September 12, 2008

Chennai Elevated ExpressWay - Port to Madhuravoyal

The Government of India, Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways
has proposed to construct an Elevated Expressway from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal
and included it in the NHDP Phase-VII. This Elevated Expressway was originally
proposed to be constructed from Chennai Port to Maduravoyal along the banks of
Cooum River. The Government have also in the G.O read above, granted in principal
approval to the NHAI for using one side of the Cooum River as per site conditions for
construction of the Elevated Expressway subject to certain conditions. But now, the
NHAI has proposed to change the alignment in such a way that the Elevated
Expressway would pass-over the existing Poonamallee High Road from Maduravoyal to
Koyambedu and then go along Cooum River. The estimates of the project have been
worked out at Rs.1468 crores including the R&R and LA components amounting to
Rs.345 crores. The NHAI has therefore requested to issue an appropriate amendment
to the G.O read above. The Chairman, Chennai Port Trust has requested the consent
of the State Government to share the cost of Land Acquisition and R&R on the basis of
50:50 between Chennai Port Trust and Government of Tamil Nadu. He has also
requested the State Government's support for shifting of utilities, erection of
encroachments etc.

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