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Chennai Elevated Circular Corridor

Post  Spirit on Sat May 17, 2008 4:49 pm

CHENNAI: Ten international consultancy firms have evinced interest in preparing a detailed project report for the High Speed Elevated Circular Corridor project in the city.

Representatives of the firms attended a pre-bid meeting conducted by the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited (TNUIFSL)here on Wednesday. They were briefed on the project and need to study its feasibility, cleaning up waterways and rehabilitation of those living along them. The deadline to submit bids is May 28.

TNUIFSL had invited bids last month on behalf of Adyar Poonga Trust. The project envisages creation of transportation corridors along the major city waterways to reduce traffic congestion on the existing roads . The consultants will be required to study, plan and design the project, covring 120 km . While the TNUIFSL would take up work on 59.5 km, the rest would be by National Highways Authority of India and State Highways department.

The Rs.2,300-crore project proposes to develop four circular corridors linking several areas along the waterways, including the Buckingham canal and the Cooum river. The outer circular corridor would connect important areas in the city from Light House to Chennai Port, including IT Corridor, Maduravoyal, Ennore and Vyasarpadi.

There would also be three inner circular corridors branching out from the major intra city road alignments to decongest the city traffic. While one would connect areas such as Mylapore, Porur, Koyambedu, Anna Nagar, Egmore with Chennai Port, another would link areas such as Triplicane, Ekkaduthangal, Nungambakkam with the port. The third corridor would address the traffic problem in South Chennai by connecting areas, including T.Nagar, West C.I.T. Nagar and Nungambakkam along the Cooum river.

The consultants would need to prepare a report for the Adyar River Front project to be taken up as the first phase. It includes cleaning up the river and building a carriageway for a Bus Rapid Transport System on an elevated corridor from Adyar to Porur. TNUIFSL’s advisor (Roads) M.S. Srinivasan said the project aims at tackling various other problems in addition to the traffic chaos in the city. “We want to identify the pollutants of the waterways and arrest them. There is a plan to establish small sewage treatment plants in slum tenements along the river banks to prevent release of untreated sewage.”

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