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Construction tender released for this project!

NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA [NHAI]

Construction of 4-lane Elevated Corridor and Ground Level improvements
from Pandiyan Hotel Junction (KM 0/000) to Chettikulam (KM 7/300) of
Madurai Natham Section(Package-1) of NH-785 on EPC Mode under
Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I in the state of Tamil Nadu


http://www.nhai.gov.in/writereaddata/Portal/Tender/OtherDocuments/898/5_FEASIBILITY_REPORT.pdf

ELEVATED CORRIDOR (Km 0+000 to Km 7+300)
 Prestressed Concrete Segmental Box Girder type of superstructure is proposed for the
Grade Separator from chainage Km 0+000 to Km 7+300.
 Entry Ramp on RHS from Ch. 2+583 to Ch. 2+863, Exit Ramp on RHS from Ch.
2+758 to Ch. 3+038 near Naganagulam Lake.
 Entry Ramp on LHS from Ch. 4+548 to Ch. 4+833 and Exit Ramp on RHS from Ch.
4+548 to Ch. 4+833 near Yadava College.
 Aesthetically pleasing architectural features for each piers of Elevated corridor are proposed indicating Tamilnadu heritage and history of Meenakshi Amman like the ones featured in the pillars of thousand pillars Mandapam.

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Is there any news about extend the elevated highway up to goripalayam?
The project has made good progress. Though the flyover part has been delayed, the four laning from Oomatchikulam to Thuvarankurichi is progressing well. Except for the stretches wherein flyovers or bypasses are being built, rest ground level sections are completed atleast to the road alignment on both sides of centre median.

Visited Natham Thuvarankurichi stretch for first time and can see at least 80% following a new alignment. Due to this, couldn't notice progress but the stretch wherever 4 lane takes existing alignment or runs close, the road works are in brisk pace. Don't see any progress at Thuvarankurichi bypass where this road is expected to join existing Madurai Trichy NH. Unless new services like Madurai Natham Thuvarankurichi Trichy comes up, this road can't serve any stage carriers due to new alignment for 80% stretch.

I can see people speculating 30 minutes to 1 hour reduction in Madurai Trichy/ Chennai travel but that's too much for a road of just 70 km length while the rest will be in existing roads from Thuvarankurichi. I can accept to the fact that this road will serve as alternate road to Madurai - Dindigul/ Trichy helping these roads to serve for another 1 or 2 decades before becoming congested in existing 4 lane setup.

Dindigul Natham Kottampatty road widening is also making considerable progress and this road would also help people from Sivaganga/ Karaikudi/ Melur area to take this road skipping Madurai for places like Palani/ Coimbatore/ Tiruppur/ Salem. Good initiative is to have paver block footpath laid all along the stretch to have safe pilgrimage for Palani murugan devotees.

Major question here is how the roads to Madurai as well as Dindigul are going to join existing ring roads or bypasses. For Madurai North ring road has to come in while for Dindigul, there seems no plan for highway department to join Natham road to bypass avoiding Dindigul city.

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Ramesh
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TN seems to have some strange obsession with urban elevated roads. Destroys the look of the city along with any future chance of metro corridors along such routes.
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TN seems to have some strange obsession with urban elevated roads. Destroys the look of the city along with any future chance of metro corridors along such routes.
Funny. What look of the city are we talking about here?

Indian municipal governments are unable to lay proper city roads and streets or fix the existing roads to even average international standards - I mean the standards that even middle income countries like Latin American countries have.

Indian cities have a huge problem doing elementary stuff with street design and construction such as proper geometry, paving end to end, side walks, storm water drainage, removing encroachment - especially farm animals, ad hoc temples, mosques and churches, employing mechanized cleaning and maintenance, regulating traffic and parking and enforcing the rules. So they have resorted to the short cut of building flyovers and elevated roads so they don't have to learn to do the basics.

This is a cultural/political/legal structural problem rather than a economic one. Starting with the basic expectations of the public (most of whom are still used to village roads, have a propensity to litter the streets, encroach on and even raise farm animals on them!), There is no standardization or proper professional design and planning, lack of transparency in contracting, suffer from poor technical capability, quality and workmanship of contractors and their workforce etc. The list of deficiencies is a long one. In fact if you take all the money spend on city roads, repairs and repeated and poorly relaying them, they are spending more that what is needed for building and maintaining proper city roads and streets.
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Funny. What look of the city are we talking about here?

