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Corporation to send messages on plan approval

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The Hindu        06.11.2014 

Corporation to send messages on plan approval

In an effort aimed at bringing in transparency in building plan approval and quick disposal of applications, Mayor P. Rajkumar on Monday inaugurated a system wherein the Coimbatore Corporation would send short service messages to the applicants informing them of approval of applications.

According to Mr. Rajkumar, he gave away the plan approval documents to 93 persons on Monday. This was only a beginning.

From now on, every week, the Corporation would send out messages confirming the approval of applications and the date of issue of the same to the applicants, who could then visit the Corporation main office for collecting the same.

He said this initiative was for plans for buildings measuring less than 4,000 sq.ft.

A senior official said that the Corporation could have the plan disbursement event every Tuesday, prior to the weekly grievance meeting.

Earlier in the day, the Mayor oversaw the Corporation releasing fingerlings into freshwater containers in Ward 97 to control mosquito breeding. Deputy Commissioner P. Gandhimathi said that the fingerlings would feed on mosquito larvae and that would control the breeding.

The civic body had bought the fingerlings from the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation.

The Corporation officials also carried out cleaning operations in schools and repair of damaged roads in various parts of the city.


Digital mapping of wards to begin soon

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The Hindu        19.09.2014 

Digital mapping of wards to begin soon

After a long wait, digital mapping of the Chennai Corporation ward boundaries, utilities and streets in Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur is set to begin shortly.

At a meeting on Thursday, Corporation officials explored the possibility of increasing property tax revenue by using the Geographical Information System (GIS) developed on a complete digital mapping.

“Though we have digital mapping of all streets in Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam, Anna Nagar and Adyar, work on other zones is yet to begin,” said an official.

The facility will help to manage civic infrastructure and deliver services in earmarked areas.

The civic body will also study the possibility of using the GIS developed by TANGEDCO as it includes over 42 layers, including junction boxes, transformers and high-tension lines.

The Corporation will conduct a door-to-door survey of property and link the database with the GIS developed by it to help improve solid waste management, roads and plan civic services at ward level.

The officials are also awaiting relaxation of existing restrictions pertaining to various aspects of geo-reference maps, starting with collecting and disseminating of information about areas of strategic significance.



Fresh push to e-governance in civic bodies

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The Hindu       19.08.2014  

Fresh push to e-governance in civic bodies

Will the Nagercoil municipality or the Vellore municipal corporation be able to provide its services using mobile applications?

The answer will be in the affirmative once e-governance plans of the municipal administration authorities fructify. And, the days are not far off for various urban local bodies in Tamil Nadu to offer a comprehensive set of services through information technology, says a senior official. About 10 days ago, Municipal Administration and Water Supply (MAWS) Department issued an order, giving the go-ahead for a project to implement a State-level solution for e-governance in all urban local bodies. However, this initiative will not include Chennai Corporation, which has a separate plan.

Pilot basis

On a pilot basis, the project will be carried out in the Coimbatore municipal corporation and a few municipalities. After studying the outcome, it will be rolled out in the rest of the State. A sum of Rs. 18 crore has been sanctioned.

The proposal originally forms part of the National Mission Mode Project on e-governance, a component of the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission that awaits an overhaul under the new BJP government. To carry out the project, the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration h

as chosen a systems integrator: Bahwan CyberTek, a global provider of software products and solutions. PwC has been made the project management consultant.

The Comptroller and Auditor-General, in its report for the year ended March 31, 2013, pulled up five municipal corporations for the tardy progress in computerisation during 2005-2013.

The latest project envisages web-based applications and interface with geographical information system (GIS).

Different modules are being developed for a host of functions of the local bodies such as property tax, water supply, building permission, solid waste management and grievance redress. Other modules, for schools management and hospital management systems, will also be formed.

As for the fate of the existing level of computerisation in different urban local bodies, the official says this will be absorbed into the proposed e-governance regime. The main idea is to improve service delivery to the public.

The other objectives include increasing the transparency in the processes; ensuring seamless flow of information across all levels of the local bodies; and increasing their productivity.

On the progress of the project, the official says it is expected to be completed in a year.


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