Chennai (MAS): The corporation appears set to open the Korukkupet-Cochrane Basin Road railway overbridge (ROB) for use in October — to the relief of residents of localities nearby who prolonged delays in the project put out on a daily basis.
Work on the overbridge stalled after people living near the overbridge went to court but the Corporation of Chennai has settled the litigation and its officials are confident of meeting the new deadline for the project.
The corporation proposed the project in 2007 and began work on it in 2011, not long after which residents went to court over land acquisition.
The corporation has completed more than 85% of work on the 500-metre-long, 12.2-crore overbridge, a corporation official said. The overbridge and a proposed underpass at the same spot will replace a level crossing that creates traffic snarls several times a day.
“Work on the remaining 100 metres of one of the ramps of the overbridge is underway,” the official said.
The overbridge will ease traffic congestion at the railway crossing on the Chennai Central-Gummidipoondi line that the railways primarily uses to transport freight. Once it is ready people will not have to wait at the railway crossing to get to Chennai Central, 4km away, or to Flower Bazaar.
The gates now shut during peak hours, forcing commuters to wait for more than half an hour.
“This bridge will make things very convenient,” said Jitendra Bhati, who commutes from Tondiarpet to Cochrane Basin Road every day. The official said the corporation will start work on the underpass as soon as it completes the ROB.
“We needed to realign the underpass route and recently submitted a general arrangement drawing to the railways,” the official said.
The underpass will be wide enough to let buses through and, after it is complete, the authorities will shut the railway gate.