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Special camps for Cooking Gas Direct Subsidy Payment Scheme on 14th December!

Dec 11, 2014, 03.50 PM IST

CHENNAI: Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is organising a special camp for clearing all doubts of the public and to receive the applications for the direct subsidy payment

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Social Welfare in focus

OMR Express | May 31, 2014

ADMK MLA K.P. Kandan distributed Rs 5000 cash, 5 KG of rice and Dress Materials to victims of the fire accident on 25th May at 7th Street, Aringar Anna Street Thuraipakkam.

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Amma Thitam organized at Sozhinganallur

OMR Express | May 31, 2014

According to the instructions of Dr. J. Jayalalitha, AMMA THITAM was organized in Neelangarai, Sozhinganallur.

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  • Elite Gamer: Gaming heaven in Chennai!

    TNN | Dec 15, 2014, 11.00 AM IST

    Elite Gamer is a massive gaming lounge at OMR Chennai. Only recently launched, everything a gamer could ever want is here. Unlike some other game lounges in Chennai, Elite Gamer is surprisingly affordable with some special features:

    >> First Gaming Lounge in Chennai with 50 inch LED TVs

    >> Super Comfortable Bean Bags and chairs

    >> Large selection of Games and growing...

    >> Most affordable and Elite Experience

    >> UPS for interruption free gaming

    >> Thriving community of gamers

    >> Safe and convenient location

    >> Gaming help and discussions

    >> Premium accessories

    >> Game save facility

    >> Membership plans

    >> Air conditioned

    >> 3D Gaming

    They have games for all ages and conducting periodic tournaments with cool prices. Experience gaming like never before

  • Special camps for Cooking Gas Direct Subsidy Payment Scheme on 14th December!

    Dec 11, 2014, 03.50 AM IST

    Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) is organising a special camp for clearing all doubts of the public and to receive the applications for the direct subsidy payment.

    The special camp will be conducted at 3 places - Chennai, Arumbakkam, and Thiruvallur - on Sunday, 14th December from 10.00 AM till 3.00 PM.

    Special camp in Chennai will be conducted at the IOC Office complex in Nungambakkam.

    The places for Arumbakkam & Thiruvallur special camps will be announced later.

    The 17-digit identity number is the vital link between the gas agency and the bank (account).

    All customer of IOC will get a 17-digit number starting with ‘3’.

    This 17-digit number has already been sent as sms to some consumers.

    To know more details about the 17-digit code, visit IOC web site:http://indane.co.in/.

    The scheme has been revised to include customers without Aadhar cards.

    Customers with Aadhar cards can fill Form2 & form 1. Form 1 is to be submitted to the bank. Form 2 is to be given to the gas agency.

    Customers without Aadhar cards can fill form 3 & form 4. Form 3 should be submitted too the bank. Form 4 should be given to the gas agency.

    As per some agencies, it is sufficient to submit form 3 to the bank.

    The customers not interested in the subsidy can fill form 5.

    Consumers attending special camp scheduled on 14th December should bring the LPG gas book and the 17-digit code. 

    They can get all their doubts clarified and register their applications and get receipts.

    The deadline for joining the LPG Direct subsidy Payment has been extended till 31st March. Hence, there is no urgency about it.

  • Chennai Traffic Police act on Facebook complaints, post additional personnel on OMR

    Karthikeyan Hemalatha,TNN | Aug 22, 2014, 05.30 PM IST

    CHENNAI: The Chennai Traffic Police (CTP) have taken a series of measures in the last one week responding to complaints posted by people on its Facebook page. Acting on a complaint by Shinoj G K, the traffic police have posted a constable at the Old Mahabalipuram-Kumaran Nagar junction during peak hours - from 8am to 12noon and from 5pm to 9pm. They have also asked the Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation to install an automatic signal at the junction to ensure free flow of traffic.

    Similarly, based on another person's complaint, traffic personnel have been posted on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), between Sholinganallur junction and Pazhathotta Salai. The police have also written to local corporation officials to curtail the movement of cattle in the area.

    Another commuter, Shloka Narayanan, observed that several signal violations had taken place at the Anna Salai-Eldams Road junction. The CTP conducted a special raid. They booked 47 cases collected a total fine of Rs 4,700. The traffic police announced on their Facebook page that more than 12,000 cases of illegal parking had been booked between August 11 and 17. In the same period, they booked 1,264 auto drivers for not using meters, refusing to ply and demanding excess fare.

  • Cattle takeover busy junction

    TNN | Jul 20, 2014, 04.35 AM IST

    CHENNAI: Regular commuters travelling through the crowded junction in front of the Thiruvanmiyur bus depot now face a new problem — a herd of free ranging cattle. "About 50 cows, calves and buffaloes create absolute havoc," said Ramalingam, who has been selling fruits there for more than three decades. "I've seen several accidents, some times fatal, occur when the animals dash across the road." The cattle even used to enter a commercial market outside the bus depot but two security guards were posted there a month ago to restrain cows from entering. "It is still risky for us to walk on the roads," said Lavanya R, a shopper.

    Hawkers lining up the road outside the market complained that the cattle eat up bananas and vegetables. "For years we have complained but the situation is the same. After the owners milk the cows they let them loose in the mornings and evenings," said Suguna, a hawker. A few people living on Valmiki Street are said to own the cattle. The corporation has not seized a single cow. "Private owners must keep cattle within their own space," said a corporation official. According to corporation rules, cattle owners have to pay a fine of Rs 1,500 for every impounded animal which is released after three days in one of the two cattle pounds at Pudupet or Perambur.

    Similar problems are experienced at Navallur on Old Mahabalipuram Road and on the Koyambedu-Kancheepuram highway. "For at least 2 to 3km there are more than 50 cows that sleep or run across on OMR," says an auto driver, Shakul Ahmed. The corporation has appointed a veterinarian for each of the 15 zones to keep a check on veterinary public health activities and administration. Earlier, there were just seven, including the veterinary officer at Ripon Buildings. "They are increasing complaints about stray dogs and cattle so every corporation zonal office will have a veterinarian," an official said.

  • Velachery lands big infra projects

    Karthikeyan Hemalatha,TNN | Jul 17, 2014, 05.44 AM IST

    CHENNAI: Burgeoning Velachery will receive a major infrastructure boost this year, with the highways department planning to start work on three new elevated roads and a skywalk in a locality that is expected to soon become one of the city's busiest transit hubs. One of the elevated roads in Velachery will come up along Velachery Main Road. The highways department will build the other elevated road in nearby Medavakkam.

    The first elevated road will start on the Raj Bhavan side of on Velachery Main Road, cross Phoenix Mall and descend after the Velachery Bypass Road junction. "The length of the road will be only 1.2km, but it will cost the government around 400 crore as a lot of land acquisition will be required," a highways department official said. Not far away, a 2km elevated road will go past three junctions on Marmalong Bridge Road. "This will be relatively cheap. We have estimated that it will cost 125 crore," the official said. Motorists who live in or regularly pass through the area welcomed the proposed roads, saying there is an urgent need to decongest the stretch.

    "The stretch is wide till Five Furlong Road, but it gets narrow after that," said C Shivaramakrishnan, a resident of Velachery. "Whenever someone attempts to take a U-turn, traffic comes to a standstill." The department has also proposed a skywalk connecting Velachery and Vijaynagar bus stand with the Velachery MRTS station. The 1.1-km-long skywalk will connect Vijaynagar bus stand and the Velachery MRTS station. "The skywalk will have escalators and will be easy for people to use," the official said. The authorities have proposed several other elevated roads across the city. The department has finalised the alignment one to connect Tidel Park on Old Mahabalipuram Road and the Thiruvanmiyur RTO on East Coast Road. The elevated road, a little more than 1km long, will cost 500 crore, of which land acquisition will account for 350 crore.

    "Land acquisition will be challenging and may cause delays," an official said. The original plan was to build a grade separator along LB Road, instead of a perpendicular stretch. "The cost of land acquisition on LB Road would have been much higher than on this road," he added. To avoid cost escalation, construction of the elevated road will commence only after land acquisition is completed. The department recently floated tenders for consultants to build a 45km elevated road along OMR — which, when completed, will be the country's longest elevated corridor. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa also said last week that the government will conduct a feasibility study for an elevated road from Tirusulam to Chengalpet.

  • Apollo Woman And Child Care Center

    Omrexpress| July 06, 2014

    Now in the new medical centre in OMR is the latest offering from Apollo Group The Apollo Medical centre is a one-of-its-kind hospital in the OMR with state-of-the-art-technology, luxurious ambience, top-notch consultants, competent, friendly nurses and support sta as well as pocket-friendly healthcare packages.

    Facilities in OMR • Neonatal ICU • 4D ultrasound • Lab Services • Apollo Pharmacy • Baby Spa • To be Mother's fitness program • Lactation Hotline • Newborn Screening • Well Women Health Check • 24x7 Ambulance

    Our centres of excellence • Gynaecology • Obstetrics • Neonatalogy • Pediatrics • General Medicine • Diabetology •Apollo Health Check

  • Doctors Day Out

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    Doctors Day is a special day of salute to all the doctors in our lives. Doctors play a pivotal role in our day to day life style and are always considered equaling to God. This is the only profession where we get service 24/7, so let's respect and honor all the doctors on this special occasion.

    The team of Pediatricians, Gynecologists and other doctors had a tremendous time at the Doctors Day celebration on July 1st, 2014 at Apollo Woman and Child Care centre, Karapakkam. The event commenced grandly by lighting the lamp which then continued with lots of fun, frolics and games by the entire team of doctors and staff at the branch; it was really an enshrining day of relaxation for all the doctors.

  • NEEV - Child care & Enrichment center

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    Neev which means foundation Sanskrit came into being because this play school wanted to address the most common concerns parents face today. Neev wants to offer an environment where children can see and appreciate different life forms. Neev strives to provide the children with a range of activities to promote their overall development such as way of speech, way of proper playing and way of behavior. This school admires every child as an individual care for development and strengths. The enrichment centre endeavor to offer warm and friendly atmosphere for child care and a carefully prepared environment that is best-suited for natural, self-guided learning.

    The Neev psychological program has Neev Day Care. Neev 'Ma & Neev play Den, Neev Enrichment. Neev workshops, Neev early intervention. Neev's focused programs for kids include: Opportunity for Free outdoor play: Active outdoor play helps strengthen the larger muscles and is absolutely essential for a healthy childhood. It also helps build happy childhood memories. But these days many of us are unable to send the children out on their own for various reasons. So instead we either keep the children indoors or plan play dates. Neev offers safe, well planned outdoor play area. Engaging in creative & constructive activities whatever children imagine in their minds can take a concrete form only through the work of their HANDS.

