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Small Bus Routes Chennai

The mini bus routes are Pallavaram – Tirusulam Sakthi Nagar, Chromepet – Medavakkam, Chromepet – Madambakkam, Perungulathur – Arungal, Guindy Asargana – Keelkattalai, Guindy – Velachery, SRP Tools – Metukuppam, Ramapuram – Porur, Porur – Pattur, Iyyapanthangal – Kummnanchavadi, Iyyapanthangal – Thiruverkadu, Maduravoyal – Valasaravakkam, Vadapalani – Koyambedu mofussil bus terminus, Vadapalani – Thiru Vi Ka park, Ashok Pillar – Metha Nagar, Ambattur OT – Murugappa Polytechnic, Madhavaram – Retteri Junction and Moolakadai – Manali.

Mini-Bus-in-Chennai

Routes for the mini buses have been finalised, routes are,

1. Ramavaram to Porur.
2. Moolakadai to Manali.
3. Madavaram to Redhills.
4. Guindy to NGO Colony via Kilkattalai.
5. SRP Tools to Mettukuppam.
6. Ashok Pillar to Metha Nagar.
7. Vadapalani to Koyambedu.
8. Pallavaram to Trisulam.
9. Chrompet to Madampakkam via Medavakkam.

The Chennai Minibus Routes which have been announced are listed below :

Route No: S1
From Pallavaram to Tirusulam Sakthi Nagar
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Old Pallavaram, union carbide colony

Route No: S2
From Chromepet to Medavakkam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Indira garden, Nehru nagar, kumaran kundram, asthinapuram, tirumalai nagar, jeyendra nagar, sembakkam, kavurivakkam

Route No: S3
From Chromepet to Madambakkam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Chilapakkam, mahalakshmi nagar, raja keelpakkam, kozhipannai

Route No: S4
From Chromepet to Medavakkam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: MIT, Nehru nagar, kumaran kundram, pallavan driving school, Radha nagar, nemilicherry, Nanmangalam, kovilambakkam

Route No: S5
From Perungalathur to Arungal Village (East of Guduvancheri/Urapakkam)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Oorapakkam, karanai puducherry, karanai kattur

Route No: S11
From Guindy Asarkana to Kilkattalai
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Burma colony, moovarasan pettai

Route No: S12
From Guindy Asarkana to NGO Colony
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Adambakkam, kakkan pallam

Route No: S13
From Guindy to Velachery
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Maduvangarai, NGO colony, Brindhavan nagar, mahalakshmi nagar inner ring road

Route No: S14
From Taramani SRP Tools to Mettukuppam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Taramani (Tharamani), CTS, amdedkar nagar, Kamaraj nagar, telephone nagar, ellai amman kovil

Route No: S21
From Ramapuram to Porur
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Ramapuram arasamaram, poothapedu, china porur, kaarambakkam

Route No: S22
From Porur to Pattur (Near Mangadu)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Ramachandra hospital,Iyyappanthangal, parani puthur junction

Route No: S23
From Iyyappanthangal to Kumananchavadi
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: SST oil mills, noombal road junction, puliyamedu

Route No: S24
From Iyyappanthangal to Thiruverkadu
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: SRMC, Sathiyalok gurukulam, chettiyar agaram, sivabootha medu, VellapanSavady

Route No: S25
From Maduravoyal to Valasaravakkam
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: AAlapakam Maduravayol junction, menakshi dental college hospital, Government higher secondary school, SS Motors, Arcot road, Allapakkam Junction

Route No: S31
From Vadapalani to C.M.B.T. Koyambedu
Number of Buses: 4
Mini Bus Route Via: Aavichipalli, Virugambakkam, kesavarthini, devi kuppam, ganga nagar, school street, Maduravayol eari karai

Route No: S32
From Vadapalani to Thiru Vi Ka park (Shenoy Nagar)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Ram theatre, Best hospital, vanniyar street, periyar way, anna main road, arun hotel, Aminjikarai

Route No: S33
From Ashok Pillar to Metha Nagar (Aminjikarai)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Puthu high school, Samiyar madam, kodambakkam power house, ponmani marriage hall, keelnagar, thiruvalluvarpuram

