Move on to expedite infrastructure projects for Ambattur estate

Better facilities: One of the new bus shelters on South Avenue Road in Ambattur Industrial Estate . — Photo: K. Pichumani

Better facilities: One of the new bus shelters on South Avenue Road in Ambattur Industrial Estate . — Photo: K. Pichumani  

Works worth Rs.51.50 crore will be completed by March

: Ambattur Industrial Estate is set to get some of its long-pending needs fulfilled this year with the Chennai Auto Ancillary Industrial Infrastructure Upgradation Company (CAAIIUC) gearing up to complete many of the projects.

CAAIIUC, a special purpose vehicle, is implementing infrastructure development projects in three industrial estates — Ambattur, Thirumudivakkam and Thirumazhisai. It recently provided three bus shelters and bus bays on South Avenue Road in Ambattur.

With the road being increasingly used by motorists to reach Tambaram, bus bays have become a necessity to facilitate smooth flow of traffic.

The SPV has already laid roads in the estate over a distance of 44 km. But, it is facing obstacles in the form of encroachments to lay half-a-km road near Pattaravakkam.

CAAIIUC chairman Dilip Kumbhat said that traffic congestion on Second Main Road would reduce as the road width is being increased from 12 metres to 17.5 metres. As part of the beautification project, footpaths are also constructed.

“We are also focussing on construction of stormwater drain, particularly in north phase where inundation is more during monsoon,” he added. Of the total distance of 88 km on either side, SWD has been provided on 34 km. The company plans to complete work on 20 more km by October.

Though the work started more than a year ago, there was a delay in completing the work as utility cables had to be shifted, he said.

In a bid to resolve the problem of sewage disposal, a sewage treatment plant in north phase would be made functional next month. Encroachments have to be removed to lay sewer line near Mangalapuram, he said.

Haphazard parking is another issue facing the estate. In the south phase, a four-acre parking bay near AIEMA Technology Centre has been provided. A similar facility would be soon set up in north phase near Mangalapuram to put an end to the parking problem.

Besides providing eight public conveniences in two months, the company would also expand the capacity of crèche in south phase. North phase of the estate would get a crèche with the contribution of unit holders.

As an attempt to improve transport connectivity between the two phases of the estate, eight mini-buses are also planned to be introduced for which the government approval is awaited.

“We plan to complete the works worth Rs.51.50 crore by March next year. The CAAIIUC would maintain infrastructure till 2017 after which it will be handed over to SIDCO”, Mr.Kumbhat added.

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