Chennai Corporation is set to issue the work order for developing a grid system of roads in the extended areas of the city that are lacking good road facilities.
Under grid-III of the State-funded Integrated Grid Development programme, roads are proposed to be laid in Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur and Perungudi at a total cost of around Rs. 400 crore. In these road works, which are part of the mega city development plan, other civic facilities including stormwater drain, cable duct, stainless steel name boards and street lights, too will be integrated.
A senior official of the civic body said that already works under grid-I covering Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur had been completed at a cost of Rs. 380 crore, and works under grid-II costing Rs. 350 crore had been executed in all 15 zones. He added that Sholinganallur, part of the Corporation, had been excluded from grid-III of the programme as Chennai Metro Water Supply and the sewerage board was yet to complete the water pipeline work there.
The civic official pointed out that normally road work would involve relaying damaged roads, but this programme involved a comprehensive system including provision for cable ducts on one side, cable cross ducts and paved footpaths.
The advantage of this system was that there would not be any need for road cuts due to the provision for cable cross ducts, and the roads would last longer, he added.