To construct phase-II of Chennai Outer Ring Road, from Nemilichery to Minjur, the Tamil Nadu government has recently given its nod to a consortium of Ashoka Buildcon and GVR Infra Projects. Work on phase-I of the ORR, from Vandalur to Nemilichery, is nearing completion. On completion, the 61.65-km-long road will form a semicircle around the city and help decongest ChennaiÂ’s roads. It will act as a major link and connect four national highways Â— NH 4, NH 5, NH 45 and NH 205.
The Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), the managing associate for the project, the work order has been issued and the contract is to be signed with the consortium to execute the 32-km stretch.
The cost of the project, being executed under a design, finance, build, operate and transfer basis, would be Rs 985.44 crore, of which Rs 197 crore will be provided by the State government as project support fund. Of the 20 years during which the company would operate the road, 2.5 years is for construction.
The consortium will get six months to achieve financial closure after which it will commence work. The various features of the road include a flyover at Red HillsÂ–Tiruvallur Road, an interchange on the Kolkata Road at Padianallur and a bridge across the Kosasthalaiyar river near Minjur. The end point at Minjur is on the Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetty Road, which is 10 km away from Ennore Port to which the road will provide connectivity.
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority is carrying out land acquisition for the project and of the 278.25 hectares of private land, 90 per cent has been acquired. Government land too is required for the project. The road would pass through the Sidco Industrial Estate near Vellanur.