  • IT way auto driver turns hi-tech

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    A native of Thanjavur District, Annadurai, now 29. Came to Chennai when he was four years old and grew up with two brothers and a sister. He now lives in Injambakkam and has been a share-auto driver for four years. Annadurai's auto is loaded with gadgets and magazines- free WiFi, mobile charging point, magazines and newspapers. TV and a Samsung Galaxy tablet to access Internet (in case you don't have a Smartphone).

    He provides free service to teachers and nurses who work in hospitals that treat those with HIV. And on special days of the year such as Mother's Day and Father's Day he offers free or discounted services to some customers. Then there are the offers. Annadurai gives free rides to children on Children's Day, free rides to mothers (accompanied by their children) on Mother's Day, free rides to couples on Valentine's Day and free rides to women on Women's Day. On September 15, his birthday, customers get a 50% discount.

    He sponsors a child's education and has also inspired three of his customers to do so too. Anna now sponsors for the education of 7 children and hopes to sponsor more children next year, and eventually plans to open an old-age home.

  • Saki Karate students bag National level awards

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    Saki Karate is known as Shuhari Karate Association of India was developed by sensei B. Duraivelu - 4th Dan Black Belt, Sensei N.Padian-4th Danblack Belt, Sensei G.Gajendran -4th Dan Black Belt, Sensei B.Loganathan - 4th Dan Black Belt. Saki Karate is recognized by Kai - Karate Association of India and afffiliated in India by Seigokai Goju Ryu Karate Do Association — Brazil.

    Shuhari Karate Association of India recently con-ducted a state level selection tournament at Vellore and selected 10 students and sent them to a national tournament held in Delhi. In that tournament two students had won the national champion-ship. N. Pavithra, studying 9th Std at Ramaniyam Sankara Mat. School. Okkiyampettai won silver medal and S. K. Yukesh Veers Keerthi, studying 5th Std in PonVidhyashram, Injambakkam had won bronze medal.

  • Competitive Edge Tennis Academy conducts tournament

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    Competitive Edge Tennis Academy conducted tennis tournament for kids on June 22. Totally 30 kids participated, including several state level & national level players. The tournament started at 7 am and finished by 6 pm with prize distribution. Indhira Adithyan bagged the Jr. Advance winner title and Gulshan Singh awarded Jr. Advance runner.

  • Sree lyappa Mat. Hr. Sec School, Sholinganallur celebrates Doctors' Day

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    In paying, honor to the Doctor's who save the life of human kind, Sree lyappa Mat. Hr Sec. School sholinganallur in collaboration with Sathyabama Dental College arranged for free Dental checkup and awareness program for the students on 1st July 2014. Students were examined by the trainee doctors and created awareness among the students about Dental care.

  • Maha Kumbabishekam of ThiriSakthi Amman Temple at Thazambur

    omrexpress | July 06, 2014

    Maha Kumbabishekam of ThiriSakthi Amman Temple was conducted on Friday, July 04, 2014 under the auspicious presence of Thiruverka-du AdhiKarumari Battur Annadhana Sivam Maha Kumbabisheka Chakra-varthy BrahmaShri Thavathiru SrilaSri lyappa Swamigal. The function was started by perform-ing Yaga Sala Pooja on Thursday followed by Kumbabishekam at 9 am on Friday. ThiriSakthi Amman, as the name suggests, three forms of Goddesses Sakthi is being adorned inthis temple.

    Devotees can reach this temple us-ing bus route numbers 19P, 19K and M5 from Adayar and alight at Navalur. The temple is just one kilometer away from the Navalur bus stop.

  • Admissions open at Origami preschool, Kotivakkam

    OMR Express | June 07, 2014

    Origami preschool is promoted by two teachers, worked overseas for several years, with a basic philosophy of treating every child as an individual and to make teaching and learning motivational and engaging for both teacher and children. Admissions are now open at this preschool, which is dedicated to help each child discover their unique potential. Teachers work as a team supporting one another and sharing idea and materials to ensure a uniform teaching and learning environment. Origami uses a syllabus by the name iDiscoveri which 2 .appraises student performance and builds quality teaching inside classrooms. iDiscoveri follows the proven 5-step Exp experimental Learning Method (AIM-ACTIVITY-ANALY SS--APLL-ASSSSSS )where concepts are introduced through hands on experimentation followed by question- ing, application and feedback. In order to help the society, the preschool also opens its doors by providing free tuition,? in the evening hours. to children who require help in English language. Origami's intention is to make students conversant in speaking and writing in English so as to further their academic prospects in the future. These children are offered material to practice writing and books to read which would improve their fluency in the language.

    Contact: 3/503, Kuppumn Beach Road. Kotivakkam, Chennal 600 041. Phone: 89399 62344 / 99449 56509

  • Summer Vacation Event @ Bollineni Hillside, Sozhinganallur

    OMR Express | June 07, 2014

    Builder BSCPL Infrastructure Ltd organized a Summer Vacation Event for residents of Boll linen? Hillside Township at Sholinganallur. Many events of outdoor and indoor sports, including Rangoli and cooking competition were organised for kids and adults. More than 200 residents participated in these sports events, which were concluded with a 3 KM Marathon on Sunday 11th May 2014. Marathon was attended by more than 200 residents. On Saturday 17th May 2014, award ceremony with cultural program and dinner was organized. Program was attended by more than 1500 residents. Contact: Bollineni Hillside BSCPL Infrastructure Ltd.

    044- 2277 5561 / 90947 94138

  • Newly blacktopped Classic Farm Hoad at Sozhinganallur

    OMR Express | May 31, 2014

    Mr. G M Janakiraman - Councilor 186 ward, taking care of area issues under the guidelines of Dr. J. Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu.

    ‘1 have been elected as the Councilor because of my dedicated social service in this area along with my ADMK team members. I always obey and follow the instructions of our Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu Dr. J. Jayalalitha. More than 200 roads were in bad condition when I took this position and now over than 50 roads have been blacktopped smoothly. the Councilor told OMR Express.

  • Stylespa opens store at Kottivakkam (0MR)

    OMR Express | May 31, 2014

    Owing to rapid urbanization and time and space poverty, lifestyles have become complex and demand in.. Ever increasing space shrinkage has created demand for efficient space utilization and sophistication Style spa Interiors aims to fulfill this demand by positioning itself as a smart interior solutions provider with a passion to simplify, organize and facilitate the customer’s everyday lives by creating elegant, optimized and functional habitats for homes and workplaces.

    Style spa Interiors is India's largest furniture and interiors retail chain which specializes in European des signs for the last 15 years. This ZUARI Adventz Group Company brings to Chennai the unique experience .

    for selecting practical and functional home furniture. kitchen range and office solutions through their Super Specialty Store. Style spa interior was inau-gurated by Mr. D.K Jairath Deputy Managing Director. Style spa Interiors Pvt Ltd. on 29th May 2014.

    The Store also offers turnkey solutions to customers that would range from procuring the products, to designing the space and ins stalling them. Located at OMR Mall, the life-style changing store is 7500 sq ft carpet area. which showcases different interior formats as per the varied taste of its customers. The company plans to open 8 such mega stores in india by the end of next financial year.

    contact: Stvlespa Inter iorrs? 396, Rajiv Gandhi Salai, Nehru Nagar, Kottivakkkam? Chennai 600096 Ph: 93807 06578, 044-42 14 5842 /4214 5442/4214 5242.

  • Admissions open at Mamma's Kid, daycare preschool at Kottivakkam

    OMR Express | May 31, 2014

    Are you looking to enroll your child in high-quality teaching play school? Mamma's Kidz opened Daycare Preschool with a vision is to provide an environment that enables every child to have opportunities to learn and enable all round devlopment. The children are encouraged to question, explore. investigate and acquire skills that will make them learning for life.

    Mamma's Kidz teach the child enhance the awareness and the importance of quality Early Education and make a significant impact in this society. The play school has a child-centric curriculum that emerges with set objectives in every major areas of development such as physical. socio-economical. cognitive, language, maths and creativity for each and every child, added this the school has placed well trained Montessori facilitators who takes care the child with love, warmth to every child that each one is unique and take special interest in facilitating the urge of self-discovery and also they takes special care for each and every child.

    Contact: #3/468, 2nd Cross Street, Lakshmana Perumal Nagar, Kottivakkam, Near Nellai Nadar School, Chennai 600041. Ph: 98411 83435 Email: mamrmaskhIz2014i) gmail, corn

  • Social Welfare in focus

    OMR Express | May 31, 2014

    ADMK MLA K.P. Kandan distributed Rs 5000 cash, 5 KG of rice and Dress Materials to victims of the fire accident on 25th May at 7th Street, Aringar Anna Street Thuraipakkam.

    ADMK Councilor, G.M Janakiraman inaugurated tailoring training at Panchayat School, Perungudi, which is under Division 14, Ward 186. The skill development training is part of rural employment scheme and was organized in commemo-ration Tamilnadu Government Golden Jubilee year.

  • ‘Amma Thitam' organized at Sozhinganallur

    OMR Express | May 31, 2014

    According to the instructions of Dr. J. Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, AMMA THITAM was organized in Neelangarai, Sozhinganallur.

    Accordingly, MLA, K.P. Kandan distributed Income certificates, Community certificates and Resident Land Pattas to the public. He was accompanied by District Revenue Officer, SampathKumar and party members

  • Elevated expressway to Mahabs gets moving

    TNN | May 21, 2014, 03.50 AM IST

    CHENNAI: The government has started things moving on the proposed elevated expressway along Old Mahabalipuram Road. A tender seeking a consultant to find out the feasibility of the project was floated on Tuesday by the Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation.

    In the last budget, chief minister J Jayalalithaa announced the proposal for a 45km elevated expressway connecting Madhya Kailash to Mamallapuram. By the time the government got its act together, the model code of conduct for the elections was in place. "By August, the contractor will be chosen and we expect the first study to be completed in six months," said a TNRDC official.

    The contractor is expected to study the traffic flow and suggest, along with estimates of design and cost, if it will be feasible to build the expressway. The study and the project have been split in to two phases for quick implementation. While the first phase is between Madhya Kailash and Siruseri and will take six months, the second phase is from Siruseri and Mamallapuram. "If we get the designs and plans for the first phase, we can go ahead and start construction. The study on the second phase will continue," said the official. The study is expected to cost 5 crore. "We can arrive at the cost of the entire project only after the study is done," said the official.

    For four years, the government had been vacillating on whether to put up an elevated expressway or a bus rapid transit system on OMR. While an American firm, consulted on the issue, lobbied for a series of short flyovers at critical junctions, non-governmental companies in the field of sustainable transport say BRTS will decongest the road. The indecision ended after the chief minister announced the project in the budget.

