Manali Oil Refinery Road to be widened by 10 metres; work to be completed by June

Manali Oil Refinery Road, part of the Rs. 600-crore Ennore Manali Road Improvement Project (Emrip), will soon be a six-lane stretch.

National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has commenced work on widening the four-lane road at a cost of Rs. 10 crore.

The 5.6-km stretch will have 12 metres of carriageway on either side after the widening which is expected to be completed by June. According to the NHAI, the widening was taken up following requests from residents and suggestions from the police.

“There were plans to simply strengthen the road. But people in the residential areas on either side of the stretch — Ernavoor, Ramakrishna Nagar, Sathyamurthi Nagar, Jothi Nagar and Sadayankuppam — had to undergo hardships because of container traffic,” an official said.

S. Ambigaidass, a resident of Tiruvottiyur, said containers took up most of the space on the four-lane stretch and, at times, traffic jams extended beyond Ernavoor bridge.

“It takes two hours to get to Anna Nagar or Koyambedu. Recently, the police took some steps to streamline container traffic and ensure they do not occupy all the four lanes on the stretch,” he said.

The police and Chennai Port Trust must also take steps to ensure containers are not parked haphazardly on the road,” said Mr. Ambigaidass said. Umarani Dayalapandian, a resident of Theradi, said widening of the road had been a long pending demand of residents.

“One cannot think of crossing the road on foot. We use the stretch regularly to drop our children off to school or tuition classes. There is mud on the sides of the road and it is often slippery for two-wheeler riders. After the road is widened, we hope the authorities will remove the mud and provide streetlights,” said Ms. Dayalapandian.

However, the widening work is facing some hurdles because of a delay in shifting of utility lines.

Tangedco is yet to moves electric poles from the stretch and Chennai Metrowater has not cut water supply despite a new water supply line being laid. “We have paid both the agencies for shifting of the utilities. The delay is slowing down our work,” an NHAI official said.