The Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited has awarded the contract to Wilbur Smith Associates for preparing a feasibility report for the four circular bus corridors in Chennai and the detailed project report for the first leg of this Bus Rapid Transport System (BRTS), which starts from Adyar and extends up to Porur through Ramavaram.
One among three bidders
Wilbur Smith Associates were one among the three bidders.
Government sources told The Hindu that the decision had been taken not to disturb the Adyar creek, and especially not to lay the BRTS corridor along the river front abutting the Theosophical Society.
However, the plan to begin the corridor from the proposed highway connecting Srinivasapuram at Foreshore Estate to East Coast Road remains.
The alignment of the first leg of this stretch will be decided when the consultants submit the feasibility report in February.
The detailed project report is expected to be submitted in April. It was earlier proposed to build a dedicated bus corridor on both sides of the river up to Ramapuram, and from thereon on an elevated corridor up to Porur.
The stretch from the Adyar to Porur is 11.5 km, and it is estimated to cost Rs. 40 crore a km.