In a major infrastructural boost to the Chennai–Salem sector, the Centre and the Tamil Nadu government have proposed a new Rs 10,000 crore Green Express Corridor to connect the two cities. The new corridor, planned via Harur and Tiruvannamalai, will reduce both the distance and travel time, as against the existing two routes — one via Ulundurpet and Athur and another via Vellore and Krishnagiri.
“The proposed route will be an Access Controlled Green Express Corridor and will connect Tiruvannamalai. This will not only reduce the distance by about 60km, from the present 360 km, but also halve travel time from six hours to only 3 hours. This will be the first such project to be undertaken in Tamil Nadu, on the lines of the Mumbai–Pune Expressway,” said Union Minister for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping said.
He further added, “Besides the Salem-Chennai project, the Chennai- Bengaluru Express Corridor is also being speeded up. Once land acquisition is completed, we will call for tenders to award the projects. In all, six green corridor and ring road projects have been reviewed and given priority and these will be undertaken at an estimated cost of Rs. 43,000 crore,” he said. These include Karur-Coimbatore, Melur-Thanjavur, Madurai-Dhanushkodi and Mahabalipuram-Puducherry.
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