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Electricity consumption in Chennai is going to almost double by 2020 »

Corporation status awaited

The State has ignored the four-year-old proposal to create two new corporations headquartered in Avadi and Tambaram »

From Thane to T. Nagar, the issue is compliance

Instead of strengthening enforcement mechanism and making local bodies directly accountable, State governments have repeatedly sought to reg »

Down the drain

The Hindu archive is a treasure trove. One can tirelessly dip into it not just for nostalgic pleasure, but also to get a glimpse o...»

The TN housing board: irrelevant

An institution set up to address housing needs, it is functioning like a private realty firm »

Elsewhere, location decided prices

For most people, Chennai is firmly linked in the mind with its ubiquitous idlis and curd rice. These food items, most imagine, are...»

Developers of middle-income housing to get incentives under new guidelines

A year after the finance minister announced in the Tamil Nadu legislative assembly that the government would facilitate developers to bu...»

Size of Chennai city set to expand

The size of Chennai city is set to expand manifold. Whether it will enlarge from its present extent of 176 to become a mega ci...»

In Chennai, key to traffic management still remains elusive

Since January, the Chennai Traffic police have booked about 1.5 lakh cases for parking violation and road obstruction. The reason behind...»

Focus on heritage building conservation

Not all buildings are as lucky as Ripon Building for which the Corporation is investing Rs.7.70 crore »

Elderly among the poor in Chennai work till they are physically worn out: study

“The perception that people retire after 60 is true with the higher/middle income group, but the poor in Chennai work till they ar...»

Plan to redevelop T. Nagar

T. Nagar, the city’s major commercial hub known for its congestion, is to be comprehensively redeveloped. Plans will include a new...»

Changes made to high-speed road corridor

Road sections of the proposed Adyar high-speed elevated transport corridor have been modified, keeping the overall alignment.In t...»

Plan to delete canal portions from CRZ purview rejected

The government's proposal to delete portions of Buckingham canal from the purview of Costal Regulation Zone (CRZ) has been rejected by th...»

Accent on T. Nagar prospects

Mass local transport such as trams will ply on ground, skywalks that connect different commercial buildings at the first floor will netwo...»

Integrated station at St.Thomas Mount planned

It will integrate five modes of transport, including suburban rail and bus services »

Heritage markets take you down memory lane

They do not possess grand structure or ornamental façade, but are no less important in historical value or social importance »

AAI objects to resubmitted proposal on Chennai Metro Rail

The Airports Authority of India has reviewed the resubmitted proposal of the Chennai Metro Rail Limited and found certain portions of the...»

Detailed feasibility report approved for expressway

Despite protests by fishermen and residents, the proposed elevated expressway between the lighthouse and Kottivakam, ECR, is making progr...»

City has inadequate fire safety infrastructure

If the Fire Advisory Council standards are strictly applied, Chennai will find itself drastically short of the number of fire stations i...»

MRTS alignment changes leave residents worried

More changes have been proposed to the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) alignment between Velachery and St. Thomas Mount. “I...»

Metro Rail along ECR deferred

A metro line from Thiruvanmiyur to Kottivakkam and beyond, along East Coast Road (ECR), was proposed by the Chennai Metro Rail (CMRL) in...»

Nod for expressway

Coastal Regulation Zone permission given »

Who'll save our beach?

The proposed elevated expressway project from Lighthouse to Kottivakkam will impact the beauty of the beach and the livelihood of fishermen, »

How electric suburban railway service began

On April 2 1931, Sir George Fredrick Stanely, then Governor of Madras, inaugurated the electric suburban railway service between Madr...»

Divided we stand

Considering how the city has turned out, it is obvious that development divides what geography unites. »

The making of Mambalam

Can you imagine that an acre of land in T. Nagar once cost a mere Rs. 910? This was the price fixed by the government of Madras when it d...»

Rare artefacts on display reveal the ancient history of city

Three rare artefacts are on display at the special exhibition ‘Roots of Madras' at the Egmore Museum. These objects illustr...»

Modi's help sought to get back Chola icons

Delegation from State meets Gujarat Chief Minister »

Song of the nation

It is the centenary year of the national anthem. Here's a brief history of how the song came about. »

Chinese architect bags Pritzker Prize

Architecture must be spontaneous and closer to life, says Wang Shu »

Will I ever own a house?

Maniraj, a paper vendor on Velachery Main Road, had a tough time last year when he had to vacate his house. Until then he was paying Rs....»

Not all is lost in Kalas Mahal fire

The Hindu has accessed rare prints and drawings depicting the layout of the heritage building, which should help the PWD in restoring the st »

P. Orr & Sons to lose a chunk

About 15,135 sq. ft of historical building is to be demolished by Metro Rail »

Destroying heritage by design

Many new buildings come in the way of appreciating heritage structures, says A. Srivathsan »

Where is our patch of green, Mr. Mayor?

Chennai, going by the second master plan, has only about 0.46 square metres green space per city dwellers »

What happened to good city planning?

Chennai of the past was certainly a better planned city than the present is. This is a fair assessment, borne out of facts and not anothe...»

