Chennai

Highway widening work in progress

Work to widen a 93-km stretch of the Chennai–Bangalore highway from Walajapet to Poonamallee is in progress. Already, about 10 km of road has been widened as part of the Rs. 1,288-crore project under the National Highways Development Project.

 Sources in the National Highways Authority of India said the four-lane facility is being made into six lanes.

“Since the areas along the road are getting urbanised, service lanes are being formed on either side. Adequate lighting will also be provided,” explained a source.

 No fresh land is required for the widening as the NHAI is already in possession of land. “We acquired adequate land during the four-laning itself. Structures that have come up on our land will be removed,” explained a source.

 The stretch running via villages including Velappan Chavady, Chembarambakkam, Papanchathram, Vallakottai, Sunguvarchathram, Vedal, Enathur, Baluchettychathram and Sriperumbudur among others will also have 49 bus bays.

The toll road will have facilities for pedestrians, street furniture, rest areas, bus shelters, highway patrol and ambulances.

 The concessionaire has taken up the project on a design, finance, build, operate and transfer basis. The period of contract will be 17 years including construction period of 30 months.

 Krishnamurthy, a resident of Walajapet, said widening the road was a welcome move. “Care must be taken to prevent accidents on the road. There are a number of curves and turns where accidents happen. These should be straightened. Policemen should also be posted at pedestrian crossings,” he said.

Underpasses

Twenty-one new vehicular underpasses are to be built at locations including Parivakkam, Chembarambakkam, Papanchatram, Mevalurkuppam, Vallakottai, Chinnayanchathram, Vedal, Enathur, Perumbulipakkam, Kaveripakkam and Chennasamudram.

 Pedestrian underpasses would come up at 22 locations including Thiruverkadu, Nazarathpet, Chettipedu, Thandalam, Pennalur, Sriperumbudur, Senthamangalam, Manalmedu, Avalur, Baluchettychathram, Karapettai, Periyagramam, Poondi and Musiri.

Flyovers will come up at 10 locations including Vanagaram, Kumananchavadi, Sunguvarchathram, Ponnerikarai, Kilambi and Mambakkam, the source explained.




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