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by jkarthik
09 Feb 2009 14:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Don't remember if this was posted. Work is starting on an elevated road in Chennai, that will link the Marina beach to Elliot's and then ECR. 9.7 km long, elevated at 5.5 m, along the coast. http://www.thehindu.com/2009/01/25/stories/2009012558090100.htm I remember that this idea was discussed in 20...
by jkarthik
09 Feb 2009 14:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Infrastructure News & Discussion
Replies: 707
Views: 148580

Re: Infrastructure News & Discussion

Wasent the cost of Delhi metro something like 5000 crores for the first phase?. Would that not have been a better solution That is also happening. There is a metro line that connects all western suburbs to Colaba, along Link road. This is in additon to the metro. This is part of a full set of expre...
by jkarthik
06 Feb 2009 19:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Another route to Puduchchery is through GST road, go down to Tindivanam and then branch off a to a 2 lane road (being 4 laned) to Puduchchery. Cab drivers often use this road to go to Puduchchery and return via ECR, something to to with entry tax. Stretch till Tindivanam is good quality divided high...
by jkarthik
05 Feb 2009 09:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Thanks, SSridhar, makes sense. Another update - Per DNA and ToI this morning, RelInfra-Hyundai shortlisted for the Worli-Haji-Ali section of Sea Link (Phase 2) - they came in at half the price of what HCC consortium offered - 1260 cr vs 2400 cr. In addition, I believe the bidder for this phase has t...
by jkarthik
04 Feb 2009 10:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Re: Indian Roads Thread

That this thread has fallen off the first page itself indicates how wonderful the current government's delivery has been on infra! In these gloomy times, thought I would bring some cheer by restarting the infra and roads updates that I used to deliver in the hoary past, based on on-the-ground observ...
by jkarthik
08 Jan 2009 17:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 3944
Views: 331663

Re: Indian IT Industry

...or TN standards, where the first family is rumored to practically own OMR and its former allies, Sriperambudur! What is frustrating is the potential impact of what could have been a model metro project - implementation in 1 shot, R+P deal making private participation viable etc- unfortunate.
by jkarthik
01 Jan 2009 17:59
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: 3 blasts in guwahati
Replies: 26
Views: 5463

3 blasts in guwahati

Timesnow reporting 3 blasts in Guwahati
by jkarthik
24 Dec 2008 15:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3784
Views: 407430

Re: Indian Autos Thread

Hon'ble CM of TN rides a "humble" Ambassador....with a fleet of 6-8 Hyundai Accent pandu-wagons leading, a Safari with jammers trailing and sonny boy's Pajero/Prado following! Most "mofussil" towns in TN still prefer the Ambassador taxi for some reason. Most MH netas seem to use ...
by jkarthik
27 Nov 2008 08:29
Forum: Terrorism Archive
Topic: Terror Attacks in Mumbai
Replies: 1912
Views: 104407

Re: Firing/Attack in Mumbai

Boats is why Raman is worrying about Nuclear Establishments. Plus, TV streamers here say 5-6 still at large, over 50 terrorists landed in 2 boats etc.
by jkarthik
27 Aug 2008 06:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: States News and Discussions
Replies: 1144
Views: 117153

Re: States News and Discussions_July 2008

Chirru launch was a mega event, Beijinglike in scale - 70 giant LCD/LED screens, fireworks and all! Massive buzz around here. Lessee
by jkarthik
24 Aug 2008 16:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5576
Views: 512379

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Flew back and forth between Bangalore and Hyderabad. One hypothesis is that Bangalore spent most of its Rs. 1800 crore on European equipment (The aerobridges, for example, were from ThyssenKrupp, most of the instrumentation would naturally be from Siemens), and in building a civil structure that is ...
by jkarthik
26 Jul 2008 12:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Re: Indian Roads Thread

BTW, the Congress's claim of having completed GQ is a criminal lie. Drove down from Mumbai to Chennai. A) Road is absolutely fantastic upto Dharwad (~600 km from Mumbai). B) Dharwad Hubli bypass is 2 lane, not 4 lane - Lie no 1 C) Once you cross Haveri, the stretch from Haveri to Chitradurga, a good...
by jkarthik
26 Jul 2008 11:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Re: Indian Roads Thread

126 sounds much lower than what's visible on the highways. Perhaps 126 out of a much larger no have been fitted with the gizmo. I found TN highways to be the most heavily patrolled ones, and, it is rumoured, also the most aggressive in actually booking ppl for speeding etc. They have pretty mean loo...
by jkarthik
29 May 2008 14:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5576
Views: 512379

