Chennai Buzz: New Playgrounds in Town | Cloth bag vending machines at 25 locations… and more!

Chennai will have 28 new playgrounds. Photo: Ajith Kumar

GCC will create 28 new playgrounds

In a welcome move, Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) has planned to build 28 new playgrounds with several amenities across the city. It would be made free to the public. A sum of Rs 29.4 crore has been allocated to construct the playgrounds.

Ten of these playgrounds will see the light of day in the first phase of the project. In an effort to make it more accessible to people from economically weaker sections, the GCC planned to locate these lands near the Urban Habitat Development Board settlements. As a pilot project, a playground has been created near the buildings of KP Park at Pulianthope in North Chennai. Playgrounds will have covered compound walls, floodlights and lawns dedicated to outdoor games such as football, hockey and cricket in addition to unisex toilets, an audience booth with shelter, trees on the periphery for shade, a walking track and a 24/7 water supply. .

Source: The Times of India

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Chennai Police get first all-female bagpipe band

For the first of its kind, the Greater Chennai Police have created a new music group consisting solely of pipers and percussionists. The department had a male pipe band with an armed reserve unit in the city police until 2015. However, it was disbanded as police personnel were transferred to other locations.

While the Greater Chennai Police has a group of male police officers who play clarinet and other instruments, the group consisting of 34 female police officers from Tamil Nadu Special Personnel in the Armed Reserve Police, who play bagpipes and battery, was created for the first time. The department said the all-women group would be deployed in ceremonial parades and other police-organized events.

Source: The Hindu

Verification of commercial properties by October

GCC must complete verification of commercial properties by October. Photo: L Vivian Richard/Wikimedia Commons

In a bid to increase the number of professional taxpayers in the city, the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) will complete door-to-door verification of commercial properties by October. Following the initiatives taken by the civic body over the past five months, the number of professional taxpayers has risen to 1.63 lakh from 1.16 lakh before the implementation of the new initiatives.

It is expected to reach 2 lakh after verification of commercial buildings and office spaces in the 15 areas of the city. Officials have been instructed to complete verification of all properties marked as commercial in the Geographic Information System (GIS) survey within two months.

Source: The Hindu

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Alternative uses of the bus terminal in Koyambedu

An urban space with a cultural center is likely to emerge at the sprawling Koyambedu bus terminal. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) will develop the main land following the state government’s decision to move intercity bus services out of Koyambedu once operations start in other areas.

The sprawling 36-acre CMBT Bus Terminal structure, which was opened in 2002 at a cost of Rs 103 crore, will be demolished and rebuilt as CMDA nears completion of bus depots in Kilambakkam, Kuthambakkam and Madhavaram at a combined cost of Rs 815 crore.

Some of the proposals under consideration include a park, a cultural center and a museum. A final decision would be taken after a rationalization study of MTC bus routes with a view to relocating the bus stop. Although the CMBT will be moved, MTC bus operations will continue, officials said.

Source: The Times of India

Cloth bag vending machines at 25 locations in Chennai

Supriya Sahu IAS with school children, promoting Manjappai
The Meendum Manjappai campaign aims to motivate people to abandon the use of plastic bags and return to the traditional eco-friendly yellow cloth bags. Photo: @supriyasahuias/Twitter

As part of the Meendum Manjappai campaign, cotton cloth bag vending machines are to be placed in another 25 locations in Chennai. Addressing officials after a review meeting at the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) headquarters, Environment and Climate Change Minister Siva V Meyyanathan said the initiative was aimed at discouraging the public from using plastic bags.

Large schools would also be encouraged to set up biomethanation plants to use organic waste to produce gas and use it in their kitchens or to generate electricity. Additionally, the government is also planning to host an exhibition of eco-friendly products that are alternatives to plastics in September.

Source: The Hindu

[Compiled by Shobana Radhakrishnan]

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