Round 50% of the work to assemble a subway — at stage crossing 11A at Bhojaraja Nagar on Kannan Road in Mint — has been accomplished. At current, the work to assemble the box-structure beneath the railway tracks is being carried out.
The subway that’s arising some 750 metres from the Korukkupet railway station, is being constructed with funds from the Better Chennai Company. “The railways have been engaged on the field portion of the subway for no less than two years now and can take a number of extra months to complete. They’ve spent ₹5 crore to date and have not too long ago sought one other ₹1.5 crore. The preliminary estimate was solely ₹2 crore for his or her portion,” defined a supply on the Company.
The civic physique plans to name for tenders solely after land is out there for the development of strategy ramps, retaining partitions and wells to pump out the water to maintain the subway from flooding. “Solely not too long ago, we discovered that an oil primary belonging to the Indian Oil Company runs via the positioning. We’ve to shift that and a Chennai Metrowater primary line earlier than handing over the positioning to a contractor. After shifting these, it should take us near 12 months to finish our portion of the work,” mentioned one other official.
Fisheries Minister D. Jayakumar, who not too long ago inspected the subway work, mentioned he would write to the railways and the Company asking them to hurry up the work.
In the meantime, residents complained that the work was progressing at a snail’s tempo. The proposal to assemble a subway had been made almost twenty years in the past. It had been included within the Southern Railway’s annual plan for 2011-12, however resulting from points with funding, it was solely taken up a few years in the past.
“The subway will solely carry partial aid since it will possibly, on the most, accommodate automobiles and mini ambulances. Larger autos should wait on the gate,” mentioned Selvaraj, who commutes to Mint each day for work. Residents hope that the promised work to exchange close by stage crossings 2A and 2B would carry some aid to them.