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    Chennai: Long queues as metro rail fails to handle crowd at Nandanam

    TNN / Nov 14, 2022, 07:50 IST



    A crowded Nandanam metro station on Sunday. Some commuters missed their trains due to the rush

    CHENNAI: Several commuters, mostly candidates who were going home after an exam, had to wait in serpentine queues for a long time at Nandanam metro station on Sunday as only one counter was open and the automatic ticket vending machines were faulty.

    Though metro rail has introduced apps and QR code ticketing, the staff at Nandanam station struggled when faced with an unexpected surge in crowd, especially one-time users. Metro rail currently uses printed tickets instead of plastic tokens when there is high demand.

    The passengers, mostly youngsters, said they were forced to wait for more than 30 minutes in queues to purchase tickets on Sunday. The crowd at the ticket counter at Nandanam metro station is usually minimal on working days as most frequent commuters use travel cards. But on Sunday, more than 100 people were waiting to purchase tickets.

    “Most of them were students who are not regular travellers. Hence there was a sudden rush and some confusion,” said a metro rail em-ployee at the station.

    Seeing the crowd, some passengers tried booking online tickets using QR codes. While some succeeded in getting tickets, others complained they were not able to get tickets due to network issues. “I missed two trains as I tried in vain to get a QR code ticket, and later had to join the queue,” said Paramesh, who was heading to Chennai Central.

    Many commuters complained that the ticket vending machines were not functional. “It would have beeneasier if they were functional. Not all will buy travel cards. The CMRL should ensure that the stations have good connectivity when they introduce QR code ticketing,” said P Shreshta, another commuter.

    As patronage is increasing, many of the metro rail stations have begun seeing a crowd of people waiting to buy tickets at the counters during peak hours. “Those with cards also suffer when they have to top it up at the counter during peak hour,” said a commuter.












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      Chennai: As EVs emerge safe option during rainy days, sales see spike

      Ram Sundaram / TNN / Nov 15, 2022, 09:21 IST



      Indicators fixed in new vehicles to alert about loose connections

      Driving cars or two-wheelers during rain on inundated roads is fraught with risks as water can enter the exhaust or engine and can spoil the vehicle. But electric vehicles (EVs) seem to fare better than motor vehicles, experts believe. Ahead of the monsoon, the automobile sector was sceptical about sales of Electric Vehicles (EV) in the rainy season.

      The question that most commuters had in mind was if EVs are safe during rainy days. But sales and registration figures and fewer complaints of breakdown prove that EVs are safer during monsoon too. The sale of EVs in Chennai and other parts of the state are on the rise and are not affected by rainy season.

      On an average, 180 to 200 new battery-operated vehicles are getting registered every day at Regional Transport Offices (RTOs) across the state, according to official data. S Rajvel, state chairperson of Federation of Automobile Dealers Association (FADA), said in most e-bikes, batteries are safely installed either under the seat or near the wheel (fully immersible model). “So far, we have not received any complaints about EVs getting stuck in water-logged areas,” he said.

      When TOI cross-checked with leading vehicle towing services, they confirmed that none of the 6-8 recovery calls they receive everyday are from EV owners. Prasad Sreeram, a serial entrepreneur, said it is a myth that waterlogged areas are not safe for EVs. In e-cars, most modern-day batteries have a much improved Ingress Protection rating (IP67) that allows vehicles to be driven in water up to one metre for up to 30 minutes without leakage.

      Usually, waterlogging is about 300 mm (0.3m) in depth. So, one does not have to worry about damage to vehicles. All systems, inside the battery pack, have multiple layers of protective cutoffs and can isolate itself electrically from the rest of the car, said Sreeram. The manufacturers too have tweaked design after learning a lesson from the floods in Bengaluru. Another fear in the minds of EV customers is charging during rain.

      Earlier this year, Tamil Nadu witnessed many fire accidents involving EVs, particularly while charging. This triggered the government to initiate probes and EV manufacturers to tweak design. Rajvel from FADA said, “The current models have indicators which show loose connections, and, in some vehicles, the power supply gets disconnected automatically.

      The only thing to be cautious about are open charging in rain.” “Most public charging stations, especially those on the national highways, are designed without a shelter. The government has to mandate safety aspects in stations, said S Kamal, a transportation activist. The state government has been promoting EV sales by waiving off registration charges and the 4% road tax. Automobile dealers say they expect EV sales to skyrocket.










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        Chennai: Traffic offenders are on the road, when they shoudn’t be

        Ram Sundaram & Sindhu Kannan / TNN / Updated: Nov 17, 2022, 08:29 IST



        A panel of the Supreme Court held driving while speaking on phone as a serious offence

        CHENNAI: Traffic offenders should be off the roads as per the rulebook, but a lot of them are not. Chennai traffic police want 5,500 motorists, who have committed serious traffic offences such as drunk driving or using phones while on bikes more than twice, punished by permanently banning them from using roads.

