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Updated: April 2, 2013 09:53 IST

A fresh look for city’s landmarks

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Renovation work under progress at Ripon Building. Photo:B.Jothi Ramalingam.
Renovation work under progress at Ripon Building. Photo:B.Jothi Ramalingam.

Two heritage buildings of Chennai Corporation — Ripon Buildings and Victoria Public Hall — will sport a new look by the end of this year.

Addressing the Assembly on Monday, Municipal Administration Minister K.P. Munusamy said that the work to restore the Ripon Buildings, the headquarters of the Corporation, will be completed by October this year, to facilitate centenary celebration of the heritage structure in November. The project to renovate Victoria Public Hall too would be completed in July this year. The Corporation has spent nearly Rs.11.06 crore towards renovating these two buildings.

This fiscal, the Corporation proposes to construct five bridges across the city to ease traffic congestion at a total cost of Rs.13 crore. Residents of Bojaraja Nagar, Old Washermenpet, would soon have vehicular subway in their area.

The civic agency also plans to build a box culvert linking R.K. Link Road at Korattur and Jawaharlal Nehru Salai at Baba Nagar and another culvert at Narayanapuram across Keelkattalai tank surplus course. One more bridge would be constructed to link Rajiv Gandhi Salai and East Coast Road. It will come up across Buckingham canal connecting Thoraipakkam Murugesan Nagar and Pandiyan Salai, Neelankarai. A box culvert at Padi Pudu Nagar Road across Padikuppam canal will also be reconstructed in 2013-14.

As the generation of solid waste has increased to 4,700 metric tonnes per day after the city expansion, the Corporation is taking measures to set up waste processing facilities at Minjur-Vallur and Kuthambakkam. Once the tenders are settled and projects are started, garbage would not be disposed at the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi sites.

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