Work on for bypasses on OMR

Work to create bypasses for Kelambakkam village and Thiruporur town on Rajiv Gandhi Salai has begun at a cost of Rs. 243 crore. The six-lane wide roads are part of the proposal to widen the IT Corridor from Siruseri to Mamallapuram as part of phase II expansion.

Sources at the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), which manages the road, explained that the work for both bypasses had started simultaneously and were expected to be completed in two years. “Land acquisition for widening phase II is on at a cost of Rs. 465 crore and the lands for the bypasses are included in that,” an official explained.

The process of land acquisition for phase II of Rajiv Gandhi Salai began in 2008 and, so far, a total of Rs. 290 crore has been disbursed. Presently, Rs. 175 crore is being settled to the land owners. About 1.5 km length of Salt Department lands are being acquired for the bypasses.

Avoiding demolishments

The bypasses were planned to avoid demolishing commercial establishments that have come up along Rajiv Gandhi Salai in Kelambakkam and Thiruporur and thus minimise costs. Both localities see a lot of traffic since development from Navalur up to Thiruporur has been rapid due to the large workforce at the Siruseri SIPCOT park and many residential projects that have come up there, the officials said.

The Kelambakkam bypass will begin in Padur village and join the IT Corridor in Thaiyur and run over a distance of 4.67 km. Similarly, the one for Thiruporur would be 7.45 km long and take off at Kalavakkam and rejoin the main road in Vengaleri village.

Saktheeswari Sivaraman, a resident of Thiruporur, said the bypasses would spread development. “Smaller connecting roads to nearby residential localities too must be developed. Also, care should be taken to ensure that the roads are well lit and traffic signals installed. Police presence is needed,” she said.