Now, ‘small bus’ service in Chennai

November 1, 2013

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa flagged off the service with a fleet of 50 small buses.


Chennai: Tamil Nadu has launched ‘small bus’ service to connect suburbs with railway stations and bus stands in the city. Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa flagged off the service with a fleet of 50 small buses.

Passengers will find the 27-seater small bus or mini bus an alternative to share autos and vans. To begin with the services will cover places such as Chromepet, Guindy, Vadapalani and Moolakadai. Jayalalithaa also launched 610 new buses to be operated across the State. The Chief Minister said the State Government has earmarked Rs 1,026 crore to buy 6,000 new buses and half of them have been purchased.

To meet the increasing diesel cost, the State Government will allot Rs 500 crore this financial year to the Transport Department as against Rs 200 crore last year, she said. The Department is finding new ways to generate revenue. For instance, it earned Rs 28.13 crore from advertisements displayed in buses.

The parcel service in buses earned Rs 44.21 lakh and highway eateries earned Rs 4.67 crore. At the function, she gave pension benefits to 25 retired transport employees and sanctioned Rs 257 crore of pension benefits to other retired department employees.

The State Government plans to set up a second water plant at Gummidipoondi for the Amma Mineral water scheme. Under the scheme, which was launched last September, one litre water bottle is sold at Rs 10 to passengers travelling in long distances buses.


45-km elevated road on IT corridor to Mahabs

April 9, 2013

45-km elevated road on IT corridor to Mahabs

DC | 02nd Apr 2013

Chennai: The IT corridor, dotted with software companies, educational institutions and mushrooming swanky multi storeyed residential apartments, triggering more development by the day, has brought a new problem.Increasing traffic congestion is becoming a cause for concern to the government.In an effort to reduce the traffic congestion, the state government has proposed several road infrastructure projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore, including a 45 km elevated expressway on the busy IT corridor to the popular tourist destination of Mahabalipuram. “The project will be taken up in two phases and the work will be completed from Taramani up to Siruseri in the first phase and from Siruseri to Mamallapuram in the second phase,” chief minister J. Jayalalithaa said. Making a suo moto statement in the Assembly on Monday, she said Rs 5 crore would be allocated to prepare a detailed plan to implement the project at the earliest.Ms Jayalalithaa said the 22-km road up to Thiruninravur from Padi was handed over to National Highways Autho­rity of India in 2005 based on the request of NHAI. But the authority did not upgrade the road since there was no provision for toll collection and as a result the road lacked maintenance, she said.


April 7, 2008


The Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Thiru T.R. Baalu has said that the proposal for setting up of the National Road Safety and Traffic Management Board, as recommended by the Committee on Road Safety and Traffic Management, is in the final stages of approval. Similar Boards would be set up in the States also. Thiru Baalu was addressing the Seventeenth Meeting of the Consultative Committee of Members of Parliament attached to his Ministry here today.

Thiru Baalu also informed the Members that the Department of Road Transport and Highways is also contemplating constitution of a Committee of Experts to suggest a comprehensive scheme to improve the public transport system. The proposed scheme would stipulate certain reform measures to be undertaken by the States to be eligible for seeking financial assistance from the Central Government.

The Minister further informed that a ‘Working Group’ has been constituted by the Government to determine the technology for Advanced Traffic Management System, Advanced Travel or Information System and Electronic Toll collection. He said that a System is proposed to be installed for automatic traffic counting and classification to have better assessment of traffic moving on National highways. He said that these steps are being taken as part of Government’s efforts to give more emphasis on the modernisation of the toll collection system for which introduction of Intelligent Transport System (ITS) is proposed to be gradually introduced.

Thiru Baalu said that a proposal has recently been approved for creation of State and National Registers of driving licenses and registration certificates envisaging inter-linking of all Regional Transport Offices. This would enable creation of authentic database for road transport sector, ensuring transparency in the process of registration of motor vehicles and issuance of driving licenses at a total cost of Rs. 148 crore. The project period is two years. It would check issuance of fake driving licenses / registration certificates and lead to better enforcement of the provisions of the Motor Vehicles Act / Rules, he added.

