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Maduravoyal residents try to paint rods at the project site to protest against delay

Residents of Maduravoyal resorted to a novel protest on Wednesday, during which they painted rusted iron rods of unfinished pillars on Poonamallee High Road to draw attention to the stalled Maduravoyal-Chennai Port elevated corridor project. Volunteers started painting a few rods on the arterial road on Wednesday morning. However, they were stopped by the Maduravoyal police.

B. Varadharajan, president of the Federation of Maduravoyal Residents Welfare Associations, recalled that the project was stalled nearly seven years ago due to issues related to alignment. Representatives of the Public, Environment and Awareness Society noted that the project covering 19 km was to be implemented at a cost of Rs 1,819 crore. We sent representations to various departments and submitted a petition to the Governor during his visit to Tiruvallur district. But we are still awaiting action.

Residents said only if the project was completed, would the quality of the road be improved. Officials of the Water Resources Department said they had provided clearance for the project and the National Highways Authority of India had to execute the work.

The Elevated Corridor Project was cleared by the present state government after the demise of Jayalalitha nearly an year ago. Technical experts of the state government and NHAI have finalysed the fresh alignment for the project several months ago. The work on revised detailed project report was entrusted to Larsen and Toubro. The report is yet to be finalysed and the work on the project remain stalled.

The sole beneficiary of the project is the Chennai port as this would help speedy evacuation of containers. The road traffic in western parts of the city will also improve with the commissioning of the proje3ct. Once the work starts it would take nearly three years for completion.

NHAI authorities said a feasibility study for the revised assignment of the project was in progress. 

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