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Rs. 10 crore allotted for re-laying important roads

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The Hindu  28.09.2010

Rs. 10 crore allotted for re-laying important roads

Staff Reporter

16 km of roads to be renovated in Dinidigul municipality

RELIEF SOON:Revenue Minister I Periyasamy, centre, handing over administrative order to Municipal Commissioner R Lakhshmi, left,

DINDIGUL: The municipality would take up a major road renovation works shortly as the State Government had sanctioned Rs.10 crore for the same, said I. Periasamy, Minister for Revenue.

Talking to press persons after handing over the administrative order to Municipal Commissioner R. Lakhshmi and Municipal Chairman R. Natarajan here on Monday, he said that a complete face-lift would be given to prime roads within the municipal limits.

Roads to a length of 16 km would be renovated of which eight km would be converted into cement roads and the rest as asphalt roads.

R.M. Colony Road would be widened with asphalt topping and have centre median lights at an estimated cost of Rs.2.6 crore.

It would help the municipality use maximum area for road users and provide sufficient space for pedestrians. Moreover, the centre median would prevent unnecessary crisscross movement of vehicles on both sides of the road. Sufficient lights would be fitted at road junctions.

Besides, all roads, particularly Scheme Road, Thiruvalluvar Street, AMC Road, Railway Station Road and Bell Berg Road around bus stand would be renovated. Roads in residential areas in the 17 wards would re-laid where the underground drainage work was over at an estimated cost of Rs.6 crore.

Round Road

Race Course Road, popularly known as Round Road, would be transformed into a major attraction to people of this town at an estimated cost of Rs.1.8 crore.

The entire ring road would be converted into cement road and wide platforms laid on both sides of the road for the use of walkers.

Besides, sufficient number of benches would also be placed at regular intervals for the walkers to relax after a brisk walk. The Race Course Road would become a walkers' paradise soon, he added.

Dindigul municipality had received the highest amount in the State for road development works, said the Municipal Chairman.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 28 September 2010 10:51

Funds for special project

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The  Hindu     20.09.2010

Funds for special project

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Need based: Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin giving away order sanctioning Rs. 25 crore to Tiruchi Mayor S. Sujatha, in Chennai on Saturday. T.T. Balsamy, Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner is in the picture.

TIRUCHI:The State government has sanctioned Rs.25 crore to Tiruchi City Corporation under a special project for provision of road facility in the city.The roads which were not maintained for the past five years or which have borne the brunt of natural calamity such as floods will be given priority for immediate maintenance under the special project.

M. K. Stalin, Deputy Chief Minister, gave away the orders sanctioning the funds to S. Sujatha, Mayor of Tiruchi Corporation, at Chennai on Friday. The Principal Secretary to Municipal Administration and Water Supply, Ashok Vardhan Shetty and Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner T.T. Balsamy were present.

Last Updated on Monday, 20 September 2010 08:42

Govt loses Rs 10 cr as quarrying rules are flouted

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The Times of India         16.08.2010

Govt loses Rs 10 cr as quarrying rules are flouted

CHENNAI: The state government has lost at least Rs 10 crore by giving away stone quarrying rights in Keerapakkam in the southern suburbs to a private company doing civic work for the Chennai Corporation and highways department absolutely free. What is more, the corporation issued a recommendation letter to the Kancheepuram collector to speed up clearance.

Roman Tarmat, the company, was given the contract to construct storm water drains in the
Central Buckingham canal water catchment areas like Mylapore and Royapettah for Rs 38 crore. Citing the requisition of the corporation, the Kancheepuram district collectorate has granted a lease to the company to mine 3.9 lakh tonnes of blue metal worth Rs 10 crore without his participation in any auction or tender.

Not only was the tender process not followed, the tonnage allotted to the miner was way above the requirement of less than 50,000 tonnes of blue metal. The district collector has given free' mining rights to the company, citing Rule 7 of the Tamil Nadu
Minor Minerals Rules 1959. What is left unsaid, however, is that the same rule says such rights can be given only if the products "are used solely for bonafide public purposes and not for sale or commercial profits." As the Rs 38 crore the company gets from the corporation for the storm water drain includes the cost of materials, it become a commercial deal for which it cannot seek exemption. While the company would be paying only a nominal seigniorage fees for the blue metal it quarries, procuring 3.9 lakh tonnes of the material from the open market would have cost the company nearly Rs 7 crore.

Though the company has also bagged another project for the highways department, there seems to be no system in place to ensure that the rest of the blue metal would be used only for public work.

government quarry operators are up in arms against the out-of-the-way contract. "For a small quantity of crushed blue metal, the company should not be allowed to mine blue metal worth crores of rupees. The government instead of generating revenue out of stone quarry, is losing its core revenue," said K Dhanasekar, president, Kancheepuram Stone Quarry Welfare Association.

Corporation maintained that there was nothing wrong in issuing the recommendation letter. "The communique to the district collector was only to speed up the work," said SV Mathiazhagan, superintending engineer, storm water drains. "It is a government policy to grant such lease when a government department come up with a requisition for their contractor," Kancheepuram collector Santosh K Misra told TOI.

About 33.5 km of new drains will be laid in the Central Buckingham Canal catchment areas, with the blue metal mined from Keerapakkam panchayat.

Roman Tarmat has brushed aside the allegations. "The district collector has granted the lease after ascertaining the pre-qualification for obtaining the lease under Rule 7. The raw material from the quarry will be used for specified public projects and will not be sold outside," said NV Natarajan, director, southern operations, Roman Tarmat.

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