Tamil Nadu

Road project to be finished in two years

The Ennore-Manali Road Improvement Project (EMRIP) and the elevated four-lane corridor from the Chennai port to Maduravoyal will be completed in two years, said Union Shipping Minister G.K. Vasan here on Monday.

Talking to reporters after chairing a joint review meeting with the stakeholders of these projects, he said: “After a considerable delay, we had a good beginning today. There is no difference with any agency on this project. The project will be completed within the stipulated time. It will provide relief to people. It will be a toll road.”

According to the Minister, the EMRIP cost had risen four-fold from Rs.150 crore to Rs.600 crore owing to the addition of service road to four lanes of the Thiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetti road, provision of underpass in the Ennore Expressway, and providing drainage on Manali Oil Refinery Road and cost escalation in the intervening period.

Equity contribution

To kick-start the project, the Ministry gave its nod to increase the Chennai Port Trust’s equity contribution by over Rs.100 crore from Rs.38 crore to Rs.139.80 crore and of the Ennore port from Rs.17.50 crore to Rs.34.02 crore. The other promoters are the National Highway Authority of India and the State government. The remaining amount will be raised through loan.

“These two projects are of vital importance to the rapid economic development of the State as they aim at improving connectivity to these ports by greatly facilitating the movement of cargoes. We are taking steps to expedite the implementation of these projects,” he said. Shipping Secretary K. Mohandas said tenders would be floated afresh for the EMRIP as there were some changes in the specifications.

“All the bottlenecks have been removed. Tenders will be floated again and this project will be speeded up. It will be completed by fiscal 2012,” said Chennai Port Trust Chairman Subhash Kumar.

Asked whether they had obtained environment clearance for the Rs.1,655-crore elevated expressway, Mr. Vasan said they were in possession of a positive note from the State Principal Secretary. It would be sent to the officials concerned soon.

The review meeting was attended by State Highways Minister Vellakoil Saminathan, NHAI officials and officials from the State government, Chennai and Ennore ports.

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