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Chennai Hyderabad January 25, 26 Highlights: Traffic diversions in Chennai’s Anna Salai on Jan 27 for inauguration of Jayalalithaa’s memorial

Tamil Nadu Telangana Coronavirus Assembly Elections 2021 January 25, 26 Highlights: The road between Light House and War Memorial along Chennai's Kamarajar Salai will be closed from 6 am and will be reopened following the event.

Written by Rahul V Pisharody , Janardhan Koushik , Shivani Ramakrishnan | Chennai, Hyderabad |
Updated: January 27, 2021 9:01:18 am
Jayalalithaa had mood swings during hospitalisation: Doctor to panelFormer Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa.

Tamil Nadu Telangana Assembly Elections COVID-19 January 25, 26 Highlights: The Greater Chennai Traffic Police has announced that traffic will be diverted in Chennai on Wednesday from 6 am till the end of the function owing to the inauguration of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa’s memorial near the Labour Statue along Kamaraj Salai. The road between Light House and War Memorial along Chennai’s Kamarajar Salai will be closed from 6 am and will be reopened following the event.

The memorial will be unveiled on January 27 by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. As per a government release, alongside the Deputy chief minister O Pannerselvam, Tamil Nadu cabinet ministers, Parliament members, senior party functionaries will take part in the event which is scheduled to start around 11 am.

Spread over 50,000 square feet, the structure is built at a cost of Rs 79.75 crore alongside the Marina Beach in Chennai. The giant structure is right behind the memorial of former chief minister MG Ramachandran (MGR).

Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Governor Banwarilal Purohit led the 72nd Republic Day celebrations in Chennai today. A total of 20 police officers from the Tamil Nadu Police force will be presented with medals in recognition of their service amid Republic Day celebrations in Tamil Nadu today.

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17:34 (IST)26 Jan 2021
EPS distributes prizes, medals during Republic Day celebrations in Chennai

The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday with Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurling the tricolour at Chennai's Marina Beach. 

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami gave away medals and prizes including the Anna Medal for Gallantry, Kottai Ameer award for communal harmony, best performing farmer producer company and the Chief Minister's Trophies for the best police stations.

The winners of the Anna Medal for gallantry were P Mullai, a government high school teacher, loco pilot J Suresh of Vaigai Express and veterinary assistant surgeon Dr A Prakash. (PTI)

17:31 (IST)26 Jan 2021
Cultural programs, parades mark Republic Day in Tamil Nadu.

The 72nd Republic Day was celebrated in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday with Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurling the tricolour at Chennai's Marina Beach. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami gave away medals, including for gallantry and communal harmony to various recipients.
Colourful cultural programmes depicting India's diversity from different states including Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Telangana were performed at the event while a few floats were also taken out to mark the day.

The floats of 17 government departments including Police, Information and Public Relations, School Education and Health and Family Welfare were taken out in procession

Governor Purohit laid a wreath at the War Memorial on the occasion and took the salute during the Republic Day parade in Chennai. (PTI)

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Traffic to be diverted in Chennai on Wednesday during inauguration of Jayalalithaa's memorial

The Greater Chennai Traffic Police has announced that traffic will be diverted in Chennai on Wednesday from 6 am till the end of the function owing to the inauguration of late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa's memorial near the Labour Statue along Kamaraj Salai. The road between Light House and War Memorial along Chennai's Kamarajar Salai will be closed from 6 am and will be reopened following the event.

All commercial vehicles heading towards Broadway from Adyar along Kamarajar Salai will be diverted at Greenways Point towards R.K. Mutt Road, V.K. Iyer Road, Devanathan Street, St. Mary’s Road, R.K. Mutt Road, Luz Junction, Luz Church Road, Royapettah High Road, Royapettah Tower Clock, General Peters Road, Anna Salai to reach Broadway. All other vehicles from Adyar, including MTC Buses will be diverted at Santhome High Road - Kutchery Road Junction towards Kutchery Road. These vehicles can reach Broadway via Kutchery Road, Luz Junction, Luz Church Road, Royapettah High Road, Royapettah Tower Clock, General Peters Road and Anna Salai.

MTC buses travelling along Route 27D on Dr. Radhakrishnan Salai and heading towards Gandhi Statue will be diverted at Dr. R.K. Salai - V.M. Street Junction towards V.M. Street and can reach Foreshore Estate via Royapettah High Road, Luz Junction, R.K. Mutt Road, Mandaveli Junction, South Canal Bank Road and Srinivasapuram.

MTC buses plying along route 21G from Luz Junction towards Gandhi Statue will be diverted via Nilgiris Junction- left –Musci academy-GRH. Roypettah Tower Clock, Whites Road, Smith Road and Anna Salai to reach Broadway.

Vehicles heading towards Gandhi Statue will not be allowed beyond Dr. R.K. Salai - Dr. Natesan Road Junction and will be diverted towards Dr. Natesan Road to Karaneeshwar Koil Junction. Vehicles will not be allowed beyond Wallajah Road - Bells Road Junction (except M.T.C. Buses) towards Kamarajar Salai and will instead, be diverted towards Tiruvallikeni highroad. 

Anna Square Bus Terminus will be temporarily shifted to Raja Annamalai Mandram.

Vehicles heading towards from Parry's will be diverted at R.B.I. Sub-way (North) towards Raja Annamalai Mandram. Commuters can travel via Muthusamy Point, Wallajah Point, Anna Salai, Anna Statue, General Patters Road, Royapettah Tower Clock, Royapettah High Road, Luz Junction, RK Mutt Road, Greenways Point and T.V.Ka Bridge to reach Adyar.

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“I take this opportunity to assure all the stakeholders that the Judiciary will keep working with dedication and sincerity by interpreting and implementing the mandate of the Constitution of India, in the best interest and highest good of the public, Chief Justice of Telangana High Court, Justice Hima Kohli said during her address. 

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The Special Chief Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Secretaries, Additional Secretaries, Joint Secretaries and Deputy Secretaries, Secretariat Officers and Staff Members were attended in the program.

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"The state government with full dedication, determination and commitment has successfully been able to reconstruct and rebuild the state. Though a newly born state, Telangana has achieved great success in several sectors and has been attracting the attention of the entire country and became a role model that is ‘Telangana Model’. Strong foundations are being laid for a Bangaru Telangana, where there is no hunger, no suicides, and where there is bountiful of peace and happiness, wealth and prosperity. With the support and cooperation of people, I am confident that this YAGNA of progress and development would be taken forward by the state government with unparalleled commitment and wholehearted dedication," she said in her Republic Day address.

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For assistance on COVID-19-related queries and mental health support in Chennai, citizens can contact the Greater Chennai Corporation's (GCC) COVID-19 helpline 044 46122300 | Citizens can find the nearest GCC-facilitated COVID-19 fever clinic here | For lodging rain-related complaints and assistance during the monsoon, citizens can contact the GCC's monsoon helplines 044 25384530 or 044 25384540 or the control room 1913 (available 24x7)

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