The State Highways Department is proceeding with the road widening work on the Velachery Main Road near the Vijayanagar junction in Velachery, but officials of the Department point out that the widening work may get delayed, as a portion of land on the stretch is still to be acquired.
The Vijayanagar junction at the Velachery Main Road-Bypass Road junction is prone to heavy traffic congestion, as vehicles from the southern suburbs including Tambaram, Medavakkam, Pallikaranai, Madipakkam and Ullagaram-Puzhithivakkam using the road to reach the city.
The road also being an important corridor toRajiv Gandhi Salai, has heavy traffic congestion. Moreover, with the road being narrow between the Velachery flyover and the Vijayanagar junction of the Velachery Main Road, traffic gets piled up during rush hour. .
The State Highways Department, in order to ease traffic congestion at the Vijayanagar junction, had proposed to widen a small stretch of the Velachery Main Road to link the Inner Ring Road.
The IRR connects GST Road with Rajiv Gandhi Salai. But the compound wall of one building is standing in the way the road expansion work. An official of the Highways Department said that there are three cases pending in the Madras High Court against land acquisition on this stretch. But the Department has proposed to go ahead with the road expansion work for which land had been acquired earlier. The official says: “As and when the pending cases get concluded, we hope to take up widening of the particular portion.
The road widening work was taken up at a cost of Rs. 2 crore.”
The widening of the road at this stretch was important because it is a crucial link for the southern extension of the Inner Ring Road, which is being developed from the Velachery Main Road (under the bridge) to the GST Road.
The State Highways Department in 2007 completed the land acquisition in the particular stretch on Velachery Main Road for widening of the road.
Despite the department removing encroachments and demolition of compound wall of several buildings, it was unable to undertake road-widening work, because of a builder obtaining a court stay against land acquisition.
S. Kumararaja, secretary, Federation of Velachery Residents' Welfare Association, wanted the Highways Department to complete the road widening work at the Velachery Bypass Road near the Vijayanagar junction, where also the owners have gone to court against land acquisition.