With Council's approval, work on grid system of roads to begin shortly

Initiative will cover 175 km of roads in all eight zones of newly added areas

Updated - April 19, 2012 06:02 am IST

Published - April 19, 2012 02:25 am IST - CHENNAI:

Road grid in newly added areas of the Chennai Corporation is all set to improve.

Road grid in newly added areas of the Chennai Corporation is all set to improve.

Work on over half of the roads identified under the mega city development mission will start shortly.

The Chennai Corporation Council on Wednesday approved 16 packages of work on the creation of a grid system of roads for the newly added areas under the mission.

Even though the Chennai Corporation was planning to start all thework this week, a lack of proper response from contractors for some of the packages ensured a hurdle for the remaining packages.

All the roads under this project will use plastic as an additional binding material and the entire initiative will cover a distance of 175 km in the Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur zones.

The development of the gird system of 360 roads, that includes streetlights, footpaths, street furniture and stormwater drains, has been divided into 31 different packages worth around Rs. 10 crore each and will be implemented at the zonal level.

The civic body will re-tender the remaining packages to facilitate commencement of the remaining work in the first week of May.

Even though the work under the mega city development mission has been proposed to be completed in six months, Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy said the contractors have been asked to complete the work before the next monsoon.

A total of Rs. 333.27 crore has been approved for the implementation of the grid system by the Corporation. Funds available under the mega city development mission amount to around Rs. 308 crore. An amount of Rs. 25.2 crore is being borne by the civic body.

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