    While previous estimates suggest an elevated corridor would cost 1,500 crore for the first phase, BRTS would cost about 20 lakh a km. The expressway would take a minimum of seven years to complete - even if land acquisition problems are disposed of quickly. By then, urban planners fear, it may be rendered useless as the traffic would have increased manifold.

  • Fire breaks out at chemical firm, none hurti

    TNN | Apr 26, 2014, 12.53 AM IST

    CHENNAI: A fire broke out at a chemical company in Nehru Nagar, Kottivakkam, off Old Mahabalipuram Road, on Friday. No casualties were reported.

    A fire and rescue service officer said the fire broke out around 6.30pm at the company, located in Perungudi Industrial Estate.

    Thirteen fire tenders and 70 personnel were pressed into service to douse the flames, which raged on for more than three hours. Firefighters were forced to used foam to put out the blaze. Power supply in the locality was cut as a precautionary measure. The cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

  • EC to lodge FIRs against six IT firms in Chennai

    TNN | Apr 26, 2014, 01.04 AM IST

    CHENNAI: Chief electoral officer Praveen Kumar said an FIR would be lodged in the coming days against six IT companies in Sholinganallur on Old Mahabalipuram Road that did not grant a paid holiday to employees who are bonafide voters.

    "Our officials are involved in election-related work now. FIR will be lodged in a couple of days," Kumar said. On Thursday, the Sholinganallur taluk officials reached the IT park at 8.30am and saw more than 25,000 professionals, including those from other states, at work. After closing the main gate, the officials halted incoming vehicles and asked the staff to leave.

  • Tamil Nadu minister gets passport in one day, PIL filed in Madras high court says

    A Subramani, TNN | Mar 24, 2014, 06.48PM IST

    CHENNAI: Call it promptness or prejudice -- regional passport authorities in Chennai issued a tatkal passport to an applicant in a day. The application bearing file number MAS061473086712 was filed on July 4, 2012, and a passport bearing a number K-4247965 was issued to the applicant the next day.

    DThat the applicant is a state minister and the matter has now been dragged to the Madras high court is another matter. (According to rules, tatkal passports would require one to seven days if the applicant pays Rs 1,500 plus the usual passport fee of Rs 1,000, and would need up to 14 days if the applicant pays Rs 1,000 plus the usual fee of Rs 1,000, according to the official website).

    Nearly two years after the passport was issued, a PIL was filed in the high court stating that the minister had deliberately suppressed information relating to the pendency of a criminal case against him.

    The PIL, filed by G Kaliyamurthy of Tiruvarur district, said Jayapaul had hidden information that a case for damage of public property, registered by the Nagapattinam police, was pending against him in a magistrate court. He had also given a false residential address, for which the Chennai police had given verification certificate, the PIL said.

    AOn Monday, regional passport officer C Senthil Pandian filed a counter affidavit through senior Central Government standing counsel Haja Mohideen Gisthi, stating that they had issued a show-cause notice to the minister asking him as to why the passport issued to him should not be impounded.

    In response to the notice, the minister had replied that he was indeed 'implicated' in a case on the file of the Nagapattinam town police station and that till date no charges had been framed against him. No arrest warrant or summons was pending against him, he said.

    Having said that the show-cause notice had been issued and the minister too had replied, the passport officer said the court could pass an 'appropriate order' in the matter. The first bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Satish K Agnihotri and Justice M M Sundresh has adjourned the matter to next week for further hearing.

  • Omantel runs Hayyak Starter Kit promotion

    Thursday 6 March 2014 | 13:28 CET | News

    Omantel has launched a new Hayyak Starter Kit promotion. For OMR 2, new Hayyak customers can purchase a Hayyak kit that will offer them free 15 minutes of free talk time with OMR 1 credit, valid for 30 days, which can be used for international, local and video calls, MMS, mobile broadband or a friends and family packages. This special offer will be valid until 30 May and is available for all new Hayyak subscribers including those porting from other operators.

  • Police give tech firms safety brief, promise to patrol OMR

    TNN | Feb 24, 2014, 05.39AM IST

    CHENNAI: The murder of a 23-year-old software engineer with Tata Consultancy Services and subsequent pressure from the government appears to have jolted police out of their complacency.

    A day after Uma Maheswaris body was found 200 metres from the TCS office in the Sipcot area, the Kancheepuram police on Sunday met with officials of five IT and BPO firms and urged them to tighten security, especially for women employees.

    Police officers issued a set of instructions to the companies: They are to post armed guards, install security cameras around their offices and ensure that woman employees working night shifts take only office cabs with security guards to return home. Inspector general of police, north, M N Manjunatha and senior police officers met representatives of HCL, Hexaware, TCS, CTS and Steria in the Sipcot IT park.

    The officers also suggested that companies note details of cabs and autorickshaw drivers that enter their officers to pick up employees. They asked the companies to check the antecedents of drivers they hire. Women employees should not travel alone, even by office transport, but be accompanied by a colleague, they said.

    The companies should registrer all private vehicles entering their premises, the police officers said, asking them to also make their security system more visible by employing additional guards. They suggested that the firms organise patrolling poorly-lit stretches.IG Manjunatha told TOI that police would start patrolling the locality regularly and said he had requested that a police outpost be set up in the area.

    But the knee-jerk response to the murder did not impress all the company officials and employees blamed police for poor patrolling that allows strangers to lurk around on roads at night. They said there had been an increase in crimes against women in the area because of lax policing.

    "A police outpost is a must on the road here because there are five IT companies. But we do not even see police patrol vehicles," said Rekha, an employee of an IT firm in the area. Some employees said their companies did not arrange for cabs to give them a ride home as soon as they finished work. "So many of us risk a walk to the main road to get an autorickshaw or bus to go home," said Ruth Dhanraj, who works for another tech company. "Most of us go home with a colleague instead of waiting for the office cab."

  • Jaya orders CB-CID probe into Techie murder case, 2 lakh reward for clues

    Kaumudi | February 24, 2014 16:00 IST

    The Tamil Nadu Government has ordered a Crime Branch-CID (CB-CID) Probe into the murder of a woman techie, whose body was found in a bush near her office at Siruseri IT Park on the OMR.

    Director General of Police K Ramanujam, who visited the spot where her highly decomposed body was found, said on the orders of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa the CB-CID would be taking up the investigation in the case.

    Ramanujam said a case of woman missing was registered in Kelambakkam Police Station, after the techie, Uma Maheswari (23), employed in TCS, went missing after her office hours at 2200 hrs on February 13.

    She was presumed to have proceeded on foot towards the Old Mahabalipuram Road to reach her house.

    After she went missing, her body with injuries was recovered on February 22 in the midst of bushes in an isolated spot off the First Main Road (SIPCOT I.T. Park Road or Siruseri Road) between the IT Park and the Old Mahabalipuram Road.

    Calling for details from public, Ramanujam said "anyone who witnessed anything suspicious in the area around the time of occurrence or has any other useful information may contact (044) 2250 2500 or (044) 2250 2510 or 98410 59989. Alternatively, information may be mailed to cbcyber@nic.in."

    He also announced a reward of upto Rs two lakh for those providing information leading to the identity of the culprits or helping in apprehending them.

  • Missing Techies Body Found Near Siruseri IT Park

    The New Indian Express | February 24, 2014 10:00 IST

    The body of a 24-year-old software professional, missing for the last nine days, was found just 200 metres from the Siruseri SIPCOT IT Park where she was working for a top IT organisation. The decomposed body was spotted by locals on Friday evening. After investigations the police identified her as B Uma Maheswari, a native of Attur in Salem and an employee of Tata Consultancy Services.

    Uma Maheswari was last seen on February 13 when she left her office around 10.30 pm and chose not to use the shuttle bus service operated by her company to the nearest bus stop on the Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR). The body was found in deserted land between the IT Park and the OMR, which the employees have to cross to reach the bus stop. “The body was spotted about 50 metres from the road. So, it is apparent that the assailants forcibly took her to the desolate area which is dimly lit during nighttime,” said a police officer.

    From the decomposed state of the body, the police believe that the woman was murdered on the same night she went missing. The motive behind the murder is yet to be unravelled. “She was stabbed in the stomach. We are not sure whether she was sexually assaulted before her death. She was wearing little jewelry, so the murder could not have been an attempt to rob her,” said a police officer. Sources said the face of the woman was found burnt as the assailants wanted to conceal her identity.

    As she was killed on the night before Valentine’s Day, the police initially probed whether it was a soured romantic relationship that claimed Uma Maheswari’s life. But they found that she was not into any such relationship.

    “Uma Maheswari’s untimely demise has come as a terrible shock to all of us. She was well liked by her colleagues and was someone her team leader could depend on,” said a TCS spokesperson. A colleague said that on the fateful night, Uma Maheswari had called another colleague to check the procedure to book a drop service.

  • Amenities galore planned for proposed multi-level parking lot on OMR

    The Hindu: Updated: December 17, 2013 10:44 IST

    Parking facility in Siruseri to have food court, commercial space
    The proposed multi-level parking lot at Siruseri off Rajiv Gandhi Salai (OMR) will have a food court, children’s play area and space for a commercial complex.The parking lot that will come up on five acres of land belonging to the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC) will accommodate 2,000 cars and 50 buses.

    Sources at TNRDC said tenders will soon be floated for the appointment of a consultant to prepare a detailed project report. The parking lot is likely to be constructed on a build-operate-transfer (BOT) basis for a minimum of 20 years.A total of Rs. 1 crore has been earmarked for the preparation of the project report, which will study various factors including parking fares, how much space should be set apart for commercial development and the number of years needed for the BOT.

    “Apart from the parking lot, we are looking at additional facilities as well, since Rajiv Gandhi Salai does not have much in terms of entertainment. The lot could also have an amphitheatre depending on the space available. We are trying to make the parking lot completely robot controlled. If that works out, it would be the first of its kind in the country. The commercial space will give the contractor additional income to offset the controlled parking fee,” the source explained.

    At present, hundreds of cars and commercial vehicles are parked on the service lanes along Rajiv Gandhi Salai, which has around 1 lakh vehicles traversing it daily. These parked vehicles could be moved to the lot, said sources at TNRDC.R. Anandan of the Rajiv Gandhi Salai Lorry Owners’ Association, said trucks and other heavy vehicles too, should be allowed to be parked in the lot.

    “Since we are not allowed to ply during the day on city roads, the parking facility could help trucks wait till after 10 p.m. Hundreds of trucks ply every day in that area,” he said.

