September 4, 2008

IT corridor

IT Corridor is an important road connecting Chennai with Mahabalipuram in Tamil Nadu for a length of 45 km. The road, earlier called Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), starts from Madhya Kailash Temple Junction on Sardar Patel Road in south-east Chennai and terminates on East Coast Road near Mahabalipuram.

In Phase-I, the 20.1 km between Madhya Kailash Temple Junction to Siruseri is being widened to dual three lane carriageway with median, service road, non-motorised vehicle (NMV) lane, pedestrian footpath and planter strip. The ECR Link Road will also be improved to dual two lane carriageway.

It is also proposed to construct a vehicular underpass at Thiruvanmiyur Road Junction. Besides, four or five pedestrian subways are also being planned.

Another significant feature of the Project is the construction of service trenches/ducts for conveying utility lines including electrical, telephony and optic fibre cables/wires so as to avoid digging in future. The water and sewer lines would be conveyed under the footpath.

Extensive landscaping and arboriculture, road side arts and sculpture works and value added services are also being proposed. A ten lane state-of-the-art toll plaza would be located at Perungudi along with a modern Toll Administration-cum-Office Block.

ITEL is also responsible for implementing a comprehensive Rehabilitation and Resettlement Plan for rehabilitating project affected families/structures.

Besides, a number of community development initiatives have also been included in the project scope. A solid waste management project on pilot basis is structured for the Karapakkam Village. Community tree plantation for seven villages along the Corridor is also being proposed. The Government School in Thoraipakkam and Panchayat School in Navalur would be rehabilitated as part of the Project.

The estimated Project Cost of Rs 250 Cr will be funded by contribution from GoTN, TNEB and Service Providers and term loans. This cost excludes cost of land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement which are being fully borne by GoTN.

The implementation of IT Corridor Project is in progress and is expected to be completed by late 2008.
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