Grandma\’s Tales

July 13, 2007

On the masterplan for Chennai

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Government,Society — Rajesh @ 7:43 pm

Reader Jayasimhan T writes this note. Thank you Mr. Jayasimhan, for this informative comment. From all this, it is clear a lot of work is yet to be done to create a masterplan that will benefit all.
DISCUSSION ON DRAFT MASTER PLAN FOR CHENNAI
HELD ON 19.05.2007 – ORGANISED BY `THE HINDU’
We should certainly appreciate the efforts taken by ‘The Hindu’ for the discussion and The Hindu’s aim towards creating a better society.
Though there was sufficient information from CMDA – there was no opportunity for discussion. We would have been glad if they could have provided the opportunity to discuss the master plan, which was the very purpose of the meeting.
I am an Architect. I have the following points to convey regarding the Draft Master Plan.
1. First of all, CMDA is incompetent to draft a Master plan. The correct approach would be to get town/city planning solutions from the best professionals across the world (in this field) and thereby arrive at drafting a suitable Masterplan.
2. A vision from hard-core professionals is needed for this purpose. Govt. officials are unsuited for this purpose – their (CMDA’s only job would be coordinate this and try to get the best professional input).
3. Architects or town planners from the US, UK, etc. who have in-depth knowledge of cities and its growth shall be able to deliver wonderful solutions taking into account the likely future technological advancements. They will study our socio-cultural context and then arrive at solutions. Moreover there are so many good town planners within India too, especially in Delhi.
Important requirements for this MasterPlan which demands to be provided:-
1. Land banks for the following public purposes:-
a) Huge Lung spaces within cities – which is the most essential requirement to fight pollution.
b) Land for Schools and Colleges – Educational requirements.
c) Land for Hospitals – Health requirements.
d) Land for Parks and Playgrounds – Recreational requirements.
e) Land for Temples, Mosques, churches, etc. – Religious requirements.
f) Land for Govt. offices.
g) Land for Community purposes – Community halls, etc.
h) Land for theatres.
i) Land for public shopping complexes and markets. Etc.
The above lands will have to be provided by the Government – no private promoter can be expected to provide these facilities.
These are social requirements – where the land has to be free (or very cheap) so that different strata of people (including poor) will be facilitated.
Too much of reliance upon private development will lead to chaos – as their only intention is profit – whereas a city does not necessarily run on profit motives.
2. Trees and vegetation – nowadays one can find that builders don’t plant huge shade giving trees (as they consider it a maintenance problem – (falling leaves, crows, etc.) – whereas trees are most important for climate control and exchange of O2 and CO2. Govt. should compel to provide shade giving and other useful trees.
3. Contour – the contour levels are very important in any Masterplan. Natural courses of water and water bodies, water channels should be recorded and further development should be based on contour restrictions – otherwise there would be flooding in developed areas where water will not find a way to go. This itself is a big topic and the CMDA, Corporation are presently floundering on this subject greatly. A great, great lot could be saved, if only there is some professional input in these agencies’ work.
4. Unapproved layouts – this causes real mess in city planning. The city should grow as planned. This is the curse of any city which allows it. The entire Master plan will fail if this is allowed or recognized. Strict action to enforce Masterplan should be taken.
There are several important issues as above, which can be resolved only by dedicated Town Planners who can give a Good form for the Masterplan to create a much better and lovable city.
N.B.:- Since, it is a huge topic, I’ve highlighted only some salient aspects. I’m cutting short my note for brevity. In short, one can say that the Draft Masterplan prepared by CMDA is severely lacking and hence should be scrapped in entirety.
The best City planning consultants from across the world should be involved in preparing the Masterplan for such a Culturally rich city like Chennai.
Compiled by:-
Jayasimhan T

July 12, 2007

Masterplan II for Chennai

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Society — Rajesh @ 11:22 am

First a note on Darmesh. Attend any effort to save abandoned animals, trees and people in Chennai, you will find Darmesh there. This extremely intelligent, exceptionally hard-working and very young man has taken it upon himself to voice the rights of the voiceless. I never found out what he does for a living. But I saw him working with People for Animals, at a meeting to spread information on RTI and now taking an active part in spreading information on the Chennai Master Plan. Here is a mail from him.
INVITATION
The Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s (CMDA) second draft master plan will decide the fate of Chennai city and its residents for the next two decades. Even while a sham consultation is ongoing on a shoddy master plan, the city’s landscape is set to become even more hostile for economically weaker sections through the JNNURM projects. Nearly Rs.44,000 Crores will be invested over the next 8 years for various infrastructure and developmental schemes/projects. The majority of this money will go towards widening roads and building flyovers for automobile owners, while bus services, education, and other infrastructure that will benefit all citizens will receive very little funding. The plans primarily supposed to benefit the poor of the city have however fallen short of its expectations. Most of the data is nearly a decade old and in some cases even manufactured to fit into the proposed ideas under the plans.

