The state government recently granted ₹33 Crore for the work on 3km Stretch of the Eastern Bypass, covering Mappedu and Nedunkundam villages. Work on constructing the second stretch has begun with the removal of encroachments.
The 3-km stretch would cost ₹33 correction with the works including shifting of utilities, construction of seven box culverts, dismantling of existing structures, installation of streetlights at junctions.
Land acquisition and removal of encroachments have inordinately delayed the project.
A farmer city planner recalled that the bypass for Tambaram was proposed in the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority's First Master plan that came into force in 1979 to help vehicles from outside the city avoid railway line. A 3-Km stretch of the 9-km bypass covering Selaiyur and Thiruvancheri villages was completed in 2014.