Thiruvanmiyur plus

Newly revised ECR toll rates

The TamilNadu Road Development Company (TNRDC) has announced revised toll rates for different categories of motor transports using the ECR Road from Uthandi to Pondicherry. The 132 km road is maintained by TNRDC and the government has increased the rates for the first time since the inauguration of Uthandi Toll Plaza in 2002.

Recently, the road between Akkarai to Mahabalipuram has been widened to a 4 lane road with median, pedestrian crossings and LED lamps. The toll system has a main toll plaza at Uthandi and exit plaza at Hanumanthai and satellite plazas at Poonjeri, Mahabalipuram and Kelambakkam Link Road.

Passes are available for – single journey, return pass, daily pass, 50 trip pass and monthly passes for 5 categories of vehicles. Monthly passes are for local commercial vehicles such as school buses, JCBs, crane, three wheelers and load carriers.

Exemption is granted for cars and auto rickshaws, owned by people who are residing along ECR from Uthandi to Pondicherry. The residents can apply for the passes at the respective toll plaza from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. by submitting applications along with the required documents. A non-refundable administrative fee of Rs.100 per annum should be paid in cash for processing and issuing the Local Resident Pass. For information, contact 98402 92020 or log into

Vaccination camp for pet animals

INCARE (Indian Centre for Animal Rights and Education), an animal welfare NGO has partnered with Kalakshetra Foundation for the welfare of animals.

As a part of the animal welfare programme, they conducted a vaccination camp for animals on July 9 at their premises. The pet animals were given anti rabies and 7 in 1 vaccine that take care of diseases like Parvo and Distemper. Live stock and cattle were also treated at the campaign. Doctors from ARK Vet clinic treated the animals.

“We also conducted a session called ‘Humane Education with respect to Basic Animal Welfare’ for the students of Besant Arundale School and Kalakshetra School. The students were briefed about basic dog greeting, dog handling, food that are harmful to pets and many such topics. The intent of this is to create awareness and to form a volunteer group within Kalakshetra so that they can be trained in future,” says Murali from INCARE.

The team INCARE is planning to conduct monthly vaccination drives, dog walks, free vet consultations, adoption drives and many more. INCARE can be reached at 99623 70440 and their activities can be followed in Facebook page at

Fitness centre at Thiruvanmiyur

Stellar fitness is a fitness club at Thiruvanmiyur. Owned by Prasanna, the club has a gym, badminton courts, table tennis courts and a swimming pool.

“We have developed a new type of gym that integrates every possible kind of training in a really friendly and open plan layout. It is divided into specialised zones for cardio, free weights, functional training and more. The gym has ‘hammer-strength’ for strength machines, cybex treadmills and arc trainers, Precor AMT, octane ellipticals and nautilus step-mill. We have an in-house lounge/warm-up track. We also offer personal training. We have certified staffs committed towards helping our clients to lead a healthier lifestyle,” says Prasanna.

The L shaped athletic lap swimming pool is 76 ft long and is 4 to 5 ft in depth. There are three badminton courts that can be booked on slot basis. Table tennis coaching is given by Chennai Achiever’s Academy. The pool is fortified by the latest technology from the American ‘Pentair’ purification system where the clarity of the water is anywhere from 5 to 15 microns.

At 3/67, New Beach Road extn, Thiruvanmiyur. Ph: 95002 34567.