The heavy spells of rain lashed the city during the end of 2010 leaving roads battered and motorists on a bumpy and dusty ride. Authorities of the Chennai Corporation, in order to rectify the situation, are on a rapid drive of re-laying the bad roads.
According to Corporation sources, the ongoing road laying project is part of the Special Roads Programme 2010-11 under which 1,320 roads in the city that were damaged due to the rain will be re-laid. The overall cost of the programme is Rs. 117 crores (Rs. 60 crores granted by the State Government and Rs. 57 crores from the Chennai Corporation Capital Fund).
“Deviating from the usual procedure of inviting many small contractors, only three tenders — for Rs. 20 crores each — was called for the road laying projects. The authorities laid down eligibility norms such as the contractor must have a tar station and must possess a minimum of three milling machines to get the contract,” said a senior official with the Chennai Corporation.
The contract was granted to city-based contractors and the work commenced on January 3. “There was heavy criticism for not granting the contracts to small-timers. But the Corporation authorities choose the big contractors keeping in mind the quality of work,” added the official. Until now, 25 roads including bus route roads and interior roads in the city have been re-laid at the cost of Rs. 1.20 crores, the officer added.
Roads including Mayor Ramanathan Road in Egmore, Spur Tank Road in Chetpet and Dr. D.G.S. Dinakaran Road in R.A. Puram have been completed under the project. Sections of Santhome High Road, R.K.Mutt Road, Valluvarkottam High Road, Binny Road, Anna Nagar 6th Avenue, Velachery Main Road and Sardar Patel Road have been re-laid, Corporation sources said.
The re-laying of roads under the Special Roads Programme is expected to complete all the 1,320 roads by the end of February 2011.
To find out whether a road in your area comes under the programme, log-on to www.chennaicorporation.gov.in or call 1913.
Written complaints on battered roads can also be personally handed over to Corporation Office in Ripon Building.