Tamil Nadu govt to improve road network between ECR and OMR
April 19, 2019

The Tamil Nadu government is planning to draft a comprehensive proposal for improving the road network between Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR). The decision on the same was taken on the back of limited connectivity, resulting in longer travel time and traffic congestion. To expedite the process, the Centre for Urbanisation, Buildings and Environment has tabled a proposal to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) wherein a 59 sq km area will be utilised. As per the plan, a strip development of up to 1,000 m on both the sides of OMR and ECR till shoreline,…

Chennai civic body to install solar panels in corporation-owned buildings
April 15, 2019

In a bid to cut down on energy costs, the Chennai civic body is installing inverters, solar panels and bi-directional net meters in 662 corporation-owned structures under the Smart City Mission. The move is said to reduce energy costs by Rs 22 lakh per month once all the solar panels are installed. As of date, solar panels have been installed in as many as 460 buildings with six of them already started utilising power. Installation of solar panels project has been deferred since the past several years. It eventually got approval in August 2018 and is now being implemented at…

Chennai to get a second airport at Mamandur
April 14, 2019

Chennai might get its second airport at Mamandur, 80 km south of the city. The proposed Greenfield airport will sprawl over 3,500 acres of land at an estimated cost of Rs 4,500 crore. The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has already given the necessary site clearances; however; approvals from the State government and the Tamil Nadu Investment Development Corporation (TIDCO) are still pending. Once all the required permissions and financial closures are disclosed, AAI will issue the airport license to Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV).    According to the planned design, the project will be developed in three phases. In phase…

Around 3000 projects in Chennai face hurdles
April 12, 2019

According to KS Ramaprabhu, Chairman, Builders Association of India, Southern region, around 3,000 projects in Chennai which were to be constructed are facing hurdles owing to delay in the delegation of powers by the State government under the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019. Presently, the local bodies are approving buildings up to nine metres in height while under the new norms, the authorities can approve a structure of stilt plus three floors having a height of 12 metres. While the State government is to delegate power to the local authorities, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has…

PMAY gives limited boost to cement industry
April 9, 2019

Poor implementation of construction of houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) has provided limited boost to cement industry. According to an assessment of the Union Government’s most ambitious housing scheme, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY), it has been found that the progress in rural India has been fairly good in the last one year, while the same has not been up to the mark in urban areas. In a report by Antique Stock Broking Ltd., it has been found that number of homes constructed under PMAY (Urban) has risen steeply to 19 lakh in the quarter ending March…

Chennai: Work on ramps to Outer Ring Road nears completion
April 9, 2019

Construction on two ramps connecting Chennai Outer Ring Road (CORR) at Vandalur with GST Road is underway and nearing completion with only 50 percent of the work pending now. The authorities are yet to complete work on ramps connecting Tiruchi to CORR and CORR to Chennai. Due to land acquisition fiascos holding up operations, the connecting arms could not be completed within the stipulated duration. The delay has led to motorists taking the service lane for a short span and then getting onto the six-lane road, despite the first phase from Vandalur to Nemilichery staying open to them since 2014.…

Madras HC cancels land acquisition for Chennai-Salem highway
April 9, 2019

Madras High Court has recently cancelled the land acquisition process for the proposed Chennai-Salem Greenfield corridor. As per the observations of the court, the road project will adversely impact the environment and water bodies. In the wake of such observations, the court opines that the project needs a major realignment. The order was passed by a special division bench who also came to the rescue of the landowners who reported harassment by the authorities while opposing dispossession of the landowners. An interim order has been passed by the bench, directing the authorities not to dispossess landowners from their property. Further,…

Tamil Nadu: Limited distribution of river sand affects development activities
April 6, 2019

As per the Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Owner’s Federation, the Public Works Department (PWD) has closed the online booking of river sand which has enraged the sand distributors in the State. According to a federation’s official, the online booking of the sand has been stopped from March 22 owing to parliamentary elections. This has severely impacted the labour community involved in sand ferrying and impeded the construction developments across the State since several developers use river sand as a substitute to M-sand. However, there are no restrictions on the Tamil Nadu  State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) shops. PWD ensures that the…

Low capacity of STP causes threat for water bodies in Chennai
April 3, 2019

Low capacity of Sewage Treatment Plants (STP) and lack of monitoring by the government agencies have posed problems for the water bodies and canals across Chennai. As per a recent survey, conducted by Greenvironment Innovation and Marketing, the city has 327 plants which are either of low capacity or are unused. Though every residential complex having more than 40 flats has a STP, their low capacity has coerced the residential units to dump the sewage into water bodies and canals. Ideally, the capacity should be calculated based on the per capita generation of sewage, which is 150 litres per day.…

