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Civic body proposes water theme park, expansion of Srirangam flower market

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The Hindu                      12.03.2013

Civic body proposes water theme park, expansion of Srirangam flower market

Corporation projects a revenue of Rs. 260.38 cr., expenditure pegged at Rs. 278.74 cr.

Proposals on establishing a science park and a water theme park in the city, expansion of the flower market in Srirangam, extension of the underground drainage scheme for uncovered areas of the city, establishment of a new market, and a slaughterhouse at Kattur Pappakurichi are some of the salient features of the corporation Budget for 2013-14.

With salary and pension payments accounting for nearly 70 per cent of its revenue expenditure, the Tiruchi Corporation will be saddled with a whopping deficit of Rs. 18.36 crore. The Budget estimates project the civic body’s total revenue for the next financial year at Rs. 260.38 crore and expenditure at Rs. 278.74 crore. The budget tabled at a special meeting of the Corporation Council chaired by Mayor A. Jaya, here on Monday. However, the Corporation has managed to wipe out a deficit of Rs. 11.42 crore projected in 2012-13 and has managed to record a surplus of Rs. 7.60 lakh during this financial year as per the revised estimates presented along with the Budget. This was made possible through better revenue receipts during the year, said V. Ayyappan, chairman, Standing Committee on Taxation and Finance, tabling the budget. Mr. Ayyappan expressed confidence that the deficit in 2013-14 too would be bridged through better tax compliance and the civic body’s initiative to collect tax arrears mired in litigations.

Nevertheless, the corporation continues to depend heavily on State funds to improve civic amenities in the city continues and expects an allocation of Rs. 39.69 crore under the Integrated Urban Development Mission (IUDM) during the year for laying new blacktop roads, cement roads, and construction of drains. Significant among the Budget proposals will be the move to construct new buildings for the corporation maternity centres at Woraiyur and West Boulevard Road in the city. The maternity centres are to be converted into 24-hour hospitals with modern amenities and equipment. An initial allotment of Rs. 50 lakh had been made for the proposal.

A new market will be established at Kattur Pappakurichi to cater to the needs of residents in a five new wards created following the merger of Tiruverumbur Town Panchayat and four other panchayats with the corporation. The market will be built at the site where platform shops are currently operating. However, no financial allocation has been specified. A proposal will be forwarded to the government soon for the establishment of a modern slaughterhouse for goats at Kattur Pappakurichi.

The Corporation has proposed to install closed circuit television cameras at its main and zonal offices, tax collection service centres and also at its garbage dumping yard at Ariyamangalam. The move comes in the wake of a break-in reported at the office of one of the Corporation Executive Engineers a few months ago. The installation of the CCTV cameras at the garbage dump is apparently was intended to monitor and check fire accidents.

The civic body has revived proposals on establishing a water theme park and a science park in the city, both mooted nearly a decade ago. The water theme park is planned on a 15-acre site at Panchapur. However, the civic body will seek expert opinion before firming up the proposal. The science park is to come up at the corporation grounds at Anna Nagar, where a similar project was abandoned midway through some years ago. The corporation has now made an allocation of Rs. 3 crore for the project. A proposal on extending the underground sewer system to uncovered areas in the city, at an investment of Rs. 129.21 crore has been forwarded to the government.

The project is proposed to be taken up under the IUDM and will depend on the sanction of the government.

The corporation has proposed to expand the flower market at Srirangam by constructing additional shops after demolishing a few dilapidated shops at the old bus stand in the town. A new gasifier-based crematorium will be established at Manalvarithurai at a cost of Rs. 75 lakh with government assistance.

The council would take up the Budget for discussion on Thursday.


Longlist of 126 proposals for city

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The Hindu                      12.03.2013

Longlist of 126 proposals for city

The Chennai Corporation budget for 2013-2014 aims for a cleaner, greener and aesthetically enhanced city, with over 40 of the 126 proposals covering these aspects.

Intensive cleaning of roads, pedestrian plazas at three places, 7-km-long cycle track and musical fountain on Marina beach, 100 additional parks, solar energy generation, LED lighting, beautification of more beaches and distribution of nochi saplings for mosquito control — these were some of the measures proposed by Mayor Saidai Duraisamy in his budget speech on Monday.

He said the civic body would use soap for washing roads and street furniture to ensure the civic facilities are clean. However, the cleaning operation with soap will not damage roads, he said. Many countries wash roads to keep them clean.

