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13 Hope Centres of civic body opened

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The Hindu      05.03.2014

13 Hope Centres of civic body opened

Thirteen Hope Centres set up by Tiruchirapalli City Corporation to facilitate involvement of community groups in various civic services were inaugurated by Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani on Tuesday.

Maintenance of sanitary complexes and public toilets of the corporation would be one of the major tasks to be vested with the community groups.

The civic body has taken steps to maintain 385 public toilets in the 65 wards through 400 community groups comprising users in the respective areas.

The groups would play a key role in achieving the government objective of making the city open-defecation free by 2015. This apart, the groups would be involved in maintenance of other public properties of the civic body, collection of garbage from apartments, raising tree saplings, and serving notices of the civic body to residents, Mr. Thandapani said. The civic body has established one Hope Centre for every six wards, he said.



Cities other than Chennai to be developed

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The Hindu             29.11.2013

Cities other than Chennai to be developed

Commissionerate of Municipal Administration will soon take up development of cities other than Chennai in the State, said Secretary, Municipal Administration and Water Supply, K. Phahindra Reddy, here on Thursday.

The development would be a midcourse correction aimed at improving non-motorised transport in the city corporations and town municipalities.

The Commissionerate would take the help of the Institute for Transportation and Policy Development in the course correction, just as it had done so for Chennai, where a departure had been made.

Mr. Reddy was speaking at the two-day conference on ‘Sustainable Cities Through Transport,’ organised by the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, Chennai, and the Institute.

There was an urgent need to improve non-motorised transport in the cities and towns because Tamil Nadu was the most urbanised State in the country.

It enjoyed the highest road network and the government’s spend on urban infrastructure development was almost twice that of the Union Government. Tamil Nadu’s progress did not stop there.

It was the first to go for a midcourse correction to reorient its priorities in urban development.

With the West as the role model, the State had taken up providing new roads and widening existing roads, constructing flyovers, road-over bridges, rail-under bridges and much more — almost all at the cost of pedestrian pathways.

The mistake in following the Western model was that they held personalised motor transport as a priority. Whereas in India the reliance was on cycling, walking, and public transport. There was an urgent need to go back to the old system as for long the country had compromised the space meant for non-motorised transport.

The State Government had made a beginning in Chennai by improving pedestrian pathways and constructing tracks for bicycles. It had also planned to improve the penetration of public transport system.

Corporation Commissioner G. Latha inaugurated the conference.

Earlier, Enrique Penalosa, former Mayor, Bogota, Colombia, spoke about his measures to improve the city.


Jaya inaugurates slew of projects

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The New Indian Express          07.11.2013

Jaya inaugurates slew of projects

Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Wednesday inaugurated a slew of projects across the State.

The Chief Minister laid the foundation for drinking water upgradation works to be implemented at a cost of `282.44 crore, and a sewerage treatment plant to be set up at a cost of `60 crore in Tuticorin Corporation.

The Chief Minister also inaugurated new buildings for many municipalities, constructed at a cost of `151.04 crore. 

Besides, she also inaugurated the new bus stand in Tambaram, built at a cost of `4.95 crore.

The other buildings inaugurated by the Chief Minister included hostel buildings built at a cost of `75 lakh at the Tamil Nadu Institute of Urban Studies at Coimbatore, office building at Nagapattinam municipality (`1.15 crore) and a weekly market in Chinnamanur municipality (`1 crore). 

New underground drainage projects completed at a total cost of `148.14 crore in Perambalur, Ramanathapuram, Chinnamanur, Dindigul and Dharmapuri municipalities were also inaugurated by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa.

The sewerage treatment plant in Tuticorin Corporation would be built on a Design-Build-Finance-Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis at a cost of `60 crore. The facility will have a capacity of 24 MLD.


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