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43,145 civic projects implemented in five years, says Mayor

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The Hindu       09.09.2016  

43,145 civic projects implemented in five years, says Mayor

 Says over 471 bus routes and 33,000 interior roads received a makeover

MAKING A POINT:Mayor Saidai Duraisamy at the Corporation Council meeting on Thursday. —Photo: M. Prabhu
MAKING A POINT:Mayor Saidai Duraisamy at the Corporation Council meeting on Thursday. —Photo: M. Prabhu

The Greater Chennai Corporation has reported a steep rise in the number of civic infrastructure projects it has undertaken in the past few years.

Responding to a query on civic development works at the last meeting of the AIADMK-led council, Mayor Saidai Duraisamy said the civic body had implemented 43,145 civic infrastructure works at Rs.3,455 crore in the past five years. The previous Corporation Council had implemented 9,576 civic works at Rs.1,665 crore.

Thanking Chief Minister Jayalalithaa for allocation of funds for key infrastructure projects in the city, Mr. Duraisamy said most of the roads received a makeover using mega city development mission funds.

Over 471 bus routes and 33,000 interior roads received a makeover at an estimated cost of Rs.2,600 crore. Roads in most of the added areas such as Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Madhavaram, Ambattur, Valasaravakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur were developed by the civic body.

Mr. Duraisamy spent the entire amount of Rs.10 crore under Mayor Special Development Fund for civic infrastructure improvement. As many as 57 works were taken up under the scheme.

Councillors in various parts of the city implemented 1,719 civic improvement works at Rs.124 crore in the past five years. Councillors in Thiru-Vi-Ka Nagar zone implemented the highest number of works at Rs.13 crore.

MPs spent Rs.4.8 crore on 31 civic infrastructure works in the period 2011-2016 under Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme. MLAs spent Rs.10.17 crore on civic infrastructure development. Chennai Corporation Commissioner is the nodal officer for the implementation of infrastructure development schemes.

 

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.

 


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