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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

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

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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

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