Chennai Outer Ring Road will now be known as SH 234

The Hindu - - CHENNAI - Deepa H. Ra­makr­ish­nan

The 60-km-long Chennai Outer Ring Road (CORR) has been des­ig­nated a State High­way and is now SH 234 in govern­ment records. While work is yet to be com­pleted on a small stretch of the road near Avadi, ve­hi­cles use the re­main­ing 59 km of the road that con­nects Van­dalur in the south to Min­jur in the north.

“The G.O. was is­sued re­cently. We will in­stall sig­nages de­not­ing the SH num­ber soon,” said an of­fi­cial of the Tamil Nadu Road De­vel­op­ment Com­pany that man­ages the road. High­way roads are num­bered when they are ei­ther an­nounced or com­pleted. “The num­ber­ing is to fa­cil­i­tate easy man­age­ment of roads and as­sets,” ex­plained the of­fi­cial.

Roads un­der the High­ways Depart­ment are clas­si­fied as State High­ways (SH)/ State High­ways Ur­ban (SHU) stretches, Ma­jor Dis­trict Roads (MDRs) and Other Dis­trict Roads (ODR).

There are a to­tal of 286 SH, 161 SH-U stretches and 905 MDRs in the State.

The num­ber­ing is to fa­cil­i­tate easy man­age­ment of roads and as­sets Of­fi­cial Tamil Nadu Road De­vel­op­ment Com­pany

‘Num­bers don’t mat­ter’

How­ever, Abhi, a res­i­dent of T. Na­gar, said: “I travel a lot to Coim­bat­ore, Salem, Madurai but don’t re­fer to roads by their num­bers. In other coun­tries, we have to re­mem­ber the num­ber of the high­way and the ex­its, since most roads are ac­cess con­trolled.”

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