Indian municipal governments are unable to lay proper city roads and streets or fix the existing roads to even average international standards - I mean the standards that even middle income countries like Latin American countries have.

Indian cities have a huge problem doing elementary stuff with street design and construction such as proper geometry, paving end to end, side walks, storm water drainage, removing encroachment - especially farm animals, ad hoc temples, mosques and churches, employing mechanized cleaning and maintenance, regulating traffic and parking and enforcing the rules. So they have resorted to the short cut of building flyovers and elevated roads so they don't have to learn to do the basics.

This is a cultural/political/legal (structural) problem rather than a economic one. Starting with the basic expectations of the public (most of whom are still used to village roads, have a propensity to litter the streets, encroach on and even raise farm animals on them!), There is no standardization or proper professional design and planning, lack of transparency in contracting, suffer from poor technical capability, quality and workmanship of contractors and their workforce etc. The list of deficiencies is a long one. In fact if you take all the money spend on city roads, repairs and repeated and poorly relaying them, they are spending more that what is needed for building and maintaining proper city roads and streets.
Exactly, the priorities are messed up. Big grey concrete flyovers that reduce streetlevel sunlight, raise temperature (urban heat island effect), destroy pedestrian space and any street side trees, simply worsen what are already poor looking cities. It may seem banal but such a long term project can have a cascading effect on the living dynamics of a city. Making it easier for car owners to commute is a relatively minor positive outcome in comparison to the overall impact of reckless big ticket infrastructure projects.
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Construction tender released for this project!

NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA [NHAI]

Construction of 4-lane Elevated Corridor and Ground Level improvements
from Pandiyan Hotel Junction (KM 0/000) to Chettikulam (KM 7/300) of
Madurai Natham Section(Package-1) of NH-785 on EPC Mode under
Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I in the state of Tamil Nadu


http://www.nhai.gov.in/writereaddata/Portal/Tender/OtherDocuments/898/5_FEASIBILITY_REPORT.pdf

ELEVATED CORRIDOR (Km 0+000 to Km 7+300)
 Prestressed Concrete Segmental Box Girder type of superstructure is proposed for the
Grade Separator from chainage Km 0+000 to Km 7+300.
 Entry Ramp on RHS from Ch. 2+583 to Ch. 2+863, Exit Ramp on RHS from Ch.
2+758 to Ch. 3+038 near Naganagulam Lake.
 Entry Ramp on LHS from Ch. 4+548 to Ch. 4+833 and Exit Ramp on RHS from Ch.
4+548 to Ch. 4+833 near Yadava College.
 Aesthetically pleasing architectural features for each piers of Elevated corridor are proposed indicating Tamilnadu heritage and history of Meenakshi Amman like the ones featured in the pillars of thousand pillars Mandapam.

http://www.nhai.gov.in/tenders-current-details.htm?id_898
Construction tender released for this project!

NATIONAL HIGHWAYS AUTHORITY OF INDIA [NHAI]

Construction of 4-lane Elevated Corridor and Ground Level improvements
from Pandiyan Hotel Junction (KM 0/000) to Chettikulam (KM 7/300) of
Madurai Natham Section(Package-1) of NH-785 on EPC Mode under
Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase-I in the state of Tamil Nadu


http://www.nhai.gov.in/writereaddata/Portal/Tender/OtherDocuments/898/5_FEASIBILITY_REPORT.pdf

ELEVATED CORRIDOR (Km 0+000 to Km 7+300)
 Prestressed Concrete Segmental Box Girder type of superstructure is proposed for the
Grade Separator from chainage Km 0+000 to Km 7+300.
 Entry Ramp on RHS from Ch. 2+583 to Ch. 2+863, Exit Ramp on RHS from Ch.
2+758 to Ch. 3+038 near Naganagulam Lake.
 Entry Ramp on LHS from Ch. 4+548 to Ch. 4+833 and Exit Ramp on RHS from Ch.
4+548 to Ch. 4+833 near Yadava College.
 Aesthetically pleasing architectural features for each piers of Elevated corridor are proposed indicating Tamilnadu heritage and history of Meenakshi Amman like the ones featured in the pillars of thousand pillars Mandapam.

http://www.nhai.gov.in/tenders-current-details.htm?id_898
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Is there any news about extend the elevated highway up to goripalayam?
NHAI begins road laying work on New Natham Road in Madurai

Work on the city’s first elevated highway resumes

The long wait seems to have come to an end for motorists using New Natham Road as National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has begun re-laying the road that had been dug up to construct the city’s first elevated highway.

