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CMDA eyes fourth site for truck terminal

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The New Indian Express     12.05.2017 

CMDA eyes fourth site for truck terminal

CHENNAI: Two years after then Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa announced in the Assembly that a truck terminal will be built at Ernavoor, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is still struggling to find land and has now zeroed in on a fourth site in neighbouring Tiruvallur district.

CMDA had earlier selected three locations for the `160 crore project. The first one was in Ernavoor. It was shelved as the land was being considered for developing a housing project for flood-affected families by the State housing board.

The second site was within  Sathangadu Iron and Steel Market, which was opposed by traders. Later,  planners advocated 66 acres of marsh land opposite the Sathangadu Iron and Steel Market, which was considered as a water course.

The third site now requires clearance from Public Works Department (PWD). The Tiruvallur Collector in the report has said that the opinion of PWD should be obtained after which the iron bridge on the site and waterway should be strengthened and widened to ensure free flow of water or else there is a threat of back water inundating the low-lying areas of Sathangadu.

Now, CMDA is eyeing the possibility of having it at Sadayankuppan in Tiruvallur district. Classified as ‘meikal poromboke’ (grassland), the 56.85 acres land has only 17 acres that is vacant. CMDA wants to club three acres to make it 20 acres for the project, sources said. The land is on Tiruottriyur-Ponneri Pancheti Road and has to be alienated in favour of CMDA. It is learnt that CMDA has requested the Collector for acquisition of the land.


CMDA seals three-star hotel for building violations at T Nagar

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The Times of India       12.05.2017  

CMDA seals three-star hotel for building violations at T Nagar

| | May 12, 2017, 03.43 PM IST
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CHENNAI: A three-star hotel was sealed in the bustling T Nagar by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) for violating building rules on Friday. The planning permission was obtained for a residential building but was subsequently converted into a commercial establishment. Guests of the hotel, majority of them tourists from Malaysia, were shifted.

Sources in the CMDA said that the action was taken against Maaris Grand Hotel at Thirumalai Pillai Road after a court order.

"The building was functioning as a lodging facility without adequate setback area to operate as a commercial establishment. It should have a setback area of six metres on four sides of building, but the space is absent in one side of the building," a CMDA official said.

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An official alleged that the building also has an additional floor exceeding the permitted three floors. The property owners went on an appeal before a court against a lock and seal notice but the order came in favour of the planning authority. "The hotel authorities had appealed to the government also seeking reprieve. Three months time was granted to carry out modifications," the official said. However, no action was taken by the hotel authorities.

Meanwhile, the guest in the hotel were shifted to other accommodations before the building was sealed. A police source, who was present during to the lock and seal procedure, said a majority of guest who were staying in the hotel were from Malaysia.

Come September, water recycling plant will be ready at Tirunallar

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The Hindu          11.05.2017 

Come September, water recycling plant will be ready at Tirunallar

The water recycling plant at Nalan Kulam in TirunallarPhoto: B.Velankanni Raj  

About 25 lakh litres of water is required to re-fill the tank

The water re-cycling plant at ‘Nalan Kulam’ at Sri Dharbaranyeswarar Temple in Tirunallar, popularly known as Sri Saneeswarar temple, near here, will be completed by September.

The work had stalled due to delay in sanctioning of funds.

The tank needs periodical re-filling of fresh water, as a large number of devotees take a holy dip in it.

Sacred dip

The volume of devotees visiting the temple and taking a dip in the tank is large during the weekend, as Saturday is considered auspicious for devotees to offer their prayers to Lord Sri Saneeswarar.

The tank is cleared of the water periodically. So are the clothes abandoned by devotees.

The need for a water recycling plant has been felt largely due to the large volume of water pumped into the tank everytime. “The groundwater table, though safe now, will be disturbed in course of time. Hence, the implementation of the project was taken up under the Tirunallar Temple Town Development Project at an estimated Rs. 2.14 crore. Though work was delayed, there would be no hike in the estimates, an official source told The Hindu on Wednesday.

Official sources say about 25 lakh litres of water are required to re-fill the tank, which is about 1.5 acres in size. The treatment plant can handle 12 lakh litres, according to a technical report.


Adoption of filter process — aeration filter and sand filter — is the first procedure for re-cycling. The used water from the tank is fed into a series of four tanks.

While three tanks are of uniform in size — 5.5 metre in diameter and height of six meter in height — the collection tank is larger with 16 metre in diameter and height of four metre.

Work on installation of the tanks have been completed, while other technical issues would be taken care of by September.

The operation of the re-cycling plant will be carefully monitored during initial three to four months, so that modifications, if necessary, can be introduced.


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