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Outer Ring road in Chennai to be operational in the next 15 days, but it has taken two decades for completion due to delays in land acquisition

`Chennai is all set to get 62 km-long Outer Ring Road to ease the flow of traffic moving from Southern districts to Andhra Pradesh and beyond in the next fifteen days. The last leg of Outer Ring Road from Vandalur to Minjur, a barely 210 meter stretch is on the verge of completion and is likely to be opened in the first week of November. The project was under construction for nearly two decades. Like Kerala, the land acquisition for development projects in Tamil Nadu is becoming a huge issue.

Though the first phase of this project — Vandalur to Nemilichery, the southern leg was opened to traffic as early as 2014, the second phase — Nemilichery to Minjur — was delayed due to issues with land acquisition. “The final bit of the project, a 210-metre stretch, that was being delayed due to land acquisition is now on the verge of completion,” said an Official sources.

The entire stretch will be thrown open to public in November

The entire stretch will be thrown open to public in November. The development of ORR was taken up as part of the recommendations made in the first master plan for Chennai, to reduce traffic congestion by connecting the National Highways to the city.

The Second Master Plan also identified areas along ORR as potential areas to absorb the future growth. The Outer Ring Road will also be key for the development of Tidel Park-3 in Pattabhiram, spread across 5.57 lakh square feet and generating over 25,000 jobs.

The entire stretch of ORR, once opened, will have four toll booths. The toll plazas will be developed by Tamil Nadu Road Development Company, which will also collect user fee for Chennai Outer Ring Road. It is learnt that the government will create a Corpus fund from the collection so that it can be utilized for new projects.

The four toll plazas by Tamil Nadu Road Development Company

The four toll plazas will be developed by Tamil Nadu Road Development Company, which will also collect user fee for Chennai Outer Ring Road. It is learnt that the government will create a corpus fund from the collection so that it can be utilized for new projects

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