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Corporation to rope in students

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The Hindu        24.05.2017  

Corporation to rope in students

Coimbatore Corporation has decided to invite students to intern in the Swachh Bharat programme.

Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the plan to invite students was at a very preliminary stage and that the civic body was yet to even send out letter of internship offers to colleges.

Only based on the response from colleges, students would the civic body decide on the numbers it needed, quantum of stipend, if any, to be paid and where to fit in the students.

But the broad objective was to use the students as an interface between the public - the civic could use them to create awareness among the public on the Swachh Bharat mobile app, elicit problems in the ward, and get feedback on action taken.

Mr. Vijayakarthikeyan, however, clarified that that the initiative was not suggested by the Union Government.

Notice served

Coimbatore Corporation has served notices on a few engineers for dereliction of duty.

Sources said that five of them involved in the model roads project had shown poor results.

Soon after starting the work on D.B. Road, the civic body did not show progress.

The sources also said that the corporation had reminded a few utility service providers to pay the money to shift their lines/wires/poles/boxes so as to implement the model roads project.


Municipality gears up for flower show

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The Hindu        18.05.2017  

Municipality gears up for flower show

With the Ooty Flower Show just around the corner, the Udhagamandalam Municipality has initiated a slew of infrastructure works to help cope with the increased tourist flow into the town.

Speaking to The Hindu , V Prabhakaran, Commissioner (in-charge), Udhagamandalam Municipality, said that patch-works along the major roads within the town limits have been carried out at a cost of Rs. 27 lakhs. In addition, underground drainage works have also been completed at numerous places.

In order to ensure that there is enough water reaching the town from the Parsons Valley Dam, a pumpset has been erected at a cost of Rs. 13.5 lakhs, he added, stating that the pump will ensure that there is enough water being supplied to meet demand during the peak weekends.

Additional plastic storage tanks have also been purchased and have been kept at locations to ensure that the needs of the locals are catered to as well, while there has been a clampdown on unlicensed cottages and resorts with a few being shutdown recently.

Shops without Dangerous and Offensive Trades (D&O) licences have also been closed down near the Ooty Boat House and the Variety Hall. The municipality has also held meetings with water tanker operators and suppliers instructing them to supply clean drinking water to residents.


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.


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