  • Keep the change: MTC to introduce smartcards

    Karthikeyan Hemalatha,TNN | Dec 10, 2013, 06.22 AM IST

    As a first step towards a future without bus conductors, the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) will introduce smartcards by March next year. Adyar and OMR will be its trial routes. The corporation has placed an order for 6,000 electronic ticketing machines (ETMs) that can be used to swipe smartcards as well as dispense tickets. The smartcards can be topped up by a conductor or at a bus depot. "We will also authorise third-party agencies to recharge the cards, like prepaid phone cards," said a senior official at the secretariat.

    Once the entire system is in place, commuters will be able to use their smartcards across all modes of transport -- buses, trains and metro rail -- without worrying about getting change or buying separate tickets. Authorities will know, in real time, the demands of passengers in different sectors in the city. The plan is to have passengers tap their cards as they enter the bus, which would not have a conductor. "We will run this as an experiment on OMR as it has the highest number of Volvo buses and passengers on this route are more open to change," said the official. About 100 ETMs are on trial now.

    Those buying monthly passes will be the first to get smartcards. MTC's system will be compatible with that of the upcoming metro rail. "We are finalising the specifications, and will float the tenders for smartcards soon," said the MTC official. MTC has about 10,000 conductors on its rolls, and once the system in place they will be used to conduct surprise checks and inspections. Initially, MTC's smartcards will be offline and ticketing information will be stored locally on the ETM. "Till CMRL sets up its system, our smartcards will just be validated by ETMs," said a source.

    Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) has been pushing for an elaborate common ticketing system. It will offer smartcards for regular users and tokens for one-time users. "We are working on a system that will accommodate all the players," said an official. CMRL will be able to monitor their patronage in real time with this system. Last month, CMRL held a workshop on fare collection. Officials from the state transport authority, MTC, Southern Railway, Centre for Railway Information Systems, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, IRCTC, call taxi operators and representatives of bus ticket booking websites attended it.

    Metro rail had proposed a common smart card for electronic fare collection as per international standards. "The challenge is to split the revenue with the department concerned. We are waiting for a response from others," said the CMRL official. In Kochi, Private Bus Operators' Association last month introduced a smartcard system on a pilot basis in 40 buses on the Ernakulam-Kakkanad route. In Bhubaneswar, city bus operator Dream Team Sahara introduced smartcards for commuters on October 10 to deal with the problem of coin scarcity. Several western countries use smartcards that work across different forms of city transport.

  • Three new bridges to link ECR and OMR

    DEEPA H. RAMAKRISHNAN The Hindu Updated: October 12, 2012 03:06 IST

    To improve connectivity between the East Coast Road (ECR) and Rajiv Gandhi Salai, three bridges will be constructed across the south Buckingham Canal.The bridges are to be built at Neelankarai, Palavakkam and Kottivakkam. The State highways department will execute these works as part of a project for widening roads between the two roads so as to help development in those areas as well.

    Though it has been over a decade since ECR was developed and at least five years since Rajiv Gandhi Salai, also known as Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR), was formed, connectivity between these major roads has remained poor.“Thiruvanmiyur and Sholinganallur are 10 km away and there are no connecting roads in between. There are just a few culverts that carry pedestrians and two-wheelers across the canal,” said G. Sathish, a resident of Sholinganallur.

    According to sources in the highways department, encroachments along the waterway would be removed. Work on the bridges is likely to commence by March 2013. The facility at Neelankarai would have four lanes, and the other two bridges would have two lanes each. The sub soil in the canal is being tested for strength.Once that is done, the design for the bridges would be taken up. Three roads leading to the bridges would be widened in the second phase.Residents said widening of interior roads would help reduce traffic at Sholinganallur and Thoraipakkam junctions, which get clogged during rush hour. “We need connecting roads at least every three kilometres. Vehicles going from Pallavaram, Chromepet, and GST Road towards ECR can go via these connecting roads,” said Abhirami Kannan, a resident of Thoraipakkam.“If the bridges are constructed, it would help improve connectivity. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has already frozen development along the road in Neelankarai, where a detailed survey of lands is to be taken up,” said a source in the highways department.

    The State government has provided administrative sanction for a detailed project report for the roads.In Palavakkam, two existing roads have been identified for improvement. They are 12 metres wide and would get white topping to prevent water logging. Duct facilities, among other things, will be provided on the roads.

  • Flyovers not a solution for traffic jams, says US planner

    Karthikeyan Hemalatha,TNN | Dec 14, 2013, 12.54 AM IST

    CHENNAI: The proposed elevated expresswayalong Old Mahabalipuram Road "will probably benefit land owners outside the city and not commuters," says Peter J Park, an internationally known urban planner and architect. Many cities in developed countries are shying away from such projects, he adds. Cities in developing countries can avoid the mistakes made in developed countries. "Chennai has an opportunity to skip the 'failure phase' the US had to go through and learn from our mistakes," says Park.

    .The man who served as planning director in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and Denver, Colorado says he brought down a flyover over the Milwaukee river because it limited access to the people. He replaced it with an at-grade boulevard. "Flyovers serve only those in cars. People cannot walk a flyover." Even traffic at the popular Gemini flyover, says Park, can be managed without a flyover. "Streets need to be in a grid format and not dead ends. This will not only increase access but also increase the value of these streets," he says.

    On Saturday, Park will hold a workshop for Chennai Metro Rail where he will provide inputs on development of mass transit nodes in the city with the Koyambedu station as a case study. The workshop will look at best practices across the globe and develop an action plan for implementing it in Koyambedu. He will also talk about transit-oriented development at Anna University. The associate professor adjunct, department of planning and design, University of Colorado, will show how cities in the US and around the world are shifting from automobile-oriented model to a more people-friendly model. "Zoning earlier meant dividing the map into categories like residential or commercial. But ideally, it should be mixed and the focus should be on making short trips easier," he says.

    Some of the changes Park has brought about in cities across the world include reducing parking space along transit corridors, improving feeder services, and enforcing 'ground-level transparency'. This means the ground floor of a building cannot be an opaque wall. "People on the street should be able to see what is on the ground floor. It adds to safety as there are more eyes on the road and increases retail value," he says.

  • Gun-toting burglar loots Rs 36 lakh gold

    TNN | Dec 7, 2013, 05.12 AM IST

    CHENNAI: A masked burglar with a gun looted 2 lakh in cash and 150 sovereigns of gold jewellery worth about 36 lakh from a youth's house in Mettu Kuppam near Thoraipakkam on Friday afternoon. However, south Chennai joint commissioner of police S Thirugnanam said he doubted if the burglar actually used a gun to threaten the youth. "The complainant, Satish, was not able to clearly say what he saw in the burglar's hands. It may have been a toy gun," he said.

    .Around 3pm, Satish, 20, told police, he returned home after getting his cellphone repaired when he saw a stranger coming out of his house with a bag. He immediately raised an alarm. The man pulled out a gun and threatened to open fire, Satish said. As the youth stood in shock, the burglar fled with the booty. Satish then rushed in and found a few cupboards broken open. He conducted a check and found that the safe had been cleaned out.

    On Satish's complaint, a case was registered and senior police officers visited the house for an inspection. Police are yet to ascertain the veracity of Satish's claim about a gun being used. He told investigation officers that he had tried to confront with the stranger but that the man threatened to kill him. Before he could react, the burglar fled, he said. Some of the youth's neighbours and passersby later told police that they had seen a man matching the description given by Satish sitting on a bike his house on Old Mahabalipuram Road.

    The youth, who had discontinued his diploma course two years ago, stayed at home helping his mother A Bharathi, 45. He was alone at home on Friday as his mother was admitted to a hospital.
    His father had died of an ailment a few years ago.

  • Japanese companies planning Chennai’s second integrated township

    Sushma U N, TNN | Nov 26, 2013, 10.36PM IST

    CHENNAI: Even as work is still in progress for the first integrated township in Chennai, Japanese companies have begun the process of setting up the second one in the city.

    .A joint venture (JV) between Sojitz and Motherson is planning a 200-acre industrial park in Sriperumbudur near Chennai, which will house both Indian and Japanese companies across sectors like automotive, electronics and food processing. The JV is awaiting clearance from the government for the project, says director-general of Japan External Trade Organization (Jetro) Hidehiro Ishiura.

    The first one, initially called the Omega industrial township and now renamed as One Hub Chennai, is coming up on the Old Mahabalipuram Road, 55km from Chennai. This 1,600-acre park, built by Ascendas and a consortium from Japan, will house more than 60 Japanese companies when the project is complete.

  • 70-year-old jumps to death near Tidel Park

    TNN | Nov 19, 2013, 07.26 AM IST

    CHENNAI: A 70-year-old man jumped to his death from a foot over-bridge opposite Tidel Park on Old Mahabalipuram Road on Monday morning. He fell on a moving car. The incident sent shockwaves among road-users on the busy stretch.Police said R Kulandaisamy, a resident of Karumari Amman Koil Street in Anbazhagan Nagar in Taramani, who retired as a cook on theIIT-Madras campus 15 years ago, is thought to have decided to end his life as he was upset over his deteriorating eyesight. His family members, however, said he could have accidentally fallen off the bridge as he often suffered from dizziness.

    .Earlier in the morning, Kulandaisamy, accompanied by a friend, went to the Government Royapettah Hospital for treatment for his poor eyesight and the fever he had been suffering from over the last two days.He wanted to get admitted in the hospital but the doctors sent him back saying there were no beds available and that he could be admitted after two days if required, his son said. Around 11.45 am, he climbed the foot over-bridge opposite Tidel IT Park and jumped down. He landed on a car driven by a man named Rajendran. The driver informed the '108' ambulance, but Kulandiasamy died on the spot.

    Some of the auto drivers passing by the sport knew the man and informed his family members. "Even after his retirement, he was working as a cook in a hospital at Adyar. He used to be active and never stayed at home," said his son Kannan. He had been suffering from eyesight problems over the last few years, after a thorn pierced his eye while he was travelling in a bus seated near a window. About three months ago, he lost partial vision in both eyes due to which his work was hampered. "Doctors told him his eyesight could never be restored fully," Kannan said.

    Kulandaisamy had been living with Venkatesh, another of his sons, in Taramani after his second wife Kamakshi passed away 10 years ago. He had earlier been married to Aneshwari.

  • Techie jumps to death from 10th floor of IT park in Taramani

    TNN | Oct 17, 2013, 12.55 AM IST

    CHENNAI: A 24-year-old software engineer jumped to her death from the 10th floor of a leading information technology park in Taramani, off Old Mahabalipuram Road, on Wednesday night, police said. The reason for her death is yet to be ascertained. Around 9pm, police said, the woman identified as S Reshma, an application developer in a company at the Ascendas IT park, was seen walking near the canteen on the 10th floor. A few people having dinner saw her moving towards the window. Later, they heard that a girl had fallen to the ground. Initially, it was thought she had slipped. But, after a check revealed that the girl had left behind her slippers, it was assumed that she had jumped.

