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Voting now open for Smart City neighbourhood

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CHENNAI: Chennaiites can now cast their votes to select the neighbourhoods shortlisted for the ‘smart city’ project — T Nagar, Sholinganallur, Mylapore and George Town.

Corporation officials said people could vote by logging on to mygov.in or www.chennaicorporation.gov.in or obtain the polling paper from the 15 zonal offices.

Officials said proposals, including parking management, transit-oriented development, bus rapid transit system, multi-modal integration, LED street lighting, waste reduction and recycling, and intelligent traffic management, were shortlisted for the pan city component.

“We will finalise one neighbourhood from the four shortlisted areas based on voting from residents across the city” said a senior corporation official.

Till the time of filing of this report, T Nagar received the maximum votes followed by George Town. Most residents voted for non-motorized transport (disabled-friendly footpath, cycle track, etc.), multi-modal integration, waste reduction and recycling, intelligent LED street lighting, and transit oriented development.

To make it to the first list of 20 cities, which is to be released by the central government next year, a city has to formulate a ‘smart city challenge mission proposal’. If selected, each smart city can carry out development work worth 1,000 crore over five years.

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Corporation served notice on illegal ECR roads

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CHENNAI: The state environment department has issued a notice to the city corporation, directing it to take necessary action on 10 illegal roads between Thiruvanmiyur and Muttukadu along East Coast Road as highlighted in a report by Coastal Resource Centre, an NGO. The roads were laid violating the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms.

The communique dated November 4 was given based on a report by Coastal Resource Centre director H Malleshappa, also member secretary of TN state coastal zone management authority.

Alleging that 5.8km of beach space was lost to the roads, the report documented an RTI reply by the corporation saying some of the roads were laid without obtaining prior approval.

Malleshappa mentioned minutes of the meeting of the State Coastal Zone Management Authority which instructs the District Coastal Zone Management Authority.

“Despite being responsible for checking violations, the corporation has been directly involved and/or abetted these violations. Despite CRZ norms in place laying of unsanctioned roads is rampant,” said Pooja Kumar, a member of CRC.

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Autodriver returns 1.5kg of silver items, lauded by police

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CHENNAI: Two auto drivers returned 1.5 kg of silver and a lap top in two separate incidents in Vepery and Kilpauk on Wednesday night.

At Periamet auto driver Amulraj, 42, ferried a passenger from Flower Bazaar to Purasaiwalkam.

The passenger who got down at Dr Alagappa Road, failed to take his bag while alighting from the auto, as he was busy with a phone call. The auto driver who rode away noticed a bag on the back seat and found it contained silver items. He later went looking for the passenger but in vain. He approached the Vepery police station and handed over the valuables to personnel there. He was lauded by the city police commissioner for his good work.

In another incident, in Kilpauk, a 52-year-old auto driver returned a laptop left behind by a passengers.

Around 10pm, police said, Triplicane resident Venkatesan, was on Taylors Road in Kilpauk when a woman named Jeyageetha, 48, flagged him down. Later, after she got off, Jeyageetha, who works with a private bank, noticed the laptop missing and alerted the police control room. Meanwhile, membersenkatesan noticed the laptop and tried to locate the woman’s house in vain. He handed it over to the Kilpauk police at 11.30pm.

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