Chennai Metro Land survey begins for 2nd phase of metro rail project

Metro Rail News: Though the second phase of the city metro rail project is still awaiting Centre’s approval, Chennai Metro Rail has begun field surveys and has initiated talks with the revenue officials in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur district to acquire lands for building the metro lines. The 108.4 km phase-2 project will connect several parts of the city suburban areas including Madhavaram and the IT corridor along Old Mahabalipuram Road.

The Rs 44,000 crore project will have three corridors running across the length and breadth of the city connected by 104 stations. Survey along the corridors to map land and buildings on the alignment route have begun, a metro rail official said. Land that may be temporarily required for construction of lines are also being considered. “This will make it easy when the notices are issued to the land and building owners for acquisition,” the official said.

The  Rs 44,000 crore phase-2 project will have three corridors running across the length and breadth of the city connected by 104 stations.

While the project, which will cover more than double the distance covered by the two corridors of phase-1 corridors, is awaiting approval from the Centre, CMRL has also appraised a team of officials of Japan International Cooperation Agency for funding of the project. “We are expecting to sign an agreement with JICA by March or April 2018. By that time, procurement process will also start,” said S Krishnan, principal secretary , planning, development and special initiatives, recently .

CMRL has kick started work for the second phase even as the construction of the 45km phase-1of the project is nearing completion. They began preliminary work for acquiring lands before they received approval for the phase-1 extension project that is being built to North Chennai with the rest of the city .

CMRL officials are also simultaneously holding meetings with the district revenue officials of Chennai, Kanchipuram and Thiruvallur , where the metro corridors are planned for the phase, to oversee the survey and eventual acquisition of land which will include issuance of notices to land and building owners and handling documents for the actual acquisition. “We are waiting for the detailed project report to be approved to start land acquisition process,” said an official with the district administration.

An official said a proposal has also been sent to the state to recruit more people capable of handling the land acquisition process as they would be dealing with the acquisition of more area of land than in phase-1 before they begin the actual construction.

Source: Metro Rail News

Renault launches its first Design Academy in India to foster fresh talent in Car Design

  • To offer an exclusive 6 months training to 6 selected post graduates


New Delhi, March 2, 2017: Renault is all geared up to nurture fresh talent in car design with the start of it’s first-ever Renault Design Academy in Chennai. The Design Academy will commence on April 3rd, 2017 and will operate out of the Renault Design Studio in Chennai, India, a brand new facility fully equipped for developing new vehicles.

The Design Academy project in India is organized by Renault Design and developed under the lead of Patrick Lecharpy, VP, Advanced Design and Head of Renault Design India Studios, Luciano Bove, Design Academy Head of Program and Advanced Design Manager, Alain Lonay, New Design Director Mumbai & Chennai studios and Philippe Ponceau, General Manager, Chennai Studio. As part of the programme, an exclusive six months training in car design will be offered to select six design graduates, post which they will get a Professional Internship certificate and the best two candidates will receive a permanent designer job offer from Renault.

According to Patrick Lecharpy VP Advanced Design, Head of Renault Design India studios. “India remains one of the important markets for Groupe Renault. The start of the New Design Academy is a testimony of our strong customer centric approach and long-term vision to strategically developing the skill-set of its workforce. With the Design Academy, we decided to make an extra step to train young talents, select the best and put them together in one of our foreign Design Studio. We will give a project to develop for which they will get the chance they were waiting for to unleash their creative abilities & skills.”

A total of 400 entries were received from various parts of the world including Italy, USA, Russia, India, Brazil, Argentina, Poland, France, Germany, UK, Iran, Korea, Japan and China. The judging panel comprising of Patrick Lecharpy, Luciano Bove, Alain Lonay and Philippe Ponceau selected the six candidates on the basis of their creativity and skills level.

