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National Highway 544 (India)

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National Highway 544
Map of the National Highway in red
NH 544 near Chithode, Expressway between Coimbatore and Salem
Route information
Length340 km (210 mi)
Major junctions
North endNH 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 endNH 66 in Kochi, Kerala
StatesKerala: 146 km (91 mi)
Tamil Nadu: 194 km (121 mi)
Salem - Coimbatore - Palakkad - Thrissur - Kochi
Highway system
NH 44NH 66

National Highway 544, commonly referred to as NH 544, (old number NH 47)[1] is a 340-kilometre-long (210 mi) National Highway in South India connecting Salem city in Tamil Nadu to the city of Kochi in Kerala. It is also called the Salem-Kochi Highway. 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 passes south of Coimbatore. It was formerly designated National Highway 47.[2]


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'.[3]

Toll Plazas

All the Toll Plazas, except those on L&T Bypass are FasTag enabled, with dedicated lanes.

  • Vaikundam Toll Plaza (near Salem, Tamil Nadu)
  • Vijayamangalam Toll Plaza (near Erode, Tamil Nadu)
  • Kaniyur Toll Plaza (near Neelambur, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu)
  • (6 Toll Plazas on L&T Byepass - soon to be replaced)
  • Pampampallam Toll Plaza (near Walayar, Palakkad, Kerala)
  • Paliyekkara Toll Plaza (near Thrissur, Kerala)

See also


  1. ^ "National Highways get new numbers". The Hindu. 6 September 2015. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Rationalization of Numbering Systems of National Highways" (PDF). Govt of India. 28 April 2010. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Now, jump red signal and get caught on cameras". The Times Of India. 14 March 2012.

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