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Protest against road widening project

Staff Reporter

— Photo: K.Pichumani

Members of the Federation of Traders, Building Owners and Residents taking out a rally on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: Traders and building owners along the stretch of Chennai-Tiruvallur High (CTH) Road took out a rally on Tuesday from the Munroe statue here in protest against a project to widen the road.

Members of the Federation of Traders, Building Owners and Residents between Padi and Thiruninravur said hundreds of traders, residents and even doctors from hospitals along the stretch, that would be affected by the project participated in the rally.

About 30,000 shops along the CTH Road from Padi to Thiruninravur remained closed in support of the protest, they said. The rally culminated at Government Guest House, Chepauk, where a meeting was held.

President of the Federation A. Mohan said the project, to be implemented by National Highways Authority of India, envisages widening of the road to 150 feet.

The Tiruvottiyur High Road is to be widened to 60 feet, a four-lane road. Similarly, the CTH Road could also be widened to 80 feet. The move to make it a toll road would also affect those living in the residential areas along the road from Padi, Ambattur to Thiruninravur. Traffic congestion in the area could be avoided by diverting the heavy vehicles from the CTH Road to other roads, he said. After the rally, the Federation submitted a memorandum at the Chief Minister office.

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