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Local bodies can use fund for rain relief

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The New Indian Express  03.12.2010

Local bodies can use fund for rain relief

PUDUCHERRY: The department of local administration has approved utlisation of additional funds for flood relief work by the local bodies, said Public Health and Local Administration minister A Namassivayam at a press meet here on Thursday.

He said that village pancha­yats have been permitted to utilise Rs 10,000 each, commune panchayats up to Rs 1 lakh and municipalities up to Rs 2 lakh each. After identifying the works, such as desilting, pumping of water and clearing of uprooted trees, the works could be taken up. This approval has been given in advance to avoid delay in sanctioning the execution of the work.

The devolution of powers to municipalities that include administrative and financial would be made soon. Already powers have been devolved for commune panchayats and villages panchayats, he said.

He said the State Election Commissioner would be appointed soon. The government has shortlisted a panel of two names for selection.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 December 2010 11:48

Land survey soon at Chetty Thottam

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The Times of India  03.12.2010

Land survey soon at Chetty Thottam

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board will soon conduct a land survey' in Chetty Thottam in Saidapet to identify areas owned by government departments and habitations, according to minister for slum clearance and accommodation control Suba Thangavelan.

At a grievance redressal meeting on Thursday, Thangavelan said that arrangements would soon be made to hold a meeting with other departments that are involved in the exercise.

"This will help the board issue pattas to the eligible beneficiaries in three weeks. Also, chief minister will be consulted before being waiving off loans obtained by the residents from the TNSCB," the minister said. TNSCB has already issued pattas to residents of Jothiammal Nagar, Neruppu Medu and Jothithottam.

Chennai Mayor M Subramanian said the residents, who obtained loans from the board in 1984, were unable to repay and the interest had now grown manifold. The TNSCB managing director, Ramalingam, said all efforts would be taken to ensure the speedy disposal of cases. Corporation and TNSCB officials participated.

Last Updated on Friday, 03 December 2010 11:32

Madras’ old boundary stones hark to city birth

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The Deccan Chronicle  11.10.2010

Madras’ old boundary stones hark to city birth

Chennai, Oct. 10: The declaration of the Tamil Nadu government in December 2009 about the plan to merge nine municipalities and 25 village panchayats with Chennai, thus increasing the city area to 426 sq. km from the existing 174 sq. km had caught the imagination of Chennaiites by the enormity of the figures. It will thus come as a surprise to many that at one point of time, Chennai’s ‘city limits’ ended at Esplanade.

Then called Madras, the city was in its infancy but nonetheless was fast emerging from a narrow strip of sandy beach to a metropolis under British rule.

“Six boundary stones shaped in the form of obelisks were placed in different locations like Popham’s Broadway, Kondy Chetty Street, Linghi Chetty Street, Stringer Chetty Street, Badrian Chetty Street and adjacent to the Second Line Beach road to mark the boundaries of the city,” said S. Suresh, Tamil Nadu state convener of Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage (INTACH). “Now only the one at the Second Line Beach road near the Dare House remains among the 20-foot long structures. Inscribed on it are the words ‘Boundary of the Esplanade, 1ST January 1773’.”

He added that the markers were placed after the city survey of 1772. Unfortunately the marker’s present condition proves the laxity of the city’s administrators when it comes to heritage preservation.

Last Updated on Monday, 11 October 2010 06:54

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