Resumption of work on the Chennai
port Maduravoyal corridor which was scheduled next month is likely to be
indefinitely delayed due to fresh conditions imposed by the navy according to
The Navy has put fresh condition that until the flats are constructed for
their officers, they will not hand over the defense land required for the
crucial infrastructure project Chennai port Maduravoyal Elevated corridor
project to facilitate speedy movement of containers from the Chennai port to
the nearby highways.
The National Highways Authority of
India which had earlier set September as the deadline for resuming work on the
much delayed project has revised it now with conditions put by the Navy. In all
likelihood work may resume by the middle of next year. But NHAI sources said
work may resume by the beginning of next year.
Ten years ago when the corridor project was conceived it was
going to cost Rs 1,819 crore, but now it will cost Rs 5,862 crore.
The corridor starts near the Napier
bridge which is close to Chennai port gate
and ends at Maduravoyal on the Chennai-Bengaluru highway a distance of
about 21 kilometers. It is another matter how the intense movement of tractor
trailers carrying containers could cause pollution since the corridor passes
through the heart of the city.
While the project is expected to
take 24 to 36 months to complete, the priority is to obtain land belonging to
the Indian Navy by constructing separate quarters for them on army land in