Widening of half of the 124.7 km Chennai-Tirupati road in Tamil Nadu side has been delayed due to corruption and red-tapism in the State government, says National Highways Authority of India officials. Half of the National Highway 205 falls in Tamil Nadu, and the other half in Andhra Pradesh.
Of the Chennai-Tirupati Highway 205, to be widened, only 96.6km has been completed.
All the unfinished parts are in Tamil Nadu. They remain so because NHAI cannot pay local cartels that control quarries from where earth is moved for road-laying. While the State Highways Department incorporates these extra cost into the budget, NHAI cannot do such things, said a NHAI official.