7,000 acres earmarked for satellite towns in city

Some announcements the Housing and Slum Clearance Minister Suba Thangavelan made at the Assembly on Friday:
Satellite towns would be created on the fringes of the city over 7,000 acres and in the first stage the Tamil Nadu Housing Board would establish a satellite town near Chennai over 1,500 acres at an estimated cost of Rs 500 crore.
The minister said these satellite towns would be self-contained possessing all infrastructure facilities like roads, drinking water, in addition to shopping malls, schools, hospitals, community centres, playgrounds and parks.
The government intends to establish these towns to prevent haphazard growth of the city and decongest traffic on its roads. The minister said that an information technology park would be established at the South Asian Federation Games village here at a cost of Rs 55 crore over 2.5 lakh sq.ft.
The idea of having satellite towns has been around for while. The DMK government has for the first time revealed the exact figures involved. The amount of land that would be bought in the various stages and the amount of money to spend on building these satellite towns has finally been revealed.

5 Comments so far

  1. suppamani (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 9:16 am

    1500 acres near chennai; after chengleput or near thruvallur? Every suburb is near chennai only.

  2. phantom363 (unregistered) on August 19th, 2006 @ 7:46 pm

    within the announcement is the word ‘schools’. now here is an opportunity to build model affordable neighbourhood primary schools. the school could be self adminstered by the township with universal access to any child living within the township with an graded but affordable fee structure. this would avoid the long commute for ‘brand name’ schools as well as develop to be a beacon to future developments.

  3. ramnarayan (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2006 @ 11:14 pm

    I just read your post on what sashi nair and i had written in at home in madras in 1995. you should realise that sometiomes we write something and it gets published or republished years later. our reference to email must have been one such. i remember that when the book was reprinted some of the people we wrote about originally had died, but still appeared in the book as people alive and kicking. unfortunately the poor writer and not the publisher cops it every time such a goof up occurs.

  4. nandhu (unregistered) on August 24th, 2006 @ 5:32 pm

    it was a thing that i just picked up because it had become quaint in such a short while. i dare say that it was by no means a goof up. it is just that the technology of e-mail caught on in the city so fast that the observations and facts recorded in the book became outdated quickly.

  5. Prince (unregistered) on August 30th, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

    Has the TamilNadu Govt officially announced the exact location for the proposed satellite city project ?

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