    .Officials at the IT park rushed her to a private hospital in Adyar, where she was declared 'brought dead'. Her body was sent to the Government Royapettah Hospital for autopsy.

    Police, after preliminary inquiries, said Reshma, a native of Kerala, had been working in the company for the past few months and that she had been staying at a working women's hostel near Velachery, about 3km from her workplace. The Taramani police have registered a case.

  • Man arrested for possessing ganja

    A Selvaraj, TNN | Oct 2, 2013, 04.19 PM IST

    CHENNAI: The Chennai city police on Tuesday night arrested a 32-year-old man on the charge of possessing ganja. The suspect, S Senthil, 32, a resident of Thoraipakkam, was chased and nabbed when he tried to flee on spotting a police team which was checking vehicles at Kandanchavadi on the Old Mahabalipuram Road.

    Police examined his bag and found 1.2kg of ganja, in small sachets, concealed in it.

    Senthil was arrested and produced before a court that remanded him in judicial custody

  • Open manholes, storm water drains turn death traps

    Source:TNN | Jun 17, 2013, 03.19 AM IST

    CHENNAI: The death of a three-year old child in Taramani has highlighted the danger of open manholes, and the danger they pose to lives. TOI found that many open manholes were not barricaded or demarcated. When it rains and the roads get waterlogged, open manholes could turn death traps. At Ascendas bus stop, a few metres away from where the accident took place, for instance, is an open manhole. "It has been open for a while but authorities have not taken note. A three-year-old child lost his life because of civic negligence," said Sanil Kumar, who works in Taramani.

    .In 2011, a 24-year-old woman was found dead in a storm water drain that was under construction in T Nagar. Following this, the corporation placed barricades near open storm water drains. But officials said the barricades and manhole covers are often stolen. "Most of the barricades we placed near storm water drains and open pits are missing," said an official. Residents say officials have to be more vigilant. "There have been many instances of people falling into uncovered manholes and being injured," said Ashok Modi, a resident of Sowcarpet. Residents complained of open manholes in T Nagar, Kolathur, Sowcarpet, Adyar, Teynampet, Aynavaram, Alandur, Thiruvottiyur, Perungudi, Valsarvakkam and OMR.

    Section 336 of the Indian Penal Code deems it a punishable offence to endanger life. The section states: "Whoever does any act so rashly or negligently as to endanger human life or the personal safety of others shall be punished with imprisonment for term which may extend to three months, or with fine which may extend to 250, or with both." Social activist A Narayanan said: "Due to absence of street lights, the open manholes are not visible to pedestrians at night." While Metrowater is responsible for manholes and sewer lines, the corporation is in charge of storm water drains. "Poor coordination among these agencies leads to accidents. Not enough money has been allocated to maintenance of manholes and storm water drains. No checks are done on them either," said an expert. Mohan Raj, a resident of Thiruvottiyur, said: "There are several instances when people have fallen into manholes but have escaped with injures. The authorities' negligent attitude has proved costly to people." Corporation officials said they are covering manholes and storm water drains. "If there are specific complaints, people can call the 1913 helpline," an official said. Metrowater officials too promised action on complaints received at 044-45674567.

  • Unsold houses pile up as sales slump

    Source:Jayaraj Sivan, TNN | Jun 15, 2013, 02.40 AM IST

    CHENNAI: Builders across the country have been worried as unsold housing stock have been piling up in the recent months. Chennai's unsold housing stock, for instance, has risen from 20,000 units a year ago to 45,000 units now as per a study conducted by international realty consultant Jones Lang LaSalle. Sales have dipped across seven major markets in India in the first quarter of 2013, said JLL chairman and country head Anuj Puri. As against 80,000 apartments sold in the last quarter of 2012, only 65,000 units were sold between January and March this year. A sizeable portion, about 39% of these sales happened in the National Capital Region (NCR). Mumbai accounts for 18%, Bangalore 15%, Chennai 13% and Pune 8%.

    . The waiting period for unsold inventory in Chennai is the lowest among seven major Indian cities, said Puri. While the average waiting period for a completed apartment to get sold in the country is 15 months, in Chennai it is only 10 months. Hyderabad and Kolkata have a slightly higher waiting period of 12 months, Pune and Gurgaon 14 months and Bangalore 23 months. An average apartment in Mumbai, which has the highest waiting period, gets sold after 34 months of completion. It is this comparatively higher demand for residential apartments that helped Chennai rebound soon after the 2008-09 realty slump, noted Puri. Differentiating between Chennai city and outlying areas, JLL MD Badal Yagnik said, "While the demand for housing in the core city is quite high even now, it has slowed down in the suburbs." He attributes the slump in the suburbs partly to an unprecedented glut in supplies and partly to a steep hike in prices, especially on the Old Mahabalipuram Road in a short span of six to nine months. "Until a year ago, apartment price on the OMR was in the region of Rs 4,000 per sq ft. It suddenly went up to Rs 5,500 per sq ft in areas like Sholinganallur and Thoraipakkam, which still lag in good social infrastructure. Naturally, sales dipped". About 35% of Chennai suburbs unsold housing stock is on the OMR, said India Property CEO Ganesh Vasudevan. "If investors who have funded the projects find it difficult to exit, the market may crash as it happened in the case of NCR," he said. Too much concentration by builders on OMR is the bane of Chennai, noted Arun Excello CMD P Suresh. "When so much of development is happening on the OMR, transportation facility and social infrastructure need to be improved manifold."

  • ​Falling tariffs don’t keep hotel chains out

    Source:TNN | Jun 15, 2013, 02.37 AM IST

    CHENNAI: At a time when hotel room tariffs in the city are hitting rock-bottom due to over supply, French hospitality company Accor is bringing in 330 rooms across five new hotels over the next two years. The group, which runs a range of hotels under brands such as Novotel, Sofitel, Ibis and Pullman, is planning to set up four hotels on Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and one on Mount Road, said Nitin Chandra, director of sales, Accor Chennai. The four on OMR will have the Novotel luxury hotel and the Ibis business hotel inside the same complex, while the one on Mount Road will be an independent business hotel under the Ibis brand. The Ibis hotels will bring in 150 rooms while the Novotel range will add 180.

    The first of the hotels will be ready for operation in eight months, Chandra said. Accor, like the other luxury hotels in the city, will target the MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions) segment, he said. Another Chennai-based company, Hablis Hotels has just launched its first property in the city on Grand Southern Trunk road, bringing in 120 rooms. This comes at a time when there is excess room inventory in the city. Over the last six months, about half a dozen hotels have added more than 2,000 rooms, to double room inventory to 4,000. This has pushed down room tariffs and occupancy rates. "The industry continues to be in a terrible state with low tariffs. The average room rates for large hotels are down to 7,000 a room, and the smaller ones are struggling to get even 4,000 a room. Occupancy levels at large hotels are down to 50% from 65% about two months back. Small ones are finding it hard to get even 30%," an industry official said. For more than a year, the hotel industry across the country has been struggling as the global economic slowdown has resulted in several corporate executives cutting down on travel.

  • ​New Bala Vidya Mandir building on OMR

    Source:TNN | June 10, 2013 IST

    The Hyderabad-based BSCPL Infrastructure Ltd, which has developed an integrated township (Bollineni Hillside) over 92 acres on Old Mahabalipuram Road, near here, has formally handed over a newly constructed 60,000-sq.ft. school building to Bala Vidya Mandir. This, with the first building (25,000 sq.ft) handed over in 2010, takes the total built-up area of the school to 85,000 sq.ft.

    The air-conditioned classrooms are equipped with modern teaching tools, TV and Internet connectivity. According to Ramana Prasad, Managing Trustee, BVM Global, the school has curricula for overall development of the students and prepares them for the future. Bollineni Krishnaiah, Chairman of BSCPL Infrastructure, said the school besides catering to the residents of the township, would also accommodate students from the nearby localities.

  • Disabled man seeks high court's help to stop house demolition

    Source:TNN | Jun 10, 2013, 01.10 AM IST

    CHENNAI: A disabled person has approached theMadras high court to restrain AIADMK MLA KP Kandan from demolishing his house at Annal Dr Ambedkhar Nagar in Perungudi. Justice KK Sasidharan before whom the petition of R Peter came up for hearing ordered notices to the government, commissioner of police and Kandan. They shall furnish their reply by June 18, he said.

    Peter said he was a dalit and that he and his family had been in possession of the house for the past 30 years. He claimed that he had purchased the land for Rs 20,000 from one Sugu and Vembuli. According to him Kandan, the then chairman of the area, started showing interest in his house and attempted to grab it, because of high appreciation of land value along OMR. He further alleged that after becoming an MLA, he started threatening him and planned to evict him from the land with the help of local authorities.Peter said he filed the present petition, as his representation to various authorities did not evoke any response.

  • ​An awareness program for Valmiki Nagar residents by Nizhal

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-MAY-5

    Nizhal, an NGO (website link:http://nizhaltn.org/) that works for tree care in urban areas conducted a "free the tree" campaign with residents of Valmiki nagar on Saturday 20th April. Volunteers from Nizhal and valmiki nagar residents engaged in removing ad boards/nails from trees in Valmiki Nagar. Ad boards on trees have proliferated. Trees of Chennai have become a convenient advertisement platform for various vendors. In addition to affecting tree growth, they sport a very ugly look and many may not know that ads on trees are prohibited by the Chennai Corporation.

    . It was also a great occasion for children to be sensitized to tree care. Dr Babu of Nizhal did a improptu treewalk with the participants of "free the tree" campaign. Valmiki Nagar boasts of about 1,000 trees of varied species supporting an eco system of birds and insects . Each tree supports a large and unique eco system. Putting serial lights destroys the insects and micro organisms living on these trees. Many people claimed that they did not know that driving nails onto the bark and beautifying the tree with serial lights harmed the trees. The residents were told to take care the trees in front of their homes and they themselves could stop tree abuse instead of waiting for the government to take action. Contact: NIZHAL - Shoba Menon @ 9840904621 Virugambakkam....

  • Honuring the given word and helping the people

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-MAY-5

    As according to the promise made our Honourable Chief minister Jayalalitha had distributed Fans, Electronic Mixer and grinders to the Lower income group.

    . About 6067 people living in Kelambakkam, near Sholinganallur were benefitted by the donation of household gadgets worth Rs.4.24 crores distributed by Animal Husbandry Minister T.K.M.Chinnaya, Chennai Mayor Sadai Duraisamy, South Chennai MLA Chitlapakkam Rajendran and Sholinganallur MLA K. P. Kandan. The other party members and the public participated in the function.

