Greater than a decade after it was taken over by the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) from the State Highways Division, the Chennai-Salem Expressway through Tirupattur (NH 179A) will get a whole makeover — together with conversion of the present two-lane stretch right into a four-lane carriageway — at a complete value of ₹252 crore in phases.
At the moment, the primary section of the multi-crore work is being undertaken between Kathaani village in Vaniyambadi of Tirupattur district and Harur in Dharmapuri, for a distance of round 45 km, on the expressway. The expressway covers a distance of 125 km between Salem and Vaniyambadi (Tirupattur). It connects with the Benguluru Freeway (NH 48) at Vaniyambadi. “The widened stretch shall be a lot safer and it is going to be a shorter route for travellers. Journey shall be a lot simpler and safer for the goods-laden lorries additionally,” Amar Kushwaha, District Collector, Tirupattur, informed The Hindu.
Sanctioned by the Ministry of Highway Transport and Highways, the present two-lane expressway shall be widened to 22 metres from its present seven metres width making it handy for container lorries and trailer autos to make use of the stretch safely. Additional, the stretch may even have vast stormwater drains with six ft depth and three ft width. Photo voltaic-powered LED avenue lights shall be put in with reflectors and warning signboards. Relaxation lanes for vehicles and different items autos may even be created. The widening work will assist de-congest the present two-lane expressway and the Benguluru Freeway. As soon as the widening work will get accomplished, the expressway can also be set to be develop into a toll highway between Chennai and Salem.
At current, the Expressway witnesses large site visitors from Vellore, Ranipet, Ambur, Arcot, Wallajah, Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Chennai primarily as a result of stretch being slender. One more reason for the site visitors chaos on the expressway is as a result of numerous goods-laden lorries and vehicles keep away from the Benguluru Freeway to achieve Salem from Chennai and as an alternative, they take the expressway through Vaniyambadi route.