₹22.84 crore for link to ease traffic on Greenways Road

Congestion at the junction of Greenways Road and Durgabai Deshmukh Road will soon be a thing of the past with the State government sanctioning ₹22.84 crore for creating a three-lane unidirectional link road connecting these two roads.

The Highways Department has finalised the alignment of the road, which will run adjacent to the Government Music College through the land belonging to the Animal Husbandry Department and exit via the land running along the periphery of Dr. MGR Janaki Arts and Science College. “We will not disturb the Music College in any manner. It will be shaped like an ‘L’ and run through open lands for a distance of 600 m to join just before the Thiru Vi Ka bridge,” explained a source.

Greenways Road usually witnesses bumper-to-bumper traffic during peak hours. Gajalakshmi Kumar, a resident of Indira Nagar who commutes to Parry’s Corner, said travel time had reduced after the Marina Loop Road was opened to traffic. “This is yet another bottleneck along that route and if a new link is formed, it will help motorists immensely,” she said.

Home to judges and ministers, this part of Greenways Road is a crucial stretch that connects to south Chennai. And since there is a sharp left turn to Durgabhai Deshmukh Road, traffic slows down. “This link road will help residents in areas including Adyar, Thiruvanmiyur and Guindy,” an official said.

The Department is currently waiting for the Chennai District Collectorate to initiate land transfer proceedings. Once transferred, it would take a maximum of one year to finish the work, an official said.

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