December 8, 2022

The Professional Appraisal Committee of the Atmosphere Ministry has advisable phase-III of the eight-lane expressway between Chennai and Bengaluru for setting clearance.

The mission, carried out by the Nationwide Highways Authority of India (NHAI), passes via Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh and Vellore, Ranipet, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts of Tamil Nadu.

The stretch falls in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. The whole size of the alignment is 106.10 km, from Ramapuram in Chittoor to Irungattukottai in Sriperumbudur taluk.

Improved connectivity

The mission is supposed to enhance connectivity between Bengaluru and Chennai and act as a hyperlink between the most important industrial and industrial centres of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu.

The highway proposed below phase-III could have 31 main bridges, 25 minor bridges, 137 culverts, 13 vehicular underpasses, 5 vehicular overpasses, 3 gentle automobile underpasses, 50 pedestrian underpasses, 7 interchanges, 3 highway over-bridges and 6 toll plazas. One animal underpass has additionally been proposed on the Forest Division’s advice. There’s additionally a provision for 3 truck laybys, 4 relaxation areas and excessive mast lights.

Minimal losses

The NHAI had knowledgeable the committee that there are about 16,954 non-forest bushes and a pair of,058 forest bushes within the proposed proper of means and dedicated itself to reducing bushes inside formation width in order to minimise losses.

“About 1,69,540 bushes can be planted throughout the obtainable house in the suitable of means… The stability can be planted in session with the Forest Division,” it had mentioned.

The Professional Appraisal Committee laid down sure situations for the NHAI to execute the mission. It mentioned the inexperienced belt improvement (tree plantation) in lieu of the bushes being felled in non-forest land must be carried out by the State Forest Division as deposit work and never by a non-public contractor. It directed that the alignment be managed in such a way as to avoid wasting previous or heritage bushes.

Amongst different situations, it mentioned all the most important and minor bridges and culverts mustn’t have an effect on the drainage techniques. The floodplains of the rivers and the drainage techniques shouldn’t be disturbed and efforts have to be made to keep away from erecting pillars on the beds of waterbodies whereas the over-bridges have been constructed.

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