CHENNAI: Chennai Corporation’s plan to build an elevated transport corridor connecting Ega theatre junction on Poonamallee High Road with the Valluvar Kottam junction on Thirumalai Pillai Road, here, has received a unanimous approval at the stakeholders’ meet conducted to seek public opinion in this regard.
The 2.77-km stretch is estimated to cost Rs 1,100 crore.
“When the corridor is functional, commuting time between the two junctions will fall to under five minutes,” said Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy.
Duraisamy said the corporation would issue development rights certificates in exchange of land from private parties, under the Transfer of Development Rights Scheme, in order to limit the project cost to just the construction process, which is estimated to be Rs 350 crore.
“Instead of building separate flyovers, constructing an elevated corridor between the junctions will be a one-stop solution,” said Gopinath, a representative of STUP Consultants Private Ltd, the company in-charge of project planning.
The project received support from members of the public, who said it was a much-needed solution to traffic concerns, and urged the Mayor to implement the project at the earliest.
“It is an exciting project because unlike other flyovers what this one does is to eliminate junctions and signals and greatly increase the speed of commuting,” said Lakshman, a resident of Nungambakkam.
The Mayor assured the residents that the work on the project would be speeded up and would begin as soon as land acquisition is completed.
“The work will be split into three phases that will take place simultaneously so that the project is completed as soon as possible,” the Mayor said.
Members of the public can approach the consultants with their queries for 10 days before a final decision is taken on the plan. The consultants can be reached via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and over phone, 09381060197.