The study brings to focus the chaotic situation prevailing at the junction opposite Chennai Central station -- Photo: R. Ragu

Pedestrians to the fore

Studies conducted at important points across Chennai bring to light the chaotic pedestrian conditions and the facilities that can be employed to make the situation better »

Skywalk may ease congestion at Central

The study has suggested remedial measures for each of the problem areas. Apart from construction of wider footpaths, conforming to Indian Roads Congress standards, and provision of foot ove... »
New lease of life:Water hyacinth and over 1.48 lakh cubic metre of silt have been removed from the lake bed —Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam

Madhavaram lake revival project picks up pace

The Water Resources Department (WRD) is carrying out work to remove water hyacinth and silt that has been deposited for several decades in the Madhavaram lake, which is popularly known as Retteri l... »
Manufacturers of water and waste-water treatment plants say there has been a 30 per cent increase in awareness of recycling facilities over the past five years. File Photo

Treat it right

With water shortage becoming acute, many city residents are turning to water and sewage treatment facilities. But, often, maintenance of such units proves a hindrance »
Metrozone in Anna Nagar - Photo: M. Vedhan.
CHENNAI, April 22, 2015

Can FDI lift the construction sector?

Two months ago, the announcement that a foreign funding institution will invest Rs. 220 crore in a housing project in Chennai created quite a buzz in the construction industry that was just recove... »
The home segment has steady absorption. Suburbs continue to witness the launch of new residential projects at an accelerated pace -- Photo: M. Karunakaran
CHENNAI, April 9, 2015

Time to boom?

The first quarter of the new financial year has begun and stakeholders in the housing sector are looking for better days ahead. Property seekers want prices to stabilise, and developers... »
While some arterial roads are well-maintained, stretches on the Madhavaram Bazar Road and Andarkuppam Road are in a terrible condition. Photo: Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, March 31, 2015

The jury’s out on Highway roads

For many residents, bad roads mean blaming the Chennai Corporation for inefficient work. But what many don’t realise is that in the expanded city, a total of 52 roads stretching across 250 km are... »
CHENNAI, March 21, 2015

Marina Loop Road widening stayed

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Friday, stayed the work initiated to widen and upgrade Marina Loop Road after a petitioner alleged violations of coastal regulation zone (CRZ) rules.The... »
Several of the 15 zones that constitute Chennai’s civic administrative boundary claimed every single road within their limits passed the quality test.
CHENNAI, March 20, 2015

Will better roads remain a mirage?

While a third of all the roads that were quality tested last year by the Corporation failed, several of the 15 zones that constitute the city’s civic administrative boundary claimed every single r... »
Futuristic: The meters are for domestic users consuming above 200 units bi-monthly. Photo: K. Pichumani
CHENNAI, March 10, 2015

Soon, digital meters to replace old ones in Chennai

Work to replace electromechanical meters with digital meters by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) is in the final stage of completion in the city. The project is exp... »
CHENNAI, April 9, 2015

‘Real Estate Bill, a mixed bag’

The Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Bill, approved by the Union Cabinet on Tuesday, has been met with mixed reactions, but is expected to provide transparency and ensure developers do not... »
CHENNAI, April 1, 2015

Water infrastructure, a problem in added areas

Even as efforts are on to implement water supply schemes in the added areas, several suburban residents complain they are forced to purchase water due to inadequate supply.What’s more: resi... »
The causeway on Kodambakkam–Sriperumbudur (Arcot) Road is used by residentsof 10 adjoining areas to travel to other partsof the city. Photo: B. Jothi Ramalingam
CHENNAI, March 30, 2015

Chembarambakkam to get better connectivity to city

Years of struggle by residents of a few pockets in the western suburbs for improved connectivity between Kundrathur and Sriperumbudur might not go in vain.The State government proposes to re... »
expert speak:E. Sreedharan is also not pleased with the construction of Chennai Metro —Photo: Special Arrangement
CHENNAI, March 21, 2015

Mono Rail not ideal, says ‘Metro man’ Sreedharan

“Metro Rail is not getting the required support from the State government,” said ‘Metro man’ E. Sreedharan on Friday.He said the State should decide whether it wants Metro Rail or Mono Rail... »
Vendors are especially unhappy with the issues in obtaining 30 per cent central subsidy. Photo: Special arrangement
CHENNAI, March 19, 2015

Shadow over solar power scheme

The domestic rooftop solar scheme, which was launched in 2013 has found few takers in the State. The ambitious project has dramatically fallen short of its own target, The Hindu has learnt... »
Despite efforts at cleaning, waterways such as Buckingham Canal are perpetually clogged and polluted due to floating garbage and sewage — Photo: R. Ragu
CHENNAI, March 6, 2015
Friends of Chennai

The clogged waterways of Chennai

Several waterways that pass through the city once served as a primary mode of transportation. They have now turned into dumping yards and carriers of sewage.Many major waterways have... »
‘A birthday gift for Chennai’s 375th’
The Hindu’s ‘Friends of Chennai’ will mobilise readers to transform the city.