QChennai: Govt Urges HC to Relax Pongal Gifts Order, And More

1. State Govt Urges HC to Relax Its Order on Pongal Gifts

A day after the Madras High Court permitted the State government to dole out Pongal cash gift of Rs 1,000 to more than 1.85 crore ration cardholders across the State and restrained it from distributing the money to around 10.42 lakh cardholders, the government moved a petition before the court on Thursday with a plea to relax the restraint order and confine it to just 41,106 ration cardholders.

Appearing before Justices M Sathyanarayanan and P Rajamanickam, Additional Government Pleader E Manohar informed the judges about the petition filed by the State urging the court to relax the restriction and requested for a early hearing. The senior judge replied that his Bench would hear the case as and when the High Court Registry numbers the petition and lists it before them for hearing.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Cheated by ‘Drug Dealer’, Student Turns Kidnapper

Three men including a college student were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 21-year-old man over a money dispute.

Three men including a college student were arrested for allegedly kidnapping a 21-year-old man over a money dispute. Suresh (22) of Ambattur is a second-year student in a private college in JJ Nagar. “He attended a party on the East Coast Road two months ago, where he befriended one Imayad Ali (24) of Chromepet. Ali introduced himself as a marijuana dealer,” said a cop investigating the case.

Later, about a month ago, Suresh got in touch with Ali because he wanted to buy some weed. He allegedly handed over `80,000 to Ali to source him some ganja. However, after having collected the money, Ali went absconding.

He also started avoiding Suresh’s phone calls. Irked, Suresh along with his friends Manoj (22) and Murugan (21) devised a plan to trap Ali. They contact him using another phone and lured him by posing as customers looking to buy marijuana. They struck a deal to meet at St Thomas Mount and exchange the cash and stuff.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Corp to Frame Rules to Regulate Hawkers in the City

High Court wants draft placed before it prior to finalisation.

The Greater Chennai Corporation on Thursday informed the Madras High Court that it had decided to frame separate and specific bylaws for regulating hawkers and vendors in all beaches in the city, including the Marina. The proposed rules would provide for a licensing system with a cap on the number of hawkers who will be allowed in each of the beaches.

The submission was made before a Division Bench of Justices Vineet Kothari and Anita Sumanth by Additional Advocate General S R Rajagopal representing the corporation. The judges were told that the new bylaws would help the civic body in regulating the business of the hawkers and vendors and thereby assist it in keeping the beaches clean. After recording the submission, made in the presence of Corporation Commissioner D Karthikeyan, the judges ordered that the draft rules should be submitted first in the court before being finalised.

(Source: The Hindu)

4.Special Reservation Counters for Pongal Opened

Chennai mofussil bus terminus. 

Transport minister MR Vijayabhaskar inaugurated the special reservation counters of  State Transport Corporations at Koyambedu bus stand here on Wednesday. Speaking to reporters, he said 26 special reservation counters will function at Puratchi Thalaivar MGR CMBT bus stand. “Tambaram MEPZ, MMBT and Poonamallee bus stands will have one reservation counter each for the benefit of commuters, he said.

He said 24,708 special buses will be operated across the State between January 11 and 14 to enable commuters to reach their home towns for Pongal. “As many as 24,275 commuters booked tickets online for travelling between January 11 and 13. Last year, 4.92 lakh commuters travelled in government buses yielding a revenue of  Rs 20.16 crore,” he said.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Desilting of Adyar River to Begin in Feb

The Adyar River in Chennai. 

Water Resources Department (WRD) will begin its share of cleaning the Adyar river from mid-February. Though several encroachments along the river bank are yet to be removed, the WRD plans to kick-start the project in areas free from obstructions. There are plans to float tenders by this month-end for taking up work to desilt the waterway in the 15-km stretch between Thirumudivakkam and the river mouth, officials of the WRD said.

At present, the river has a capacity to carry nearly 77,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) of water. Once the desilting exercise is completed, the carrying capacity would increase by about 20%, officials said. The department has submitted a Rs 104-crore proposal to Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust as part of the Adyar River eco-restoration project. The river is hardly 40 metres wide in some places and up to 400 metres wide near the mouth. “We are also planning to construct a retaining wall, in areas where the river width is narrow, including Jaffarkhanpet. This would ensure free flow of water,” an official said.

(Source: The Hindu)

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