The municipal administration department has sanctioned 24.9 crore for Trichy corporation under the Nagarpura Salai Mempattu Thittam (NSMT), a scheme with special funds to develop urban roads across the state, to upgrade and redevelop 425 bituminous and cement concrete roads in the city. Roads for a length of 66.9km will be redeveloped under the scheme.
Officials said that the state government has sanctioned 151 crore for redeveloping 2,265 roads in 13 municipal corporations. Trichy corporation has secured 179 bituminous road relaying works, the third highest after Coimbatore and Tirupur. Similarly, 553 cement concrete roads were sanctioned 25.4 crore in seven corporations.
Trichy corporation was allotted 246 cement concrete road works, the highest among other civic bodies. The works were selected based on a detailed project (DPR) sent by the respective local bodies a few months back. “Milling shall be ensured in the NSMT-funded roads wherever the process is mandatory. New street names in reflective stickers will also be considered. Tenders will be floated within two months. The works shall be completed before September,” a senior official said.
Corporation officials said that they have identified around 486km long roads which require redevelopment and upgradation. Most of the roads were dug up for the ongoing underground drainage (UGD) and drinking water pipeline installation work.
Out of these, around 134km of the roads are being redeveloped, and the works are in different phases of progress. While the NSMT will redevelop 66.9km long roads, funds were availed under the Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Fund (TURIF) scheme to develop 220km long roads. Officials said that the corporation has prioritised developing areas requiring new roads and localities with damaged roads under the NSMT scheme.