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Internet Petition to complete NH66 to Tiruvannamalai

August 6, 2014

Here is an email I got from Madhu. Please sign the petition and forward to others. 

Here below is the petition from one of the devotees of Sri Ramana Maharshi, Mr. Shekar Ramamurthy requesting the government to finish the road between Krishnagiri and Tindivinam, which is in a bad and dangerous state.

This petition can also be signed by westerners visiting/residing here. This road is used by every one who comes to Tiruvannamalai whether it is from Chennai / Bangalore / Pondicherry . Involvement of westerners will send a strong signal to the central government that this place is an important pilgrim and spiritual centre for people from all over the world. Also, present government is quite serious about giving good image to the world that they are committed to a positive change. So, participation of westerners’ will draw serious attention from the government on this issue.

If some one can help us to bring this petition to the notice of devotees coming here on full moon days, it will be a great help.

Please help in whichever way you can to reach the required number (10000).
Madhurananda (Madhu)
The original email and link to petition:
I have created an online petition to Shri Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Honorable Minister for Road transport and Highways, for Completion of the 2-laning work on NH66 between Krishnagiri and Tindivanam and need your help to get it off the ground.
Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here’s the link:
Here’s why it’s important:
The 170Km stretch of NH66 between Krishnagiri and Tindivanam is the direct connecting route for people going between Bangalore and Tiruvannamalai or  Pondicherry. It is used daily by thousands of people, from the villages along the route and for inter-state travel. The road condition has been very bad for several years. The road widening project, for making it a 2 lane highway started 2 years back. According to the May report of NHAI, the 2-laning contract has been awarded to Transstroy India and the project is expected to complete by Sept 2014. Many trees lining the road have been felled, but the work is nowhere near completion and in the last few months there is no sign of any work taking place on this highway. The road condition is so bad with huge pot holes that even the government transport buses use an alternate road whereever possible, like Krishnagiri-Vellore-Polur. Most of the traffic tries to use alternate routes which increase the travel distance by 40-50Kms, making the travel time longer and results in wastage fuel. The government needs to prioritize this project and get it completed quickly.
You can sign my petition by clicking here. Please forward this to others who may be willing to sign the petition.
Shekar Ramamurthy
Note from Richard: My wife Carol was on the route from Krishnagiri to Tiruvannamalai this week. She reports slowdowns for work on about 1/2 the distance, and that the work has not even started on the other half.

I still recommending using the alternate route, even though it is longer. It is faster, and less aggravation.


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