Subway to replace level-crossing in Adambakkam

PROJECT SANCTIONED: A vehicular subway will replace the railway level-crossing (LC No. 14) that links Adambakkam with the GST Road.

PROJECT SANCTIONED: A vehicular subway will replace the railway level-crossing (LC No. 14) that links Adambakkam with the GST Road.  

Staff Reporter

Administrative sanction given for the project estimated to cost Rs. 10 crore

TAMBARAM: The Southern Railway and State Highways Department will build a vehicular subway to replace the railway level crossing (LC No. 14) linking Adambakkam with the Grand Southern Trunk Road.

Senior railway officials said administrative sanction was given for the project, which, according to initial estimates, would cost around Rs. 10 crore. This excludes the cost for acquiring land needed for the project. However, the exact cost could be determined only after preparing final estimates and drafting of the General Arrangement Drawing.

It had been decided as part of gauge conversion works taken up in 1998-1999 to replace all level-crossings between Tambaram and Chennai Beach with road overbridges or subways. Among the level crossings between Guindy and St. Thomas Mount railway stations, the one near Mount railway station (LC No. 16) has been replaced with a subway and the adjacent level-crossing (LC No.15) was closed.

Work is on to complete the Rs. 26-crore bridge to replace the level-crossing (LC No.13) connecting Chakrapani Street with GST Road. The LC No. 14 linking Adambakkam on Velachery Street with GST Road via Pachai Amman Koil Street and M.K.N. Road would be the next to be taken up.

While welcoming the move, residents of civic groups and Exnora Innovators Club of Adambakkam, expressed surprise that the closed level-crossing (LC No. 15) near Nidhi School never received priority. Officials said the level crossing was closed after a subway near the St. Thomas Mount railway station was built. Attempts to build a wall to prevent people from walking across the track met with hostile reactions, they said.

Adambakkam residents said there were at least six schools in the area and several hundred children crossed the tracks between Mastan Gori Street and Ponni Amman Koil Street to reach their homes and schools. If it was closed down, they would be forced to take a circuitous route.

Even at the recent Zonal Railway Users Consultative Committee meeting, Alandur Municipal authorities raised the issue. Municipal Chairman R. S. Bharathi said the local body had passed resolutions urging the Southern Railway and the Highways Department to construct at least a pedestrian subway as fatal accidents were reported there.

The local body can contribute Rs. 25 lakh from funds of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, he said. Senior engineers at the Southern Railway headquarters said they could consider a proposal for a subway at the site of the closed down LC No. 15 only if the State Government approached them.

Engineers of State Highways Department (Projects) said they received requests from civic groups and Alandur Municipality and have started examining the feasibility of a limited-use subway that can be used by pedestrians too.

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