The newly-added areas of the Corporation can look forward to better roads, improved connectivity and improved facilities for healthcare and education.

The civic body’s budget, presented on Monday, proposed to relay 4,000 interior roads in the newly-expanded areas of the civic body. Around 500 km of roads will be covered under this.

“These roads are in bad condition and need to be re-laid. The work will be completed in a year’s time,” said a civic body official. The Corporation maintains a total of 25,731 interior roads spanning 4,811.79 km.

A high-level bridge will come up across Buckingham Canal connecting Murugesan Nagar in Thoraipakkam with Pandiyan Salai in Neelankarai. This will improve connectivity between the arterial Rajiv Gandhi Salai and East Coast Road.

Last year, the State government had planned to improve connectivity between the two roads to reduce traffic congestion. The bridge has also been suggested in the Comprehensive Traffic and Transport Study for Chennai city.

There is more in terms of infrastructure for the eight new zones. School buildings will come up in Kanniammam Pettai, Kulakkarai, Kosapur, Theambakkam, School Road and Andarkuppam in Manali zone.

A high school building will be constructed in Kannagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam.

The extended zones will also benefit from 10 new health posts. New Siddha dispensaries will come up in all zones except Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Alandur and Adyar, and 14 new Ayurveda dispensaries will be set up in all zones except Teynampet. Urban primary health centres will come up in Saraswathi Nagar and on Nedunchezian Salai in Sholinganallur zone.

The Chennai Corporation will soon take up work to upgrade and improve burial grounds in the expanded areas. Major burial grounds will get gasifier crematoria. The slaughter house at Kallikuppam in Ambattur zone will be modernised.

To improve garbage collection in the expanded areas, the civic body has proposed to purchase tipper lorries and small compactors.

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