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Birth and death certificates go online

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The Hindu              12.09.2013

Birth and death certificates go online

Special Correspondent

The Madurai Corporation on Wednesday launched online issue of birth and death certificates to the city residents.

The civic authorities promise that birth and death certificates will be issued in just 10 minutes. “If information provided by the applicant is correct, the procedure should be over in a few minutes,” Mayor V.V.Rajan Chellappa, who along with Commissioner R. Nanthagopal, inaugurated the facility, told reporters.

The certificates will be issued in Tamil for now.

Mr.Nanthagopal said the online system would be later extended to Corporation offices in all the four zones.

The system would enable the people to apply from anywhere through the Corporation website.

“This system will, in a way, put an end to the nuisance of touts and middlemen who fleece the people. It will bring in transparency,” he said, and urged the people to register birth of children within 21 days to get birth certificates.

Yasodha Mani, City Health Officer, said the Corporation’s birth and death certificate section on an average received about 150 applications a day.


Now upload photos on civic neglect in localities

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Deccan Chronicle              11.09.2013

Now upload photos on civic neglect in localities

Chennai: Chennaiites will soon have to work on their photographic skills as the Chen­nai corporation has introduced a new scheme in which people can upload photos of the state of conservancy activities.

The new system named “Rate your conservancy” launched by the corporation will also enable people to rate conservancy works in their area from a range of ‘poor’, ‘average’, ‘fair’, ‘good’ and ‘very good’. Residents can access the facility which is available on Chennai corporation website (www.chennaicorporation.gov.in).

“Based on responses from the public, action will be taken. If the ratings are good the particular zone will be awarded the ‘best zone’ on a weekly basis to improve the mechanism,” said a Corporation official at Ripon buildings.

“So far the corporation has been awarding ratings every week based on internal rating and monitoring,” the official noted. “Si­m­ilarly photos of unkempt roads, overflowing garbage bins, dustbin conditions, debris removal, water table clearing, centre median dusting and other issues can also be uploaded,” he added.

“This method can be fruitful for the city’s cleanliness but its success depends on how frequently people use it,” said J.D. Thomas, a resident of Taramani. “At the same time, officials concerned must also react immediately to the responses of people so that we are benefited,” he added. The system will be applicable to all fifteen zones present in the city.

“Many garbage bins across the city are overflowing. If this scheme works, many health hazards can be prevented,” said S. Suganraj, a resident of Washermanpet.


Corporation plans digitised monitoring of OSR lands

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The Hindu            07.09.2013

Corporation plans digitised monitoring of OSR lands

V.S. Palaniappan

The lands are meant for creation of public utility infrastructure

In an effort aimed at ending the abuse or usurping of Open Space Reservation (OSR) lands, the Corporation is creating a digitised data bank of layouts and OSR lands.

At present, whenever an OSR land needs to be identified, the officials seek time to refer to the layout plan, files.

This was proving to be a time-consuming affair. Law demands earmarking 10 per cent of the land as OSR whenever a layout plan was submitted for approval of a layout with more than 37 cents of land. OSR is meant for creation of public utility infrastructure such as parks, shops, parking space and community hall.

Corporation Commissioner G. Latha and Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu have planned to use the Autocad method for digitising the layout maps and indicate the OSR lands there. As on date, Corporation records indicate existence of 1,180 OSR lands but practically there would have to be more than 1,500 lands, official sources said.

Town Planning Department officials have been instructed to identify and list the number of OSR lands on the basis of one ward per week.

With 100 wards in five zones, the officials were confident of completing the task of identifying the layouts and the OSR lands therein within 20 weeks.

The process of identifying the layouts and the OSR lands will translate into placing of boards by the Corporation cautioning people to refrain from buying or selling such lands. Next step would be to upload the same in the website and indicate the OSRs, so that the prospective buyers could exercise some caution and refrain from buying OSR lands.

Next step would be to resort to removal of encroachments to restore the OSR lands and ensure their availability for creation of infrastructure for public utility purposes.

Once the database is created, Corporation would get into a mode for restoring these lands encroached upon by land sharks over a period of time, officials said.


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