Route No: S41
From Ambattur OT to Murugappa Polytechnic (Sathyamurthy Nagar, Avadi)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Valluvar road junction, kulakarai road junction, thirumullaivoyil junction, stateboard hospital

Route No: S61
From Madhavaram to Retteri Junction (Kolathur)
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Kalpana lamp, Birundha garden, prakash garden, kumaran nagar junction, kollathur

Route No: S62
From Moolakadai to Manali
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Ambedkar statue, RV Nagar, parvathi nagar, moolachathiram, palgipalayalam, china sekkadu, Manali Market

 

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Too few small buses in northern suburbs

MTC Blame Poor Roads For Infrequent Services 


Chennai: Last mile connectivity continues to be a distant dream for hundreds of commuters in north Chennai though the state government has introduced small buses in many neighbourhoods in the city. 


Passengers in the northern suburbs of Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Tondiarpet, Ambattur and Royapuram complain that only three (Madhavaram-Rettari, Moolakadai-Manali and Ambattur OT-Murugappa Polytechnic) of the 20 routes have serve their localities, while a majority of the small buses run in central and southern Chennai. Share autos make a killing in the north because MTC buses are infrequent. 

“We were expecting mini buses to reduce crowding in regular buses and share autos. Unfortunately, MTC has not allotted adequate routes to the small buses in the northern suburbs,” said M Irulappan, who lives in Thiruvottiyur. He suggested that MTC introduce small buses in Ennore, Minjur, Manali, Mathur, Madhavaram and Kodungaiyur. 

MTC officials said small buses are meant to ply in the interior areas. “But, most interior roads in the northern suburbs are narrow and it is difficult for the small buses to negotiate such roads. Even the condition of the arterial roads is poor in the north compared to the southern suburbs,” said an MTC official. North Chennai comes under MTC’s Tondiarpet region with seven depots, including Madhavaram, Perambur, Ennore and Vyasarpadi. Just 626 regular buses of its 3,600-strong fleet ply here. 

Experts said MTC should not limit the number of small buses in the northern suburbs, and that more should be added in Red Hills, Thiruvottiyur, Pattabiram, Vyasarpadi, Royapuram, Washermanpet and Tondiarpet. “The small buses could be an alternative to share autos, and could reduce overcrowding,” said K P Subramanian, former professor, urban engineering division, Anna University. 

“The northern suburbs are neglected in all aspects. We also pay taxes, but the authorities do not provide us facilities as we are poor,” said K M Babu, a resident of Madhavaram. 

Corporation officials said they have been re-laying damaged interior roads in the northern suburbs under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission.
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Passengers are seeking more services to
Thiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Tondiarpet, Ambattur and Royapuram

Courtesy: Times of India | Christin Mathew Philip TNN

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How To Reach Chennai

Located on the coast of Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu and being one of the four metropolitan cities of India, Chennai has a strong transport system. So, naturally, this cosmopolitan city is well connected by air, roads, railways and seas and is easy to reach from any part of the world. Travelling to Chennai, one has a lot of options. Ample number of flights from the country and abroad frequents the city daily. Railways too, connect Chennai to all major cities of India. It can also be reached via road, but the journey will be comfortable only if you are travelling from a neighbouring city or state. The following section will further explain the various networks through which you can reach the beautiful place.

By Air
The third busiest airport of India is the Chennai International Airport which is located at a distance of 7 km from the main city. Both, international and domestic flights land at different terminals: the international flights arrive at the Anna Terminal whereas the domestic flights at Kamaraj Terminal. These two terminals are located at a distance of only 150 metres from each other. Both the terminals are well connected to the major cities of India and the world, respectively.

Airport To City
Within a few rupees you can reach the city, but if you have rather bulky luggage look for other options like the pre-paid taxi booth. Each terminal has many booths for pre-paid taxis, made available by different companies. You can find it when you exit the airport. Fares may differ from company to company, although Fast Track a company has a fare of 500 rupees to reach the city centre in a Toyota Innova or equivalent. You can also hire auto rickshaws that will take you to your destination in Chennai at relatively low fares as compared to the taxis.

