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Second phase of Chennai’s Outer Ring Road now open to public




Those travelling to Chennai’s suburbs have reason to rejoice as their travel time could be cut down by at least an hour. This due to newly inaugurated second phase of the Chennai Outer Ring road. The 30-kilometre highway connects Nemilicheri and Minjur opened by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister.

The construction of the highway costs Rs 1025 crore and goes through Poonamallee, Avadi and Ponner, began in 2014. According to reports, the first phase between Vandalur and Nemilicheri opened six years ago. With the second phase now open, heavy vehicles reach Tiruvallur district’s port without even entering the city.

The road also benefit motorists travelling towards Tiruvallur and Andhra Pradesh. The first phase saw close to 30,000 vehicles pass through it every day. This includes buses, multi-axle vehicles and light commercial vehicles.

The first phase of the project cost over Rs 1000 crore and constructed through a public-private partnership model. The second phase has six minor bridges, a flyover, an interchange, a river bridge and over 10 vehicular and pedestrian underpasses. It also includes stops for truckers to take breaks. Work for the second phase begun in March 2014.

The entire stretch comes up to 62 kilometres, supports six-way traffic. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami also opened an integrated operation theatre complex at the Government Rajaji Hospital in Madurai on Monday.

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