CHENNAI: The Chennai Port Maduravoyal elevated corridor project recently received the nod at the highest level when Shri K Palaniswamy met the Shipping Minister Shri Nitin Gadkari on February 28. The corridor will be further extended by ten kilometers almost reaching Sriperumpudur. Under the present configuration the length of the corridor between the Port and Maduravoyal is around twenty kilometers and the Shipping Ministry has expressed its willingness to expand the project.
Though the contentious issue secured in principle clearance subject to certain conditions much earlier, the fact that the two top representatives of the Central and State Government met and gave clearance to the project means that it will be resurrected sooner than later.
The State Government has authorized the National Highway Authority of India, the implementing agency of the project to carry out the studies on the revised alignment at the earliest. It had also suggested modification at the starting point of the project near the Chennai Port
Indications are work on the project will commence by the end of the year and be completed by 2020. When the project is completed, container trailer leaving the Chennai Port will reach Sriperumpudur, one of the manufacturing hubs of Chennai situated about 40 kilometers away within half an hour. This could help the Port to face the intense competition it will face from the emerging ports like Ennore and Katupalli Ports situated in the vicinity of Chennai.