Work begins on second stretch of Tambaram Eastern Bypass

Work on constructing the second stretch of the Tambaram Eastern Bypass from Mappedu to Perungalathur has begun with removal of encroachments. The actual laying of the six-lane road is to begin shortly and will take a year to finish.

The 2.73-km stretch would cost ₹36.7 crore with the works including shifting of utilities, construction of seven box culverts, dismantling of existing structures, installation of streetlights at junctions and planting saplings along the route wherever space permits, explained sources in the Highways Department.

A former city planner recalled that the bypass for Tambaram was proposed in the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s (CMDA) first Master Plan that came into force in 1979 to help vehicles from outside the city avoid the railway line and the Irumbuliyur junction that was notorious for accidents at one point of time. The State government sanctioned ₹1 crore as a token amount for land acquisition in 2004 for the 9.3-km road that runs from Peerkankaranai on the GST Road and ends at Rajakilpakkam on the Velachery-Tambaram Road, where both stretches are yet to be laid. One more stretch for a length of 1.2-km too has to be taken up. A 3-km stretch of the 9-km bypass covering Selaiyur and Thiruvancheri villages was completed in 2014.

“Land acquisition and removal of encroachments has inordinately delayed the project. Even now encroachments have to be removed from inside the lake for the construction of a 0.8-km long bridge. Residents, who had encroached upon lands in the first stretch, had staged a series of protests further delaying the project. We have set a fresh timeframe for the entire project and hope to complete it as soon as possible,” explained an official source. On completion, this road would help ease traffic on roads linking the GST and Tambaram-Velachery Road.

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