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Alignment for elevated bus corridors notified

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A.Srivathsan

It is 47 km long and consists of three new river bank corridors

CHENNAI: The alignment of elevated circular bus corridors has been firmed up and published for public consultation by the Adyar Poonga Trust, fully owned by the Government of Tamil Nadu.

The proposed alignment is about 47 km long and consists of three new river bank corridors along the Adyar river, Buckingham Canal and Mambalam Canal and two new road corridors along Mount-Poonamallee Road and Inner Ring Road.

The project is estimated to cost between Rs.3,000 and Rs.4,000 crore depending on the final alignment.

These corridors are to be connected with the proposed Maduravoyal-Chennai Port Elevated Expressway along the Cooum and the Light House-Kottivakam Elevated Expressway along the coast to create four circular corridors.

The Adyar corridor will begin near the Tiru-Vi- Ka Bridge, close to the Theosophical Society, and continue along the Adyar till Ramavaram. From there it would go along Mount-Poonamalee Road and connect with Chennai Bypass Road.

The link that continues as Chennai Bypass Road will join the Manali Oil Refinery Road and then run along the Buckingham Canal and end before War Memorial.

Three options are being considered to connect this segment with the Tiru-Vi-Ka bridge. One of the options is to continue the road along the Buckingham Canal up to the Adyar river and the other to link it with the elevated road that starts from Light House on the Marina and connect with the Tiru-Vi-Ka bridge.

The Mambalam Canal alignment will commence between Kotturpuram and Maraimalai Adigal Bridge and pass through Tod Hunter Nagar and cross Anna Salai. It will then enter CIT Nagar, pass through T.Nagar and eventually connect with the elevated Maduravoyal-Port Expressway along the Cooum.

The road corridor along Inner Ring Road will commence from Jafferkhanpet across the Adyar and run along the road to connect with Periyar Salai near Koyambedu and join the Maduravayol-Chennai Port Elevated Expressway.

These linkages eventually create four circular corridors, which will be utilised by private and public transport.

Wilbur Smith Associates, consultants for this project, have submitted a detailed planning report for the Adyar Corridor with proposals for multi-tier roads. One of the proposals includes a three-tier road section with the topmost tier exclusively reserved for buses.

The proposed corridors together will involve acquisition of about 58 hectares and displace 6,800 structures. The interim report states that the goal of this project “is to improve mobility, reduce congestion and commute time whilst improving the water front and the quality of water.”

The public consultation with non-governmental organisations and experts will be held on June 3 at 10 a.m at Hotel Checkers, Little Mount.

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