What will Chennai look like, who will the new ‘development’ benefit and whom will it harm, who will be heard and who will decide what’s the best for us? Agencies representing the software industry, the real estate sector and other corporate houses have made clear demands and presented vision papers to the Government. But no such consolidated vision has emerged from the city’s working class communities, the poor or those who work amongst them.
 
What would the city need to look like if the aspirations of the city’s poor are to be addressed? What forms should consultations take to assimilate and articulate these aspirations? What role could community groups, voluntary organisations and public-spirited individuals play in enabling this process? These questions define the agenda of the meeting proposed to be held on 14 July, 2007. We invite your organization to participate in planning the future course of the campaign and to challenge the JNNURM and the CMDA Master Plan in its current anti-poor form.
The agenda for the meeting:
Session I (1:30pm to 2:30pm):
Understanding the JNNURM and the CMDA Second Master Plan –
Mr. Louis Menezes and Mr. Devasahayam.
Session II (3:00pm to 4:30pm):
Presentations on areas of prime impact:
i) Shelter and Evictions – Ossie Fernandes, Human Rights Foundation
ii)Transport – Parimala Jayanthi, Penn Thozhilargal Sangam
iii)Health – Dr. Rakhal Gaitohnde, Community Health Cell Chennai
iv) Water – R. Srinivasan, Pudu Vellam
v)  Livelihood – Sujata Mody, Penn Thozhilargal Sangam
vi) Environment – Nityanand Jayaraman, Journalist and Environmentalist
Session III – Opportunities (4:30pm to 6:00):
Discussion with panel; moderated by Dr. Rakhal Gaithonde, Community Health Cell, Chennai.
DATE: 14th July 2007, Saturday
TIME: 1:30pm to 6pm
VENUE: Madras Institute of Development Studies
79, Second Main Road, Gandhinagar, Adyar
Chennai – 600020
For more information Contact Dharmesh Shah 9444416546.
The Hindu published a critique on the first draft of the Master Plan. It was written by Bharat Jayraj of Consumer Action Group. He too had highlighted the facts raised by Darmesh here.   

July 8, 2007

The Taj Mahal is a “new” wonder!

Filed under: Consumer caution,Government,Society — Rajesh @ 7:37 am

There wasn’t much doubt that the Taj would make it in the end. It has been a leading contender in this particular poll since early 2006. So now the Taj Mahal is one of the new 7 wonders of the world. It sits there along with Peru’s Machu Pichu, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil’s Christ the Redeemer, Mexico’s Chichen Itza (pyramid), The Great Wall of China and the Colosseum of Rome.
I have very mixed feelings about this. I don’t know what the yardsticks are for choosing a “wonder”. Is it the size? The difficulty level of building it? Is it the workmanship? Looks like this time popularity was the major consideration. Popularity and the population.
Let’s look at how the choosing was done.
The campaign to find the “new” wonders of the world was launched in 1999 by a Swiss gentleman called Bernard Weber. I guess he started this non-profit organisation, New7wonders and sent out messages asking people all over the world to nominate “wonders” for the contest to choose the 7 best. It seems 200 nominations reached the officials organising the poll. After scrutiny, the most-voted-for 21 nominations were short-listed. This list was announced in the beginning of 2006.
Do you see the problem here? A lot of people might have voted for their nominees repeatedly. The organisers admitted there was no way (at least no foolproof way) to stop this. For nearly a year and a half people have been voting for their favourites.  You could e-mail your preference through various websites or you could SMS your choice.
In a glittering ceremony today, the winners were announced. The ceremony was held in a soccer stadium in Lisbon, capital of Portugal.  Nearly 50,000 were thought to have been present to cheer the winners.
A 100 million people cast their votes, boasted the organisers. And that made the poll worldwide and gave large groups of people a say in what the new 7 wonders should be. Pretty democratic, you would say, considering the ancient wonders were chosen by a single writer.
So which structures had a fair chance of winning? Those in countries with large populations; those in countries with a large telecom penetration; with large numbers of educated people; with a globalised population… guess the rest.
Significantly, UNESCO has distanced itself completely from this selection. It is a popular poll, not a scientific one, whatever that may be.
Yes, I’m happy the Taj made the cut, however informal, unofficial this poll may be. There are now 7 new wonders, and the Taj Mahal is there. Bipasha Basu and Ben Kingsley announced the name. The Mayor of Agra went on stage and received the prize, the plaque, that says so. May be those who want to build commercial corridors around this mausoleum will think twice before embarking on a similar project. May be there will be more visitors to view the Taj in the coming months.
I have a couple of niggling thoughts, though. Will it pursuade the powers that be to do something about the surroundings of this new wonder? Will Agra get a serious face-lift now? Will it now be a clean, well-drained city of gardens and well-laid roads? Will it have better, cleaner facilities for stay?
The second one comes from my daughter: “I voted because of peer pressure Mom,” she said.  “But who are these guys who organised it? They say they are non-profit. Should we believe them?” Right. The guys now have 100 million e-mails and telephone numbers. How do we know they will not be passed on for a consideration?

