Toll collection begins on Karur–Namakkal stretch
KARUR: With the commencement of toll collection from road users traversing the Karur-Namakkal stretch of National Highway 7 on the night of Monday, motoring evolved into a new phase in Karur district.
In the backdrop of the dark midnight sky lit up by the pyrotechnics, sirens blared and there was a lot of handshake all round as Namakkal Karur Toll Road Limited, a special purpose vehicle of the Reliance Group which had bagged the concessionaire ticket, for manning the stretch under the BOT scheme, initiated collection of toll at Kasampalayam toll plaza in Namakkal district _ albeit on behalf of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Remarkable features dot the Namakkal-Karur highway stretch, perhaps the first for the region apart from toll collection.
The whole stretch for a length of 41.3 km is four-laned and that includes the 3.8 km long Velur bypass. Two new major bridges across River Cauvery and River Thirumanimutharu besides five minor bridges four flyovers, two vehicular underpasses and five pedestrian underpasses add to the comfort of the road users.
Enhanced facilities include Variable Message Signboards at an interval of 10 kilometre, two meteorological data stations that allow the motorist to know the temperature, wind velocity, humidity, etc., two automatic traffic counter and classifiers, 22 pairs of emergency call boxes (one each on either side), 13 CCTVs including two at the toll plaza and 11 others at important stretches add to the glitter, making the highway stretch a virtual security zone.http://www.hindu.com/2009/08/26/stories ... 730700.htm
Some pics are here,http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?p=24880270
I'll take some more pictures of the roads when I go there this Nov.
Damn it, Reliance has done a wonderful job, kudos.http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/9596 ... arpall.jpghttp://img19.imageshack.us/img19/1491/v ... layam1.jpg