Madurai: The Union Government has informed the Madras High Court here that the ongoing four lane project from Madurai to Paramakudi would be extended to Rameswaram.
The union secretary for the road transport has issued an order regarding the same, the counsel for the central government submitted when the Madurai Bench of the high court was hearing a PIL filed by an advocate of Ramanathapuram recently.
The order was issued on 7 September, the counsel said.
A division bench of Justices S.nagamuthu and Muralidharan closed the case after the submission by the counsel. The petitioner submitted that the Centre had decided to convert the two-lane road from Madurai to Paramakudi (a part of Madurai-Rameswaram section) into four lane road. It had allocated Rs 685 crore for it and work was going on.
Thousands of pilgrims visit Rameswaram every day and the Madurai-Rameswaram section is an important route for tourism. Similarly people visited Erwadi also, the petitioner said.
Besides, hundreds of lorries transported seafood, salt and charcoal, among other items. Industries were also coming up in the district and it was necessary to convert the entire section into four lane road, the petitioner said and requested the court to issue a direction for the same.
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