Chennai Buzz: Second domestic terminal at airport | Clean-up along banks of Adyar..and more!

More news in this weekly recap: Projects launched for clean air in Chennai; Metro's Poonamallee depot to be ready next year.

Projects for clean air to be launched in Chennai

The Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will initiate a slew of schemes to improve air quality in the city. The projects in the pipeline include mechanised cleaning of polluted roads, robust policy for non-motorised transport and revamping of on-street parking in the city. The civic body will also look to create more dedicated cycle tracks across the city. 

A city-based NGO also submitted a memorandum to the civic body on the efforts to clean up the air in the city. The memorandum called for the shelving of some of the projects of the civic body such as the waste incineration projects and the creation of more multi-level parking facilities. 

Source: The Hindu

Read more: Polluted Chennai rivers call CRRT’s restoration strategy into question

Clean-up drive along banks of Adyar

The civic body has undertaken a clean-up drive along the banks of the Adyar river in the run-up to the northeast monsoon. The clean-up drive covers various parts of the banks of the river and will involve the removal of accumulated garbage. The work is being closely monitored by officials of the civic body.

The area being cleaned up will cover areas along the river like Srinivasapuram and Saidapet. The civic body will work with private waste management contractor Urbaser Sumeet to undertake the work. 

Source: The Times of India

Metro rail depot to come up in Poonamallee

A depot for Metro rail with facilities for parking three and six-car trains and for purposes such as repair and inspection will come up in Poonamalle. The depot will also have a control centre for monitoring the trains. The depot is expected to be completed within a year. The depot will also be used for testing driverless trains. The estimated cost of the depot is Rs 225 crore. 

The depot will be spread over 15.3 hectares. The depot will service trains that run in the stretches between Lighthouse, T Nagar, Nandanam, all the way up to Porur. A second such depot is also expected to be constructed in Madhavaram spread over 27.8 hectares. 

Source: The Times of India

Read more: Chennai Airport a den of chaos and confusion for passengers

Two domestic terminals at Chennai airport

Come October, the city could have two domestic terminals at the airport. After the shifting of international operations to the newly inaugurated T2 terminal, the old international terminal will be converted to serve as a second domestic terminal. Work to convert the terminal is being carried out by the Airports Authority of India (AAI). 

The second terminal is expected to ease congestion and reduce long queues for passengers, especially during peak hours. Airlines will be assigned one of the two terminals and signage and communication will be made accordingly. The terminal is expected to be fully operational in the next month. 

Source: The Hindu

Accessibility audit for Kilambakkam bus terminus awaits CMDA approval 

The accessibility audit for the upcoming bus terminus at Kilambakkam has been delayed due to awaiting the approval of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA). The accessibility audit will inspect the various facilities at the bus terminus such as the presence of ramps, wheelchair-accessibility, braille signage and handrails. 

kilambakkam bus terminus
Kilambakkam bus terminus to be accessed for accesibility. Pic : TNDIPR

The audit is to be carried out jointly by the CMDA along with the Directorate for Welfare of Differently-abled. The audit will check for the facility’s compliance with stipulations stated in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016.

The CMDA has assured the completion of the audit before the opening of the bus terminus. 

Source: The New Indian Express

[Compiled by Aruna Natarajan]

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