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Fair share of amenities in newly-added areas

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The Hindu                      12.03.2013

Fair share of amenities in newly-added areas


The newly-added areas of the Corporation can look forward to better roads, improved connectivity and improved facilities for healthcare and education.

The civic body’s budget, presented on Monday, proposed to relay 4,000 interior roads in the newly-expanded areas of the civic body. Around 500 km of roads will be covered under this.

“These roads are in bad condition and need to be re-laid. The work will be completed in a year’s time,” said a civic body official. The Corporation maintains a total of 25,731 interior roads spanning 4,811.79 km.

A high-level bridge will come up across Buckingham Canal connecting Murugesan Nagar in Thoraipakkam with Pandiyan Salai in Neelankarai. This will improve connectivity between the arterial Rajiv Gandhi Salai and East Coast Road.

Last year, the State government had planned to improve connectivity between the two roads to reduce traffic congestion. The bridge has also been suggested in the Comprehensive Traffic and Transport Study for Chennai city.

There is more in terms of infrastructure for the eight new zones. School buildings will come up in Kanniammam Pettai, Kulakkarai, Kosapur, Theambakkam, School Road and Andarkuppam in Manali zone.

A high school building will be constructed in Kannagi Nagar, Thoraipakkam.

The extended zones will also benefit from 10 new health posts. New Siddha dispensaries will come up in all zones except Royapuram, Thiru Vi Ka Nagar, Alandur and Adyar, and 14 new Ayurveda dispensaries will be set up in all zones except Teynampet. Urban primary health centres will come up in Saraswathi Nagar and on Nedunchezian Salai in Sholinganallur zone.

The Chennai Corporation will soon take up work to upgrade and improve burial grounds in the expanded areas. Major burial grounds will get gasifier crematoria. The slaughter house at Kallikuppam in Ambattur zone will be modernised.

To improve garbage collection in the expanded areas, the civic body has proposed to purchase tipper lorries and small compactors.


Coimbatore Corporation installs solar street lights in slums

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The Hindu         06.03.2013

Coimbatore Corporation installs solar street lights in slums

A solar street light installed by the Coimbatore Corporation at Srirampuram.— Photo: M. Periasamy
A solar street light installed by the Coimbatore Corporation at Srirampuram.— Photo: M. Periasamy

Without much of a fanfare, the Coimbatore Corporation with the support of Singanallur MLA R. Chinnasamy, has gone about installing solar street lights.

According to Deputy Commissioner, Coimbatore Corporation, S. Sivarasu, the civic body has thus far installed 220 solar street lights and is in the process of installing 50 more. Each of the lights is powered by 27 watt bulbs.

He says that the Corporation has installed the lights in wards that come under the Singanallur Assembly Constituency — the entire East Zone of the Coimbatore Corporation, all the wards in the Central Zone and Wards 38, 39, 40 and 45 in the North Zone.

At Rs. 33,000 a street light, the Corporation has so far spent close to Rs. 89.10 lakh. And Mr. Chinnasamy allocated the total amount from his Constituency Development Fund.

Mr. Chinnasamy said that he had allocated Rs. 40 lakh in 2011-12 and Rs. 50 lakh in 2012-13 for solar street lights installation. “At the time of allocating the money, I had told the Corporation officials that the money should be used only for installation of solar lights because, after Chief Minister Jayalalithaa announced the solar policy, I wanted to install solar street lights in my constituency.”

“I also instructed the officials that they must choose the place for installation in consultation with the ward councillors concerned and those must be in slums or places where people have been suffering without street lights for long.”

Mr. Chinnasamy further said that in the first year of allotment he had asked the Coimbatore Corporation to install six street lights in the each of the wards that formed part of his constituency. And in the second year it was nine.

Corporation officials said that they had installed the lights in slums and places where the poor lived.


Coimbatore to go all out to tap solar energy

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The Hindu                                    05.03.2013

Coimbatore to go all out to tap solar energy

Karthik Madhavan 

As a first step, all establishments under the civic body to set up solar panels on rooftops

The rooftops of all establishments in Coimbatore Corporation limits will soon turn energy generation stations with the civic body planning to install solar panels.

The civic body in a recent resolution said that based on a Government Order from the Municipal Administration and Water Supply Department, the civic body proposed to install solar panels on the terrace of all its establishments.

The Order says: “The Urban Local Bodies have buildings constructed and maintained by them. The energisation of these buildings using solar energy has to be expedited. Solar rooftops should be provided in the buildings as per the specifications and advice provided by the Tamil Nadu Energy Development Agency.”

The order was based on the Tamil Nadu Solar Energy Policy, 2012.

The Corporation resolution said that it would meet the expenditure required for the purpose from its General Fund.

According to Deputy Commissioner S. Sivarasu this was just one of the measures the Corporation had planned under the renewable energy project. The Corporation had prepared a comprehensive plan for renewable energy intervention in various sectors.

The total investment planned for the intervention was Rs. 1,329.17 lakh for a period of five years.


The State Government or the local body concerned would contribute 14 per cent of the cost, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy 24 per cent and the rest would by the user or beneficiary.

Mr. Sivarasu said that the Corporation, as part of the project, would also establish a Solar City Cell to create awareness and publicise the benefits of switching over to solar energy. This would be at Rs. 48.30 lakh.

Under the pilot project, the Corporation had planned interventions at various sectors.

It had planned to give solar lanterns for traders in markets, hawkers so as to replace their kerosene lamps.

Similarly in the residential sector, the civic body would encourage photovoltaic system for home invertors, photovoltaic system to replace generators at houses, solar water heating systems and photovoltaic power plants for residential apartment complexes.

In the commercial and institutional sector, the Corporation would attempt to introduce community solar cooker for mid-day meals at its schools, solar water heater for hospitals, biogas system for restaurants, solar water heater for restaurants and photovoltaic system for education institutions.

He said that in the industrial sector, the Corporation would encourage industries to go in for solar water heaters and solar steam generators.

And, in the government/municipal sector, the Corporation would work towards providing grid incentive for solar power plants, provide solar power plants and solar-powered water heaters at all its hospitals.

This would be in addition to street lights.

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has accepted the Corporation’s proposal but has asked it to revise the draft.

This would be executed in the next couple of days, the Deputy Commissioner added.


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