Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday announced several measures to improve road infrastructure in the State to be implemented at a cost of Rs 1,733 crore. The projects included a 45-km elevated corridor between Taramani and Mahabalipuram and 18 railway bridges in 11 districts. For the railway bridges, the CM allocated Rs 948.30 crore.
Making a suo-motu statement under Rule 110 in the State Assembly, the Chief Minister said that with a view to ease traffic congestion caused by the increasing number of IT companies, multi-storey buildings and educational institutions, an elevated corridor from Taramani to Mahabalipuram would be established and `5 crore would be allocated for preparing a detailed project report for the corridor soon. It would be completed in two packages. The first package would be between Taramani and Siruseri and the second package would be between Siruseri and Mahabalipuram.
The Chief Minister said through these projects, the transportation facilities in the state would be upgraded and the traffic congestion in the urban areas would be eased so that travellers would be able to reach their destinations in the shortest possible journey time, besides boosting industrial growth.
A multi-layer parking lot, which can accommodate 2,000 vehicles and 50 buses at a time, would be constructed at a cost of `200 crore in 4.9 acres of land in Siruseri, got on 99-year lease in 2005 by the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company Limited, from the SIPCOT.
As many as 18 railway bridges would be constructed in 11 districts — Tiruvallur, Tiruvannamalai, Vellore, Tiruchy, Salem, Tiruvarur, Kancheepuram, Nagapattinam, Villupuram, Coimbatore and Tirunelveli at a cost of `948.30 crore.
The Chief Minister also allocated `201.88 crore towards preliminary works for these bridges.