Two-way traffic between Thousand Lights and LIC could take a few more weeks to be restored

Long wait: Traffic flow was changed nearly eight years ago to allow construction of the Metro.

Long wait: Traffic flow was changed nearly eight years ago to allow construction of the Metro.  

CMRL says contractor is yet to construct some entrances at three Metro stations, owing to the delay.

Even six months after the opening of the AG-DMS to Central station stretch of Chennai Metro, two-way traffic has not been restored on Anna Salai between Thousand Lights and LIC.

It could take a couple more weeks to revert to the old traffic pattern as the contractor is yet to finish work on the entrances of the LIC Metro station, sources said. Traffic flow in this stretch was changed nearly eight years ago to accommodate the construction of the underground Metro network.

According to officials of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), the contractor Larsen & Toubro has been delaying the construction. “The contractor will have to complete a few more entrances in three stations and some ancillary work. Once they finish these, we can lay the road in the stretch and two-way traffic can resume,” an official said.

It is not clear why there has been a delay of six months.

When The Hindu reached out to L&T officials, they refused to comment.

Commuters are having a tough time traversing certain constricted stretches of Anna Salai and General Patters Road due to restricted space, particularly during peak hours.

Yet to hand over

The Chennai Metro has to hand over the road to the Highways Department after finishing the construction work but is yet to do so, a senior police officer told The Hindu.

“Before the construction work began, the Highways Department handed over the road to CMRL. Now, after the construction is over, they have to relay the road and give it back. After that, we will have to conduct trials and then revert to the original traffic flow in two weeks,” he said.

A few signals and medians have to be put up before the flow is changed, he added.

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