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    It's official: Chennai's rivers are 'dead'


    Komal Gautham / TNN / Updated: Jan 18, 2023, 08:19 IST



    Adyar River


    CHENNAI: All three major waterbodies - Adyar, Cooum and Buckhingam Canal - running across the city are 'dead', for all practical purposes, a Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board's water analysis report shows.

    Under the national river conservation programme, samples of rivers and major water bodies across the state are being collected and tested for 32 parameters.

    It is anybody's guess that rivers of the city are polluted due to discharge of sewage and effluents, but the TNPCB study notes that the water is unfit for any kind of life form as there is no dissolved oxygen at any of the 41 locations in Adyar and Cooum.

    In fact, the treated water is supposed to have a biological oxygen demand below 20 to ensure more organic matter is not let into the river. The BOD is well above 56 at Nesapakkam and Perungudi sewage treatment plants. Treated water from Nesapakkam enters the Cooum and from Perungudi enters the Adyar.

    The analysis states that dissolved solids every month is between 700 and 5,000 mg per litre; water has high conductivity due to heavy metals, faecal matter is 70-300 mg per litre in every sample while coliform presence is between 300 and 1,500 mg per litre. Even during monsoon, there is no dissolved oxygen in these rivers barring near the mouth of the river.

    Venkatesh Ramakrishnan, city-based historian, said, the rivers died long ago and TNPCB's study is just a confirmation. "When the rivers were tapped for drinking water in 1800s, they began to die. However, further urbanization coupled with shoddy monitoring has led to this.

    The government cannot do anything about it," he said. The state government started the river restoration projects with an ambitious budget of over 3400cr in 2015, under which the Chennai River Restoration Trust was entrusted with coordination of the project. While most departments have shown progress, the Metrowater has been entrusted with plugging raw sewage outfalls.

    The setting up of modular sewage treatment plants at 4 locations in Cooum and Adyar have shown little progress. Not even one STP is functional. Kurian Joseph, director of the Tamil Nadu climate studio, said the report indicates that sewage is the major cause of pollution and needs to be plugged. R Kannan, member secretary, TNPCB, said they have been collecting samples, testing them and sending reports to all departments concerned.

    None of the top officials of CRRT and Metro water were available for comments. Darwin Annadurai, founder and managing trustee of Eco Society India, said, the government should install online monitoring systems to keep a tab on pollution, and levy heavy penalties on polluters.













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      Ease of commute: Chennai Metro rail to build 5 flyovers at busy hubs

      TNN / Jan 19, 2023, 09:35 IST



      These flyovers are aimed at decongesting critical intersections in these locations

      CHENNAI: In four years, when driverless metro trains zip over elevated corridors linking far-flung areas of the city, five new flyovers built right below metrorail viaducts will ease commute for motorists at critical junctions in the suburbs.

      Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) will be building the flyovers for the state highways department. One of them will be among the longest flyovers in the city, extending up to 3. 14km near MIOT hospital. The other locations include Sholinganallur, Thoraipakkam, Manjambakkam and Kaatupakkam.

      These flyovers are aimed at decongesting critical intersections in these locations. These locations are part of the three corridors of phase-2, which is likely to be ready by 2026.

      “We will complete the construction of the metrorail viaduct first, raising the height of the pillars to the metro corridor level. Subsequently, we will build the flyovers in coordination with the state highways department,” said CMRL spokesman L Girirajan.

      In phase-1, CMRL built a flyover cum elevated metro line on the busy 100-Feet Road in Vadapalani to take a chunk of the traffic over the flyover and decongest the busy junction.

      The five flyovers planned along the phase-2 metro lines too will link critical intersections. Near MIOT, the flyover will connect the hospital with Mugalivakkam via Ramapuram. On OMR, flyovers are planned on the Thoraipakkam and Sholinganallur junctions with metro viaducts above. Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, which may become an interchange metro station linking corridor-3 and 5 instead of Sholinganallur, will be the highest point on OMR as the metro line will be on level three. The flyover may be on level one and a plan mooted for an elevated expressway may be on level two.
      Pradeep Yadav, additional chief secretary, highways and minor ports department, said the locations chosen for flyovers have major intersections and crossings which have to be decongested as they cater to heavy traffic. Except for Sholinganallur and Tho-raipakkam, funds have been released for CMRL to construct the flyovers in the other locations.