The dirt beneath the charm

Leela Samson's resignation as the director of Kalakshetra has opened a can of worms. Meera Srinivasan and A. Srivathsan look at the murky si »

Street vendors get a raw deal

While the city allows cars to be parked on streets, it rushes to cruelly brand hawkers as encroachers »

T. Nagar to get a 10-step makeover soon

Public consultation focuses on pedestrian facilities and hawker zones; residents not satisfied with proposal »

Let’s bike and boat in Buckingham canal

The more you look at other cities in the world, the more miserable you feel about Chennai. If other cities are undoing their past mistak...»

TNHB to tie up with private builder

New project to be spread over 3.73 acres in K.K. Nagar; super high-income category introduced »

Home in city is a dream for many

Land is a scarce resource and it is almost impossible to find a plot at a reasonable price in the city »

Monumental mismanagement

The recent controversy over declaring Sthalasayana Perumal temple in Mahabalipuram a protected monument is an outcome of consistent neglect »

Triplicane residents oppose new construction in temple

Agitated members have sent a letter to the Chief Minister’s cell requesting her intervention. »

Chennai to push its boundaries, but how far?

Even as the State alternates between two options to expand the metropolitan region, A. Srivathsan analyses the impact of the move on neighbo »

MRTS: A wreck of a system

MRTS was one of the most ambitious projects in the city when first conceptualised »

Chennai claims stronger secular credentials

HOUSING APARTHEID People from around the country looking for rental housing find the fast-growing city more welcoming, but non-vegeta »

When Dara Singh floored Madras with Indian Deathlock

Cinema halls in the city regularly screened King Kong-Dara Singh contests »

The quest for the Suthamalli Nataraja

An 800-year-old Nataraja bronze, stolen about four years ago from Suthamalli, a remote Tamil Nadu village, is at the centre of a quickly...»

Our city, an illegal city

By the government’s own admittance, Chennai is an illegal city – more than 50 per cent of its buildings have violated rules »

Look beyond the Marina

It is clear there is no careful assessment of what the city needs in terms of public spaces. The Corporation is so limited in its vision tha »

Discovered: Pictures of Madras after Emden struck

We recently found hitherto unpublished photographs of the city shortly after it was bombed by the German cruiser »

A struggle to elevate the subaltern Chennai Gana

A. Srivathsan on the music that does not figure in the mainstream but is an inseparable part of the city’s intangible heritage »

City straddles potential tinderbox

Over 6,000 buildings violate fire safety norms; despite notices served, they continue to operate »

October, 69 years ago, when Madras was bombed

Legends have been woven around the 1914 bombing of Madras by the German cruiser Emden, but little is known or remembered about the tough tim »

When 5 lakh fled the city in two weeks

In the thick of World War II, on April 5, 1942, 75 Japanese planes dive-bombed and opened machine-gun fire in Colombo, killing 50. The next »

When Madras ran out of milk and food

In April 1942, the city faced an unprecedented scarcity. While the government opened up cooperative shops , residents reeled under the impac »

And then, Madras was bombed

Just when the city and administration were limping back to normalcy after a few tense months of air raid alerts and safety drills, tragedy s »

Of madding urban crowds

Even a simple affair such as finding a parking spot turns into a violent argument »

‘Those of us who couldn’t walk were left behind’

85-year-old Rajalakshmi lay immobile on her hospital bed when Madras was bombed in 1943 »

New rail fastening system for metro rail?

CMRL deviates from standard set by Delhi Metro amid questions from experts and litigation »

A dearth of well-designed buildings

In the last 60 years, no building project in the city has stirred the imagination or demonstrated the importance of design »

Before Pratibha, came Stematis

Many ships have run aground along the Chennai Coast during previous cyclones. Some have even split into two. But a spectacle that remains et »

Construction slump in Chennai

Fewer IT buildings came up in Chennai last year; figures down to 2009 level »

Plenty of houses, few affordable

The 2011 census figures create a flattering illusion of Chennai and its suburbs as a city with a surplus of more than 1,00,000 housing units »

Give us back our bazaars

Mushrooming malls are like vacuum pumps, they suck street life. Another consequence: Soak in the pleasures of the Chennai bazaars before the »

Vastu trumps building norms

Many of those who hold vastu in high regard challenge the straightforward reasoning of building rules »

An example of how not to design

The newly-built complex for fishermen shows what is wrong with the State government’s approach to social housing »

The day M.R. Radha shot MGR

Tomorrow is the 25th death anniversary of matinee idol and former Chief Minister M.G. Ramachandran. On this occasion, A. Srivathsan digs int »

Should we build a new capital?

The city is bursting at its seams and expansion is out of control, Is it time to build a new Chennai along the lines of Gandhinagar, new Bhu »

Assembly arch to come up farther from Fort

Experts opposed existing site as it is within 100 metres of notified monument »

Plans on paper, muddles in reality

Creating institutions without commitment widens the trust deficit between citizens and state »

Design for knowledge park clinched

Integrated educational facility to come up on 16-acre DPI campus »

Government to soon develop road networks along Outer Ring Road

Study on design and land acquisition will be taken up shortly »

City ghettos, mass produced

The State is evicting slum dwellers and pushing them to live in confined areas »

TNHB to use school plots for commercial purposes

The Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) has decided to use over 40 school plots — worth more than Rs. 100 crore — for commercial and residen...»

Budget houses, a distant dream

The Tamil Nadu govt. must increase the area under affordable housing »

Power Shutdown

Power supply will be suspended in the following areas in Sembium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Monday: Periyar Nagar, Sathyavani Muthu Nagar, Kakkanji Nagar, Karunanidhi Salai... »

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