Adyar eco park

Adyar eco park

Adyar eco park (also known as Adyar Poonga) is an ecological park being set up by the Tamil Nadu Road Development Corporation (TNRDC) and the Government of Tamil Nadu in a 50:50 joint venture in the Adyar estuary area of Chennai. According to the government, the project is expected to cost around 100 million rupees which will include the beautification of of land.

Early phase

The improvement did not begin until clearance in 2004 June. Once completed, it is claimed to become the first eco-tourism venture in the state. A major portion of the boundary wall for the park was built by the Chennai Corporation in 2006 at a cost of 15M rupees, while the remaining improvements could not be carried out owing to encroachments on the land. Following action by the civic body, the squatters of Rajah Gramani Thottam were removed and allotted to Slum Clearance Board tenements in Semmenchery in early July 2007. The issue was also taken up by the members of the Corporation Council. As a result, the remaining portion of compound wall was made higher.

Progress

Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited has been charged with engaging consultants to develop a master plan and invite bidders for development of the park. The Adyar Creek Trust has been set up by the Government of Tamil Nadu to coordinate the execution of the project. The Chief Secretary to the Government of Tamil Nadu is the chairperson for the trust and the secretaries in the Finance Department, Municipal Administration & Water Supplies, Highways Department, Public Works Department, Environment and Forest Department, and the Commissioner, Corporation of Chennai are the trustees.

M. Karunanidhi, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu laid the foundation stone for the project in August 2007.

References

http://www.auroville.org/journals&media/avtoday/June-July_2008/s_master-plan_big.jpg

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