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Bypass road taking shape

DIFFICULT TIMES WEATHERED? The first four months was a difficult period due to some opposition from residents. This period also involved laying of underground cables by Tangdeco. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

DIFFICULT TIMES WEATHERED? The first four months was a difficult period due to some opposition from residents. This period also involved laying of underground cables by Tangdeco. Photo: G. Krishnaswamy   | Photo Credit: G_KRISHNASWAMY

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Widening of Agaram Then Road, a vital segment of the project, gathers momentum. T.S. ATUL SWAMINATHAN reports

Work on developing a bypass road through Agaram Then Road, started last year, is in full swing now. The bypass road, which starts from Rajakilpakkam-Selaiyur Camp Road junction and goes through Agaram Then Road, will enable vehicles coming from Velachery, Rajakilpakkam, Camp Road and other areas in their vicinity to reach Perungalathur or Vandalur, without touching Tambaram, thereby reducing traffic on a section of GST Road.

∝“The Tamil Nadu State Highways Department is widening the road into a six-lane thoroughfare. The bypass road is developed to divert the traffic on Grand Southern Trunk Road. Work on widening the stretch, starting from Selaiyur Camp Road–Rajakilpakkam junction to Agaram Then is in full swing. The road-widening work started eight months ago. The distance of the stretch in question is three kilometres and the work will be completed by the end of this month,” official sources said.

The 20-feet road will be widened to a 150-feet-wide thoroughfare. As part of the widening project of Agaram Then Road, widening of Camp Road will also be taken up soon. Sources believe that the work on widening the remaining stretch will be taken up next month. , the sources believe.

According to them, the first four months of the road-widening process proved to be difficult, due to period in executing the project as there was stiff opposition from some residents. It was during this period Tangedco was laying underground cables. laying of underground cables by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board. The entire widening process is proceeding at a brisk pace and is expected to be completed in another three months. “The outer-bypass road (as this is called) will be developed at a cost of Rs.27.50 crore,” the sources added.

Apart from this, the Tambaram municipality is constructing Underground Drainage System (UGD) on the thoroughfare.

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