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Third and outermost circumferential highway encircling the Chennai, ET Infra


CHENNAI: The 10-lane, third and outermost circumferential highway encircling the city – the Rs 15,000-crore Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (CPRR) project – which is already progressive at a brisk pace, has entered a crucial phase as the fifth and final section is to be tendered out soon. The multi-crore tender is likely to be finalised this week.

The entire 133-km of the peripheral ring road will be access-controlled with limited entry/exit points, and vehicles could speed up to 120kmph. The 10-lane stretch will includes two-lane service roads on both sides to benefit residents. Vehicular underpasses have been planned at 55 different locations so that local residents could reach the other side of the highway.

The project is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and TNRDC.

Once the project is complete, all vehicles, particularly heavy vehicles, entering the city from other Tamil Nadu districts and neighbouring states like Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka will no longer queue up at existing ring roads. E V Velu, highways minister, said it would decongest city roads and provide better connectivity to Ennore and Kattupalli ports. Besides, residents of suburban and periurban areas could easily access areas like Singaperumalkoil, Thiruvallur, Sriperumbudur, Mamallapuram and Ennore.

For instance, those residing at Guduvanchery on Grand Southern Trunk (GST) Road, travel up to 50 km to reach Thiruvallur, and it could take at least one hour at present. But CPRR will take less than 35 minutes to cover the same distance.

Welcoming the mega infra project, G Ganesh, a resident-activist from Singaperumalkoil, said: “Given the rate at which traffic is increasing on GST and Outer Ring Road, the new highway project will definitely be of great help but our only concern will be the toll rates”.

The concern is not without a reason. Those residing along Chennai Outer Ring Road, which came into operation two years ago, are yet to receive their local passes allowing them to cross toll plazas without paying toll charges, he said.

But, as GPS-based toll collection likely to come into effect on all highway stretches in the country, this problem could come to an end soon, said Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation (TNRDC) officials.

Already, construction works are going on at Ennore-Thatchur and Thiruvallur Bypass Road sections by top firms like Tata projects and L&T. Some of these stretches for the first time will have Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) with incident detection systems, which will automatically spot accidents or congestion ahead.

A control centre, which is likely to come up near Thatchur, will not only pass on these alerts to police and ambulances, stationed on the highway round the clock, but also display the traffic information on variable message sign (VMS) boards installed at multiple locations. Delays ahead and estimated travel time to cross the accident stretch will be displayed on these boards.

  • Published On Jan 4, 2024 at 08:11 AM IST

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