The project of four-laning Coimbatore-Mettupalayam road is facing hurdle with the
National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) exiting the project owing to unacceptable demands of the state government.
NHAI said the Tamil Nadu government asked for too many changes in the proposal including shifting of toll plaza.
NHAI asked the union road ministry to handover the
NH-67 to the state highways for widening and maintenance.
NHAI objected to the request of the state government to shift the toll plaza as many structures would have to be demolished. The state government also withdrew its consent for the alignment.
The state government proposed the Rs 617-crore NH 67 (National Highways) extension project in 2006. It was proposed as a four-lane project from Coimbatore to Mettupalayam. Later, the NHAI decided to begin the extension from Kangeyampalayam, near Sulur.
Owing to issues related to land acquisition, the Letter of Award for the project, issued in 2012, has been withdrawn.