Thursday, April 28, 2011

CHENNAI: Three bridges likely to be inaugurated in June


By G Saravanan
Published in The New Indian Express, Chennai on April 28, 2011:
CHENNAI: Three more bridges, being constructed jointly by the Chennai Corporation and the Railways at Monegar Choultry Road (vehicular subway), Rangarajapuram near Kodambakkam (flyover) and Villivakkam Level Crossing-2 (vehicular subway) are nearing completion and expected to be thrown open by the first week of June.
According to sources, one of the two stretches in Rangarajapuram flyover connecting the Kodambakkam railway station road and Bazullah Road will be ready to be opened for traffic movement in the first week of May itself. The remaining works will be completed by May-end, sources added.
Though these three vehicular carriageways had seen several ‘deadline revisions’ over the past few months, about 90 per cent of works have been completed so far.
Civic officials said that by May-end, all the remaining works would be over.
While the vehicular subway on Monegar Choultry Road near the Government Stanley Hospital was being constructed at an estimated cost of Rs 15.75 crore, the civic body and the Southern Railway together were spending about Rs 34.16 crore for a vehicular subway (Level Crossing-2) in Villivakkam and Rs 23.76 crore for the Rangarajapuram flyover at Kodambakkam.
With the Election Commission relaxing the model code of conduct restrictions a few days ago, Mayor M Subramanian is expected to conduct on the spot inspections of these three sites in the coming days.
The opening of these bridges would reduce traffic snarls at Kodambakkam, Royapuram, Washermenpet, Villivakkam and Kolathur.

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