Solution is to handover Mysore AP to another private co., get it up and running fast, make it Intl AP, and provide 1.5 hr connectivity from Bangalore City using existing rail (two-laned). That and only that will keep these guys on their toes for the rest of their lives. This should be easy $-wise b...
by jkarthik
27 May 2008 22:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Infrastructure News & Discussion
Replies: 707
Views: 148580

[quote="rachel"][quote="Vipul"] Low Speed please this is a Expressway. Even as the bewildered cops were busy discussing the woman’s attitude, another group of officers stopped a Skoda Octavia, which apparently was going at 150 kmph. A tall, young man came out of the silver car ...
by jkarthik
30 Jan 2008 08:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Manufacturing Sector
Replies: 291
Views: 82171

Darth Sidius: It is all going as I had Predicted.... all that remains is to connect the Pearl River Delta (chennai) to Zhongguancun (BLR) via a expway and industrial/tech townships. the road via vellor and krishnagiri is already 4 laned and in excellent shape ofcourse. synergies have to attained, h...
by jkarthik
17 Jan 2008 19:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

My cousin told me that there is a dirt track detour from the point where the dual carriageway terminates, which links back to the half of the NICE road which goes to Bannerghatta. Didn't explore it myself, as it looked too demanding for the Hyundai Getz that I'd rented. jkarthik was talking about NH...
by jkarthik
17 Jan 2008 06:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 289624

Chennai BLR is 4-6 lane throughout (4 in rural, 6 when passing through towns) and reasonably fast though it goes through a fairly urbanised stretch. The Kanchipuram turnoff-Krishnagiri stretch is superb, the asphalt used is very different from the usual ones (looks exactly like massaland), broad lan...
by jkarthik
27 Dec 2002 16:05
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Water: Linking major rivers in India
Replies: 130
Views: 48102

Re: Water: Linking major rivers in India

Some questions: a) Is it essential to link the rivers through a canal system? Why arent pipelines being considered? b) WRT Hydropower, are we talking dams/ run-of-the-river projects? The latter may be a better idea. c) What kind of seismic changes will this trigger? It seems to be that environmental...
by jkarthik
01 Apr 2002 14:34
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

OK, there is an elevated "rotary" flyover being planned (construction not begun yet, I checked out the airport yesterday) at Chennai Airport, on GST Road. Dunno how each link will work, but the idea is : 1. To ensure smooth entry into and exit from Chennai airport terminals (esp after the expansion)...
by jkarthik
14 Mar 2002 10:20
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Wow, 45 cr a km for skybus itself?!! I guess the discrepancy is bcos someone reading the first report in 98 wouldve pointed out that 40 cr was more realistic. 40 cr to 60 cr in 4 years is a reasonable growth (IIRC Cement prices have shot up sharply in the last couple of yrs), that itself will cause ...
by jkarthik
13 Mar 2002 18:59
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

This is a DST-FICCI site inviting project proposals from interested corporations. Its a must see!! List of infrastructure and roadway projects for which invitations are given Of special interest are these: Construction of Elevated Expressway along Inner Ring Road in Chennai Chennai Elevated Expressw...
by jkarthik
12 Mar 2002 12:31
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

I passed the Anna Nagar Roundtana in Chennai recently and was surprised to find a sign reading "Caution: Closed Circuit TV camera". Any idea on this, anyone? Is Chennai police using cameras to monitor traffic movement? I think thats doable in Bangalore, where hidden cameras could be mounted in all i...
by jkarthik
17 Feb 2002 15:45
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Stunning photo of Anna flyover<p>Irrelevant w.r.t. development, but just wanted to show-off :) Seen too many firang city snapshots of this type, just getting back on them :)
by jkarthik
17 Feb 2002 14:33
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

WRT elevated roundtana, there's one in Coimbatore too, IIRC. In fact, it was a multilevel one, with a road, a rail deck over it and the roundtana above the raildeck. Will find out abt this one in chromepet. Meanwhile, photos of the ORR, sorry abt the resolution, will rescan and get better clarity so...
by jkarthik
16 Feb 2002 08:08
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

I have a problem with this seat belt thing. Seat-belt installation in a car is slightly complex. First, the belt has to have a retractor, which lets the belt slip under normal forces, but catches the belt and holds it tight during impact forces. Some carmakers in India are selling belts without retr...
by jkarthik
05 Feb 2002 07:47
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

