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TN Govt signs MoU for Chennai Port-Maduravoyal Expressway

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CHENNAI : The Tamil Nadu government, the National Highways Authority of India, Chennai Port Trust and Indian Navy on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a two-tier elevated expressway between Chennai Port and Maduravoyal at an estimated cost of Rs 5,885 crore.

“The memorandum of understanding was signed in the presence of Chief Minister Shri M K Stalin and Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways Gen V K Singh,” said an official release.

The project, initiated by the Congress-led UPA regime in which the DMK was a constituent, was suspended by the J Jayalalithaa-led AIADMK government within months after assuming charge. The state PWD issued a notice in February 2012 to the NHAI to stop work citing environmental issues.

The project will be implemented by the Union ministry for road transport and highways at Rs 5,855 crore for a length of 20.565km. The first tier of the corridor will facilitate movement of light motor vehicles between Koyambedu and Chennai Port, with ramps in 13 places – seven entries and six exits.

The second tier has been designed only for heavy motor vehicles between Chennai Port and Maduravoyal.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for the project in January 2009 for a 19.5km project at Rs 1,655 crore.

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