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Work on phase I of Outer Ring Road to begin by February

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Work on phase I of Outer Ring Road to begin by February

Staff Reporter

CHENNAI: Work on phase I of the proposed Outer Ring Road (ORR) from Vandalur to Nemilichery is expected to begin by February 2010.

Sources in the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), managing associate for the project, said that five bids have been received for the Rs.864-crore project. The two companies that submitted the bids for the 29.65-km corridor are Nagarjuna Construction Company Ltd. and SOMA Enterprises Ltd, both Hyderabad-based. Three consortiums — two in Hyderabad and one in Bangalore — are also in the fray.

A total of 11 companies had bought the bid documents of which the five submitted bids. The TNRDC would ascertain the technical and financial status of the bidders. The bids of those who clear the technical evaluation would be opened in the third week of June.

The TNRDC would then take a month to process and issue a formal letter of acceptance to the company, the sources said.

Following this the concession agreement would be signed between the company and the TNRDC.

With the successful bidder being given project support of Rs.300 crore, it would have 180 days to arrange its share of Rs.564 crore to be invested in the road.

As the road would have to be developed from the scratch, a lot of filling, levelling and checking flood levels would be required.

Land acquisition has already been completed by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

The ORR is to be laid on a develop, build, finance, operation and transfer (DBFOT) on an annuity basis.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2009 03:03
 

Preliminary works begins on road along MRTS at Perungudi

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

Preliminary work begins on road along MRTS at Perungudi

R. Srikanth

3-km Velachery-Taramani stretch will be completed in 6 months

— Photo: R.Srikanth

IMPROVING CONNECTIVITY: Survey of the area near the Perungudi MRTS station being conducted for a new road, on Monday.

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has started work on the road that will run parallel to the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) network from the Velachery to Taramani stations.

Starting close to the parking lot of the Velachery Station, the road will connect the New Veeranam Salai near the Taramani station. It is expected to meet the requirement of good road connectivity for MRTS users. The Taramani Link Road, which is the only major road link near the MRTS, is far away from the stations. The New Veeranam Salai connects Taramani Link Road and the Rajiv Gandhi Salai.

The upcoming 3-km long road will be a two-lane facility. From the Velachery station to Perungudi station, the road will come up on one side of the track and in the rest of the stretch up to Taramani Station on the other side. A road overbridge near the Perungudi station would connect the two stretches.

Chief Public Relations Officer of Southern Railway Neenu Ittyerah said work on the stretch between the Taramani and Perungudi stations has begun. On the portion connecting the Perungudi and Velachery stations, the work would begin shortly.

She said the Metropolitan Transport Project, which is developing the road, has planned to complete this project in six months. Any delay would be only on account of the time taken to remove encroachments by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

Former Anna University professor T. Ananatharajan, who had organised several seminars on multi-modal transport, was happy that the road was being laid. He said that while Southern Railway was taking steps to form a road along a part of the MRTS network, the Chennai Corporation has done little to improve the road from Taramani Link Road to the Perungudi station.

As a result, the station is underutilised because the road running through the thickly populated residential areas and the railway station was in bad shape and did not have proper street lighting.

Though the new road would ease traffic congestion on Taramani Link Road, residents are concerned that it would aggravate the problem of water stagnation during monsoon in the nearby residential areas.

S. Kumararaja, secretary, Federation of Velachery Residents Welfare Association, said with sand bars below the elevated tracks already blocking the free flow of the water to the Pallikaranai marshland, the new road would compound the problem. He wanted the railway authorities to provide stormwater drains on the road.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 11:43
 


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