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