Good morning, Chennai!
☁️ Today’s weather: Mostly cloudy with the chance of some rain later in the day.
🧐 Did you know? Sowcarpet translates to the area of the rich and is derived from the Hindi word ‘sahukar’.
🎢 A new theme park
Chennai will be home to a large new amusement park.
What’s it about? If you’ve wanted the city to have a theme park like the ones run by Disney and Universal Studios, that wish could come true. The state government has plans for a ₹100 crore amusement park on the city’s outskirts as part of its new tourism policy.
- The proposed theme park is part of the policy’s recreation tourism push. The plan is for one large-format park spread over 100 acres.
- The park will be built with private participation. The government wants to capitalise on tourism to the city and state to attract ₹20,000 crore worth of investments.
Broader ambitions: One of the highlights of the policy is golf tourism with existing courses attracting visitors from nearby towns and expatriates living in Chennai and Coimbatore. There are also plans for a Film Tourism Scheme.
✍️ Sketching heritage
Madras Inherited’s latest sketch walk is to encourage people to document Purusaiwalkam.
What’s it about? The walk is led by Ashmitha Athreya, the head of operations at Madras Inherited, to help capture memories from the past of Purusaiwalkam. The idea behind these sketch walks is to make people better aware of their surroundings.
- The walk will take place in partnership with artist and architect Vigneshwaran who’ll introduce participants to various quick sketching techniques. For him, sketches capture intricacies more than a photo can.
- Once participants listen to the neighbourhood’s history and heritage, they visualise the place and what to sketch. People’s connection with a place grows strong because of it.
Increased awareness: Now, more than ever, people want to know about Chennai’s history and its many locations. Such heritage walks have helped people, including youngsters, take a step back in time.
Details: Portraits of Purasai will take place on September 30 from 06:30 a.m. to 08:30 a.m.
🏏 Street children cricket tournament
The Street Child Cricket World Cup kicked off in Chennai with participants from 13 countries.
What’s it about? At the Amir Mahal cricket ground, 170 kids from 13 countries gathered to participate in the 2023 edition of the Street Child Cricket World Cup. The tournament is organised by The Street Child United and the Shree Dayaa Foundation.
- The India Tigers team from Chennai is comprised of kids from the city-based NGO Karunalaya Social Service Society. All the teams will compete in group-stage matches first.
- There are seven teams representing various parts of India, plus teams from South Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, England, and more.
Greater purpose: The tournament is a way to bring to light the plight of street kids and their families who don’t have access to basic housing and education. The run-up to the tournament has also been about working as a team.
🛗 Going up!
Chennai-based Elite Elevators is looking to expand as its business continues to thrive.
What’s it about? Nibav Home Lifts, part of Elite Elevators, has grown since its inception in 2018 thanks to its innovative design and manufacturing of vacuum lifts. The company was among the first to receive European Standard Certification. It has sold over 2,000 elevators in 14 countries.
- The company has thrived on three principles – people, purpose, and passion. The mission is to bring innovative home elevators to improve people’s lives.
- It has a plant in Chennai with two smaller assembly stations in Canada and Australia. 70% of the raw materials needed are sourced from India.
What does the future hold? The firm has plans to enter the US market to achieve a turnover of over ₹600 crore. It currently has a 35% market share in India.
- India’s elevator and escalator market is estimated to grow by 8.9% between 2022 and 2027.
📊 Today’s Poll
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Have you acted in a play in school or college?
- I have acted in a play in school or college.
- I haven’t acted in a play in school or college.
❓ Today’s Question
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Which is the best area in the city to reside in?
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🗞️ In other news…
- The Corporation has set a target of relaying 500 roads by October 10 ahead of the northeast monsoon.
- The dumping of construction waste continues unabated in the city despite a crackdown on violators.
- Residents dig up roads after the Corporation cut illegal sewer lines while relaying roads.
- Five fuel stations will be set up across the city by the cash-strapped MTC to generate revenue.
- The Chennai Corporation will work to increase the number of parking slots in 200 wards.
🛋️ Local Lounge
- I have been to an art exhibition: 22.2%
- I haven’t been to an art exhibition: 77.8% 🏆
Answers to Yesterday’s Question:
How would you describe the city’s cuisine?
Suchi: “Healthy and yummy”
Shiva: “Elaborate and soulful”
That’s it for today. Have a great day!