Builders Association demands a check on cement price hike
February 13, 2019

The Builder’s Association of India (BAI) has demanded the Centre to constitute a regulatory authority in order to keep a check on the hike in cement prices. The said demand is in view of cartelisation by the cement manufacturers. Even though the price of raw materials used for manufacturing cement  and fuel prices has not gone up, the price of cement bags comprising of 50 kg cement has skyrocketed by a whopping 37 percent, shares R Radhakrishnan, a spokesperson from BAI. Accusing the manufacturers of monopoly, Radhakrishnan reveals that the manufacturers have stopped the supply of readymade concrete mixers and…

Chennai Metro Phase 1 is now fully operational
February 12, 2019

After a long seven years, the Chennai Metro Rail Limited has completed the entire 45 km stretch of Phase I of Chennai Metro. The last leg of Phase 1 was completed with the inauguration of the 10 km-long corridor connecting AG-DMS to Washermanpet. Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Chief Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswami, launched the last stretch. The opening of the new metro rail corridor will substantially cut the travel time from Washermanpet to the Airport. Now, the travel time between the two will be only 40 minutes by metro rail. The travel time from Chennai Central to the airport…

Tamil Nadu sanctions Rs 2,681 crore for Chennai Metro
February 11, 2019

The Tamil Nadu government has sanctioned a total sum of Rs 2,681 crore for the upcoming fiscal year, 2019-20, for the development of Chennai Metro Phase 2. The proposed metro corridor will be 118 km long, connecting the suburban areas to the city centre. During 2018-19, Rs 1,950 crore was allocated for the project. O Panneerselvam, Deputy Chief Minister, Tamil Nadu, has shared that the State government has allocated a total cost of Rs 40,941 crore for the coming financial year. A sum of Rs 2,681 crore has been approved for the metro rail project as share capitals and debt.…

Chennai notifies common building rules
February 5, 2019

Chennai’s Municipal Administration and water supply department have notified the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019 under which, high-rise constructions with over 12 m height will have to undergo stringent multiple checks during their construction stage. The move comes after an 11-storeyed under-construction building at Moulivakkam collapsed in 2014, killing 61 people. One of the significant features of the common building rules is that it has brought the entire State under one umbrella of development control regulations, which until now were different for the Directorate of Town and Country (DTCP) and Chennai  Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA). The new…

Road Ministry proposes Chennai-Trichy Highway
January 30, 2019

Under the second phase of Bharatmala Pariyojana, the Ministry of Road Transport has proposed a greenfield highway between Chennai and Trichy. The highway is planned to subsequently be extended up to Thanjavur, Pillaiyarpatti and Tuticorin. There is another four-lane highway project underway between Thanjavur and Pillaiyarpatti, which will become the linking highway for the entire stretch. While the Chennai-Trichy Highway will span a length of 310 km, the one running between Pillaiyarpatti and Tuticorin will be a 160 km-long route. The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has already acquired the land for four-laning about 82 km of the Thanjavur-Pillaiyarpatti…

Last stretch of Chennai Metro Phase 1 to open in February first week
January 29, 2019

The last stretch of the Chennai Metro Phase 1, which is a 9.5 km stretch between DMS and Washermanpet, is likely to become functional from February 6 onwards. However, the work for obtaining the recommendations of the safety commissioner for the said stretch is still under progress. As revealed by the official sources, the opening of the stretch is further subjected to administrative decisions of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) and government approvals. The 45 km Phase 1 project, which was earlier planned to be completed by the end of January had to be postponed to the first week…

Centre signs Rs 2,470 crore loan agreement for Chennai Peripheral Ring Road project
January 24, 2019

Chennai is set to get a major road infrastructure boost as the State Cabinet will soon expedite the land acquisition process for the 133.65 km-long Chennai Peripheral Ring Road project. The four-lane highway will connect Ennore and Katupalli ports in the northern region with the East Coast Road at Mamallapuram. A two-lane service road on each side of the highway will also be constructed to allow widening of highway and laying of pipelines in future. The Central Government has signed a loan agreement worth Rs 2,470 crore with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) to commence work on phase-1 of the project…

Chennai: AG-DMS to Washermanpet metro line to open in February
January 23, 2019

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) is more likely to inaugurate a section running from AG-DMS to Washermanpet in the first week of February 2019. The inauguration of the metro route will conclude the Chennai Metro Phase I project. Earlier, the route was scheduled to be inaugurated on January 30, 2019, but the launch day has been rescheduled to the first week of February. Officials have shared that the Chennai Metro is considering two dates - February 6 or 10 for the launch of the corridor. The inaugural ceremony will be held at the Chennai Central Metro Rail station, for…

Government approves new coastal norms in Tamil Nadu
January 22, 2019

The Ministry of Environment has approved the draft policy of the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms in Tamil Nadu. With this approval, builders would be able to construct structures at a distance of up to 50 m from the sea, and temporary structures at about 10 m from it. All the buildings along the coast, which were earlier termed as unauthorised, will now be regularised under the new regulations. SK Bharathi, President, South Indian Fishermen Association, has shared that the fishermen were never allowed to build any facilities near the shore. Now, with these amended norms, they will be able…

