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Development works planned on 99 highways in Tuticorin

Development works on 99 highways will be carried out in the district at a cost of Rs.4,568.66 lakh in the current fiscal, said the Minister for Highways, M.P. Saminathan

The works include strengthening of existing roads, laying of new stretches and construction of three bridges, all over a stretch of 219.447 kms.

Mr. Saminathan told this at a review meeting of the road development works taken up in the district during the current fiscal as well as in the previous financial year, held here on Tuesday.

He said that besides development of highways, 24 rural roads would be strengthened during the current fiscal at a cost of Rs.380 lakh.

The Minister said that of the 162 road development works taken up at a cost of Rs.5,998.67 lakh during the last fiscal, 56 works to the tune of Rs.2,647 lakh were completed before March 31, this year.

The remaining 106 works would be completed before February 2007.

Mr. Saminathan said that the Government had upgraded Tuticorin-Tiruchendur Road, as a State Highway.

Till now, the road was classified as a Major District Road (MDR).

He said that the remaining widening works on Tuticorin-Tiruchendur highway on a stretch of two km, would be completed soon.

To bring down fatal accidents, speed breakers would be put up on highways.

The Collector, R. Palaniyandi, and senior officials from the State Highways Department attended the meeting.

Source: The Hindu

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