The much-delayed project of four-laning of Kumbakonam-Thanjavur sections of National Highway 45C would resume by end of December as the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has almost completed the process of land acquisition.
The Rs 1,340-crore project was conceived under National Highway Development Project (Phase-IV) in 2016. The state government has already acquired 230 hectares in Thanjavur for the project.
Of the 48.6km-stretch, 33km (in two parts) would be greenfield and the remaining 15km would be converted from two-lane to four-lane. The bypass would connect Thanjavur and Kumbakonam towns. It would touch the Thanjavur Ring Road and reduce travel time by half. “At present, it takes 1.15 hours to 2 hours to cover around 42km between the two towns (Thanjavur and Kumbakonam),” said the NHAI official.
Once the bypass is completed, travel time would be reduced to 30 minutes by avoiding the congested and narrow stretches at Kumbakonam, Swamimalai, Papanasam and Ammapettai. Read More