QChennai: South Chennai to See More Damaged Roads & More

1. Southern Zones to See More Damage

At least 30 percent of interior roads and several bus routes are expected to be dug up this year in the southern zones and a few other parts of the city to facilitate the development of stormwater drains and other civic infrastructure projects. Funding for stormwater drains is likely to be released this year for areas such as Sholinganallur and Perungudi.

The KfW, a German funding agency, has already given in-principle approval for funding of the project – estimated at Rs 2,500 crore – to develop drains along 600 km in neighbourhoods of the Kovalam basin. Roads in core areas and 27 added areas, such as Nerkundram, Manali and Uthandi will also be dug up for water supply schemes. Roads are likely to be damaged for work on the sewer network in areas such as Edayanchavadi, Sadayankuppam and Kadapakkam. Sewer network projects are under way in 15 additional areas such as Madhavaram, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Meenambakkam, Maduravoyal, Nolambur and Ullagaram-Puzhuthivakkam.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Suburban Trains Cancelled for Engineering Works

Representative image. Suburban special trains will be operated between Tambaram and Beach.

To facilitate engineering works between Egmore and Pallavaram, Southern Railway has made changes in suburban train operations in Chennai – Villupuram section. Chennai Beach – Tambaram locals which leave Beach at 10:30 am, 10:40 am, 10:50 am, 11:10 am, 11:20 am, 11:30 am, 11:40 am, noon, 12:10 pm, 1:15 pm, 1:30 pm, 2 pm and 2:30 pm will be fully cancelled.

Beach – Chengalpattu/Arakkonam local trains leaving Beach at 11 am, 11:50 am, 12:30 pm, 12:50 pm, 1 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:15 pm and 2:45 pm will be cancelled between Beach and Tambaram. The trains will be operated from Tambaram to Chengalpattu/Arakkonam as per scheduled departure of regular services. Seven local trains between 9:15 am and 1:50 pm from Chengalpattu, Kancheepuram and Thirumalpur to Chennai Beach will be short terminated at Tambaram.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Private Waste Processing to Start Next Week

As many as 35 agencies apply to Chennai Corporation with technology options.  

Residents and bulk waste generators in the city will from next week be able to use the services of private agencies that would offer a range of technology options for waste processing.

As many as 35 agencies have applied to the Chennai Corporation, expressing interest in providing technology for waste processing services. Officials of the civic body held meetings with the private agencies. Three regional offices of Chennai Corporation will complete scrutiny this week. “The evaluation committee will shortlist qualified vendors who will provide technology on payment of a fee for home composting and recycling,” said an official.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Oily Effluents Envelop Kosasthalayar Again

Discharged through industrial outlet pipe near Kattukuppam.

Kosasthalaiyar river turned brown yet again after large amounts of effluent were discharged through one of the industrial outlet pipes near Kattukuppam village of Ennore on Saturday afternoon. Kattukuppam fishermen spotted the discharge at about 1 pm while returning from fishing.

Express visited the spot and saw the discharge which looked oily. The discharge could be traced to an outlet pipe near an industry close to Kattukuppam about 2 km away from Mugathwara Kuppam where it was spotted. By 5 pm, the whole river, on which about 800 fisher families depend on, was covered.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Athi Varadar Admission Timings Reduced by An Hour

HR&CE advisory asks elderly, sick to avoid weekend visits.  

At a time when an average of one lakh devotees are visiting Athi Varadar per day, the Kancheepuram district administration has decided to reduce the admission timing by an hour at Sri Devarajaswami temple. Addressing reporters on Sunday, Collector P Ponniah said the district and temple administration had decided to reduce the time by an hour to clean up the premises. The temple gates at the Eastern gopuram would be closed by 9 pm from Monday (Till now, it was closed at 10 pm).

“We have to clean the temple, fill up water in the tanks and clean the rest rooms to ready the place for the next day,” he said. Meanwhile, the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department has urged the elderly, sick, differently abled, young mothers and pregnant women to avoid visits during the weekends. This is due to the sudden surge of devotees during those two days.

(Source: The Hindu)

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