Coming soon: Amma cinemas

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on February 19, 2014 Published on February 19, 2014

It rained ‘Amma’ schemes in the Chennai Corporation’s budget today.

After the success of the Amma canteens and drinking water schemes, Chennai will soon have Amma cinemas to screen Tamil movies at subsidised rates.

The Corporation will put up these theatres in vacant places belonging to it, announced Mayor S Duraisamy, while presenting a ₹4,200-crore tax-free budget for 2014-15.

(Amma means mother in Tamil and the AIADMK workers refer to their leader and Chief Minister as ‘amma’.) Duraisamy said the civic body will establish Amma hostels and women’s hostels for those visiting the city for various purposes, including education, business and interviews. The hostels will offer accommodation at low cost with only maintenance charge to be collected as room rent. The women’s hostels will be established with the help of the Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana team.

The Corporation will establish Amma weekly markets in 200 wards to serve basic needs of the people and will sell food items prepared by self-help groups, prisoners, corporation and government undertakings.

Amma free computer training will be given to students of corporation schools.

The Corporation will provide Amma drinking water at an affordable cost in 20-litre mineral water cans to the public in the city. The Corporation will encourage the use of public transport. It will promote pedestrian zones and cycle lanes to reduce congestion, bring down pollution and to improve the health of the citizens.

The Mayor said 375 bus route roads are to be laid with 10-feet wide footpaths, dedicated or shared bicycle tracks in all 471 bus route roads are proposed. Traffic intersections at five major locations will be improved to help pedestrians.

Pedestrian zones will be developed at Ranganathan Street and Purasawalkam High Road where only commercial activities happen, he said.

The Corporation will open chicken processing centres and pig slaughter houses. It will take up one ward in each zone for insecticide-free mosquito control on a pilot basis. It will install CCTV cameras in all subways. Waste-to-energy projects will be introduced in each zone.

Published on February 19, 2014
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