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Water pipelines to commercial establishments disconnected

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The Hindu       12.04.2017   

Water pipelines to commercial establishments disconnected

A corporation worker disconnecting water pipeline in Salem on Tuesday.E.Lakshmi NarayananE_Lakshmi Narayanan;E_Lakshmi Narayanan  

To address the drinking water needs of households

After serving notice on the owners of commercial establishments in the city on Monday, the Salem City Municipal Corporation has started disconnecting water pipelines to them here on Tuesday.

About 113 million litres of water is received from Mettur Dam everyday through two water supply schemes, which is in turn distributed to households and commercial establishments in all the 60 wards. With the water level in the dam dropping to 26 feet, officials decided to give priority to address the drinking water needs of the people for the next three months. Hence, the Corporation announced that 1,387 connections given to commercial establishments would be disconnected from Monday. All the owners of these establishments were served notices and were asked to arrange their own source of water.

On Tuesday, officials began disconnecting water pipelines to commercial establishments in all the four zones. They added that the work will take more than two weeks for completion after which drinking water will be supplied only to households.

A total of 30 connections, Suramangalam Zone – 3, Hasthampatti - 7, Ammapet – 6 and Kondalampatti – 14, were disconnected on Tuesday.


Over 800 water connections cut

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The Hindu       27.03.2017  

Over 800 water connections cut

The Coimbatore Corporation has disconnected over 800 water connections of persons who had defaulted on property tax and water charges payment.

A press release from the civic body said that from October 26, 2016 to March 24, 2017, the Corporation had disconnected 809 supply lines, including illegal connections.

Based on instructions from Corporation Commissioner and Special Officer K. Vijayakarthikeyan, the civic body had disconnected 379 lines in South Zone, 131 lines in East Zone, 133 in North Zone, 63 in West Zone and 103 in Central Zone.


Places identified for banners

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The Hindu   02.03.2017   

Places identified for banners

Local Administration Department to float tenders soon

The Local Administration Department will soon float tenders inviting bidders for display of banners and cutouts at designated places in Puducherry and Oulgaret municipalities. The Department has finalised the list of spaces and it has decided to use them to ensure optimal revenue for the cash-strapped municipalities.

“The Local Administration Department will have the powers to permit hoardings and banners at 20 designated spaces each within the jurisdiction of Puducherry and Oulgaret municipalities. The erection of banners will be controlled only to the designated spaces to protect the city’s aesthetics. The new set of regulations to erect banners and cut-outs would come into force from April 1,” Secretary to Local Administration Department P. Jawahar told The Hindu

The government has already tweaked the conditions laid down in the Puducherry Open Places (Prevention of Disfigurement Act) 2009, in order to meet the demands from various corners and to bring some revenue to the cash-starved local bodies.

Ever since the ban was enforced, there have been allegations by the opposition parties that the municipalities were allowing the ruling party in the State to put up banners against the ban while removing ones erected by other parties.

The Act had envisaged a blanket ban on erection of banners, flex boards and hoardings. The municipalities are also crippled due to lack of revenue generation and flexibility in rules is expected to streamline and bring in additional revenue to the municipalities.

“The government has also revised the rates for display of banners, hoardings and cut-outs in the two municipal areas. The rates were last revised only in 1973 when the Puducherry Municipalities Act came into force. The revised rates have been fixed at Rs. 200 per square metre,” Mr. Jawahar said.

The designated spaces will be tendered out for a specific period.

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