Decision taken as consultant says it would be unfeasible; proposed flyovers at PH Road, Arcot Road to be re-designed with more ramps

The proposal for a flyover at the junction of Adhithanar Salai, Pantheon Road and Dr. Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road has been dropped.

A few months ago, the Chennai Corporation had asked a consultant to study the junction and give suggestions to improve and develop the stretch. Based on the consultant’s report, the civic body is planning to scrap the proposal for a flyover there, as it wouldn’t be feasible, officials said. Instead, the junction will be improved and attempts made to ease traffic congestion.

However, a final decision will only be taken when the Corporation Council meets shortly.

This flyover and others in the works across the city were discussed extensively at a meeting held on Monday.

The proposed flyovers connecting Poonamallee High Road with Arcot Road and one connecting Mahalingapuram with Anna Salai, are set to be re-designed, with additional ramps that will link key stretches in these areas.

At the meeting, Corporation officials asked the consultant to design an additional ramp on Numgambakkam High Road for the Poonamallee-Arcot Road flyover, to decrease traffic congestion on Arcot Road. Other ramps will also be designed to make optimum use of the structure.

This apart, the consultant also submitted five options for a combined flyover connecting the existing Usman Road flyovers, based on a study of traffic patterns in the north-west direction. Officials however, asked the consultant to also study traffic moving in the east-west direction so as to design the structure better.

The two flyovers – one at the junction of North Usman Road-Kodambakkam High Road costing Rs. 9.72 crore and the other at the Usman Road-Duraisamy Road junction costing Rs. 19.8 crore were constructed during the DMK regime to help reduce the constant vehicle snarls in the area. However, they only worsened the traffic situation, leading to serpentine queues during peak hours. Also, the fire and rescue services department complained that fire tenders could not gain access to several streets in the area. Members of the T. Nagar Welfare Association also called for the demolition of the Usman Road-Duraisamy Road flyover.

The decision to construct four grade separators though, has been finalised – these will be at the junction of College Road, Sterling Road and Valluvar Kottam High Road; Arcot Salai, Saligramam and K.K. Nagar 80 feet Road junction; Mandaveli junction near Mandaveli Bus Stand and Gandhi Mandapam Salai-Ponniamman Koil Salai junction in Kotturpuram.

While their construction is likely to involve land acquisition, the Corporation has decided to ensure that it only asks for a minimal amount of land so as to make the process easy and fast, officials said. Land will be acquired using the Transfer of Development Rights, officials said.

The proposals for all these flyovers are based on a study conducted two years ago that concluded that grade separators/flyovers were necessary at a few arterial junctions in the city in order to deal with the increasing problem of traffic congestion.

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