The Supreme Court has given green signal for the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and the Centre to acquire land for construction of 277.3 km Chennai-Krishnagiri-Salem national highway project.
The project will entail an investment of Rs. 10,000 crore.
The eight-lane highway (NH-179A and NH-179B) is part of Phase-I of the Bharatmala Pariyojana project, which stretches across 24,800 km and has an estimated outlay of Rs. 5.35 lakh crore, to improve efficiency of freight and passenger movement across the country by bridging critical infrastructure gaps.
The highway intends to cut travel time between Chennai and Salem by half.