Consultant has submitted detailed project report

The detailed project report for construction of flyovers at Vijay Nagar junction in Velachery, Pallavaram and Kolathur is ready. The consultant has submitted the report to the Highways Department.

Sources in the department said that estimates were being prepared and proposals being analysed. “We would be shortly seeking administrative sanction for the facilities,” a senior official said. The proposals were announced in 2011-12 budget and tenders are expected to be floated in a few months.

At the busy Vijay Nagar junction, two flyovers would be constructed. One of the flyovers would be a one-way facility with traffic from Velachery Bypass Road to Tambaram. The other flyover, a portion of which would pass above the other facility, is to have two-way traffic from Taramani Link Road to Velachery Bypass Road.

“This multi-level design has been chosen to minimise land acquisition. There are drains on all three roads and they would be converted as part of the carriageway,” said a source in the Highways Department.

The height of the second level would be 15 metres, which is equivalent to five floors.

The length would be 1,100 m. Clearance would be 5.5 m, which is enough even for double-decker buses and containers. A foot over bridge would come up at the junction. A skywalk from the Vijay Nagar junction to Velachery MRTS station has also been suggested.

Ordeal for motorists

With heavy traffic flowing in from all directions and hundreds of buses moving in and out of the bus terminus, rush hour at the Vijay Nagar junction in Velachery is an ordeal for motorists and residents.

V.Mohandas, a resident of Srinivasa Nagar in Madipakkam, said that he travelled to Saidapet on a regular basis and had no other option but to take the junction. “Even on Sundays there is a traffic jam. If you think you have crossed one bottleneck, the next one comes up immediately. Though there is space for widening, the Highways Department has not done it,” he said.

The Traffic and Transportation Forum, a non-governmental organisation, which studied the traffic pattern in Velachery last year, suggested said that vehicles had to wait for at least three signals before they can cross the junction. V.E.Subramanian of the Forum said: “Buses on route number M21 (Tambaram East to Vijay Nagar) stop at the junction and allow passengers to board. Hundreds of buses cross that junction, leading to a considerable slowdown in flow of traffic.”

The flyover at the Kolathur junction would facilitate smooth traffic movement from Red Hills Road and Inner Ring Road at Retteri. No land acquisition would be required as the facility would come up over a 200 feet road.

At Pallavaram, the facility would connect Market Road and Kundrathur Road and be 1,402 m long and have three lanes allowing one-way traffic.

The traffic arrangement would be similar to that on the airport flyover.


Deepa H. RamakrishnanJune 28, 2012

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