To promote bicycle riding, the Tiruchi Corporation has embarked upon a plan to identify dedicated bicycle lanes in the city.
As part of the plan, Minister for Tourism Vellamandi Natarajan, Minister for Backward Classes and Minority Welfare S. Valarmathi along with Collector S. Sivarasu, Commissioner of Police, J. Loganathan and Corporation Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian pedalled on bicycles along arterial roads on Saturday.
Christened India Cycles4, the Minister and the officials, followed by volunteers, rode bicycles with the intent of impressing upon the public the need for avoiding motorised transports as much as possible.
To understand the response of people on switching back to bicycles, the civic body in association with the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP) has carried out a survey to find out the interest of people on riding bicycles. About 5,000 people responded to the survey. Nearly 88% of them had answered that they knew bicycling.
Eighty percentage of them further stated that they would use bicycles regularly if there were designated lanes for them.
In the next stage, it has begun “Handlebar Survey” among the people to sort out the difficulties faced by cyclists. The residents of Tiruchi can register their experience.
They can point out the difficulties such as the condition of roads, traffic and suggestions to set up infrastructure for cyclists. Based on the findings, the ITDP will submit a report to the Corporation so as to take immediate steps to create basic infrastructure for cycle riders.
T.D. Achuthan, of ITDP, said that the idea was to create temporary infrastructure for bicycle riders within the second week of December. It would enable interested persons to use bicycles to visit various places instead of opting for motor transports.
The next stage would be to set up permanent and dedicated lanes for bicycle riders. The Corporation could create infrastructure by tapping funds from the smart city initiative.
This makes totally 5 TOLL PLAZA in Trichy District Limits( Towards Tanjore, Chennai, Dindigul,Karur anf Chidambaram) and 2 in Sub-Urbs in Viralimalai(Towards Madurai) and Letchumanpatti ( Towards Pudukottai)
Review: Collector S. Sivarasu and Corporation Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian inspect the Chathiram Bus Stand in Tiruchi on Wednesday.
A sum of ₹ 13.75 crore had been earmarked for the project. The 2 MW solar power plant being established at Panjappur will be commissioned in December or January, according to Collector S. Sivarasu.
Speaking to reporters here on Wednesday after inspecting the progress of various projects being undertaken by the Tiruchi Corporation, along with its Commissioner S. Sivasubramanian, Mr. Sivarasu said that the plant would come up on 13 acres of corporation land. A sum of ₹ 13.75 crore had been earmarked for the project.
Establishing ground mounted solar panels had reached an advanced stage. Once the project is commissioned, the electricity would be linked with the grid of Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation. The revenue generated from the project would be adjusted with the electricity bills of the corporation.
It would save ₹ 2.33 crore a year.
The amount spent for the project would got back within five years. He said the solar power plant work would come to an end in the second or third week of December.
Reviewing the progress of constructing a new terminal at Chathiram Bus Stand at an estimate of ₹17.34 crore, the Collector said that it would have 30 bus bays for accommodating about 225 city buses being operated from the Chathiram Bus Stand to various destinations in Tiruchi and its suburbs. Construction of a two-wheeler parking lot, 30 shops, a food court and a control room was part of the project. Construction of a ticket counter, a clock room, two sanitary complexes was also going on. It was being progressing well.
As per the plan, it should be completed within April, 2021.
It was expected that all works would be completed before March, he said.
IRCTC Dakshin Bharat Yatra to begin on December 12
The IRCTC said the train has undergone a makeover befitting taste of international train travel enthusiasts
The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), which is operating Bharat Darshan Special Tourist Trains, has planned to organise a special tour from Hyderabad and Secunderabad to Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Rameswaram, Madurai and Kanyakumari in strict adherence to Covid-19 norms.
IRCTC Deputy General Manager (Tourism) DSGP Kishore told newsmen on Wednesday that almost after eight months, the IRCTC is operating a special tourist train to Tiruchirapalli from the twin cities in Telangana on December 12. The six-night and seven-day tour will end on December 18. The train will halt at Secunderabad, Warangal, Khammam, Vijayawada, Ongole, Nellore and Renigunta.
The package has been named Dakshin Bharat Yatra and it will cover major temples in South India such as Sri Ranganathaswamy temple in Srirangam, Tiruchirappalli, Brihadeeswarar temple in Thanjavur, Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy temple in Rameswaram, Meenakshi temple in Madurai and Kanyakumari. The package costs `7,140 (sleeper class) and `8,610 (AC-3) per head, he said.
Passengers should carry their own pillows, bed sheets, nylon rope for drying clothes, lock and key with chain to secure luggage, torch light, umbrella, medicines and light woolen clothes during the journey.
Highlighting the precautionary measures to be followed, Kishore said that all the passengers will be screened before boarding the train. The tourists, without fail, will have to install and use Aarogya Setu App.
In case any tourist is found suffering with symptoms of virus, he or she will be shifted to an isolation coach and later to a nearby hospital, he said. Interested tourists can book their tickets on www.irctctourism.com. For further details, they can contact IRCTC zonal office, Secunderabad on telephone numbers 040- 27702407, 9701360701, 8287932227, 8287932228 and 8287932229; Vijayawada on 0866-2572280, 8287932311 and 8287932312; Tirupati on 0877-2222010 and 8287932313, Kishore added.
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