Special Correspondent

On road safety on IT expressway

Participants informed of progress of work on corridor

Payment options for toll plaza explained

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC) has decided to ‘work together’ with the Information Technology (IT) companies located on the 20.1-km stretch of the IT corridor to chalk out a joint working mechanism to enhance road safety measures to be adhered to by the users of the IT expressway, especially the staff of the IT companies.

Briefing reporters after an hour-long meeting with the representatives of more than 25 IT companies held at the Thorapakkam office of the Cognizant Technology Solutions on Thursday, the director-in-charge of the TNRDC, K.R. Viswanathan, said the participants of the meeting were informed about the road work progress of the IT corridor from Madhya Kailash Temple to Siruseri.

The meeting also apprised the IT companies of the proposed work of the main toll plaza being constructed at Perungudi and the exit toll plaza at Siruseri and the three-side satellite toll plazas at Thorapakkam, Sholinganallur and Medavakkam. The payment options for the toll plaza were also explained to the IT companies’ representatives which included cash, smart card, and on-board unit pre-paid mode of payment.

Mr. Viswanathan explained that besides three foot overbridges, the TNRDC proposed to build 12 more , taking the total strength to 15 on the corridor.

Mr. Viswanthan explained that by July end, the road work would be completed in all respects including erection of street-lamps and lane markings.

But, completion of service road would take a little more time.

Explaining the need for “working together” with the IT sector in Chennai, Mr. Viswanathan felt that this joint working mechanism would further push Tamil Nadu as a favoured IT destination since road connectivity was one of the main components for the IT sector and would also encourage the Tamil Nadu government to initiate more road sector projects under the Public-Private Partnership mode.

The TNRDC also sought the cooperation and support of the IT companies staff to adhere to lane discipline and other road safety measures being put in place with the assistance of the Police Department to ensure safety of the employees.

“We have also broadly agreed to have training sessions to enhance road safety as part of the joint mechanism initiatives”, Mr. Viswanathan said.

On the progress of the Phase-II of the IT corridor project proposed between Siruseri and Mamallapuram, Mr. Viswanathan said the process of land acquisition was in an advanced stage and the details of the project have already been submitted to the Collectors concerned.