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Municipal Finance

Inflation hits civic body, expenses up Rs 10 cr

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Deccan Chronicle      30.06.2010

Inflation hits civic body, expenses up Rs 10 cr

June 30th, 2010

June 29: It is not only middle class families and working professionals who are suffering from inflation and price rise. Chennai Corporation has been hit by the spurt in prices, with high input costs and implementation of the Sixth Pay Commission recommendations causing a huge dent in the finances of the civic body.

According to official sources, the corporation requires about Rs 1.25 crore per day to pay wages to its staff and to maintain the city clean and tidy. On the other hand the civic body’s average income through tax is about Rs 1.5 crore per day. This leaves the civic body with little money to implement crucial infrastructure projects and is forcing its financial managers to work overtime to ensure that populist schemes like free gold rings for children with Tamil names and scholarships and cash awards for meritorious corporation school children are not affected.

“After expansion of the corporation’s limits, several mud roads have to be re-laid with tar and new infrastructures like bridges, causeways, storm water drains and streetlights have to be put up in the neglected suburbs,” explained a corporation official. “There is requirement for a huge sum of money and the present revenue or even revenue to be generated from the suburbs will not suffice.”

The official pointed out that the fuel price hike and input cost will cost an additional expenditure of about Rs 10 crore per annum. According to revenue department sources, besides the routine road relaying and drain constructions, city corporation is also facing the Herculean task of collecting over Rs 300 crore from major property owners who have been evading payment of property tax to the civic body for last many years.

 

Tiruchi gets Rs.6.81 cr. under infrastructure fund

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The Hindu 21.12.2009

Tiruchi gets Rs.6.81 cr. under infrastructure fund

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Corporation plans to strengthen important drainage channels

 


Three new blocks of residential quarters for sanitary workers planned

New drainage channel to be built along

Nelson Road in Srirangam


TIRUCHI: The Corporation has received an allocation of Rs.6.81 crore from the government under the Infrastructure Gap Filling Fund for 2009-10.

The civic body has planned to strengthen and fortify some of the important drainage channels in the city to prevent floods in the low-lying areas and also rebuild a few drainages along arterial roads. This apart, three new blocks of residential quarters for sanitary workers would be built utilising the funds.

The Corporation would spend about Rs.75 lakh for strengthening the Kollankulam channel, which serves as an important drain from the Kollankulam tank in Edamalaipattipudur. The overflow of the tank often results in the flooding of low-lying colonies in Edamalaipattipudur and Karumandapam areas.

The civic body has also set aside Rs.50 lakh each for taking up flood prevention works along the Kathan Vaical at Ammaiyappa Nagar and Thillai Nagar Rettai Vaical. Though both the channels were being desilted periodically, there have been persistent demands to put in place permanent repairs to ensure that the drains were able to carry the rainwater flow at times of monsoon. The Corporation would spend another Rs.50 lakh for flood prevention works in Jothi Nagar and Srinivasa Nagar in Ariyamangalam, two other flood-prone areas.

This apart, the Corporation would rebuild drainage channels along the East Boulevard Road, between the Gandhi Market and the Maharani Theatre at an estimated cost of Rs.70 lakh and from Bharathi Nagar to the level crossing on the same road, at an estimate of Rs.56 lakh. A new drainage channel would be built along the Nelson Road in Srirangam at a cost of Rs.25 lakh. The Corporation would spend two jet rodders at a cost of Rs.55 lakh for clearing blockades in the underground sewer system utilising the allocation, officials said.

Three blocks of residential quarters for sanitary workers, each with 12 units, would be built at a cost of Rs.66 lakh each at Poosari Street. About Rs.52 lakh would be spent for improving amenities at the sanitary workers quarters at the Poosari Street, which would include construction of a community centre and storm water drains.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 December 2009 02:38
 

Revival for ancient Tambaram tank

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The Times of Hindu 25.08.2009

Revival for ancient Tambaram tank

CHENNAI: Work on desilting and deepening the Old Tambaram Tank of the Bhimeswar temple on Mudichur Main Road began on Thursday. The work was supervised by Tambaram MLA S R Raja who contributed Rs 5 lakh from his local constituency fund and the municipality supplied the remaining Rs 1.6 lakh. The tank had been renovated last year but again fell into disuse.

Municipal workers began removing the sludge from all the corners. Municipal officials said toilets and water taps would be built and adequate illumination provided. The damaged walker's path around the tank would be repaired and Korean grass planted along the pathway. A play area with equipment for children would also be set up in the open space available. "The dredging and deepening work will be completed within a fortnight while the entire work will be finished in two months," Tambaram municipality chairman E Mani told TOI.

"It is hearting to see the centuries-old-tank being given a facelift again, suprevised by MLA Raja himself. Repeated representations to the local body have borne fruit," said S Shanmugam, a resident of West Tambaram.

Located a few yards away from the residence of Raja, "Pazhaya Tambaram Kulam" as it is popularly known, was displayed as a "model" of people-government cooperation when it was renovated in February 2008 after over four decades of neglect at a cost of Rs 26 lakh. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Agency (CMDA) contributed Rs 8 lakh under its community-based environment development programme, the Tambaram municipality spent Rs 4 lakh, an amount of Rs 10 lakh came from MP T R Baalu's local area development fund, S R Raja gave Rs 5 lakh and the residents of West Tambaram pooled in Rs 1 lakh.

Within a few months, however, the tank returned to its former decreipt state. Thick vegetation covered all the sides and people began dumping garbage there. Most of the lights around the tank were broken, the walker's path got damaged and the water level went down. The rainwater harvesting system was also not put to use effectively.

The tank, said to be the oldest in the area, was very popular with the residents of West Tambaram.

 


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