NHAI clears Rs.3,680 cr highway projects

    National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)
    The much delayed road widening works on the Thanjavur-Kumbakonam highway starting from Tada to Chennai commanding a length of about 221.48 km, are set to resume with the National Highways Authority of India having allotted Rs.3,680 crore funds for the construction and widening of the road stretches. The five roads included Chennai - Tada road - NH 5, Karaikudi-Ramanathapuram road - NH 210, Sethiyathoppu-Cholapuram and Cholapuram-Thanjavur (NH 45C) and Oddanchatram bypass road - NH 83, respectively. The NHAI has allotted Rs.475 crore to complete the widening of 33-km-long Chennai-Tada stretch into six lanes, which has been delayed for nearly two years, while the 80-km-long Karaikudi-Ramanathapuram widening into two lanes has received Rs.653 crore. And, the widening of the Oddanchatram bypass road - NH 83 has been sanctioned Rs.249 crore. Sources said that the three widening works are to be carried out under engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) model. The 50.48-km road from Sethiyathoppu to Cholapuram is to be widened into four lanes at the cost of Rs.1,127.87 crore, while the 48-km-long Cholapuram-Thanjavur section has received Rs.1176 crore, said NHAI sources.
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