Indian state plans new road PPP

The state government of Chennai is planning a new road PPP.

The new project will adopt the same model that is used in Kerala, with a special purpose vehicle having responsibility for design, operation and maintenance of roads for 15 years.

Following the first meeting on PPP for urban roads held by the state government on Wednesday, the Chennai Corporation decided to study the feasibility of using the model to design, construct and maintain urban roads.

"A number of neighbourhoods in added areas need new roads. Such areas may benefit from the adoption of the model," said an official of Chennai Corporation.

The civic body aims to complete 18,000 roads by May 2014. New roads to tackle traffic congestion may also be developed based on the model.

A corporation official said the roads developed under the model will be toll-free.