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Updated: September 4, 2013 08:35 IST

Who is in charge of Madhavaram flyover?

Deepa H. Ramakrishnan
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Both the NHAI and the highways dept. deny responsibility for it. Since the slabs on either side have not been maintained, grass and plants have begun growing — Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
Both the NHAI and the highways dept. deny responsibility for it. Since the slabs on either side have not been maintained, grass and plants have begun growing — Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

This four-lane flyover in Chennai is used by hundreds of heavy vehicles, but does not have lights

Grass, plants and even a small tree have come up on the Madhavaram flyover on the northern sector of Inner Ring Road.

Built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) in 2004, the flyover — connecting Padi and Manali — is badly maintained. As the slabs on either side of the structure have not been cleaned, thick layers of mud have formed on them, allowing plants to grow.

Unlike other similar flyovers constructed by the NHAI, the maintenance of the Madhavaram flyover has not been handed over to the State highways department, which is the usual practice, as the NHAI does not have a maintenance wing.

When the NHAI and the highways department were contacted, both agencies said they were not in charge of its maintenance.

“It was constructed by us but maintenance is the highways department’s responsibility,” said an official of the NHAI. However, a highways department official said the flyover had not been handed over to them.

The four-lane flyover, which is used by hundreds of heavy vehicles on a daily basis, does not even have lights.

“It’s not just the flyover that is poorly lit – the entire stretch from the Padi grade separator until beyond the flyover is not well illuminated. If lighting is improved, it will help reduce accidents here,” said K. Jagan, a resident of Kolathur.

Another confusing aspect is which project the flyover comes under.

Officials at the highways department said the flyover is part of the Rs. 600-crore Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP). However, NHAI officials denied this, and said EMRIP only began after the flyover.

The park and the road beneath the flyover however, are part of the Chennai-Tada road widening project, which is also being executed by NHAI.

The NHAI has handed over several facilities that it constructed to the highways department including the Kathipara grade separator, Padi grade separator, airport flyover and Koyambedu flyover for maintenance.

“In 2008-09 we constructed a 200-metre median, but since NHAI objected to the construction, we demolished it. We had taken up some flood damage work in 2009 but they asked us to stop that as well,” said a former highways official.

However, on Tuesday when this reporter visited the spot some agency was involved in removing the mud and plants.

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There indeed should be a way-out found to make people accountable to their misdeeds. Take for instance this issue, at least the contractor and/or the engineers concerned from the PWD, who could have supervised and cleared the finished work for subsequent release of contractual payment should be booked for negligence of duty and made accountable in a way that he should bear the amount of loss through personal means. In the absence of such dictation, any thing could happen and they can take the nation and people for a ride. It is shameful to allow such a pathetic situation to continue.

from:  Haja Abu Bucker
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 22:01 IST

Enough "commission" has already been received from contractors by the so
called "officials" and elected reps. filled their pockets.. who bothers
about how the road/fly-over conditions is/was. This is our democracy..
all tax payers money went in-vain.

from:  Murukan
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 19:57 IST

Recently patch work has been done on the Karaianchavadi junction near Poonamallee; however it couldn't sustain even for a week. What a great quality work it was???????????

from:  Balakrishnan E
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 10:06 IST

Even though NH4 is a toll road; entire Poonamallee bypass is not of quality... Commuters travelling in a good speed, expecting it is a toll road; however they end up having a great bumpy ride.............. Especially, the service lane between seneerkuppam and Savitha dental college, the bumpy ride would be so extreme sometimes upto 1 feet bump. Immediate attention is required on this service lane.......... Also the place where Avadi - Poonamallee road intersects Poonamalle bypass is of bad quality.

from:  EB
Posted on: Sep 4, 2013 at 10:04 IST
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