Ball set rolling on Vadapalani flyover

Congested: Traffic situation at the Vadapalani junction will improve once the flyover is constructed. —

Congested: Traffic situation at the Vadapalani junction will improve once the flyover is constructed. —   | Photo Credit: Photo: K. Pichumani

Deepa H Ramakrishnan

Metro Rail evaluating possibility of integrating elevated corridor and proposed flyover

CHENNAI: The long-pending demand of the residents living near Arcot Road for measures to decongest traffic is set to materialise with Chennai Metro Rail Ltd evaluating the possibility of integrating its elevated corridor and the proposed flyover at Vadapalani junction.

A senior official of Chennai Metro Rail Ltd told The Hindu that experts in the field have begun discussions on how to integrate the two sets of elevated structures. “We are doing it [discussion] as quickly as possible and expect work to be taken up soon,” he said. The flyover, proposed at the junction of Arcot Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road, would help ease traffic flow considerably in the area.

The State government had, in 2005-06, granted approval to the Highways Department for the construction of a grade separator at the junction. An official of the Highways Department said the proposal was put on hold because of the Metro Rail project, as part of which the construction of the flyover would also be taken up.

Residents of Choolaimedu had made a demand for a flyover as early as 2000. “Local Administration Minister M.K.Stalin, who was the Mayor, had then said that the project would be considered. A Government Order was also passed in 2005 but after that nothing seem to have happened,” said S. Kasturi Rangan, secretary, Choolaimedu Exnora Innovators Club. He said that traffic from Kodambakkam to Porur junction was dense and during rush hour the road was invariably choked. “If encroachments are removed traffic flow would be easier. A two-lane flyover is not enough for the amount of traffic at the junction,” he added.

V.Kalyani a resident of Natesan Nagar said that due to diversion of vehicles through K.K.Nagar – Jawaharlal Nehru Road junction autorickshaw drivers demanded Rs.50 to Rs.60 from Kodambakkam to Vadapalani bus terminus. “We are forced to take a two-km diversion to reach the other side of Arcot Road.”

K.C.Vijaykumar, a resident of Ashok Nagar, said that a grade separator would be a better solution for the junction. Along with that, something must also be done about haphazard parking of share autorickshaws on Jawaharlal Nehru Road. At the same time, the moffusil bus stop close to the junction must be shifted to another location. The buses and autorickshaws take up quite a bit of road space, posing problems and safety hazards for other users, he added.

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