Projects in areas including Harrington Road, 100 ft. Road have forced students and parents to negotiate traffic while in Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, part of the school building has been destroyed. Photo: K. Pichumani, M. Karunakaran.
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Projects in areas including Harrington Road, 100 ft. Road have forced students and parents to negotiate traffic while in Okkiyam Thoraipakkam, part of the school building has been destroyed. Photo: K. Pichumani, M. Karunakaran.

When schools lose out

The spree of infrastructure projects in the city has inconvenienced students, who have to take detours and even sometimes, sacrifice classrooms »

Stress on minimal impact on students: Highways Dept.

Highways department officials say that all efforts are made to ensure there is minimum disturbance to students when schools and educational institutions are in the vicinity of project sites. ... »

A Rs. 58-crore terminal delay

The delay in the construction of new domestic and international terminals of the Chennai airport had resulted in a cost escalation of over Rs. 58 crores, according to a reply from Airports Authori... »
Officials say necessary steps have been taken to manage supply during summer without any scheduled load shedding. File photo: S. Thanthoni

A power cut-free summer?

The surge in temperature during daytime in the past few days clearly marks the end of winter and the advent of summer in the city. Rising temperatures also mean a surge in electricity demand as mo... »

Efficiency lag proves costly

While Tangedco could take credit for putting an end to “scheduled power cuts” for domestic consumers last year, it has come under criticism for purchasing high-cost power to fill the gap between d... »
The average traffic volume on Uthamar Gandhi Salai is 3,260 passenger car units, making parking in the locality a constant hassle. Photo: R. Ravindran
CHENNAI, February 26, 2015

Nod for multi-level parking facility

With cars accounting for 48 per cent of vehicular usage on Uthamar Gandhi Salai in Nungambakkam, there has always been a pressing need for a parking management solution for the locality. Residents... »
A view of Villa houses near Canal between Akkarai ECR and Sholinganallur OMR in Chennai on December 09, 2014. Photo: M. Karunakaran
CHENNAI, February 20, 2015

Dream Houses Galore

Driven by the demand from buyers, property developers have begun to shift from the beaten path on these two stretches that run parallel to each other and past some of the city’s prime property. Th... »
CHENNAI, February 17, 2015

Multi-level parking far from reality

Over the years, the Chennai Corporation has made umpteen announcements on setting up multi-level parking facilities in the city. But none of them have progressed beyond the drawing board... »
CHENNAI, February 12, 2015

Metro station too lags

The Chennai Metro Rail station coming up at the airport, the second in the country after the facility at the Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi, has been facing severe delays. ... »
On stetches such as Poonamallee High Road, the walls are lined with layers of posters Photo: M. Vedhan
CHENNAI, February 6, 2015

A plague of posters

The city may be on many lists of must-see global tourist destinations, but one prominent feature of Chennai that is likely to remain in the minds of most visitors is the utter chaos caused by cine... »
CHENNAI, February 6, 2015

For a sustainable alternative to drains

Even as government agencies build stormwater drains across the city, SWARAN, a citizens’ network, is teaming up with voluntary organisations to oppose the move. The group claims that such structur... »
CHENNAI, February 4, 2015

‘87% of large buildings pose hurdles for disabled’

Over 87 per cent of the buildings in the city, where the public gathers in large numbers, continue to have barriers to access. Of this, 250 are Chennai Corporation buildings.This has been in... »
CHENNAI, January 29, 2015

Realty sales revival may take some time

There has been a sharp dip in the launch of residential projects as well as sales of finished houses in Chennai in 2014, largely due to the Moulivakkam building collapse.According to the fin... »
CHENNAI, February 20, 2015

Mylapore’s obstacle course

R. K. Mutt Road, which cuts through the heart of Mylapore, is yet another one of the city’s heavily congested roads with little space left for pedestrians. Even the narrow stretch that is meant fo... »
It took the Railway staff nearly three hours to bring the train back on track and services resumed over six hours after the accident. Photo: R. Ragu
CHENNAI, February 19, 2015

A close shave for commuters

Around 10.30 a.m. on Wednesday, the usually-deserted Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) Park Town Station was abuzz with activity. A few minutes earlier, a MRTS train, headed towards Beach Station,... »
at long last:Work on a bridge connecting Nehru Nagar and Ezhil Nagar will begin in a few days —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, February 17, 2015

Small bridges to bring relief to north Chennai residents

The long wait at railway level crossings and confusing detours may soon be a thing of the past for residents of Korukkupet and Ennore. After more than a year’s delay, the localities will soon have... »
February 11, 2015

Here’s your civic balance sheet

With less than two months left to initiate civic work pertaining to 132 announcements made in the previous Corporation budget, the civic body is in a scramble. As the next budget meeting... »
CMRL workers engaged in laying of tracks at CMBT railway station at Koyambedu, Chennai. File photo: M. Prabhu
CHENNAI, February 6, 2015

Metro launch unlikely in March

Chennai Metro Rail may not get going in March as the State government is yet to give a date for the launch of the service between Koyambedu and Alandur. According to Chennai Metro Rail Li... »
CHENNAI, February 6, 2015

‘No clarity on Metro’

A final call on dates for the first commercial run of Chennai Metro can be taken only after the required safety approval is given, say officials of Chennai Metro Rail Limited.That apart, unc... »
A lack of coordination between officials of Tangedco and the Chennai Corporation is cited as a reason for the traffic problems in Kodungaiyur. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, January 30, 2015

Bang in the middle

For the past few months, residents of Soundarya Nagar Extension in Kodungaiyur have had to navigate around an electricity pole that stands right in the middle of the recently-laid narrow road, posi... »
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