Government plans to make 20-km IT Expressway operational by August
CHENNAI: The Highways Department has fast-tracked road-laying work on the information technology corridor, gearing up the machinery of the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company.
On the first 3-km stretch (Milestone-1), from the Madhya Kailash temple to Tidel Park, the Highways Department is installing road signs and building a temporary pedestrian foot over-bridge that will link the Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station and Tidel Park.
"The Government has initiated discussions with the Southern Railway on installing a `travelator,' right from the Thiruvanmiyur MRTS station to connect Tidel park and other research institutions on the IT corridor," says K. Allaudin, Secretary, Highways Department.
The Highways Department has set an August deadline to make the entire 20-km IT Expressway operational. It is monitoring the works on the corridor every week. Despite constraints, he says the Government is striving to make it a model road.
On the Milestone-2 stretch (from Perungudi to Karapakkam), the Government has run into the problem of non-availability of ducts.
"We have identified the problem in nine places. The Highways Department is constructing culverts to allow floodwaters and wastewater to drain into the Pallikaranai marsh. It will also construct two-tier and three-tier ducts for cable-laying by the Electricity Board, Metrowater and other service agencies to meet the future requirements of IT companies," the Secretary says.
And on the final Siruseri stretch, the Government has levelled the existing road after shifting power transformers and structures of other service agencies to make the 20-km IT Expressway fully operational.