By Train
Chennai Central (code MAS) and Chennai Egmore (code MS) are the two main long distance train stations. There are daily trains from Chennai to Bengaluru, Mumbai, Coimbatore, Delhi, Cochin, Hyderabad Kolkata and most of the big cities of India. The Egmore station covers most of the places in Tamil Nadu and a few important places outside it. The long trains to Egmore stop at Tambaram and some at Perambur. These two stations serve the suburban areas of Chennai. Prepaid taxis, cabs auto rickshaws are available for hire just outside the station.

By Bus
One of Asia’s largest bus stations is in Chennai, the CMBT. There are seven different state owned corporations which drive buses to and from various destinations within South India. There are hourly buses for places like Tirupati, Pondicherry, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli etc.

By Car
The city is very well connected to other parts of India by road. The five major national highways radiate toward Kolkata, Bengaluru, Tiruchy/Madurai, Tiruvallur and Pondicherry. Many car rental companies such as Clear Car Rental, Avis and Hertz provide various facilities to the costumers.

Distances:
The list of distance between Chennai and some major destinations:

Kanyakumari - 683 kms, Udagamangalam - 539 kms, Madurai - 447 kms, Kandhipuram - 71 kms, Virudhunagar - 494 kms, Salem - 334 kms, Namakkal - 384 kms, Tirupathi - 152 kms, Hyderabad - 688 kms, Rameswaram - 592 kms,Kodaikanal - 409kms, Thanjavur - 334 kms, Vellore - 140 kms, Thiruvannamalai - 187 kms, Pudukkottai - 395 kms, Karur- 396 kms, Dindigul - 398 kms, Puduchcheri - 165 kms, Bangalore - 331 kms, Mumbai - 1329 kms.

Places of Interest: 
Fort St.George, Fort Museum, Government Museum and National Art Gallery (Egmore), Birla Planetarium, Connemare Library, Amir Mahal, Kalakshetra, Theosophical Society, Vivekananda Memorial, Bharathi Memorial, Anna/MGR Samathi (Marina), Kapaleeshwarar Temple (Mylapore), Parthasarathy Temple (Triplicane), Madhya Kailash Temple, Kaligambhal Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Ashtalakshmi Temple, Maruntheeshwarar Temple, Thiruneermalai Temple, Santhome Cathedral, Little Mount, St Mary’s Church, St. Thomas Mount Church, Thousand Lights, Wallajah Big, Periyamedu Mosques, Egmore Buddha Vihar, T.Nagar Gurudhwara, Mylapore Jain Guru Mandhir, Kali Bari, Light House.

Marina Beach, Elliot’s Beach, Santhome Beach, Covelong Beach, Children’s Park, Snake Park (Adyar), Visweswarayya Tower and Park, Guindy National Park.

Courtesy / Source: http://www.chennai.org.uk/reaching-chennai.html

Small Bus in Chennai | Mini Bus in Chennai

Tamilnadu Chief Minister Jayalalitha inaugurated the minibus services on today (Wednesday, October 23, 2013) in Chennai. Initially 50 mini buses were operated on the first phase.

Chief Minister Jayalalitha already announced in the assembly that mini buses would be operated in the areas where the normal buses cannot be operated. Minibus services, named Small Bus, aimed at offering connectivity and feeder services in the suburbs and in localities with narrow roads, where the current Chennai Bus Routes are not able to offer their services. On the first phase 50 mini buses are operated from today (Wednesday, October 23, 2013). A minimum of two and maximum of four mini buses will be operated in these routes. The opening ceremony took place at 11am in Nehru indoor stadium, Chennai. The buses were be flagged off by Chief Minister Jayalalitha after attending the ceremony.

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The 50 mini buses will ply in 20 routes. These 50 new mini buses will ply on routes having distance between 6 kms to 10 kms, with a minimum fare of Rs.5. The Chennai Small Bus will have a seating capacity of 27.

The mini bus routes are Pallavaram – Tirusulam Sakthi Nagar, Chromepet – Medavakkam, Chromepet – Madambakkam, Perungulathur – Arungal, Guindy Asargana – Keelkattalai, Guindy – Velachery, SRP Tools – Metukuppam, Ramapuram – Porur, Porur – Pattur, Iyyapanthangal – Kummnanchavadi, Iyyapanthangal – Thiruverkadu, Maduravoyal – Valasaravakkam, Vadapalani – Koyambedu mofussil bus terminus, Vadapalani – Thiru Vi Ka park, Ashok Pillar – Metha Nagar, Ambattur OT – Murugappa Polytechnic, Madhavaram – Retteri Junction and Moolakadai – Manali.

