The work on the Chennai Peripheral Ring Road spanning across Chennai connecting the Ennore Port to Mammallapuram is all set to be kicked off. The project was announced soon after receiving the green signal from the land acquisition unit which constituted the Rs. 5700 crore, six-lane project.
Land acquisition is a process where the government takes up possession of land from landowners for public purposes by paying suitable compensation to the owners.
The process starts with the revenue department officials, who shall identify the owners of each parcel of land and verify their ownership documents. Thus the land along the fixed alignment drawn up by the officials shall be legally acquired by the government to pave way for the peripheral ring road.
Environmental clearance, a process mandating for approval on projects to ensure minimal impact on the environment, was obtained in August for this project, which is said to run along with the Chennai districts Singaperumalkoil, Sriperumbudur, Tiruvallur, Thamaraipakkam, Periyapalayam, Puduvoyal, and Kattupalli.
The official land plan schedule (LPS) has been drafted and officials from the Tamil Nadu Road Infrastructure Development Corporation (TNRIDC) has confirmed that more than a 100 officials, including 6 tahsildars, have begun the verification process of the LPS. The process has started with the first three of the five sections constituting to 133.381 km long road.
AREA LENGTH (IN KMS)
Thatchur To Chennai Peripheral Outer Ring Road
Second & Third Phase
Thatchur To Sriperumbudur
The TNRIDC has undertaken the implementation of the first phase spanning a 25.31 km long four-lane road with the loan funds obtained from the JICA. The second and third phases will be implemented by the state government with a funding of Rs. 3,346 crore received from the Asian Infrastructure Bank after receiving approval from the central government. The mode of funding for the final phase, touching upon vandalurand connecting it to pooncheri, will be decided shortly.
However it has been noted that phase 4 of the project connecting Sriperumbudur to Vandalur has been undertaken by the TNRIDC. Upon the completion of this phase, it is believed that the new project would allow for the expansion of the city and remove the traffic of heavy vehicles away from the core city. An approximate estimate of 36,000 vehicles has said to start using phase 1 of the road and would in the future pave the way for industrial and real estate development.