IT Corridor moves along in fits and starts


It’s really hard to make out how the progress on the IT Corridor is executed. Sometimes the pace is fast, at times very slow with very little visible progress. It really seems to be moving along in fits and starts; every time a politician throws a fit about the schedule, it starts to speed up! In the meantime, the road is quite a mess, although the authorities have done their best to ensure a smooth flow of traffic, including diverting traffic at the Life Line Hospital to the Velachery Link Road and thence to SRP Tools. As is often the case, the traffic of course does not co-operate, finding various ways of getting back to the single lane Corridor and jamming the traffic heading out towards Mahabalipuram. It’s also quite dangerous during rush hour, because the traffic tends to get frenzied, flowing over both sides of dividers, or where ever it finds a gap.


The worst offenders are the two wheelers who ride expecting the larger vehicles to avoid hitting them no matter what they do. The result is that, every day during rush hour (and although the traffic is supposed to flow in one direction only), there’s a grid lock at Kandanchavadi. These pictures were taken on Sunday afternoon with very little traffic. It was good to see that work was underway in parts although it was a Sunday. The reach of the road work had now reached up to the Life Line Hospital on the edge of Perungudi. I hope that in another month or so, it will stretch beyond to Thoraipakkam. However, I doubt that the entire stretch of the planned Corridor will be complete by August as announced earlier with much fanfare. Then it will be time for another fit, and a fresh start! Ah well, as the saying goes, “No pain, no gain”.

5 Comments so far

  1. Navaneethan Santhanam (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 2:32 am

    I’ve been following the progress on the Corridor fairly keenly, but haven’t been able to deduce what the order of places along the Corridor is. Is it Taramani, SRP Tools, Perungudi, Kandanchavadi and then Thoraipakkam? Please do correct me if I’m wrong.

  2. Ari (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 9:46 am

    August 2007, absolutely no way.

    I work right on Thoraipakkam and there’s enough land which is in land allocation dispute. Moreover the contractor claims advance payments haven’t reached on time. Makes me wonder where the money from World Bank go?

    Few more projects which haven’t been completed:

    The Flyover next to Airport – notice, their date of completion was April 6th 2007. It is definitely far from completion.

  3. david (unregistered) on April 23rd, 2007 @ 1:19 pm

    Its Taramani, SRP Tools, Kottivakkam, Kandanchavadi, Palavakkam, Perungudi, then a few more areas before Thoraipakkam.

  4. Ramki (unregistered) on April 26th, 2007 @ 12:28 am

    The IT Corridor’s progress deeply interests me. The IT Corridor’s full length takes it till Siruseri.

    My Estimate is taht we will see the entire stretch (22 km, from KandhanChavadi to Siruseri) completed only in mid 2009 or even Beyond.

    Anyone has a different view?

  5. Ajit (unregistered) on May 7th, 2007 @ 11:10 am

    Hmmm I even doubt that… Chennai has so many projects that we all are counting Chickens before they are hatched

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