Fresh tenders for the long-pending Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated expressway, a project launched by the DMK government way back in 2010 to ease container traffic, will be refloated within two months.
The cost of the Port-Maduravoyal elevated expressway will be enhanced from ₹1,800 crore to ₹2,700 crore. The NHAI decided to take up the project under build-operate and transfer (BOT) mode. It would float fresh tenders within two months for the 20.5 km-long elevated corridor.
The Indian Navy has also sent a proposal to the Ministry of Defence, seeking its approval to give up a portion of the land on its premises and facilitate the project’s quick implementation. The project was back on track after various stakeholders, including the defence department, Chennai Port Trust (ChPT), state and Union governments, agreed in principle to take over the project during a high-level meeting held at the state secretariat.
The naval office in Chennai agreed to part with nearly 2000 sq ft of its land near Napier Bridge. They have to raze down 20 of their living quarters that fall along the alignment. The Chennai Port Trust has agreed to compensate Navy with an alternative piece of land. The Port Trust and the state government has also agreed to compensate the owners of the land and structures that will be demolished for the road project.
The TN slum clearance board has also assured it would help clear encroachments within two months along the project alignment. Nearly 1,800 families living in Pallavan Nagar, NSK Nagar, R K Nagar, Padi Kuppam and Sathya Sai Nagar along the Coovum River would be evicted.
The NHAI’s project implementing unit in Chennai has been asked to prepare the bid. After the required land is handed over, NHAI will begin work.