With the demolition of over 100 encroachments on the Buckingham canal on Thursday by the Public Works Department, the work on construction of an 18-metre-wide road along the eastern side of the canal connecting Madhya Kailash area and Lattice Bridge in Thiruvanmiyur has gained momentum.

The four-lane road would support traffic in both directions.

According to an official of the Railways, the road would be completed in three months and serve the residents of localities on the eastern part of the Buckingham Canal. The work has been completed in some stretches and the demolition on Thursday cleared the way for construction of 750 metre of the stretch, according to the PWD. The road would be the proper approach road for the MRTS stations of Kasturbai Nagar, Indira Nagar and Tiruvanmiyur, said the official. “Incidentally, the road has the potential to reduce traffic congestion in nearby roads,” he added. Work on such approach roads from Taramani to Velachery is also under way. The residents affected by the demolition drive have been relocated in Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, said a PWD official. The road construction is part of the MRTS phase two project.