      “MIOT has two or three major intersection and have IT parks nearby, so we have planned a flyover there. Though metrorail will be connecting these places, people may not immediately shift to metro. It may happen gradually. Till then, we have an option to build a flyover and decongest the area,” he said.

      CMRL officials said some major challenges they may face during construction of the twin elevated structures are management of traffic on busy stretches, movement of heavy equipment such as high capacity hydra cranes, launching of girders and building flyovers under the elevated metro line with sufficient height to accommodate vehicular movement.

      While metro lines are built to encourage motorists to use public transit systems, some experts said building new flyovers may not motivate them to do so. Sivasubramaniam Jayaraman of Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP-India) said, “Metro can attract commuters in these locations by studying road users and providing services accordingly, including an economical firstmile and lastmile connectivity. CMRL can give credit points to people who shifted from personal vehicles to metro. ”











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        Here’s how Chennai corporation plans to clear waste from beaches during Pongal holidays

        Large crowds are expected in the Marina, Elliots, Palavakkam, Neelankarai and Akkarai beach areas on Tuesday and Wednesday.

        By: Express Web Desk
        Chennai | Updated: January 18, 2023 07:11 IST

        The corporation has planned to deploy additional sanitary workers on all beaches to intensify cleaning activities during the holidays. (Express photo)


        As part of its initiative to make the city garbage-free, the Greater Chennai Corporation has come up with several measures to clear the waste that gets dumped on beaches during the Pongal holidays.

        Large crowds are expected in the Marina, Elliots, Palavakkam, Neelankarai and Akkarai beach areas on Tuesday and Wednesday. With the Chennai police deploying more than 15,000 personnel to maintain law and order in the city, civic body officials are also putting their best foot forward to prevent littering near the seashore. The corporation has planned to deploy additional sanitary workers on all beaches to intensify cleaning activities during the holidays.

        According to officials, an additional 45 workers will be deployed at Marina beach and 103 dustbins, with a capacity of 50 litres to 240 litres, have been placed to collect wet and dry waste. To swiftly remove the waste, an additional compactor vehicle will also be put to use.










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          Traffic diversions for two years in Chennai’s Korukkupet for railway overbridge construction


          The Greater Chennai Traffic Police (GCTP) has announced traffic changes to be implemented in Korukkupet as the Greater Chennai Corporation and the railways have proposed the construction of a railway overbridge (ROB) at the Korukkupet railway crossing on Manali Road.

          As per the announcement from the GCTP, the diversions will come into effect Saturday and will be in place for the next two years till 2025.

          The movement of all types of heavy vehicles, MTC buses, minibuses, two-wheelers, auto-rickshaws and four-wheelers will be restricted towards the Korukkupet railway crossing.


          Alternative route for MTC buses from Madhavaram towards Korukkupet


          MTC Buses coming from the Madhavaram side heading towards Korukkupet railway crossing will have to take an alternative route of GNT Road- Ethiraj Samy Salai- Tondiarpet High Road – TVK Link Road Junction- Mullai Nagar overbridge- Mullai Nagar Junction – B.B. Top- Moolakothalam – CB Bridge (Kagan Bridge) – Korukkupet Bridge- Kathivakkam High Road – RK Nagar – Manali Road Junction to reach to their destination.

          MTC Buses coming from the Tondiarpet side will have to take the route of RK Nagar – Manali Road Junction-Kathivakkam High Road – Korukkupet Bridge-C.B. Bridge (Kagan Bridge) – Moolakothalam –B.B. top-Vyasarpadi New Bridge- Muthu Street- Moorthingar Street- Erukkancheri High Road – West Avenue Road – Central Avenue Road – Mullai Nagar over bridge-TVK Link Road Junction-Tondiarpet High Road–Ethirajsami Salai-GNT Road to reach their destination.