Routes for the mini buses have been finalised, routes are,
1. Ramavaram to Porur.
2. Moolakadai to Manali.
3. Madavaram to Redhills.
4. Guindy to NGO Colony via Kilkattalai.
5. SRP Tools to Mettukuppam.
6. Ashok Pillar to Metha Nagar.
7. Vadapalani to Koyambedu.
8. Pallavaram to Trisulam.
9. Chrompet to Madampakkam via Medavakkam.

The Chennai Minibus Routes which have been announced are listed below :

Route No: S1
From Pallavaram to Tirusulam Sakthi Nagar
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Old Pallavaram, union carbide colony

Route No: S2
From Chromepet to Medavakkam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Indira garden, Nehru nagar, kumaran kundram, asthinapuram, tirumalai nagar, jeyendra nagar, sembakkam, kavurivakkam

Route No: S3
From Chromepet to Madambakkam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Chilapakkam, mahalakshmi nagar, raja keelpakkam, kozhipannai

Route No: S4
From Chromepet to Medavakkam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: MIT, Nehru nagar, kumaran kundram, pallavan driving school, Radha nagar, nemilicherry, Nanmangalam, kovilambakkam

Route No: S5
From Perungalathur to Arungal Village (East of Guduvancheri/Urapakkam)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Oorapakkam, karanai puducherry, karanai kattur

Route No: S11
From Guindy Asarkana to Kilkattalai
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Burma colony, moovarasan pettai

Route No: S12
From Guindy Asarkana to NGO Colony
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Adambakkam, kakkan pallam

Route No: S13
From Guindy to Velachery
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Maduvangarai, NGO colony, Brindhavan nagar, mahalakshmi nagar inner ring road

Route No: S14
From Taramani SRP Tools to Mettukuppam
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Taramani (Tharamani), CTS, amdedkar nagar, Kamaraj nagar, telephone nagar, ellai amman kovil

Route No: S21
From Ramapuram to Porur
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Ramapuram arasamaram, poothapedu, china porur, kaarambakkam

Route No: S22
From Porur to Pattur (Near Mangadu)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Ramachandra hospital,Iyyappanthangal, parani puthur junction

Route No: S23
From Iyyappanthangal to Kumananchavadi
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: SST oil mills, noombal road junction, puliyamedu

Route No: S24
From Iyyappanthangal to Thiruverkadu
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: SRMC, Sathiyalok gurukulam, chettiyar agaram, sivabootha medu, VellapanSavady

Route No: S25
From Maduravoyal to Valasaravakkam
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: AAlapakam Maduravayol junction, menakshi dental college hospital, Government higher secondary school, SS Motors, Arcot road, Allapakkam Junction

Route No: S31
From Vadapalani to C.M.B.T. Koyambedu
Number of Buses: 4
Mini Bus Route Via: Aavichipalli, Virugambakkam, kesavarthini, devi kuppam, ganga nagar, school street, Maduravayol eari karai

Route No: S32
From Vadapalani to Thiru Vi Ka park (Shenoy Nagar)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Ram theatre, Best hospital, vanniyar street, periyar way, anna main road, arun hotel, Aminjikarai

Route No: S33
From Ashok Pillar to Metha Nagar (Aminjikarai)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Puthu high school, Samiyar madam, kodambakkam power house, ponmani marriage hall, keelnagar, thiruvalluvarpuram

Route No: S41
From Ambattur OT to Murugappa Polytechnic (Sathyamurthy Nagar, Avadi)
Number of Buses: 2
Mini Bus Route Via: Valluvar road junction, kulakarai road junction, thirumullaivoyil junction, stateboard hospital

Route No: S61
From Madhavaram to Retteri Junction (Kolathur)
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Kalpana lamp, Birundha garden, prakash garden, kumaran nagar junction, kollathur

Route No: S62
From Moolakadai to Manali
Number of Buses: 3
Mini Bus Route Via: Ambedkar statue, RV Nagar, parvathi nagar, moolachathiram, palgipalayalam, china sekkadu, Manali Market

Each small bus route has about 2 to 4 buses buses, to enable timing of around 1 bus every 10 minutes.

