Genesis of Project
East Coast Road (ECR), known for its scenic beauty, is an important road corridor in Tamil Nadu connecting Chennai with Cuddalore through Pondicherry.
The road was formed in 1998 by interlinking and improving a series of small village roads that were connecting the fishing villages along the coast of Bay of Bengal.
Genesis of Project
Within two years of its formation, ECR started showing signs of distress thereby adversely affecting the riding quality and safety of road users. Prevalence of dangerous curves and other geometric deficiencies led to occurrence of number of accidents. MoEF restrictions on land acquisition, tree cutting, road width etc further aggravated the situation.
Considering the above, Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN) requested TNRDC to take up the improvement and operations and maintenance of the road on a long term basis.
Subsequently, on December 22, 2000, GoTN and TNRDC signed a Concession Agreement entrusting to TNRDC, the improvement of 113.2 km of ECR from Kudimiyandithoppu near Chennai to Koonimedu on the outskirts of Pondicherry. The arrangement spanning 31 years also envisages operation and maintenance of ECR by TNRDC.
The improvement work, inter-alia, included widening of the select stretch of ECR to two lane paved/hard shoulder configuration, besides re-aligning dangerous curves. To enhance safety conditions on the road, extensive road markings with thermoplastic reflective paints, cats eye, delineators and road furniture/signage are provided.
A host of value added services including 24-hour trauma care and ambulance facilities, round-the-clock patrolling and security services, vehicle break-down/tow-away services on-call basis and help-line facilities at every 3 km are provided on the road.
The improvement work was completed ahead of schedule on December 7, 2001 within costs. Tolling commenced on March 24, 2002 and is progressing smoothly.