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Corporation to dig borewells to manage water crisis

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The Hindu       10.03.2017 

Corporation to dig borewells to manage water crisis

Rs. 33.36 crore sanctioned as part of drought management scheme

With falling water level in Vaigai dam, which has been hovering around 23 feet and 25 feet (against the maximum level of 71 ft) and low rainfall prediction by weathermen, Madurai Corporation has taken a series of steps to manage the drinking water crisis.

Keeping in mind the need to supply water to all areas for the next 60 days, a sum of Rs. 33.36 crore has been sanctioned as part of drought management scheme. In the first phase, Rs. 10.50 crore has been sanctioned to dig borewells in as many as 125 locations in zone 2 and zone 4 each. Technical sanction has also been given in this connection.At Melakkal, the Corporation maintains infiltration galleries through which water is being taken for distribution to different wards of the city. In addition to the existing three wells, two more are to be dug up at a cost of about Rs. 40 lakh.

Cremation yard

The Corporation has approved, with certain conditions, an appeal from the North Indian community members for establishing an exclusive space for them for cremation of bodies at Thathaneri burial ground.


A decision to this effect was taken at a special meeting chaired by Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri recently. According to the officials, who were part of the meeting, the authorities had received a representation seeking a space in the burial ground where the North Indian community people had offered to construct a compound wall, a shed and dig a borewell at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 lakh.

The meeting also decided to slightly expand the road leading to the Collectorate from Gandhi Memorial Museum as there were lots of people visiting the Poonga Murugan Temple now, the officials said.

With Chitirai festival approaching, the Corporation had earmarked about Rs. 75 lakh from general fund for arrangements to be made by Health and Engineering wings. With the funds, additional conservancy workers would be deployed in and around the temple, drinking water lines established, andtemporary public toilets constructed.

The Corporation had also planned to procure sanitary napkin incinerators for use by students studying in six Corporation schools. The machines would be installed soon at a cost of Rs. 1.77 lakh, they said.

 

Coimbatore corporation removes invasive species

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The Times of India        03.03.2017 

Coimbatore corporation removes invasive species

COIMBATORE: The corporation of Coimbatore plans to remove invasive plant species from the tank bunds and reserve sites located in the city limits before the onset of Monsoon, this year. On Wednesday, the work began at a reserve site in Veerakeralam where invasive species were removed from a 40 cent park site.

"We have noticed that over the years, invasive species have taken over the tank bunds and have caused huge damage to the ecology. With the state facing a drought and the city staring at the same, we wanted to take up some steps to preserve the ecology of the region," said a town planning wing officer.

 

City corporation commissioner, K Vijayakarthikeyan said that they had already rolled out the plan. "We are currently enumerating the data on the number of such trees and bushes. After that we will begin the drive and use machinery to remove these species," he said.

 

Smart City logo contest

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The Hindu         02.03.2017  

Smart City logo contest

The first board meeting of the Madurai Smart City Limited (MSCL) was held under the chairmanship of P.W.C. Davidar, Chairman, Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation, recently. Corporation Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri, who is the Managing Director of the company, said the meeting discussed the appointment of a Chief Financial Officer and analysed the Detailed Project Reports submitted so far.

The Corporation had taken up a number of initiativeswith focus on total sanitation, beginning with areas in and around Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. The Commissioner said that the board shortlisted the DPRs, which were ready, and heritage-related projectswould be taken up. Inviting participation from designer firms, students and professionals to contribute a special logo, brand name and tag line for Madurai Smart City, Mr. Sandeep Nanduri said that the logo and tagline should reflect the rich cultural heritage and ambitious smart and futuristic plans for the city. The designs along with a brief write up on the logic behind the choice shall be mailed to mducorp@gmail.com or sent as hard copy to the office of Commissioner, Madurai Corporation, before March 17. All the entries would be posted online for a vote and the top three would get prizes of Rs. 50,000, Rs. 25,000 and Rs. 15,000, he added.

 


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