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Two years on, Smart City projects set to take shape

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The Hindu         24.05.2017    

Two years on, Smart City projects set to take shape

This year, Chennai will spend around Rs. 100 crore to give itself a makeover

Two years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Smart Cities Mission, its implementation is likely to kick off in the city. Key smart city projects are likely to be cleared for administrative sanction by the Board of Directors of Chennai Smart City Ltd. on Wednesday, said sources in the Chennai Corporation.

Wednesday’s meeting will be the fourth board meeting of Chennai Smart City Ltd. The previous three meetings did not clear any proposal. Slated to cost Rs. 85 crore, the key projects to be cleared include constructing a new multi-level car parking facility, redevelopment of eight parks, redesigning of 23 roads, and development of a pedestrian plaza.

“Other important projects such as a traffic management system and phase 2 and 3 of the Pedestrian Plaza in T.Nagar will be implemented later. A detailed project report for many of the projects will be ready soon,” said an official.

Challenges to the implementation of Smart City Mission projects include opposition from traders in T.Nagar, hurdles in revision of parking charges for the city, implementation of Metro Rail project, lack of interest among other stakeholders in the private sector to support the projects, inadequate funding for smart city proposals and resettlement of hawkers. This year Chennai is likely to spend only around Rs. 100 crore for projects under the Smart City Mission.

The multi-level car parking can accommodate 230 cars and 550 two-wheelers, but there is a hitch. The corporation can’t collect charges for motorcycles, as per an existing government order. It can collect only Rs. 5 per hour for cars. This makes operation and maintenance of the multi-level parking facility an expensive proposition. The government has to revise the parking fee, an official said, adding that this would be discussed in the board meeting. Work on redevelopment of Panagal Park has been shelved due to the Metro Rail project in the area and civic officials expect a few other proposals in the city to be hit by subsequent phases of the Metro Rail.

41 projects

Officials say that at least 41 Smart City projects are expected to be implemented at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,300 crore in the city in the years to come. But implementation of many of these projects including 24x7 supply of water in T.Nagar is likely to be a challenge as a number of unauthorised buildings dot the city’s commercial district, officials say.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 May 2017 10:33
 

Tamil Nadu preparing plan to build 8.03 lakh affordable homes for urban poor

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The New Indian Express       19.05.2017   

Tamil Nadu preparing plan to build 8.03 lakh affordable homes for urban poor

By C Shivakumar  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 19th May 2017 04:09 AM  |  

Last Updated: 19th May 2017 04:09 AM  |   A+A-   |  

CHENNAI: The total requirement for urban housing for slum and non-slum households under ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing For All’ scheme in the State is 8.03 lakh, according to a demand survey done by Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.

The State, which signed an MoU with the Union government, had to conduct a survey for assessing the actual housing requirement. It is a basic necessity following which the State has to come out with a Housing for All plan of action.

According to census figures, the State has a total of 16.24 lakh urban slum households of which 7.53 lakh live in the 12 corporations. The State currently requires an additional 12.94 lakh homes to be provided to the urban poor, 6.72 lakh of which are required in the 12 corporations.

As per the Housing For All mission, the houses constructed should either be in the name of the female head of the household or as joint ownership. The annual income limit for beneficiaries under the economic weaker section is about Rs 3 lakh per year. For beneficiaries under the low-income group, the number is between Rs 3-6 lakh per year.

Sources said that the focus is now on constructing affordable houses for the slums and non-slum households. It is learnt that the guidelines for building affordable houses have been prepared. The affordable homes have been distinguished under three categories with areas up to 40, 60 and 75 square metres.

Similarly, the Slum Clearance Board is looking at innovative methods to construct housing for poor as mandated by the scheme. “Among the available new technologies in the construction sector for building tenements, the Slum Clearance Board is looking at prefabrication, monolithic construction and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum,” sources said.

In fact, prefabrication is being used in three ongoing projects in Moorthingar Street in North Chennai, Sholinganallur in South Chennai and Erode.

The Slum Clearance Board is also encouraging tenders where any approved technology is acceptable for implementation. Institutions like IIT Madras, National Institute of Technology Trichy and Anna University are engaged in evolving new technologies, TNSCB sources said.

Meanwhile, the Slum Clearance Board has proposed to conduct a workshop on technology innovation along with the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) in mid-June for technocrats, engineers, builders and developers.

Four new variants

Prefabrication: Used for multi-storey projects. Columns, beams, lintels with sunshade are manufactured to the given dimension in factories or precast yards and brought to sites during implementation.


Monolithic construction: Modular formwork made out of aluminium plastic composites are used for walls, floors, slabs, stairs together with window openings, cast in one place.

Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum: Consists of building panel products made of calcined gypsum, plaster, reinforced with glass fibres for mass scale building construction.

Pre-engineered building: Entire structure is pre-sheared, pre-punched, pre-drilled, pre-welded and pre-formed in factories before being shipped to the site for erection.

 

Municipality gears up for flower show

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The Hindu        18.05.2017  

Municipality gears up for flower show

With the Ooty Flower Show just around the corner, the Udhagamandalam Municipality has initiated a slew of infrastructure works to help cope with the increased tourist flow into the town.

Speaking to The Hindu , V Prabhakaran, Commissioner (in-charge), Udhagamandalam Municipality, said that patch-works along the major roads within the town limits have been carried out at a cost of Rs. 27 lakhs. In addition, underground drainage works have also been completed at numerous places.

In order to ensure that there is enough water reaching the town from the Parsons Valley Dam, a pumpset has been erected at a cost of Rs. 13.5 lakhs, he added, stating that the pump will ensure that there is enough water being supplied to meet demand during the peak weekends.

Additional plastic storage tanks have also been purchased and have been kept at locations to ensure that the needs of the locals are catered to as well, while there has been a clampdown on unlicensed cottages and resorts with a few being shutdown recently.

Shops without Dangerous and Offensive Trades (D&O) licences have also been closed down near the Ooty Boat House and the Variety Hall. The municipality has also held meetings with water tanker operators and suppliers instructing them to supply clean drinking water to residents.

 


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