WRT Bangalore Mysore expressway: While the funda abt 3 corridors is correct and while the railway line can definitely be doubled, imho it would be incorrect to claim that no expressway is necessary.<p>Reasons: 1. The Kanakapura corridor is not exactly a great stretch of road, afaik. Though its smoot...
by jkarthik
23 Jan 2002 08:43
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Chennai will first have to change its mindset and upgrade its road infrastructure to at least Afghan standards before hosting any international events. My cousin attended the Tata open this yr and the "roads" around Valluvar Kottam etc were as smooth as the TELCO torture track! It is feared that the...
by jkarthik
21 Jan 2002 07:31
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

WRT one near the Taj, (if that does happen), pollution levels may pose problems. Already, all vehicles in the vicinity of the Taj have been converted to EVs. So, unlikely that they'll allow a bunch of Monoxide spewing, gas guzzling screamers belting around at 400 kph, with a bunch of monoxide spewin...
by jkarthik
21 Jan 2002 07:27
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Formula drivers: F3 and about to enter F1: NArain Karthikeyan F3: Karun Chandok (Son of Vicky Chandok) and Naren Kumar (I think) Formula Asia: Asif Nazir (Last year's JK Tyre GOKarting Champion, sponsored by them into F Asia)<p>An F1 track is part of the package proposed by Siemens-Zurich Airport co...
by jkarthik
09 Jan 2002 12:00
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

To answer that, let me divvy up the ring road into 4 quadrants. <P>The southwest quadrant runs from Mysore Road to Hosur road. It begins well, broad, fast and smooth till it reaches Hosakerehalli. Thereon, its basically a city road, lots of intersections, hajaar cross traffic etc. <P>The road passes...
by jkarthik
02 Jan 2002 10:49
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Article in today's Express:<BR>Kerala to go all out for rubberised bitumen roads. Apparently a test program revealed 30% improvement in life. 15000 tons of rubberised bitumen already ordered for this year. Should give big boost to the local rubber industry, I s'pose. <P>Some qns:<BR>Can rubberised b...
by jkarthik
19 Dec 2001 10:49
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Uh huh. The San thome area is definitely a bottleneck. If the Church can sacrifice some of its front garden, and some of the shanties alongside are knocked down, maybe. (But of course, the TN govt never had the "Dhill" to even try knocking down private property). WRT the beach road stretch, it may s...
by jkarthik
18 Dec 2001 18:51
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Got some info on Gujarat Highway development programmes. Quite a few state roads to be quad-laned/ 2 laned-with-shoulder, it appears. Good for them, if they keep the schedules.<P><A HREF="http://www.gidb.org/SRoads/projects_implemented.htm#1" TARGET=_blank>Gujarat Roadway projects</A>
by jkarthik
17 Dec 2001 10:30
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Hi, sorry I didnt post this for long, was distracted by the parliament thing. <P><A HREF="http://www.geocities.com/s_jraman/map.gif" TARGET=_blank>Map showing suggested one-way elevated expressway for Chennai</A><P>Comments will be appreciated. The red lines denote 3 lane one-way elevated expressway...
by jkarthik
11 Dec 2001 17:29
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Anurag, the Garden City Skyway will be opened in Feb 2002, according to today's Indian Express. (Couldnt find the link). It will have 4 access ramps (each of which is as big as a conventional "flyover") and terminate in a 6 lane road , which will lead to Hoskote. <P>WRT Tolls, I wonder how the rates...
by jkarthik
10 Dec 2001 16:06
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

The Salem Ring road was 4 lane. The Coimbatore and Krishnagiri "bypasses" were 2 lane, as you'd pointed out. I thought there were 4 lane ring roads around Madurai and Thiruchchirappalli, I guess I was mistaken. Thanks for the gen on Gujarat! How about Mumbai-'Nagpur, Mumbai-Nashik and Mumbai-Ahmedna...
by jkarthik
10 Dec 2001 15:11
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Uh huh. Thanks, Sridhar! Also, Are there any state projects for quad/ 6 lane highways currently underway? (and not a part of the GQ/ NSEW projects) There were a few mentioned in this thread, but I was unable to get any concrete info/ photos. I understand that AP govt is quad laning a few roads, TN g...
by jkarthik
10 Dec 2001 12:20
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Road Development
Replies: 282
Views: 73222

Re: Indian Road Development

Sridhar , ;) I'll get the pic uploaded. On the cost issue, I'm surprised at the cost of 60 crores/km. The MRTS, iirc, cost Rs. 20-30 crore per km and it involved laying major foundations for each pillar pair bcos of the canal etc. The mini-flyovers cost Rs 60 crores totally, I think (not sure) and t...

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