June 6, 2007

The Elliot’s beach saga – 12 Response to Corporation’s plan

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Society — Rajesh @ 9:06 pm

Here’s more response to the latest plan from the Corporation. First from Sumitra of Civil Society Group.
I was one of 3 people who responded to Mr.Sathyanarayanan’s call for examining the revised plan onSunday evening. Sharadha couldn’t come due to an eye infection, but both of us feel that two meetings are definitely in order – one, with the BRR person who can advise us on what actually has been presented on the map…its not been done to scale, and looks not to be in proportion as well; the other meeting has to be with the Commissioner.
Mr. Sathyanarayana had said that he’d get back over the first meeting, but hasn’t got
Sharadha has said that she will get in back yet. In the meanwhile, its clear that while at first glance the plan might have changed, 5 to 7.5 metres of beach along the mud road will go to lawns, pogolas, artificial pillars, gallery and paved seating spaces. there has not been much of the actual building planned that’s gone. The vision of the plan leaves much to be desired. touch with Mr. Sathyanarayanan failing which she will contact the BRR person herself.

Sumitra.
Here is my take on it. I tried my level best to make out the specifications n the new plan, but couldn’t read the numbers at all.
It’s not about how far the lawns will invade the sand. The idea is, nothing should take the sand area away from the beach, not by an inch. There is a gallery, there are columns, there is a pagola, some 6 metres of lawns and a walk way beyond it to the side of the water. So what has changed? The plan is an optical illusion, just appears to leave a lot of sand untouched.
My questions:
[1] Won’t all this construction block the sea-view? isn’t that the “beauty” we are all talking about?
[2] How can we have such long stretches of lawn in a water-starved city? How will they be maintained? If the Corporation cares so much about th beautification of rthe city, how come the fountain opposite Ambika Appalam in Adyar has become defunct in recent months? I loved seeing it on my way to work.
[3] What about the opinion survey? Didn’t the respondents say they did not want an amphitheatre? Now should we conduct another survey to ask, “Do you need a gallery?”
Geeta.

June 5, 2007

World Environment Day

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Society — Rajesh @ 10:21 pm

All right, June 5, 2007  is coming to a close. We heard the worst of the news about the degradation of our environment, all day. Developed countries are the worst offenders when it comes to CO2 emissions. Among the developing (?) countries, India and China are fast catching up with that record.  Aviation brings in the worst pollution. The Himalayas are littered, the Taj Mahal stands in the  middle of filth. Our sacred rivers are choking with sewage. Will we stop throwing plastic around?
Tigress Sita, a very beautiful specimen and probably among the last of her tribe is fighting for life after being shot repeatedly by poachers. Nandan Kanan (Orissa) officials have now sent out an appeal for experts to come and save her.  Our hill stations have become warm. suffer from acute water shortage.
Yes, in small pockets individuals are struggling to save the planet for our children and grandchildren. But those stories are pitifully few.
In Chennai, there was this invitation from CII to join people for a walk to highlight the problems. Young activist friend Dharmesh sent this mail in reply.

