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City expects high score in Swachh Bharat ranking

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The Hindu        03.05.2017   

City expects high score in Swachh Bharat ranking

Tiruchi city is expected to secure a high position in the Swachh Bharat ranking 2016-17, scheduled to be announced by the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD), on Thursday.

The MoUD has sent a communication to the Directorate of Municipal Administration and the Tiruchi Corporation stating that Tiruchi city has been selected in “the winning category.” The exact position of the ranking would be known on Thursday. A four-member team of the Tiruchi Corporation led by its Special Officer-cum-Commissioner N. Ravichandran left for New Delhi on Tuesday to receive the award.

“We do not know the exact position of Tiruchi city in the ranking. But, the MoUD officials have asked us to attend the award ceremony. We are heading for New Delhi. We hope that Tiruchi city will get a respectable position once again,” Mr. Ravichandran told The Hindu on Tuesday. He said out of 2,000 marks set by the Directorate of Swachh Bharat Mission, the Tiruchi Corporation would score good marks on various categories. It had taken strenuous efforts to get maximum marks in all categories, including solid waste management, citizen feedback, night sweeping, on-site composting, biometric attendance, Swachhata APP downloading, practice and responding to the citizens complaints, community toilet, Individual Household Latrine coverage and others.

Mr. Ravichandran said that it might score less marks only in landfill category. The Corporation had narrowed down the gaps in all shortcomings that were identified in the previous years. The city had secured all India second rank in the Swachh Bharat ranking 2014-15. However, it went down by a place in 2015-16. The survey for 2016-17 was completed in January. A team from the Quality Council of India had visited Tiruchi to get a first-hand information on cleanliness of the city.


Corporation undertakes survey

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The Hindu       20.04.2017 

Corporation undertakes survey

Coimbatore The civic body has undertaken a survey in five wards in the city to check if there were buildings outside the property tax net and if additional constructions had not been brought to its notice.

A release from the Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the civic body had undertaken the survey in Wards 69 (East Zone), Ward 24 (West Zone), Ward 79 (South Zone), Ward 38 (North Zone) and Ward 54 (Central Zone).

The release also said that the surveyors would also check the building use to see if they were being under-assessed.



Multi-level car park facility planned in Kodaikanal

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The Hindu        12.04.2017  

Multi-level car park facility planned in Kodaikanal

Getting ready:Collector T.G. Vinay addressing a meeting to discuss arrangements for the summer festival at Kodaikanal on Tuesday.PHOTO: G. KarthikeyanG_KARTHIKEYAN  

Dindigul Collector T.G. Vinay chairs a meet ahead of summer festival

There is some good news for the tourists visiting Kodaikanal hills during this summer festival to be held in May.

There has been reports of rise in vehicle movement and traffic congestion experienced by the tourists year after year. To ease traffic congestion on the ghat section as well as on the hills, Dindigul district administration has worked out elaborate plans.

Chairing a meeting held here to discuss arrangements for the summer festival, Collector T.G. Vinay said a space for car parking would be identified. The government had issued a Government Order for the establishment of a multi-level parking in the hill station and soon the officials concerned would identify the space.

The roads leading to Kodaikanal from Palani and Batlagundu had developed potholes and required urgent repairs. He directed highways engineers to attend to them and instal signboards highlighting speed limit and other road rules for vehicle users.

The summer festival, which would be organised at Bryant Park would have more attractions this time. Horticulture department officials explained the steps taken so far. Municipal authorities elaborated on the arrangements made such as installation of additional dumper bins and mobile toilets.

The Collector wanted Food Safety Officials to keep an eye on the quality of food served in restaurants and roadside eateries. Fire and Rescue Services personnel and vehicles should be stationed at a vantage location during the summer festival, he said.

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation authorities said additional bus services would be operated to Kodaikanal from different destinations.

Palani Sub-Collector Vineet, District Rural Development Agency Project Director Prabakaran, Municipal Commissioner Saravanan, Deputy Directors (Horticulture) Suresh Sriram and Mohanram, Tourism Officer Uma Devi and others were present.


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