          Alternative route for heavy vehicles from Madhavaram towards Korukkupet railway crossing


          Heavy vehicles coming from the Madhavaram side will take an alternative route during day time from 6 am to 10 pm. They will take Madhavaram Roundtana- 200 feet Road – MFL Junction – Manali Express Road – Ennore Express Road to reach their destination and during night time from 10 pm to 6 am., their route will be Madhavaram Roundtana- GNT Road – Ethirajsami Salai – Tondiarpet High Road – TVK link Road Junction – Mullai Nagar bridge –B.B. Top- Moolakothalam- Mint Junction – Mint Bridge- Thiruvottiyur High Road.

          Heavy vehicles coming from the Korukkupet side will take an alternative route during day time from 6 am to 10 pm. They will take Ennore Express Road–Manali Express Road –MFL Junction –200feet Road –Madhavaram Roundtana to reach their destination and during night time from 10 pm to 6 am, it will be Thiruvottiyur High Road -Mint Bridge-Mint Junction –Moolakothalam-B.B. Top-Mullai Nagar Bridge-TVK link Road Junction –Tondiarpet High Road –Ethirajsami Salai –GNT Road Madhavaram Roundtana.


          Alternative route for minibuses, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers from Kodungaiyur


          Government minibuses, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers coming from the Madhavaram side will take an alternate route from Thoppai Vinayagar Kovil Street- Buckingham Canal

          Government mini Buses, two-wheelers, three-wheelers and four-wheelers coming from the Korukkupet side will take the route from Ennore High Road- IOC Road –Buckingham Canal Road –Thoppai Vinayagar Kovil Street- Tondiarpet High Road.











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            Greater Chennai Corporation to crack down on faulty sanitary waste disposal

            Omjasvin M D / TNN / Updated: Jan 23, 2023, 06:14 IST


            Greater Chennai Corporation (File photo)

            CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Corporation will now impose a fine of 100 on individuals who fail to hand in sanitary napkins and diapers separately in packed wrappings.

            Chief engineer for solid waste management department, N Mahesan, said they would levy a simple fine of 100 for each violation while collecting the waste. "People have not been segregating their sanitary waste. This poses a health risk to workers who also find it hard to segregate the waste in resource recovery centres and send it for incineration. People should wrap the waste and hand it in separately," he said. The corporation will also create awareness drives on segregating the sanitary waste. "We will add a separate bin sanitary waste in our battery-operated vehicle," said Mahesan. The corporation is also planning to add more incineration plants in the city dump yards to process the waste. Several residents said even if they segregate waste, the corporation workers mix it up. R Suresh of Paneer Nagar in Mogappair said they hand in bio-degradable and non-biodegradable waste separately.

            "The corporation has placed multiple bins in the locality where they unload the waste all together. They must monitor the segregation process in all the points," he said.

            In several instances, residents said the corporation does not even have garbage bins in its battery-operated vehicles.











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              Schoolboy fills pothole after grandfather suffers fracture in mishap

              "My wish is that nobody should meet with accidents and suffer injuries as my grandfather has," the boy said....

              By: PTI
              Puducherry | January 23, 2023 10:26 IST

              An eighth grade student in Puducherry decided to set things right on his own by filling the pothole which resulted in the mishap. (File Representational Photo)



              Moved by the pathetic condition of a road in his locality which led to his grandfather sustaining injuries after falling off his motorcycle, an eighth grade student in Puducherry decided to set things right on his own by filling the pothole which resulted in the mishap.

              After his grandfather, a farmer, fell off his motorcycle a few days ago after he hit a pothole and ended up in hospital with a fracture, 13-year old Masilamani collected sand, gravel and other materials lying scattered at various points in his village and after mixing them with cement, filled the pothole and other damaged portions of the road in Sendhanatham in neighbouring Villianoor.

              “My wish is that nobody should meet with accidents and suffer injuries as my grandfather has,” he said while receiving a complimentary copy of a book from former Legislator Vayyapuri Manikandan in appreciation of the youngster’s gesture.

