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Speed breakers on Chennai roads that fail to meet standards to be replaced

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The Times of India                08.01.2014 

Speed breakers on Chennai roads that fail to meet standards to be replaced

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation plans to come up with three models of speed breakers for roads of different traffic intensities.

Speed breakers across the city that fail to meet the Indian Road Congress's standards are being identified and will be replaced with the new ones.

The three models of speed breakers designed according to Indian Road Congress standards will be built for vehicles to drive over it with a speed limit of 10 kmph, 15 kmph and 25 kmph. "We will decide on the type of speed breaker to install based on the amount of traffic the road sees," said a senior corporation official. The speed breakers would be installed close to schools, hospitals and at accident prone road junctions, said a statement from the civic body.

An expert committee has also been formed in every zone to identify all the illegal speed breakers on interior roads across the city.

"Speed breakers which have not been laid by us or the traffic police will be removed. Rubber speed breakers and badly built ones will be removed and replaced with new standard ones," said a senior corporation source.

A separate committee, consisting of the superintendent engineer, traffic inspector, an NGO and a few others will study the speed breakers on bus routes.

 

Extended areas of city to get new grid system of roads

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The Hindu              07.01.2014

Extended areas of city to get new grid system of roads

Chennai Corporation is set to issue the work order for developing a grid system of roads in the extended areas of the city that are lacking good road facilities.

Under grid-III of the State-funded Integrated Grid Development programme, roads are proposed to be laid in Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur and Perungudi at a total cost of around Rs. 400 crore. In these road works, which are part of the mega city development plan, other civic facilities including stormwater drain, cable duct, stainless steel name boards and street lights, too will be integrated.

A senior official of the civic body said that already works under grid-I covering Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur had been completed at a cost of Rs. 380 crore, and works under grid-II costing Rs. 350 crore had been executed in all 15 zones. He added that Sholinganallur, part of the Corporation, had been excluded from grid-III of the programme as Chennai Metro Water Supply and the sewerage board was yet to complete the water pipeline work there.

The civic official pointed out that normally road work would involve relaying damaged roads, but this programme involved a comprehensive system including provision for cable ducts on one side, cable cross ducts and paved footpaths.

The advantage of this system was that there would not be any need for road cuts due to the provision for cable cross ducts, and the roads would last longer, he added.

 

Corporation moves closer towards laying scheme road

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The Hindu               04.01.2014

Corporation moves closer towards laying scheme road

With the Coimbatore Corporation taking over a small stretch of land near Ponnaiahrajapuram, road users will have an alternative route from Perur Road to Chokkampudur Road, bypassing the congested Gandhi Park Junction.- Photo: M. Periasamy
With the Coimbatore Corporation taking over a small stretch of land near Ponnaiahrajapuram, road users will have an alternative route from Perur Road to Chokkampudur Road, bypassing the congested Gandhi Park Junction.- Photo: M. Periasamy

City’s residents and others proceeding from localities near Perur Road to Thadagam Road and north thereof can soon skip touching the congested Gandhi Park. For, the Coimbatore Corporation has initiated steps to construct a long-pending scheme road.

According to sources, the Corporation had managed to take possession of the six-and-half cent land that belonged to an individual by getting it as a gift from a builder, who, in the interest of the public, came forward to purchase the land and gift the same to the civic body.

The sources said that this happened sometime ago and at present the Corporation was in possession of the land, which for long had delayed the construction of the road that would link Ponnaiahrajapuram with Chokkampudur. The area Councillor — Ward 79’s T.K. Kannaiyan — said that if the Corporation were to construct the scheme road, it would help road users on Perur Road to proceed to Shivalaya Theatre Road, take the new scheme road and then reach Chokkampudur, from where they could easily proceed to Marudhamalai Road or areas north thereof.

In short, they could easily avoid the congested Vysial Street, Sullivan Street and Gandhi Park Junction.

The same was true of those moving from north to south to Perur or areas south thereof. The sources said that the scheme road was 60 feet wide and was already in place, except for the short stretch the six-and-half cent land occupied.

Proposal

The Corporation had proposed the road soon after the present Council took charge in 2011.

The Corporation had measured the land to be acquired, fixed the rate as per the then guideline value and had moved the Local Planning Authority for funds but nothing much happened.

Then, while trying out alternatives to acquire the land, it stumbled upon the builder who was willing to gift the land for the civic body, in public interest, the sources said.

Mr. Kannaiyan said that the Corporation would be able to lay the road once the underground drainage work was completed. And this would take at least two or three months.

The sources added that the civic body was also taking steps to remove bottlenecks in constructing other scheme roads — nine, in all.

 


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