Chennai Corporation will start re-laying the roads damaged in the recent showers from this month-end at a total cost of Rs.135 crore. This includes the State government's allocation of Rs.60.10 crore towards the work under the Special Roads programme.

Announcing this to mediapersons here on Friday, Mayor M. Subramanian said that 154 bus route roads (BRR) totalling 96.8 km would be re-laid at a cost of Rs.47.70 crore. A total of 112 interior roads across the city would be re-laid for a distance of 49.5 km with nearly Rs.12.40 crore.

The BRR to be covered under the programme include Peters Road, Velachery Main Road, Pulianthope High Road, Basin Power House Road, Harrington Road and Anna Main Road and P. T. Rajan Salai in K. K. Nagar. The Corporation would float tenders for awarding the project in three packages.

As against the targeted 4.20 lakh sq.m. of roads where the Corporation had planned to take up patchwork before the northeast monsoon in October, the work could be completed only on 91,800 sq.m. It could not be completed due to showers, he said.

Besides patchwork on these roads, the projects to re-lay 44 BRR and 778 interior roads are in various stages at a cost of nearly Rs.50 crore. The civic body is also planning to repair concrete roads in 62 slums, Mayor said.

The quality of the road works would be reviewed by State Quality Monitor, comprising a panel of former engineers of the Highways Department. The works would be completed by March next year.

The details about the works would be uploaded on the website www.chennaicorporation.gov.in. on Saturday. Residents may represent to the civic body if any damaged roads in their areas have been left out in the project.

On queries about battered stretches, Mr. Subramanian said road cuts have been made on nearly 700-km stretch of roads for developmental works such as laying of pipelines by Chennai Metrowater and for constructing stormwater drain.

The civic body, along with various government departments, has started work to fill potholes on roads covering 35,000 sq.m. with brick debris as a temporary measure, he added.

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