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Getting ready: The grade separator at Padi junction is expected to be opened next month.
Getting ready: The grade separator at Padi junction is expected to be opened next month.

Staff Reporter

The project is expected to be completed next month-end

Officials of NHAI say nearly 85 per cent of the construction work has been completed

Work on elevated four-lane rotary has been completed barring the link to various sections

CHENNAI: Work on the grade separator at the busy Padi junction, which was hit due to monsoon and the recent truckers’ strike, is gathering pace and the project is expected to be completed next month-end.

Officials of the National Highways Authority of India, the implementing agency, said nearly 85 per cent of the construction work had been completed. The truckers’ strike came in the way of transportation of construction materials such as cement and earth. The fuel supplies for the machineries also came under strain when the officers of national oil companies went on a strike earlier this month.

But with the transportation and fuel supplies returning to normality, the balance work would be completed. Work on elevated four-lane rotary has been completed barring the link to the various sections.

Only the approaches to the grade separator on the four sides of the junction need to be constructed. Of the six ramps proposed to be built, earthwork has been taken up in two of them that lead to Anna Nagar and Red Hills, an official said.

The other two ramps are for use by vehicles from Villivakkam and Padi. Most of the vehicles plying via the busy Padi junction would use the elevated rotary except those proceeding from Anna Nagar to Red Hills, which would ply on the Inner Ring Road.

The project is being implemented at the cost of about Rs.130 crore, which includes the land acquisition cost, the official said.

The project, to facilitate free flow of traffic on the busy junction where the traffic pile-up lasts for over two hours, was started in 2005. The traffic intensity in the junction has been estimated at two lakh passenger car units daily.

Besides the increasing traffic from the neighbouring residential areas, the Padi junction is also used by hundreds of heavy vehicles transporting goods to the city from different parts of the country.

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