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Construction : Web Exclusive | April 2013 | Source : Construction Update

Work to be resumed on Porur flyover in Chennai

In Chennai, work on the flyover at the busy junction in Porur has been put on hold by the highways department as there was a delay on the part of Chennai Metrowater in shifting water mains from the Chembarambakkam lake that run beneath the road’s surface.

The highways department, which has now decided to take up the work on its own, is scrutinising bids submitted by contractors, an official said. Tenders for two other sub-works including laying of service roads and construction of storm water drains are also under scrutiny. The three tasks will be carried out at a cost of around Rs 10 crore, officials concerned said.

Two water mains running to a length of 575 metre and 675 metre are to be shifted to facilitate the construction of the flyover at the junction in Porur. Work on the four-lane flyover — that is 475 metres long and 17. 2 metres wide — began in March 2010 but had to be halted after just 10 per cent of the construction was completed.

Though land acquisition for the project was completed last July, the construction was not resumed. Spiralling costs of building materials and more work meant a fresh estimate for the project, which could now cost around Rs. 55 crore, the official said. For motorists heading towards Red Hills, speedy completion of the project would mean a reduction in waiting time at the junction.

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