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    No footpath for pedestrians as unauthorised squatters rule in Chennai

    Komal Gautham / TNN / Oct 5, 2021, 07:53 IST


    Where’s the space: It’s the same story in almost all busy markets in the city—vehicles parked haphazardly on pavements and roads, leaving no space for pedestrians and eating into the space on roads. Experts suggest strict implementation of laws

    CHENNAI: Almost all footpaths in the city have been rendered useless, used for everything except for walking, but the corporation continues to build more. Experts say enforcement of rules is the key to ensuring they remain free of encroachments, but little is being done in this regard.

    In the last five years, crores of rupees spent on laying footpaths in places like MMDA Colony in Arumbakkam, Rattan Bazaar Road, Canal Bank Road in Adyar, Arya Gowda Road in West Mambalam, Anna Nedunsalai in Perungudi and Mylapore have gone down the drain, with some taken over by parked twowheelers, others blocked by street lights and utility boxes and many encroached by hawkers and shops.



    The 25 crore pedestrian plaza in Pondy Bazaar has an exclusive footpath, but commuters are forced on to the road.

    Ashwathi Dilip of ITDP said vehicles of people in buildings adjacent to footpaths are often parked there for long hours. As are those of shop-keepers in the vicinity. “The on-street parking management system should be extended to all streets with footpaths to ensure parking is organized. The revenue can be used for maintaining footpaths,” she said.



    Architects working on Pondy Bazaar-like plazas in North Chennai, Nungambakkam and Mylapore have studied the mistakes made at the city’s first such facility and plan to connect them to the nearest transit location to ensure only pedestrians use them. The design for plazas at MC Road and Khader Nawaz Khan Road focuses on parking. “We will build a parking lot near Anna Park and another near Stanley Road underpass to ensure all shop owners on MC Road park their vehicles and use golf carts or footpaths to enter the road,” said a planner.

    After an audit by Citizen Consumer and Civic Action group (CAG) of 11 arterial stretches where footpaths were newly laid footpaths found none was usable, Sumana Narayanan of the group said the civic body came up with a non-motorised transport policy in 2014 and a vending policy in 2018, removing hawkers, beggars and illegally parked vehicles from footpaths remains a struggle. “But if we send out a strict message, we are sure it will reduce encroachments.” CCTV cameras and vigilance officers should be used to enforce rules, she added.

    Improper planning and poor infrastructure are also problems. At the Kotturpuram intersection, bustling with students from Anna University and Adyar Cancer Institute patients, there is almost no space to walk on the narrow footpath.











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      Tankers in Chennai to be tracked to stop sewage dumping

      Komal Gautham / TNN / Oct 8, 2021, 11:21 IST


      Only after a tanker is emptied at the designated decanting station, to be set up within an 8km radius of a collection point, will it be available for another booking.

      CHENNAI: In an effort to tackle the menace of illegal dumping of sewage, Metrowater has proposed to regularize the 120-odd sewage tankers and track their operations. The advisory committee headed by the managing director of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) has sought more infrastructure such as decanting stations where sewage would be emptied and the proposal is expected to be approved by March 2022. It will then be implemented across the state.

      An Ola-like application will be used and CMWSSB, popular as Metrowater, will begin the process at the local body level where all tanker operators have to register. The details of whether a registration fee will be levied is being discussed. All tankers shall have a GPS tracking system and shall be booked using a mobile application and an OTP.

      Only after a tanker is emptied at the designated decanting station, to be set up within an 8km radius of a collection point, will it be available for another booking.

      This will ensure sewage is not dumped in water bodies or storm water drains illegally.

      “Illegal discharge happens because there are fewer discharge points and those available are far from collection points. Most orders come from added areas, municipalities and town panchayats,” sad a tanker owner.

      The number of treatment plants will be increased and decanting stations, currently 25, will be increased to 65 so that tankers don’t have to travel more than 8km to discharge sewage, a senior Metrowater official said. “The problem is not just setting up the infrastructure. Many times, people protest against such stations in certain areas. We are studying all requirements and are finalizing the details,” he said. In 2018, a maximum of 1,000 trips were made daily.

      While a phone number will be provided for those who cannot use applications, penalizing provisions are being discussed. Metrowater has acts and laws, but the government may plan to amend some of them and bring in incentives for those following rules. “We may even frame bye-laws for this,” said an official.

      In Chennai, storm water drains along the radial road, Adyar and Cooum rivers and Buckingham Canal near Perungudi and Sholinganallur are favourite dumping points.
      C R Balaji, an activist from Arappor Iyakkam, said residents would also be happy as charges would be uniform.

