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Municipal office being expanded

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The Hindu       11.07.2016  

Municipal office being expanded

Work has been taken up on an outlay of Rs. 75 lakh

Expansion work under way in Mayiladuthurai municipal office building.— Photo: M. Srinath
Expansion work under way in Mayiladuthurai municipal office building.— Photo: M. Srinath

The municipal administration has taken up work on expansion of its British-built building, which is nearly 150 years old, by constructing another floor. The work is being executed under the general funds of the municipality at an expenditure of about Rs.75 lakh.

Primarily, the additional space on the first floor will ease the problem and inconvenience due to lack of space for the administrative wing of the municipality.

The major units of the health, public health, town planning, engineering and revenue sections will be shifted to the first floor, while the council hall and the Chairman’s chamber will be used as usual on the ground floor.

Though the old building is safe, water seepage is a problem during monsoon. However, it has been decided not to demolish the ancient building but to expand it vertically.

A major part of the work had been completed and the additional floor would be opened by the end of December or the beginning of January next year, sources told The Hindu on Saturday.


Sewerage work may end by March

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The Hindu            31.10.2014 

Sewerage work may end by March

Traffic diversions have been put in place for the scheme

Work on the underground sewerage in Vellore Corporation is expected to be completed by March 2015.

Traffic diversions have been put in place to pave way for the implementation of the scheme that will address the civic need of several Vellore residents.

Officials said the Rs. 40.49 crore-project is being implemented in four packages. While package I and II comprises work for establishing the collection system such as pipelines for 52 kilometres, pumping station and lift station, package III covers construction of the 10.280 mld capacity sewage treatment plant near Muthumandapam, according to officials.

Work commences

Work under the three packages commenced during 2010.

“So far, 85 per cent works have been completed in package I and II, while we have completed 98 per cent works at the sewage treatment plant,” an official said.

Establishing the disposal point comes under package IV, which commenced during January 2013. This involves establishing the sewage treatment pipeline for five kms from Muthumandapam to Velavadi Eri in Alamelumangapuram.

The treated sewage will be used for irrigation purposes, officials added. Here too, about 98 per cent works have been completed.

National Highway

For taking up the scheme work on 3.664 km of the National Highway 234, the Corporation has divided it into four segments/reaches – National Theatre to Makkan junction (near North police station), North police station to Arya Bhavan, Arya Bhavan to SP bungalow, SP bungalow to Arni Road near Velappadi bridge.

“Work from Makkan junction to fish market has been completed. Work from fish market to South Police Station will begin on Friday,” he added. The Corporation is looking at completing the work on the NH by March 31, 2015. The Vellore Corporation comprises 60 wards. However, the project covers 24 out of the 48 wards of the erstwhile Vellore municipality, officials said.

“A detailed project report is being prepared for implementing the scheme in the remaining 24 wards and areas such as Thorapadi, Sathuvachari, Dharapadavedu, Shenbakkam, Allapuram, Chiteri and Periyallapuram. We are engaging a private consultant for the DPR,” an official said.


Civic body’s zone-2 office inaugurated

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The Hindu         24.09.2014  

Civic body’s zone-2 office inaugurated

Through video-conferencing by Chief Minister

The new building of the Corporation Zone-2that was inaugurated in the city on Tuesday.— Photo: S James
The new building of the Corporation Zone-2that was inaugurated in the city on Tuesday.— Photo: S James

The top brass of Madurai Corporation waited for three hours to receive the ‘green signal’ before the new office building for zone-2 on Race Course Road was formally inaugurated on Tuesday.

Even as invitees turned up by noon, the actual inauguration took place only a couple of minutes before 3 p.m., since the opening of new buildings at various places in the State through video-conferencing by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa got delayed in Chennai.

It was a three-hour-wait for all, including women members of self-help groups who had turned up to receive financial assistance.

Mayor V. V. Rajan Chellappa, Commissioner C. Kathiravan, Deputy Mayor K. Thiraviam, zone chairmen and a large contingent of councillors and officials were seated on the stage till about 3 p.m. as they did not receive phone call from Chennai to go ahead with the unveiling of the plaque here after the Chief Minister completed the video-conference process.

Official sources said that Ms. Jayalalithaa had a very busy day in Chennai, chairing a Cabinet meeting, followed by a finance committee meeting. After her scheduled official engagements, the inauguration took place and it got over in a couple of minutes.

The new office has been built at a cost of Rs.1.75 crore to cater to the needs of people in 26 wards.

“By October 1, offices and officials of this zone will be shifted to the new building from Anna Maaligai where they are presently located,” the Mayor said.

A. Mathuram, City Engineer, said that the zone system was meant to provide easy access to the public to get their requirements attended to quickly. “All officials and staff of zone-2 will be available at the new office and people can approach them for sanitation, drainage, water supply, birth and death certificates or any other need,” he added.

After the inauguration, corporation authorities handed over revolving fund to the tune of Rs.20.25 lakh to 81 women SHG members under Swarna Jayanti Shahari Rozgar Yojana. Each beneficiary was given Rs.25, 000. Also, 4,500 youngsters from poor families were given financial help to the tune of Rs.3.2 crore for skill development training.

A. Palanisamy and A. Devadoss, Assistant Commissioners; I. Ranganathan, Chief Town Planning Officer, and senior officials were among those who were present.


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