Arterial link road to be opened in Chennai area

By Karthikeyan Halan Published on Aug 03, 2017 12:51 PM IST

Chennai: With the link road between Anna Main Road and Erikarai Road near Ashok Pillar in the city, is most likely be opened in the coming week, the authorities have decided to shift the Tasmac shop located nearby, to few yards away from the road.

"We have approached the Taluk office and officials will take a survey of the wineshop located at the entrance of the link road on Anna Main Road. We will shifted the shop a few yards away from the road, so that it does not affected the traffic," said MLA V N Ravi, when asked about the inaugural date.

"Prevention is better than cure. So, before opening the road, we want to clear all the hurdles. We had earlier submitted a list, where many wineshops in the locality were closed. The present wineshop near the link road will be removed by the year end, for which the list has been forwarded to the government," he said.

The two-way road spreading across 200 metre stretch is expected to ease heavy traffic at Nesapakkam and those heading to Ramapuram.

Minor traffic changes will be made for free flow of vehicles once the link road is opened. Vehicles coming from Nesapakkam, after reaching Thiruvallur Salai junction had to take left towards Munusamy Salai to a certain distance, then turn right to reach Anna Main Road.

Motorists coming from Erikarai Road using the link road can directly reach Anna Main Road. The new arrangement has been made to avoid traffic congestion at Thiruvallur Salai and Anna Main Road junction, an official said.

The Corporation has also constructed a median on Anna Main Road and Munusamy Salai to reduce traffic chaos during peak hours at  Thiruvalluvar Salai.

The police, for their part, have fixed a CCTV camera at the junction, to remove vehicles hindering free flow of traffic and also to keep a tab on criminal activities.

It may be noted that the residents of Nesapakkam had to wait for nearly 15 years for the link road.

Nesapakkam Kudieruppor Podhu Nalasangangalin Kootamaippu had made several requests to the authorities and the Chennai Corporation gave the work allotment to VLUK Engineering to lay a link road in September 2015 at a cost of Rs 2,51,36,622.27, after Metrowater gave 4,644 sq m of its land for the project.

The civic body, in turn, agreed to give Rs 2.5 crore and a piece of land to Metrowater.