I just read about the CII environment walk. It is extremely depressing that a collective of some of the worst corporate criminals can openly talk about saving the world while destroying it at the same time. We heard about this walk from a friend and we were planning a demonstration but due to lack of time we had to cancel.
Activities like these go onto the CSR resume of corporates that they later use as a fig leaf to cover up their act. Most of the members are either guilty of destroying either the environment or the people they claim to benefit. Some of the favorite CSR initiatives of corporates like the ones taht CII hosts – AIDS, Child Rights, Womens Rights, Tsunami Rehab, Tree Planting, Cancer – all important issues but unfortunately used by companies to spruce up their fake social profiles and cover up their filth that otherwise would lay exposed.
CII hosts companies like;
Suez – the largest international private water company responsible for numerous environmental and human right violations. Read about it on http://cupe.ca/PrivatizationWater/Backgrounder_Suez_co

Chemplast Sanmar – a chennai based chemical company with major interest in PVC and other chemicals. This company has single handedly managed to destroy farmlands, ground water, streams leading to River Cauvery and ecosystems in Mettur. Now they are setting up a 200,000 tons per annum PVC plant in SIPCOT Cuddalore despite massive public oppossition read more about it on www.sipcotcuddalore.com

Sterlite Industries – a national mineral and mining company responsible for numerous human rights and environmental violations in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu and Orissa. Read more about Orissa at: http://www.indiatogether.org/2005/mar/env-alumina.htm
A monitoring committee formed by the Supreme Court also found Sterlite responsible for these violation Read more about Sterlite Tuticorin at: http://www.scmc.info/reports/tamilnadu/scmc_sterlite.htm

Shell: I neednt talk about the history of this company everyone knows the worlds most notorious Oil giant. 5 major oil corporations contribute to 10% of the earths global warming and Shell is one of them. Just do a google and you will find dirt on them.
Exxon Mobil –
Oil giant do a google for Exxon Mobil + violations. Find the complete list of members on: http://www.ciionline.org/AboutCII/87/default9708.html?Page=Members%20List.htm
Cheers
Dharmesh

June 3, 2007

The Elliot’s beach saga – 13 Two letters

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Government,Society — Rajesh @ 9:24 pm

Two people have responded to the new beach plan from the Corporation. Here they are:

Dear Mr.Sathyanarayanan,
My thoughts are clearly in sync with Mr.Raghavan's. I also feel, along with the design of the planned structures and the space taken by them, the concerns of various stakeholders (like hawkers, differently abled, turtles, etc) have to be seen to be addressed in the presentdispensation of improvements. The investment in drainage and maintenance is also surely a real issue.
I feel the critical question is,with what vision of the beach in mind have the improvements been evolved? Sumitra

On 6/3/07, S. RAGHAVAN <raglaksh@yahoo.com> wrote:
Dear Mr. Sathyanarayanan,
There is a saying that it is easier to wheedle milk from a mouse than to extract information from a government body. I have not tried the former but I have tried the latter and usually failed. I should therefore congratulate and all those involved in this effort for not only getting information but being able to get radical changes made in the plan.
On the computer I could not read the small print in the plan denoting the various proposed structures. I saw the plan displayed at the beach this morning but I fared no better. With this handicap I am giving the following comments:

1. It is good to see that the sand has largely been left undisturbed. However since the map is probably not to scale I am unable to judge the percentage of space taken for the various structures shown to the east of the road. I hope it is small. And I hope that the structures are small and blend with the environment.
2.
In general the drainage arrangements at the beach are not satisfactory as can be seen after any spell of rain. I hope this will be taken care of.
3
. On the southern side, shops and toilet are shown in what looks like an inset map. So it is not clear where they are located. I hope the toilets will have good water supply and drainage.
4.
The old dilapidated building and the restaurant complex at the southern end are not shown. So I presume they will be removed.
5
. There a car and two-wheeler park shown at one end. Does it mean that roadside parking will not be allowed? If so that is good, but will the allotted parking space be adequate?
6.
More than the plan itself, a commitment is needed that maintenance of the beach and toilets will be organised properly and rules against littering etc. will be strictly enforced. In any meeting you may have with the authorities this needs to be stressed.
With best regards, S. Raghavan

May 26, 2007

Grammar – 34 Rape of my city 3

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Government,Language,Society — Rajesh @ 8:59 am

