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Corporation aims to complete construction of Chennai’s first steel flyover by September 2024 | Chennai News

The Greater Chennai Corporation is planning to complete by mid-2024 the construction of the flyover on South Usman Road, which will be the first steel flyover in the city and the second in Tamil Nadu, after the one in Marthandam in Kanniyakumari district.

“The probable date of completion is expected to be September 2024, but we are working towards completing the process by mid-2024,” Corporation Commissioner J Radhakrishnan said Monday.

The 1.2 km flyover, being built at a cost of Rs 131 crore, will cover South Usman Road– Burkit Road and Madley Junction, South Usman Road–South West Boag Road and New Boag Junction and CIT Nagar 1st Main Road–CIT Nagar North Road T Junction.

As per officials, provisions for up and down ramps from the existing Usman Road Flyover to Burkit Road Junction have been made. The flyover will have a width of 8.40 m, with two lanes. The construction of the flyover, which started in March, involves 177 piles (including up and down ramp and abutment) and the number of piers will be 53, according to the officials.

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“Similarly, the work on 10 flyovers including the one at Elephant Gate, Vyasarpadi Jeeva Nagar, Manali Road, Puzhal Surplus water canal, Poonamallee High Road etc at a cost of Rs 521.2 crore is taking place simultaneously in the city,” Radhakrishnan, who inspected the site along with other senior officials, told reporters.

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The corporation commissioner also said that storm-water drains of 2,455 km were constructed till May 2021 and 876.19 km was added in the subsequent two years. “We have a missing link of 33 places. Places like EVR Periyar Salai, Ekkaduthangal and Rajaji Salai have been proving to be difficult areas. Till now, the storm-water drain work for about 3,400 km has been completed,” he said.

On the preparations the corporation is making in view of the arrival of the northeast monsoon, Radhakrishnan said the officials had identified 37 places prone to waterlogging. Around 1,000 motors kept ready to pump out stagnant water and relief centres were also part of the preparations. Also, the officials are monitoring places where there could be potential waterlogging owing to construction work.

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