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Space beneath 13 flyovers in city all set for makeover

Aloysius Xavier Lopez
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Various designs under consideration to give a facelift to the spaces
beneath flyovers in the city. Source: Chennai Corporation
Various designs under consideration to give a facelift to the spaces beneath flyovers in the city. Source: Chennai Corporation

NGO City Connect gives design inputs to Chennai Corporation

Residents of the city may soon have more recreation spaces at an unlikely venue – beneath flyovers. The Chennai Corporation has planned to turn untidy, unused areas beneath all its flyovers into vibrant public spaces. Accepting many of the proposals made by a consultant City Connect, an NGO, for optimum use of space beneath five flyovers at a meeting on Thursday, the civic body decided to cover all the flyovers in the city under the beautification scheme.

Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy has now asked the consultant to submit a report on use of the space beneath all 13 flyovers maintained by the civic body. Flyovers to be covered in the first phase are those on Royapettah High Road, Dr. Radhakrishnan Road near The Music Academy, T.T.K. Road in Alwarpet, Cenotaph Road and Sardar Patel Road. After the consultant submits the report, the civic body will implement work on the utilisation of the space beneath all the flyovers.

Sriram Ganapathi, who is on a team of architects working with City Connect on this project, said the beautification of spaces beneath flyovers will not consume any additional road space. “We will focus on giving pedestrians more access to this space,” he said.

Each of the flyovers will display local flavours of Chennai. The proposal for the R.K. Salai flyover will depict the city's identity as a centre for music. The Pantheon Road flyover will bear an archaeological flavour and the Sardar Patel Road flyover may display elements of education, due to its proximity to reputable institutions.

Mr. Ganapathy said a sunken gallery space would be created by excavating earth beneath the R.K. Salai flyover.Plans to install panels with LED fittings for lighting and solar pipes, and landscaping of an 80 metre-stretch, promise to make the area visually appealing. The solar pipes function by total internal reflection and will provide natural lighting in the landscaped areas. U-turns and zebra crossings will be demarcated with inputs from traffic police.

“We have recommended that space be created for an ambulance and police vehicles. We have also thought of renting bicycles for tourists who wish to go for a ride nearby,” he said. Public conveniences will also come up. A central mound with landscaping will make encroachments impossible.

Raj Cherubal of City Connect said: “This will enliven these spaces and add life to different localities.”

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The idea of beautification of underpass of flyovers are indeed praiseworthy. But, before spending the public money, a sure law must be brought in, wherein, any posters pasted at the walls,the people responsible for the same must be imposed with hefty fines irrespective of being a individual, company or a political party. Is the corporation capable of mustering courage to bring in this as a rule for strict implementation?. Only time can tell.

from:  E.Chandrasekar
Posted on: Apr 21, 2012 at 12:41 IST

Though it is an good initiative.. more than this first and foremost thing is all the flyovers and subways should be cleaned on a daily basis and proper lighting facilities in all the subways, removing encroachments across the city also need tobe attended on warfooting basis. Hope the respectable Mayor and the Hon'ble CM will give more priority.

from:  Srinivasan Pandurangan
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 15:05 IST

Good initiative, I think govt should provide details to public like how the money is spent, who are all the contractors and their back ground (all contractors are party cadres only), is it the open tender etc.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 14:59 IST

I see a lot of electrical fittings and glowboards in the design.
Does it mean the citizens have to bear more burden of powercuts and freak out at these beauty benches instead of their homes at odd time ?
God save India !!

from:  Shreeram Iyer
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 11:41 IST

Please publish pictures of how things look like. Not how things will be
when some grandiose proposal is accepted and implemented.
The photos are similar to those from real estate agents' brochures.
Let's spend money first on keeping public facilities in reasonably good
condition. Most of the flyovers now cannot be said to present a neat
appearance.

from:  Rucku Pillai
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 11:18 IST

Interesting proposal but what will happen to all the street dogs and bullocks that have made the underside of the flyovers their home? In CMBT flyover, the space has become the resting points for the tired animals, strewn with hay and grass!

from:  Divya Srikanth
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 08:11 IST

I am not at all impressed by this report nor by the pictures of
designs that you have put out. First of all, let's face reality. We are not able to keep any flyover without posters of political parties and films pasted on their pillars. Take the R.K. Salai flyover: some years ago it was made as if a garden was going to come under it like under the Peters Road flyover. But there is not a plant under it. The ground is dirty. Elsewhere we may also see a flyover which has not seen a lick of paint for years, itself presenting a dismal scene, leave alone the space underneath it.
Among the priorities of the Corporation must be to keep the roads clean. But heaps of rubbish are seen in countless places. Just survey the scene after a compressor truck has removed rubbish: the road is strewn with spilled-over rubbish. Any fancy designs for beautification can be talked about only when we have beauty at the very basic level. And this idea of imparting 'local flavour' is bizarre.

from:  C. Vasi
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 08:10 IST

Let all the Grade separators and roads be swept clean and nice for the pedastrians to feel something magnificent. let all the garbage and waste accumulated in the Duraiswamy subway and on the North usman road be cleared of all the garbage scattered here and there and the walls painted with mango yellow colour netly. Let the Chennai city present itself a s a place of hygience and cleanliness to the outsiders too. Let all the temnple tanks be desilted of the rubbish and all the steps be chemikcally cleaned and the s urroundings planted with nice ashoka trees so taht the City becomes really SINGARA CHENNIA unlike the earlier Government who only made hollow cflaims for singara chennai butnothing in reality. The Hon'ble Jayalalitha has better sense of administration and understands that Cleanliness is nedt to Godliness

from:  B.Hariharan
Posted on: Apr 20, 2012 at 07:17 IST
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