In Metroblogging Chennai, Chenthil Nathan has posted the following.
A new flyover is being constructed in the GN Chetty Road – Thirumalai Pillai Road Junction (better known as the Vani Mahal Junction). Hence GN Chetty Road is now a single lane road for a stretch, leading to traffic snarls during peak hours. The notice board in the area says that the project is expected to be completed by June 2008.
I have travelled in this road for the past few years and didn’t see any need for a fly over here. May be the traffic planners have more data to put up a flyover here. In any case, be prepared for traffic snarls if you are travelling in this area for the next few months.
I had posted a letter from a doctor in that locality bemoaning the felling of 30-year-old trees for constructing this totally unnecessary flyover. I’m beginning to think that the flyover is a/an (af)front to make use of this valuable timber. Does anyone in this city care about trees? The ones who will be affected immediately are the street vendors, presswallas and pedestrians. No, the corporation does not want us to walk anymore. Getting out for something? Get into/onto your vehicle!
In the long run, all of us will be affected by avenue-tree felling. Do we really want a bare city of ugly concrete structures? Here are my questions to those who argue that trees have to be sacrificed for “development”.
[1] Now you say there is no roadspace and to lay swanking new roads, we need to uproot the trees. Right. But you don’t expect people to stop buying vehicles, do you? If it’s something like 21,000 vehicles joining the chaos that is our city streets every month, even these new roads will soon get choked. What will you bring down next? The houses on the roadsides? I mean, is this the right solution?
[2] Has any survey been done about the flyovers built between 1996 and 2001? Has it substantially reduced traffic congestion? Is there a smooth flow of traffic in those areas? Did you leave footpaths when you built flyovers?
[3] What happened to all those trees that were cut off? Have they been transplanted? Where? Have they survived?
[4] The clincher. You say there is no space on the roads. Fine. Then why do you allow haphazard parking everywhere? How come vehicles are parked in every road/street turning, which even a baby knows is against traffic rules? How come new commercial establishments spring up in places where there is no parking space? I have clear examples of these violations on my road. Would anyone care to call me up so I can show them?
[5] Why don’t we impose strict parking rules like any modern city in the world does? Why can’t we create “walk only” areas in T. Nagar?
[6] Back to my first point. Are trees being cut for their value, in the name of flyovers? Comments following Chenthil Nathan’s post would suggest so.

 

May 17, 2007

The Elliot’s beach saga – 12 Something happened yesterday

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Government,Society — Rajesh @ 8:23 am

Here’s a report in today’s The Hindu
http://www.hindu.com/2007/05/17/stories/2007051716300100.htm
in which this paragraph appears.
Beach beautification
The Minister also emphasised the early execution of beach beautification schemes for the Marina, Edward Elliots, Thiruvanmiyur, and the stretch around and opposite Fort St. George. In a day or two, the Chennai Corporation will float bids for the stretch opposite the Fort.
Next month, tenders for Marina and Edward Elliots will be invited. By the middle of July, Thiruvanmiyur will be taken up. The schemes will be completed in three months. Noting that Rs. 25 crore has been allocated for the schemes, the official hopes that eventually, the cost will be less.

Asks Mr. Raghavan:
Does this hurry mean that the Elliott Beach will be “beautified” regardless of our objections or that a revised plan as suggested is ready?
From,
S. Raghavan
[Deputy Director-General of Meteorology (Retired)
Consultant to Indian Space Research Organisation]
15/16, Bayline Apts.,
2nd Cross St.,
Radhakrishnan Nagar, Chennai – 600041, India
Phone: + 91 44  24522228
Mobile: + 91 94443 86928
Email: manmatha@dataone.in

raglaksh@yahoo.com
raglaksh@gmail.com

(Please note change in door number)
Any suggestions?

May 15, 2007

Are you an efficient buyer? 6 Mangoes are here!

