Special Correspondent

CHENNAI: An outer ring road will be built on the city outskirts to reduce traffic congestion on the existing roads. The project will be taken up in two phases.

Highways Minister M.P.Saminathan said the road would start from Vandalur in NH 45 and go up to Minjur, through Tiruvottiyur – Ponneri – Panchetty for a length of 62 km linking Bangalore, Tirupati, and Calcutta roads.

Land acquisition has been completed for a length of 34 km. The project is to be taken up under public-private partnership mode in the first phase from Vandalur to Nemilicheri, the Minister said while presenting the demand of his Ministry in the Assembly on Monday.

According to Mr.Saminathan, the Chennai Bypass from Tambaram to Maduravoyal would be converted to four lane from two lane carriageway and a new bypass from Maduravoyal to Puzhal had been taken up for a length of 13 km by National Highways Authority of India at a cost of Rs.405 crore. NHAI was taking action to complete the works during the current year.

Under the Chennai Metropolitan Development Plan, the State had sanctioned 11 works consisting of 6 grade separators, one ROB and 4 river bridges at a cost of Rs 219 crore.

Of these, grade separator at the junction of Marmalong Bridge-Irumbuliyur Road and Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Road near Pallikaranai was under execution. The government has decided to widen the Rajiv Gandhi Salai (IT Corridor) from Siruseri to Mamallapuram. A sum of Rs.70 crore had been sanctioned for acquiring land required for the project. Once the land acquisition was completed, the work would be taken up.

Widening of ECR

A feasibility study would be done through Tamilnadu Road Development Company for widening the East Coast Road from Chennai to Puducherry in view of the heavy traffic. After the receipt of the feasibility report, which would also take into consideration environmental impact, further action would be taken up, he added.