Funding pattern has been altered due to delay in rehabilitation, design approval, land acquisition

The State government on Tuesday cleared the deck for the construction of four road overbridges (ROBs) and two road underbridges (RUBs) in the northern and southern suburbs.

The funding pattern for the six facilities has been altered due to considerable delay in rehabilitation, design approval and land acquisition.

Though World Bank funding was initially sought for the implementation of the project, which comes under the third Tamil Nadu Urban Development Project (TNUDP-III) scheme, various terms and conditions imposed by the bank have forced the government to opt for self-funding, a senior Highways Department official.

The facilities would come up at the following railway level crossings – No. 3, 4, 5, 6, 14 and 33. A Government Order (G.O. 230) has approved the construction of ROBs at Vepampattu, Pattaravakkam, Tiruvottiyur and Perungalathur, and RUBs at Wimco Nagar and Tiruvottiyur. A sum of Rs.241 crore has been allocated over the next three fiscal years.

The project, which has had many false starts over the past three years, would finally take off, the official said. “Estimates have been prepared and an initial batch of tenders will be announced in January for the construction of three ROBs,” he said.

According to him, the World Bank terms included reconstruction of houses of every project-affected person, 720 days of wages for petty shops that had to be relocated and a revenue loss compensation for business establishments amounting to two years of earnings.

“Accepting such terms would have a resulted in the compensation package costing more than the actual construction,” the official added.