As Mayor of Chennai, from 1996 to 2001, Chief Minister M Karunanidhi’s son, M K Stalin, had built 10 flyovers in the city and brought in private players to improve the city’s sanitation.
Now, in as the Local Administration minister, Stalin has grander plans for the city, which when fully laid out could draw investors in huge numbers. For starters, the city will get four more flyovers at junctions with heavy vehicle density. Besides the Mint junction and Basin Bridge, the city’s older sections—LB Road in Tiruvanmiyur and Madhya Kailash-Old Mahabalipuram Road junction—which leads to the slick upcoming IT corridor, will also get flyovers to ease traffic congestion.
With his passion for waste management, Stalin has drawn Rs 255 crore for modernising dumping grounds in the city outskirts under the Centre’s Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM). As part of the project for solid waste management, Stalin’s Ministry plans to purchase 80 closed trucks for garbage transportation. Privatisation of sanitisation will also be extended to north Chennai, which was ignored during the DMK’s previous rule.
Stalin’s plans: Information kiosks for all zonal offices of the Chennai Corporation to facilitate payment of property taxes and water charges, issue of birth/death certificates; an eco-park at the Adyar creek near Thiru-vi-ka Bridge on Kamarajar Salai; water desalination plants in Minjur (north) and Nemmeli (south); strengthening of banks of the Chennai Corporation-maintained waterways and electrification of 27 burial grounds in Chennai at a cost of Rs 28 crore.
But his grandest proposal is to accommodate the city’s growing population, with the increase estimated at more than a million and two more million in the Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA) by 2011. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), along with the Tamil Nadu Housing Board, has proposed three satellite townships— on the Old Mahabalipuram Road, Outer Ring Road and he Grand Western Trunk Road. Besides this, there is also an earlier proposal to develop Tiruvallur and Gummidipoondi as satellite towns.
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