Monday, June 13, 2011

118.6-km ECR stretch nearing completion

A bridge being constructed across Vettar in Nagapattinam district. Photo: B. Velankanni Raj
The Nagapattinam-Kattumaavadi stretch of the East Coast Road (ECR) project of the Department of Highways in the Kumbakonam region is nearing completion.
The 118.6-km project entails three bypasses and a bridge across river Vettar in Nagore. The project include a 10.2-km bypass around Nagapattinam; a 3.1 km bypass around Thiruthiraipoondi; and a 4.8-km bypass around Muthupettai.
All the three bypass roads have been completed, and work on the Vettar bridge is under progress. The bridge that forms part of the Nagapattinam bypass is 463 metre long with 15 spans of 30 metre each.
Fourteen spans have been completed, girders are being placed, and parapet walls are yet to be raised for 10 spans. Approach roads to the length of 50 metres towards Nagore and 100 metres towards Nagapattinam are to be laid.
The project is being implemented at a cost of Rs.198.77 crore, with World Bank fund. The project, with an initial concession period of 36 months, was scheduled for completion by the first quarter of 2008. However, owing to a shortage in sand and labour, it could not be completed as per the schedule. The project is slated for completion by August.
The completion of the Vettar bridge would wean pilgrim, passenger or transit traffic and commercial traffic away from Nagapattinam town.

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