Mini Bus Ticket Fare Charges:
The mini bus routes are having six stages from its starting point to end point. The minimum fare of Rs 5 to maximum fare of Rs 9 will be collected ad ticket charges from the passengers.

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Mini buses ready to roll out in Chennai
Around 40 buses are ready and will be commissioned once Chief Minister Jayalalithaa gives the go ahead. The mini buses will ply on 100 routes. “We have decided on 40 routes for now. More routes will be added in the next phase,” said a transport department official. The buses will be green in colour.
http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/mini-buses-ready-to-roll-out-in-chennai/article5107780.ece

Mini buses on inner Chennai roads from today
While MTC officials refused to talk on the record about the mini bus routes, sources said Nanganallur, Medavakkam and Madipakkam would get the service. So would interior roads of Vadapalani and Saligramam. These growing residential areas have been without last-mile connectivity, and people have been at the mercy of autorickshaws. For residents of Nanganallur, getting to the Guindy bus depot to catch a bus to other parts of the city has been a tough proposition. Similar has been the plight of commuters who live along smaller roads in the newly-added areas of the city.
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-23/chennai/43323574_1_mini-buses-600-buses-mtc

100 minibuses to ply on 26 city routes
This was disclosed to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on urban development, which visited the city on June 9. To a query by the parliamentary panel, the State Government said that it had issued a purchase order for 100 buses. Twenty-five of the mini buses are ready for operation, while 75 more mini buses are expected to be received soon.
http://newindianexpress.com/cities/chennai/100-minibuses-to-ply-on-26-city-routes/2013/06/25/article1650891.ece

Now, ‘small bus’ service in Chennai
At the function, she gave pension benefits to 25 retired transport employees and sanctioned Rs 257 crore of pension benefits to other retired department employees. The State Government plans to set up a second water plant at Gummidipoondi for the Amma Mineral water scheme. Under the scheme, which was launched last September, one litre water bottle is sold at Rs 10 to passengers travelling in long distances buses.
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/news/states/tn-govt-launches-mini-bus-service-in-chennai/article5264328.ece

Routes of Mini Buses in Chennai
Chief Minister Jayalalitha already announced in the assembly that mini buses would be operated in the areas where the normal buses cannot be operated.
http://www.chennaivideo.com/generalnews/routes-of-mini-buses-in-chennai.html#.UmovEHCmh8E

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Court asks State not to interfere with functioning of Anna library

The Madras High Court on Friday said that its interim order of November this year staying until further orders the Tamil Nadu government’s decision to shift the Anna Centenary Library from Kotturpuram here amounted to forbearing the State from proceeding to make any construction for shifting the facility. It also said the present library should function as it is without any sort of interference.

The First Bench comprising Chief Justice M.Y.Eqbal and Justice T.S.Sivagnanam was passing orders on a batch of writ petitions. When the matter came up, no counter affidavit was filed. Advocate-General A.Navaneethakrishnan produced a letter of the Additional Chief Secretary requesting a short adjournment for filing counter. The court allowed the prayer.

The AG sought adjournment after Pongal holidays. The Bench ordered that the case be listed on January 19, 2012.

The Bench said that in its order on November 4 it had stayed the government’s decision to shift the library. “Let it be made clear that this interim direction amounts to forbearing the State from proceeding to make any construction for the purpose of shifting the library. The present library shall function as it is without any sort of interference.”

In a public interest litigation petition, Kavignar Ilayabharathi of Mylapore detailed the salient features of the library. The library was a world class facility with various unique features and was student-friendly. The present building was constructed only for a library. Hence, any attempt to convert it for any other purpose would defeat the actual objective. When the building was constructed specifically for a library after obtaining permission from the Ministry of Environment and Forests, it could not be put to any other use.

He sought to declare the State government’s decision to shift the library and convert the present building into a hospital as null and void.

The petitioner’s counsel, P.Wilson, said after the government’s decision to shift the library from Kotturpuram to the DPI campus at Nungambakkam, there were restrictions for the public to have access to the library. Periodicals and journals were not being acquired.

By another petition, R.Gandhi, senior advocate of Adyar here, sought to forbear the authorities from shifting the library from Kotturpuram to any other place.

