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Online approval of layout plans Yamaha in the news Safe Trac-keeps track on your safety Medical miracle! Hawker’s paradise gets a permanent place Water wars begin This dabba has a cure for all your ailments Yes, you are safe! A budget that butted into deficit City Corner Chennai airport to become solar-powered North Chennai booms Presto! Bravo! The auto gets a remake Metro chugs the green way He made Ranganathan Street so crowded... Hey Chitti! please take my order Water woes Chennai Metro looking for revival Must visit of 2014 Cricket comes calling to Chennai Technology handshakes with sanitation The 20-year itch of Hindujas ends Chevrolet Sail U-VA Launched How to roast 45 human beings alive The sweet killer Self-sufficiency in dredging... 377 yet young Google street view’s India competitor City Corner - Chennai India’s first 3D Museum Chennai, the noisiest city Car-free Bessy Aviation sector to grow three times... A praiseworthy peer recognition A skinny affair City Corner The sweet tooth of the city Tamil Nadu Premier League launched Reality Check Planning the right energy Indian of the Year Read before you buy... Black outs will be knocked out CMRL takes off till airport Chennai teachers rank low Green energy, not really green? 60 years of cultural and economic ties Star studded city I know nothing else but cinema... A feast for book worms K7’s Entrepreneurial Odyssey Education a cause of concern When the crowd will miss the roar Force Motors’ two new SUVs Outlays and outcome – the long gap Prithika Yashini takes charge... When Chennai became Venice TTV stumps all Arnold visits Chennai Need for an integrated approach to medicine It’s so cool! Pocket Therapist finds mention in Forbes Book your water tanker Boozing and driving Realty bytes Murugappas-focus on consolidation Million landmark and Rs. 200 crore influx by Yamaha Metro mania Working space for women by woman When Marina became the Tahrir Square City Corner-June Colourful welcome at the Saidapet station Chennai to Bengaluru as quick as pizza delivery The curious case of Evgenii Berdnikov The underground don zips through Perplexing communications Indian media-operators of democracy Meters return to the metro A new technique to treat dry sewage The worst is yet to come Raj Bhavan opened the gates for public Vanakkam Chennaiyin FC State VAT leads to inflation: a study Chennai gets its Imax International conference on saving energy, environment Doing business is not so easy in Chennai Frontier Mediville attracts Japanese investments Coimbatore backs up for Chennai It is not only your noodle... Kollywood’s Mahabharatha Missing, but not missing the top spot A sweet marketing splash by Pattappas Chennai Silks in flames From trash land to tourist spot Is Chennai now the accident capital? Keep in touch, anytime anywhere The sunshine and the shadow side of this digital era Nilam threatens the city SGRI – a global research centre for building materials Building highs and lows Mexico opens Consulate in Chennai Talk your way and land in a job Overflowing garbage Chennaites lose 7 crore to debit card frauds Chennai soon to get an Aerospace Park Paranjoy on crony capitalism Tambaram tracks…. Maruti Suzuki wins NIQR award Engineering colleges lose lustre Know the start-ups in the city Two friends trigger a change An industry institution link… Ennore Port excels Thrills for the holiday season Technologists to rescue Metro chugs through the city Sathyabhamasat propels ahead Bewailing monsoons the new fad Apollo targets a third of CV tyre market India’s first online-only bicycle brand
 
City Corner

Chennai-the best habitat

VANAKKAM, do you see the Central railway station, the LIC building and Marina beach, and then you are in the best city of the country. Yes, Chennai has bagged the best city award at the India Today Best City Awards. In the backdrop of a survey done in 50 cities and also on the governmental data; the India Today team have ranked cities on various categories like housing and transport, entertainment, education, environment, crime and safety, public services, healthcare, economy and investment… Chennai topped the list with an index of 0.73, followed by Chandigarh, Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Shimla.

The city is rated to have good quality of classrooms, expenditure on education, lower crime rates, good economic growth and investments. Though Chennai boasts of being the health care capital of the country, Howrah leads in health care, in access to doctors covering people from all economic sections.  At the inaugural of the awards, Aroon Purie, Editor-in-Chief of India Today, pointed to the growing rural population and the imperative need to address various demands of power and infrastructure. The city should focus on these to stay in the race.


Sea water turns sweet

WATER, water everywhere and not a drop to drink! This was the woe of Chennaites during summer. This summer will turn sweeter and better with the new desalination facility inaugurated by the Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa. Constructed by the Chennai based V A Tech Wabag at Nemmeli on the ECR, the plant had cost Rs 871.24 crore. The first desalination plant was set up at Minjur in north Chennai. The Nemmeli desalination plant boasts of compact and faster treatment compared to the Minjur plant. Almost 265 million litres of water are drawn through pipelines constructed by L&T. The waste water is disposed through a 740-metre-long pipeline at a depth of 8 m below sea level. The plant produces 100 million litres per day benefitting residents of Velachery, Pallipattu, Thiruvanmiyur and the localities along the IT corridor.
 

A greener, cleaner, safer vision

 

A LIST of 126 proposals marked the budget of the Chennai Corporation for 2013-14. The focus being on cleaner and greener Chennai, the budget has plans to address the growing demands of the metro. The budget estimates are Rs 3629.4 crore in revenue and Rs 3630.5 crore of expenditure.

Urban congestion and traffic have made commuting difficult and the corporation has set apart Rs 990 crore to address this with multi level car parks, flyovers, better roads and linkages. On international standards, the roads and public furniture are to be cleaned with soap. The budget had shown an increased interest to encourage pedestrians. Pedestrian plazas at T. Nagar, Chepauk and Mylapore, bicycle tracks and better pavements are planned. Catching with the pulse of growing health awareness, corporation has on its cards, 100 new parks and better pathways along beaches. 


Education has always played an integral part of the budget. To kindle the interest of science and to enhance the quality of students, the Corporation plans to hold science exhibitions throughout the year.
Chennai beautification has always meant beautifying the already beautiful Marina. And so this budget also follows the custom with funds allocated to beach upliftment and plans for a musical fountain at Marina. Perhaps the Corporation should focus on improving waterways which in turn contemplates with the theme of a cleaner and greener Chennai. 


Chennaites complain about various unfinished projects. With more proposals this year, people await more action on ground rather than in paper.

 

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