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About Chennai Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor project
Background

The development of economic or industrial corridors is an effective infrastructure intervention that integrates industry, infrastructure, and urban agglomerations. The East Coast Economic Corridor (ECEC) is among the 5 industrial corridors proposed by Department of Industrial Policy & Promotion (DIPP), Government of India (GoI). ECEC is conceptualized as India’s first coastal economic corridor, aligned with the “Sagarmala” program of Government of India, to promote port-based industrialization. Asian Development Bank (ADB) is working with GOI and states in the ECEC to conceptualize projects that are in consonance with the ECEC development plan. The present proposal is an outcome of these studies, in relation to Tamil Nadu.

 
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The Chennai Kanyakumari Industrial Corridor (CKIC), part of the ECEC, is envisaged along the coast of Tamil Nadu to leverage upon Tamil Nadu’s 1,000 km long coastline and operational ports. The CKIC covers an influence area of 23 districts (13 on the coast and 10 in the hinterland) out of 32 districts of Tamil Nadu. The influence area covers about 70% of the state’s area and population and contributes 74% to the state’s GSDP. Three trunk arterial roads- NH-7, NH-45 and SH-49 (East Coast Road) run through the corridor connecting to the north and south in Tamil Nadu. Through transverse road linkages, these roads forma network that serves as the spine of the corridor.In terms of other key transport linkages, the corridor is also served by: Chennai – Kanyakumari main railway line, which runs through the corridor; Three major ports of Chennai, Kamarajar (Ennore) and VOC (Thoothukudi), together with a capacity of 167 MTPA capacity, and the ports of Katupalli & Karaikal with 51 MTPA capacity; and Three international airports (Chennai, Tiruchirappalli, and Madurai) and one domestic airport (Thoothukudi).

Project Formulation
  • Around 18,500 km of road network studied by ADB
  • The corridors proposed now are part of Comprehensive study made by ADB (early bird projects)
  • DPR for these projects have been prepared as a part of Strategic Option Study (SOS) carried out for selection of roads for upgradation by GoTN utilizing the services of IIT – Madras as the consultant
  • Analysis based on the data from 22,000 km of CRN roads, through RMMS
  • Objective selection process based on weightage for traffic and road condition
  • After scientific prioritisation, 2867 km length of CRN was taken up for Techno Economic Feasibility Study
Analysis and Selection
  • 2867 km of selected CRN has 44 roads with 99 links (Consists of 2664 kms of SH and 203 kms of MDR)
  • Out of 2867 km of CRN selected under SOS II, 643 km has been taken up under TNRSP II with the World Bank Loan Assistance.
  • 640 km of State Highways (14 Corridors) falling in the influence area of CKIC are proposed now from SOS II list
  • Capacity analysis made based on the traffic forecast for 2019 and lane requirements derived.
  • Specific improvement proposals based on deflection, unevenness, pavement condition and traffic
  • Total project cost consist of civil construction costs and design & supervision, contingency, land acquisition, mitigation and utility shifting charges.
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Objectives of the Corridor

CKIC will build upon the existing initiatives of Government of Tamil Nadu (GoTN), under Tamil Nadu Vision 2023, to boost manufacturing and reinforce the Government of India’s Sagarmala port-led development. The key objectives of CKIC are:

  • Identification, planning and development of industrial nodes complemented by urban agglomerations; and
  • Development of integrated infrastructure and transport connectivity to enhance domestic and global competitiveness of the nodes and influence area.
  • Strengthen the resource based sectors
  • Increase the contribution of emerging high-tech and value added sectors
  • Strengthen the traditionally strong sectors (Auto and auto components, Textiles, Machinery and Petro-Chemical Industries, Metals and Minerals and Food products)

The Tamil Nadu Vision 2023 has proposed 6 industrial corridors that will facilitate the growth of industries in an equitable manner across all regions of the State. Of the proposed corridors, 2 of the key corridors- Madurai-Thoothukudi (MTIC) and Chennai-Trichy (CTIC) fall under the influence area of the CKIC. The key objectives of the state level Madurai-Thoothukudi and Chennai-Trichy industrial corridors, and CKIC are aligned to promote balanced industrial development across Tamil Nadu

Key Outputs& Outcomes of CKIC

A Comprehensive Development Plan for the CKIC is under preparation by ADB. Based on different parameters, 6 industrial nodes across Tamil Nadu have been identified, namely: 1) Thoothukudi –Tirunelveli; 2) Madurai – Virudhunagar – Dindigul – Theni; 3) Ramanathapuram (NIMZ); 4) Tiruchirappalli – Pudukottai – Sivaganga; 5) Ariyalur – Perambalur; 6) Cuddalore – Nagapattinam (PCPIR).