Source – The Hindu

Monorail Cell

A monorail cell has also started functioning from within the MTC’s headquarters on Anna Salai.

The monorail system is proposed to constitute a network of four elevated corridors – Vandalur to Puzhal via Avadi (54 km); Vandalur to Velachery via Tambaram East (23 km); Poonamallee to Kathipara via Porur (18 km); and Poonamallee to Vadapalani via Valasarawakkam (16 km).

The list of global consortiums in the fray and eligible to participate in the bidding process for developing the city’s monorail network will be announced next week.

Speaking on the sidelines of a review of monorail and metro rail projects undertaken by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa here on Saturday, a senior official of the State government said that three consortiums are likely to be shortlisted.

Technical criteria

The criteria fixed for demonstrating technical capacity to qualify for the project were – the consortium should have been awarded an urban rail project on DBFOT (Design, Build, Finance, Operate and Transfer) basis with a minimum route length of 37 km within the last three fiscal and a shareholder net worth of Rs.500 crore.

The official said that since “experience in an urban rail project is sufficient,” the consortiums need not be necessarily operating an existing monorail system.

Financial bidding

The ‘qualified’ applicants would enter a round of financial bidding.

A two month period would be given to prepare a Detailed Project Report on the implementation of a monorail system along four elevated corridors, totalling 111-km, which has already been identified by the government.

The entity that quotes the lowest user fare structure and expects the least amount of concessions from the State government is expected to be nominated as the ‘monorail operator’.

The Request For Quotation (RFQ) floated by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation, which is the nodal agency for the implementation of the Chennai Monorail project, says that a comparatively short time span would be provided for submission of the bids.

Source:  The Hindu

CUTTING DOWN WAITING TIME

One-stop go at Gemini soon
Dedicated Lanes & Simultaneous Movement Of Vehicles On Anna Flyover To Enable Free Flow Of Traffic.

Waiting time under Anna flyover at the Gemini junction may soon reduce with the highways department planning to redirect the flow of traffic, remove the roundabout, and create more lanes. The department sent a cost estimate to the transport secretary for approval on Monday.

More than 20,000 cars use the Anna Salai-Nungambakkam High Road junction at Gemini every hour during peak traffic. The highways department has approved a proposal from a non-governmental organisation Chennai City Connect to change the flow of traffic and replace the ro u n d ab o u t with eight traffic islands.

The plan is to dedicate separate lanes for vehicles taking a right from Cathedral Road towards Thousand Lights on Anna Salai and for those turning right from Nungambakkam High Road onto Anna Salai towards Teynampet. The movement of vehicles in both these directions will be at the same time.

“The traffic density is the highest in these directions,” said Mark Selvaraj, technical director of Landtech Engineers Pvt Ltd, consultants for the project. “This will reduce the pile-up of vehicles at the junction,” he said.

The current six signal phases will be reduced to three. The roundabout will be removed to make space for more lanes. Instead, eight traffic islands will be created and the horse statue will have to be relocated. The traffic islands will segregate vehicles moving in different directions. “They will also act as a refuge for pedestrians trying to cross the road,” said Selvaraj.

Currently, all traffic going from Nungambakkam to Teynampet, Cathedral Road to Thousand Lights and beachbound traffic from G N Chetty Road have to wait at two signals before they can leave the intersection. “Not only do traffic police require more manpower but the signals also make vehicles wait longer,” said Selvaraj.

According to the highways department, the project cost is estimated to be around 90 lakh. “The changes have been welcomed by the traffic police and our engineers. The budget is not a problem and we expect approval from state government soon,” said a senior highway official. “The transport minister did express his concern over the loss of aesthetic value,” he said.

Selvaraj said the changes have been designed on a shortterm basis with quick benefits. “The islands can be beautified according to international standards and the changes can be implemented in three weeks,” he said.

