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Cracker trade: Corporation to lose revenue

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The New Indian Express  02.11.2010

Cracker trade: Corporation to lose revenue

“SUPER” STANDARD: A cop looks at the billboard of a cracker shop which says — Superstar Rajnikanth — Enthiran version on NSC Bose Road in Chennai.

CHENNAI: The Chennai Corporation is expected to lose a revenue of Rs 30 lakh or more as it continues to remain clueless about its role in issuing temporary trade licences to set up cracker shops across the city this Deepavali season.

According to rules prescribed to obtain such a licence, traders who plan to set up cracker shops first need to get a no-objection certificate (NOC)  for fire safety from the fire and rescue services department, after paying a facilitation fee of Rs 800 per application.

However, R Nataraj, director, fire and rescue services, denied having collected any facilitation fee for granting an NOC and said the service was free.

Traders should then approach the city police for a law and order NOC by paying Rs 150 as processing fee.

Once the applicants get both the NOCs, they need to approach the zonal officers of the Chennai Corporation with several documents, including the latest receipt of property tax payment, to obtain the mandatory temporary trade licence to set up the shop.

The civic body will then issue a licence under the Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919.

The civic officials can charge Rs 1,000 as fee for shops selling less than 50 kg of crackers and Rs 2,000 above it. However, most traders never approach the Corporation as they feel it’s a “tedious process” at its zonal offices.

According to the Corporation’s assistant revenue officers in its 10 zones, they haven’t received a single application seeking a temporary trade licence. However, the fire and rescue services department has cleared about 1,100 applications, while the Chennai Police Commissionerate has cleared about 600 applications so far.

The final number of applications is likely to hover around 1,800 to 2,000.

Speaking to Express, Corporation Commissioner D Karthikeyan said, “Whoever approaches the civic body for such a licence, we will issue it.”

He also warned that field officials would visit those cracker shops that have failed to pay the licence fee and collect it.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 November 2010 11:09

Funds for municipality to tackle water scarcity

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The Hindu  08.10.2010

Funds for municipality to tackle water scarcity

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VELLORE: A sum of Rs. five lakh has been allotted to the Tharapadavedu Municipality to tackle acute drinking water scarcity, according to Durai Murugan, Minister for Law, Courts and Prisons.

Inaugurating a self-help group building and a fair price shop in the municipality on Thursday, he said that municipal officials should take steps to supply drinking water to residents through lorries. More funds would be provided to the municipality, if necessary.

The government would take steps to bring water to Vellore from the Cauvery in Hogenakkal, as a permanent measure to ease the drinking water scarcity, Mr. Durai Murugan said.

Last Updated on Friday, 08 October 2010 11:22

Adequate funds being provided to local bodies: Minister

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The Hindu  04.10.2010

Adequate funds being provided to local bodies: Minister

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Inaugurates new Municipal building and park

TIRUVARUR: The Tamil Nadu Government has been fulfilling the needs of people by providing the funds required by municipalities and panchayats, said K.Anbazhagan, Finance Minister, at Tiruvarur on Sunday.

He declared open the new building of the Tiruvarur Municipality constructed at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh and a park developed at a cost of Rs. eight lakh in the town. Mr. Anbazhagan said Tamil Nadu was the only State where adequate funds are being provided by the government to local bodies through which various schemes were being implemented.

Mr.Anbazhagan pointed out that the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board was formed by Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi in 1971 to provide drinking water to people A sum of Rs 1,500 crores was being allotted to TWAD Board every year for taking up various drinking water schemes. The creation of the Slum Clearance Board had ensured that slums were replaced with concrete houses in cities like Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and Tiruchi.

The government had now introduced Kalaignar's concrete housing scheme. The plan is to build 21 lakh houses in six years and this year alone, three lakh houses will be constructed in the State under this scheme, he said.

The State has grown in terms of population, requirements and development. In 1961, Rs.100 crores was allotted for the entire budget for Tamil Nadu. Now, Rs. 55,000 crores has been allotted.

Mr. Anbazhagan said the State had done well on the health front also. In a growing economy, price rise is inevitable and depended on demand and productivity. “We have to meet challenges like this,” he said.

The minister distributed benefits worth Rs 2.8 crores to 615 beneficiaries on the occasion.

The new Municipal building has been named after Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and the park at Thiruvalluvar Nagar has been named Perarignar Anna Centenary Park.

S.S. Palani Manickam, Union minister of State for Finance; State ministers Ko.Si. Mani, U. Mathivanan; A.K.S. Vijayan M.P.; M. Chandrasekaran, Collector; K. Thennan, chairman, Tiruvarur Municipality; R. Shankar, vice-chairman; and K. Saravanan, Municipal commissioner participated in the function.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 October 2010 11:10

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