      “Metrowater can also explore setting up more tertiary treatment plants instead of sewage treatment plants,” he said. However, enforcement will still be the key, he added.











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        Tamil Nadu releases draft of slum dwellers resettlement and rehabilitation policy

        The draft policy by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB), formerly known as Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, states that it is applicable to encroachment, eviction and displacement undertaken by the departments, statutory authorities and local bodies under various acts and rules.
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        CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday released the draft of its first resettlement and rehabilitation policy for slum dwellers.

        The draft policy by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB), formerly known as Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, states that it is applicable to encroachment, eviction and displacement undertaken by the departments, statutory authorities and local bodies under various acts and rules.

        Noting that the policy would prevail over other instructions for the people evicted from objectionable poramboke land, it says the policy is applicable only to the encroacher/non-titleholders of the land, where displacement is proposed for involuntary resettlement.

        While the distance from nearest towns or source of employment must be considered to identify land for resettlement, the daily livelihood activities of the intended beneficiaries should be borne in mind. Moreover, slum dwellers must be accommodated only in areas from where it won’t take more than half an hour to reach the nearest urban areas by bus or train.

        "The travelling time by bus or train should not be more than half an hour to reach the nearest urban areas from where people are expected to be relocated," the draft said.

        The TNUHDB has invited suggestions from stakeholders on the draft policy. They should be submitted within 15 days (before Oct 27, 2021).

        Suggestions can be submitted using the online input form link: https://forms.gle/JqMhE9B13XcW1rjF6







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          IIT-Madras move to make roads safer

          TNN / Oct 14, 2021, 07:59 IST


          IIT-Madras

          CHENNAI: Indian Institute of Technology-Madras researchers are developing data-driven strategies to enhance road safety in Tamil Nadu. Towards this, a one-day workshop on developing an action plan was organized on Wednesday by Centre of Excellence for Human Factors and Safety Science at RBG Labs, IIT Madras, in coordination with the National Health Mission.

          Various stakeholders involved in road safety including police, the departments of health, transport, education, rural development and lcal self-government among others, participated in the workshop.

          The outcomes of this workshop will be used to help a focused action plan and be used as a policy advisory to help reduce road accidents and fatalities in Tamil Nadu.

          Conveying his message for the workshop, Ma Subramanian, minister for health, medical education and family welfare said, “This workshop is the first of many such designthinking based strategizing workshops for road safety. This coordinated knowledge sharing session among all the road safety stakeholders in Tamil Nadu will be a pathway to continuously evolve successful road safety policies in the State.”

          In 2020, Tamil Nadu became the first state in India and globally, the only administered territory to have achieved a Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) target of reducing deaths due to road accidents by 50 per cent. However, there has been a steady increase in the number of road fatalities in 2021, an official release said.

          To curb the seasonal peak traffic crashes in the fourth quarter of 2021, a strategic team of TN stakeholders involved in road safety were identified to prepare a strategic shortterm and long-term action plan for improving road safety in the State.








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            Chennai: Traffic cops plant saplings to replace trees cut by Metro
            TNN / Oct 14, 2021, 08:04 IST




            CHENNAI: With several trees chopped down in Anna Nagar for metro rail work nearly six years ago, the traffic police wing are leaving no stone unturned in trying to restore the green cover. They have planted nearly 10 trees at the second and third avenue junctions.

            More than ten trees, which were there for decades, were removed paving way for the metrorail project.

            The traffic police, with the help of excerpts from horticulture department, identified ten places where saplings could be planted. They identified trees such as Peepal, Neem and Gulmohar to be planted along the pavements.

            "Our aim is to bring back the green cover of the city. This small initiative not just makes the place green, but also brings smiles on the faces of many residents,” said Shakthivel, inspector, Anna Nagar traffic enforcement.

            He said the idea of restoring the green cover came from his senior officers and that they will continue to plant more trees. More localities are being identified in consultation with the resident welfare associations.

            "It is a welcome move. It helps us regain a lost treasure. This plan should be implemented in other areas too,” said Chockalingam, secretary, Anna Nagar West extension resident welfare association.

            Lalitha Lakshmi, joint commissioner of police, Traffic North, Ashok Kumar, DCP, Traffic West planted the saplings.








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              Chennai Metro Water maintains 1,000 MLD to consumers

              P Oppili / TNN / Oct 16, 2021, 11:37 IST


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              CHENNAI: The onset of the northeast monsoon is only a few days away and the city’s water agency has been able to supply 1,000 million litres a day (MLD) to residents continuously from Tuesday, a first for the metro. This is thanks to the comfortable storage position in the reservoirs including the Veeranam tank in Cuddalore district. Last week, it suppled 1,00MLD on a single day.

              Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB), popular as Metrowater, has through piped connections distributed 778 MLD to residents in the core areas and another MLD for those in some of the added areas. It also supplied 31 MLD through lorries in both core and added areas, while 34 MLD went to industrial units and 20 MLD was for bulk consumers. A Metrowater official said 155MLD was drawn from Veeranam, nearly 360 MLD from Red Hills, 33 MLD from Poondi; 250 MLD from Chembarambakkam and 171 MLD from the desalination plants at Minjur and Nemmeli. The agency draws another 20 MLD from other sources, he said. The combined storage levels in the six reservoir including Veeranam tank on Friday stood at 10,854 mcft (million cubic feet), with each of the reservoirs having more than 80% of their total capacity. This is one of the reasons Metrowater has been able to up its supply from 850 MLD to 1,000 MLD continuously, said the official.

              Rain that has lashed the city and its suburbs over the last few days has helped. This is evident from the Kannankottai Thervoykandigai reservoir in Tiruvallur, which now has a storage of 467 mcft. At the beginning of the month, it was 450 mcft.








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                Kundrathur-Sriperumbudur SH to get 4 lanes soon

                The road widening entailed the construction of 28 culverts and two minor bridges. These apart, a major bridge was built at Kavanoor near Kundrathur as part of the road upgrade.

                Published: 17th October 2021 05:55 AM | Last Updated: 17th October 2021 05:55 AM | A+A A-
                Workers widening the State Highway between Kundrathur and Sriperumbudur on the outskirts of Chennai. The work is being done at a cost of `120 crore | DEBADATTA MALLICK

                CHENNAI: With the widening of the 15.6 km State Highway (SH) between Kundrathur and Sriperumbudur nearing completion, motorists from the city will soon have an alternative route to reach the Chennai-Bengaluru bypass, skipping the toll gate at Nemili near Sriperumbudur.

                Vehicles heading to Hosur, Krishnagiri, and Vellore from Guindy, Kodambakkam, and the outskirts of the city can reach the Bengaluru bypass via Porur, Moulivakkam, and Kundrathur without entering the Poonamallee NH. Similarly, vehicles from Krishnagiri, Hosur, and Bengaluru can reach Perungalathur as the four-lane SH connects Minjur-Perungalathur Outer Ring Road at Kundrathur.

                Under the Central Road and Infrastructure Fund (CRIF), the State Highways Department converted 15 km of the 15.6 stretch between Kundrathur and Sriperumbudur of the Kodambakkam-Sriperumbudur SH into a four-lane stretch at a cost of Rs 120 crore. The CRIF comprises cess imposed on petrol and diesel.

                The road widening entailed the construction of 28 culverts and two minor bridges. These apart, a major bridge was built at Kavanoor near Kundrathur as part of the road upgrade. The bridge at Kavanoor was necessitated to facilitate the crossing of a channel from Chembarambakkam lake for residents of Nanmangalam, Nandambakkam, Sirukalathur, Amaramedu, Poonthandalam, and a few other regions.

                R Rajan, a resident of Kavanoor, said, “Whenever water is released from Chembarambakkam lake, we face difficulties in reaching the city owing to lack of a bridge. Now, we are happy that our two-decade-old demand has been met.”

                Highway Department officials said 95 per cent of work on the bridge has been completed. “One side of the bridge has been thrown open for traffic. Laying of a bituminous road approaching the bridge is in its final stage. Pending work on the drainage, median, and drawing of lanes will be completed in a month, added the official.

                Besides providing an alternative route to the Bengaluru bypass, the four-lane road is expected to decongest the Koyambedu-Poonamallee National Highway, provided the encroachments on Porur-Kundrathur road are removed.

                Although the Porur-Kundrathur section has two lanes on both sides, one lane is either occupied by commercial vehicles of small scale industries or used by shoppers for parking customers’ vehicles. The road also narrows at a few places owing to several small temples.

                S Rajan, a driver, said, “Due to heavy congestion between Porur and Kundrathur, travel time may go up by 15 minutes compared to those who travel on Poonamallee NH. Also, those who wish to avoid paying toll can choose this route.”

                Can avoid toll gate at Nemili

                Once the work is completed, motorists will be able to skip the toll gate at Nemili, near Sriperumbudur, and reach the Chennai-Bengaluru bypass. The CRIF is being used for the project









                Kundrathur-Sriperumbudur SH to get 4 lanes soon- The New Indian Express
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