CHENNAI: The Chennai Comprehensive Transportation Study has a major focus on improvement of the entire transportation corridor rather than the piecemeal approach that the government agencies have had over the years.
The transportation corridor as a whole will be improved instead of taking up improvements at isolated locations along the corridor. For example, the Highways Department, Chennai Corporation and other local bodies should ensure that the pavements are not less them 1.5 metres in width in residential areas and three metres along major roads, which will permit commercial activities as well.
There should be concerted efforts, said the recommendations made to the government, to evolve a uniform code that focuses on design elements of roads and specifics such as pavements, ducting of utilities, gradient, camber, drainage, activities along the curbs and segregation of traffic as per mode.
A safety audit, the report said, should be an integral part of transport-related planning and development. For road surface improvement, the use of cold milling machines to scrape the top surface before relaying the entire road network was a suggestion made in the plan.
To integrate the entire transport network of the city, the report has said that bus stop locations, pedestrian subways and foot overbridges should be integrated as far as possible with the nearby suburban rail, Metro Rail or MRTS corridor. To this effect, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has announced its decision to launch a densification study along the Chennai Metro Rail corridor to assess the span of influence of the Metro Rail
The authorities plan to support Metro Rail by inducing development along the corridor. Sources said that the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited (TNUIFSL), the nodal agency, has invited proposals from consultants to carry out the study for the CMDA. The CMDA plans to review the Master Plan for Chennai Metropolitan Area, as well as the Comprehensive Transportation Plan.