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Road re-laying work to be expedited

Aloysius Xavier Lopez and K. Lakshmi

Work to be completed in 60 days

— Photo: S. Thanthoni

NEW LOOK LIKELY: Re-laying work on New Avadi Road may be taken up by the Chennai Corporation shortly.

CHENNAI: The Corporation will expedite re-laying work of 1,320 roads, which will cost Rs.117 crore, and will complete it in 60 days, according to Mayor M. Subramanian.

Inspecting the work on re-laying of the roads under the special roads programme here on Tuesday, Mayor M. Subramanian said that various efforts have been made by the civic body for accelerating the pace of the work.

The Chennai Police have agreed to issue special passes for heavy vehicles carrying the bitumen mix from the plant on the outskirts to enter the city limits without delay. This would help speed up the work and also help maintain optimum temperature for the bitumen mix for better roads, he said. The work entrusted to contractors under the special roads programme within the Corporation limits has also commenced this week and re-laying of roads covered under the programme is under way at a cost of Rs.60 crore. The work under the special roads programme has been bundled in three packages of Rs.20 crore each.

Black-topping

New Avadi Road, one of the many arterial roads dug up for improvement works of water supply network, will soon be black-topped as Metrowater may complete pipeline laying in a fortnight, said Mr. Subramanian.

According to sources, a 2-km stretch of the road has already been handed over to the Corporation for re-laying. Work is on progress in the remaining stretch.

The road has become heavily congested as a portion of it is being used for two-way traffic for a year now.

Pipeline laying work on the road was part of the improvement work taken up in the Kilpauk water distribution zone. The incessant rains last year were cited as the reason for the delay in the work.

The Mayor said the Chennai Metrowater had sought permission for road cuts for a stretch of nearly 140 km for strengthening water supply network.

Metrowater is carrying out improvement work in four water distribution stations, southern headworks (Valluvar Kottam), Anna Poonga (Mint), Kilpauk and K.K.Nagar, to facilitate equal distribution of water supply.

The water agency has not sought permission from the Corporation for new road cuts now. Only a few stretches such as Anna Nagar Fifth avenue, R.K Mutt road and Anna Main Road have been dug up for maintenance and improvement of sewer network.

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