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New buildings for Salem Corporation

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The Hindu       28.11.2017 

New buildings for Salem Corporation

Salem Corporation has moved to a spacious new office on Monday.E. Lakshmi Narayanan  

It has a reverse osmosis drinking water plant too

The Salem Corporation moved to a spacious three-flour new office in the city on Monday.

The new office has come up at an outlay of Rs. 13 crore, and has an underground car parking facility.

The Salem Municipal Council was formed in 1866 and it was upgraded into Corporation in 1994 and since then it continued to function in the old building near the Government Mohan Kumaramangalam Medical College Hospital.

With city limits getting extended, more officials and staff were pressed into service, leading to space crunch in all the departments in the existing building. Following this, the corporation sought permission from the State Government for the construction of a new office.

The late Jayalalithaa laid foundation stone for the construction of new office through video conferencing on December 30, 2013.

The government sanctioned Rs. 5 crore under the Infrastructure Gap Filling Fund in 2012-13 and the corporation chipped in Rs. 2 crore.

The work on the construction of the basement, ground floor and the first floor was completed in two years.

The corporation once again submitted proposal for the construction of second and third floor, following which the government again sanctioned Rs. 5.13 crore under the Infrastructure Gap Filling Fund 2015-16.

The Chief Minister declared open the new office during the MGR birth centenary celebrations in the city on September 30 this year.

According to corporation sources, the ground floor has been allotted for the offices of different departments, while the offices of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor, council hall will function on the first floor. The Commissioner’s room is situated on the second floor, apart from the gallery for the general public to view the proceedings of the council meetings and press gallery. The third floor will too have different departments.

A reverse osmosis drinking water has also been commissioned.

The work of shifting the offices commenced on Thursday and the new corporation office started functioning from the new premises in a full-fledged manner from Monday.

The Salem Corporation accounted for a population of 8.26 lakh and 60 wards spread over in four zones – Suramangalam, Hasthampatti, Ammapet and Kondalampatti.


Centre sanctions drainage project for Tiruchi city

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The Hindu      20.07.2017  

Centre sanctions drainage project for Tiruchi city

A view of the open drainage channel on Salai Road in SrirangamPhoto: M. Srinath  

To contribute 50% of the total allocation of Rs. 347 crore

The Union Ministry of Urban Development has sanctioned the much-awaited Underground Drainage Sewerage scheme (phase-II) to Tiruchi city.

A sum to the tune of Rs. 347 crore has been sanctioned for the scheme, which will be implemented under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUIT) programme.

Out of Rs. 347 crore, the Central government will contribute 50%. The contribution of the State government will be 20% and the remaining 30% will be borne by Tiruchi Corporation.

Commissioner-cum-Special Officer, Tiruchi Corporation, N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that the project was a long-pending demand of the residents. The infrastructure of the city would get a major boost with the phase-II UGD scheme. It would increase the UGD coverage in the city to a great extent, he said.

Sources added that the phase-II UGD scheme would be divided into small packages for easy and quick completion of the scheme. There would be a separate treatment plant for the phase-II scheme. It would be constructed at Keela Kalkandarkottai and a site had been identified for the purpose. Documentation work for floating tenders had started. Separate tenders would be called for each package.

The scheme would mainly cover the areas that were uncovered in the existing UGD system.

Several new areas would also be covered in it. Various areas in wards 55, 7,8,9,12,14, 15, 21, 27, 31, 46, 52,57,54,53,58, 59, 60,63,64 and 65 would be covered under the scheme.


Salem Corpn. to begin smart city project with storm water drains, water bodies

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The Hindu          19.07.2017  

Salem Corpn. to begin smart city project with storm water drains, water bodies

A drainage channel under construction in Salem.E.Lakshmi NarayananE_Lakshmi Narayanan;E_Lakshmi Narayanan  

The Salem Corporation has proposed to kick-start the smart city project by concentrating in forming storm water drains and rehabilitating water bodies.

Corporation Commissioner R. Satish held discussion with the senior officials on finalising the programmes under the smart city project recently. The programme will be implemented in two phases - first phase will focus on area-based development and the second phase on pan city.

On the occasion, Mr. Satish said that the Corporation has prepared a project report of forming storm water drains and laying new roads at an outlay of Rs. 122 crore.

For the implementation of the first phase, the 690 acres surrounding new bus stand and VOC Market have been identified with the guidance of the Centre and the preference of the city residents. The Corporation will create pucca infrastructure in these areas, besides implementing the projects of traffic management.

Particularly under the area-based development programme, the Corporation will accord priority for the implementation of drinking water projects, solid waste management and forming storm water drains.

The Bengaluru-based TATA Consulting Engineers Limited appointed as the consultant by the Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Development Fund has already prepared a project report.

The report contained details of rehabilitation of lakes and tanks, rainwater harvesting structures, and repairing and maintenance of sluices of water bodies.

Besides the senior officials of the Corporation, officials of the Public Works Department, Fire and Rescue Services Department, Tangedco, Revenue, Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, representatives of service organisations, residents welfare associations, traders bodies, transport operators associations, and lorry owners association also participated in the meeting.

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