CHENNAI: Chief Minister ‘Edappadi’ K Palaniswami on Friday inaugurated the much expected Tiruvottriyur-Maatumandhai railway overbridge constructed at a cost of `58.5 crore. He said the bridge would facilitate easy flow of vehicles as well as reduce travel time.
“On behalf of all of you, I inaugurate this bridge,” the Chief Minister said, addressing a gathering near the bridge. Later, he took a stroll on the bridge.
Pointing out that it would take six to seven years to build a railway overbridge, he said, “As works were expedited, the bridge has been completed in around five to six years. The facility could have been earlier opened for public use partially. But due to problems in land acquisition for laying approach roads, it got delayed.”
Stating that this railway crossing was a busy one, Palaniswami said people were put to hardship in reaching their work places. Those going to hospitals also were affected as the railway gate remained closed often. The bridge would be of benefit to the people.
During the past six years, as many 61 railway overbridges had been constructed, he said and added that during the previous DMK regime between 2006 and 2011, only 32 railway overbridges were built. He also said as of now, work on 85 railway bridges were on.