The proposed road sector projects under the CKIC are proposed to be funded by GoTN, with financial assistance from Asian Development Bank (ADB). The proposed 15 road projects are at an advanced stage of readiness. Detailed Project Reports have already been completed under multilateral requirements, including environmental, social, and economic assessments. Further details are given in the PPR format prescribed by the Department of Economic Affairs (DEA), Government of India, attached to this document. The Government has accorded administrative sanction for an amount of Rs.6448.24 Crore (Rupees Six Thousand Four Hundred and Forty Eight Crore and Twenty Four lakhs Only) for the roads/works under 7 packages adopting EPC mode with 7 years maintenance period after completion of works. The Cost of Land acquisition is Rs.1574 Crore. The cost of the land acquisition has to be borne by State Government, out of Rs.4384.84 Crore of civil works component, Rs.3288.15 Crore will be supported by Asian Development Bank Loan Assistant and remaining Rs.1096.69 Crore has to be borne by State Government This Preliminary Project Report (PPR) pertains to the investment proposal for road projects within the influence area of the CKIC, with the objective to improve industrial connectivity in the State of Tamil Nadu.

Tiruchendur to Ambasamudram via Palayamkottai (SH 40)
 
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Project Stretch: 74.90 km km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 438.73 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road passes through the Phase 1 Node districts of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli, connecting a tourist pilgrimage center at Tiruchendur with the city of Tirunelveli and the industrial area of Ambasamudram. It connects the ECR at Tiruchendur with NH 7 at Palayamkottai. NH 7 is the country’s primary North-South Corridor, connecting Kanyakumari to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and North India.

Thanjavur to Mannargudi (SH 63)
 
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Project Stretch: 27.59 km km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 154.58 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road passes through the Phase 1 Node districts of Thoothukudi and Tirunelveli, connecting a tourist pilgrimage center at Tiruchendur with the city of Tirunelveli and the industrial area of Ambasamudram. It connects the ECR at Tiruchendur with NH 7 at Palayamkottai. NH 7 is the country’s primary North-South Corridor, connecting Kanyakumari to Bengaluru, Hyderabad and North India.

Kumbakonam to Mannargudy (SH 66)
 
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Project Stretch: 38.07 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Four lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 191.53 Crore

 
Project Rationale

The project road connects two important temple towns, Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district (on NH 45C) and Mannargudi in Thiruvarur district, benefitting pilgrims and religious tourists. This road also intersects with NH 67 which connects the node district of Tiruchirappalli and Karaikal Port. The extension of this road connects to the ECR at Adhiramapattinam and serves as an alternate route from central node districts like Ariyalur to southern node districts like Ramanathapuram.

Kumbakonam to Sirkazhi (SH 64)
 
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Project Stretch: 34.26 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two lane / Four Lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. Rs. 452.71 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road is an important link that serves as a lateral connection between CKIC’s trunk route of NH 45C at Kumbakonam and NH 45A (ECR) at Sirkazhi in the node district of Cuddalore. Kumbakonam, which has 188 temples within the municipal limits, and Sirkazhi are both important religious centers and the road also passes through another important town in Mayiladhuthurai.

Mayiladuthurai to Thiruvarur (SH 23)
 
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Project Stretch: 31.28 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 236.20 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road runs roughly parallel to the ECR and serves as an alternate route to bypass the coast. The road links 2 important temple towns in Mayiladuthurai and Thiruvarur and connects with NH 67 going to Karaikal Port. The extension of this road also provides access to another temple town at Thiruthuraipoondi and to Vedaranyam, which is a major tourist center.

