The elevated stretch across four sections will be completed by December 2024.
What’s it about? According to Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, the 20.5 km double-decker elevated highway between the Chennai Port and Maduravoyal will likely be completed by December 2024. It’s being built for ₹5,800 crores and will be a dedicated freight corridor for Chennai-bound port traffic.
- The corridor is part of the government’s initiative to provide seamless multimodal connectivity. It will be built across four sections starting inside the port and ending after the Maduravoyal interchange.
- The corridor will help increase the port’s handling capacity by 48%. It’ll reduce the waiting time at the port by six hours.
Progress and delays: The project is being fast-tracked for a December 2024 finish with tenders already called for. While the project was initially conceived in 2000, there were delays in getting land from the Indian Navy. Now, the National Highways Authority will build them separate quarters.