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Madurai bus stand gets auto, taxi bay

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The Hindu             21.11.2013

Madurai bus stand gets auto, taxi bay

Special Correspondent

An exclusive parking bay for autos and taxis along with separate registration counters, constructed by the Corporation at Mattuthavani Integrated Bus Stand to check haphazard parking of vehicles, was inaugurated by Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa and new Corporation Commissioner Kiran Gurrala on Wednesday.

Talking to reporters, the Mayor said drivers of 90 autos and 25 taxis had registered their particulars at the counters and this system would help regulate traffic at the busy bus stand.

“Chief Minister Jayalalithaa introduced pre-paid auto and taxi system in Chennai recently. We want to do it in Madurai too after obtaining permission from the government with rates fixed,” he said.

In the registration counter, the number of the vehicle hired by the passengers, its destination and the driver’s name will be recorded. The passengers have to give the fare directly to the drivers.

Mr.Chellappa said the Corporation had spent Rs.1.2 crore to construct the parking bay. Other amenities such as shelter for drivers would be provided soon, he noted.

He urged share auto drivers to help improve traffic control mechanism in the bus stand area.

A. Mathuram, City Engineer, Madurai Corporation, said the opening of parking bay would control auto and taxi fares and the irregular movement of vehicles to certain extent. “There is no provision under the Transport Act or the Town Planning Act to provide parking space in bus stands. But, the Madurai Corporation has taken this initiative for the benefit of the passengers,” he added.

R. Gopalakrishnan, Deputy Mayor, and Yasodha Mani, City Health Officer, were also present.

 

‘Private omni buses to start from Maatuthavani soon’

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The Hindu             19.11.2013

‘Private omni buses to start from Maatuthavani soon’

Special Correspondent

Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa on Monday said private omni buses leaving for different destinations from the city would soon depart from Maatuthavani.

The Corporation had earmarked funds and space adjacent to the integrated bus stand at Maatuthavani in view of the traffic congestion being experienced regularly in the central parts of the city, where the omni buses had their parking spaces near Periyar bus stand.

Space for 49 operators is ready in the new place proposed for the omni bus stand. Apart from this, toilet facilities, shelter and storm water drainage facilities were also being provided in the new facility. Though the Mayor was not sure of the exact date of the completion of the works, he said they would get over at the earliest.

The officials, who accompanied the Mayor, said close to 60 omni buses could be parked in the area and this would decongest traffic in and around Periyar bus stand.

Autorickshaw drivers said they should be given space adjacent to the upcoming omni bus stand. The Corporation officials said their demand would be considered.

Space for 49 operators is ready in the new place proposed for omni bus stand.

 

More streetlights to brighten up city

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The New Indian Express            01.10.2013  

More streetlights to brighten up city

Areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, which have been identified with poor or inadequate lighting, will be the key beneficiaries of the plan. | EPS
Areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, which have been identified with poor or inadequate lighting, will be the key beneficiaries of the plan. | EPS

In  a move to upgrade the quality and increase the number of street lights in several areas of the city, the Corporation recently passed a resolution approving a plan to install new LED lights at a cost of `300 crore.

In its monthly council meeting, the Corporation approved a plan to install 1.1 lakh street lights at various neighbourhoods, where there have been complaints of poor lighting.

Areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur, which have been identified with poor or inadequate lighting, will be the key beneficiaries of the plan.

Alandur, which is a fairly recent addition to the Corporation, will receive major upgrades as per the plan. The Corporation,  as of now, operates a total of 2,14,008 street lights in the city limits but the concentration of these lights in areas located on the fringes is fairly poor.

The resolution also promises hope for areas where there is a problem of faulty lighting. “Interior roads in Valasaravakkam and Porur do have adequate number of streetlights but the problem is with the maintenance. A fair proportion of street lights here are not functional and are in desperate need of an upgrade,” says Bhaskar, a resident of Valasaravakkam.

While the effort has been well lauded by residents of several areas, there is also widespread skepticism regarding its implementation. Pankaj Menon, a resident of Nanganallur says, “There have been one too many hollow promises about the lighting problem in our area from the local authorities. However, since a formal resolution has been passed by the Corporation, we can hope for some respite.”

 


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