PROPOSED SYSTEM

Phase 1 | The right turn | Vehicles taking a right from Nungambakkam High Road to Teynampet and from Cathedral Road to Thousand Lights will move at the same time. By allowing vehicles in these two directions to flow simultaneously, backlog of vehicles is reduced to a great extent

Phase 2 | Straight forward | Vehicles from Nungambakkam High Road to Cathedral Road and vice versa will move simultaneously

Phase 3 | G N Chetty Rd and ahead | Vehicles going from G N Chetty Road to Thousand Lights and Cathedral Road will travel at the same time

Source – Times Of India

Bridge across Ennore creek to link Ponneri and Minjur with city

Thousands of residents of northern parts like Ponneri and Minjur who travel to the city will soon be able to cut down their daily commute by more than 25 km, thanks to a bridge coming up across the Ennore Creek.

The bridge will also make a trip from Chennai Central to Pulicat Lake —now a distance of 66 km — shorter by one-third. Piling work will begin on Monday for the 670-metre bridge to be built on pillars across the water body.

At present, residents of Minjur travel 40 km to reach Chennai Central, while those of Ponneri commute 48 km. The new bridge will bring down the travelling time by more than one hour, as the distance would be brought down by 25 km to 27 km.

The Rs 52.6-crore bridge would connect Ennore High Road off the coastline, with North Chennai Thermal Power Station at the northern end of the creek. The two lane bridge will have approach roads for about 1.7 km on either side of Ennore High Road and near the thermal power station. It will be a two-year demand of residents fulfilled.

Highways officials said preliminary works for the project were in progress. “We have begun work on the embankment near the thermal plant. We are putting up a working platform in the backwaters. Once the pile foundation is complete, the work will be in full swing,” said a senior official. As many as 24 fishing hamlets near Ennore creek will benefit out of this project.
In the absence of such a link, motorists have to go through Ennore High Road, Manali High Road and Tiruvottiyur-Ponneri-Panchetty Road to reach the thermal station, for about 24 km to reach the other side to Minjur and Ponneri. Pulicat, a major tourist attraction of north Chennai, is only 12 km from Ponneri, but it has not developed as a major getaway travel for the city dwellers because of the distance. Pulicat may get more visitors from the city as the bridge will cut down the distance by more than 20 km.

Besides people working in the city, those from fishing hamlets such as Ennore Kuppam, Thalangkuppam, Nettu Kuppam, Mugadwara Kuppam, Chinna Kuppam, Aathu Kuppam and Thaduvankarai will benefit from the project.

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City to more than double its size in a few weeks

The proposed expansion of Chennai city is gathering pace and is likely to be completed in a few weeks from now. A high-level committee led by the chief engineer (general) was set up on Friday to ensure that the expansion goes smoothly, ahead of the local body elections in October.

The committee includes law officers, council secretary, assistant commissioner (general administration and personnel), district revenue officer (land and estate), chief engineer (buildings and bridges), superintending engineer (bus route roads), revenue officer and health officer. Constituted by corporation commissioner D Karthikeyan, it will play a major role in organising the merger of 42 local bodies with the city corporation.

“The committee will look into the various modules of expansion, including zones and wards, as well as providing adequate infrastructure. It will also look into movable and immovable properties in these local bodies,” said a senior official. The members of the committee will meet periodically and hold discussions before coming out with a blueprint.

Currently, the corporation’s 30-point agenda covers roads, bridges, buildings, audit account, birth, death and solid waste management, submitted by the local bodies last year. The committee is likely to submit its report before July 20.
The delimitation of wards will be crucial to the expansion. The corporation set the boundaries for the delimitation based on Census 2001. A special geographical information system (GIS) cell at Ripon Buildings worked on the boundaries using Google maps, a web-mapping service application from the popular search engine. The nine municipalities, eight town panchayats and 25 village panchayats were given prints of these maps to mark boundaries. “These were then converted through GIS software and georeference boundaries were developed,” an official said.

In the expanded corporation, Kathivakkam, which now has 24 councillors,will have just two, while neighbouring Tiruvottiyur, now represented by 48 members, will have 12. Manali and Madhavaram municipalities will have 3 and 7 wards. In south Chennai, Alandur will top the list with eight wards, while the rest get one to three wards.

Source – Times Of India         - Julie Mariappan | TNN

Chennai Mono Rail

CHENNAI METRO RAIL SOURCES SAID THE EXISTING 45-KM CORRIDOR OF METRO RAIL WHERE WORKS WERE ON AND CONTRACTS AWARDED WOULD BE COMPLETED AS PER SCHEDULE. THE REMAINING CORRIDORS, WHERE METRO WAS SUPPOSED TO HAVE BEEN BUILT, MAY BE CONVERTED INTO MONORAIL ROUTES.

