Deepa H Ramakrishnan

Works will be taken up on five major, four minor and nine small bridges

CHENNAI: A total of 18 major and small bridges along the 113-km East Coast Road from Chennai to Puducherry will be strengthened at a cost of Rs.3.43 crore in nine months.

The Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC) has given the work order to the contractor, Hitech Civil Engineering Services, and the work will begin with a ‘bhoomi pooja’ on Friday.

The works will be taken up on five major, four minor and nine small bridges. The works include replacement of expansion joints, jacketing around piles and columns with concrete and applying epoxy coating to exposed concrete surfaces.

A senior official of the TNRDC told The Hindu that a proposal for Rs.9 crore had been already sent to the State government. This included a proposal for repair and restoration of 200 culverts.

Even as the company was awaiting the government’s nod, the work on the bridges is being taken up considering the urgency and nature of work. The bridges, which are to be strengthened are old and have undergone considerable wear and tear.

Apart from the Palar River causeway beyond Kalpakkam, four other major bridges are across backwaters at Adayalacheri, near Muttukadu, near Paramenkeni and near Thenpakkam.

The facilities at Muttukadu and Thenpakkam are nearly 40 years old.