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State gets Rs. 734-crore boost under AMRUT

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The Hindu       22.06.2017   

State gets Rs. 734-crore boost under AMRUT

Funds to be used for water supply

Several places across the State would soon have better water supply and sewerage network as they are set to gain significantly under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

The Union Ministry of Urban Development recently sanctioned nearly Rs. 734 crore towards implementation of water supply projects in the State that would help increase coverage of piped water supply and improve quality of drinking water supplied to residents.

According to sources, projects to improve water supply in Madurai have been provided with a fund of nearly Rs. 320 crore. Under the State Annual Action Plan, places including Chennai, Kumbakonam, Madurai and urban local bodies around Chennai such as Tambaram and Pallavaram were sanctioned funds for water supply projects.

Similarly, Kumbakonam has been provided with a funding of nearly Rs. 40 crore for sewerage and septage management projects. Residents of Salem and Tiruvannamalai would have more recreational spaces as nearly Rs. 5 crore has been sanctioned towards development of parks and open spaces.

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry has also announced that it plans to provide nearly Rs. 7,147 crore towards implementation of various developmental projects in Tamil Nadu. The funding would be used to improve stormwater drains, reduce inundation, enhance public transport facilities and provide recreational spaces, especially for children.


Property tax in smart cities in Tamil Nadu may take a northern route

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The New Indian Express     02.04.2017 

Property tax in smart cities in Tamil Nadu may take a northern route

CHENNAI: The property tax in six smart cities in the State may go up if the recommendation of the Union Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD) to generate funds under Smart City Mission is implemented.

According to the Ministry, the cities have to generate funds by floating tenders before April 30, 2017, to revise advertisement tax policy, cut down non-revenue water and maximise property tax. 

Chennai and Coimbatore have been selected as smart cities in the first round, while Vellore, Madurai, Salem and Thanjavur have been picked in the second round in 2016-17. 

The four cities selected in the second round are yet to provide information to MoUD on committed investments. It is learnt that a total of Rs 10,977.50 crore-worth projects have been completed by other Indian cities selected in the second round.

Sources said Vellore, Madurai and Thanjavur have invited tenders for project management consultants to implement smart city projects.

The move has come in the wake of the ministry stating that it would provide funds to appoint consultancy firms if tender is called before April 30.

Similarly, among the cities chosen in the first round, Chennai and Coimbatore lag behind in completing the projects. They, besides Bhopal and Kochi, have completed less than one per cent of projects and find themselves at the bottom of the ranking chart.

A total of Rs 23,387 crore-worth projects have been carried out till date by the 20 cities selected in the first round, according to MoUD.


New corporations can keep old promises

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The Times of India      26.03.2017 

New corporations can keep old promises

Tambaram, Avadi and Pallavaram are likely to get new corporations


Tambaram, Avadi and Pallavaram are likely to get new corporations


Open drains, overhead power cables, dark alleys and a handful of staff struggling to solve a multitude of civic complaints could be a thing of the past for residents of Avadi, Pallavaram and Tambaram as the government is planning to create three independent satellite municipal corporations adjoining Chennai, headquartered in these neighbourhoods.

If the proposal gets through, people in places which are yet to see basic amenities could have piped water supply, street lights and motorable roads. For instance, areas falling under the jurisdiction of Avadi Municipality are covered by underground sewerage system. A municipal corporation will ensure people living in villages within its ambit access to it.

Formation of new municipal corporations would mean more funds from various financial institutions in the state government and the Centre. "Municipal corporations get a better share from the government. Loans can be availed for infrastructure-related projects," an official said. Municipal corporations open the window for a slew of services including improved sanitation. Like those living within Greater Chennai Corporation, people in the new corporations may have access to corporation-run hospitals and schools, online services and upgraded technology to resolve civic issues.

K P Subramanian, former urban en gineering professor at Anna University, said corporations will have better technical knowledge for planning, designing and execution of basic amenities such as water supply, underground sewerage system, liquid and solid waste management. "Development will be regulated as constructions cannot be carried out in violation of building rules.The strength of officers will also increase for addressing issues related to civic amenities, leading to better quality of life," he said. However, he noted people may have to shell out more towards property tax and water tax.

Real estate may see an upswing in the long term. According to Kanchana rm. According to Kanchana Krishnan, director, Knight Frank (India) Pvt. Ltd, real estate price in Chennai in creases gradually and over a period of time. "Infrastruc ture and connectivity are two major factors that influence growth of any city .This in turn will result in creation of new residential pockets. So appreciation of land will happen gradually in the medium to long term," she said.

Though residents are enthused about the new proposal, some said authorities should not delay in providing civic amenities. While welcoming the move, S Mohanram, a resident of Thirunindravur, said some areas in Ambattur Municipality are yet to get underground sewerage system and metro water facilities even after five years of merging with Greater Chennai Corporation. "Such glitches should not happen in the proposed new corporations," he said.


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