The 70th Republic Day was celebrated with fervour by government departments, educational institutions and voluntary organisations across the city on Saturday.
Bus conductor Syed Ismail who returned ₹2.47 lakh left by a passenger during a bus ride, bus driver Dilli who helped people with disabilities and Central depot worker D. Rameshbabu were among those who were honoured during celebrations organised at the Metropolitan Transport Corporation.
At the office of the Accountant General (AE), officials who had done exemplary work were presented with Accountant General’s Merit Award and Life Time Achievement awards. Several sportspersons who had brought laurels to the department were also honoured. D. Jaisankar, Accountant General (AE), Tamil Nadu, spoke about new initiatives such as the help desk to address queries of self-drawing officers.
Unfurling the national flag, P. Raveendran, chairman, Chennai Port Trust, elaborated on their projects. The Chennai Ennore Port Connectivity project would be completed soon and the work on the elevated corridor from port to Maduravoyal would resume early this year.
Feasibility of a maritime cluster at Mappedu, 50 km away from the Chennai Port, was being studied to augment the traffic growth, he added.
Officials who had excelled in their work, be it awareness on harnessing rainwater, tax collection or complaint redressal, were recognised with awards at the celebrations held at Chennai Metrowater headquarters.
A colourful cultural programme and parade by the Central Industrial Security Force marked the celebrations at the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited. G. Aravindan, director (Operations), highlighted the investment of ₹27,460 crore made by CPCL to increase capacity of the Nagapattinam refinery.
To mark the occasion at NLCIL, members of the Neyveli ladies club distributed fruits to patients of the NLCIL General Hospital. Certificates were distributed to students of the Neyveli Dakshin Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha.
After hoisting the national flag, T. Rajendran, executive director, ONGC, Cauvery Basin, spoke on the achievements in the Cauvery and K.G. Basin.
Similar celebrations were held at the Income Tax Department and the State Election Commission.