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Underground drainage system to be revamped

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The Hindu        22.12.2014

Underground drainage system to be revamped

Rs 83-crore project launched in city

Much-needed:Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa looking at the underground drainage work plan after performing ‘bhoomi puja’ at Maninagaram in Madurai on Sunday.— Photo: G. Moorthy
Much-needed:Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa looking at the underground drainage work plan after performing ‘bhoomi puja’ at Maninagaram in Madurai on Sunday.— Photo: G. Moorthy

The Madurai Municipal Corporation started a revamp of the underground drainage system in 72 wards on Sunday.

Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa performed the ‘bhoomi puja’ to launch the Rs 83-crore project at Maninagaram in the presence of Corporation Commissioner C. Kathiravan, City Engineer A. Mathuram, ward councillors and senior officials of the civic body.

Speaking on the occasion, the Mayor said the project, covering a length of 100 km, would be completed in a year. “Besides overhauling the existing underground drainage system, new drainage connections and links on the roadside will be provided,” he said. The contract awarded to a Hyderabad firm was cancelled since it failed to execute the work within the stipulated time, Mr. Chellappa said.

Areas which were being covered under the project included Santhaipettai, Periyar bus stand, Tamil Sangam Road, West Perumal Maistry Street, Dhanappa Mudali Street, Thaikkal Street and Arapalayam.

The Mayor said several civic infrastructure projects were being implemented in the city under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.


Corporation gets loan for UGD, water supply scheme works

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The Hindu      27.11.2014 

Corporation gets loan for UGD, water supply scheme works

The loan is repayable over a period of three years

The Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Development Corporation Limited (TUFIDCO) has sanctioned Rs. 9.85 crore, as interest-free loan, to the Salem Corporation for executing the Mettur – Salem Dedicated Water Supply Scheme and underground drainage work.

The City Municipal Corporation is implementing the dedicated water supply scheme and the underground sewerage scheme at a cost of Rs. 320.54 crore and Rs. 149.39 crore respectively.

As per the funding pattern, the Corporation has to contribute Rs. 3.5 crore for water scheme and Rs. 7.8 crore for UGD scheme. So far, the Corporation has spent Rs. 4.4 crore for the water scheme and has to contribute the remaining Rs. 10.93 crore.

Since the Corporation was cash-strapped, it passed a resolution in September 2013 urging the government to sanction the loan under the Integrated Urban Development Mission scheme.

Based on the request, TUFIDCO sanctioned Rs. 3.05 crore for water scheme and Rs. 6.8 crore for UGD works apart from a grant of Rs. 1 crore for the UGD work. The loan is repayable over a period of three years in equal instalments and the State Quality Monitors, appointed by TUFIDCO, would monitor the progress of these schemes regularly.


Corporation opens ‘Hope Centres’

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The Hindu         08.10.2014  

Corporation opens ‘Hope Centres’

To improve civic services, extend support to community groups

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has set up 13 City Hope Centres which would function as extension centres of the civic body to improve civic services and extend support to community groups.

City residents can get in touch with the Hope Centres to lodge complaints regarding civic grievances either in person or over the dedicated mobile numbers, Corporation Commissioner V.P. Thandapani has said.

The corporation has set up one hope centre for every four or seven wards in the city with the involvement of the community groups. One of the objectives of the centres would be to extend civic services in a decentralised manner. Public grievances will be registered and follow up action initiated through the centres.

Corporation employees such as bill collectors, sanitary inspectors, assistant revenue officers, and engineers would be assigned to each centre to initiate follow-up action on grievances. Community group members, through the Hope Centres, would be involved in various civic services such as serving tax demand notices, maintenance of public parks and toilets, collection, and segregation of waste and other public awareness initiatives of the civic body.

The Hope Centres will offer training and support for self-employment to the community group members. The Hope Centres will function at the following place: Amma Mandapam Overhead Tank Complex for wards 1 to 6 (mobile number: 7402711160); Chattalbai Hospital, near Ibrahim Park for wards 8-12 (7402711161); Bheerangikulatheru for wards 13 and 16-18 (7402711162); Viragupettai for wards 14,15, 19 and 20-22 (7402711163); North Ukkadai Ariyamangalam for wards 7, 28, 29 and 61 (7402711164); Subbaiah Street for wards 23-27 and 33 (7402711165); Mela Kalkandarkottai for wards 30, 31 and 36 (7402711166); Khajamalai Colony for wards 34, 35, 37-39, 42 and 43 (7402711167); Corporation Main Office for wards 44, 46-48 (7402711168); Tiruverumbur Office for wards 62-65 (7402711169); Woraiyur Reading Room for wards 56-60 (7402711170); Kuratheru for wards 49-55 (7402711171) and RMS Colony, Karumandapam for wards 40, 41 and 45 (7402711172).

This apart, a control room of the Hope Centres would function at the Corporation Main Office (7402711173), Mr. Thandapani said in a press release.


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