The State Highways Department has taken up widening of the accident-prone three-lane stretch of the East Coast Road from Pillaichavady to Kottakuppam to make it safe for commuters.
The State government has sanctioned 11 crore for widening of this stretch under the Comprehensive Road Infrastructure Development Programme.
R. Mahesh, assistant divisional engineer, State Highways (Construction and Maintenance), Vanur, said that there was delay in taking up the widening works on the 4.76-km stretch due to rampant encroachments on both sides.
The Highways department, with the help of revenue and police officials, removed over 300 structures that had come up on both sides of the road.
Permanent structures, huts and shopping complexes had encroached the roads some 20 years ago and the owners failed to remove them despite several notices. A team of personnel removed the illegal structures with the help of earth movers during a special eviction drive held from August 27-29, he said.
The stretch is accident-prone and has several black spots at Bommayarpalayam and Sarakkupalam.
The Public Works Department had already widened their portion of the ECR from Kanagachettikulam to Pillaichavady.
The road will be widened from the current width of 10.5 metres to 17.6 metres with a central median.
The one-km stretch from Pillaichavady has already been widened, while works are under way to widen the road till Kottakuppam.
The Highways Department has also proposed four culverts at Bommayarpalayam, Sarakkupalam and Chinnamudaliar Chavady.
The work is scheduled to be completed by November this year.