chennai: The flyover built by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) near the Chennai airport to ease congestion in one of the most important traffic hotspots on Grand Southern Trunk Road was thrown open soon after Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi dedicated it on Sunday evening.
Work on this flyover, bundled as a single package along with the grade separators at Kathipara and Padi at a combined cost of Rs. 200 crore, began in February 2005 after Mr. Karunanidhi took part in a foundation stone-laying ceremony.
It was expected to be completed in about 24 months, but suffered a delay due to certain issues over land acquisition, an NHAI official told mediapersons.
Of the Rs. 98 crore for the flyover project, the cost of civil works is Rs. 43 crore, while land acquisition cost is Rs. 47.65 crore.
The 1.6-km-long flyover has 27 bridge spans and is 11 metres wide, enabling three-lane traffic.
Only vehicles going from Tambaram to Chennai are allowed to take the flyover. Vehicles from Tambaram to the airport would be allowed in the service lane on the left side and those headed to the airport from the city would take a right turn near the entry to the domestic terminal below the flyover.
Vehicles from the airport to Tambaram would have to take the existing exit route from the international terminal, a note issued by NHAI said.
Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Karunanidhi said the flyover was an example of the various development projects being implemented in the State with support from the United Progressive Alliance government.
Union Minister for Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, T.R.Baalu said the Kathipara grade separator would be completed in a week and opened for traffic on all sections. (A portion of it towards Inner Ring Road and GST Road is operational now). Such flyovers and bridges were possible due to the massive thrust given to infrastructure by the UPA government in the Eleventh Five-Year Plan. Union Minister of State for Statistics and Programme Implementation G.K.Vasan, TNCC president K.V.Thangkabalu and Labour Welfare Minister T.M.Anbarasan spoke on the occasion.