        But these offenders remain scot-free due to the state transport department’s indifferent attitude. The Supreme Court Committee on Road Safety in 2015 categorised six traffic offences -- overspeeding, signal jumping, using cell phones while driving, overloading, drunken driving (DD) and carrying persons in goods vehicles -- as serious violations.

        To reduce accidents, the panel asked states to cancel driving licences (DLs) of repeat offenders. Tamil Nadu, which tops the country’s accident chart, in the next three years cancelled thousands of DLs. But the cancellations started to decline in recent years due to litigations, and has come to a halt now.

        City police this year (till October 20) identified 5,500 repeat offenders, who could be a threat for road safety if let free. But all of them continue to drive on city roads. “Our role ends with recommending cancellations. It is up to the RTOs to act on it swiftly,” said J Rajendran, joint commissioner (south), Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP).

        Transport department authorities said only courts can disqualify drivers and they have continued to suspend DLs temporarily for three to six months. Before suspending, Regional Transport Officers (RTOs) send a show-cause notice and have to await a reply from violators. “Given the manpower shortage, it takes months to suspend licences these days.

        So, we take DD and IPC 304A (death due to negligence) on priority and have suspended close to 1,000 licences this year,” said a transport official. While city police claimed that hand-held devices provided to them mostly don’t reflect the status of DLs (whether it is active/suspended or cancelled), RTOs argued that all DLs are linked to central government’s Sarathy portal and hence cops can easily distinguish active DLs from others.

        K Kathirmathiyon, a transport activist, said that there is no doubt that such violators should be dealt with strictly, but RTOs are going soft on them when it comes to commercial drivers (cabs, trucks, or buses). “Traffic police can put an end to this menace only if they start cancelling licences of repeat offenders,” he said.











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          Revenue from property registrations jumps 50% in Chennai

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          Apart from the usual parts of south Chennai, areas near Porur, Koyambedu and some parts of north Chennai such as Washermenpet saw an increase in registrations.


          CHENNAI: The beginning of work on metro rail’s Phase 2 seems to have had an impact on property registrations in the city. There has been a 50% hike in revenue from property registrations in Chennai between April and October 2022 when compared to the same period last year.

          Apart from the usual parts of south Chennai, areas near Porur, Koyambedu and some parts of north Chennai such as Washermenpet saw an increase in registrations.

          According to officials, revenue from property registration in Chennai increased by close to 1,400 crore. Last year, between April and October more than 2.5 lakh documents were registered and this year the number shot up to 3.3 lakh. “Across the state too the revenue increased. Since the beginning of the financial year till October, we earned close to 6,000 crore. We are inching closer to the 10,000 crore revenue recorded during the 2020-2021 financial year,” said an official.

          Officials said that usually Chennai forms 40% of the entire state’s revenue, but this time there has been a spike and it is attributed to the CMRL expansion. “Like usual, the contribution is from southern parts of Chennai such as Old Mahabalipuram Road, Padappai, Tambaram and Guduvanchery.

          But now we are also seeing an upswing in registrations from areas near Porur, Koyambedu and some portions of North Chennai,” added the official. The registrations see a spike from January 20 till end of March. “A huge chunk of our revenue is from the three-month period,” the official said.

          S Sridharan, chairman, policy-housing & urban development Credai National, said most of the completed projects are sold out. “Sales in ongoing projects have been picking up aggressively. The market has revived,”he said.

          Srinivas Anikipatti, senior director with Knight Frank, said that apart from residential apartments, sales of plots has been one of the biggest drivers this time. “Chennai people have gone back to old tradition of buying land as investment. The choice of places are south and west of the city because of CMRL infrastructure,” Anikipatti said.
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            Chennai: Parandur needs masterplan to become modern aeropolis

            Vivek Narayan & V Ayyappan / TNN / Updated: Nov 18, 2022, 08:30 IST



            The state government has proposed a metro rail line from Chennai while the airport’s entry will be on the new Chennai-Bengaluru expressway

            CHENNAI: The verdant villages around Parandur, where the state government has proposed a new airport for Chennai, are witnessing rapid development with real estate developers putting up hoardings advertising housing plots at affordable rates. The selling point – own a house or a plot near the greenfield airport -- is a signal that there is bound to be chaotic and unregulated development as firms are pushing up prices and gearing up to buy up land.

            However, urban planning experts and former municipal administration officials say a separate master plan will be needed to ensure regulated development in the areas around the 4,500 acre marked for construction of the airport. From parks, grid of roads, metro rail connectivity, bus services, blue-green infrastructure, schools, hospitals, water, sewer, drainage, solid waste disposal system, commercial establishments, theatre and malls – a comprehensive development plan with proper demarcation of zones is what planners are pitching for.

