The stalled elevated corridor from Maduravoyal to Chennai port will now see the pedal to the metal after the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) and Indian Navy have agreed to exchange land. Based on a formal agreement, the Indian Navy will hand over 109,000 sq ft of land to ChPT in exchange for an equivalent area near the port’s boundary.
The total expense of the project is now expected to be Rs 35 billion, considering the length and width of the road have been increased from the earlier proposal. As reported, following a no-objection certification provided by the Navy in Chennai, the Ministry of Shipping has gone ahead with the in-principle approval. The Navy will reportedly get an approval from the Defence Ministry.
The consultants, namely L&T Infra Engineering and Vax Consultants, appointed by NHAI, have already given a detailed project report on the revised alignment. As reported, the new alignment has received a green signal from the state government as well. The consultants have reportedly suggested that the project’s starting point be near gate number 10 of the Chennai port near Napier Bridge. They have also recommended to retain the twin piers (2 x 110 piers) of the earlier constructed elevated portion to avoid unnecessary expenditure and to build single column piers at the remaining locations. Suggestions have also been made for an elevated option compared to the previous at-grade alignment near the Koyambedu flyover.
In order to avoid local traffic, the project will continue as an elevated road along the Cooum river by crossing the Koyambedu metro line and merging with the existing elevated road.