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CHENNAI PERIPHERAL ROAD PROJECT

The PERIPHERAL ROAD

Government has taken various measures to ease congestion in Chennai for some time. The Peripheral Link Road is one among such measures.

The Tamilnadu Chiefminister has announced in April 2012 the building of the Peripheral Link Road linking Mahabalipuram with Ennore skirting Chennai.

The Route

The Road will be162 KM length,connecting the East Coast Road, GST Road, the Chennai-Bangalore Highway, the Chennai-Tiruvallur High Road and GNT Road, thus touching industrial, areas at Maraimalianagar, Singaperumalkoil, Oragasam, Sriperumbudur, Thiruvallur and industrial areas in North Madras.In Sriperumbudur a dry port is coming up and a green field airport is slated to be built.The cost of the Project is estimated to be Rs. 1,420- crore.

While New roads spanning 83.2KMs will have to be laid linking Mahabalipuram with Singaperumalkoil and the Ponneri-Kattupalli link,the  existing roads running to a length of 78.60 km including the Singaperumal Koil-Sriperumbudur Road (23 km), Sriperunibudur-Thiruvallur Road (18 km), Thamaraipakkam to Periyapalayam (12 km), Puduvoyal to Pulicat (6 km) and another 15 km to Kattupalli will be improved under the project.

Detailed Project Report

An amount of Rs 10 crore has been allotted by the Govt for preparing a Detailed Project Report and a consultant has been appointed for this. The project report is to be submitted within 15 months.

The  Detailed Project Report is to study  road alignment, the disturbance to the residential habitats this project may bring along the route, facilities required like bridges. road over bridges. by passes etc.

Once completed, the Road will give high-speed connectivity to Ennore port, cut accident rates inside the city, attract industrial investments and reduce repairs to city roads. As the Chennai by-pass and the first phase of Outer Ring Road, which is under construction, see high volume of traffic, there is a need for another road to skirt the urban area. The Chennai bypass alone witnesses over 3.8 lakh vehicles a month.

By John das

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