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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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