Chennai: The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has given its nod for the construction of a road overbridge at Perungalathur over the railway level-crossing 32 (LC 32).
With this, the 10-year-old wait of the residents in the locality to tackle the traffic on GST Road might be answered.
Avinash, a motorist, said every day they have to spend at least 20 minutes at the gate and travel an extra 2 km on GST Road to take a U-turn to reach his home.
“Things get all the more difficult during peak hours due to the traffic. We hope that this work is completed at the earliest. Also the officials should make necessary arrangements to ensure that the stretch does not choke during the time of construction,” he added.
Sources said the tender for the ROB will be floated soon as the land acquisition work has been completed. The bridge will have six arms – four on GST Road and one each on either side. The work is expected to be completed in three years from the date of commencement.
It is said the government has also accorded revised administrative sanction for the additional cost. The old estimate is said to be around Rs 76 crore.
It may be noted that Southern Railway has already completed construction of one over the railway tracks.
The proposal to construct an ROB over LC 32 and a pedestrian subway at the adjacent level-crossing No. 33 was drawn up in 2009 when the department had written to the NHAI seeking their ‘no objection’.