After carrying out groundwork for the last two weeks, the work of laying of dense bituminous macadam (DBM), the course layer, has begun on those stretches of road between IOC junction at Tallakulam to Oomachikulam where the launching of concrete girders have been completed.

The girders have been launched in 78 out of 188 spans under the project to construct elevated highway for 7.3-km. “We have completed girder launching in around 45% of the total stretch and have planned to lay the road for around 3.2 km in the first phase,” a senior official from NHAI said.

NHAI had originally planned to lay the road to make it smooth and motorable on the stretch between IOC junction and near Athikulam junction to facilitate procession of Lord Kallalazhagar during Chithirai festival in summer of 2020. However, COVID-19 brought the work to a standstill and normal celebrations of Chithirai festival were also cancelled.

The dug up road and the loose top soil were putting road users to lot of inconvenience though the stretch of road between IOC junction and Bharathi Ula Road has remained closed ever since the work began in November 2019. “We have planned to complete the road laying work along with the pedestrian pathway with railings by December,” the official added.

While the project was originally planned to be completed by November 2020, following the disruption due to lockdown, the officials have now planned to complete good portion of the project by May 2021.

The final layer of road would be laid later. The elevated corridor is part of four-laning of Madurai-Natham highway to provide a shorter four-laned road route to Tiruchi.


latest update of pandiyan Hotel to Umachikulam Part 1 till Reaerve line.80% done. Expect part 2 video soon.
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latest update of pandiyan Hotel to Umachikulam Part 1 till Reaerve line.80% done. Expect part 2 video soon.
Part 2 ah🙄
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as on August 8th 2019




Latest status of Umachikulam to Chatrapatti fourlane for Madurai Lovers
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Is this project completely halted now? Roads weren't relaid at places where the girder placement were pending. Without work progressing further or completion, it would make this 7 km road very bad to navigate. With monsoon rains getting started with heavy showers in southern districts, the entire stretch is dangerous for pax travelling in 2 wheelers.

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Ramesh
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Is this project completely halted now? Roads weren't relaid at places where the girder placement were pending. Without work progressing further or completion, it would make this 7 km road very bad to navigate. With monsoon rains getting started with heavy showers in southern districts, the entire stretch is dangerous for pax travelling in 2 wheelers.

Thanks & Regards
Ramesh
I don't think so ... it's quite slow than usual ..but not halted ...i am using the road daily ..but small minor changes each day ..
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I don't think so ... it's quite slow than usual ..but not halted ...i am using the road daily ..but small minor changes each day ..
No as of now the work is halted,they formed a committee and told they will submit a report in 15 days but more than 1 month gone.Minister Moorthy told work will start again only after relaying the roads ,that also not done.These people making the project get delayed by doing nothing.
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No as of now the work is halted,they formed a committee and told they will submit a report in 15 days but more than 1 month gone.Minister Moorthy told work will start again only after relaying the roads ,that also not done.These people making the project get delayed by doing nothing.
I was also more worried about the road being cleared & relaid for vehicles to ply through until the contractor vs new government issues are settled down. While this one is a temporary worry, this 7 km long fly over shouldn't become replica of Chennai port Maduravoyal fly over at Madurai. :(

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Ramesh
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Unfinished projects test the patience of residents

Under Smart Cities Mission of the Central government, a slew of works have been undertaken in Madurai.

On the one hand, these projects - be it renovated Periyar bus stand or multi-level parking, sprucing up Masi streets and the vicinity of Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple - give some hope to the city residents that Madurai would soon join the list of cities with top notch infrastructure. On the other hand, undue delay in execution of every project has left the people exasperated, due to dug-up roads, traffic diversions, pollution and other travails. People patiently suffered without complaining, with the hope that soon they will reap the gains.

But the unfinished works across the city stand as mute witnesses to the tardy pace of every single project. It is all the more pronounced during this festival season when the whole Madurai is on a shopping spree after being let loose after the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdowns for so long.

Of all the projects, Smart City or otherwise, the elevated corridor on New Natham Road was the most talked about. Just when it seemed it was going at a fast clip, death of a migrant worker from Uttar Pradesh due to a mishap in August put the spanner in the works. Mechanical failure of a hydraulic jack is alleged. A probe has been ordered and the work has been suspended on the entire 7.3-km-long elevated corridor project which connects Indian Oil roundabout in the city with Chettikulam in the outskirts with ramps in between at Narayanapuram and Tiruppalai.