Pedestrian plazas will be commissioned in T. Nagar, Chepauk and Mylapore as part of the civic body’s efforts to provide better amenities for pedestrians. The plaza in T. Nagar will have a commercial theme, in Chepauk it will have an environmental theme, while the one in Mylapore will adopt a religious theme.

The Chennai Corporation will also commission facilities to promote cycle sharing as an important means of providing last-mile connectivity to MRTS stations initially. The facilities will also be commissioned along Metro Rail corridors in the long run.

A proposal to implement cycle circuit along Marina beach from Fort station to Foreshore Estate for a length of 7 km has also been made.

The civic body will install solar rooftop panels in all buildings of the Corporation of Chennai within three years in a phased manner. This will augment power supply and supplement conventional sources of energy.

The Corporation will also promote LED lighting to save energy and improve aesthetics. According to the Mayor, LED light fittings will be provided in all areas of the Corporation.

Improvements to beaches in Neelankarai, Kottivakkam and Palavakkam will be made based on a detailed project report prepared by consultants. The beaches, which will be provided with footpaths, car parking and children’s play areas, will adhere to existing Coastal Regulation Zone rules.

The civic body has also proposed geo-technology for better supervision of solid waste management. This is likely to ensure cleaner surroundings by monitoring of garbage removal in neighbourhoods.

Roads are likely to get a facelift with granite footpaths on 100 bus routes.

To facilitate laying of granite, encroachments such as junction boxes, pillar boxes and transformers will be removed. The footpaths will be commissioned within three years in a phased manner after removal of encroachments.

A parking management cell of the Chennai Corporation will tackle the challenges faced by owners of 26 lakh motorcycles and 6 lakh cars in the city. Additional street-parking units will be commissioned after the establishment of the parking management cell.

The city’s lung space will grow bigger with the commissioning of 100 new parks on open space reserve land. Existing and new parks will also be equipped with rainwater harvesting structures and drip irrigation systems to promote greenery.

The Mayor also announced that conservancy staff who promote plastic segregation of waste will be rewarded.


Corporation gears up for budget

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The Times of India                           08.03.2013

Corporation gears up for budget

COIMBATORE: Even as the city municipal corporation is gearing up for its budget for 2013-14, some of the key projects announced in the previous budget of the civic body are still caught in a state of limbo. While some are in its initial stages of execution, some are yet to begin. Some of the major budget announcements that have remained on paper include construction of integrated bus stand, new council hall, vegetable markets and library in each of the 100 wards. Major infrastructure projects that figured in the 2012-13 budget of the corporation including construction of over-bridges, skywalks, multi-level car parking facilities are also still in the conceptualization stage and have been restricted to mere newspaper announcements.

"The corporation is taking measures to ensure the speedy completion of these works," said a senior city municipal corporation official.

The corporation officials claimed that a Detailed Project Report (DPR) will be prepared for the integrated bus terminus at Gandhipuram, with extensive parking space, after acquiring the nearby land available with the state home department allotted to Coimbatore prison department. The integrated bus stand will combine the inter-state, mofussil and town bus stands that are presently installed at three different locations in Gandhipuram. The corporation is planning to set up the bus stand in 10.38 acre space and had allocated Rs 800 lakhs for bus stands in Gandhipuram, Kurichi and Vadavalli in the previous budget. The bus stands at Vadavalli and Kurichi are yet to be initialised and have been entangled in controversies.

"Only JNNURM projects are being executed in the city for the past one year. All other projects have not made any considerable progress," said S M Samy, Corporation Councillor ward no 61. The corporation had also announced the construction of a new council hall to accommodate additional councillors who were elected into the council after the expansion of the old corporation limits. The civic body has invited expression of interest for the project and tenders will be floated for the works soon, to construct a state-of-the-art corporation hall with audio and visual aids, behind the present corporation main office near Town Hall.

"The new budget should focus on improving the infrastructure facilities in the newly-added areas to ensure residents better civic facilities. Education sector should also be given a thrust in the proposed budget," said P Rajkumar, north zone chairman, Coimbatore municipal corporation.

The corporation had allocated Rs 100 lakhs in the 2012-13 civic budget for the construction of subways. It has now announced that a subway will be constructed on NSR road near Sai Baba Colony. The previous budget had also kept aside Rs 400 lakhs for the construction of bridges at Puttuvikki on Sundakamuthur road, over Sanganoor Pallam connecting Gandhipuram 5{+t}{+h} street and Ganesh street. City mayor SM Velusamy also announced a library in each of the 100 wards in the previous budget.
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