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Map of the National Highway in red
|Length||340 km (210 mi)|
|North end||NH 44 in Salem, Tamil Nadu|
|NH 381A in Sankagiri, |
NH 544H in Erode,
NH 381 in Avinashi,
NH 81, NH 181 in Coimbatore
NH 83, NH 948 in Coimbatore ,
NH 966 in Palakkad
|South end||NH 66 in Kochi, Kerala|
|States||Kerala: 146 km (91 mi)|
Tamil Nadu: 194 km (121 mi)
|Salem - Coimbatore - Palakkad - Thrissur - Kochi|
National Highway 544, commonly referred to as NH 544, (old number NH 47) is a 340-kilometre-long (210 mi) 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 is passing south of coimbatore. It was formerly designated National Highway 47.
In an effort to improve the traffic systems, the Kerala Road Safety Authority (KSRA) has completed the first phase of installation of high-tech automatic traffic enforcement systems on the 98 km Edappally-Mannuthy stretch of NH 544. As part of the Rs 8.5 crore project, 65 automatic traffic enforcement systems will be installed at 23 points on the stretch. The monitoring technology involves a mixture of virtual sensors, motion detectors, inductive sensors, logo sensors and high resolution cameras. Pictures of number plates would be captured using 10 megapixel cameras. The main server that will be linked to all cameras will be set up at the deputy transport commissioner's office. The magnetic sensors installed on roads will trigger the cameras in case of violations and send a message to the main server. Offenders will be traced based on visuals of vehicles and registration plates and they will be issued notice. The project is being implemented by KSRA and the Motor Vehicles Department with the technical support of Keltron as part of the decision to observe 2011-2020 as the 'decade of action for road safety'.
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