Chennai IT corridor to be extended by 26km

News Posted - 2010-10-13, Last Updated - 2010-10-13

Chennai: Very soon, getting to Mamallapuram from the city will not only be quicker but also safer, with the state clearing the biggest hurdle — land acquisition — for the extension of the prestigious six-lane IT corridor from Siruseri to Poonjeri, a distance of 26km.

The extension of the corridor will not only distribute the traffic evenly between the East Coast Road and the IT corridor, thus freeing up bottlenecks, but is also likely to bring down the number of accidents as the IT corridor is wide and also has a median. It is the absence of a median on the ECR that causes most accidents — about 60 fatal mishaps take place on the stretch every year. Moreover, a 46-km-long six-lane highway will also be a feather in the cap of the city.

The existing IT corridor — from Madhya Kailash to Siruseri — is 20km long, and its extension by 26km requires 316 acres of land in 13 villages. Land has already been acquired from 12 villages; acquisition in the remaining village will be completed in a month. Nearly 70 acres of government land has also been earmarked for the project, which is expected to cost about Rs 500 crore.

“It is a major step forward in implementing the project. Revenue authorities are now working out a compensation package for land owners in these villages. Once the formalities are completed, we will write to the state government to sanction funds,” sources in the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), which will execute the project, told TOI.

“Land acquisition is being done by the Kancheepuram collectorate. We want to distribute compensation within six or seven months so that there won’t be any opposition from the affected people when we begin the project next year,’’ the sources said. Extending OMR stretch may reduce traffic on ECR

Chennai: Very soon, getting to Mamallapuram from the city will not only be quicker but also safer, with the state clearing the biggest hurdle — land acquisition — for the extension of the prestigious six-lane IT corridor from Siruseri to Poonjeri, a distance of 26km.

The first phase of the IT corridor was inaugurated by chief minister M Karunanidhi in October 2008, but service lanes and footpaths on the stretch are yet to be completed. The first phase is already generating toll of Rs 6-7 lakh every day.

The state government proposes to construct five grade separators at the traffic junctions in Tiruvanmiyur, SRP Tools, Sholinganallur, Thoraipakkam and Perungudi. Also, TNRDC has initiated steps to widen the ECR into a six-lane road from Thiruvanmiyur to Sholinganallur and as a four-lane stretch from Sholinganallur up to Puducherry.

“Traffic flow on ECR will get distributed to the IT corridor once the latter is extended up to Poonjeri. Vehicles from Chennai airport towards Mamallapuram can take the IT corridor instead of going on ECR. The authorities can also consider building an elevated highway from Madhya Kailash to Siruseri with entry and exit points at important traffic junctions,” said A Veeraraghavan, professor of transportation engineering division, IIT-Madras.