NEW DELHI : The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has fast-tracked the ambitious elevated corridor project between Chennai Port and Maduravoyal, which is expected to involve an investment of Rs 5,855 crore. The 20.6-km long, four-lane double-decker elevated expressway is being constructed under the PM’s Gati Shakti program.
The Union Transport Minister, Shri Nitin Gadkari, stated that the project will be developed in four sections and will start inside the Chennai Port and end after the Maduravoyal interchange. It is expected to be completed by December 2024. The corridor will serve as a dedicated freight corridor for Chennai-bound port traffic and increase the handling capacity of Chennai Port by 48%, reducing the waiting time at the port by around six hours. The first level of the double-decker corridor is designed for light vehicles between Koyambedu and Chennai Port with 13 ramps for connectivity to other roads.