Restoration of water bodies to solve water scarcity in Chennai
April 3, 2019

According to a recent study, restoration of water bodies is the most viable solution to the rising snarls of drinking water across Chennai. As per the reports, nearly 4, 100 water bodies can store and supply up to 200 tmcft water to the city every year. The water bodies are located in Kancheepuram, Tiruvallur, Chennai districts, and also Arakkonam taluk of Vellore. The aim of the study, as reported by S Janakarajan, Former Professor at Madras Institute of Development Studies, was to find a solution for the city taking into consideration local water supply options. As per the suggestions, restoration…

Chennai: Special team to crack down illegal constructions
March 23, 2019

The State government’s decision to form a Special Task Force (STF) to crack down the illegal constructions in Chennai is yet to receive nominations from the various civic departments. However, the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) would soon conduct the meeting to draft the steps to fix building violations across the State and ways to overcome the problem of rampant development. Citing violations in the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ), R Radhakrishnan, National President of Builders Association of India, avers that illegal construction is more prevalent amidst smaller builders and independent housing projects. The growing trend of constructing more units over…

Greater Chennai Corporation to restore natural tanks in the city
March 23, 2019

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC), along with various other civic bodies, plans to restore natural tanks in the city to prevent drought-like situation during summers. Primarily, a trial will be run in the four identified areas including Koyambedu, Mylapore, Chitra Nagar and Mambalam. The four locations have been identified on the basis of their importance. For instance Mambalam comes under the Smart City Project, Chitra Nagar has been selected for slum tenement and Koyambedu and Mylapore have been selected for their commercial profile and historic value, respectively. The GCC has partnered with 100 resilient cities along with the Dutch Embassy,…

Chennai lays foundation stone for Kilambakkam bus terminus
March 22, 2019

Chennai is set to get its second largest bus terminus as the State government has recently laid the cornerstone for the same. The upcoming Kilambakkam bus terminus would be constructed on an 88.52-acre plot at the cost of Rs 417 crore. It will be constructed in proximity to Vandalur on GST Road. The bus terminal was proposed eight years ago, and the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) had already floated a tender for the same. Aimed at reducing traffic congestion in Koyambedu, the new terminus will cater to buses destined for southern areas of Tamil Nadu. There would be a…

Chennai Corporation focuses on improving civic infrastructure
March 17, 2019

The Greater Chennai Corporation received the approval of Rs 5,744 crore budget for improving the civic infrastructure in the financial year 2019-20. The redevelopment project will primarily focus on restoring stormwater drainage, a remote monitoring system for street lights, solid waste management, flyover expansion and procuring engineering equipment for carrying out different redevelopment activities. As per the estimates, the primary expenditure will be revenue outlay of Rs 3,58,224 crore and the remaining will be utilised for capital expenditure such as salaries to employees, pensions and schemes, and loan repayment interests. Against the estimated expenditure, the income projected will be Rs…

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Navin’s Starwood Towers bags PMAY Empowering India award
March 15, 2019

Having created a benchmark by being the first to integrate luxury and advanced technologies in the affordable housing segment, Navin’s Starwood Towers in Chennai has recently been conferred with the prestigious PMAY Empowering India Awards 2019. Starwood Towers, an advanced yet affordable project by Navin’s provides technologically advanced amenities at affordable prices. Powered with technological intelligence, the project comprises of a Wi-Fi enabled community that offers premium features such as biometric pins, smart phone door locking and light and fan controls at every residential unit.

Tamil Nadu govt mandates registry of rental agreement
February 27, 2019

In line with the Centre’s Tenancy Act, the Tamil Nadu government announced its rules for the new Tenancy Act that not only protects the rights and responsibilities of renters and owners but also balances them. As per the new law, a registered rental agreement is mandatory for renting residential or commercial property in the State. The new Tamil Nadu Regulation of Rights and Responsibilities of Landlords and Tenants Act, 2017 will replace the older Tamil Nadu Buildings (Lease and Rent Control) Act 1960, aka Rent Control Act, which was criticised for being lopsided in favour of tenants. An exclusive portal…

HC suggests measures to curb illegal sand mining in Chennai
February 20, 2019

The Madurai bench of Madras High Court suggested the use of either satellite imagery or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) to curb illicit sand mining in Tamil Nadu. Since all the manual methods adopted by the State, so far, have proven ineffective, the bench emphasised on the use of UAVs or satellite imagery. In addition, strict actions including arrest would also be taken against the sand smugglers. The decision was taken to prevent illegal sand mining, which has created acute sand scarcity in the State and has led to a massive hike in the sand prices. River sand, which costs Rs…

Chennai civic body to construct smart feeder roads in T Nagar
February 19, 2019

Pondy Bazaar in T Nagar is set to get an overhaul as the Chennai Smart City Ltd. has given the nod to the proposal for the redesign and redevelopment of feeder roads. The decision will decongest the commercial hub and help create 2,200 parking slots in the area. According to a Chennai Smart City official, work on the project will commence in March 2019. Under the project, smart improvement work on 14 feeder roads going towards Theyagaraya pedestrian plaza in Pondy Bazaar will be undertaken at a cost of Rs 5.34 crore. Chennai Corporation will finish the work on the…

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