The project, which started in November 2018, was to have been completed in 24 months. However, the delay was first attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, as migrant workers left for home en masse since March 2020. Now, but for a small stretch on the city side, the whole road underneath the elevated corridor is in shambles.

Pell mell near mall

Work on the take-off point of the elevated corridor near Vishal de Mall on Gokhale Road has shrunk the carriage space so much so that vehicles have to queue up on two rows and wait for their turn to wriggle through the narrow space. During peak hours, it takes 15 minutes to crawl out of the mess.

As a fallout of traffic snarls, residents in Narayanapuram, Iyer Bungalow and Tiruppalai are hard-pressed to get a cab or autorickshaw as the drivers are unwilling to endure the ordeal. And it doesn’t make business sense for them.

A Corporation official said that pipelines and sewage lines have been damaged on the elevated corridor stretch.

When contacted, a National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) official told The Hindu that they have laid approach roads near Chettikulam and Oomachikulam junctions, and 70% of the work was over. Roads could not be laid near a minor bridge near Naganakulam side and a few other locations. “We will ensure that the roads are repaired before the rains start. Work on clearing debris is on. We hope to resume the work after Deepavali,” he said.


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மதுரை-நத்தம் பறக்கும் பாலத்தில் நடந்த விபத்தை தொடர்ந்து 50 நாட்களாக நிறுத்தப்பட்டிருந்த பாலத்தின் கட்டுமானப் பணி மீண்டும் தொடங்கியது.

மதுரை –நத்தம் இடையே 4 வழிச்சாலை அமைக்கும் பணி நடக்கிறது. இதன் ஒரு பகுதியாக மதுரை பாண்டியன் ஓட்டல் அருகிலிருந்து ஊமச்சிகுளம் வரை 7.3 கி.மீ மேம்பாலம் கட்டப்பட்டு வருகிறது. கடந்த ஆகஸ்ட் 28-ம் தேதி நாராயணபுரம் அருகே நடந்த விபத்தில், இணைப்புச்சாலைக்காக பிரதான தூணில் நிறுத்தப்பட்ட கான்க்ரீட் தூண் கீழே விழுந்ததில் உத்தரப்பிரதேச மாநிலத் தொழிலாளி ஆகாஷ்சிங் என்பவர் இறந்தார்.

விபத்துக்கான காரணம் குறித்து 3 அமைச்சர்கள், மதுரை ஆட்சியர், ஐஐடி குழுவினர் என பல்வேறு தரப்பிலும் விசாரணை நடந்தது. போலீஸார் 3 பேர் மீது வழக்குப் பதிவு செய்தனர். இது தொடர்பான முடிவு தெரியும் வரையில் பாலப்பணிகளை நிறுத்த உத்தரவிடப்பட்டது.

கடந்த 50 நாட்களுக்கும் மேலாக பாலப் பணிகள் நடக்கவில்லை. மக்களின் சிரமங்களை குறைக்க சாலை அமைத்த பிறகே பாலம் கட்ட வேண்டும் என அமைச்சர் பி.மூர்த்தி தெரிவித்தார். இதையடுத்து சாலை, இருபுறமும் வாய்க்கால், நடைபாதை அமைக்கும் பணி மட்டும் கடந்த 50 நாட்களாக நடந்தன. இதில் 70 சதவீத சாலைப் பணிகள் முடிந்துள்ளன. இந்நிலையில் கடந்த 2 நாட்களாக பாலப்பணிகள் மீண்டும் தொடங்கி நடந்து வருகிறது.

இது குறித்து கண்காணிப்பு அலுவலர் ஒருவர் கூறுகையில், ‘ கான்கிரீட் தூணை தூக்கி நிறுத்தும் போது ஜாக்கியில் ஏற்பட்ட கோளாறே விபத்துக்கு காரணம் எனத் தெரிந்தது. பாலம் கட்டுமானத் தரத்தில் குறையில்லை என்பது உறுதிப்படுத்தப்பட்டுள்ளது.

பிரதான தூண்களில் இணைப்பு பாலங்களை முழுமையாக பொருத்தினால் மட்டுமே இருபுற சாலைப் பணியையும் முடிக்க முடியும்.’ என்றார்

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8 pillars only need to connect from ioc to omachikulam fully connected.
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