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Chennai Corporation ropes in NGO to clean Marina Beach

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The Times of India        30.12.2014  

Chennai Corporation ropes in NGO to clean Marina Beach


CHENNAI: In the wake of several complaints about lack of cleanliness on the Marina Beach, the Chennai Corporation has dropped private operator Ramky Enviro and roped in Shudda, an NGO, to clean the beach on a pilot basis.

The civic body stated that it would treat and maintain the beach sand space as a separate entity sans roads and pavements.

"A separate division of officials have been given the task of monitoring the garbage clearance work so that the beach would soon look like coastlines abroad," Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy said during the corporation council on Monday.

Marina, which is the world's second largest beach, covers an area of 25.19 sq km where it stretches 13 km in length and in width between 300 and 437 meters.

Corporation officials said the number of conservancy workers deployed by Ramkey was not sufficient to clean the stretch. "Ramky said they required 40 staff with a salary of Rs 5,550 per person every month," the council resolution stated.

Shudda has been managing a 3-kilometer from Anna Samadhi up to Light House. It was already involved in four other waste management projects with the Chennai Corporation.

"Corporation officials told us they had concerns of the coastline not being tidy since Marina is an important tourist spot," said Nisha Thota, managing trustee, Shudda.

The new team has 132 staff including locals from the slums who split themselves into working on three different shifts every day. "Volunteers from corporates and other NGOs have also been coming in for clean- ups us periodically," Thota said.

Ramkey Enviro handles conservancy works in three important zones- Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Adyar, which covers the Marina and Elliot's Beach.

Cleaning work on Besant Nagar was handed over to another private operator. While the beach sands alone have changed hands, Ramky will continue garbage collection from residences and is also responsible for sweeping the roads. 


Corpn. provides alternative land for Gandhipuram temples

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The Hindu       26.12.2014

Corpn. provides alternative land for Gandhipuram temples

Coimbatore Corporation will allot six cents each to the three temples in Gandhipuram that will be removed to facilitate the construction of a flyover.

In a resolution passed at the recent Council meeting, the Corporation said that it could allot six cents each to the Muniappa Swamy, Siddhi Vinayagar and Kannanur Mariamman temples in the 1,335 sq.m. land available at the Mariappan Street – Range Konar Street junction. And, in lieu of the allotment, it would get from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department the market value. The resolution said that the civic body had agreed to provide the alternative site based on the Highways Department’s request as the latter executed the flyover project. And, it said that it would forward the resolution to the Commissioner for Municipal Administration.

In another resolution, the Corporation said that it would shift the traders from the eastern side of the Dr. Nanjappa Road to facilitate the construction of the flyover. This was because their presence on the road hindered early completion. It would not stop with that but also provide alternative site to the traders, as mandated by the Madras High Court.

The civic body said that it had identified the Yard Road near the Power House in Central Zone to house the traders. The traders would have to pay rent to the civic body before setting up shops there.


Local body seals illegal borewells

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The Hindu         23.12.2014 

Local body seals illegal borewells

In a decisive move against exploitation of water sources in its limits, the Poonamallee municipality will be sealing illegal borewells on either side of Poonamallee Bypass Road.

The local body recently sealed 57 borewells that were identified to be sunk without its approval and used for commercial purpose. The Poonamallee and Seneerkuppam belt is the main source of groundwater for tankers.

On an average, about 750 tanker-loads of water are sourced from these areas where the groundwater is available at a depth of just 40 feet. Officials of the Tiruvallur district collectorate said they sealed the borewells and seized motor sets in Seneerkuppam and Thiruverkadu.

“As of now, we have identified only those along the arterial road. We cannot allow the depletion of groundwater as the demand in Poonamallee is growing,” said an official.

The local body is able to supply only 4.75 million litres of drinking water daily (mld) against the demand of 5.10 mld. The municipality has a population of 57,000 and plans to tap groundwater to meet the demand.

Lorry operators want the Tiruvallur collectorate to provide licenses to regulate groundwater drawal for commercial purposes.

P.S. Sundaram, president of Chennai Private Water Tankers Operators Association, said: “If there is a scarcity of borewell sources, lorries may have to travel to distant areas and the burden will be shifted to consumers.”

The Poonamallee municipality also plans to rejuvenate five ponds polluted with sewage, including MGR Kuttai and Melma Nagar Kuttai, to serve as groundwater recharge.

Wells in the Poonamallee and Seneerkuppam belt supply much of the water for north and central Chennai


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