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Civic spending touches Rs. 1,000 crore

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The Hindu     08.10.2014  

Civic spending touches Rs. 1,000 crore

Chennai Corporation has completed civic development works to the tune of Rs. 1,000 crore before the onset on the northeast monsoon for the first time ever in a financial year.

With a number of works underway in various parts of the city, the civic body is likely to implement works to the tune of Rs. 2,000 crore by March 31. However, many works in various parts of the city remain incomplete ahead of the onset of monsoon. Residents meanwhile are demanding the completion of unfinished works on roads, stormwater drains and footpaths before the onset of the monsoon.

Officials attributed the delay in the completion of some works to constraints pertaining to the release of funds. The civic body is in a scramble to mobilise the required funds from financial institutions for the ambitious development projects proposed by the Chennai Corporation Council. More than Rs.100 crore is yet to be released for works completed already.

Ahmed, a resident of Perambur High Road, said incomplete work on the stormwater drain near Jamalia Bus Stop was bothering residents. “The work commenced two months ago. The work has been disrupted for 20 days after digging up a 200-feet-long stretch,” he said.

“Many cement concrete roads remain incomplete. Contractors have stopped work on stormwater drains midway,” said a resident of Shanthi Colony, Anna Nagar.

A major revamp of the road network covering more than 10,000 interior roads was underway in many parts of the city. Most of the works have been stalled. Last year, the civic body had spent Rs. 555 crore on roads — about forty per cent of its capital expenditure.

By the end of the last financial year, the Chennai Corporation’s expenditure on development of civic infrastructure had touched an all-time high of Rs. 1,392 crore. The civic body spent only Rs. 705 crore on civic infrastructure in 2012-’13. The per capita expenditure on civic infrastructure in the city is expected to touch Rs. 3,000 in 2014-2015 if the civic body initiates measures to overcome challenges to mobilisation of funds for major projects.

This is the first time that expenditure of this magnitude has been made in a financial year

However, a lot of work remains incomplete due to issues with the release of funds

Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 October 2014 10:48

Coimbatore to be considered for smart city project:Venkaiah Naidu

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The Hindu        01.09.2014

Coimbatore to be considered for smart city project:Venkaiah Naidu

The Central Government will consider Coimbatore when it prepares the list of cities to implement the smart city project, Union Minister of Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation, M. Venkaiah Naidu has said.

Speaking at the ‘Meet and Greet’ programme organised at the PSG College of Technology here on Sunday, he said that the Union Government was preparing the contours of the smart cities project, which it will implement by taking into confidence the State Governments and the urban local bodies.

Smart cities meant smart leadership, smart administration, smart governance, transparent decision making process and accountability. The Government had received offers of partnership from Japan, Australia, Dubai and a few other places to develop smart cities. It would consider all suggestions, study different models from across the globe and do what was right.

It had planned to develop heritage cities for which it had chosen Velankanni and Kanchipuram in Tamil Nadu. It has also decided to rejuvenate 500 cities and towns by upgrading drinking water supply, improving sewerage system and providing other basic facilities.

In short, the Government was working on a new urban development mission as the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Development Mission had come to an end by March 2014.

As part of the mission, the Government also planned to provide housing to the people from the economically weaker sections. The target for completing the project had been fixed at 2019.

He called upon the industries to join the government in nation development and also in local governance.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Naidu inaugurated the administrative building at the PSG Institute of Technology and Applied Research. Speaking at the inauguration, he wanted the private sector to join hands in providing education to the unlettered. The Managing Trustee, PSG & Sons Charities, L. Gopalakrishnan spoke on the occasion.


Rs. 87-crore plan to revive Kodai lake

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The Hindu      28.08.2014     

Rs. 87-crore plan to revive Kodai lake

Renovation of the Kodaikanal Lake at a cost of Rs. 87. 96 crore was among the development projects announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday. The projects, costing Rs. 145 crore, covered the municipalities of Kumbakonam and Karur.

In a statement, she said the lake renovation project would include removal of silt, hyacinth and water plants; laying stormwater drains in and around the lake; solid and liquid waste management; arrangements for car parking; gardening; and road improvements. The boat house would also beautified.

In Kumbakonam, which will host the Mahamaham festival in February 2016, a host of projects, costing Rs. 43.78 crore, would be taken up. Among them were a Rs. 11.17-crore solid waste management project; road works costing Rs. 10.76 crore; a Rs. 8-crore bridge across the Melacauvery; water supply works for Rs. 2.44 crore and improvement of toilets at a cost of Rs. 80 lakh.

In Karur, a subway in the Kualthupalayam-Erode-Karur rail section and another in the Tiruchi-Karur-Dindigul section of North Pasupathipalayam would be constructed by the Railways and the municipality.

Ms. Jayalalithaa gave an account of various projects implemented in the last three years in the three municipalities. Bids would soon be floated for an underground sewer project, costing Rs. 140 crore, in Kodaikanal. Preparatory work was under way for the Rs.43.29-crore Lower Gundar drinking water supply project in the hill town.

Besides, a total of 132 works, costing Rs. 27.31 crore, was taken up, and most of them were completed. In Kumbakonam, 234 works had been carried out at a cost of Rs. 35.44 crore.

It includes removal of silt, hyacinth, laying stormwater drains around the lake and putting in place waste management plan


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