  • The Bharat Scouts And Guides – Service Movement of Gt Aloha Vidhya Mand

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-MAY-5

    The Scouts and Guides Movement of GT Aloha Vidhya Mandir gained momentum with the first batch of 9 scouts and guides ready to receive the Rajya Puraskar Award from the Honourable Governor of Tamilnadu. Regular Camps are conducted to encourage student participation in a movement that is designed to inculcate the motto Do your Best & Be Prepared

    . Cubs and Bulbuls took part in a camp conducted at school on 16/4/2013 that included a trip to the Marundeeswarar Temple, Thiruvanmiyur and other fun filled activities. The Scouts and Guides attended an overnight camp at GT Beach House on 22/4/2013 and 23/4/2013. The Camp included camp fire, BP exercises swimming, and Flag Break, Syllabus of Pravesh and Pratham, Patrol System, Sing Song Session and fun games. On the way back to school, the students visited the Jain Temple and Navagraha. Museum on ECR. It was a learning experience for all involved. CMD-ALOHA INDIA CEO- GT ALOHA VIDHYA MANDIR Hand phone +91 90944 33315, School +91 98415 11166 +91 91760 12345 Work +91 72999 44889 Mail- ceo@gtavm.in, www.gtavm.in, www. alohaindia.com

  • Passengers, MTC recoil from stone-throwing

    Source:The Hindu 04 May 2013, 02:55 IST

    K. Shruthi (27), a systems analyst at an IT major on Old Mahabalipuram Road, had the shock of her life on Friday when two unidentified men on a bike threw stones at the Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) bus she was travelling in, at Thandalam. The incident led to the windshield of the Volvo air-conditioned bus getting damaged; the driver S. Prabhakaran (42) sustained injuries. While none of the passengers were injured and were shifted to another bus, many were quite shaken. The stone throwing happened without any warning. I was sitting in the front portion of the bus. The safety of commuters is at risk now, said Shruthi. This was only the latest in a series of attacks on MTC buses that began after the arrest of PMK founder S. Ramadoss, on Tuesday for staging a demonstration in defiance of police orders in Villupuram. Around the same time as the Thandalam incident, another bus was attacked, this time on Vandalur Kelambakkam Main Road. A group of miscreants, who had come in an SUV, attacked the bus at Poongori and fled. The driver of this bus, K. Ponnrangam, too was injured. The bus was on the route 555D from Tiruporur to Tambaram.

    . The Tiruporur police filed cases under Tamil Nadu Public Property (Prevention of Damage and Loss) Act, 1992 after the incidents. On Thursday, 50 commuters were perhaps a bit more fortunate as the persons who attacked two buses at the LIC Colony junction on the Velachery Main Road asked them to get down before they damaged the vehicles. The buses were coming from Vijayanagar bus terminus near Velachery. Five persons were arrested by the Velachery police in the aftermath of the incident. Commuters pointed out that in addition to the fear such events generated, finding another bus was also quite a task. A senior police official felt that drivers were specifically at risk since stones were often thrown at the glass panels at the front. A public outcry against such acts will help curb the menace apart from stringent punishments, he added. For MTC, repairs are proving quite a headache. While the total cost is likely to be nearly Rs. 12 lakh, an amount that will be reimbursed by the government once the MTC gives a report, a more pressing concern is the lack of spare glass panels. In fact many of the damaged buses have been left at the depots pending repair. We have asked bus drivers and conductors to be vigilant and ensure automatic doors remain closed. We are also planning to install CCTVs in the buses with a central control room to help us curb such violence and other offences, said a senior MTC official.

  • Proton Therapy project to begin by FY18: Apollo Hospital

    Source:Moneycontrol.com 25 Apr 2013, 15:51 IST

    Apollo Hospital will soon establish a Proton Therapy Center in Tamil Nadu that will augment cancer offering to patients and is likely to be commissioned by FY18, CFO Akhileshwaran Krishnan told CNBC-TV18.This project will take another three years to construct, because it is going to be built to our specifications in Belgium and is going to be commissioned in FY18.

    . It is something we are starting up as a comprehensive cancer care center with 200 beds in the Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai,adds Krishnan. The health major is likely to fund this project via internal accruals and debts. Speaking about the operations of the hospital, he said, by the end of FY14, it is looking to operationalise around 1,000 beds. Apollo Hospital currently has net cash of Rs 300 crore on books.

  • Calyx Foundations serving with dignity @ OMR

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-April-21

    The mental disability is a situation where the person affected has comparatively much lesser mental development than the normal human. Such people need special attention and care as they are unable to help themselves in most situations. There are various institutions that cater to the development of such people, where such people are trained on various aspects of life skills and helped to earn a living on their own. Here is one institution that takes care of them. Calyx Foundation, established in 2012, the brain child of Mr. G. Kirubakaran. Kirubakaran who was with the Central Govt. sacrificed his livelihood to take up the cause of the mentally retarded.

    . Kirubakaran has been running this foundation for over a year now and has both children and adults who are being trained and taken care of. Calyx Foundations has been established by his own Trust for the children’s cause. They are also involved in helping the adult earn an independent living. The foundation works together with NGOs to train their inmates with various vocational skills. The foundation supports more than 50 persons 6 to 50 years of age. The nearby 3 districts have helped the foundation for the foundation’s Vocational Training Centers.

    They are at present serving 50+ children with great capability and nurturing them into better individuals through their activities. • They have taken part in many NGO programs as part of their vocational training centers. • So far 3 districts had led their hand for supporting their vocational training centers for mentally retarded children. Mr. King Anburaj, another benevolent person has given the land for Mr. Kirubakaran to use for the social cause. To lend a helping hand be sure to contact, G.Kirubakaran – Director(Calyx Foundation), #3/49, Mount Street,, Ponmar, via Medavakkam & Navallur, Chennai – 600 127. Phone: 91507 64929.

  • Exclusive Library for OMR-ianss

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-April-21

    The Readers Club Library was born two years ago, to revive the lost habit of reading among the Chennaiites - from the busy business executives to the children at school. Aided by technology and social media, this service delivers books direct to the doorstep, thereby helping people access books in a simple and effective manner.

    . To begin the habit of reading books, is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark that illuminates our being. We cannot remember the books we have read, any more than the meals we may have eaten; even so, books have made us what we are now. People choose to invest on physical well-being through health-clubs and diets; Let us all invest a small amount every month for our mental well-being too - The Books! Readers’ club makes reading much simpler by delivering books at your door step. With over 10,000 titles to choose from and catering to all age groups, the books are all just a click away for the enthusiastic readers. The Club has more than 1000 families being part of their network and strives to make everyone in a family, especially Kids, to read books at least for 15-30 minutes a day. To quote the words of Mr. Warren Buffett - "To describe my scarce leisure time in today's terms, I always default to reading". So, now with Reading books have got a lot simpler with Readers' Club, it is time we default to reading! Log on to www.readersclub.co.in or Call - 99621 00032 / 93806 55511

  • NIZHAL- The Shade for trees

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-April-21

    It was sometime in June 2005 that the first stirrings of a new movement for trees began in Chennai. A few of them who felt a need for an organization to speak for trees, joined together to form NIZHAL (shade), a trust to promote concern for trees in the city, which was registered in September 2005. Their objective was to bring about awareness on the role of trees in our lives and on the need to plant, propagate and care for trees for the benefit of all. Nizhal initiated one major project, “The Greening of Kattuppalli”, and many smaller ones like Tree Surveys and Tree-walks in its first year. Nizhal also paved the way for advocacy by meeting with the Commissioner of Chennai Corporation and the Chiefs of the Highways and Forestry Departments. If the first year was busy, the following years have been more so. Nizhal has been actively involved in various greening activities around the city, has conducted several tree walks, tree surveys and "free the tree" campaigns, awareness sessions for schools, colleges and varied citizen groups. All this has been possible through the efforts of a growing volunteer base comprising of volunteers of all ages and from all walks of life.

    . Vision & Mission: Nizhal envisions being an effective catalyst in greening urban areas, with a special focus on regenerating biodiversity and they effectively promote tree culture in urban areas creating awareness of the role of trees, planting the right kind of trees and caring for trees, through collaborative efforts.

    Nizhal's Core Values Dedicated to conservation, because we believe that everyone has a responsibility towards the well being of the natural world. Three main goals: - to preserve biodiversity. - to strengthen the bond between people and nature. - to promote awareness of trees and sensitivity to the trees around us. Believes that real progress in nature conservation demands sincere partnerships based on mutual trust with local communities, organizations and citizens, especially young people. Contact: NIZHAL - Shoba Menon @ 9840904621

  • Graduation Montessori Trainees

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-April-21

    The Valedictory Function of the XXII batch of the Primary Montessori Training Program conducted by the Centre for Montessori Training – Chennai (a unit of Kalvi Trust for Research and Education) was held on the 12th of April 2013 at the Triple Helix auditorium, CLRI, Adyar. This year 29 students received their diplomas from Indian Montessori Centre after their training in the Montessori Metho d over the last 9½ months. The diploma qualifies them to work with children of the age group 2 ½ - 6 years and start a Montessori school. Centre for Montessori training, Chennai (CMT-C), a unit of Kalvi Trust was started in the year 1998, and since then has conducted 21 courses in Chennai, 2 at Erode and 2 at Coimbatore. Over 600 students have been trained by this institute. A few have them have started their own Montessori House of Children and many are placed in several prestigious schools in Chennai.

    .Dr. Ms. Saveetha Rajesh MD, Director of The Pupil, Saveetha Eco School, Porur was the chief guest at the Valedictory Function and gave away the diplomas. For details of the regular courses commencing on July 10th 2013, call 99401 64929 / 93602 04873/ 98418 29390

  • ​‘Craft Nest’ where Creativity is at its Crest

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-April-21

    The ‘Craft Nest’- Thoraipakkam located in the vicinity of the “Birds’ Paradise” - the Pallikaranai Marshland, is no ordinary nest made by the various species of resident and migratory birds you chance to see among the reeds. ‘Craft Nest’ was woven by Ms. Revathy Kumar in October 2011 with the intention of hatching talented artists who can help in saving the environment by turning scrap to gold with their deft craftsmanship, having a peaceful and leisurely pastime among the mundane daily chores and also keep their home artistic and lively. The versatile and lively MS. Revathy Kumar who is trained in Arts and Crafts including cold Porcelain flower- making from Muscat. Enriched with the ten years of experience and having added her own Indian flavor to her learning, Revathy Kumar wanted to share all that she knew. And this includes the original Tanjore and Kerala Mural paintings and the crafts specific to the multicultural States of India. The Arts and Crafts Activity Centre has flexible timings suitable for housewives, working women and children.

