Chennai Outer Ring Road will now be known as SH 234
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.”