National Highway 544 (India)

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National Highway 544 marker

National Highway 544
Road map of India with National Highway 544 highlighted
Route information
Length: 340 km (210 mi)
Major junctions
North end: Salem, Tamil Nadu
  Coimbatore (NH 67)
South end: Kochi, Kerala
Location
States: Kerala: 146 km (91 mi)
Tamil Nadu: 194 km (121 mi)
Primary
destinations:
Salem - Coimbatore - Palakkad - Thrissur - Kochi
Highway system
NH 67 NH 66

National Highway 544, commonly referred to as NH 544, is a 340 km (210 mi) long highway connecting the city of Salem to Kochi city in southern India. The highway runs through the states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, connecting various important cities and towns such as Salem, Coimbatore, Palakkad, Thrissur and Kochi. It is a spur of National Highway 44, which forms the North South Corridor of the National Highway network of India. It was formerly designated National Highway 47.[1]

The NH 544 provides access to Coimbatore International Airport and Cochin International Airport (Nedumbassery).

Traffic[edit]

The stretch between the industrial city of Coimbatore and the port city of Kochi is one of the busiest in the Indian Highway system. Most of the traffic in this stretch consists of trucks carrying consumer goods, construction materials, container lorries (bound for Kochi Port and Kochi International Container Transhipment Terminal) and passenger vehicles. During night, the highway experiences a huge volume of traffic. On an average, around 8,000 lorries use this highway to reach Coimbatore every night.The highway has several motels and restaurants along the entire stretch.

Cities & Towns connected[edit]

Salem, Sankari, Komarapalayam, Bhavani, Chithode (Erode Bypass), Nasiyanur, Perundurai, Vijayamangalam, Perumanallur, Avinashi, Karumathampatti, Kaniyur, Neelambur (Coimbatore Bypass), Madukkarai, Walayar, (Tamil Nadu-Kerala Border), Chandranagar (Palakkad Bypass), Alathur, Vadakkanchery, Mannuthy (Thrissur Bypass), Chalakkudy, Angamaly, Aluva, Kalamassery and Kochi(Edappally).[2]

Road Improvement[edit]

The highway is currently undergoing conversion to four/six lanes. The Thrissur (Mannuthy) - Kochi (Edappally) and Coimbatore - Salem stretches of NH544 are almost completely four-laned. At the end of 2010, 40% of this stretch is 4 laned, and 35% under implementation.[3][4]

Salem ByPass NH 544 trumpet Grade interchange

Widening to six lanes is in progress between Perumanallur and Coimbatore city). Also, widening is in progress from Thrissur to Walayar in Palakkad district, Kerala). Of this, the stretch from Mannuthy in Thrissur to Vadakkanchery in Palakkad District (30 km) would facilitate six-lane traffic while the 58 km segment from Vadakkanchery to Walayar would be four-lane. The widening of Chengapalli - Walayar stretch of North-South corridor is in process, of which the first stretch from Chengapalli to Nilambur (Coimbatore) (42.705 km), where it would touch the already widened Coimbatore bypass, would facilitate six-lane traffic while the 12 km segment from Madukkarai (Coimbatore) to Walayar would be four-laned.[5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Route map: Bing

  1. ^ "Rationalization of Numbering Systems of National Highways" (PDF). Govt of India. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 21 Aug 2011. 
  2. ^ National Highway No. 47 Route: Maps of India
  3. ^ "NS&EW Corridor Map". National Highway Authority of India. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  4. ^ "NS&EW Corridor Chainage Chart". National Highway Authority of India. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 
  5. ^ "Land acquisition issues may delay widening of NH 47".