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Coimbatore Corporation bags awards

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The Hindu       08.09.2016   

Coimbatore Corporation bags awards

The Coimbatore Corporation is set to receive various awards for a host of schemes it had taken in the recent past. —file photo
The Coimbatore Corporation is set to receive various awards for a host of schemes it had taken in the recent past. —file photo

The civic body will receive more than half-a-dozen awards for a host of initiatives it had taken in the recent past.

It will get the Skoch Awards at the 45{+t}{+h}Skoch Summit to be held in Hyderabad.

According to sources, the Skoch Group has selected the civic body for toilet first initiative, restoring the Ukkadam Big Tank, installing solar lights, introducing smart classrooms, solid waste resource management, no food waste and using biogas generated from solid waste at the Nanjundapuram crematorium.

Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the civic body had bagged the awards because the jury had rated it high on various parameters.

The Corporation would get the award from the Union Minister of Urban Development Venkaiah Naidu in the presence of Chief Ministers of Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand.

Toilets

The toilet first initiative was about providing toilets to households that did not have one. Under the Swachh Bharat programme, it had joined hands with non-government organisations to rope in corporate and public sponsorship to construct the toilets.

The Corporation had again joined hands with non-government organisations to promote decentralised waste collection in wards.

The award is also for the drive way at Ukkadam along the tank bund and for more number of installations to tap solar power in Government buildings and parks.

Skoch Awards are by the Skoch Group, which is a Gurgoan-based think tank dealing with socio-economic issues.

 

New park opened at Ponnagar extension

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The Hindu       07.09.2016  

New park opened at Ponnagar extension

A view of the new park opened at Ponnagar extension in Tiruchi.
A view of the new park opened at Ponnagar extension in Tiruchi.

Tourism Minister Vellamandi N. Natarajan on Monday inaugurated a new park at Ponnagar extension in K. Abishekapuram zone.

It was opened for public in the presence of Minister for Backward Class and Minority Welfare S. Valarmathi, Mayor A. Jaya, Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran and Deputy Mayor J. Srinivasan.

The park has been constructed at a cost of Rs.40 lakh and was said to be the first park established in Ponnagar extension.

Besides a footpath laid for about 200 metres, the park has various play equipment for children including slides, merry-go-round, seesaw and others.

Officials said that there were 500 houses in Ponnagar extension area. The park would be beneficial for children, women and morning and evening walkers.

 

Civic body holds meet to discuss Vendors Act

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The Hindu      22.06.2016  

Civic body holds meet to discuss Vendors Act

The Oulgaret Municipality conducted a meeting with stakeholders on Wednesday.- .Photo: T.Singaravelou
The Oulgaret Municipality conducted a meeting with stakeholders on Wednesday.- .Photo: T.Singaravelou

: As a precursor to the implementation of the Street Vendors’ (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act, 2014, the Oulgaret Municipality on Wednesday held a preliminary meeting with stakeholders comprising street vendors, traders and representatives of political parties.

Municipal Commissioner M.S.Ramesh said the meeting was held to elicit the views and suggestions from stakeholders on the implementation of rules.

Before the implementation of the provisions of Act, the government should make rules for carrying out the provisions of this Act and a Town Vending Committee should be constituted under the chairmanship of Municipal Commissioner.

The Act says members may be nominated to the committee by the Government, representing the local authority, medical officer of the local authority, the planning authority, traffic police, police, association of street vendors, market associations, traders associations, NGOs, community-based organisations, resident welfare associations, banks and such other interests as it deemed fit.

CPI (M) unit secretary R.Rajangam said, “The livelihood of street vendors should not be affected by regulating the trade. We suggested to the authorities to first constitute a town vending committee before trying to regulate the trade.”

 


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