Chennai Port to Maduravoyal elevated double decker gets CRZ clearance

The expert appraisal committee of the Union government has accorded coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance for the much-delayed Chennai Port to Maduravoyal elevated double decker corridor. The National Highway Authority of India has already commenced the bidding process for the project, that has remained in limbo for more than a decade.

The clearance from the central committee came after the State Coastal Zone Management Authority (SCZMA) gave the green signal a few weeks ago.

While according the clearance, the committee directed the Chennai Port Trust, the implementing agency of the project, to ensure the flow of natural tidal water to mangroves and take adequate measures to maintain uninterrupted tidal water flow. Apart from this, the committee also directed it to adhere to the conditions laid down by the SCZMA.

One of the important instructions that the SCZMA had given to the Chennai Port Trust was to ensure the free flow of water in Cooum river during and after construction of the elevated expressway, some pillars for which would come up near or on the riverbed.

Instructions were given to not to store construction materials in CRZ areas, and to remove the temporary approach road for constructions of piers and bridges immediately after completion of works then and there so that there would not be any obstruction to the flow of water. The Port Trust has been strictly directed not to dump the soil excavated for the construction of piers in the river.