shoulders.


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