How for much longer earlier than Tamil Nadu’s East Coast Highway can flip four-lane?- The New Indian Categorical


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CHENNAI:  It has been greater than three years because the State authorities gave an ‘in-principle approval’ for transferring the 61.4 km East Coast Highway stretch between Mamallapuram and Marakkanam to the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for widening it into four-lane. The street, nonetheless, is but to be handed over to NHAI for upgrading.

It’s reliably learnt that the Tamil Nadu Highway Growth Firm (TNRDC), a separate enterprise underneath State Highways that developed ECR between Akkarai and Puducherry, has sought compensation from the State authorities for settling the financial institution loans earlier than transferring the street to NHAI.

On August 30, 4 toll gates of TNRDC on Rajiv Gandhi Salai and its hyperlink street had been closed. Presently, a toll plaza, maintained by TNRDC, at Anumandai on ECR close to Marakkanam collects person charges from autos. The switch of the toll gate to NHAI is anticipated to trigger income loss to TNRDC, thereby affecting the compensation of their pending dues to banks. Nevertheless, TNRDC officers claimed there was no administrative hindrance in transferring ECR to NHAI.

The ECR, which has a four-lane between Thiruvanmiyur and Mamallapuram, shrinks to two-lane past that. In a bid to enhance the street connectivity to Puducherry, the Union authorities in 2018 had proposed to widen the 107-km stretch from Mamallapuram to Puducherry. Initially, it was proposed to take up the 61.4 km stretch between Mamallapuram and Marakkanam at a price of Rs 1209 crore underneath the Bharatmala Pariyojana Part-I (Highways challenge).

Accordingly, NHAI ready an in depth challenge report in 2019 and invited bids for widening the ECR to four-lane in two packages. The width of the present ECR – 7 to 14 metres – was set to be widened into 60 to 70 metres, with service lanes to be launched alongside the stretch at choose locations. The proposed street was designed to remove ‘U’ turns and stop street accidents. The street widening would additionally contain realignment and straightening of the present curves on ECR.

Official sources from NHAI mentioned tender works have been accomplished for one of many stretches.  “ECR between Mamallapuram and Koonimedu is but to be handed over to us. As soon as the street is transferred, the works will start quickly. Land survey has been accomplished for the widening of the 45 km between Marakkanam and Puducherry.”

A senior official from TNRDC mentioned, “ECR will likely be transferred to NHAI after the completion of 80 per cent of land acquisition for the proposed street enlargement tasks. The street has already been renumbered and there’s no administrative embargo.”

Mission particulars: Mamallapuram – Marakkanam

Widening of 31 km between Mamallapuram and Mugaiyur Value: Rs 617.47 cr

Vehicular underpass & bridges at 14 places

  • Mahabalipuram
  • Pooncheri 
  • Pooncheri – Chengalpattu street
  • Manamai
  • Kanathur 
  • Kalpakkam
  • Meiyur 
  • Kadalur
  • Koovathur villages

VUP & bridges at 11 places 

  • Mugaiyur
  • Pakkur 
  • Paramankeni
  • Odiyur 
  • Vilambur
  • Kadapakkam 
  • Othivilgam
  • Naipenikuppam  
  • Marakkanam

Three bypasses for 12.7 km – at Vengapakkam (3.32 km), Meiyur (4.38 km) and Gundumanicherry – Koovathur (5 km)

4-laning of 30.4 km stretch from Mugaiyur to Marakkanam Value: Rs 592.44 cr

New street for straightening of curves for 13.9 km at Mugaiyur, Vilambur, Kadapakkam and Marakkanam



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