With Pallavaram flyover comes bonus of radial road lighting

CHENNAI: VIP visits are not something residents usually look forward to. They mean traffic diversions, high security and loud speakers. But deputy chief minister MK Stalin’s visit to Pallavaram to inaugurate a new flyover was doubly welcomed by residents of several suburban neighbourhoods. While the new Rs 55-crore rotary-shaped flyover cuts down the distance between IT Corridor and airport by 8km, Stalin’s visit ensured that the Pallavaram-Thoraipakkam Radial Road got street lamps.

For the last ten years, different departments have been passing the buck, leaving the 200-ft radial road in the dark at night and road users at risk. The road that connects the suburbs with the IT Corridor also helps people move between Grand Southern Trunk ( GST) Road with Velachery Main Road, Medavakkam Main Road and East Coast Road (ECR).

State highway officials argued that only the road-laying was their job and the rest had to be done by the local bodies. The local bodies of Pallavaram, Nanmangalam, Kovilambakkam and Okkiyam-Thoraipakkam located along the stretch failed to take up the work due to paucity of funds.

All that changed last week after labour minister TM Anbarasan, who represents Alandur-Pallavaram in the Assembly, made a pilot visit to the Pallavaram flyover and told officials that the radial road should be lit up for Stalin’s visit. Within no time, street lights were installed between Pallavaram and Kilkattai, a distance of 8km which Stalin was to take. “The lights were installed by the city roads division of the state highways. Each street light cost Rs 75,000,” said an official. Residents hope, and officials promise, that street lamps would be installed along the rest of the road soon.

“Once the flyover is opened, more motorists will use the stretch. The street lamps have come as a bonus,” said Pallavaram municipal chairman E Karunanidhi.

The new flyover is 2,200 metres long, 15 metres wide. It has 122 street lights, a high mast lamp and a rain water harvesting system. Channels have been built on both sides of the flyover to discharge rain water into a collection pit beneath it. Three-metre bitumen topped service lanes to let cars pass through are being laid on both sides of the flyover.

Read more: With Pallavaram flyover comes bonus of radial road lighting – The Times of India http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/With-Pallavaram-flyover-comes-bonus-of-radial-road-lighting/articleshow/6838005.cms#ixzz147g55hOy

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