The Highways Department has formulated a set of proposals at an estimated cost of Rs.3,171 crore for strengthening and widening various roads in fringe areas of the city to handle the increase in traffic. It has submitted the proposals to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).

The Highways' proposals account for a chunk of the development works to be carried out by various agencies in the fringe areas in the next three years. The CMDA will consolidate the proposals from all agencies and submit them to the government shortly.

The focus of the proposals will be on improving and enhancing infrastructure such as roads, bridges and drainage. The areas under local bodies that are likely to be part of the expanded Chennai Corporation stand to benefit from the implementation.

Road projects in fringe areas of the city belonging to Kancheepuram district are estimated to cost Rs.2,251 crore. The proposals relating to the roads in Tiruvallur are expected to cost of Rs.920 crore.

Some of the important roads included in the proposal for widening are Mount Poonamallee Road, Kodambakkam-Sriperumbudur Road, Vanagaram-Ambattur-Puzhal Road, Thandalam-Perumbakkam-Arugilpadi Road, GNT Road, Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetti Road, Medavakkam-Mambakkam-Chembakkam Road, Sadras-Tiruthani Road, Kancheepuram Bypass, Vandalur- Mambakkam- Kelambakkam Road, GST Road-Nalambakkam- Kattur Road, Korattur- Periyapalayam Road and Thirukazhukunram-Kalpakkam Road.

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