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By K. Ramachandran
A vacant land adjacent to the Government Data Centre at Kottur (where the complex is to come up) has been cleared of bushes and a small road is being laid leading to a shamiana. The function site is being spruced up.
Meanwhile, planners say the civil contractor, who will construct the 1.2 million multistorey complex, will be short-listed by January.
The agency will have to construct the new complex, as well as buildings required to house Anna University's hostels (which will be demolished as they fall within the new Secretariart area), a matriculation school and the Madras School of Economics. The MSE will temporarily move to the Government Data Centre, as per present indications.
The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, executing agency for the works, hopes to take up all these tasks simultaneously.
In all, the Government is taking over a 43.20-acre land at Kottur, including 22 acres from the Anna University and the Madras School of Economics. Over 38 acres, belonging to the Highways Department in Guindy, South Chennai, is being transferred to the university, in lieu of land taken over by the Government. It is on this land a new, modern and functional set of hostels will be built. Government officials have asked the Anna University to find temporary accommodation for those staying in the hostels till the new ones are built.
Also, the university has been asked to constitute a committee, which will be given the job of preparing a traffic action plan for the Adyar - Kotturpuram - Guindy area.
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