Chennai Buzz: Company Fines Contractors | Shelters are facing a shortage of funds…and more!

Wastewater flows into the Kosasthalaiyar. Photo: Raghavan Lokesh

Chennai Metro Phase 2 Progress and Promise of Accessibility

The elevated metro line between Porur and Poonamalle as part of phase 2 will have a total of 453 pillars. Of this number, 111 pillars have already been erected as part of the advancement of this line. The total cost of the elevated line is estimated at Rs 1147 crore. The line should be open and operational from June 2023.

This line will run from Lighthouse to Poonamallee and is part of Corridor 3. The total length of all Phase 2 lines is 118.9 km. The review is ongoing for project work in Phase 2.

Meanwhile, Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has also issued an assurance that all metro stations and rails will be made accessible and inclusive for people with disabilities within six weeks. The pledge follows a petition filed in the Madras High Court on metro accessibility.

Source: The Times of India | The new Indian Express

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Company fines contractors for delay

Three contractors have been fined by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) for the delay in carrying out flood mitigation works in the city. The contractors were working along the sections of Ambedkar College Road, Vembuli Amman Salai and Rangiah Road. They were penalized with Rs 75,000, the quantum to increase in case of further delays.

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Stormwater drainage under construction. Photo: Senthil Kumar

Flood mitigation works involve fixing problems with storm sewers, improving the network and removing grit and maintaining sewers. Various multilateral agencies are involved in funding the expansion of the city’s stormwater drainage system. In addition to this, de-silting of canals, flood mitigation in subways and augmentation of electric motors to pump flood waters will also be carried out before the onset of the northeast monsoon.

Source: The Hindu

Chennai corporation houses a face fund shortage

Shelters owned by the Greater Chennai Corporation are facing operational difficulties due to lack of funds. NGOs running the shelters have raised the issue of non-disbursement of funds. The funds have not been distributed for six months. This forced NGOs to resort to donations to keep the shelters running.

Central government funding for shelters run under the National Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM) has not been forthcoming. Each shelter is owed around Rs 10 lakhs since the end of last year. NGOs pay staff salaries out of pocket and meet the needs of residents. The contracts of 35 NGOs running shelters have not been renewed to date despite the usual renewals which take place in January each year. The civic body seeks to mobilize funds for shelters from different regimes in the absence of funding under NULM.

Source: The New Indian Express

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Four other sewage treatment plants (STP) in the city

Chennai is expected to have four sewage treatment plants (STPs) in the coming months along the city’s waterways. One of the Chetpet factories has been inaugurated while three others are expected to open along the Adyar and Cooum rivers. A tertiary treatment plant is also under construction at Langs Garden Road. All factories are nearing completion and will be operational shortly.

Two of the STPs will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4.31 crore near the Adyar in Kotturpuram. They will have a capacity to treat six lakh liters of wastewater per day. It will be ready in July. Another treatment plant near the Mambalam canal, with a treatment capacity of 40,000 liters of wastewater, will be inaugurated by September.

Source: The Hindu

[Compiled by Aruna Natarajan]

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