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MoU signed for Smart City lab

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The Hindu       12.09.2017  

MoU signed for Smart City lab

Coimbatore Corporation has inked an agreement with German agency, Fraunhofer, to set up a lab for urban development.

Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan signed the memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Fraunhofer representative Anandhi Iyer in the presence of officials from the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department in Chennai.

Officials from the German Consulate in Chennai were also present.

Fraunhofer will help the city by giving technical inputs in water supply projects and urban mobility.

It will share its technical expertise and offer consultancy without any financial commitment, though.

The Corporation will also utilise the lab to groom its engineers in city management.


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.

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