Members of Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) staged a demonstration on Saturday, demanding the speedy completion of flyovers at junctions in Moolakadai and Vyasarpadi.
Residents said it was crucial to complete both the flyovers soon as commuters to Red Hills and other states use the route.
D. Saravanan, a resident of Kannadasan Nagar, said traffic congestion on Erukkanchery High Road and Vyasarpadi had worsened due to the slow pace of the projects. It takes nearly 45 minutes to cross a distance of one km at the Moolakadai junction, which is also used by heavy vehicles bound to other states, he said.
S Vinod, a member of DYFI, said residents of areas such as Kannadasan Nagar and Mullai Nagar had been taking a detour for several months because of the delay in the Vyasarpadi project. Sources in the highways department said the flyover at the Moolakadai junction would be ready by September next year. They cited several factors, including land acquisition and police permission, for the delay in the project. “We plan to initiate action against the contractor if the work does not progress at a fast pace,” said an official.
At Vyasarpadi, one arm of the flyover will be ready by March. The delay in shifting water pipelines had slowed down the construction, sources added.