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Move to improve drainage system and garbage removal

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The Hindu         14.01.2015    

Move to improve drainage system and garbage removal

On the job:An earthmover clearing waste from a drainage along Tenkasi Road in Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district on Tuesday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
On the job:An earthmover clearing waste from a drainage along Tenkasi Road in Rajapalayam in Virudhunagar district on Tuesday.— Photo: G. Moorthy

After having been badly hit by dengue fever, Rajapalayam is now getting attention of authorities on its bad drainage and garbage removal system.

An emergency meeting is being convened next week to discuss ways for improving drainage facility, especially in eight wards identified as ‘very high risk’ for dengue outbreak, according to Rajapalayam MLA K. Gopalsamy of the AIADMK.

He said the municipal authorities had identified that wards 20, 21 and 27 needed more public toilets. Additional toilets would have to be provided in wards 2, 3 and 4 along with proper drainage connections. Wards 35 and 36 too needed more toilets and drainage facility.

“The State has made it clear that funding will not be a problem and we will work out an action plan to prevent dengue outbreak in future,” he told The Hindu after meeting health officials at the Government Maternity Hospital.

Rajapalayam has 45,200 houses in 42 wards, of which 11 have been identified as high risk.

Special teams are inspecting every house to monitor fever cases and enlighten people about mosquito source reduction. Diagnostic facility for dengue has been provided at the government hospital.

Mr. Gopalasamy said a large number of vehicles had been pressed into service for garbage removal and drainage cleaning. “Cleanliness should be a permanent feature in Rajapalayam since it has a population of 1.5 lakh and a floating population of 30,000 on any day,” he added.

Regional Director of Municipal Administration Seeni Ajmal Khan said open defecation, absence of septic tank in many houses and lack of underground drainage had put Rajapalayam at great risk for vector-borne diseases. “Land for constructing new public toilets will be identified shortly and usability of existing toilets will be looked into,” he said.

He said 79 vehicles, including earth movers and tractors, were used for cleaning, desilting and clearing the channels.

N. Vimala, Municipal Commissioner, said 55 tonnes of garbage was being removed every day and a new operational system had been worked out.

 

Thuraiyur municipality intensifies anti-dengue measures

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The Hindu     14.01.2015 

Thuraiyur municipality intensifies anti-dengue measures

Municipal officials launching anti-dengue measures at the municipal office in Thuraiyur in Tiruchi.— Photo: A. Muralitharan
Municipal officials launching anti-dengue measures at the municipal office in Thuraiyur in Tiruchi.— Photo: A. Muralitharan

The Thuraiyur municipal authorities have intensified precautionary measures to check incidence of dengue in the town. Pamphlets were distributed among members of the public under a door-to-door campaign during the fifth phase of the awareness drive launched in the town,” municipal authorities said.

A large number of waste tyres and tubes were seized from parcel offices and heavy vehicle workshops. Anti-larva measures have been taken up in all the 24 wards in the town, the sources said. As several houses have underground sumps for storing water, steps have been take to educate people on the need to keep them closed at all times to prevent incidence of dengue,” sources said.

 

Survey comes up with suggestions for Corpn. to improve services

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The Hindu       29.12.2014   

Survey comes up with suggestions for Corpn. to improve services

Survey finds Coimbatore Corporation wanting in quality of services it offers.— File Photo:K. Ananthan
Survey finds Coimbatore Corporation wanting in quality of services it offers.— File Photo:K. Ananthan

Fifty per cent of residents in the city, who responded to a survey, said that the Corporation cleaned drains only once in three months. Nearly 80 per cent respondents said that they suffered water stagnation. Around 50 per cent residents had said that the civic body carried out mosquito control measures only monthly and another 24 per cent said occasionally.

The IC Centre for Governance and Kumaraguru College of Technology Business School carried out the survey in all the 100 wards, getting feedback from 13,775 persons. They had distributed booklets, which sought details on drinking water supply duration, quality, condition of roads, efficacy of solid waste management schemes, street lights, mosquito control measures and all services the civic body provided.

The management school students and the Centre members asked the respondents to rate services on a scale of one – five with one being poor and five excellent.

Mr. Baskar of the Centre said that the survey had revealed that among the services the Corporation offered, it fared better in water supply in that 75 per cent respondents said they were satisfied with the duration of supply and 85 per cent with the quality of water.

The civic body secured the lowest score in underground drainage system followed by storm water drainage facility, both of which were at present available only in the old city area. The 40 wards that constituted the added areas were to get those.

Mr. Baskar added that the survey was essential for any organisation such as the Corporation as it would help understand the needs of people it served. In this case, the Corporation could channelise its resources so that it could improve on services or in wards where it had fared poorly.

Based on the report, the Centre and the business school had also prepared ward infrastructure index, to throw more light on the each of the 100 wards’ requirements. Sources in the civic body said that they would utilise the report to better services.

 


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