Work is under way after delay caused by land acquisition
Work on the Vandalur flyover on G.S.T. Road, which was dogged by delay in land acquisition, is going on as per schedule and is likely to be completed by December. Already, two deck slabs (the flat, top portion of the flyover) of the total nine have been completed and the Highways Department has planned to construct two deck slabs every month.
Though construction of the ₹55 crore flyover at the ‘T’ junction of the Vandalur- Kelambakkam Road and the G.S.T. Road began in September 2016, it took the Highways Department eight months to hand over the site to the contractor.
“We have completed the work on stormwater drains and taken possession of the land required for the service lane. We will complete retaining walls, approaches and hand rails simultaneously and finish by December,” said a Highways Department official.
Round-the-clock movement of vehicles on the road below is another factor that has led to delay in the work.
“We cannot move machinery as freely as we do at other sites due to restrictions on space. Even at night, we have very less traffic-free time since it is a National Highway,” an official added. At least 1.5 lakh vehicles take the road on a daily basis.
On completion, the 711-m long, six-lane flyover will allow vehicles to zip through G.S.T. Road without waiting for signal at the junction. The department has also planned a pedestrian facility at the location since the flyover is close to the Arignar Anna Zoological park.
“We have not decided whether it would be a foot overbridge or a subway since it involves the concurrence of the National Highways Authority of India. But a facility would definitely be provided,” said another official.
Source: The Hindu