Old localities in Chennai set to get a makeover

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is mulling over plans to redevelop old localities in the city such as George Town, Triplicane (Tiruvallikeni) and Purasawalkam.

Initially as a pilot project, the proposed redevelopment plan will cover 150 hectares of George Town. A proposal in this regard has been submitted by the CMDA to the Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs to access a grant of ₹1 crore under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

Engaging experts

Disclosing this in the Assembly on Saturday, Deputy Chief Minister O. Panneerselvam, who also holds the Housing and Urban Development (HUD) portfolio, stated that the CMDA had proposed to engage the services of experts in the fields of architecture, urban design, town planning and economics for the preparation of the plan. On getting the Centre’s approval for the proposal for George Town, the CMDA will take up works for the other two areas.

On the conservation of heritage buildings/precincts in the Chennai Metropolitan Area, documentation has been completed for 164 heritage buildings, which are being notified. Documentation and evaluation is in progress for another 192 heritage buildings, of which about 160 has been completed.

At the end of the debate on the demand for grants of the HUD Department, he announced that the authority would implement a project for establishing a multi-level parking facility at the Velachery MRTS station, at a cost of ₹80 crore.

A bus terminus would be set up over an area of 20 acres in Kuthampakkam village, Tirumazhisai, on the outskirts of the city, at a cost of ₹150 crore.

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