Greater Chennai Corporation has begun relaying roads in the city after the recent spell of rain. Several roads that had come off such as Nelson Manickam Road have been fixed after being milled and relaid.
An official of the corporation said 379 roads in core city area will be relaid at a cost of 45 crore. Among these, 233 will be asphalt roads, 34 bus route roads, 63 cement roads, two concrete bus route roads and 47 interlinking roads.
The state government has sanctioned 2,200 crore under the Urban Road Development Project. Every year, 550 crore will be given to the corporation through TUFIDCO (Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited) to repair roads in a bad shape.
Corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said the roads that were damaged during the recent monsoon will be accorded top priority, along with storm water drain work.
“We expect less intense rain in the coming days so we can start road relaying work. Tenders for Singara Chennai 2.0 road work will be floated by January,” he said.
The government has suggested strict guidelines to relay roads. It has said roads that are under the road register of the corporation alone must be relaid. Photos of the status of roads must be clicked and submitted for every 50 metres.
Corporation chief engineer S Rajendiran said they will ensure water flows into drains from the new roads. “The new roads will come with camber correction. Necessary provisions for manholes will be made and those roads will be milled,” he said. The roads are being relaid in Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Royapuram, Valasaravakkam, Adyar, and Perungudi for 19.5 crore.