Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor still in pause mode

The city will have to wait for some more time for the 20-km-long Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor project to move forward.

Sources in the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) said that tenders for the six-lane corridor, running mostly along the Cooum river, cannot be called until the land belonging to the Navy, where the corridor will take off, is officially handed over to them. The Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) has agreed to provide land, and according to sources, both the Navy and the ChPT have written to their respective ministries seeking permissions.

Reconstructing houses

“The issue is not just the land but also the 64 houses that are located on that piece of land. A decision regarding which entity will spend on reconstruction of the houses is yet to be taken,” explained an official source in the NHAI.

Apart from these two issues, relocation of families on about 2,000 m of land along the Cooum too needs to be taken up as part of the project, which falls under the ambit of the State government. “Though the detailed project report is ready, considering these factors, it might easily take a year for the tenders to be floated. And more delays will only mean pushing up the construction cost even further,” said a former engineer associated with the project.

When the project began in 2010, the four-lane expressway was to cost ₹1,815 crore. But it was put on hold in 2012 after objections were raised about its alignment. However, that has been set right after a change in design. At current rates and with two additional lanes, the expressway is likely to cost over ₹3,000 crore.

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