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Chennai Corporation decides to widen roads as 'flyovers won’t ease traffic congestion'

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The Times of India        30.12.2014

Chennai Corporation decides to widen roads as 'flyovers won’t ease traffic congestion'

 

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation on Monday decided to widen a few more roads to ease traffic congestion in the city. "From now on, we will ease traffic congestion in the city by widening roads and not by building flyovers," Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy said during the council meeting.

The corporation has decided to widen three more roads -- Valluvar Kottam high road, Kodambakkam high road and Annai Nagar in Perungudi. Hitherto, the civic body had taken up a total of 24 heavily congested main roads to be widened.

Private consultants are carrying out preliminary procedures such as a land plan schedule and social impact assessment.

The previous DMK regime built 15 flyovers and subways. The present AIADMK regime has carried out detailed studies for eight grade separator projects and opened two flyovers, five bridges and three subways, according to a corporation official.

"It is now accepted world over that flyovers are not the solution to traffic problems. In fact, if not planned properly, a flyover can only transfer congestion from one junction to another," the official said.

"Therefore, it is extremely important to plan new flyovers based on detailed feasibility studies and with stakeholder consultations as huge public funds are involved in the construction of flyovers along with large scale land acquisition of private lands."

The mayor promised to complete all the proposed road works by April next year. 

 

Corporation proposes to re-lay damaged roads at Rs. 16.30 crore

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The Hindu       28.11.2014  

Corporation proposes to re-lay damaged roads at Rs. 16.30 crore

Proposal to repair roads damaged due to recent rains, by using plastic waste

The City Municipal Corporation has proposed to re-lay damaged roads at a total of Rs. 16.30 crore in all the four zones in the city.

The Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Chennai has asked the Corporation to submit a proposal for carrying out re-laying of roads in areas that were damaged due to under ground drainage work and Mettur – Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme.

The order directed the Corporation to submit a proposal to repair roads damaged due to recent rains, by using plastic waste.

Also, drainage works could also be undertaken, the order said.

After inspecting various roads, the Corporation has prepared a detailed report that proposes to carry out 61 works, including drainage for 3.215 k.m. and roads for 20.963 k.m.

The total proposal stood at Rs. 1,630.13 lakh.

In Suramangalam Zone, 13 works including roads for 4,653 k.m. would be carried out at a cost of Rs. 405.68 lakh; in Hasthampatti Zone, 14 works, including drainage for 1.005 k.m. and roads for 5.318 k.m. at a cost of Rs. 410 lakh; in Ammapet Zone, 19 works, including roads for 6.172 k.m. at a cost of Rs. 400 lakh; and in Kondalampatti Zone, 15 works, including drainage for 2.210 k.m. and roads for 4.820 k.m. at a cost of Rs. 414.45 lakh would be done.

Officials said that under the Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Project (TURIP), funds would be sanctioned and works would be carried out.

A detailed report that proposes to carry out 61 works prepared. The totalproposal stood at Rs. 1,630.13 lakh.

 

Civic body to take over 1 lakh sq. m. private land, widen roads

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The Hindu        21.11.2014 

Civic body to take over 1 lakh sq. m. private land, widen roads

Private land along Santhome High Road will be acquired to increase its width —Photo: M. Vedhan
Private land along Santhome High Road will be acquired to increase its width —Photo: M. Vedhan

The Chennai Corporation has identified 1.12 lakh sq. m. of private land and a number of notified open spaces along 11 city roads, for widening them.

The Corporation Council on Thursday passed a resolution for denotification of such open spaces to facilitate the work. The preparation of a land plan schedule for the purpose of acquisition has been completed.

The largest extent of private property (25,179 sq. m.) will be acquired along 4.7 km of Arcot Road, for increasing its width to 30.5 metre. Many parks and playgrounds in schools are also likely to be required for the road widening projects.

Work on Santhome High Road will improve its width to 24 metres. Private land on either side of the 1.6-km stretch — which, at present, is 18 metre wide — will be acquired. The 3.2-km-long Sardar Patel Salai will be widened from 20 metre to 30.5 metre, after acquiring 3,286 sq. m. of private land and 18,821 sq. m. of government land.

Vineetha Velayudhan, a long-time resident of ‘Sardar Patel Road, hailed the plan to widen roads, but expressed doubts on its effectiveness. “Even if the move is to ease traffic, nothing will happen without better traffic management. I don’t know if merely widening it is going to help.”

Transfer of development rights is likely to be used to help land owners affected by the project. The other roads to be widened include Nelson Manickam Road, Strahans Road, Perambur Barracks Road, Kaliamman Koil Street, Paper Mills Road and Sembium Red Hills Road.

Taking charge of manhole repair

The Corporation also plans to smooth jagged edges of sewer manholes on roads across the city. Currently, Metrowater has the responsibility of repairing the structures after roads are laid.

However, a number of such works were delayed following re-laying of many roads, causing difficulty to motorists. 

Under the new system, the civic body will include the cost of repair of such manholes during the preparation of estimates for a road project. The decision to change the system follows an audit objection raised on such works done by the Corporation in Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar.

 


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