According to the GO issued by the highways department, the 22-km stretch of the Padi-Thiruninravur section, which passes through thickly populated urban areas as well as the Ambattur industrial estate, would be widened into a six-lane road.
The widening has been necessitated by traffic intensity exceeding one lakh passenger car units on this road, the order said. In order to widen the narrow stretch to six lanes, a minimum width of 30 meter right of way is required for which land acquisition is inevitable.
To execute the work, land would be acquired from 12 villages at a cost of Rs. 168 crore. CTH road, which leads to Tiruttani and Tirupati, is one among four national highways out of Chennai city.
“Most of the pilgrims are using only this road for travelling from Chennai to Tirupati and Tiruttani,” the GO said, further noting that the NHAI has taken up the widening of the 59-km stretch between Tiruttani and Thiruninravur.
“Hence it is absolutely necessary for widening and strengthening from Thriuninravur to Padi junction to cater to the heavy vehicular traffic,” the order said.
we will be completing the four-lane works with central median at a cost of 98 crore. Tender has been floated for road widening works,” the official said.