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Inner Ring Road southern extension taking shape

R. Srikanth

The five-km road will link Velachery Main Road with GST Road


CHENNAI: Work on the southern arm of Inner Ring Road (IRR), to link two crucial arterial roads in south Chennai through some of the fast developing localities around Velachery and Nanganallur, is progressing in full swing.

The State Highways Department, the implementing agency, has initiated the road development work simultaneously from both ends — near the Velachery MRTS station (Velachery Main Road) and Grand Southern Trunk Road.

The five-kilometre project involves creating a four-lane road each on both sides of the proposed MRTS network from Velachery to St. Thomas Mount stations. After some distance, the road will be a single three-lane corridor. On completion, the Rs.95-crore project is expected to reduce travel time for residents of many of the localities and congestion on the two busy roads.

Out of the total cost, a little over Rs.60 crore is towards land acquisition and the rest for project, including laying the road and creating associated facilities such as culverts. While the road is scheduled to be opened by early 2009, the black-topping will be completed by the first quarter, says an official.

Detailing the project, he says the IRR arm from Velachery Main Road will have two 30-feet (four lane) roads below the flyover, near the MRTS station. Two bridges, with an elevated track for MRTS between them, are to be constructed over the Adambakkam lake.

The MRTS elevated network will be above the bridge. Metropolitan Transport Project, which is executing the MRTS work, has started pile foundation work for the elevated tracks. A railway official says two railway stations - Puzhuthivakkam and Adambakkam – will come up between Velachery and St. Thomas Mount.

On the Velachery side, the department is constructing two culverts to facilitate free flow of water from one side of Pallikaranai swamp to the other. A ‘kuccha’ road has been laid below the Velachery flyover on both sides of Velachery Main Road till Balaji Nagar Main Road. On GST Road end, work to link the IRR arm with the Thillai Ganga Nagar subway is in progress. About 40 per cent of the road work has been completed. Land acquisition too is over, except for 700 metres near Vanuvampet. A total of 65 houses, comprising both buildings and thatched huts have to be acquired for the project, the highways official says.

Construction of four culverts between Balaji Nagar Main Road in Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam and the Velachery Station are part of the project for channelling rainwater from Veerangal Odai and Velachery Canal to the southern side of the Pallikaranai swamp. A temporary canal has been created on both sides of the ‘kuccha’ road to channel the rainwater to the Pallikaranai swamp and prevent flooding of nearby residential colonies. There is also a proposal to construct a permanent canal on both sides of the road and subsequently increase width of the road.

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