Several infra projects to find shape in 2016
Posted On 2016-01-07 23:39:57
In the last ten years, Chennai has expanded on all the three sides. Many localities have been added to the limits of Chennai Corporation and the government has penned down plans for further development of a constantly growing city. Among the many long-term plans, there are a few that are expected see implementation this year. "All eyes are set on the metro rail project as one phase is expected to open this year. If the overhead extension between Alandur, Saidapet, airport and the stretch beyond Koyembedu opens, this will reduce a majority of tourist traffic around the area and will be a significant addition to the city's infrastructure. This corridor will induce the growth of office spaces as businesses (both big and small) will establish base around the metro station. This will also trigger the residential growth around the areas," says R Kumar, MD of Navin's, who feels that concentrating on the metro rail is not enough. Focus should also be placed on facilitating transportation facilities from the station. "Auto stands, bus terminus, taxi services and additional car and two wheeler parking should also be provided," Kumar adds. Transportation and decongesting traffic bottlenecks will be the prime focus in 2016 as developers see many connectivity projects opening up. "In the coming year, we will also see the MRTS and metro rail integration project taking place. Keeping the transport in mind, the attention will also be on converting the East Coast Road (ECR) stretch into a six lane road," shares Pratish Devadoss, MD, VGN. "Chennai's Outer Ring Road (ORR), which will connect the GST Road from Vandalur to the Tiruvottiyur Ponneri Pancheti (TPP) Road in Minjur, is also one of the key developments. The Smart City project will also kick start this year. The Corporation of Chennai has shortlisted three neighbourhoods T Nagar, Sholinganallur and Mylapore for development under the centre's Smart City project. It will select one of the three places to present the Smart City challenge mission proposal as a prerequisite to find a place in the final list of 20 cities across the country. The selected cities will get 1,000 crore over five years," shares Sarita Hunt, managing director, JLL, Chennai and Coimbatore. "We will also see projects related to the cleaning up of the Coovum, solid waste management plants being set up and more power projects opening up," adds Devadoss. While the year looks promising, N Nandakumar, MD of Devinarayan Housing, says that the prime focus should be water management, given the havoc caused by the recent floods. "The city's development is incomplete as there is a dislocation of basic infrastructure development. Facilities like water supply, drainage, power supply and sewerage system need to be in place for the area to function properly. The government needs to focus on quality development to help people live a quality life," he says. Nandakumar also says that developers are ready to help the government in giving a facelift to the city. "Developers can contribute towards the city's infrastructure in many ways. We can support in form of knowledge facilitation by reaching out to various international bodies and participating through consultation. Developers can also assist by creating support infrastructure in their upcoming projects and green field areas," he says. "Do not allow residential developments to take place in an area until basic infrastructural development has taken place," Nandakumar suggests. Dishya Sharma, Times Property, The Times of India, Chennai.