Located in the Manchester of Southern India, the two-lane 28 km long Coimbatore bypass was built and commissioned by L&T Transportation Infrastructure Limited (L&T TIL), under the first road privatisation scheme that was implemented in South India on BOT basis. The bypass road takes off on the Salem side of the NH47 at Nilambur and rejoins it on the Palghat side near Madukkarai. L&T TIL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of L&T IDPL. An additional offering within the INR 1.04 billion L&T TIL project was the Athupalam Bridge that runs across the river Noyal adjacent to the old bridge on NH-47, in Coimbatore. The bypass & the bridge commenced their commercial operations in December 1998 & January 2000 respectively with the concession period being 32 years for the bypass and 21 years for the Athupalam Bridge.