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Corporation engineer assaulted while checking illegal tapping of water

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The Hindu       31.03.2017 

Corporation engineer assaulted while checking illegal tapping of water

Incident happened at Chockalinga Nagar

Koodal Pudur police have registered a case against a few persons who reportedly assaulted Corporation Assistant Engineer V. Maniyan (48) and few others when they went into their house to seize motor pumps used for illegal suction of piped water at Chockalinga Nagar on Wednesday.

The police also booked the accused for preventing the officials from discharging their duties and for criminal intimidation.

Meanwhile, in a counter complaint, Sathik Raghuman (54) has said that 20 Corporation employees trespassed into his house and harassed the women in the family. A case was registered under Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

Two arrested

Madurai city police have arrested two persons, including a 19-year-old youth, and recovered five four-wheelers and one motorcycle that were stolen from Madurai, Chengalpattu, Chennai and Tiruchi.

A statement said a police team led by Thilagar Thidal Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Petchimuthu Pandian intercepted and interrogated a two-wheeler rider P. Kalidoss near DM Court and later recovered the stolen vehicles and arrested another person, Tirusangu.


20 corporation staff booked for beating residents of a house

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The Times of India      30.03.2017  

20 corporation staff booked for beating residents of a house

MADURAI: City police on Thursday booked 20 corporation employees, including an assistant engineer, for trespassing into a house and beating the residents, during a crackdown on illegal use of electric motors to draw water from piped water connection.

Police have booked the employees based on a complaint filed by the family in counter to the complaint registered by the civic employees. Earlier, the family members were booked under various charges, including deterring a public servant from discharging his duty.

Koodalpudur police which registered a case said that a team of corporation employees conducted a surprise check in Chokkalinga Nagar to trace illegal tapping of drinking water. The team had specific information that many households in the locality were using electric motors which is banned by the civic body.

Accordingly, the team entered the residence of Sadhik Rahman on 5th Street in Chokkalinga Nagar. They found an electric motor in the house and tried to remove it, but were stopped by the residents. A verbal duel ensued between the officials and the residents of the house. It soon turned into a scuffle.

While the family members alleged that the corporation employees trespassed into the house and beat them, the officials stated that the residents abused and attacked them. A neighbour of Sadhik Rahman was also involved in the incident, according to the complaint filed by area assistant engineer V Maniyan.

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.


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