The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will launch the rope car project on the Marina beach after obtaining the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) clearance, Mayor R. Priya said on Friday.
She was responding to a query by councillor of ward 104, T.V. Shemmozhi, at the Corporation Council meeting on Friday. The Mayor said the rope car was a good initiative.
Mr. Shemmozhi said many of the councillors wanted to initiate different projects that would be useful for people. Stressing the initiative taken for the Metro Rail network by former Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and for bridges by Chief Minister M.K. Stalin, Mr. Shemmozhi said the rope car would be useful for tourists and residents.
The launch of the 3.5-km rope car along the Marina beach, in Chepauk-Tiruvallikeni Assembly constituency with support from MLA Udhayanidhi Stalin, is expected to assist the expansion of the network in other parts of the metropolitan area.
It will serve as another mode of transit for residents.
Some of the other new projects launched in the Chepauk-Tiruvallikeni Assembly constituency include a makeover for public toilets. Following the inspection of 47 dilapidated public toilets in the constituency by Mr. Udhayanidhi Stalin and a brainstorming session with the NGOs, the Chennai Corporation has decided to launch a project to improve public toilets in the city.
The Council passed a resolution on Friday to identify a concessionaire to design, build, finance, operate and transfer modern public toilets with centralised control and a monitoring system along the Marina Beach and zones of Royapuram, Thiru Vi. Ka. Nagar and Teynampet. The toilets will be maintained based on 26 key performance indicators and will have vending machines for sanitary napkins. The cost for the project to modernise public toilets, under the hybrid annuity model with 3,270 seats for a period of nine years, is ₹429 crore.