    . The friendly ambience draws many from far and near to learn the various types of art and craft courses about 38 ranging from Flower making, Glass painting, Fabric Painting, 3 D decoupage, Pot Murals, glass murals acrylic, Oil painting, Cooking, Baking, and all this with a back- drop of melodious Carnatic music vying with the Keyboard, Violin and Guitar. There are even coaching classes conducted for all subjects including English, Tamil and Hindi. The centre provides with a “Craft Teacher Training program” certificate that you can boast of. There are also chess class with tournaments conducted every three months. Come Summer and this nest turns into a sanctuary where special courses are offered and workshops are conducted if need be in the respective schools too. Craft Nest is the one and only USHA affiliated school at OMR. “Craft nest” takes orders too - you can order your ethnic or exotic and enviable art or craft piece from here for gifting at birthday parties, weddings or other auspicious occasions. Hats off to the “Sakalakalavalli” Ms Revathy Kumar. (Contact Mobile : 98405 44420)

  • Exclusive Library for OMR-ianss

    Source: OMR EXPRESS 2013-April-21

    The Readers Club Library was born two years ago, to revive the lost habit of reading among the Chennaiites - from the busy business executives to the children at school. Aided by technology and social media, this service delivers books direct to the doorstep, thereby helping people access books in a simple and effective manner.

    . . To begin the habit of reading books, is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark that illuminates our being. We cannot remember the books we have read, any more than the meals we may have eaten; even so, books have made us what we are now. People choose to invest on physical well-being through health-clubs and diets; Let us all invest a small amount every month for our mental well-being too - The Books! Readers’ club makes reading much simpler by delivering books at your door step. With over 10,000 titles to choose from and catering to all age groups, the books are all just a click away for the enthusiastic readers. The Club has more than 1000 families being part of their network and strives to make everyone in a family, especially Kids, to read books at least for 15-30 minutes a day. To quote the words of Mr. Warren Buffett - "To describe my scarce leisure time in today's terms, I always default to reading". So, now with Reading books have got a lot simpler with Readers' Club, it is time we default to reading! Log on to www.readersclub.co.in or Call - 99621 00032 / 93806 55511

  • Chance meeting sets off TN alliance talks

    Source:TOI 21 Apr 2013, 04:44 IST

    CHENNAI: Their paths crossed at a funeral of a common friend. But the chance meeting has set off speculation about a possible coming together on a political platform. DMK chief MKarunanidhi and DMDK leader Vijayakanth met briefly at the funeral of media baron and DinaThanthi managing director SivanthiAdithan and exchanged a few words. The occasion didn't call for anything further. But this was enough for partymen on both sides to speculate about a possible future alliance between the two parties. The last time Vijayakanth called on Karunanidhi was when the DMK chief was chief minister in the previous government. The actor had met him to seek his intervention after the National Highways Authority of India ordered that a portion of his marriage hall at Koyambedu, where the party headquarters is now housed, be razed down as it came in the way of a high-cost clover-leaf flyover. The much-awaited meeting between the leaders at a wedding ceremony in Trichy MP Siva's family failed to take place after Vijayakanth skipped the event. On Saturday, Karunanidhi was leaving Adithan's Poes Garden residence when Vijayakanth walked in. The DMDK leader went up to Karunanidhi's car and greeted him. The DMK patriach reciprocated the gesture and both enquired about each other's wellbeing.

    . "But today's (meeting) was an unexpected one at a place where they had come to convey condolences. Do not read too much into it," a senior DMK leader said. Given the close camaraderie between the leaders in recent months, insiders say there is every chance of both the parties inching towards an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Chief minister J Jayalalithaa's accidental meeting with MDMK chief Vaiko recently on Old Mahabalipuram Road near Chennai, when he was winding up a padayatra seeking total prohibition in the state, had created a similar flutter. But in the case of DMK and DMDK, the bonhomie has been all too evident. Sources say the DMK high-command has sent out feelers to the actor-turned-politician. Moreover, when the assembly speaker suspended six DMDK MLAs for six months for allegedly assaulting a rebel MLA in the assembly, Karunanidhi came out in their support. The gesture was reciprocated when a couple of DMK MLAs were suspended for two days for disrupting proceedings. The DMDK objected to the chair on a voice vote. The DMDK contested the assembly elections in 2011 in the AIADMK-led alliance and won 29 seats. But the relationship between the allies snapped with the AIADMK chief even expressing regret at having forged an alliance with the party. The parties parted ways for the local body polls and the bypolls that followed. With the recent show of rebellion by five of its MLAs, who switched loyalties to Jayalalithaa, the DMDK stands the risk of losing its status of main opposition party. "The ruling party does not have any respect for the main opposition leader," said a senior DMK leader, keen to see a DMK-DMDK alliance.

  • Goons trying to buy guns from students: Cops

    Source: TOI 2013-April-8 01:55:00

    CHENNAI: Police are worried over local criminals attempting to source guns from students from north India. After several instances of students from Jharkhand, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh brandishing firearms and an engineering college student pistol-whipping a classmate and his friend in Maduravoyal on Thursday, police said they are keeping a close watch on students from outside Chennai. Some students and former students from other cities have links with criminals in the city, a police officer said. Former students hang around college campus and broker admissions to make a fast buck and, with a lot of money at stake, there is a battle for supremacy between various groups, he said.

    . "Many former students, especially from the north, possess guns," a senior police officer said. "Each group has at least one gun." Police have stumbled upon several instances of rowdies attempting to source country-made and imported firearms through students from the northern states. Kancheepuram superintendent of police, Xavier Dhanraj says local rowdies are trying to get students from the north to procure guns because firearms are not as easily available in Tamil Nadu as they are in states like Bihar and Jharkhand. "Students may be the best source for them to acquire weapons," Dhanaraj said. "We have received intelligence reports on this. We will soon crack down on students who possess unlicenced firearms."

    Speaking on condition of anonymity, students say it's very easy to bring weapons into the city. "We hide pistols and revolvers in bags and suitcases when we come to Chennai by train," a student said. "The metal detectors at Central don't work and the baggage is not checked. When police increase security checks, we are tipped off and alight at Basin Bridge station." Students mostly procure guns from Munger, a town in Bihar which has numerous illegal gun-making units. This industry earlier churned out crude single-shot pistols but it now offers semi-automatic handguns. A 'desi katta' or a crude gun costs just 2,500 and a semi-automatic weapon around 35,000. A sophisticated imported pistol like a Mauser costs 1 lakh or more. Some of the weapons are sourced from Nepal. Former students have several hubs — on OMR and Camp Road, in Potheri, Tambaram, Madipakkam, Maduravoyal, Mogappair and Avadi — where they hang out and make commissions during admissions. They are part of gangs that terrorise other students, police officers say.

    "Some students approach us for protection," said a 2000 batch engineering graduate whose main business now is "selling engineering seats". He said there are at least a dozen groups of former students who stay near professional colleges in the suburbs. "We have demarcated boundaries and no group meddles with another," he said. "We do not use guns normally, but do not hesitate to pull out one if we are provoked." We hide pistols and revolvers in bags and suitcases when we come to Chennai by train. The metal detectors at Central don't work and the baggage is not checked. When police increase security checks, we are tipped off a student ...

  • Luxe beckons: Builders scout for hefty pockets

    Source: TOI 2013-April-6 05:22:00

    CHENNAI: For many, it's a mystery how high-end apartments and villas are sold in the city. The type of advertisement campaigns most buildersresort to in marketing medium and low-budget projects don't often work in this case. Apartments and villas priced at 3 crore and above are sold differently as the moneyed don't go by mass psychology, says Jayant Hemdev, business director of real estate consultancy firm Hemdev's.

    . "Builders adopt a customized approach in identifying high-networth individuals (HNIs). They identify potential clients from among major depositors in banks. Some like ICICI and HDFC, with their own brokering divisions, play a key role in marketing expensive apartments," says Hemdev. With builders like VGN, Ceebros, Akshaya and Jain Housing concluding five major land deals for developing luxury apartments in the past few weeks and TVH and Khivraj set to launch two projects in Kotturpuram soon, a host of premium apartments are set to be up for grabs. Many have already started scouting for potential buyers.

    Many developers build a huge data base of old customers as well as potential buyers and alert them whenever a new project is launched. T Chitty Babu, MD of Akshaya which launched a luxury apartment project on the OMR recently, sent his team to reach senior executives of all corporate houses in the vicinity. "We also approached leading clubs. At times, it takes several weeks between the first contact and the conclusion of the deal," he says. P V Sanmugam, MD of city-based Kgeyes, says HNIs are choosy about neighbours. "When a CEO of an MNC wanted to buy an apartment from us in Poes Garden a few years ago, she sent a broker to do the groundwork. She showed interest after realizing the other two buyers were top executives of MNCs, whom she knew. Many HNIs operate through brokers they trust. Others approach us through common friends. Seldom do they approach us directly," says Sanmugam.

    Since understanding the market is as complicated as knowing the psyche of potential buyers, most builders arrange pre-launch sales for a select few. It not only gives them a head start with some assurance on funding, but also helps the builder know if he has the right product mix in terms of size. It helps gauge the public feedback on pricing too. Though there is no thumb rule on how much a builder offloads in a pre-launch, it is normally in the region of 20-30%. They sell the balance at a higher price after the formal launch. The difference is often 10%, says Hemdev....

  • Office space demand grows, Amazon scouts for 3L sqft

    Source: TOI 2013-April-5 05:36:00

    CHENNAI: The world's largest online retailer Amazon.com is set to double its operations in Chennai. The company is looking to lease out an additional 3 lakh sqft of office space in the city to expand its operations in the city. The company currently has a development centre here which also deals with the company's e-book reader Kindle, employing close to 5,000 people. "Amazon and IBM Daksh are looking for additional space in Chennai," sources said. Amazon officials could not be reached for a comment.

    .Over the last few months, Chennai has seen an increase in the demand for requirements of office space, primarily by IT companies, and this would add to the list of several IT deals, Mind Tree's 175,000 sqft space at Ramanujan IT City ( SEZ) Taramani, being the largest. Chennai office market has witnessed nearly 3.5 lakh sqft of absorption in January and March, 2013. Some of the significant transactions include Synergy AKDR Building on OMR of 30,000 sqft, Episource Prince Info Park on OMR of 35,000 sqft and Sashun Bascon Towers at Nungambakkam for 22,000 sqft. The rental values across the market remain stable compared to December 2012. "If this trend continues along with a good conversion rate, the commercial market is expected to show some intensified activity with increased level of absorption in the just commenced fiscal year," a report from real estate consultancy RECS Group said.

