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Coloured parking bays soon on new concrete roads

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The Hindu             11.02.2014

Coloured parking bays soon on new concrete roads

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

Contrast in colour will help motorists

In future, parking should not be that difficult in the city.

Chennai Corporation plans to create coloured parking bays on newly-constructed concrete roads.

In the first phase, the parking bays with coloured concrete slabs will be part of the modernisation of roads to international standards.

At present, parking bays are not noticeable even on arterial roads. And motorists continue to park haphazardly leading to congestion on roads.

“The colour contrast on the concrete road will help motorists park vehicles systematically,” said an official of Chennai Corporation.

The civic body has already taken measures to ease congestion near 143 roadside parking lots managed by other agencies.

As many as 12 metered parking lots in areas such as Mylapore and T. Nagar are managed by private agencies.

In the new scheme of things, many of the stretches where parking lots are located will be part of the concretisation of roads by the civic body. However, the civic body is yet to zero in on the colour of the parking bays.

Traffic planners in the metropolitan area are in favour of uniformly coloured parking bays in all parts of the city to enable easy identification.


Corporation to get administrative sanction for bus stand in Srirangam

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The Hindu             10.01.2014

Corporation to get administrative sanction for bus stand in Srirangam

S. Ganesan

6.69-acre site identified at Panchakarai for the project at a cost of Rs. 24 crore

Tiruchirapalli City Corporation would soon move the government to get administrative sanction for establishing a bus stand for the heritage town of Srirangam at Panchakarai on the banks of the Coleroon.

The corporation that had appointed a consultant to design and prepare a detailed estimate for the project has finalised the 6.69-acre site at Panchakarai, adjacent to Yatri Nivas that is coming up there. The site was narrowed down after four or five options were considered, officials said. On Thursday, Local Administration Minister K.P. Munusamy inspected the site along with T.P. Poonachi, Minister for Khadi and Village Industries, R. Manoharan, Chief Whip, Jayashree Muralidharan, Collector, and corporation officials.

Despite being a major tourist attraction, Srirangam does not have a proper bus stand. Town and mofussil buses and tourist vehicles have to be parked on the roadside. The town with a population of about 1.02 lakh attracts a floating population of about 20,000 every day. Nearly 300 tourist vehicles visit the town every day. The corporation has decided to establish the bus stand at a cost of Rs. 24 crore on a portion of its old sewage treatment farm.

“The conceptual plan has been finalised. We will soon forward a proposal to the government for getting administrative sanction,” Corporation Commissioner V.P. Thandapani told The Hindu .

He said while the bus stand with 26 bus bays and associate amenities would be set up in an area of about three acres, a parking lot for four-wheelers and two-wheelers would be established in the remaining portion of the land in the rear.

The civic body has decided to divert the sewage flow to the farm through a separate drain under Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Project (TURIP) at a cost of Rs. 3.2 crore and the work has commenced. The drain will be connected to the new underground drainage (UGD) system currently being established in Srirangam, Mr. Thandapani said.

Mr. Munusamy also inspected the progress of work on the UGD and drinking water supply augmentation scheme for the city being implemented with Japanese assistance.


Two multi-level parking lots proposed in Salem

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The Hindu               03.01.2014

Two multi-level parking lots proposed in Salem

The corporation two-wheeler parking stand and the vacant land for the proposed multiple parking lot in Salem. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM
The corporation two-wheeler parking stand and the vacant land for the proposed multiple parking lot in Salem. —PHOTO: P. GOUTHAM

To ease traffic congestion and provide adequate space for parking, the City Municipal Corporation has proposed to establish multi-level parking lots near Dr. MGR Central Bus Stand (New Bus Stand) and near Old Bus Stand at a total cost of Rs. 10 crore.

Corporation officials said that due to non-availability of parking space for two-wheelers in Old Bus Stand area, vehicles are parked haphazardly causing traffic congestion throughout the day. Hence, the corporation proposes to construct a multi-level parking lot near the River Thirumanimutharu at a cost of Rs. 5 crore. Also the existing two-wheeler parking lot near New Bus Stand is insufficient as vehicles have to be parked in open space. Hence, a new parking lot is proposed adjacent to the overhead tank at a cost of Rs. 5 crore. Corporation Commissioner M. Ashokan told The Hindu that a proposal would be submitted to the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Chennai, for approval and later a consultant would be appointed to study the required space, vehicle parking capacity and the number of storey required for the parking lot.

The civic body would seek Rs. 10 crore loan with grants from Tamil Nadu Power Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (TUFIDCO) and Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited (TNUIFSL) for implementing the two projects.


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