Chennai

Heritage cell, 100 new parks to open this year

HEALTHY HERITAGE? Corporation Maternity Hospital at Perumalpet in Chennai. Photo: K. Pichumani

HEALTHY HERITAGE? Corporation Maternity Hospital at Perumalpet in Chennai. Photo: K. Pichumani  

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The Chennai Corporation will constitute a Heritage Cell to assist all those interested in renovation and maintenance of heritage buildings. The proposal is based on the recommendation of a seminar, ‘Conservation of heritage buildings and precincts in Chennai Metropolitan Area', organised by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority in August 2010. Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy announced the constitution of the Heritage Cell as part of the budget presentation on Monday.

Exemption from property tax for such buildings, allowing change of use from residential to commercial and Transfer of Development Rights for heritage buildings were also suggested at the seminar in 2010. However, the civic body has not yet made any announcement on these proposals. The Corporation will also create a mini resource centre of information on heritage in the city in 2012-2013.

As part of its efforts to give a facelift to the city, the Corporation plans to build 100 more parks. The newly-formed areas under the city limits would get a chunk of these green spaces. Clocks would be installed in parks for the convenience of walkers. The Mayor said that herbal plants would be grown in these parks. A nursery for herbal plants would also be set up for supplying saplings to residents.

Besides, a total of 50 new play grounds would also come up in various localities. The civic body plans to procure five sand sieving machines for the newly added beaches stretching from Kathivakkam to Uthandi. A total of 18 mobile high-mast lamps would be procured for lighting up large public gatherings, fire accident sites and relief centres. Each of the 15 zones would have one high mast lamp. To overcome issues of low voltage and to provide uniform lighting on bridges, constant output ballasts would be procured.

Members from the DMK staged a walkout after Mayor Saidai S. Duraisamy finished his speech. DMK members led by opposition leader Subhash Chandra Bose alleged that they were denied permission to speak and added: “The budget has nothing new. It is similar to that presented by DMK Mayor M. Subramanian.”

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