  • Rohit Dhiman, India (IAAD Design University in Torino Italy)
  • Smitesh Chavanke, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
  • Nikhil Sorte, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)
  • Yimeng Li, China (CCS Detroit Design school USA)
  • Alireza Salehi, Iran (IAAD Design University in Torino Italy)
  • Gautam Muthuswamy, India (ISD RUBIKA Design school Pune)

During the six months internship program, these selected 6 candidates will be working on a project given to them, under the watchful eye of a team of 12 Renault designers (from France and India) including the Program Director, Patrick Lecharpy and Design Manager, Luciano Bove. The candidates will have several projects progress meetings and a final presentation to top management. The various training modules that will be provided to the candidates include Exterior & Interior design, C&T & Trends, Digital Modelling, Manual Modelling, French automobile Design, Design Management etc.

Renault Design has a long history of ties with Design Schools worldwide. It has been offering internships to talented students in its design studios across the global design organizationFrance, Korea, Romania, Brazil and India.


Renault India Pvt. Ltd. is a fully owned subsidiary of Renault S.A.S. France. Renault India cars are manufactured in the manufacturing facility located in Oragadam, Chennai, with a capacity of 480,000 units per annum. Currently, Renault India also has a widespread presence of more than 270 sales and 230 service facilities across the country with benchmark sales and service quality.

Renault India’s product line up and services have seen strong recognition among customers and industry experts alike, winning more than 60 titles, including 31 accolades for DUSTER as well as awards for PULSE and SCALA, making Renault India one of the most awarded automotive brands in a single year in India. The Renault KWID has already bagged 32 awards, which include 10 ‘Car of the Year’ Awards.

For Further information, please contact:

Jatin Aggarwal
Head – Public Affairs and Communication
Renault India Pvt. Ltd.
Twitter: @RenaultIndiaPR @RenaultIndia

VIDEO: Here’s how they do things at Royal Enfield

Cult Indian motorcycling brand, Royal Enfield has been around for years. The Chennai based two-wheeler maker has stayed true to its roots and has been making its iconic motorcycles for decades. In this article, we get a glimpse of what goes into making different Royal Enfield motorcycles that make them so special. First up are the Madras Stripes. Later about chestnut color and about chrome.

Here is how they do it and what the company says about its products:

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SPERO: A new eBicycle from the Coimbatore based Milltex Engineers Pvt Ltd

Thanks to Elon Musk and his Mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. He showed to and convinced the world that electric vehicles can be as cool and practical as the combustion engine vehicles. He inspired the world to such an extent that we are now seeing a plethora of electric vehicle launches regularly. Even India is no exception, here’s one example. This time it is an eBicycle SPERO designed and manufactured by Milltex Engineers Pvt Ltd.


Lets get into the details of the bike:

  • The bike comes equipped with three battery capacities with ranges of 30km, 60km and 100km. You can choose the one according to your requirement.
  • Maximum speed when operated on battery is 25km per hour and can accelerate from 0-25kmph in 10 seconds.
  • The bike features digital gears i.e., you can change the gears just by clicking buttons provided.
  • The battery can be charged upto 80% in 3 hours as claimed by the company. The battery can detached and swapped easily. There is 1 year warranty on battery.
  • Start Key to turn on and off the electric system just by a toggle.
  • Energy Regeneration System which charges the battery while you are pedaling. Accelerator and Cruise Control System which are functional only in battery mode.
  • And other features such as headlight, tail lamp, digital display, disc brake and pedaling assist.

The motor specifications and torque rating are not yet revealed by the company. Though the company mentioned warranty as 2 years for the motor.

