Five bids received from international experts specialising in such projects

The Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited (TNUIFSL) has received five bids from consultants for the preparation of a detailed project report and to supervise the construction of five flyovers on Rajiv Gandhi Salai.

According to sources, the bidders are international consultants specialising in such projects. They would have to design and give cost estimation for the projects. Their bids are under evaluation currently. The TNUIFSL has called for bids on behalf of Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), which manages Rajiv Gandhi Salai.

The State government had announced in the budget that flyovers would be constructed at Thiruvanmiyur junction, SRP Tools junction, Perungudi Lifeline junction, Thoraipakkam- Pallavaram Radial Road junction and Sholinganallur junction to ease traffic congestion at these spots.

Sources in the TNRDC said that the work on flyovers would be taken up after the completion of the service lanes. Construction of the flyovers, which would be taken up simultaneously, is expected to be completed in 24 months. “Once the service lanes were opened, traffic flow would be smoother.”

Close to 30,000 vehicles cross the road daily and signals at Thiruvanmiyur (near TIDEL Park), at Sholinganallur where roads branch off to ECR and Perumbakkam and Thoraipakkam – Pallavaram Radial Road junction witness traffic snarls during rush hour. K. Anand, who commutes to the city for work from Navalur, said better signal management by the traffic police could help to ease the snarls at the Sholinganallur and TIDEL Park signals. “In some places there are no traffic policemen and only employees of the TNRDC who manage the signals. Though they do a good job, it is not enough. Traffic policemen can be seen at some places but they too stand there just to impose fines.”