              The boy’s neighbours congratulated him and presented him shawls.

              The Puducherry-Pathukannu route has been in a bad condition for the last seven years and nothing done to restore the road, said a resident of the village after meeting the boy.

              First published on: 23-01-2023 at 10:26 IST










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                Metrowater to set up monitoring centre at head office in Chintadripet

                P Oppili / TNN / Updated: Jan 24, 2023, 09:01 IST


                CHENNAI: Metrowater tankers supplying water free of cost to residential areas can no longer deviate from their route to illegally sell water. Their movements will now be monitored through an integrated monitoring control centre, coming up at Metrowater’s head office in Chintadripet.

                Explaining the need for a monitoring agency, a senior official from the agency said there have been numerous instances when water meant for free supply has been illegally sold to private people by some tanker operators.

                This resulted in short supply of water in some residential areas. In order to curb this illegal practice, Metrowater fitted GPS to track movement of tankers.

                The GPS tracking will now be done through the control centre. Metrowater has 44 water-filling points in various parts of the city. CCTV cameras will be installed in all these filling stations and movement of tankers will be tracked in real time. A total of 3,200 trips are made by Metrowater tankers every day to supply water to various residential areas, including gated communities.

                Metrowater is also in the process of fitting GPS trackers in jet-rodding trucks. The desalination plants at Minjur and Nemmeli will also be integrated into the CCTV network. The centre will become operational from February first week. A senior official said when the monitoring of tankers will help streamline the water distribution system in the city, and bring in transparency in distribution.










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                  Coastal regulation zone clearance recommended for metro construction in Chennai


                  CMRL said the tunnels between Greenways Road Station and Adyar Junction station require an emergency evacuation shaft at the bank of Adyar as the two stations are 1200m apart.
                  • TNN
                  • Updated: January 24, 2023, 17:29 IST


                  CHENNAI: The expert appraisal committee of the ministry of environment, forest and climate change (MoEFCC) has recommended issuing coastal regulation zone (CRZ) clearance to Chennai Metro Rail Limited for constructing certain portions on the 45.8km corridor-3 from Madhavaram Milk Colony to Siruseri Sipcot, which falls under the zone.

                  According to a presentation made before the committee last year, CMRL said around 1220m (1.2km) of underground tunnels, around 523sqm area in Thirumayilai and 156sqm in Taramani stations, a 512sqm Buckingham Canal culvert in Thirumayilai and a 51sqm emergency evacuation shaft near Adyar river fall within the CRZ.

                  CMRL said the tunnels between Greenways Road Station and Adyar Junction station require an emergency evacuation shaft at the bank of Adyar as the two stations are 1200m apart.

                  At Thirumayilai, CMRL has proposed reconstruction of a bridge culvert, as its foundation/ pillars fall in metrorail alignment. During metrorail construction, a replacement for the existing bridge has been planned and water from the canal would be diverted.

                  The recommendation came with certain conditions. The panel said, “Vibration shall be monitored at a distance of 200m on either side of alignment at receptors comprising educational, medical and cultural buildings and fragile structures.

                  The Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) measurements before and after tunneling should be taken up, loose strata identified from geotechnical data along alignment and regular compliance report should be submitted to the regional office,” said an EAC minutes of a meeting held on December 23, 2022.











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                    Poor planning grounds Chennai airport’s high-flying plans

                    V Ayyappan / TNN / Jan 25, 2023, 08:44 IST


                    The airport is suffering because one mistake led to another, said a former airport official

                    CHENNAI: A few days ago, former WHO chief scientist Dr Sowmya Swaminathan landed at Chennai airport and took a metro rail train to the city. She posted on social media: “Taking the clean, efficient and environmentally friendly Chennai Metro from the airport. Need to improve access from domestic terminal to Metro station, especially for people with luggage.”