Tamil Nadu approves common building rules
January 21, 2019

The State government has recently given the nod to the Tamil Nadu Common Development Promotion Rules for Municipalities, Municipal Corporations, Town and Village Panchayats, 2018 by making certain amendments in the draft. The move will allow commercial development along the roads with a minimum width of nine metres instead of the earlier limit of 10 m and will expedite single window clearance for construction of projects in the State. According to the officials, the new regulations will allow construction of commercial structures under non-high rise (stilt + five) category along the roads that are nine metres wide. Buildings with more…

Chennai to undertake commercial development on 34 acres of railway land
January 18, 2019

Chennai is set to develop 34 hectares of Southern Railway land available as 12 land parcels. The State government has ordered the urban local bodies to allow commercial development on these 12 sites which are at Waltax Road, Pulianthope, Tambaram, Tiruvottiyur, Perambur, Ayanavaram Colony, Chennai Egmore, Park Station, Victoria Crescent adjacent to Ethiraj College, Poes Garden and Chetpet station. It is to be noted that the Railway Land Development Authority (RLDA) has been tasked to develop vacant railway land. The authority had requested the State to order local bodies to issue No-Objection Certificates (NOC) for developing these lands without persisting…

Chennai Metro authority issues notices to over 2,000 property owners
January 15, 2019

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has issued notices to over 2,000 property owners for acquiring land parcels to develop a 10 km-long section from Lighthouse to Meenakshi College. The stretch will serve as a linking corridor for Chennai Metro Phase 1 and 2. Officials have shared that the preliminary work to construct the metro corridor from Lighthouse to CMBT, covering around 17 km, has commenced. To expedite the project, CMRL has initiated land acquisition process for the stretch (Lighthouse to Meenakshi College) in Kodambakkam. A total 2,025 property owners have received notices from the corporation. The 10 km-long route…

Tamil Nadu revises expansion plans of Chennai Metropolitan Area
January 14, 2019

Chennai’s plan to increase the Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA) limits by seven-fold has been hit by a roadblock as farmers from Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur and Vellore are not interested in parting with their fields. A draft notification dated January 22, 2018 by the government talked about the State’s plan to add 1,710 villages in these districts and extend the CMA limits from 1,189 to 8,878 sq km. Amidst objection from farmers to convert their agricultural land for urbanisation, the State is now contemplating about dwindling the proposed expansion since developing infrastructure in the far flung areas will involve a huge expenditure.…

Tamil Nadu to build 1,656 km of ‘Smart Roads’ by 2023
January 4, 2019

The Tamil Nadu government plans to make 1,656 km of ‘smart roads’ across the State under the 'Smart Complete Street Project'. The funds for the project are planned to be raised from foreign agencies such as Asian Development Bank (ADB). The estimated cost of the project is Rs 20,000 crore and the government would soon approach agencies such as the World Bank, Japan International Co-task Agency (JICA) and KfW. The Union and State governments are also anticipated to make financial contributions to the project. Smart streets are designed with a range of features such as wide footpaths, safe pedestrian crossings,…

Madras High Court clears roadblock for MRTS project
January 4, 2019

The Madras High Court (HC), in its latest judgement, has dismissed 40 pleas and cleared the way for the final 500 m stretch of the Velachery-St Thomas Mount extension of the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS). The 5 km-long project would provide Chennai commuters a link to the suburban services and metro. The developing authority has finished around 98 percent or 4.5 km of the stretch, while work on the remaining 0.5 km, which involves acquiring private land, is yet to be completed. In 2010, the State government’s order in relation with the project led to a dispute resulting in…

Tamil Nadu RERA: List of approved projects and agents
December 20, 2018

As of now, 29 States and Union Territories (UTs) have notified the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act (RERA). The Tamil Nadu government had notified rules along with its RERA website for online registration of ongoing projects in the State. The State government has not appointed a permanent regulator yet. The Secretary, Housing and Urban Development Department has been appointed as an interim regulator. As per the latest information available on the Tamil Nadu RERA website, 829 real estate projects have been successfully registered under the Act. About 385 realty agents have received the registration certificate, valid for five years. Tamil…

Chennai-Salem Highway: Ministry issues notification for land acquisition
December 16, 2018

The Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has recently issued a new notification to commence land acquisition process in Salem, Dharmapuri, Tiruvannamalai and Kancheepuram districts for the Chennai-Salem greenfield expressway project, costing Rs 10,000 crore. Officials have shared that the notification was issued for acquiring land for 59.28 km-long stretch of the National Highway passing through Kancheepuram district under the National Highway Act, 1956. The project will be developed under the Bharatmala Pariyojana project. As per the notification, land would be acquired from 1,510 people in Kancheepuram district, including State government's poramboke land, 39 villages in Sriperumbudur, Chengalpet and Uthiramerur…

Construction cost of PMAY houses in Tamil Nadu up by Rs 2 lakh
November 28, 2018

A recent study conducted by Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA) has revealed that due to a shortage of sand availability, the cost of beneficiary-led individual house construction (BLC) in Tamil Nadu under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) has increased by Rs 2 lakh. The cost of construction has been up from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 7 lakh, reveals the study. The study was conducted to analyse the implementation of the housing scheme in the State. In Chennai and Coimbatore, it was found that merely 10 percent of the total houses have been completed so far. A total…

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