Chennai Port–Maduravoyal Expressway

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Chennai Port – Madhuravoyal Elevated Expressway
Route information
Maintained by National Highways Authority of India
Length: 19 km (12 mi)
Existed: November 2009 – present
History: Completion scheduled for 2013
Major junctions
From: Chennai Port
To: Maduravoyal
Location
Major cities: Nungambakkam
Highway system
Chennai HSCTC

The Chennai Port – Maduravoyal Expressway is an 19 kilometres (12 mi) elevated expressway under construction in the city of Chennai, India. The corridor begins at Chennai Port Gate no. 10 and travels along the bank of the Cooum River till it reaches Koyambedu and along the median of NH4 thereon till it reaches Maduravoyal.

History[edit]

An 18.3-kilometre (11.4 mi) long, 20-metre (66 ft) wide elevated road project connecting the port with Maduravoyal is under construction at a cost of INR 16,550 million. Upon completion, this will be the country's longest four-way elevated expressway. The project was sanctioned in June 2007 when the Tamil Nadu Government gave its 'in principle' approval to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) for the elevated expressway. The project cost then was put at INR 14,680 million. In January 2009, the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, laid the foundation stone for the project but the project was put on hold for want of environment clearance.[1] The project has got the environment clearance in February 2011, and during the same month, the port handed over a cheque for INR 500 million to the NHAI as part of its contribution to the project. The expressway starts from Gate No. 10 of the Chennai Port near the War Memorial and ends before Maduravoyal Interchange. It would run along the banks of the Cooum up to Koyambedu and would end along the Cooum near the Koyambedu grade separator. From there for a distance of three km up to Maduravoyal the elevated expressway would come up on Poonamallee High Road. There would be a total of four entry and exit ramps as part of the project. While the entry ramps would come up on Sivananda Salai and College Road, the exit points would be provided on Spurtank Road and Kamaraj Salai. The work at the Maduravoyal end began in December 2010. The project is being implemented on a build, own and transfer mode. Of the total project cost of INR 16,550 million, INR 3,100 million has been set aside for land acquisition and rehabilitation and resettlement of nearly 7,400 people living along the project area. About 1,300 people have been rehabilitated at Okkiam Thoraipakkam. Of 30 hectares to be acquired for the project, only 2 hectares belong to private owners. The project was initially expected to be completed by end of 2013.[2] However, the project has been put on hold.[3][4]

Project Details[edit]

This corridor is implemented under Phase-VII[5] of National Highways Development Project by NHAI. The Feasibility study cum DPR was done by Wilbur Smith Associates.[6] This expressway forms a part of the circular corridor 2 of the High Speed Circular Corridors.

Alignment[edit]

  • Km 0 - Km 1.56 reaches Northern Cooum River bank and parallel to MRTS line
  • @ Km 2.1, the Expressway crosses the Elevated MRTS line between Chintadripet and Park Town Stations
  • @ Km 3.2,
  • @ Km 13.8, the Road splits into two and merges with NH4 as entry and exit ramps.
  • The Expressway section meets the Koyambedu Grade Separator and the section between them will be 10-laned with 2-lane service roads on both sides
  • At-grade stretch of 1.5 km because of Koyambedu Grade Separator and Chennai Metro over-head line crossing just after the grade separator
  • @ Km 14.227, the Elevated Expressway restarts and goes along NH4 median
  • @ Km 17.3, the Expressway starts coming down and meet the Maduravoyal clover-leaf grade separator and the section will be 14-laned [8-lane toll plaza + 6-lane NH4] with 2-lane service roads on both sides
  • Elevated section — 17.5 km
  • Total Length - 19 km

Interchanges[edit]

Main article: Koyambedu Junction
  • A modified parclo interchange is under construction at Koyambedu junction with 2 arms of a clover leaf and an elevated loop on the third side.

Entry Ramps[edit]

  • Sivananda Salai
  • College Road

Exit Ramps[edit]

  • Kamarajar Salai
  • Spur Tank Road

Project status[edit]

7 March 2008:

  • The project was officially launched with the passing of a government order by the Tamil Nadu state government [1].

Jan 2009:

  • Prime minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for elevated expressway from Chennai Port to Madhuravoyal.[7]
  • Soma enterprises bagged the project and the project is under construction.[8]

June 2009:

  • Physical work on the corridor to commence from November 2009. Land acquisition and preliminary works like casting yard are under progress.[9]

July 2010:

  • Environmental clearance has been obtained from National Coastal Zone Management Authority (NCZMA).[10]

September 2010:

  • Work started.

April 2012:

  • 30 percent of the work was completed. However, the project was put on hold due to the State’s Water Resources Department alleging deviations in the alignment.[11][12]

February 2014:

  • Madras High Court quashes the stop-work order of the state PWD; Orders State government to extend full co-operation to the related parties for speedy completion of the stalled project.[13]

Gallery[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Vasan urges speedy execution of Chennai port-Maduravayol expressway". Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu). 27 February 2011. Retrieved 14 Nov 2011. 
  2. ^ Lakshmi, K. (5 May 2011). "Preliminary work on elevated expressway along the Cooum begins". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 15 Nov 2011. 
  3. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa H. (7 November 2012). "Under one govt it's go, under another it's stop". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 7 Nov 2012. 
  4. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa H.; N. Anand (7 November 2012). "PM's adviser to meet CM for talks on pending projects". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 7 Nov 2012. 
  5. ^ .Completed Stretches on Golden Quadrilateral. NHAI (2013-10-31). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  6. ^ http://nhai.org/Doc/15Dec08/feasibility%20report.zip
  7. ^ Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Elevated expressway to have toll plazas. The Hindu (2009-01-28). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  8. ^ .Completed Stretches on Golden Quadrilateral. NHAI (2013-10-31). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  9. ^ Tamil Nadu / Chennai News : Elevated expressway work to begin in November. The Hindu (2009-06-18). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  10. ^ Nod for expressway. The Hindu (2010-07-26). Retrieved on 2013-12-06.
  11. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa H. (7 November 2012). "Under one govt it's go, under another it's stop". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 7 Nov 2012. 
  12. ^ Ramakrishnan, Deepa H.; N. Anand (7 November 2012). "PM's adviser to meet CM for talks on pending projects". The Hindu (Chennai: The Hindu). Retrieved 7 Nov 2012. 
  13. ^ "Start work on port expressway project, court tells Tamil Nadu". The Hindu Business Line (Chennai: The Hindu Business Line). 20 February 2014. Retrieved 20 February 2014.