Kasimedu fishing harbour to be modernised
Funds worth Rs 98 crore have been sanctioned by the union government for the modernisation of the Kasimedu fishing harbour. The total cost of the modernisation project is Rs 127 crore. The remaining funds will be contributed by the Fishing Harbour Management Committee (FHMG).
The project is expected to be carried out in six phases, with the deadline in 2025. Work on the first phase will begin shortly. Plans for the upgrade include the construction of a fish handling complex, boar repair facility, cold storage facility, improved drinking water facilities and proper waste management.
Source: The Hindu
Road repair by CMRL
The Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has begun undertaking repair work on roads where the construction of Phase II has been taking place. This is part of the department’s work on monsoon mitigation along with various other agencies in Chennai.
The areas where road repair work is being carried out include Poonamallee High Road, Madhavaram Highway, Medavakkam Road, Perumbakkam Road, Arcot Road and Thiruvottiyur Highway.
CMRL also plans to take steps to ensure that the roads remain usable during this period and ensure that there is free flow of traffic and minimal impact for commuters.
Draft voters list for Chennai released
The draft voters list has been released for Chennai, with the list being open for additions, deletions or changes until January 1, 2024. Chennaiites can access the draft voter list to check their details across all polling booths and zonal offices in the city.
Request for changes must be submitted to the zonal officer or polling officer with necessary supporting documents. The time frame for this is between October 27 to December 9. Application for updation can also be made online at https://voters.eci.gov.in/. Camps are also being planned for four dates in November to aid voters in updating the list.
According to the draft voters list, there are a total of 38,68,178 voters across Chennai. The total number of polling booths in Chennai stands at 3,719.
Source: The New Indian Express
Poor air quality in Chennai
Air quality levels in Chennai took a turn for the worse due to the temporary impact of cyclone Hamoon this week. The AQI readings for the city stood at 121 and 127 on October 24 and 25 respectively. The average reading earlier this week stood at 109.
Experts suggested that the cyclone impacted the flow of wind from the north, resulting in delayed dispersion of pollutants in the air in the city. Perungudi and Manali stations recorded the worst air quality with AQI readings of 192 and 152 on October 26.
In view of worsening air quality, the pollution control board is expected to launch awareness campaigns in the city ahead of Diwali.
Waste management privatisation progresses in Tambaram
The management of solid waste has been assumed by the private contractor for Tambaram Corporation across all five zones. Our Land Engineering Works was appointed as the contractor for waste management. The handing over of the operations has been taking place in a phased manner since June of this year.
Operations first began across three zones before expanding to the fourth and fifth zones. A total of 400 vehicles, including light and heavy vehicles are being used to carry out the waste management operations. Both domestic and commercial waste are being dealt with.
Source segregation and door-to-door collection have also been mandated across all zones.
Source: The Hindu
[Compiled by Aruna Natarajan]