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Mayor, MLAs inspect water scheme

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The Hindu      15.06.2016

Mayor, MLAs inspect water scheme

With the city facing acute water shortage, Mayor S. Soundappan along with MLAs and officials visited the Mettur – Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme at Thottilpatti here on Tuesday.

The corporation receives 102 MLD (million litres a day) water through the dedicated scheme and 10 MLD water through the Nangavalli – Salem Old Water Supply Scheme everyday which, in turn, is supplied to all the wards in corporation limits.

Due to maintenance work carried out at Chekkanur barrage for past three weeks, water could not be stored in the barrage.

Hence, raw water could not be pumped for treatment and distribution to the residents. With water supply being restored slowly, the Mayor along with Corporation Commissioner K.R. Selvaraj, MLAs G. Venkatachalam and A.P. Sakthivel, and Deputy Mayor M. Natesan inspected the channel-laying process at Thottilpatti. The Mayor asked the officials to expedite the works so that regular water supply is restored at the earliest.

 

Treated sewage for park’s water supply

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The Hindu       22.03.2016    

Treated sewage for park’s water supply

The Greater Chennai Corporation has started exploring various technology options for treating sewage to improve water supply for parks. “Water supply for parks remains a challenge. We are planning to set up a sewage treatment facility near every park. The treated water will be used for the parks,” said an official.

The previous proposal for commissioning sewage treatment facilities inside parks was rejected due to restrictions on the use of OSR land for construction activity. Following a study, the civic body is expected to commission small sewage treatment facilities after the polls. During summer, parks are expected to face water shortage. Last summer, many parks received inadequate water supply and the civic body received a number of complaints from residents.

— Special Correspondent

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 March 2016 09:43
 

Maintenance of parks takes a beating

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The Hindu       22.03.2016  

Maintenance of parks takes a beating

Parks in many parts of the city are said to be suffering from insufficient maintenance as the contract with a number of private contractors has expired.

The Greater Chennai Corporation has identified at least 112 parks that have not been maintained properly as result of this. Many of the parks don’t have watchmen and gardeners.

The civic body has permitted private contractors to employ one gardener and one watchman for every park measuring less than 1600 sq.m. Two gardeners and one watchman are being hired by private contractors for parks measuring more than 1600 sq m. Over 30 percent of the parks in the city measure over1600 sq m.

With officials busy with election work, maintenance of other aspects such as drip irrigation, lighting, gates, fountains and footpaths has also been inadequate.

Usually, the contract period is two years. Some of the contracts have been extended. A few contractors have also reportedly complained about the restriction in the number of workers for large parks such as Perambur Flyover Park, which has just three labourers despite measuring 6,000 sq.m. Following the takeover of parks by Metrorail, many contractors have been unable to carry out the maintenance work.

In some places, Metro work

has come in

the way of maintaining parks

 


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