CHENNAI (Metro Rail News): Under Phase-2 of Chennai Metro which will consist of three corridors of total route length of 118.9 km, there will be three flyovers over which metro trains will zip over. These flyovers are in the stretch between Madhavaram and Shollinganallur.
These three flyovers over which metro trains will zip over are the Porur and Medavakkam flyovers while the third one which is yet to be constructed will be between Mugalivakkam and Ramapuram.
This new flyover will be constructed at a cost of INR 300 Crores by Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL). It will be a four lane flyover of length of 3 km which will help vehicles cross Ramapuram Road junction, DLF junction and Mugalivakkam junction on the Mount-Poonamallee Road.
Initially, this flyover was proposed by the Highways Department which will now pay the amount to CMRL to design and construct this project. Metro trains will operate at level two and below will be the flyover at level one.
As per the Highways Department sources, the above mentioned three junctions has warranted the need to construct the flyover as road traffic had exceeded 1.5 lakh passenger car units (PCUs) per day three years ago with the Ramapuram Road junction facing the most traffic congestion problem.
The flyover will be completed in next two years and there will not be any problem regarding land acquisition as the same will be minimal as the road is already six lanes and the entire structure will be along the median along with the Metro with columns having width of two meters. The contract will be awarded for this work sometime this year and work will began subsequently, as per the officials of CMRL.
According to an official, “We will take care and make sure the foundations are stronger in such cases. We have done this before in Vadapalani and Alandur. We are hoping to finish it on time, but that will depend on the lockdown and restrictions as well.”