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Electoral roll for local body polls released

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The Hindu        21.09.2016  

Electoral roll for local body polls released

The State Election Office has released the electoral roll for the forthcoming local body polls for Theni district here on Monday.

Total voters in the local bodies in the district are 10,31,285 including 5,10,163 men, 5,20,987 women and 135 others.

Total voters in the six municipalities are 3,02,994 including 1,48,632 men, 1,54,291 women and 71 others. Theni Allingaram municipality has 75,120 voters, highest among all municipalities followed by Bodinayakkanur with 64187 voters. Periyakulam has 36,999 voters, Chinnamanur 34,901 voters, Cumbum 57,666 voters and Goodalur 34121 voters.

Total voters in eight panchayat unions are 4,72,008 including 2,35,115 men and 2,36,854 women and 39 others.

Andipatti union has 92,668 voters, highest among all unions following by Periyakulam with 81,103 voters. Total voters in 22 town panchayats are 2,56,283 including 1,26,416 men, 1,29,842 women and 25 others.

Uthamapalayam has 24,918 voters, highest among all town panchayats followed by Andipatti with 24,333 voters.

Polling stations

The district has 1,562 polling stations including 1,308 general polling stations and 127 exclusive polling stations each for men and women.

Total polling stations for six municipalities are 325 including 137 general and 94 each for men and women.


Salem Corpn. has 6,96,170 voters

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The Hindu       21.09.2016  

Salem Corpn. has 6,96,170 voters  

The final draft electoral rolls of Salem district for the forthcoming local body elections were released.

Final rolls

As per the final rolls, the Salem Corporation has a voters strength of 6,96,170 who will exercise their franchise in as many as 662 polling booths.


The four municipalities of Attur, Narasingapuram, Mettur and Edappadi accounted for 1,59,065 voters, with 186 polling booths.

The 33 town panchayats in the district have a voters strength of 4,10,578 with 576 polling booths.

The District Panchayat Council and 20 panchayat unions spread over in 385 village panchayats have a voters strength of 15,31,302 with 2,694 polling booths, an official press release issued here on Tuesday said.


Madurai in Smart City Club

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The Hindu        21.09.2016    

Madurai in Smart City Club

“The Vaigai river will get more attention from now on”

Efforts to get Madurai into the smart cities in the country fetched the desired results.

On Tuesday, Corporation Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri told The Hindu that the heritage city had been chosen for the select Smart City Club.

The Commissioner, who was instrumental in giving a fresh thrust on rebuilding, had formed an exclusive team comprising architects and technocrats to work and compete in the selection process.

For over eight months, the team prepared documents and organised meetings to get public opinion.

The proposal was focussed around the world famous Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple. “The idea clicked successfully,” Mr. Sandeep Nanduri said.

“We had submitted proposals worth around Rs.1300 crore with which, different components would be taken care of. For instance, Madurai, which is known for its heritage values, the treasures would be preserved. Likewise, the city would be given a facelift even in basic amenities,” he added.

The Corporation would form a private limited company for this purpose and the special purpose vehicle would identify projects under the Smart City development.

Focus on Vaigai

The Vaigai river would get more attention from now on, he said.

Similarly, IT sector, which had planned to come here in a big way, would also get its due from the Corporation.


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