Tirunelveli, India: Six-years on four lane overpass shrinks to two lanes

10 Dec

The foundation stone for a four lane road-over-rail bridge at the Kulavanigarpuram manned level crossing in Tirunelveli, Tamil Nadu, was laid in 2008. Since then legal action has brought the project to a stand. The standstill relates to the proposed compulsory acquisition of a number of both residential and commercial properties which need to be cleared to construct the road-over-rail bridge.

Now, with little prospect of resolving the land acquisition issue, plans have been changed to restrict the road-over-rail bridge to two lanes as well as the provision of an underpass for lighter vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians. The revised plan will avoid the need for the compulsory acquisition of land and the demolition of business and residential properties.

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