The Trichy-Chennai trunk road was widened by the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) about two decades ago, and most of the smaller bridges and culverts were also widened with it. About seven small bridges that have not been widened have also undergone a special widening project recently to ensure the safety of road users. However, two minor bridges built over the Pallividai Peruvalai Canal and the Panguni Canal located near the Arulmigu Samayapuram Mariamman Temple are still narrow compared to the width of NH. While the same bridges on the other side of the highway (from Chennai to Trichy) have been widened, the bridges on the side from Trichy to Chennai have not been rebuilt.
“On special occasions, foot worshipers from Karur, Dindigul and Madurai will use the bridges. Authorities should eliminate the danger before a fatal accident occurs,” said Puthanmpatti N Saravanan, a road safety campaigner. Citing frequent unreported non-fatal accidents on the stretch, Trichy-based road safety groups urged NHAI Trichy to widen the bridges.
“The concessionaire managing the motorway has been asked to study the feasibility of widening the bridges. Based on the report, we will ask our technical team for suggestions to expand the bridges. The demand is viable,” an NHAI official said.