Another flyover for Chennai

With the DMK government in Fort St George, and Stalin winning the Corporation elections, its expected that they would kickstart some projects in and around Chennai. Even before the dust has settled, the government has decided to restart the troubled Perambur flyover.

This was a part of the useless flyovers build during their previous reign between 1996-2001. the project has been plagued from the start, beginning with improper planning, when soil conditions weren’t calculated properly leading to one of the pillars sinking.
In 2001 when the government changed, the ADMK government, filed a plethora of revenge cases against DMK leaders, amongst the projects affected was this flyover, and work came to a grinding halt. And for 5 years status quo was maintained. With DMK back in the saddle, work is scheduled to begin on November 25th. As a result of this delay, the project cost has risen from Rs 21 crore to between Rs 34 and 38 crore.
Ironically, amongst all the 10 flyovers conceived by the DMK government, this is probably the most useful flyover. The other flyovers are close to useless and just shift the traffic congestion from one location to another. If this flyover is completed it will reduce the traffic congestion between Madhavaram high road and Perambur, where the traffic jams are terrible.

7 Comments so far

  1. Ravi (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Other flyovers are useless? come on Vatsan, that’s a very unfair statement. I think in most places it helped, be it the one near IIT, the Adyar bridge or the one near Music Academy. Its easy to say it just shifted the traffic but imagine the situation without the flyovers!!

  2. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on November 20th, 2006 @ 11:25 pm

    Yes, I think that is unfair too.

    But they could have been better planned. Take my local, the one that joints TTK road to CP Ramaswamy Road.

    Didn’t the planners ever hear of something called pedestrians?

  3. prabhu (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 10:57 am

    yeah Vatsan, that wasnt fair. But it is a fact that more than 50% of the flyovers are useless. Best examples are the 2 flyovers in peters road. One can experience the bummpiest of road on those two flyovers.

    There are a lot of issues than can be addressed here realting to our chennai traffic, so authors try to post more articles!

  4. Ramanan (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    Even if the “irregularities” were found, which is actually not proven, the JJ govt ought to rectify it and complete the rest of the project … Such soil sinking is a common problem and we just have to face it. Instead, JJ resorted to point fingers and flee the field .. C’mon thats not sporting or in the best interest of the folks.

    Regarding 50% of the flyovers rendered useless etc .. I think planners of megalopolis have to think really BIG, these narrow flyovers that are barely
    10 ft wide at stretches would never suckup to the future needs expanding exponentially,

  5. JoeV (unregistered) on November 21st, 2006 @ 11:27 pm

    What we actually need is expressways running criss-cross the city with exits, possibly every 2 kms. I know its expensive. But to me, flyovers are just bandages.

  6. Ramanan (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 1:17 am

    Yes, elevated expressways going the distance of 30+ kms connecting north south, east west
    would alleviate a lot of problems. But the biggest problem would then be to design the exits.. too many exits would soon become bottlenecks. Better thing would be to do away with exits and make the highways
    an end-2-end thorough-fare.. for the entire stretch. At best, there would drop-off stairwells (spiral) and service roads to drop-off the passengers.

  7. vishal (unregistered) on November 22nd, 2006 @ 7:58 am

    Chennai stinnks bad people, bad roads the place is a dump which has been created by the Indian government, cosmospolihitting is making Chennai even worse than before. Chennai is cursed.

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