I have been reporting on the big road project that is to widen the road to Tiruvannamalai to 4-lanes from Krishnagiri west of Tiruvannamalai (for those coming from Bangalore) to Tindivanam to the east (for those traveling to or from Chennai and Pondicherry).
We were on the road several times recently and saw that work was at a stop. The last time, when we noticed what was not hapening on the road, we asked our taxi driver about it. He said that the workers were not being paid, so the work stopped. The most recent time we asked more detailed questions. What we heard was that the new Indian national government, under the BJP party, stopped paying Transstroy, the contractor working on the road. The driver said that Transstroy’s owner was a supporter of the Congress party, and now that the BJP is in power, they want to use their friends for big money projects like this. Maybe he was wrong about the motives; maybe BJP will bring in a new contractor who will do a great a quick job on the road. I don’t know what is really going on with this. Maybe some of you have a better idea and can let us all know?
I do not think the situation will be much different during the tourist season this year, or for Deepam.
Plan for delays due to slow roads
But for now, if you plan to travel to Tiruvannamalai, plan for continued delays. When we took the route from Tindivanam it took about 1 1/2 hours for the route. I think from Krishanagiri it is more than 2 hours now.
The bypass around Tiruvannamalai is also stopped, so DO NOT plan anything that goes through Tiruvannamalai on full moon nights, including coming into the city to go to your accommodations. You cannot get through the city at full moon.
You may want to consider alternate routes.
From Chennai, you have two options:
Through Vandavasi. Best alternate for airport travel. Small road all the way, fair condition, different scenery.
Through Arcot (and Kanchipuram). Longer distance, much of the road from Arcot to Chennai is good 4-lane highway.
For Pondicherry the best alternative is the southern one, through Tirukkoilur and Villupuram.
From coming from Bangalore, I still the the best alternative is: From Krishnagiri, head south on NIH-7 to Karimangalam, then generally east to Morappur, Hanur and then Tiruvannamalai. This route is reported to be faster, and less stressful.
May I also suggest you sign the internet petition:
From the original email: