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Traffic survey conducted for elevated corridor project

K. Lakshmi
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ON STUDY MISSION: Volunteers involved in the vehicle survey on Rajah Muthiah Road-EVR Periyar Salai junction on Tuesday. — Photo: M. Vedhan
ON STUDY MISSION: Volunteers involved in the vehicle survey on Rajah Muthiah Road-EVR Periyar Salai junction on Tuesday. — Photo: M. Vedhan

: A traffic survey was conducted at various junctions on EVR Periyar Salai on Tuesday as part of the detailed project report for the proposed elevated corridor on the arterial road.

About 40 volunteers, including college students, were involved in the survey on Tuesday, which was the final day of the 20-day long exercise at 13 major junctions. Besides ascertaining the volume of the vehicles and number of pedestrians using the junctions, the volunteers also enquired with motorists the distance they travel on the road daily and the routes they take.

The volunteers were engaged in the survey for nearly 16 hours till 10 p.m. The survey is part of the report being prepared by the Stup Consultants based in Chennai.

Officials of the Highways Department said the locations of the survey included Gengu Road, Gandhi Irwin Road, Taylors Road and Rajah Muthiah Road (Sydenhams Road). The ‘origin and destination' survey was crucial for the project. Based on the findings the State Government would take a final decision on the project.

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited would also have to be consulted during the preparation of the detailed project report as its Corridor II (Chennai Central-St. Thomas Mount) would be implemented along the same stretch.

An official of the Highways department said the consultant would require to study whether an elevated corridor is suitable on EVR Periyar Salai. The proposal is to have a five-km elevated corridor from the intersection of Rajah Muthiah Road to Pulla Avenue, Shenoy Nagar.

On implementation, users of the corridor would save travel time. The consultant would have to submit the detailed project report in 5 months. Following scrutiny, the project may commence by next financial year.

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