QChennai: New Bridges Soon; ‘Kaala’ Sold Out Only for First 2 Days
Here are the top headlines from in and around Chennai.
1. New Bridges to Help Chennai Wrest Free of Choking Traffic
Giving a boost to the road infrastructure in Chennai, the Tamil Nadu government announced construction of new bridges at certain places in order to ease congestion, besides mitigating the flood woes.
Minister for Municipal Administration, Rural Development and Special Programme Implementation SP Velumani told the Assembly on Monday, 4 June, three new bridges would come up at Amullaivayal, Vadaperumbakkam and Burma Nagar across the surplus canal of Puzhal lake. These bridges are to be constructed at a cost of Rs 44.25 crore.
Apart from giving a fillip to the road infrastructure, the proposed bridges would help mitigate the woes of the public during monsoon as the sub-paths in these areas were prone to be flooded. Another bridge is proposed to be constructed at Elephant Gate replacing the existing one which is in a damaged condition.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
2. ‘Kaala’ Tickets Sold Out Only for First Two Days
Theatres and multiplex owners across Tamil Nadu who have opened bookings for Rajinikanth-starrer Kaala said they have witnessed an unusual trend for a superstar movie with tickets for only the first two days sold out. Tickets for weekend shows were still available in many theatres across the State, they said.
The promoter of one of the largest theatres in Chennai said: “Tickets get sold like hot cakes for the first five days for any Rajinikanth film. But this time, we have sold full houses only for the first two days.”
At Mayajaal Cinemas, the bookings opened on Sunday, 3 June. Its managing director Udeep B said, “Opening day (Thursday) shows are sold out. Tickets are available for the weekend. But it will get filled up before Thursday.”
Nikilesh Surya, executive director, Rohini Silver Screens, said: “Tickets for all shows on the first day have almost been completely sold out. The next day being a weekday, the response hasn’t been the same.”
(Source: The Hindu)
3. Governor’s Family Pay for Meals at Raj Bhavan as Part of Austerity Drive
For the first time in the history of Raj Bhavan, the expenditure towards housekeeping, travel of the governor, kitchen maintenance, electricity, etc, has been drastically cut as part of austerity measures initiated by Governor Banwarilal Purohit since he took office on 6 October last year.
To begin with, the governor and his family members pay for their meals at the Raj Bhavan. For breakfast they are charged Rs 50 per head and for lunch and dinner Rs 80 per head. If relatives visit him, the governor pays for their food.
A top Raj Bhavan official said the expenditure for 2015-16 stood at Rs 1.33 crore and it rose to Rs 1.43 crore during 2016-17. It further rose to Rs 1.68 crore between April to September 2017.
(Source: The New Indian Express)
4. Only Anti-Social Elements Arrested in Tuticorin: K Palaniswami
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Monday, 4 June, said the Tuticorin police are arresting only those persons who indulged in arson and violence on 22 May.
Speaking in the Assembly, he noted that Tamil Nadu "is the only state witnessing large number of protests in the country" and "protection is given to the people to such an extent.”
Palaniswami said permission and protection is given to genuine protestors who want to serve the people or secure their rights from the government.
"We are showing such persons as anti-social elements and not the general public," Palaniswami said.
5. With 12 Women Judges, Madras HC Tops Charts
The number of women judges in the Madras High Court has touched the dozen mark, with the induction of Justice PT Asha on Monday, 4 June. Now the chartered Madras High Court has maximum number of women judges in the country.
On Monday, Chief Justice Indira Banerjee administered the oath office to a total of seven additional judges, including Justice Asha. With their arrival, the sitting strength of judges has increased from 56 to 63, as against the sanctioned strength of 75.
Among others, Justice Nirmal Kumar, a Madras Law College alumnus, initially worked in the Central Excise Department before enrolling as a lawyer in 1997.
(Source: The Times of India)
6. Metro Rail to Begin Tapping Solar Energy at Saidapet
Chennai Metro Rail will tap solar energy for all underground stations and select elevated stations in the coming months. Initially, they estimate to generate about 1.25 MW from this project and it will partially help in supplementing the power requirements of the station. However, officials did not disclose the estimated cost of the project.
For a start, the Saidapet bus station will be integrated with the underground Metro Rail station and solar panels will be installed on the roof of both structures.
According to a Chennai Metro Rail Limited official, the work to integrate the bus and rail stations and installation of solar panels will begin in 10-15 days. “We will integrate it in such a way that commuters exiting the Saidapet station can easily get to the bus station. Since it is a functional bus stop, it may take a few months to complete the work,” an official said.
(Source: The Hindu)
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