Even as delays plague the construction of Metro Rail stations on the elevated corridor from Koyambedu to St. Thomas Mount, a flyover that Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is supposed to construct is behind schedule too.
The tenders to construct the flyover at Vadapalani junction, which is expected to cost nearly 69 crore, will be floated only later this month, according to officials of CMRL.
The flyover, meant to ease traffic congestion in the area, may not be complete before early next year, sources said.
An official of CMRL however said that the non-completion of the flyover may not really affect the functioning of the Metro Rail station when services begin in six months’ time.
Meanwhile, the highways department has deposited Rs. 30 crore with the CMRL for construction of the flyover that will be 600 m long.
The department is in the process of forming service lanes, constructing stormwater drains and laying footpaths. “These works are nearing completion. We are yet to take up work in a small section, where land acquisition is yet to be completed,” said a source.
The department had to face 28 cases in connection with the land of which only four remain to be settled.
One of the cases involves 166.6 sq m of land belonging to the Vengeeswarar temple. Sources in the highways said that according to revenue department records, the lands they require for the project is situated on grama natham/sarkar poromboke.
A compound wall and a mandapam where utsava idols are kept during functions is required for the flyover that will carry traffic on Jawaharlal Nehru Road.
“Vehicles from Arcot Road cutting across JN Road will remain at-grade (on the road below),” explained a source.