The bike can be pre-ordered at FUEL-A-DREAM

India’s First all electric Crossover bike, Volta Zap

First of its kind all electric crossover bike to be entirely designed developed and manufactured in India, Volta Zap is ready for launch on this August 5. A Chennai based startup company Volta Motors founded by Anoop Nishanth is working on sustainable mobility solutions and last mile connectivity products. The bike is ready for test rides, you can book for a test ride here


Chennai based company VOLTA MOTORS has come up with a new Crossover electric bike- Volta Zap. The product is completely designed and developed in India, boldly representing the Make In India policy. The product is built considering all the parameters like design, engineering, overall weight balance, Center of Gravity, placement of batteries etc. eliminating the failures present in existing e-bikes in the market. The overall usage cost of Volta ZAP is claimed less than 10 paise per km which is very economical when compared to the usage cost of other two-wheelers and especially other electric bikes.


The battery of Volta Zap weighs just 3kgs which is claimed to be the lightest battery for an E-bike till date. This provides easier access and portability for the user to charge the battery anywhere, anytime. A purpose-built box frame, first of its kind in India, allows you to quickly insert and remove the battery in and out comfortably which give a peace of mind for people living in the urban areas. The frame is developed to provide even weight balance and distribution.

The Volta Zap is the first cross-over electric bike in India, it is also the first purpose-built E-bike designed for Indian road conditions unlike any other e-bikes which are available in the market. The Pedal assist feature helps the user to pedal the bike with an ease as it gives 3 full cycle wheel rotation for every single pedal rotation made. The LED reflectors placed on the bike makes it safer to ride during nights.

Integrated facilities for smart phones with customizable body panels and a wide range of colour choices make the product even more attractive. Since there is no license and registration process involved, the product reduces unnecessary customer strains for transferring the product all over India. The company is going to launch the new Volta Zap on 5th August 2016 in Bangalore, test rides will begin from the same place.

via: BikesIndia

Kabali CRAZE: Swift Kabali Edition launched at Chennai

After AirAsia and Airtel now Maruti Suzuki is cashing in on Kabali Craze.
Why is this film generating this amount of buzz that debatably no other Indian film currently has? Is it because Superstar is collaborating with a fresh promising team? Or is it because he plays his age or is it because he enacts a Don, 20 years after Baasha? What amazes everyone is the untamable swag of SSRK. His costumes look kickass too, with an apt grayish toupee and white beard to go with the supercool shades.


The release of Kabali, or any Rajinikanth film for that matter, is like a national holiday in Tamil Nadu. Such is the craze that if you get the tickets on the first day of screening, it’s a huge accomplishment (let alone I’m trying hardest as ever). When the Kabali teaser was released on May 1, it crossed five million views on Youtube in just 22 hours setting a new Indian film industry record previously held by Dhoom 3 and Sultan movies for most number of views. It will inexplicably send nostalgia to the classic Rajinikanth movies as a larger-than-life gangster.


Releasing in Tamil, Telugu and Hindi across 5,000 plus screens worldwide, around 500 screens in the US, the producer is expecting the movie to make over Rs. 500 crore – bigger than the blockbuster Baahubali. Lately AirAsia, the official airline partner, adorned its passenger carrier with the Kabali theme. It’s for the fanatics across the world flying to see the movie on its release date according to them.

Leading into the release on July 22, exclusive Kabali recharge packs like unlimited 2G internet, hello tunes and even Kabali branded SIM cards have been launched by Airtel. Kabali merchandise like T-shirts and coffee mugs are selling on demand in the Southern states too.


With the online bookings opened in some multiplexes sold out in no time today, Maruti Suzuki has fuelled up the enthusiasm with the special edition Swift paying hommage to Kabali – directed by the highly capable Pa. Ranjith.


The roof, side profile and bonnet have Rajinikanth, fondly known as Super Star, vinyl wrap stickers with the registration plate at front displaying the letters ‘Kabali Edition’. At the rear, the Tamil wording ‘Nerrupuda Nerrunguda’ is from the exhilarating theme song and above which the famous dialogue from the teaser marking his return as a gangster. The glass on the rear hatch bears his signature ‘Maghilchi’ dialogue as well. No mechanical changes are intended as it’s purely a celebration for the release of the movie.

Source: Gaadiwaadi