COST: MONO | Rs 45 crore to Rs 50 crore per km – METRO |Nearly Rs 300 crore per km of underground line

WEIGHT: MONO | A coach weighs six to 10 tonnes – METRO | A coach weighs 45 tonnes

RADIUS OF CURVATURE: MONO | Has lowest radius of 20 to 30 metres and can negotiate sharp curves of 90 degrees with ease – METRO | Radius is much more because trains run on standard gauge

CAPACITY: MONO | Only 10,000 commuters per hour – METRO | Can carry 30,000 commuters per hour

POWER DEMAND: MONO | Generates own power and does not require power from the grid. Source of power is combination of battery, solar, CNG genset and series of regenerative braking motors attached to wheel sets – METRO | Will require 25KV power which will be drawn through overhead power cable. Around 70MW will be used for two corridors

LAND NEEDED: MONO | Land requirement is less. Network can be built along medians and dividers and stations can be accessed from staircases or elevators that can be built on vacant land on the footpath or along the road – METRO | Land requirement is huge. Lines can be constructed along medians but stations are huge complexes that will straddle the entire width of the road. Chennai Metro Rail has minimised land requirement by positioning the line and stations mostly on government land

COMPLETION TIME: MONO | Can be installed and commissioned in 24 months – METRO | A 23-km corridor can be laid out in only four years.

Govt Plans 111-km Monorail Network In City. Metro Rail Phase-1 Work On, But Expansion Put On Hold. The state government has decided that monorail and not metro rail is best suited to solve the growing traffic woes in the city and has planned a comprehensive network to decongest it.

Though opinions differ over what is the best mode of mass rapid transit system for the city, those in favour of monorail say it is the best for a city with narrow roads and which requires a quick solution for its mounting traffic problems.

Monorail, those in favour of it say, is not cost intensive and can be constructed in six months. It involves rubber-tyred trains running on a horizontal concrete beam. Once implemented, Chennai will have a monorail network similar to those in cities in the US, Australia, Japan, China and Malaysia.

Though Chennai Mono Rail can only carry 10,000 commuters an hour against the metro’s capacity of 30,000 an hour, Frazer Nash, a monorail firm that did a study, says monorail’s capacity can be increased by operating more trains at intervals of 1.55 minutes.

Chennai Metro Rail sources said the existing 45-km corridor of metro rail where works were on and contracts awarded would be completed as per schedule. The remaining corridors, where metro was supposed to have been built, may be converted into monorail routes, they said.

Two corridors of metro rail are under construction—Washermenpet to airport via Anna Salai and Chennai Central to St Thomas Mount via Poonamallee High Road and 100 Feet Road—in phase one.
The previous government had approved three more lines—M o o l a k a d a i – T i r u m a n g a l a m , Moolakadai-Tiruvanmiyur and Luz-Poonamallee via Iyyappanthangal—for construction under phase two of the project.

As Chennai Metro rail hadn’t commenced feasibility studies for the new lines, the state government would take a decision on whether metro rail should be constructed on these routes, the sources said. The state government has announced plans to introduce monorail across Chennai to reduce traffic congestion and to increase the share of public transport in the urban transport network. The aim is to increase the share of public transport in Chennai from 27% to 46% by 2026.

This heralds a marked difference in the policy over the type of mass rapid transit system to be implemented in the city. The previous DMK government preferred metro rail and planned to implement it in phases across the city.

The announcement on Friday by the governor shows the new government will revive a monorail project that was supposed to have been implemented six years ago. In 2006, the AIADMK government headed by Jayalalithaa scrapped a proposal for a metro rail and tried to introduce monorail. Studies were conducted to lay a 300-km network with Parrys as the hub.

Bids were invited but the project was stalled because a court ordered that bids should not be awarded without its permission after a public interest litigation was filed against the project. Some of the routes considered for the monorail network were Parrys to Kelambakkam, Guduvancherry via airport, Kundrathur, Tirunindravur, Minjur, Karanai and others. A couple of feeder routes criss-crossing the city along narrow lanes were also proposed to connect with the main monorail lines.

Source – Times Of India