13 new initiatives, totalling Rs. 2,000 crore, proposed to reduce traffic

In an effort to reduce congestion on the city’s roads and in its suburbs, the Highways department has proposed 13 new projects including seven grade-separators, one flyover, the widening of two major roads, a skywalk and a foot overbridge.

Proposals for a total of Rs. 2,000 crore have been submitted to the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for funding of these projects.

“These projects will be carried out over a period of six years. The junctions chosen are crucial and need grade-separators to meet the growing levels of traffic,” explained an official of the department.

In the south, new grade-separators have been proposed from the old Halda junction to Phoenix city mall; an L-shaped grade-separator on the road to Madipakkam on the Velachery–Tambaram Road and at the Selaiyur Cmp Road junction.

In the west, a grade-separator has been proposed at the Ramavaram and Avadi junctions on Mount Poonamallee–Avadi Road, at the junction of Chennai-Tiruvallur Road and Ambattur-Vanagaram Road.

In the north, grade-separators will come up at the junction of the Inner Ring Road and Madhavaram-Red Hills Road, at the junction of Inner Ring Road and Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetty Road and at Manali Oil Refinery Road junction, which has two ‘T’ junctions.

The other projects include the widening of Thoraipakkam Radial Road and a portion of Inner Ring Road from Padi to Madhavaram, the construction of a bridge in Perumalpattu, a skywalk at the Velachery MRTS junction and a foot overbridge in Alandur.

The proposals also include funding for four projects that have already been announced.

“Detailed project reports are being prepared for a flyover in Thiruvanmiyur, a road overbridge at the junction of Inner Ring Road and Mount Madipakkam Road, grade-separators at Medavakkam-Mambakkam-Sholinganallur Road junctions and at the Kilakattalai junction on Pallavaram- Thoraipakkam Road,” said the official.

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