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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.


Corpn. serves notice on Stanes School

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The Hindu      09.09.2016  

Corpn. serves notice on Stanes School

Coimbatore Corporation has issued notice to Stanes School seeking explanation for the poor maintenance of water purifiers on its campus.

According to sources, the City Health Officer issued the notice on Tuesday invoking provisions of the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939 saying that a Corporation official had found dead and live bandicoots in the water purifier when he inspected the same following complaints from parents on that day.

The City Health Officer had also asked the school to reply within a day of receiving the notice. The Corporation officials on Thursday confirmed that the school had responded to the notice explaining its position.


New Corporation Commissioner to focus on grievance redressal

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The Hindu          02.09.2016

New Corporation Commissioner to focus on grievance redressal

The new Commissioner of the Tiruchi Corporation, N. Ravichandran, on Thursday said that importance will be given to redressing grievances of residents.

Shortly after assuming office as Commissioner of Tiruchi Corporation, replacing N.S. Prema, who attained superannuation on Wednesday, Mr. Ravichandran said he would ensure immediate action on public grievances. Officials would be sensitised to give priority to redressing public grievances.

Besides implementing ongoing projects, he would take steps to improve services of the Corporation to the residents.

Later, he released draft electoral rolls of Tiruchi West and Tiruchi East Assembly constituencies in the presence of officials. He distributed draft rolls to the residents, who visited the Corporation on Thursday. He asked the voters to check and cross check their names in the voters’ list.

Mr. Ravichandran held a meeting with M. Geetharani, City Health Officer, and senior officials of public health department. He took stock of the preventive measures being taken against dengue and other communicable diseases and steps taken to prevent mosquito breeding.

Pointing out the forthcoming monsoon season, he asked the officials to list out vulnerable areas so as to take pre-monsoon preventive steps to control mosquito breeding.

Effective steps should be taken on clusters, where dengue and other cases were reported. Similarly, awareness campaigns should be carried out to create awareness among people about the need for destroying mosquito breeding sources.


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