More air quality monitors are to be set up in Chennai
to Check air pollution To make layers in the city more efficient, five more Continuous Ambient Air Quality Monitoring Stations (CAAQMS) are likely to be set up across the city with a budget of Rs 7.08 crore. Four stations would be set up in industrial and residential areas one would be at the seat of citizenship in the Ripon Building.
A decision on locations is made by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). The 15th Finance Commission has released Rs 91 crores for the city under the National Clean Air Program (NCAP). The Chennai Corporation has partnered with the IIT-Chennai to create projects under the NCAP.
Source: The Times of India | DT Next
109 trees are to be felled for the construction of the metro in Chennai
A total of 87 trees in Pangal Park and 22 trees near Luz Church will be deleted to make room for the metro. The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has asked Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) to compensate for the loss of land and trees.
Some experts argued that the lost trees would need to be replanted elsewhere because the subway is an important public transit system. On the other hand, other environmentalists have opposed the move. They state that green cover is important in a given location and replanting would not compensate for the loss of trees. According to a Care Earth Trust study, there is only 15% green cover in the area under GCC, while the National Forest Policy mandates 33%.
Source: The Times of India
QR codes for tickets at subway stations
QR code panels are set to be introduced at key locations in Chennai subway stations to manage crowds at ticket counters during rush hours. The passengers can Scan the QR code and get your tickets. Before QR boards were introduced, the CMRL app had to be installed to get a QR code ticket.
Officials say these panels, which will be placed in parking lots and in the station concourse, will help passengers who don’t have the mobile application to easily purchase tickets. Payments via UPI, Net Banking, Debit and Credit cards are also available. In addition, passengers receive a 20% discount on QR code tickets.
Source: The Hindu | The time of India
Parandur to get the nearest airport in Chennai
Parandur has been identified as the site for the second Greenfield Airport in Chennai, as confirmed by Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation VK Singh on 1 July 2022. Initially, two areas were shortlisted for the construction of the airport: Parandur and Pannur. Parandur was selected due to its proximity to the Chennai-Bengaluru Expressway as well as considering other factors such as the presence of residential areas, vegetation, land acquisition costs, etc. The new airport would likely cost Rs 40,000 crore.
In order to be able to handle a targeted capacity of 20 million passengers per year, the airport will have two parallel runways and end devices. Construction is expected to be completed by 2030. The planned Parandur Airport, unlike the existing airport, will be able to accommodate wide-body aircraft, thereby strengthening connectivity along intercontinental flight routes, particularly in Europe-Middle East and Southeast Asia.
Source: The New Indian Express | The time of India
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Chennai gets new streetlights
At 5600 new street lamps and 85 high mast lights to be erected in Ambattur, Manali, Alandur, Sholinganallur, Valsaravakkam and Thiruvottiyur by Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) under the Nirbhaya program. The mast lights range in power from 30w to 150w. Rs 34 crore has been allocated for this project.
The police recommended the pitches to GCC due to the poor lighting. Citizens hope that this move will improve road safety for women and the elderly when driving at night. The improved lighting could also help solve crimes better. Local residents have also raised a demand for more streetlights in Ramapuram, Velachery and Taramani.
Source: The Times of India
Chennai Corporation cracks down on road encroachment and illegal sewer connections
Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC). flying squads in its 15 zones to eliminate interventions on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays to clear the 471 bus routes and 40,000 inland roads. They removed 1,087 intrusions, including 974 temporary structures and 113 concrete structures on footpaths and other locations. The force has also cracked the whip while dumping construction debris on streets, sidewalks and other locations. 902 tons of rubble were removed and violators were punished.
Residents and business owners have been urged to stop connecting their sewers to the storm sewers. The force will also look for illegal sewer hookups and will soon punish violators.
[Compiled by Padmaja Jayaraman]