Tirupur flyover to get service roads soon

Tirupur: Work on the service roads of the newly-inaugurated the flyover at Kamarajar Salai is expected to begin soon as all the legal tangles have been cleared. The state highways department said it would set up one of the five service roads at the earliest.
The flyover, which starts at Cotton Market post office and ends at Visweswaraswamy and Veeraraghava Perumal temple, was constructed at cost of Rs 45 crore to reduce traffic congestion caused by vehicles coming from Kumaran Road and Palladam Road. As part of the project, five service roads were planned.

But the highways department couldn’t complete the service roads as land owners refused to part with their land and approached the court. However, the 671m-long flyover was inaugurated on September 14 after three years of work, with incomplete service roads. “In the absence of service roads, the flyover couldn’t meet its real purpose,” said a source.

A senior state highways department official, meanwhile, said they had issued notices to all commercial buildings intimating them about the land acquisition. “But many of them approached the court with various prayers, including adequate compensation. One of the buildings near the Veeraraghava Perumal temple had a different issue – one of its tenants had a dispute with the building owner and refused to vacate the building even after the bridge was inaugurated.”

The officer said all the issues were sorted out now and the demolition drive had commenced three days ago to acquire land. “We hope to complete the laying of service roads and drainage within two months.”

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