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Corporation plans vehicle tracking devices for lorries

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The Hindu         09.09.2016 

Corporation plans vehicle tracking devices for lorries

Coimbatore Corporation will soon fix vehicle tracking system on all its lorries to monitor movement and bring down fuel cost.— Photo: S. Siva Saravanan
Coimbatore Corporation will soon fix vehicle tracking system on all its lorries to monitor movement and bring down fuel cost.— Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

The Coimbatore Corporation has discovered that the actual diesel consumption in lorries carrying waste to Vellalore is less than what it is being billed for. The civic body made the discovery when it carried a trial run fixing vehicle tracking devices on a few lorries.

Sources privy to the operation say that while the billing has touched 30 litres a day a lorry, the trial run has shown that the actual consumption is almost half – around 15 litres a day a lorry. The Corporation carried out the trial run by fixing the tracking devices on five lorries – one each a zone – under the Central Government’s Swachh Bharat scheme.

Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan says that he’s yet to see the report on the result of the trial run exercise. But he is certain that there will be reduction in diesel consumption if the civic body starts monitoring the vehicle movement.

The sources say that the savings will be massive given the fact that the Corporation alone operates close to 200 lorries a day moving nearly 800 tonnes waste to Vellalore. If each lorry’s diesel consumption were to come down from 30 litres to around 15 litres a day, the expenditure will also get halved.

The Corporation started off the vehicle tracking exercise by entering into an agreement with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited. The latter will provide the SIM and also the tracking equipment. The Corporation will monitor the vehicle movement at its main office in Town Hall.

If the Corporation were to fix the tracking device on all its lorries, save on diesel and tighten the purse, it will be doing so at a time when it is finding it difficult to pay contractors for works that were executed months ago.


Corporation to develop app for basic services

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The Hindu       01.09.2016 

Corporation to develop app for basic services

Coimbatore Corporation will soon extend its services through mobile phone as well.

According to officials, the civic body is preparing a mobile application to help members of the public report grievances, complaints, access birth and death certificates and pay property tax and water charges.

The app, which would be available in both iOS and Android platforms was at present at the development stage.

The beta launch could be around mid-September and the final launch 15 days thereafter.

If residents were to report grievances or complaints, they would have the option of uploading pictures as well.

Plus, there would be alerts as well – disruption in water supply, tax payment reminders, etc. – the essential feature of apps.

The sources said that one of the important issues the developers faced was in giving users more choice of banks to pay property tax or water charges.

They were contemplating using a payment gateway, which would help optimise network usage.

Senior officials said that the Corporation also planned to develop and launch apps for Smart Cities project and a few other initiatives like Social Capital.

At present, the Corporation lets users pay taxes online using its web portal.


New online layout approval system by Aug.

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The Hindu        12.07.2016 

New online layout approval system by Aug.

Residents, businesses, industries and start-ups that are applying for layout plan approvals and permits for building construction are soon likely to find the process much easier.

The Greater Chennai Corporation plans to speed up the process by introducing a new online layout approval system for urban development by August.

An official of the Corporation said a trial run of the new system had begun in the northern areas of the city covering Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Manali, Madhavaram and Tiruvottiyur.

The Union Urban Development Ministry has directed the civic body to take initiatives for online layout approval as the State ranks low in implementing the 98-point action plan for business reforms. A large chunk of investments in Tamil Nadu are concentrated in Chennai. But, the process of obtaining layout plan approval and building approval continues to be challenging.

The Corporation had launched an online system in 2009 but it had glitches, was not fully automated and the whole process took between three to six months.

At least 10,000 buildings are developed in the city every year. Many of them remain unapproved because of red tape and issues relating to the existing system.

The old online system was also not integrated with the payment gateway.

“Any NRI who wants to start a business can get building approval or layout plan approval online without visiting the Corporation office through the new online system. The new system covers the process end-to-end,” said an official of the Corporation. Officials at the regional level are set to be instructed on how to expedite the process after August.

After online submission of the application through Chennai Corporation citizen portal, the system will generate an acknowledgement and an automated inspection schedule. The applicant will receive SMS and email notifications. After inspection, the payment of fee and printing of approved plan copy can be made through the citizen portal.

At a recent meeting, senior officials focussed on integrating a single window system with agencies such as the Airport Authority of India and CMDA. Construction of many multi-storied buildings have been delayed owing to restrictions relating to air traffic.

India was ranked 142 in Doing Business Report, 2015, released by the World Bank. The rank has improved in ‘dealing with construction permit’ and ‘getting electricity’ indicators as some cities such as Chennai have already initiated measures. However, many delegations visiting the city have stressed the need for quick approval.


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