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NHAI constructing dustbins along GST Road

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Source : The Hindu Date : 13.06.2009

NHAI constructing dustbins along GST Road

K. Manikandan

— Photo: A.Muralitharan

One of the dust bins built by NHAI on GST Road.

TAMBARAM: The National Highways Authority of India has started constructing dustbins along the Grand Southern Trunk Road (National Highway 45) as part of ensuring the ‘road traffic worthiness’ of the arterial road.

The yellow dustbins have been installed all along GST Road between Tambaram and Chengalpattu as part of the NHAI’s steps to keep the carriageways and service lines free from litter.

NHAI engineers told The Hindu that ever since improvement works on GST Road (NH 45 connecting Chennai and Dindigul) commenced as part of the Golden Quadrilateral project under the National Highways Development Project, they were attaching a lot of importance to improving the quality of amenities for both motorists and people living in localities adjacent this stretch.

NHAI engineers said they had been urging both urban and rural bodies to keep the main carriageways free of litter and mess.

However, both the travelling section — be it those on private or public transport and local residents – — continued to dump huge quantities of refuse on the arterial roads.

Hence, the contractor entrusted with the task of carrying out improvement works on GST Road was also asked to make sure that litter in any form did not come in the way of smooth flow of traffic.

NHAI, the engineers said, had given the job of widening and improvement works on GST Road to private infrastructure major GMR on a Build-Operate-Transfer basis.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 14:54

Drainage vents inspected

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Drainage vents inspected

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not Gushing: Corporation officials inspecting the outlet of the ‘Keezh Pokki’ vent near the Uyyakondan river in Tiruchi on Tuesday.

TIRUCHI: A team of Corporation officials led by Mayor S.Sujatha on Tuesday inspected the ‘Keezh Pokki,’ the drainage vents near Karumandapam in the city, in the wake of persistent demands from residents of the region seeking improvements to the structures to prevent flooding of residential colonies during the monsoon.

Residents of several colonies off the Dindigul Road have long been demanding that the vents, which serve as vital drains at times of floods, and the drainage channels leading up to them be cleared and widened.

The vents through which the floodwaters drain into the Uyyakondan River were often found to be choked and inadequate to handle the huge flood discharges. The drainage channels leading to the vents have also shrunk. Residents have been demanding construction of additional vents at the spot and wanted it to be included as a component under the flood control project sanctioned for the city.

Ms.Sujatha, accompanied by Deputy Mayor M.Anbazhagan and Commissioner T.T.Balsamy, inspected the vents and also the residential colonies around it. City Engineer S.Raja Mohammed, Executive Engineer R.Chandran and other officials were also present.

Further discussions are expected between the Corporation and the district officials on addressing the demand.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:29

Drainage project may take one more year

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Source : The Hindu Date : 05.06.2009

Drainage project may take one more year


The reason for delay centres on the main pumping station

— Photo: K.Manikandan

The site earmarked in Keelkattalai for the main pumping station of the underground drainage project of Pallavaram Municipality.

TAMBARAM: The massive, ambitious underground drainage project of Pallavaram Municipality that has suffered a delay is likely to take another year for completion, considering the status of some of its key installations.

When the preliminary works began in 2006, the cost of the project was estimated to be around Rs.38 crore and scheduled for completion by the middle of 2007. The estimates were revised more than once and the project, being implemented by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board, is now expected to cost Rs.71.5 crore. The estimates were revised due to change in the route of some of the main sewers and including some areas that were left out when the original project report was prepared.

As not even half-the-project work was completed by the middle of 2007, the authorities fixed June 2008 as the completion date. But even now the project completion is a long way to go.

The prime reason for the delay in the project centres on the main pumping station. It was originally planned to construct this facility near the water-spread area of the Keelkattalai Lake but it was dropped after court rulings, recommendations by an expert committee and protests from environmentalists.

Now, the site for the proposed facility has been shifted away from the lake. The site has been fenced, but there is no indication of work commencing on this crucial facility. Construction of this main pumping station and sinking main conveying sewers to a sewage treatment plant in Perungudi form part of the Rs. 12.5-crore Package V (Five) of the project.

With work yet to commence, the project is likely to take about one year for completion. Pallavaram Municipal Chairman E. Karunanidhi said that but for the main pumping station work, the rest of the project was proceeding briskly.

Four other lift stations and sub-pumping stations were fast nearing completion and in most areas, street-lines and main sewers were laid. Road restoration works were being carried out in as many areas as they could. Litigations and land acquisition problems, that were now sorted out, had severely delayed the project.

Mr. Karunanidhi said the tender process for building the main pumping station in Keelkattalai was completed and was hopeful of works commencing at the earliest. Once completed, it would only be a matter of time before the remaining works are finished, which he said would be less than one year.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 03:43

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