It will submit proposals to government on November 15

Chennai Corporation proposes to undertake improvement of basic amenities, particularly in areas that have been merged with it recently, at a cost of Rs.225 crore. It will submit the project proposals for approval to the State government on November 15.

Following the announcement of the State government to improve infrastructure in the expanded Chennai Corporation as part of a mega city development mission, the civic body has commenced preparation of detailed reports for the proposed projects. According to a senior official of the Corporation, while the focus would be on upgrading arterial roads to international standards in the city, the emphasis in the new areas would be on improving streetlights and solid waste management.

An integrated plan for solid waste management with an estimated cost of Rs.75 crore in the newly added areas has been proposed. Streetlights in the areas would be improved at a cost of Rs.50 crore. The remaining Rs.100 crore would be used towards improvement of road connectivity between the newly added areas and the old city limits. All eight zones in the newly added areas would get a garbage transfer station, lorry stations, compactors and adequate garbage bins. Streetlights fittings with tubelights and mercury vapour lamps in the newly added areas would be converted to sodium vapour lamps as is the case in the old city limits. Detailed project report is being prepared for improvement of 30 arterial roads forming four corridors of around 40 km that would connect important parts of the expanded city. This would be a support network for the Highways Department's plan of improvement of 60 km of roads, including Inner Ring Road, Anna Salai, Poonamallee High Road and the southern arm of Inner Ring Road connecting GST Road and Velachery. The roads would be widened in some areas according to requirements and would have better traffic flow with superior pedestrian facilities. The government has proposed to upgrade main arterial roads to international standards besides improving interior roads in the city. “The effort would be a stepping stone for future improvement of infrastructure in the newly added areas,” said Raj Cherubal, Director-Projects, Chennai City Connect.