Two major bypass road projects, funded by the Central and State Governments, are expected to ease congestion on Coimbatore City roads. These projects will also ensure that growth spreads to peripheral areas as well.
The two projects costing Rs. 934 crore indicated that government spending on infrastructure in Coimbatore was on the rise, said District Collector P. Umanath.
These projects, which would be completed in five years, would do a lot of good to the city, Dr. Umanath said.
He told The Hindu that the eastern by-pass road from Sulur to Mettuppalayam connecting NH 67 with NH 67 again bypassing Coimbatore would eliminate clogging of the city roads. Vehicles from Tiruchi, Madurai and Avanashi could proceed to Mettuppalayam and Udhagamandalam without having to enter Coimbatore City. The project would be executed by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) at an outlay of Rs. 650 crore. This would ease pressure on Avanashi Road, Tiruchi Road and Mettuppalayam Road considerably.
The western bypass road project from NH 47 to NH 67 will be from Madukkarai to Mettuppalayam Road cutting across Siruvani Road, Marudhamalai Road and Thadagam Road.
Vehicles from Kerala
The State Government will fund the project and the estimated cost is Rs. 284 crore. This road will help vehicles from Kerala (even those from Pollachi Road) proceeding to areas on Siruvani Road or Marudhamalai Road or Thadagam Road.
Those bound for Mettuppalayam and Udhagamandalam need not enter Coimbatore City.
City traffic congestion would ease considerably with the construction of 18 flyovers across level crossings at Rs 270 crore.