Chennai Salem Expressway Project Details, Route and Updates

Chennai Salem Expressway: Enhancing Connectivity in Tamil Nadu

The Chennai Salem Expressway is a proposed 6-lane access-controlled road project, spanning a length of 277.30 kilometers through Tambaram and Harur in Tamil Nadu. The greenfield project falls under the Bharatmala Pariyojana (BMP) program and aims to improve connectivity and reduce travel time between Chennai and Salem.

Key Details of the Project:

Project Name Chennai – Salem Expressway
Total Length 277.30 kilometers
Lanes 6 lanes
Total Estimated Cost Approximately Rs. 9,681 crore
Completion Deadline December 2025
Owner National Highway Authority of India (NHAI)
Status Pending Approvals, Land Acquisition Underway
Project Model Engineering, Procurement, and Construction (EPC)

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Route and Sections of Chennai Salem Expressway:

The Chennai – Salem Expressway will consist of several sections, including Tambaram and Harur Section (NH-179B), Harur to Salem Section (NH-179A), Chengalpattu to Kancheepuram Section (NH-132B), Semmampadi to Chetpet Section (HN-179D), and Polur to Tiruvannamalai Section (NH-38). These sections will facilitate smoother travel and connectivity in the region.

Chennai Salem Expressway
Chennai Salem Expressway

Interactive Map of Chennai Salem Expressway

Land Acquisition and Disputes:

The project involves the acquisition of approximately 2,971 hectares of land, including agricultural land, community land, and residential plots. Some sections of the expressway pass through reserved forests, raising concerns among farmers and environmentalists. However, the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Gadkari, has assured faster resolution of disputes and timely development of the corridor.

Current Status:

As of the latest reports, the NHAI is working to revive the Chennai – Salem Expressway project. They have requested the state government to issue directions to district collectors to cooperate in conducting social impact assessment and preparing the environment impact assessment report. The Supreme Court has upheld the land acquisition notification for the project. The NHAI aims to complete the project by 2025.

Tender Status and Contracts:

Tender notices for construction have not been published yet. Further updates on contractors and construction tenders will be provided once available.

The Chennai – Salem Expressway holds great potential to enhance connectivity and drive economic growth in Tamil Nadu. It is a significant infrastructure project that will improve travel efficiency and contribute to the overall development of the region. Stay updated with the project’s progress for further developments and announcements.

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