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Evaluation of bids for Perambur flyover project begins

Staff Reporter

The project has faced several challenges since it was planned about ten years ago

— Photo: R.Ragu

Spot study: Local Administration M.K.Stalin inspecting the North Usman Road flyover on Saturday. Mayor M. Subramanian and Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni are in the picture.

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation has begun evaluation of bids submitted for the Perambur flyover project. It had floated fresh tenders in January. The project has faced several challenges since it was planned about ten years ago. The National Buildings Construction Corporation Limited (NBCC), which had bagged the tender in 1999, was to execute the project after the redesign, but wanted to revise the costs that had been estimated at Rs. 45.67 crore.

Local Administration Minister M.K. Stalin told reporters here on Saturday that work would be commissioned immediately after the evaluation of bids.

He inspected the North Usman Road flyover construction work near Mahalingapuram. It is to be inaugurated on March 30 by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi. The flyover is 472 metres long and eight metres wide and will allow two-way traffic.

Mayor M. Subramanian and Corporation Commissioner Rajesh Lakhoni accompanied Mr. Stalin during the inspection.

Several roads in the city would get a facelift as the Corporation budget for the coming year, presented on Wednesday, includes proposals for widening, four-laning, concretising and declaring poster-free roads.

The Corporation Council discussed the budget proposals on Friday.

A total of 42 roads would be widened in north Chennai to lessen traffic congestion. This would be implemented through the transfer of development rights.

The four-laning of Ayanavaram Road and Raju Naicker Road linking New Avadi Road and Kilpauk Medavakkam Tank Road has been allotted Rs. 4.5 crore. The land required would be acquired from the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board and the Institute of Mental Health, Kilpauk, free of cost.

As posters can distract drivers and cause accidents, a few important bus-route roads would be declared poster-free, according to one of the budget proposals. Uniform signage for bus route roads would be set up after discussions with consultants.

Model signs for this proposal would be put on Dr. Radhakrishnan Road immediately. Road cut fees would have to be paid at the time of seeking building permission to enable obtaining drinking water, sewage and electricity connections. Private streets and dead-end roads of minimum length would be taken over by the Corporation for better maintenance of the road and streetlights.

The setting up of common ducts to shift overhead cables underground that was first implemented by a consortium of Information Technology companies on Nungambakkam High Road would be extended to other roads this year. There would be one model road with a common duct in each zone.

The ‘milling process’ that lays roads after digging 25 millimetres into the existing surface with new technology would be adopted to ensure that bus route roads do not continuously increase in height.

A sum of Rs. 61.56 crore has been allotted for renewal of more than 300 kilometres of tar roads. Tar roads would be converted to concrete roads at a cost of Rs. 67 crore in slum areas. More than 400 pavements would be improved.

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