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Old 20th May 2015, 22:25   #1996
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Wont the leather industry need water? Whats the source here?
Palar River! Not sure about the water level now though!

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By the way what happened to the Arcot road fly-over work at Porur? Seems to have been abandoned?
Right-royally halted! I haven't seen any development work on it, This seems to be the latest information on it:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle6115240.ece
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Palar River! Not sure about the water level now though!
Forgot about Palar totally! Thanks. But last four-five years, have not see any water in that river. Every time I cross that bridge at Arcot and see the empty river bed, I only get reminded of sand mining trucks! And its getting worse by the day.
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By the way what happened to the Arcot road fly-over work at Porur? Seems to have been abandoned?

The one at Porur junction? I guess, haven't seen any improvement in the last couple of years..
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Going slightly OT: But this is an interesting piece of info. Some of the stuff there was stamped with some very famous European manufacturer brand names (Not seen available in India). Maybe they use the reference designs provided by these big guys to churn out copies?
Either that or factory rejects that'll not meet strict european QA norms but are quite adequate for selling locally or to highway tourists at a fraction of the cost.

They're technically supposed to be destroyed - after all which foreign company wants their brand name diluted like that - but hey, everything goes here right?

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Palar River! Not sure about the water level now though
Tubewells these days. The water table is disgustingly low, and polluted, in that area because of releasing effluents from leather tannery units.

The koyambedu route should be avoided after say 6 pm because all the intercity buses start to leave after that, and crossing the CMBT is an exercise in masochism.

Saidapet is a relatively clear route - and much broader roads. You could choose to drive straight down that road (guindy - adyar - adyar bridge - ttk road - anna salai) as well.

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RainTree Anna Salai is the place I usually stay and I take this:

Poonamallee byepass-Maduravoyal-Koyembedu-Nelson Manickam Road-Valluvar Kottam-Gemini Flyover-Anna Salai

or this:
Poonamallee byepass-Porur-Kathipara Flyover-Anna Salai

Both routes are good, both might be totally free or slow at some points randomly with no specific pattern. However, chances of choking are less.

Let me know how it goes as I'm supposed to travel next week!
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Palar River! Not sure about the water level now though!



Right-royally halted! I haven't seen any development work on it, This seems to be the latest information on it:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/...cle6115240.ece
To the best of my knowledge, Palar river is dry.
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To the best of my knowledge, Palar river is dry.
During my trip to Chennai in January this year, there was water in the River at Ranipet where there the road passes beside the river. If I remember correctly, this is the Palar river so possibly river is not dry completely at all places
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During my trip to Chennai in January this year, there was water in the River at Ranipet where there the road passes beside the river. If I remember correctly, this is the Palar river so possibly river is not dry completely at all places
Palar is seasonal and rain fed. Also - it runs underground for a substantial part of the time = there is groundwater if you drill for it.
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Need to drive to Hotel Raintree in Anna Salai tomorrow evening.
I usually go into the city via Maduravoyal, but Google suggests otherwise to go to Anna Salai.
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RainTree Anna Salai is the place I usually stay and I take this:

Poonamallee byepass-Maduravoyal-Koyembedu-Nelson Manickam Road-Valluvar Kottam-Gemini Flyover-Anna Salai

or this:
Poonamallee byepass-Porur-Kathipara Flyover-Anna Salai

Let me know how it goes as I'm supposed to travel next week!
I took the Poonamallee byepass-Porur-Kathipara Flyover-Anna Salai route. Took an hour till Raintree from the Poonamallee by pass. Traffic was moderate.
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I took the Poonamallee byepass-Porur-Kathipara Flyover-Anna Salai route. Took an hour till Raintree from the Poonamallee by pass. Traffic was moderate.
Yes thats the usual time taken. But yes Poonamallee flyover is must. Its a big saviour. Else you can easily lose 30-40 minutes just there itself. And I found this fact "on the job". Its pathetic to go through the town. I discovered the bypass much later.

Similarly, if you are heading to OMR side, there is no point heading to Poolamallee also. Its much easier to take the Sriperumbudur-Manimangalam-Tambaram road. It gives you a deterministic time even with traffic. And even though GST has traffic, at least it keeps moving.
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Hi Bhpians,

I am looking for information on route to Krishnarajapuram from Chennai. I have already been on NH7 several times, and have also used Chittoor route.

In google maps, I see another route, which turns right just before Ambur and goes via Vankatagirikota and touches Mulbagal. Please let me know if this a good option to take, and how are the current road conditions. Thanks in advance.
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So those who are interested to drive with nature and looking for a change from usual options, can definitely try out V.Kota/Gudiyattam/Katpadi route. But don't forget to exit after Kolar - No need to drive upto Mulbagal or Palamaner

BTW, this option is not recommended for those driving with family and those driving after dark !

-Ravi
I took the V.Kota-Bethamangala-Bangarapet route while coming back from Kuppam in last June. As you have mentioned the NH 234 was newly tarred and was in very good condition from V.Kota. The road was bad from the point where the NH 234 turns right towards Mulbgal to Bethamangala. The initial few kms were really bad and some places it was no-road scenario. Unless someone has an update, it is better to stick to the original route you tried.

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Hi Bhpians,

In google maps, I see another route, which turns right just before Ambur and goes via Vankatagirikota and touches Mulbagal. Please let me know if this a good option to take, and how are the current road conditions. Thanks in advance.
Recently ravib tried this route. Please refer to the post #1985 for more details.

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I am looking for information on route to Krishnarajapuram from Chennai. I have already been on NH7 several times, and have also used Chittoor route.
The most straight forward route from Chennai to Krishnarajapuram (K R Puram) is the chittoor route on Nh4 since it does not need any other deviation via V Kota, etc. After Chittoor follow the road to Palamaner, Mulbagal, Kolar, Hoskote and then you reach Krishnarajapuram
Since you've taken that route several time you already know the place since you always pass through K R Puram.

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Hoping to see light at the end of the tunnel.

http://www.bangaloremirror.com/banga.../47475710.cms?
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Even on a long weekend return, apart from entry and exit points, I have not yet experienced so heavy a traffic, that I ever felt the need for an expressway. NHAI has two GQ options. Why cant they make them better rather than opening up one more?

If you note:
- Krishnagiri-Vellore is fantastic
- NHAI just needs to work on getting Bangalore-Hosur and Chennai-Kanchi points better.
- Same goes for Chitoor option

To summarize I am still not able to understand the logic behind opening up one more highway option. Of course no denying that an expressway is always good to have. But surely there are other more critical avenues, where they can put their energies and resources to better use.

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Even on a long weekend return, apart from entry and exit points, I have not yet experienced so heavy a traffic, that I ever felt the need for an expressway. NHAI has two GQ options. Why cant they make them better rather than opening up one more?

If you note:
- Krishnagiri-Vellore is fantastic
- NHAI just needs to work on getting Bangalore-Hosur and Chennai-Kanchi points better.
- Same goes for Chitoor option

To summarize I am still not able to understand the logic behind opening up one more highway option. Of course no denying that an expressway is always good to have. But surely there are other more critical avenues, where they can put their energies and resources to good use.
I second your thoughts Amp. May be the NHAI should focus on converting the Sriperumbudur-Vellore stretch to a 6 lane road, convert the Mulbagal-Chittoor by pass-NH4 to a 4 lane road bypassing towns like Ranipet etc.
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