Chennai to Tirupati NH to get wider
Official documents accessed by TNIE revealed the Chennai-Tirupati NH 205, from Tiruvallur to the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border, is set to be expanded from two lanes into a four-lane road.
CHENNAI: In a move that will significantly reduce the time taken to travel from Chennai to Mumbai and Tirupati by road, a 144-km stretch of the Chennai-Tirupati National Highway is set to be widened. This is part of the Chennai-Surat express highway project, which will run through Renigunta, Mahabubnagar, Akkalkot, Solapur and Nashik, and cut the distance between Chennai and Mumbai by at least 120-130 km.
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Official documents accessed by TNIE revealed the Chennai-Tirupati NH 205, from Tiruvallur to the Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border, is set to be expanded from two lanes into a four-lane road. Additionally, the four-lane section from the TN-AP border to Tirupati will be upgraded to a six-lane road. The National Highways Authority of India is presently preparing the Detailed Project Report for the upgrade.
“A DPR is being prepared for the upgrade, which will also involve construction of major and minor bridges,” an official said.
However, no decision has been taken on whether the NH will be upgraded to a fully or partially access-controlled expressway. For an access-controlled expressway, the highway will have to be fenced on either sides, excluding the service lane.
“Fencing is practically not possible from Padi to Thiruninravur. The road’s design is currently being finalised,” the official added.