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Rs. 6 crore for strengthening Kodaikanal-Batlagundu Ghat Road

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Efforts would be taken to complete and open Adukkam-Periakulam Ghat Road

Removal of encroachment on State and National Highways being carried out


KODAIKANAL: Kodaikanal-Batlagundu Ghat Road would be strengthened and upgraded and at an estimated cost of Rs.6 crore to provide better road connectivity to one of the most important and popular hill station. Projects at an estimated cost of Rs.12 crore would also be implemented for developing other roads and for taking precautionary measures, according to M.P. Saminathan, Minister for Highways and Minor Ports.

Talking to press persons after inaugurating the 188th mid term council meeting of Indian Road Congress here on Friday, he said that widening and strengthening of this road will ensure safe journey to tourists. Moreover, negotiations with forests officials were also on to take up roads leading to interior villages. All road projects on the hills would be taken up without affecting forests and environment, he assured.

Reacting to Munar-Kodaikanal Ghat Road, the Minister said the project was under consideration of the government. All efforts would be taken to complete and open Adukkam-Periakulam Ghat Road. Mr. Saminathan said that the government was taking all efforts to upgrade road connectivity in urban and rural areas. First, we wanted to complete State highway projects immediately. “After completion of State projects, we would take district-level and rural roads.

All safety measures would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs.12 crore. Sign boards would be installed at the entry point of all roads linking National and State highways. Speed breakers or rumbling strips if necessary would be erected at these points to reduce speed of vehicles approaching National and State highways from villages.

Equal importance was given to the maintenance of rural roads. Forest Department too has been forming rural areas in some villages near reserve forest area. Removal of encroachment on State and National Highways was being done at several places, he said.

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