Trichy – Dindugal and Trichy – Karur roads are going to be toll roads soon. The Reliance Energy Limited has bagged a huge contract worth Rs2320 crore to construct the above mentioned roads and Salem – Udumalaipet road.  This will be a turnkey project and will have a concession agreement for 25 – 30 years. ( Does this mean that we have to pay to use these roads for that long ? )

These projects will be performed by  three special purpose vehicles (SPVs) — SU Tollways Pvt Limited, TU Tollways Pvt Limited and TK Tollways Pvt Limited and aims to ease high traffic density in these areas.

Estimated completion date is 2010.

The 80-km-long Trichy-Karur project (NH67) has its construction cost at Rs 516 crores, and will include four-lanes of two major bypasses and construction of two-lane highway. It will have Toll Plaza at two locations.

The 88-km Trichy-Dindigul project (NH 45)is to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 576 crores. It includes construction of 4-lane dual carriageway for the complete length and construction of 2-lane service roads in urban areas.

I agree that Trichy with its burgeoning potential requires such smooth roadway connection to their neighbouring cities. But I have only one request / reservation in this. Whenever we start constructing roads, we first cut down trees and make the land barren and flat. I have not seen any road that is constructed accomodating the greenery and I don’t expect this to be an exception. We have some pretty scenes on the way to karur along the banks of cauvery which I hate to miss.

Will REL listen to this plea and be a difference maker. ………….