Chittoor Thatchur Expressway Information and Updates

Chittoor Thatchur Expressway: Bridging Regions for Progress

The Chittoor Thatchur Expressway (NH-716B), an ambitious infrastructure undertaking by the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), is set to transform connectivity between Keenatampalli in Andhra Pradesh and Thatchoor in Tamil Nadu. This under-construction 6-lane access-controlled corridor is a vital link in the broader canvas of the Bharatmala Pariyojana Phase 1 program, with the promise of fostering development and progress. Let’s navigate through the key details and features of this transformative endeavor.

Salient features of the Project

  • Total Length: 116.5 km
  • Lanes: 6
  • Status: Under Construction and Land Acquisition
  • Land Required: 885.5 hectares (525 ha. in Andhra Pradesh & 360.5 in Tamil Nadu)
  • Estimated Cost: Rs. 3840 crore
  • Deadline: December 2024
  • Owner: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)
  • Project Model: Hybrid Annuity Mode (HAM)

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A Route of Connectivity and Growth

The Chittoor Thatchur Expressway aims to facilitate seamless connectivity, not merely as a road but as a conduit for progress. This greenfield highway strategically bridges the 262 km Bangalore – Chennai Expressway near Chittoor (at KM 152) with the 133 km Chennai Peripheral Ring Road (CPRR project) at Kannigaipair. An overlap of 10.45 km between the two projects elevates the total project length to 126.550 km, creating a comprehensive network that promises smoother and swifter travel.

Foundation of Progress: Detailed Project Report (DPR)

The project’s Detailed Project Report (DPR) was meticulously prepared by the Louis Berger Group Inc., setting the foundation for a well-planned and executed endeavor. This DPR serves as a guiding light, ensuring that the project aligns with its objectives and fulfills the aspirations of improved connectivity.

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Designing Efficiency and Safety

The expressway is designed for optimal efficiency and safety. With a generous 70m Right of Way (ROW) and a speed limit of 100 kmph, it prioritizes a seamless travel experience. A comprehensive network of infrastructure components has been incorporated, including:

  • 13 minor bridges
  • 2 Rail Overbridges
  • 252 culverts
  • 44 vehicular underpasses
  • 21 Pedestrian Underpass
  • 8 interchanges
  • Animal crossings to minimize human-animal interaction

Route Alignment of Chittoor Thatchur Expressway

The expressway’s course traverses Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh and Thiruvallur district of Tamil Nadu. Beyond its physical path, it provides a direct linkage to the Kamarajar (Ennore) and Kattupalli ports, enhancing the connectivity for trade and commerce. It elegantly crosses significant rivers, including river Ponnai at km 14.5, Nagari River at km 65.70, and Aranai river at two vital locations: km 100.20 and 109.00.

Interactive Map of Chittoor Thatchur Expressway 

Contractors and Tenders information

The project’s progress is a testament to strategic collaborations. Divided into four civil packages, each with a 4-year deadline, the expressway’s construction is in capable hands:

  • Package 1 (43.80 km): Awarded to KCC Buildcon Pvt. Ltd. (Value: Rs. 1324 crore) on Aug 31, 2021
  • Package 2 (17.58 km): Awarded to EKK Infrastructure Ltd. on Aug 28, 2021
  • Package 3 (34.66 km): Awarded to KNR Constructions Ltd. (Value: Rs. 954.29 crore) on Sept 14, 2021
  • Package 4 (20.060 km): Awarded to IRB Infrastructure Developers on Sept 24, 2021

Fulfilling a Vision: Towards a Connected Future

The Chittoor Thatchur Expressway isn’t just a project; it’s a vision of progress, a bridge to connect regions, and a testament to growth. As it paves the way for enhanced connectivity and smoother travel experiences, it brings the promise of a brighter, more interwoven future for the regions it touches. By 2024, this expressway is poised to stand as a testament to collaborative efforts and a path towards progress.

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