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SMS-based parking system to be delayed

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The Times of India       27.08.2014   

SMS-based parking system to be delayed

CHENNAI: The proposed system where motorists can book a parking slot by sending an SMS is likely to take a little longer to materialise.

The city corporation is expected to approve a proposal during Thursday's council meet to re-float tenders for the project as "the revenue model suggested by the three firms selected was found to be unviable".

As part of the proposed system, that was to be launched in 145 parking lots, an exclusive 'app' was to be developed for mobile phones to track parking availability. If launched, the city would have been the first in the country with such a system.

"The proposed system was to allow motorists to park vehicles without hassle. Since it is an automatic system, there is no scope for complaints of parking attendants fleecing motorists," said an official.

According to the plan, motorists can pay parking fee online or buy pre-paid coupons from special kiosks. "They have to register their name, vehicle number and mobile number on the website of the firm selected for the project. They have to send an SMS on reaching the parking slot and before leaving. The sum to be paid will be deducted from debit/credit card of the registered customer," said an official. Pre-paid coupons would be available at kiosks in each parking lot.

Urban planners have been urging the corporation to revise the parking fee but officials said they intended to retain current charges for four-wheelers at 5/hour.

"High parking fee will discourage motorists from using private vehicles and promote public transport," said an expert.

The corporation will share the revenue earned with the traffic police who will be tasked with cracking down on illegal parking. 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 August 2014 09:05

Civic body gets more vehicles to clear garbage

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The Hindu              14.02.2014

Civic body gets more vehicles to clear garbage

More teeth to end menace:The vehicles procured by Madurai Corporation for catching stray dogs.— Photo: S. James
More teeth to end menace:The vehicles procured by Madurai Corporation for catching stray dogs.— Photo: S. James

The Municipal Corporation has strengthened garbage collection network in the city by deploying a fleet of vehicles and dumper bins.

Laying focus on solid waste management, the civic body has procured 800 tricycles at a total cost of Rs.1.73 crore from the general fund. Mayor V.V. Rajan Chellappa formally pressed into service the first batch of 70 tricycles at a function held in Sellur lorry parking shed on Thursday. The Corporation would provide each of its four zones with 200 tricycles with special focus on peripheral areas added to the city.

Since dumper bins were needed for clearing garbage, the Corporation has procured 400 of them at a cost of Rs.3.4 crore for use in various wards. Each zone will be given 100 bins.

Vans for catching dogs

Mr.Chellappa also handed over to Corporation staff two vans purchased for catching stray dogs. “We are taking a lot of initiatives to ensure cleanliness in the city. The Corporation bought 85 tricycles and 525 dumper bins in the first phase,” he said.


Urban common service centres planned in city

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The Hindu              14.02.2014

Urban common service centres planned in city

City Bureau

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will inaugurate urban common service centres at 10 places in Chennai.

Presenting the budget in the Assembly, Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam said the centres would provide a common platform to facilitate the remittance of various taxes and user charges like property tax, and electricity, sewage and water charges. These centres will also provide other public and e-services.

The number of centres in Chennai will be gradually increased to 200 and be extended to other Corporations, municipalities and town panchayats. These centres will be managed by the district e-governance societies under the overall control of the Information Technology Department.

“I expect that these institutional interventions will make a significant change in improving governance and public service delivery,” said Mr. Panneerselvam.

Projects at Rs. 2,000 crore

The work for phase-II of the Outer Ring Road will begin in March 2014 at a cost of Rs. 1,075 crore. Phase-I of the road project, implemented at a cost of Rs. 1,081.40 crore, will be put to public use shortly. As many as 17 projects including bridges, roads and railway overbridges in the Chennai metropolitan area will also be implemented at a cost of Rs. 2,000 crore with financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Chennai Peripheral Ring Road is another ambitious project that will be taken up with loan assistance from JICA.

“In pursuance of our commitment to establish a multi-modal transport system in Chennai, the mono rail project has been restructured to make it more viable. Rs. 200 crore has been provided for this purpose,” said Mr. Panneerselvam.

An integrated public bus information system, with a Global Positioning System (GPS)-enabled real time bus-tracking module, will also be implemented. Initially, 500 bus stops will be networked to establish a public information system on route maps, bus arrival details and other amenities. This will be extended to all bus stops in the city in a phased manner.

Also in the budget estimates 2014-2015, Rs. 500 crore has been allocated for the Chennai Mega City Development Mission and Rs. 750 crore for the Integrated Urban Development Mission.

Further, Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation Limited is carrying out projects at a cost of Rs. 5,000 crore, with loan assistance of Rs. 3,572 crore from JICA in order to strengthen the transmission network, especially in Chennai, Mr. Panneerselvam said.


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