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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.

 

Corporation retrieves reserved sites

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The Hindu       21.11.2016  

 Corporation retrieves reserved sites

The civic body officials on Saturday retrieved reserved sites measuring 2.70 acre worth Rs. 40.3 crore in eviction drives conducted across the city.

A release from the civic body said that the Town Planning wing officials, following instructions from Special Officer and Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan removed encroachments in reserved sites in B.R. Nagar, Ramanathapuram (Ward 66), Poompuhar Nagar and Sri Poompuhar Nagar, Kavundampalayam (Ward 6), Auto Nagar, Kavundampalayam and Sri Devanga Nagar, Edayarpalayam(Ward 7), Bharathi Colony, Peelamedu (Ward 39), Gandhi Managar, Ganapathy (Ward 41), P&T Colony, Kurichi (Ward 99), and Addis Street, Nehru Stadium (Ward 72).

After removing the encroachments, the officials erected boards informing the public that the Corporation owned the land and that it should not be misused. In a few places, the residents came forward to fence the land and requested the civic body to develop parks, the officials involved in the operations added.

 


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