The Minister also informed that to formulate a scheme for trauma care facilities across the country in general and along the National Highways in particular, his Ministry has been working closely with the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare to work out a -2- combined plan of action. For this purpose, Thiru Baalu informed that the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has introduced a scheme for setting up of an integrated network of Trauma Centres along the GQ, North-South and East-West Corridors of the National Highways by upgrading the trauma care facilities in 140 identified State Government Hospitals at a total cost of Rs.732.75 crore during the Eleventh Five Year Plan period. Our Ministry has to supply 140 ambulances and NHAI has to provide 50 Ambulances with advanced life support equipment to identified hospitals.

Giving an account of the progress made on the National Highway Development Programme (NHDP), Thiru Baalu observed that upto February 2008, out of the 5,846 kms under the Golden Quadrilateral (GQ) Project, 4/6 laning of about 5,650 kms has been completed and works are in progress in the remaining 196 kms length. Out of about 7,300 kms length under the North-South and East-West Corridors, 4/6 laning was completed in 1,962 kms and works were under implementation in about 4,359 kms. Under NHDP Phase-III, out of 12,109 kms length, 4-laning has been completed in 330 kms and works are in progress in about 1,745 kms and under NHDP Phase-V, out of 6,500 kms length, 6-laning was in progress in about 1,030 kms.

So far 86 projects valued at Rs.29,576.94 crore have been awarded on BOT (Toll) basis. Out of these, 34 projects have been completed and 52 projects are in progress. Also, so far 25 projects valued at Rs. 9,411.88 crore have been awarded on BOT (Annuity) basis; out of which, 8 projects have been completed and 17 projects are in progress, the Minister informed.

The Members of Parliament who participated in the meeting are: S/Shri M.R. Reddy, S. Ajaya Kumar, L.R. Patil, Hari Kewal Prasad, M.L. Mandal, Tiruchi Siva and Ms. Mabel Rebello.


Four-laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada road from December

April 7, 2008

VIJAYAWADA: The long-awaited Rs 1460 crore four-laning of Hyderabad-Vijayawada Road will commence in December. The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) will finalise the tenders by June.

Currently, the four-laning has been completed between Vijayawada and Nandigama (50 km) and Hyderabad and Malkapuram (40 km). The 181 km stretch between Malkapuram and Nandigama will now be four-laned.

NHAI Vijayawada-Hyderabad section project director P Srinivasa Rao said the work will be completed in two years time. The NHAI, the State Government and the contractors will enter into a state-support agreement before commencing the works, he added.

VIJAYAWADA-MACHILIPATNAM ROAD: Srinivasa Rao said the the Vijayawada-Machilipatnam Road will also be widened to 200 feet. This would be done for 150 km. The tenders would be finalised in June and the works would begin from December.

The widening is estimated to cost Rs 493 crore. The widening has become necessary in view of the heavy vehicular movement on the road and the future needs that may arise after the establishment of the new port.

The project director met superintendent engineer of Irrigation T Shivaji recently to discuss the widening as some irrigation canals pass along the road.



April 4, 2008


The Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. Kalaignar M., Karunanidhi will inaugurate four projects completed at a total cost of Rs. 80 crore by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) on Wednesday the 9th April 2008. He will also lay the foundation stone for Foot-over Bridge at Chromepet on the same day.

The function for the inaugural ceremony would be presided over by the Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Thiru T. R. Baalu and the Minister for Local Administration, Government of Tamil Nadu Thiru M.K Stalin would be the Chief Guest. The Guests of honour of the function would be Thiru M.P. Swaminathan, Minister for Highways, Government of Tamil Nadu and Thiru T.M. Anbarasan, Minister for Labour, Government of Tamil Nadu.