Filed under: Consumer caution — Rajesh @ 9:53 pm

My posts on “buying” invariably feature my husband (Man of the house – MOH for short).  There is a reason for it. MOH is the principal buyer in my household, being the more efficient – according to him the only efficient – in getting a good bargain.
Today, we went out to buy mangoes, ok, ok, he went and I tagged along. We live close to a commercial area and that gives us a number of options on places to buy our stuff from. First MOH stopped at the neat pyramids of mangoes on the footpath. Golden yellow, smooth and shining – silly, not the footpath, the mangoes!
“How much?” MOH asked. “60 rupees,” the guy said. “Each?” MOH asked. I could have collected the dripping sarcasm. We were expected to bargain, but he decided to walk off, obviously in no mood for a “pleasant” exchange in Chennai Tamil.
Our next stop was a recently opened fruit shop. They go by the brand name of “Kovai” and are one-stop shops for fruits, veggies, fresh fruit juice and boiled corn. They look clean and well-lit but I have a grouse against them. None of them has any parking area. You have to wade through haphazardly parked two/three/four wheelers to reach the entrance. Chennai simply punishes walkers.
At the fruit shop, the mangoes, again golden yellow, smooth and shining, were Rs. 35 per kg. “How much is that per mango?” I asked. “If you choose carefully, about Rs. 14,”  said MOH.  He looked around, but came out of the shop. It’s a non-mango day, I thought.
“That was just comparative shopping,” MOH explained. “Now we go to the real place.”
“Real Place” was the Subhiksha outlet at the top of a flight of steps. At the bottom was a board announcing the price of mangoes – Rs.19.50 a kg. Near the board were mangoes on display. “Are these good quality?” I asked. I shouldn’t have. You don’t question “the efficient” buyer. MOH glared and walked up the stairs to the shop.
There were mangoes and mangoes. The shop was boiling hot but there was no dearth of choice. I made a quick calculation. Here a mango – just about ripe – was Rs. 8 a piece! A saving of Rs. 6 over the nearest rival.
“Cheating,” I said. “This is undercutting. Unfair trade practice!” MOH glared again. He doesn’t need practice to do that, but was getting a lot of it today.
He picked the mangoes, all looking healthy and went up to the sales girl. Casting me a significant glance, he asked her, “How come you are so cheap?”
The girl smiled. “The mangoes are cheap,” she said. “That’s because we bought 6 tonnes directly from the orchards. We transport them into the city and distribute the mangoes among our outlets all over town.”
If you are ready to put up with the temporary inconvenience of shopping in a non-AC atmosphere, you stand to gain a packet in mangoes alone. Sweat it out to save money, right?
Lesson: Pay attention to bargain announcements. Comparative shopping helps. In saving money. In the immense satisfaction you get at being an efficient buyer. The same stuff for nearly half the price!

May 9, 2007

Grammar – 34 Rape of my city 2

Filed under: Consumer caution,Games People Play,Language,Society — Rajesh @ 12:15 am

A doctor in T.Nagar is alarmed at the Corporation’s tree-felling orgy. You don’t need to be a doctor to know the incalculable harm this will bring us, but it’s good to know he is doing what he can. Let’s hope his words are listened to. Here’s the letter he wrote to the Commissioner.
Dr. K. R. Ranganathan,
Member Secretary,
Loss of Ecology (P&PC) Authority,
Government of India,
Flat NO.6, Ramana Apartments,
21, Nathamuni Street,
T.Nagar, Chennai – 600 017.
To
Thiru Rakesh Lakhani,
The Commissioner,
Corporation of Chennai, Ribbon Building,Chennai.

Sir,
SUB: Construction of grade separator (fly over) at Thirumalai Pillai Road and G.N.Chetty Road crossing.
I see from the newspapers that the Corporation of Chennai is going ahead with its plans to construct a fly-over at the above-cited junction and that the trees to be felled for the purpose have been / are being auctioned . I am pained at this decision of the Corporation. I counted about 75 trees of more than 30 years old in the proposed stretch of 1.5 kilometers.
Transplanting these trees is no source of solace as I am sure that such transplanting will never take place as has been witnessed in Adyar etc. The sad story is, the G.N.Chetty Road, a beautiful stretch of a few kilometres with luxurious avenue trees is being destroyed by the Corporation. I request you to reconsider this project and convene a public hearing with due notice to the public.
2. Under the Right to Information Act, 2005, Clause 4 (2), I request you to publish the following:-
(a) The details of traffic census conducted at the junction indicating the basis on which the fly-over was decided upon. The criteria adopted by the Corporation in arriving at the decision. When was traffic census conducted and the details thereof. Were all seven days of the week and 24 hours of the day covered?
(b) The cost-benefit analysis of the construction of the fly-over.
(c) Whether the aspect of piling up of vehicles at Panagal Park and Gemini Fly-Over, as a result of the proposes fly-over, has been examined and the results thereof.
(d) In the whole scheme whether the aesthetics, beauty, duty and comfort of the people moving on the road have been given any value at all.
3. The subject being sub-judice I find barricades are already put up and the work is about to commence.
I request your kind response to this letter.
Thanking you,
Yours faithfully,
DR.K.R.RANGANATHAN

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