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Corporation gets Rs. 6.95 crore for urban development

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The Hindu             30.07.2013 

Corporation gets Rs. 6.95 crore for urban development

Special Correspondent 

The State government has allotted Rs. 6.95 crores to the Vellore Corporation for undertaking various works under the Integrated Urban Development Mission (IUDM) for 2013-14.

A resolution approving the spending of the amount for the various works mentioned in the proceedings of the Commissioner of Municipal Administration (CMA) was passed at the monthly meeting of the Vellore Corporation Council here on Monday.

The works included solid waste management (SWM) at a cost of Rs. 110 lakh; road works for Rs. 200 lakh; drinking water works for Rs. 35 lakh and street lights at a cost of Rs. 350 lakh.

The sum of Rs. 110 lakh allotted for SWM would be utilised for the installation of a biogas plant in Sainathapuram. The allocation comprises a government grant of Rs. 104 lakh and Corporation’s share of Rs. 6 lakh.

The Corporation has decided that the amount of Rs. 35 lakh allotted for drinking water works could be utilised to repay the loan of Rs. 126.70 crore which the local body has proposed to obtain from the Tamil Nadu Urban Development Project (TNUDP) as part of its contribution of Rs. 529.56 crore to the Rs. 1295-crore Cauvery Water Supply Scheme being currently executed by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board for augmentation of water supply to Vellore Corporation and other municipalities and town and village panchayats in Vellore district.

Loan burden

This is expected to reduce the loan burden of the civic body. The council also approved spending from the Corporation’s own revenue funds to meet any expenditure which exceeded the amount allotted for the various works under IUDM.

By another resolution, the council approved the purchase of two dumper placer lorries, 70 dumper placer bins, four mini compactors and 100 HDPE (high density poly ethylene) bins at a total cost of Rs. 200 lakh for which administrative sanction for calling of tenders was accorded by the CMA on May 31, 2013.

The Corporation had earlier sought change of use for the Rs. 200 lakh sanctioned by the CMA for the construction of a compost yard for the SWM under the IUDM for 2012-13, through the CMA’s proceedings dated September 14, 2012.

The same amount would now be utilised for the purchase of the above-mentioned items.


Arakkonam to come under Chennai limits

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The Hindu                   17.04.2013

Arakkonam to come under Chennai limits

The Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA) is all set to cover the whole of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts as well as Arakkonam taluk in Vellore district.

Minister for housing and urban development R. Vaithilingam on Tuesday made an announcement on the Chennai Mega Region to this effect.

“A preliminary report to expand the jurisdiction of CMA to 8,878 sq km is being examined by the government,” said Mr. Vaithilingam.

The existing jurisdiction of CMA covering 1,189 sq km in Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts was declared in 1973-1974.

“Areas outside the CMA are witnessing rapid development and there is a need to integrate these developments with Chennai,” he added.

Census 2011 data confirms that population growth within Chennai district has slowed, while in the adjacent districts of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur, it has increased.

The focus of planned development in the expanded CMA therefore, is likely to be move beyond Vandalur-Kelambakkam Road towards the south.

Satellite Township

The Minister also announced a development plan for the Tiruporur-Maraimalai Nagar Corridor comprising 134 villages covering an area of 562 sq. km. This will involves the preparation of base maps, collection of demographic and social data, a physical survey, preparation of existing land-use maps, analysis of current level of infrastructure facilities, projection of population and future needs and working out spatial strategies.

“The Thirumazhisai Satellite Township scheme will be implemented at the earliest,” said Mr. Vaithilingam. The creation of this township, on the Chennai-Bangalore National Highway, was announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in 2011.

The township will come up on 311.05 acres of land, owned by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board. It will include the villages of Chembarambakkam, Kuthambakkam, Parvatharajapuram, Narasingapuram and Vellavedu.

A total of 12,000 flats will be constructed here, and be made available to economically weak sections and to low and middle-income groups.

Reconstruction scheme

The Minister also announced reconstruction schemes in 17 areas within the city. The schemes include the construction of 3,646 flats as part of the Tamil Nadu Government Servants Rental Housing Scheme and 2,606 flats under a self-financed scheme at an estimated cost of Rs. 1,740 crore.

Occupants in several existing dilapidated structures have already been asked to vacate. The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board will complete the construction of 16,856 tenements in Chennai at a cost of Rs. 913.60 crore under the JNNURM in 2013-2014.

A socio-economic survey of slums under the Rajiv Awas Yojana is also underway in the city.

The survey is part of a larger scheme to ensure the city is slum-free in the near future.


Kancheepuram gets the lion’s share of tenements

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The Hindu                     05.04.2013

Kancheepuram gets the lion’s share of tenements

Special Correspondent

Maximum of 4,454 multi-storeyed houses coming up.

The district of Kancheepuram accounts for a maximum number of 4,454 multi-storeyed tenements as part of the project announced by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa in the Assembly.

One thousand and five hundred tenements would be built over 22.7 acres in two sites of Kancheepuram (cost: Rs. 303.8 crore) apart from 32 plots to be developed; 344 tenements over 3.9 acres in Coimbatore (Rs.50.16 crore); 468 tenements over 12.15 acres in Erode (Rs.59.27 crore); 120 houses over 36.2 acres in Salem (Rs.13.27 crore); 258 tenements over 10.5 acres in Krishnagiri (Rs. 19.2 crore); 722 houses over 32.5 acres in Virudhunagar (Rs. 73.1 crore); 35 houses over 1.03 acres in Dindigul (Rs.2.68 crore) and 104 tenements and 27 houses over 3.09 acres in Tiruchi (Rs. 25.92 crore).

Chennai would have 844 tenements at a cost of Rs. 371.05 crore.

All these houses, numbering 1,630, and tenements, accounting for 2,792, would come up on lands belonging to the Tamil Nadu Housing Board at a total cost of Rs. 918.45 crore.

Work on the construction, which would begin this year, would be completed in 24 months.

As part of the project of demolishing old tenements built by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board and constructing new tenements, 587 tenements would come up in Tiruchi district under the Tiruchi-Peechankulam scheme; 246 tenements in Coimbatore under Aaduthotti scheme and 117 tenements in Nagapattinam under the Nagai Koodaimudaivor Colony scheme. Besides, 2,550 tenements would be built in Chennai, totalling 3,500 tenements at a cost of Rs. 280 crore, the Chief Minister added.


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