The Irumbuliyur Underpass has been built at a cost of Rs. four crore, four-laning of Chennai Bypass Phase-I up to Porur has been completed by NHAI at a cost of Rs. 70 crore, the pedestrian subway at Tirisulam has cost Rs. five crore and the Bus Shelter at Chromepet built under the MPLAD Scheme has cost Rs. 82 lakhs. The completion of the Irumbuliyur Underpass will facilitate right turn for the Tambaram Traffic to access Chennai Bypass and thereby quicker connectivity to the Golden Quadrilateral Corridor.

The Chromepet Foot-over Bridge for which the foundation stone will be laid on Wednesday to facilitate the commuters in crossing NH-45 to access the railway station on the other side and vice versa which provides rail connectivity to southern part of Tamil Nadu, would cost Rs. 2.40 crore.

Thiru T.R. Baalu has expressed the hope that with the completion of these four projects, the people living in and around these areas would be greatly benefited.


New bypass proposed for Mangalore city

April 3, 2008

MANGALORE March 18: The State Government has sent a proposal to the Union Government to construct a 91.2 km four-lane bypass from Mulki to Thokkottu via Kateel, Bajpe, Polali, B.C. Road, Panemangalore, Mudipu and Mangalore University.The proposed bypass is expected to not only provide better connectivity between Udupi and Bangalore but also to fuel the growth of the city outskirts as it may attract more Information Technology-based companies.This proposal is aimed at easing the traffic congestion on national highway 17 between Mulki and Thokkottu (near Mangalore) and national highway 48 between Mangalore and B.C. Road, sources told The Hindu.The project involves conversion of stretches of different State highways from Mulki to B. C. Road covering a distance of 58 km via Kinnigoli, Kateel, Bajpe, Kaikamba and Polali. The second stretch of 5.2 km length is from B.C. Road to Panemangalore on NH 48. The third stretch of 27 km is the major district road (MDR) between Panemangalore and Thokkottu via Mudipu and Mangalore University.The proposal, sent through the State Public Works Department, is before the Union Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, sources said.N. Gokulram, chairman, National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), Delhi, visited Mangalore on March 14 to assess the feasibility of this project and took stock of the four-lane work between Surathkal and B.C. Road.Mr. Gokulram held discussions with Deputy Commissioner M. Maheshwar Rao, authorities of Mangalore City Corporation, Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA) and Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd (MESCOM) and NHAI.On the utility of the bypass, sources said that the area between Thokkottu and Mudipu on Thokkottu-Panemangalore road had emerged as education hub of Mangalore. Besides Mangalore University, one engineering college, three medical colleges and associated hospitals, two dental colleges have come up on this road. A prominent Information Technology company has opened its second unit in Mangalore near Mudipu. When this road becomes a four-lane stretch, more IT companies, colleges and industries are likely to set up their establishments in the region. This is likely to create more direct and indirect employment opportunities. The real estate business in this region is set to boom, probably making the purchase of property in the region unaffordable to common man, sources said.When the State highways such as number 70, 67 and 101 were developed, the area between B.C. Road and Mulki via Kaikamba, Bajpe could witness many developments. This road would pass by the airport as it would be within five km from the proposed new terminal building of the airport, the sources said.This road will serve as a ring road covering Mulki, Mangalore, Thokkottu, Panemangalore, B.C.Road, Polali and Bajpe.The Udupi-bound traffic from Bangalore will be able to divert at B.C. Road and reach Mulki via Bajpe and vice versa. Then, Mangalore city will have to bear with traffic plying between Kerala and Udupi, according to sources. Source:

GPIL announces IPO of 1.65 crore equity shares

March 7, 2008

CHENNAI: With an aim to fund some of its major projects in India, Gammon Infrastructure Projects Limited (GPIL) on Friday announced an initial public offering of 1.65 crore equity shares of par value Rs 10 each for a cash price to be determined through a 100 per cent book-building process (Issue). The price band has been fixed between Rs 167 and Rs 200 pewr equity share. Pervez Umrigar, Managing Director, GPIL, told reporters here today that the Issue’s proceeds would be utilised in the design, construction and maintenance of projects including the four-laning of the 99.5 km of Vadape-Gonde section between Mumbai and Nasik on NH-3, being developed and maintained by the special purpose vehicle (SPV), the Mumbai Nasik Expressway Limted (MNEL). ”We currently have 14 infrastructure projects, including the Vishakaptanam port project in Andhra Pradesh and Mattanchery bridge project in Kerala among others in the operation phase, with respective special purpose vehicles (SPVs) in place to develop and maintain them,” Umrigar said. The Rangit-II hydroelectric power project on River Nimbi in Sikkim, and the MNEL among others were in the development phase, he added. According to a company release, the Issue comprises a net issue of 1.49 crore equity shares to the public (Net Issue) and a reservation of 16.55 lakh equity shares for employees. While at least 60 percent of the Net Issue will be allocated on a proporationate basis to Qualified Institutional Buyers (QIB), at least 10 percent of the same would be available for non-institutional bidders and 30 percent of the Net Issue for retail investors on proportionate basis. The issue opens on March 10 and closes on March 13, 2008. Source:

L&T, IRB among 5 to bag Rs 11k cr road projects

February 23, 2008

NEW DELHI: L &T-ECC, Emirates Trading Agency-KMC Construction, IRB Infrastructure Developers-Deutsche Bank, IJM Corporation-IDFC Ltd and Isolux Corsan Concessions-Soma Enterprise have bagged five national highway projects worth Rs 10,912 crore.

The projects, part of the fifth phase of National Highway Development Project (NHDP), are the first one to be under the new model concession agreement.

Secretary (road transport and highways) Brahm Dutt said this at a media briefing on Friday.

Under NHDP V, a total of 6,500 km of existing four-laned national highway have to be widened to six lane through build operate and transfer basis.

Two projects aggregating to 148 km had earlier been awarded based on the old concession agreement.

In the earlier awarded two projects, grants used to be the bidding criteria and NHAI got an upfront negative grant of Rs 975 crore.

Under the new MCA, the concept of grant has been changed to revenue share model.
On the Delhi-Jaipur section of national highway eight, the wining consortium of Emirates Trading Agency and KMC Construction has quoted 48.06% as the revenue share for NHAI.

IRB Infrastructure in tie-up with Deutsche Bank quoted 38% for Surat-Dahisar section on national highway 8. For Chennai-Tada on NH 5 and Panipat-Jalandhar on NH 1, L&T-ECC have quoted 17.07% and Isolux Corsan, have quoted 20.14% as revenue share that the government will get out of tolling revenue.

“All the revenue share will start right from the appointed date within 180 days of signing of the agreement.

In only one case, where the traffic is low, the share of revenue will start at 2% after nearly four and half years,” said Dutt. Isolux Corsan-Soma Enterprise quoted the 2% revenue share for the Panipat-Jalandhar section.

As the existing highways are already under tolling by NHAI, toll collection by the private entrepreneurs will be integrated with the existing tolling infrastructure though there will not be any increase the tolling rates.

The five consortia will be required to furnish an additional performance security, the toll will be credited to an escrow sub-account, drawal from which is linked to the achievement of project milestones.


Chennai’s Kathipara Flyover to be completed by Mar 30

February 16, 2008

The construction of the Kathipara Flyover in Chennai finally seems to be heading somewhere. Kathipara Junction is one of the busiest points of the city. It could be called the Gateway of Chennai. Almost all the traffic that comes from the airport has to pass through this point. So, in that sense it is the most important part of the city.

There was a flyover which was proposed in 2004 to bring down the congestion of traffic. The completion date was 2007. But it is still not complete and is delayed by almost one year. It is learnt from the National Highway Authority of India that within two months, the flyover will be in place and the traffic would be diverted from the airport to this flyover.

There are controversies surrounding the junction. The Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation was initially given the responsibility of this project. But because of the delay they were pulled out from it. The project also got stuck because of land acquisition problems. Some of the lands were supposed to be acquired from Defence, which they were not ready to vacate.

It is learnt from sources that they have still not vacated the land. That is why NHAI has to go for a complete change in the plan. But officials are saying that March 30 is the deadline and hopefully they will be completing it by then.