According to Nitin Gadkari, minister of road transport and highways, construction on the 20.5 km double-decker elevated roadway between Chennai Port and Maduravoyal, which is being built at a cost of?5,800 crore, is projected to be finished by December 2024.
Gadkari stated in a series of tweets that the Chennai Port – Maduravoyal corridor was a part of his ministry’s initiative to deliver seamless multimodal connectivity in the new India.
The proposed elevated route, according to the minister, will be built out in four stages and will run from the Chennai Port to the Maduravoyal junction.
According to Gadkari, the project will be finished by December 2024, act as a dedicated freight corridor for port cargo headed toward Chennai, boost Chennai Port’s handling capacity by 48%, and reduce wait times at the port by six hours.
A two-tiered, four-lane elevated highway from Port to Maduravoyal is being built as part of the Prime Minister Gati Shakti programme, and bids have already been requested. The 12-km section of the 20.6-km corridor will have two levels. The project is being accelerated in order to meet the deadline of December 2024, even though it would take 24 to 36 months to complete.
The main reason the project, which was originally planned for early 2000, was delayed was because it was difficult to obtain the Indian Navy’s land for it. This issue should be rectified now that NHAI is constructing separate quarters for them on the army land.