 
Trichy to Namakkal (SH 25)
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Project Stretch: 78.60 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Four lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 1358.00 Crore

 
Project Rationale

The project will improve the main access road linking Trichy and Namakkal, which also passes via the towns of Musiri, and Thottiyam. The road beyond Namakkal links to important industrial areas in Salem and Erode and can serve as an alternate route to Karaikal Port from industrial areas in western Tamil Nadu.

Chengelpet to Kancheepuram (SH 58)
 
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Project Stretch: 39.75 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Four Lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 488.80 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This road serves as a ring road to the Chennai urban area, connecting the ECR (at Sadras) with NH 45 (at Chengalpet), NH4 (at Kanchipuram). It connects several major industrial areas in Kanchipuram and Tiruvallur districts with major trunk routes to southern and western Tamil Nadu. It also connects two important religious centers at Kanchipuram and Tiruthani and a major tourist hub at Sadras on the ECR. The project stretch is from Chengalpet to Kancheepuram.

Cuddalore to Madapattu Junction (SH 9)
 
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Project Stretch: 40.60 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Four lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 663.32 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road will improve connectivity between NH 45 and the East Coast Road as it is a lateral connection. It will link the town of Cuddalore with major towns and tourist centers like Thirukovilur and Tiruvannamalai. It will also improve access to Cuddalore Port from NH 45.

Cheyyur (ECR) to Polur (SH 115) and ECR link
 
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Project Stretch: 110 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 594.66 Crore

 
Project Rationale

The project will provide better road connectivity between ECR and NH – 45. The project stretch will cater to traffic destined for pilgrimage centers like Kanchipuram, Vandavasi, Melmaruvathur, Tiruvannamalai and Tirupati. The link road with ECR provides a shorter route to Puducherry. The project will also provide connectivity to the proposed 4000 MW Ultra-Modern Power Project (UMPP) Plant at Cheyyur.

Omalur to Tiruchengode via Sankakiri including Tiruchengode Bypass(SH 86)
 
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Project Stretch: 54.80 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Four / Two lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 950.69 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project will improve access from the Tiruchirappalli – Perambalur - Pudukottai – Sivaganga node to the industrial hub of Tiruppur and Erode. This road will act as shortest and alternate road to NH 7 & NH 47 to reach Coimbatore via Erode and will reduce the traffic congestion in Salem.

Melur to Karakikudi via Tirupattur, Kundrakudi (SH 191 & SH 191A)
 
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Project Stretch: 46.90 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two Lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 230.05 Crore

 
Project Rationale

The project road connects the CKIC core routes of NH 45B and NH 226 at Melur and Tirupattur respectively. The extension of this road connects with NH 210 and NH 45C (an alternate trunk route for CKIC) at the town of Karaikudi. The project road also serves tourist traffic to Vettangudi Bird Sanctuary and pilgrim centers like Pillayarpatti and Kundrakudi.

Tiruchengode to Erode (SH 79)
 
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Project Stretch: 10.27 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Four Lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 320.71 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project will improve access from the Tiruchirappalli – Perambalur - Pudukottai – Sivaganga node to the industrial hub of Tiruppur and Erode.

Thuraiyur to Perambalur (SH 142)
 
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Project Stretch: 31.49 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two Lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 132.41 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road links Perambalur (in the Ariyalur – Perambalur Node) with Turaiyur (in the Tiruchirappalli – Pudukottai – Sivaganga Node). Perambalur is located at the junction of NH 45 (the trunk route that links Chennai to central and southern districts) and NH 226, which provides access to Karaikudi in Sivaganga district via Thanjavur). Turaiyur is on the Tiruchirappalli – Attur road, which provides access to Salem. This road will improve connectivity between two nodes and also allow southbound traffic from Perambalur to bypass the urban area of Tiruchirappalli.

Virudhachalam to Ulundurpettai (SH 69)
 
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Project Stretch: 20.88 km (from ___ to ___) Proposed Improvement: Two Lane + Paved Shoulder Cost: Rs. 135.92 Crore

 
Project Rationale

This project road is mostly located within the node district of Cuddalore and serves important link between the core route of NH 45 and NH 532, which provides access to Cuddalore town and its non-major port. Ulundurpet, on NH 45, is also the origin of NH 68, which connects NH 45 to the industrial hub of Salem.

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