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Corporation receives Rs 220 crore grant to lay roads

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The Times of India        28.12.2017 

Corporation receives Rs 220 crore grant to lay roads

| TNN | Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 09:02 IST
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CHENNAI: A grant of Rs. 220.5 crore has been received by the fund-starved Chennai Corporation under the Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Fund (TURIF) for the laying of 2,834 bus route roads, interior roads and pavements in the 15 zones.
Officials said the identification of roads needing attention will be finalised at the head office with zonal level officers taking charge of the execution of the work.

With the grant having come in, preliminary work to call for tenders to lay roads has gathered steam in all the zones. However, officials said the tenders raised will focus on laying of roads, not on maintenance of damaged roads. "A proposal on the roads needing attention was sent after an inspection by zonal officials but there is no mention of maintenance contracts for damaged roads," said an official.

The challenge before the civic body remains to prioritise stretches and identify the right contractors to develop, relay and maintain roads. Residents in several areas have complained of roads remaining neglected for a long time.

"In three wards around my area, a number of roads have remained in a bad shape over the year with the corporation not taking up work citing the frequent road cuts for laying of Metrowater pipelines. That is taken as an excuse and the roads were never repaired," said G Satish, a resident of OMR.

In some areas of Manapakkam, resident associations have waited for more than a year for corporation officials to take note of damaged roads. "I recently filed a complaint with the corporation website and the response to the complaint was quick. I hope the road will also be fixed in the same time they took to respond," said V Nagarajan. Residents also raised the issue of relaying of roads without milling the existing roads, which leads to a rise in their height by several inches over the years.

A senior corporation official said the list of roads is submitted by the zone-level field staff. "Tenders will be floated for the final list. Usually, the contract includes maintenance spans as well, depending on the type of roads," he added.
 

More model roads in the offing

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The Hindu         01.05.2017 

More model roads in the offing

Many more city roads in wards that come under the Area Based Development component of Smart Cities will see improvement.S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

The city will have more model roads, thanks to Coimbatore Corporation’s decision to develop roads in wards that are covered under the Smart Cities’ Area Based Development (ABD) component.

Spread over 17 sq.km., the ABD component covers Ward 23 (R.S. Puram), Ward 24 (R.S. Puram and Gandhi Park), Ward 25 (Devangapet), Ward 73 (Ramanathapuram), Ward 74 (Ramanathapuram), Ward 77 (Chokkampudur), areas that abut River Noyyal and its tanks in the western part of the city.

Sources say that the Corporation will soon appoint a consultant with the mandate to do a geo-spatial study of the area to study the length and width of arterial, feeder and narrow roads, the width of pavements, if any, obstructions such as trees and pillar boxes. At present, the Corporation has zeroed in on five consultants, who will bid competitively to take up the study.

Based on the study, the Corporation will appoint an architect or panel of architects to redesign the streets, just as it did while implementing the Model Road project on D.B. Road and T.V. Samy Street in R.S. Puram.


While the arterial roads in the ABD wards will have pedestrian pathways and exclusive bicycle tracks, the narrower roads will see only traffic calming and pedestrian safety measures.

The sources say that this will take about a month and thereafter the designing work will begin. The actual implementation is at least a few months away.

The Corporation will use the funds under the Smart Cities project. The move is expected to benefit over 1.50 lakh people who live in wards in the ABD area.

At present, the Corporation is implementing the Model Road project on the aforementioned streets in R.S. Puram and plans to implement it on NSR Road, Sanganoor Road, Masakalipalayam Road and Race Course.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 May 2017 07:43
 

Municipality seeks Rs. 90 lakh for repair of roads

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The Hindu       01.05.2017 

Municipality seeks Rs. 90 lakh for repair of roads

The badly damaged Manapparai - Veerappur Road in Tiruchi.Photo: B. Velankanni RajB_VELANKANNI RAJ  

Manapparai - Veerappur highway ridden with potholes

The bad condition of the Manapparai - Veerappur highway has been posing a serious threat residents of Manapparai town. This is a vital link from Manapparai to Veerappur and a large number of school buses and college vans operate through this stretch which falls in the ward 27 of the Manapparai municipality.

According to Noordeen, a resident of Manapparai, the road links Karur district via Gujiliyamparai. It takes about 10 minutes to cross a distance of just 300 metres by two-wheeler or four-wheeler. A large number of buses and mini-buses are also being operated through this stretch.

According to municipal officials, a proposal has been drafted for re-laying the road to a length of about 5 km at an estimate of Rs. 90 lakh. Since the municipal funds were not adequate to meet this huge expenditure, a proposal has been drafted for getting the funds from special provisions, the source told The Hindu on Thursday night.

 
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