The foundation stone for the first
phase of the Outer Ring Road (ORR) was laid on Sunday by the Deputy
CM M. K. Stalin. The ORR, developed along the periphery of the Chennai
Metropolitan Area, is aimed at easing congestion in the city.
Stalin, after launching the first phase, said that the project’s
first phase, covering 30 km from Vandalur (NH 45) to Nemilicheri
(NH 205) was first mooted during the DMK government in 1967. Several
highways on Chennai’s periphery, like the Tambaram-Chengelpet, Poonamallee-Bangalore,
Avadi-Tirupati and Gummidipoondi-Kolkata, were not linked then.
The Chennai Bypass Road will soon be extended till Puzhal and work
is progressing fast. The total cost of the ORR project is Rs 1082
crore. In the second phase, the 32 km stretch from Nemilicheri to
Minjur will be completed.
Land acquisition for Phase 1 is complete said CMDA vice chairperson
Susan Mathew. “Land acquisition for the second phase will be completed
in a few months and the ORR shall be a valuable addition to the