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Multi-level car parking may soon become a reality

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The Hindu        18.04.2017  

Multi-level car parking may soon become a reality

Coimbatore Corporation is all set to float tenders for multi-level car parking facilities in three places in city.M. PeriasamyM_PERIASAMY  

Coimbatore Corporation awaiting approval from Chennai

The search for space to park vehicles in RS Puram, Town Hall or Cross Cut Road is expected to come to an end soon as the Coimbatore Corporation is all set to float tenders for building multi-level car parking facilities in the city.

The tender document is with the authorities concerned, pending approval in Chennai. Once they give the nod and the Tamil Nadu Investment Development Board also gives the green signal, the civic body will float the tender the very next day, says Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan.

The tender document will pave way for the construction of three multi-level car parking lots on B.B. Street (Town Hall), Cross Cut Road (Gandhipuram) and D.B. Road (R.S. Puram) at over Rs. 130 crore.

Sources say that the D.B. Road multi-level car parking system has been designed to accommodate 1,990 two-wheelers and 979 four-wheelers. It will be a four-storey structure costing Rs. 69.80 crore.

The Cross Cut Road multi-level car parking system has been designed to house 1,466 two-wheelers and 847 four-wheelers. It will be a five-storey structure costing Rs. 32.99 crore.

The B.B. Street parking facility has been designed to accommodate 1,341 two-wheelers and 483 four-wheelers. It will be a four-storey structure costing Rs. 28.84 crore.

Mr. Vijayakarthikeyan says that the contractor(s) winning the bids for the three parking lots will have to design, build, finance, operate, and transfer the facilities to the civic body after the end of the period.

The Corporation has designed the facilities in such a way that two or three floors are reserved for commercial use, which the contractor(s) winning the bid can let out for commercial activity and gain rent. But the contractor(s) will have to share a portion of the rent with the civic body.

Corporation officials say that the Cross Cut Road multi-level parking lot is expected to de-congest Tatabad, Ramnagar, Gandhipuram and Pappanaickenpalayam; the B.B. Road parking lot is expected to impact Ramanathapuram, N.H. Road, V.H. Road and Oppanakkara Street; and, the D.B. Road parking lot Ukkadam, Gandhi Park, Selvapuram, Thadagam Road and Flower Market.

They, however, add that the success of the project lies in the hands of the Coimbatore City Traffic Police who will have to strictly enforce parking rules.

 

With Model Code lifted, focus shifts to civic works

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The Hindu     11.04.2017 

With Model Code lifted, focus shifts to civic works

Infrastructure works resume in areas under the segment

Civic infrastructure project works that were suspended owing to the Dr. Radhakrishan Nagar byelection resumed on Monday after the model code of conduct was lifted.

Greater Chennai Corporation had not been able to commence work on restoring the infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Vardah because of the delay in getting clearance from the Election Commission . Work orders for at least 500 parks, 7600 streetlights, 471 road pavements and 86 bus shelters at Rs. 75 crore were issued before the announcement of byelection but the work did not commence. These works was expected to resume this week.

“We had written to the Election Commission . But there was no response. So we had to wait. Work did not start in any of the 15 zones,” an official said .

The work on developing a bridge on the Manali Salai and Kathivakkam High Road would also resume this week.

The Chennai Corporation had finalised bids for the Rs. 117 crore project and issued work order a few months ago. The civic body had started the work but the work was suspended after announcement of the byelection. Work on the eco-park in Barathi Nagar along the Buckingham Canal would also be resume this week. The work started a few months ago in a land measuring six acres at a cost of Rs. 9.8 crore and the work was was suspended once the model code came into force. Another project to construct retaining walls along Captain Cotton Canal would begin this week.

According to official sources, roads and bridges damaged in Cyclone Vardah would be restored at Rs. 136 crore shortly. Work on restoration of damaged stormwater drains at Rs. 35 crore, playgrounds at Rs. 8 crore, parks at Rs. 28 crore, electrical fittings at Rs. 44 crore, public buildings at Rs. 17 crore, hospitals at Rs. 3 crore and revenue collection facilities at Rs. 3.5 crore would also be taken up shortly.

 

Gas-based crematorium in Nilgiris now fully functional

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The Hindu      30.03.2017  

Gas-based crematorium in Nilgiris now fully functional

Public can approach the municipality office to arrange for funerals at the facility

The gas-based crematorium in Mink Shola, Udhagamandalam, that was built at a cost of Rs. 70 lakh and was lying disused since 2012, was finally deemed to be fully functional earlier this month.

When it was first built, the crematorium was to be maintained by the Rotary Club of Ootacamund. However, as the trials conducted at the facility had failed, the crematorium was lying abandoned since 2012, when the maintenance was contracted to a private firm in Chennai.

The municipality had been taking steps since then to revive the project, and during the end of 2016, they once again began taking steps to make the crematorium fully functional.


V Prabhakaran, Health Officer and Commissioner (in-charge), Udhagamandalam Municipality, said that the cost of cremating bodies at the facility was yet to be decided, but added that the crematorium was now fully functional. He said that flex boards would be put up at burial sites across the Nilgiris as well, to inform the public about the crematorium.

The public can approach the municipality office to arrange for funerals at the facility.

 
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