Work on eight roads deferred to facilitate stormwater drain construction

The Chennai Corporation has completed re-laying of 153 bus route roads (BRR) under the Special Roads Programme 2010-2011. However, work on eight roads, including a BRR, has been deferred to facilitate improvement works by the Chennai Metrowater and construction of stormwater drains.

New Boag Road in T. Nagar is one of the roads where the re-laying work has been deferred. Over 96 km of BRR and 49 km of interior roads have been re-laid under the programme.

Of 112 interior roads covered under the Special Roads Programme, which was announced after the northeast monsoon last year, the civic body would be able to complete 105 roads by the end of this week, officials said.

Work on seven interior roads that were part of the programme, including Mahalakshmi Street in Kodambakkam zone, Manickam Maestri Street and Joni Jhon Khan Road in Nungambakkam zone have been deferred because of improvement works in stormwater drain in the area.

The civic body had completed re-laying of 137 of 154 BRR before the announcement of the Assembly elections.

Resistance to re-laying of the remaining roads by residents in various localities of the city led to suspension of the work by the Corporation in March. The work resumed after elections and the roads covered under the Special Roads Programme have been re-laid at a cost of Rs.35 crore by the civic body. The government had sanctioned a grant of Rs.60 crore for the programme.

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