            The state government has proposed a metro rail line from Chennai while the airport’s entry will be on the new Chennai-Bengaluru expressway. As the new airport is to be developed as an aerotropolis, the areas located within 10 km radius of the demarcated zone are expected to see rapid development, which Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) officials say will be a planned one.

            D S Sivasamy, former additional director, municipal administration, said “CMDA’s role is crucial. They should study and prepare a separate plan. The government should bring in a land ceiling law to prevent people from buying up vast tracts. There was a law before. So there is a legality.

            After that, the government should mark places to rehabilitate people who will be displaced by the project, demarcate zones for housing, commercial development, industrial areas, public places, institutional areas etc. Otherwise haphazard development will happen and the area can get inundated during rain.” K P Subramanian, former professor of urban engineering at Anna University, said that Hyderabad had a separate volume on airport development in its second master plan.

            “A comprehensive plan is needed for Parandur too and I am sure the government will do it. This will prevent haphazard development, prevent conflicting land use, and will ensure proper hierarchy of roads, basic amenities, and facilities for anticipated population,” he added.

            Real estate developers point out that comprehensive development should happen to make the airport a success. H oweve r, urban planning experts and former bureaucrat M G Devasahayam, said it may be too late to ensure planned development. “The government should have frozen the land before announcing the location for the airport.

            There was no mention of an airport in the 2008 masterplan and also when a plan was being drawn up for the city’s development under JNNURM. This is not part of the second master plan also. They should make it a part of the third masterplan











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              Tamil Nadu: Complexes with solar panels to save big on electricty bills

              Venkadesan S / TNN / Updated: Nov 20, 2022, 10:22 IST



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              CHENNAI: In what may come as a big relief to apartments having installed solar rooftop system for electricity connection for the common utilities in the complex, the Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) has written to Tangedco that consumers should be given the option of choosing between net metering and net feed-in option and that discom cannot by default charge them under the net feed-in scheme.

              In bigger apartment complexes with swimming pools, sewage water treatment plants, the common electricity supply connection was charged under commercial category, and energy generated from rooftop solar systems were absorbed by the discom in the net feed-in scheme as net metering was allowed for domestic connections (billed under I-A slab).

              Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid, while net feed-in is when a single meter is used for net-billing at the point of supply wherein the energy imported from the grid and energy exported from rooftop solar system of a consumer are valued at two different tariffs.

              In net feed-in scheme, the energy generated will be purchased by Tangedco for Rs 3.61 if the contracted load is below 10kW and Rs 3.37 if the load is between 11kW to 150kW. The consumption will be charged as per the respective slab and commercial category in case of bigger apartments.

              However, a separate category called I-D was introduced in the latest tariff order and all common supply connections were brought under the category to be charged 8 per unit. However, Tangedco allegedly rejected the demand to convert the billing method from net feed-in to net metering in apartment complexes after which representations were made to TNERC.

              TNERC in its instructions has made it clear that I-D category refers to domestic consumption and that such connections with rooftop solar system can have the option of choosing between net feed-in and net metering for rooftop system linked to common supply in apartments.









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                Greater Chennai Corporation studies possibility of setting up common e-vehicle charging stations

                Omjasvin M D / TNN / Updated: Nov 21, 2022, 04:59 IST



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                CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation will soon facilitate e-vehicle manufacturers to set up universal charging stations across the city.

                An expert team, with Tangedco as the nodal agency, has been formed by the state government to study feasibility to bring universal charging stations for e-vehicles, all at one spot.

                Presently, each of the car companies keep their own charging station with their own specifications. Some of these presently do not support fast-charging which means it would take several hours for commuters to charge their vehicle.

                M Elangovan, Divisional Electrical Engineer (headquarters), Chennai Corporation, said presently, there is no universal charging in the city. "You cannot charge your electric vehicle in any given charging station as power output is low in some and some would not support fast-charging cars. Our goal is to maximize universal charging," he said.

                To charge a 3.7 KwH battery electric-scooter, it takes about five hours in normal charging to reach 100%. It reaches 80% charge in 1.5 hours and after that, it trickle charges to 100%. "We plan to discuss with the private players and make them set up fast-charging options for common purpose and give them land for it. They can also paralelly keep their own docks with their branding and the capacity they want. But they must also give universal charging ports," he said.

                With a rise in electric-vehicles, mainly low-budget cars from various popular brands, the corporation hopes this will further enhance the e-vehicle revolution in the city. The departments would also discuss with experts from IIT-Madras and Anna University on the feasibility for it. "It is likely to come in 88 locations in north, central and South Chennai areas. The ideas should be materialising soon," he added.











