National Highway 87 (or NH 87) is a National Highway in southern India. It crosses the famous Pamban Bridge (Annai Indira Gandhi Bridge) before crossing into Rameswaram island. The total length runs up to 154 km (96 mi). The 5 km road between Mukundarayar Chathiram and Dhanuskodi was destroyed during the 1963 cyclone and was never rebuilt. Government of India has recently announced that the destroyed stretch will be rebuilt at a cost of INR 250 million.The road between Madurai and Ramanathapuram is soon to be converted from the present single road to a four-lane highway. Union minister for road transport and shippingNitin Gadkari was participated in the foundation stone-laying ceremony for the Rs 1,387-crore project in Madurai on July 17,2015. An initial outlay of Rs 900 crore was made and now the project has been sanctioned Rs 1,387 crore. The 75km stretch from Madurai to Paramakudi will be converted into a four-lane road, while the remaining 39km stretch from Paramakudi to Ramanathapuram widened to form a two-lane road with paved shoulders. Falling under the NH-49, this project is one of the largest to be implemented in Tamil Nadu by the NHAI in the recent times.