                    Like her, several people take to social media almost daily to suggest that facilities can be better. The Airports Authority of India (AAI) is taking ad hoc steps but there will be no permanent solutions in the near future because of the way the terminals, multi-level car parking, space for pick-up and drop of passengers, connection to airport metro station were planned and designed around 15years ago, with no user inputs.

                    With the proposed airport at Parandur likely to take at least 10 years, passengers will have to live with the constraints. The number of passengers has touched around 50,000 a day and the number of flights 400 a day, at par with pre-Covid levels, but the airport is not able to cash in.

                    Airlines prefer to start new routes — the muchneeded direct flights to the US and Australia — from Bengaluru. The airport is suffering because one mistake led to another, said a former airport official. AAI has already spent `4,000 crore – `2,000 crore for the terminals commissioned in 2013 and another `2,000 crore for new ones being built – to modernize and boost passenger capacity from 20 million to 30 million.

                    Mohan Chandramouli, a retired airlines official who served at Chennai airport, said AAI had been doing quick-fixes without a vision. “It left everything to field officials with limited expertise.” The airport didn’t ensure buildings (at Manapakkam and Kolapakkam) complied with NOC norms though the second runway was extended 12 years ago.

                    “They are asking residents now to demolish obstacles.” “Pilots, airlines or safety experts were not involved in design and planning. AAI is resorting to trial and error methods. The international arrival terminal with one baggage ramp into the basement for arrival and departure baggage is shortsighted.”

                    The full length of the second runway cannot be used and only ATR-72s and A320s can land because AAI did not seek land for approach light and clearing of obstacles when it was being built. The second and main runways can’t be used simultaneously. Airport director Sharad Kumar said Chennai airport is the smallest in terms of land availability, 1,300 acres.

                    “There isn’t enough land for maneuverability. We have to work on limited space and ensure facilities are augmented. AAI has to create infrastructure without compromising on operations.

                    The terminals are taking time because it is not greenfield. We have to remove cables, electric lines, and pipelines before construction. Around 99% of the problems will be solved after the new terminal is commissioned ... One by one the hassles will be solved.”











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                      Two-thirds of flat owners' nod OK for redevelopment: Tamil Nadu law

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                      https://realty.economictimes.indiati...u-law/97302214



                      The new law, which will come into effect the day the state government notifies the rules, has some sweeping provisions. For instance, an apartment complex having more than four dwelling units should have an association and there shall be only one association for each such complex.


                      CHENNAI: It is now sufficient if only two-thirds of flat owners in an apartment complex seek demolition and reconstruction of the building, according to a new Tamil Nadu law on apartment ownership. President Droupadi Murmu had on December 15 given assent to repeal and re-enact the Tamil Nadu Apartment Ownership Act, 1994.

                      The new law, which will come into effect the day the state government notifies the rules, has some sweeping provisions. For instance, an apartment complex having more than four dwelling units should have an association and there shall be only one association for each such complex.

                      In case a member does not pay the common utility and other such charges, the association could create a lien over the apartment which cannot be sold without clearing the dues.

                      The Bill - Tamil Nadu Apartment Ownership Act, 2022 - was introduced by S Muthusamy, minister for housing and urban development, in the assembly last year.

                      Builders and property developers welcomed the move and expect redevelopment of old buildings in the city . S Sridharan, director, Lyra Properties, and chairman, policy-housing and urban development, CREDAI National, said the new law would help promote redevelopment as bottlenecks have been removed.

                      It will help a large number of flat owners in old apartment complexes, as they are eagerly awaiting redevelopment, he said. However, it needs to be notified and rules should be framed by the government quickly for early implementation of the Act, he added.

                      Navin Kumar, director, Navins, said rules and guidelines will give better clarity on the process of redevelopment, adding that the move will prevent forced transactions. "It has been more than 50 years since the first apartments came up in Chennai. For the past 30 years, apartment complexes have been developing fast in the city. However, many of them are in a bad shape now.

                      The process to redevelop them has become easier and more democratic," he said. He added that redevelopment will boost vertical growth in the city as there is not much new land available in traditional areas. "This will make the prices reasonable," he said.
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