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All set for GPS tracking of water tankers

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The Hindu      14.04.2017 

All set for GPS tracking of water tankers

Going hi-tech:An official showing the tracking of water tankers through the Global Positioning System being introduced by the GVMC in Visakhapatnam. (Right) GPS device fitted in a tanker.C.V. SubrahmanyamC.V.Subrahmanyam  

GVMC says it will ensure timely delivery of water at the designated points

To ensure prompt supply of water by tankers and to cut down on any unnecessary cost, the GVMC is introducing the Global Positioning System (GPS) on them.


Installing GPS has been made mandatory from April 1 for all the tankers making it part of the tender document.

While 60 tankers make 460 trips daily to the areas that require supply in the year, in summer the number of trips is increased by 170 using another 30 tankers.

So far GPS has been fixed on 32 of the 60 tankers, it was learnt. GVMC intends to fix them to all tankers by April 17.

The ones for which the GPS has already been fixed will be made operational by then.

While Rs. 4 crore is spent on the supply by tankers in the year, for the tankers in summer Rs. 84.7 lakh is spent.

While the basic purpose of introducing GPS is to track vehicles, it is the number of trips made that is important and to prevent any false claims being made, say sources in GVMC.

Besides, when a tanker starts its trip, is idle or moving and the timely delivery of water at the designated points and when the trip ends also can be ensured by monitoring through GPS.

Supply by tankers is more in Zones I, V and VI with the merged 32 panchayats and Gajuwaka area falling under it.

Wards One to six that include Madhurawada and Endada and more than 50 per cent of wards 55, 56 and 57 in Gajuwaka and in Vepagunta and Pendurti areas of Zone VI are covered by tankers.

Initially there was some resistance but it was insisted that the contractor should install the GPS device.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is also insisting on introducing GPS on all water tankers all over the State.


Make civic body paperless office soon, Mayor calls upon staff

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The Hindu        12.04.2017  

Make civic body paperless office soon, Mayor calls upon staff

Mayor P. Rajani Seshasai has called upon the staff of her office to ensure that paperless transactions take place in the corporation within a few months. She said that everyone should respond to the call given by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu on giving top priority to technology.

Speaking at a one-day workshop for engineers and staff of the municipal corporation on e-office system and digital economy here on Tuesday, she suggested that the staff of the corporation should improve their work in order to get the maximum results in a short span of time by making use of technology.

The Urban Development Research Institute, Hyderabad under the aegis of the Municipal Corporation of Rajamahendravaram organised the programme.

Municipal Commissioner V. Vijayarama Raju said that several changes had been made in the corporation as far as administration was concerned and added that a service centre would be set up in a week’s time. He maintained that the e-service centre would be linked to all the departments.


Corporation to bring Mayor’s chamber under CCTV coverage

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The New Indian Express       08.04.2017  

Corporation to bring Mayor’s chamber under CCTV coverage

KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation is planning to extend CCTV coverage to the Mayor’s chamber, in the wake of the recent incident wherein Mayor Soumini Jain was verbally abused by director Jude Anthany Joseph.

The director had verbally abused the Mayor during a visit to the Corporation office seeking sanction for shooting a film at Subhash Park.

“Currently, the Mayor’s chamber is not under CCTV surveillance. The recent incident has forced us to extend CCTV coverage to the Mayor’s chamber. An earlier proposal to install CCTV cameras in the Mayor’s chamber was dropped,” said sources in the Corporation.  

Facebook wall of Mayor Soumini Jain

“At present, CCTV surveillance is restricted to the courtyard of the Corporation building. We will soon hold discussions with service providers to install CCTV cameras in the Mayor’s cabin,” said a Corporation officer.

“Anyone can enter my office any time, and there is no restriction on the public to meet me. This is the first time such an incident is happening in my office. There is no secrecy in the Corporation office and everything is open to the public,” said the Mayor. Meanwhile, the Mayor lashed out at Jude Anthany for his Facebook post against her. 

The Mayor in her Facebook post said it was an irony the director who misbehaved with a woman had come up with the noble intention of making a film on child sexual abuse. “He can  express his social commitment by making the film, but before that he should change his arrogant attitude towards women. Every individual should be subjected to reformation to ensure the overall refinement of society,” reads the post. 

The Mayor said the Facebook post was intended to support women in general, who face abuse at home, in public places and at workplace.

“Dear Jude, I too am worried about the recent atrocities against women and children. Your intention to make a film on the subject is good, but your abusive words against a woman in front of the staff will not send out a good message. You used such abusive words against me, because I am a woman,” reads the post.

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