    Investment transactions, more particularly residential investments are on the rise. January - March saw several multi-crore investment transactions like VGN's acquisition of the 1.5 acres of land at Nungambakkam from Tatas, Ceebros' acquisition of Atlantic Hotel, a prime property at Egmore. The retail front too saw heightened activity with the opening of city's largest mall, Phoenix Market City at Velachery, even as others like Prestige Forum Vijaya Mall at Vadapalani and the PS Group's mall at Velachery are in the pipeline.

  • ​Elevated corridor along OMR to be country’s longest

    TNN | Apr 2, 2013, 02.47 AM IST Source: TOI

    CHENNAI: To facilitate a smooth ride for thousands of people hitting the IT corridor everyday, the Tamil Nadu government has announced an elevated corridor along the 45km Old Mahabalipuram Road. It would be the country's longest such corridor, much longer than the Hyderabad airport-city link which is 11.6km.

    .Chief minister J Jayalalithaa said the government would soon prepare a detailed project report. The announcement comes at a time when the 19km Chennai Port-Maduravoyal elevated corridor, being built by NHAI, is stalled because of the objections raised by the state government.

    Jayalalithaa made a slew of announcements in the assembly on road infrastructure development, including on multi-level vehicle parking at Siruseri, rail over- bridges and road widening projects estimated to cost 2,000 crore.

    The elevated corridor would be built in two phases, from Taramani to Siruseri and Siruseri to Mammallapuram. "This is to decongest the chaotic traffic emanating from the large number of IT firms, multi-storied buildings and educational institutions along this road. 5 crore will be allocated for the detailed project report," she said. The IT corridor was initiated by Jayalalithaa during her earlier tenure.

    The 45km long stretch starts at Madhya Kailash Temple junction on Sardar Patel Road and ends on East Coast Road, parallel to the Old Mahabalipuram Road. The prestigious TIDEL park is also located on this road.

  • 8 die, 5 hurt in three accidents on Chennai outskirts

    TOI 02 Apr 2013, 02:47 IST

    CHENNAI: At least eight people, including an IIT-M student and a scientist's wife and son, were killed and five others were injured in three separate road accidents on the city outskirts on Sunday and Monday. A 21-year-old third year BTech student of IIT-Madras was fatally knocked down by a tipper lorry near Semmenchery on Old Mahabalipuram Road on Monday evening. Police said V Sayanth, a native of Thiruvananthapuram, was on his way to Akkarai to visit a friend, when his two-wheeler was hit from behind and he was thrown off. Sayanth's father Vijayakumar is a retired government official in Kerala, police said.

    . Earlier in the day, around 7.45am, a car going towards Mamallapuram rammed a taxi that was parked on the roadside, killing M Dhanya, 28, her six-month-old son Samarth and the taxi driver, Kumar, 34, on the spot. Dhanya's husband Manish Kumar, a scientist in the atomic power plant near Kalpakkam, who had stepped out of the cab escaped. The family was returning home when the accident occurred at Nemmeli near Mamallapuram.

    Rajesh, 24, who was behind the wheel of the car that smashed into the cab, was arrested for rash and negligent driving. Soon, a large crowd gathered at the site of the accident, but police swung into action and cleared the vehicles and the dispersed the crowd as chief minister J Jayalalithaa's convoy was headed to Chennai from Siruseri. On Sunday evening, four people died and five others were injured when a car going to Thirukazhukundram collided with another that was returning to the city from Puducherry at Kanathur on ECR.

    Police said Dhanasekar, 35, of Thirukazhukundram, his mother-in-law Kalaiselvi, 56, and a relative Manonmani, 32, died on the spot, while Dhanasekar's wife Bhuvaneshwari, their son Bhuvanesh and a relative Pushpalingam were injured. The group was returning home after attending a function in Thiruvottiyur when their car collided with another car in which Selvakumar, 34, of Murugappa Street in Purasawalkam, and his friends Kannan and Thamaraiselvan were returning from Puducherry. Selvakumar was killed, while the other two were injured.

  • To invest Rs 50-60cr in Lifeline buy: Apollo Hospital

    Apr 01, 2013, 05.50 PM IST

    Apollo Hospital is in talks to take over Lifeline multi-specialty hospital in Old Mahabalipuram Road in Chennai. AK Krishnan, CFO, Apollo Hospital told CNBC-TV18 that there will be around Rs 50-60 crore of total investment going into this. "Our plan is to put this for use over the next three-four months", he added.

    Across states, the company has added 325 beds during FY13 and according to Krishnan it is now planning to add over 1,000 beds in FY14. He also informed that it has plans to establish Proton Therapy Center with investment of Rs 400 crore.

  • ​MTC gives share autos a run for money on OMR

    Source: TOI 20 March 2013, 02:47 IST

    CHENNAI: Share autorickshaws , which once ruled Old Mahabalipuram Road, are now being given a run for their money — by the Metropolitan Transport Corporation. In an attempt to bring in more passengers, MTC introduced a new route, M19B, on the 14km Sholinganallur-Kelambakkam stretch four months ago. Now, with eight buses, each making 20 trips a day, or one every 10 minutes, many commuters prefer MTC buses. The 6km stretch between Sholinganallur and Siruseri has the most patronage. "Earlier there was no dedicated bus route on OMR, and people, especially employees of companies along the stretch, were dependent on share autos . Only buses on routes such as 19B from T Nagar to Kelambakkam and 21H from Broadway to Kelambakkam served commuters here," said an MTC official. The frequency has improved on the new route, he said.

    The corporation, he said, simply identified the stretch where the demand is highest and tailored the route to cash in. And the results are showing . "We collect between 9,000 and 11,000 per day per bus," said Dhanasu, a conductor. Share auto drivers are complaining . "We used to make at least 1,000 a day. Now, after MTC changed its operations, we hardly make 500," said M Rafeeq, a share auto driver from Sholinganallur. Many preferred buses as drivers did not have to wait for an adequate number of passengers, he said. MTC now plans to introduce a route from Sholinganallur to Tambaram and modify routes like T21 and T51. Earlier, MTC simply used its 'clout' by urging regional transport officials to deny permits to share autos claiming that they were eating into its revenue. And the authorities obliged. "The government stopped giving permits to share autos in 1996 to protect MTC's revenue," said a RTO official. MTC is planning anew terminus at Siruseri. "We are in talks with Sipcot to allot one or two acres of land for the facility. This will streamline buses and increase frequency and may benefit about one lakh people," said K Purushothaman, regional director of Nasscom, a representative of IT companies.

  • ​Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority nod for housing projects on industrial plot

    Karthikeyan Hemalatha, TNN | Mar 9, 2013, 03.47AM IST Source: TOI

    CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has agreed to allow residential projects on the trouble-gripped 10-acre plot at the Guindy Industrial Estate. The plot owned by Hindustan Teleprinters Limited has been on the block for the past five years, but failed to attract any buyer because of its classification as industrial land in government records. With residential plots in the central business district fetching astronomical prices, if the land finally goes to a property developer, it may set a new benchmark in property price in the Guindy region. As industrial activities are fast becoming untenable in the city and developing new IT parks no longer a financially viable proposition, HTL approached the CMDA seeking clarification as to whether residential projects can be promoted on the site. A high-level committee of the CMDA, which looked into the issue recently, has decided to permit residential activities on the property. A senior CMDA official said: "Under normal circumstance, we do not permit conversion of industrial land to residential one. But in the case of HTL, the state government, in the 1960's, had permitted the company to construct residential quarters for its staff members on a portion of the land. Against such a backdrop, we have decided to permit residential development on the entire land."

    The property has been in the limelight for wrong reasons. In a closely contested auction, Bangalore-based RMZ Corporation decided to buy out the HTL property for 297 crore in 2007. The deal got stuck because the state government objected to it. Later, various courts, including the Supreme Court upheld the company's right to sell the land. Meanwhile, the State Bank of India took possession of the property in 2009. The bank is now looking at liquidating its debt exposure. The land is situated off Anna Salai and fits all development parameters prescribed by the CMDA. "Going by the price (12,000 per sq ft) at which a builder launched a new apartment project in Guindy recently, it is anybody's guess as to how much the HTL property will fetch," said a builder. "If residential development is possible, the property may fetch more than 600 crore," said another builder. The CMDA, meanwhile, is tightening screws on residential development in all industrial belts, including Old Mahabalipuram Road, also known as IT Highway. An official said, "A distance of 500 metres on both sides of the OMR is earmarked for IT purpose. We have given permission for many residential projects in the IT zone on OMR in the past. But hereafter, residential projects will not be encouraged in the IT belt."

  • Skyscrapers enter Chennai at 171 metres; OMR tower to be Chennai's tallest

    Karthikeyan Hemalatha, TNN | Mar 9, 2013, 03.47AM IST Source: TOI

    CHENNAI: The Old Mahabalipuram Road, Chennai's IT corridor, is also emerging as a hub of skyscrapers in the city. The area already houses the two tallest buildings in the state - both residential projects, each with a height of 105 metres (32 floors). Now, a city-based builder has launched a still taller residential apartment project with a height of 171 metres near Siruseri IT Park. Moreover, a 132-metre-high building with 38 floors is also coming up near Siruseri. Once completed, Archean Group's 'Albatross' will be the state's tallest building. It is the first real estate venture of the group, which is into diversified business interests like granites, industrial chemicals, minerals and shipping. Nakshatra Roy, MD of the real estate division of the group, said the project had already obtained mandatory clearances from the Directorate of Town and Country Planning and Mamallapuram Local Planning Authority. The building has two basement floors, one ground floor and 50 floors above that. The main tower would have two club houses, one on the ground floor and another on the 29th floor. The builder has roped in international architects and consultants from Singapore, Israel and Australia for structural design, landscaping and analysing wind effects on the building. It would take three years to complete.

    Once the two ongoing projects are complete, Chennai can boast of having two of the top 100 skyscrapers in the country. The state government was reluctant to give clearances for skyscrapers in the city till the second master plan of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority was rolled out in 2008. Till then, 60 metres was the maximum height permitted in the city. After the plan document lifted height restrictions, many high-rise buildings have come up, especially in the outlying areas of the city. "Skyscrapers have advantages as well as disadvantages," noted an international realty consultant. In a city like Chennai, where uninterrupted power supply is a luxury, skyscrapers will leave a gaping hole in the owners' pockets month after month, he said. "Operation of lifts and other amenities on diesel generators is a costly proposition," he noted, adding that maintenance cost for apartments would range from 3 to 4 per sq ft. About the clientele, he said most of the high-end apartments in the city are affordable only for the business class.