Tiruchirapalli, Oct 31: The Madurai-Thondi Highway and a left-over portion of the Thanjavur-Perambalur Highway would be declared as National Highways and notifications would be issued shortly, according to Union Shipping Minister, T R Baalu.
Talking to newspersons here yesterday, after inspecting the four- laning and new bridges in-and-around the city, the minister said a major portion of works on National Highways in the State, barring Panangudi-Kanyakumari stretch, would be completed by December.
Mr Baalu said the Perambalur-Padalur stretch of the Highway would be completed by November and declared open for traffic in the first week of December. The Padalur-Tiruchirapalli section, up to Mannarpuram in the city would be fully completed by May or June, next year, he added.
During the inspection, he regretted slow progress of the work on the two bridges and asked the concerned authorities to expedite the work soon. The bridges across river Cauvery and Coleroon, were among the 22 bridges to be built on the 38.5 km long Tiruchi-Padalur section, he added He said the new 900-metre-long bridge across Coleroon River, with 27 spans, was coming up adjacent to the bridge on the Tiruchi-Chennai bypass road on the outskirts of the city while the 600-metre-long new bridge across the Cauvery would have 15 spans.
Earlier, while inspecting the progress of the work at Perambalur, Mr Baalu assured local residents that a pedestrian bridge would be constructed across the Highway at the Siruvachur-Ayyalur cross-road junction.
The minister asked the State Electricity Board to shift overhead power-lines, which were affecting the progress of the Highway work, shortly.