Earlier this year, the Tamil Nadu government in the presence of Chief Minister M K Stalin and Union Minister of State for Road Transport and Highways and General V K Singh signed a pact for the Port-Maduravoyal project. This project aims to build a 20.6km double-decker elevated highway between Chennai Port and Maduravoyal.
Following the singing of the pact, The Union Minister had tweeted: “Today, in a landmark day for Tamil Nadu, the State Government has entered into an MoU with Chennai Port Trust, @NHAI_Official, and the Indian Navy for expedient development of road infrastructure for easing traffic of Chennai Port.” Adding to the same, Finance Minister Palanivel Thiaga Rajan had said “The State government is committed to reviving and implementing the Maduravoyal-Chennai Port elevated corridor project, which is vital to the commercial development of Chennai.”
Built at a cost of Rs 5,855 crore, the tenders for the construction of this two-tier, four-lane elevated corridor, sanctioned under the Prime Minister Gati Shakti programme, were announced in July but were delayed due to the clearance pending from the coastal regulation zone and the Indian Railways. However, it with the approvals from both, this project is all set to be started in the next three months and is expected to be completed by December 2023.
Gadkari commented on the same saying “ The project will be completed by December 2024 & it will serve as a dedicated freight corridor for Chennai bound port traffic & increase the handling capacity of Chennai Port by 48 per cent and subsequently reduce the waiting time at the port by six hours.”