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Vol. XXXII No. 7, July 16-31, 2022

Archives: Vol. XXXII No. 7, July 16-31, 2022


The buck never stops on the Buckingham Canal – ferry services are the latest

-- by The Editor

The latest in the never-ending saga of paper pushing on the Buckingham Canal is the plan from the State’s PWD to the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) to ‘resume ferry services on the canal on an experimental basis to explore tourism potential.’ Yes, we are quite sure that tourists would want to be ferried on the canal, but certainly not in Chennai, which is where this plan is proposed to be implemented. It is high time that the State Government and the IWAI recognise that the canal, if it is at all to be revived within the city, is going to need not piecemeal projects but a mega solution that will involve the MRTS, the Chennai Metrorail, the TNUHDB, the CMWSSB, the PWD, encroachment removal, and rehabilitation schemes all along the stretch within the city. It will also involve dismantling some major installations that have come up in gross violation of the canal. Else, all such proposals are only eyeball-catching announcements that will remain on paper, or worse, if implemented, add to the disaster.

A closer reading of the latest proposal shows that the real reason for mooting such a scheme is something else altogether – it is to get approval from the IWAI


City auto drivers push forward in demand for State-sponsored app

-- by our Special Correspondent

The first week of the month saw a large gathering of auto and taxi drivers congregate outside the Tamil Nadu Labour Welfare Board building at DMS compound, Teynampet. The crowd – with a headcount reportedly crossing 1,000 drivers – had assembled under the aegis of the CITU (Centre of Indian Trade Unions) to present a list of demands to the Commissionerate of Labour.


Not “Others”

-- by Padmaja Jayaraman

“It is a one-sided love story. Chennai is my home, but it never accepted me,” says a 20-year-old trans man, Krishna Karthikeyan. “I was just a young boy who everyone thought was a young girl,” he adds.


The Rise & Spectacular Fall of Square D

Business Houses of the South by Sushila Ravindranath

Chennai is not widely known for major business skulduggeries. During the stock market booms of the 80’s and the 90’s, many a manipulator was born. Contrary to popular belief, there were quite a few players from the city as well. While they paled in comparison to the shenanigans


Sivasankari, as seen by Sivasankari

She has always remained a household name. In the 1970s and 1980s, when I was growing up in Calcutta, the suspense would begin building up by Thursday – the next day would see the latest issues of Tamil magazines hitting the stands in the South Indian dominated Lake Area. If you went late the copies would all be sold and then you would have to wait for someone to lend you theirs – the wait

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