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Old buildings get a month’s time

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The Hindu         27.11.2014  

Old buildings get a month’s time

Following the collapse of a number of buildings this monsoon, the Chennai Corporation has decided to begin issuing notices to dilapidated buildings, advising owners to either demolish or repair the structures.

Stringent measures are likely to be taken within a month.

“This is the first time ward-level officials have completed enumeration of such buildings, in three years. They identified 21 buildings in our ward on Tuesday. They will start issuing notices to owners this week,” said Kalarimuthu, councillor of ward 58, located close to Ripon Buildings. “The notice for such buildings is being issued under Section 258 of CCMC Act. Measures should be taken to prevent misuse of the provisions by residents,” said an official.

Earlier, just 132 buildings in the city had been estimated to be dilapidated. Action on repair or demolition had not been initiated either.

According to the new survey, the number of such buildings reported in Royapuram zone alone has exceeded the previous estimate.

At least 150 buildings in Royapuram zone, covering areas of George Town, will have to be demolished or repaired within 30 days of issuance of notice by the Chennai Corporation.

“We have collected photo evidence of the damaged buildings. Some residents are resisting the move,” said a junior engineer. George Town, Chintadripet, Santhome, Mylapore, Nungambakkam and Purasawalkam are some of the areas with a large number of such buildings.

“The owners have 30-days’ time to demolish the buildings. After that, the Chennai Corporation will take over the demolition. The owners also have the option of repairing the buildings before obtaining a stability certificate from structural engineers,” said an official.

Last week, two persons were killed after a 100-year-old building collapsed on Rajaji Salai.

Last week, two persons were killed after a 100-year-old building collapsed on Rajaji Salai


Sanitary work in 18 wards privatised

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The Hindu        05.11.2014 

Sanitary work in 18 wards privatised

Minister launches outsourcing arrangement on the corporation premises

Almost a year after the City Corporation Council gave its nod for engaging private contractors to carry out sanitary operations and solid waste management in 18 wards in the city, a Chennai-based private firm has began the operation.

It lined up its men and imported machines when the Minister for Khadi and Village Industries T.P. Poonachi formally launched the outsourcing arrangement on the corporation premises here on Tuesday in the presence of A. Jaya, Mayor and R. Manoharan, Chief Whip.

As per the arrangement, Srinivas Waste Management Services Private Ltd, will employ its employees in garbage collection and cleaning operations in 18 wards - 1 ward in Srirangam zone, six in Ariyamangalam zone, seven in Golden Rock zone, and three in K. Abishekapuram zone besides Central and Chathram bus stands and Gandhi Market in the city.

It has to employ at least 339 workers.

The agency will have to carry out the task of primary collection of garbage, segregation at source into degradable and non-degradable, transport them to corporation dump yards, sweep streets and clean stormwater drains.

V.P. Thandapani, Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, told The Hindu that the outsourcing arrangement would cover 77,262 households, Gandhi market and Central and Chathiram bus stands in an area of 50 square km. It was estimated that the firm would handle about 125 metric tonne of garbage daily. It would be segregated into degradable and non-degradable. It would clear about 15 metric tonne of garbage in Gandhi market and two-bus stands alone. A “foolproof arrangement” had been made to measure the garbage collection.

He said that the Corporation would pay Rs.1403 per tonne for garbage collection. The rate was arrived at based on tender process. The arrangement was made basically due to shortage of manpower for solid waste management. As a result, sanitary workers in the 18 wards would be redeployed in other wards for better management.

S. Vengateswaran, General Manager (Operations), SWMS, said it had imported 6 compactor vehicles, 1 hook loader vehicle, and a storm water cleaning crane from Germany. It would place 500 compactor bins and 350 push carts in different parts of 18 wards.

Uniformed-workers would be engaged in door-to-door garbage collection. A software installed with the computers of Corporation would enable it to monitor the garbage cleaning activities effectively.


Corporation serves notice on waste management company

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The Hindu        05.11.2014  

Corporation serves notice on waste management company

Coimbatore Corporation has issued notice to the Coimbatore Integrated Waste Management Company Private Limited, the company that manages waste at the Vellalore yard, for violation of contractual obligations. According to Corporation Commissioner S. Ganesh, the company had not given the bank performance guarantee and advance bank guarantee totalling Rs. 4.95 crore, which was a violation of contract, for which it ought to be served notice.

He had issued the notice a few days ago after perusing the files related to the solid waste management contract.

This apart, the Corporation had issued another notice to the company for not processing waste in the Vellalore yard, as promised.


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