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                  Get used to this: T Nagar traffic diversions to stay for 3½ years

                  TNN / Updated: Nov 20, 2022, 10:21 IST



                  The changes have converted much of Venkatanarayana Road into one-way, allowing traffic from Nandanam towards Panagal Park only

                  CHENNAI: The week-old traffic diversions and one-way arrangements in T Nagar will continue for the next three and a half years, the city traffic police said on Saturday. The changes have been made as requested by the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL), it said.

                  Broadly, the changes have converted much of Venkatanarayana Road into one-way, allowing traffic only from Nandanam towards Panagal Park. It has reversed the Pedestrian Plaza traffic direction towards Teynampet traffic junction from the Panagal Park side. The changes were called tentative and introduced on November 12 for a period of one week on ‘trial basis’, said a press release from the traffic police.

                  To ensure smooth flow of traffic amid radical changes, at least 30 police personnel had been posted in the area, along with another 40 CMRL workers. In response to feedback from road-users, city traffic police have planned to instal more traffic sign boards to indicate the detour ahead, the release said.

                  Accordingly, in and around Panagal park, vehicles can travel on Thyagaraja Road from Panagal Park towards Ma Po Si Statue instead of Thanikachalam Road junction towards Panagal Park.

                  Vehicles coming from Prakasam Road through Bashyam Road intending to go to Pothys will be restricted and the same will be diverted along Thiyagaraya Road and Thanikachalam Road.

                  MTC buses on their way to Thanikachalam Road from Burkit Road will be restricted and diverted along Sivagnanam Street and Thiyagaraya Road.

                  Vehicles coming from Burkit signal and going to Anna Salai along Venkatanarayana road will be restricted and diverted along Hindi Prachar Sabha, South Boag Road, Ma Po Si Junction and Anna Salai.

                  Vehicles coming from T Nagar-Madley Road along Burkit Road intending to go to Anna Salai through Venkatanarayana road are restricted and diverted along Mooparappan Street, Link Road and Anna Salai. Vehicles can travel on Venkatanarayana Road from Nandanam junction to Panagal Park as usual.











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                    Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority demolishes part of building for setback violations

                    TNN / Updated: Nov 23, 2022, 06:23 IST



                    Violations were found in the setback area of the building

                    CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) on Tuesday demolished a portion of the building, housing a health care centre, on Kodambakkam High Road for setback violations.

                    According to CMDA officials, the action was taken based on the Madras High Court directive. "There was a litigation and directions were given to the CMDA to remove the portions that were in violation," said an official.

                    The violations were found in the setback area of the building. "There was ******** in the front and a portico in the setback area. With police protection we demolished these portions," added the official.

                    The CMDA officials said they have been inspecting constructions to identify violations. " Most often there are deviations pertaining to the building's height or setback area. Changed usage are seen in some. We follow proper procedures before proceeding with necessary action," said an official.tnn










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                      Chennai: Cumta approval for Airport- Kilambakkam metro line

                      U Tejonmayam / TNN / Updated: Nov 23, 2022, 04:34 IST



                      Chennai Metro rail Ltd (CMRL) may start floating tenders for the project and begin identifying land for acquisition

                      CHENNAI: Work on the 15.5km airport-Kilambakkam metro rail extension could begin soon. The Chennai Unified Metropolitan Transport Authority (Cumta) has recommended the proposal which will fast track the project.

                      Chennai Metro rail Ltd (CMRL) may start floating tenders for the project and begin identifying land for acquisition. The project, estimated to cost ₹4,080 crore, is yet to be approved by the state government for funding. "Cumta has recommended the proposal. This will help fast track the project as approval from other departments will be easy as Cumta is the nodal agency under the chief minister.

                      The detailed project report has been prepared and later revised and submitted to the government of Tamil Nadu. This project is the government's top priority. The approval has been given verbally and we will begin floating tenders for appointing a detailed consultant, land identification and utility diversion before we get government approval," a CMRL official said.

                      GoTN approval is expected shortly. Funding will be worked out after approval. After finalisation of funding and GOI approval, Tendering and construction will commence, he added.

                      The 15.5km elevated line, an extension of phase-1 corridor from Washermenpet to the airport, will have 12 stations and link several southern suburbs beyond Tambaram including the bus terminus under construction with city core localities.

                      Earlier this year, CMRL was in discussion with the state highways which has also planned an elevated corridor on the same route from airport to Irumbuliyur. "CMRL viaduct is proposed at Level 2 between Pallavaram rotary and Tambaram rotary to facilitate future construction of elevated road/grade separators on the stretch."

                      I Jeyakumar, Cumta special officer, said the final proposal has to be sent to the government. "It is essential to enhance public transport connectivity to Kilambakkam as 65% of the commuters will have to travel there to board buses to places including Erode, Coimbatore, Madurai." Once formalities are completed, the proposed railway halt will come up in 15 months.

                      (With inputs from Vivek Narayanan)










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