Chennai buzz: GCC releases final electoral rolls | Executive lounge inaugurated in Central station…and more

In other news from Chennai: Metro tickets are available on WhatsApp by scanning a QR code, bird survey to start on January 27 in Chennai.

Final electoral rolls: Chennai has 39 lakh voters

The Greater Chennai Corporation has published the electoral rolls after the final summary revision for 2024 and the number of voters in Chennai district stand at 39.01 lakh in 16 assembly constituencies. Women voters have outnumbered men since there are 3,14,85,724 women electors as opposed to 3,03,96,330 men. According to the Electoral Officer, in total, Tamil Nadu has 6.18 crore voters, with the constituency of Sholinganallur in Chengalpet district recording the highest number of voters. In Chennai, Velachery has the largest electorate in the city with more than 3 lakh registered voters. Those who want to check their names in the final rolls can log on to the website,

Sources: The Hindu | The Times of India

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Executive lounge opened at Chennai Central station

The Puratchi Thalaivar Dr MG Ramachandran Central Railway Station, popularly known as Chennai Central, now has an executive lounge that is a welcome addition for passengers at the station. The state-of-art lounge similar to the ones in airports, is located on the main concourse at platform number 6 and has a wide range of facilities available for both families and individuals travelling alone. These include 112 single sofas and 10 recliners. There are also 18 single-sleeping pods and four double-sleeping pods. Vegetarian and non-vegetarian food is also available through a buffet at the lounge. The space has restrooms for men and women, and separate showering and changing spaces, apart from luggage racks.

Source: The Indian Express

Metro tickets now available on WhatsApp by scanning QR code

The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has introduced a new service through which commuters can get their tickets on WhatsApp by scanning a QR code. This service was launched in Guindy station on Wednesday, January 24 and was piloted in the Koyambedu and Airport stations initially, with an aim of phasing out paper QR code tickets and tokens. This is how the service works: commuters have to inform the staff at the counter about their destination and number of tickets they want to purchase. Then, they punch in their mobile numbers on a keypad, which is connected to a computer. A QR code is sent to the person’s WhatsApp, which can be used to get in to the platforms. According to CMRL officials, this facility has been launched to bring down the usage of paper and encourage passengers to do the same.

Source: The Times of India

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NGT directs GCC to drop eco-park plan in Pallikaranai

The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has asked the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) to find a different location for the proposed eco-park in Pallikaranai and restore the marshland to its original state. The eco-park was supposed to come up on a 100-acre land, where biomining to remove legacy waste from the Perungudi dumping yard had been undertaken, The NGT directed the corporation authorities to remove encroachment by various entities and focus on restoration of the Pallikaranai marshland.

Source: DT Next

Bird survey to be taken up in 15 wetlands

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Many lakes in Chennai will be included in the bird survey. Pic courtesy: Chitlapakkam Rising

The Tamil Nadu Forest Department will commence a synchronised survey to record the bird population in different parts of the State. In the first phase of the survey about 15 wetlands in and around Chennai will be examined on January 27 and 28. The wetlands that are included in the study are Korattur Lake, Adyar estuary, Ambattur Lake, Vandalur, Chitlapakkam, Perumbakkam, Porur and Velachery lakes. Bird surveys will also be done at the Ennore and Adyar rivers.

Source: The Hindu

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