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Draft delimitation proposal published

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The Hindu         19.01.2018  

Draft delimitation proposal published

Claims and objections can be filed before 5.45 p.m. on January 29, says Corporation official

Officers of Greater Chennai Corporation published the draft delimitation proposal for the city on Thursday.

The copies of the proposal will be available for the public in all zonal offices of the Chennai Corporation.

After studying the draft, residents, political party representatives and all members of the civil society are requested to submit claims and objections pertaining to the proposal before 5.45 p.m. on January 29.

“Three regional deputy commissioners have been designated as delimitation authorities for each of the three regions. Claims and objections have to be submitted to these officials,” said an official of the Chennai Corporation.

Residents can meet the delimitation authority of their region to submit claims and objections or send them by post to the regional offices of the Corporation.

The address for the Chennai Corporation north regional office is: Regional Deputy Commissioner, Chennai Corporation north regional office, Basin Bridge Road, Old Washermenpet, Chennai 600021.

The address for the central regional office is: Regional Deputy Commissioner, Chennai Corporation central regional office, Second Cross Street, Pulla Avenue, Shenoy Nagar, Chennai 600030.

Those in the southern region can send in their inputs to: Regional Deputy Commissioner, Chennai Corporation south regional office,115, Dr. Muthulakshmi Road, Adyar, Chennai 600020. The proposal has been made based on different population criteria for different levels of urbanisation and data from the 2011 Census.

In a bid to avoid the increase in the number of councillors in core city from 107 to 134 and a decrease in number of councillors in added areas from 93 to 66, officials have adopted a different method. Each of the wards in Manali and Madhavaram will have 15,000 people. Wards in Tiruvottiyur, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur will have 20,000 people. Wards in Ambattur and Valasaravakkam will have 30,000 people. Wards in the core city — Tondiarpet, Royapuram, Thiru-Vi-Ka-Nagar, Anna Nagar, Teynampet, Kodambakkam and Adyar— will have 43,000 people.

“Most political parties have agreed with the different population approach, which has been proved successful,” said an official.

The final decision will be made after studying all aspects of the claims and objections.


Only 1 smart city project completed in Chennai in 3 years, says Minister

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The Hindu       09.01.2018  

Only 1 smart city project completed in Chennai in 3 years, says Minister

Civic projects relating to sewerage and water supply have not been taken up under the Smart City Mission.File Photo  

Central government’s stringent norms causing delay, says S.P. Velumani

Work on the Smart City Mission has been delayed because of the unwillingness of the Central government to relax norms, said Local Administration Minister S.P. Velumani.

Speaking at the first review meeting of Smart City Mission and AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation), Mr. Velumani admitted that most of the Smart City Mission projects had not taken off in the past three years in Chennai and nine other cities in the State.

The Minister said just one project of the Smart City Mission had been completed in Chennai in the past three years. “The Central government has given nod for 173 projects under Smart City Mission, estimated at Rs. 13,425 crore. Out of the 173 projects sanctioned by the Centre, three have been completed in the State at Rs. 3.65 crore,” he said.

Claiming that the norms for taking up Smart City projects were very stringent, he said the State government had requested the Centre to relax norms to complete more civic projects such as sewerage and water supply. “We want to take up civic projects that the people need. But many projects do not qualify for funding under the Smart City Mission,” Mr. Velumani said.

Work on 14 projects estimated at Rs. 491.97 crore was under way in the State. “We will float bids for 37 projects estimated at Rs. 1,795.92 crore shortly. Preparation of detailed project reports for 119 smart schemes is under way at Rs. 11,134 crore,” he said.

The State government would speed up the projects in two years even if the request for relaxation of norms was not accepted by the Centre, he said.

The period of implementation of the Smart City Mission is 2015-2020.

Each city would receive Rs. 500 crore from the Centre. The State government would contribute another Rs. 500 crore for each of the cities. Chennai and Coimbatore were selected for funding under the Mission in 2015-2016.

In the second round, Madurai, Salem, Thanjavur and Vellore were selected.

Tiruchi, Tirupur, Tirunelveli and Thoothukudi were selected in the third round. In the fourth round, the State government sent a proposal on November 30, 2017 to include Erode and Dindigul.

At the review meeting, Mr. Velumani directed the officials to float bids for all the Smart City projects before March 31.


UGD works will be completed soon, says Minister

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The Hindu       26.12.2017 

UGD works will be completed soon, says Minister

The works on the underground drainage (UGD) project in Rasipuram municipal limits are progressing at a fast pace and will be completed soon, said P. Thangamani, Electricity Minister, here on Monday.

About 75 % of the works had already been completed and the execution of the rest of the project had been speeded up, Mr. Thangamani said while speaking at a function to launch the work of laying roads in the areas where the UGD works had already been completed here recently.

He said that the State Government launched the UGD project in Rasipuram at Rs. 55.42 crore. While Rs. 43.46 crore was sanctioned under the Integrated Urban Development Mission, the rest Rs. 11.99 crore was borne by the Rasipuram Municipality.

The works on Swami Sivananatha road, Pudupalayam road, and C. P. Kannaiya street had already been completed.

The government had sanctioned Rs. 2 crore under the Urban Road Development Project to lay roads in these areas. Apart from the roads, storm water drains would also be constructed along the road.

Mr. Thangamani said that Social Welfare Minister V. Saroja had taken up the matter of drinking water problem prevailing in Rasipuram town to the notice of the Chief Minister. “We have demanded a separate comprehensive drinking water scheme for supplying potable water to all the 27 wards in the town,” he said adding that the execution of the water scheme would put an end to the complaints of water scarcity.

Ms. Saroja said that all efforts had been taken to finish the UGD works by next year.

She said of the 10,000 household connections planned under this project, 5,252 connections had already been given. The treatment plant was coming up at Thattankuttai area, she added.

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