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