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SET TO GROW: A view of Wallajah Road near which the new Legislative Assembly Complex is coming up.
SET TO GROW: A view of Wallajah Road near which the new Legislative Assembly Complex is coming up.

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation will by September 15 start widening Wallajah Road and Swami Sivananda Salai, two important roads near the new Assembly complex.

The work forms part of the implementation of the traffic impact study for effectively handling increase in traffic once the complex is opened.

The road widening work is scheduled to get over before the completion of the Assembly complex. The PWD has asked the Corporation to complete it before March, according to officials.

Wallajah Road would be widened into a 29-metre four-lane stretch with a 2-metre footpath and bus bays on either side, said Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni. Movable medians would be used both on Wallajah Road and Swami Sivananda Salai to regulate traffic. The widening of Swami Sivananda Salai to 29 metres with 1.5-metre footpath on the southern side and greenery on the northern side was also part of the PWD proposal.

An earlier proposal to construct two pedestrian subways on Wallajah Road has now been dropped. Instead, the Corporation has decided to construct two foot overbridges on the road. The Highways Department, Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the Traffic police have been informed about their role in the widening of the roads, including shifting of their utilities.

According to a PWD official, modifications of the Victoria Hostel Road-Wallajah Road junction are to be made by acquiring land from the Madras University side.

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