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Gasifier crematorium: Corpn. terminates private firm’s contract

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The Hindu       01.09.2016  

Gasifier crematorium: Corpn. terminates private firm’s contract

The City Municipal Corporation has terminated ed the contract given to a private company for establishing a modern gasifier crematorium at a cost of Rs. 1.50 crore at the burial ground in Erumapalayam, for failing to complete the work on time.

The crematorium was proposed to have modern facilities, including generators and sanitary complex and also place for performing rituals.

Under the Infrastructure Gap Filling Fund 2013-14, the subsidy from the government would be Rs. 1 crore while the civic body would contribute Rs. 50 lakh from its general fund.

Tenders were floated in January 3, 2014 for establishing the crematorium and the contract was awarded to the company in February 12, 2014.

The project was proposed to be completed in 190 days. However, only 30 per cent of the work was completed while no work was carried in the past two-and-half years.

With the Commissioner of Municipal Administration coming down heavily on Corporation officials for failing to monitor the work, the civic body through its four letters in 2014 and 2015 had asked the company to complete the work.

Also, since funds were sanctioned in 2013-14, the civic body should submit reports on projection completion and utilisation of funds. But the company in its letter dated December 7, 2015 had informed the Corporation that their industrial unit in Chennai suffered massive damage due to flood and they were not in a position to execute the project.

The company promised to start the work in May 2016, but failed.

Hence, the civic body decided to cancel the contract awarded to the company.

Corporation officials told The Hindu that the company’s security deposit would be forfeited for failing to complete the work as per the agreement.

They added that the project cost would be revised and re-tender would be floated soon.


Vendors block Corporation’s bid to take over shops

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The Hindu         01.09.2016 

Vendors block Corporation’s bid to take over shops

Officials of Dindigul Corporation could not take possession of the shops owned by the civic body after expiry of their lease period owing to vociferous protests by vegetable vendors in Begampur here on Wednesday.

The vendors entered into heated arguments with the Corporation officials when they tried to take possession of the shops.

The officials said the lease period of the previous vendors expired seven months ago.

The Corporation conducted an open auction and leased all the seven shops to new vendors, who remitted 10 months’ rent in advance.

But the old lessees did not allow the officials to take over the shops, they said.


Corporation yet to maintain registers for RTI

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The Hindu      25.07.2016  

Corporation yet to maintain registers for RTI

Greater Chennai Corporation has failed to maintain each of the five registers relating to RTI Act.

Following reports relating to denial of information by officials under RTI Act 2005, the State government has asked Greater Chennai Corporation to maintain the five registers pertaining to various aspects of RTI queries by residents. According to estimates by officials, just 50 per cent of the RTI queries by residents in the past year were answered.

As the State Information Commission was unable to compile a list of RTI queries relating to problems in providing information, the preparation of a comprehensive annual report by the State Information Commission has been delayed. The five registers to be maintained by the Corporation include RTI petition register, register of payment of fees and charges under RTI fees rules, register of first appeal, register of penalty and disciplinary action and register of compensation.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 July 2016 09:35

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