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Coimbatore City gets modern fish market, bridge across Noyyal

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The Hindu         24.09.2014  

Coimbatore City gets modern fish market, bridge across Noyyal

  • Sporting a new look:The wholesale fish market at Ukkadam in Coimbatore, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through videoconference on Tuesday and (right) the renovated building of the municipal office in Udhagamandalam in Nilgiris district.- Photos: K.Ananthan and M. Sathyamoorthy
    Sporting a new look:The wholesale fish market at Ukkadam in Coimbatore, was inaugurated by Chief Minister Jayalalithaa through videoconference on Tuesday and (right) the renovated building of the municipal office in Udhagamandalam in Nilgiris district.- Photos: K.Ananthan and M. Sathyamoorthy

Modernised facility can accommodate 47 wholesale sellers and 2,000 retail sellers

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Tuesday inaugurated a modernised Corporation wholesale fish market and a bridge across Noyyal here through video conference from Chennai.

According to a press release, the Corporation was earlier operating a wholesale fish market spread across 1.71 acres at Ukkadam.

However, the market lacked adequate facilities and posed difficulties to the public and the retail sellers. Following this, the Corporation drew up plans to modernise the facility at a cost of Rs. 3.24 crore.

The National Fisheries Development Board allotted Rs.2.25 crore through the Tamil Nadu Fisheries Development Corporation with the Coimbatore Corporation contributing the remaining Rs. 99 lakh.

Now, the modernised fish market can accommodate 47 wholesale sellers and 2,000 retail sellers. It was spread across 22,200 sq.ft.

It was also paved with concrete roads and had an ATM centre besides a canteen, vehicle parking lots, toilets, a place for processing the fish, drainage, light poles and borewell.

It was expected to benefit more than one lakh persons who can now purchase fish in hygienic conditions.

The State Government had also allocated Rs.15 crore to widen the bypass road of 9.70 km from the Ukkadam Perur Road Junction to Kovaipudur and for the construction of a high level bridge across Noyyal to reduce congestion on this stretch of road.

The congestion was due to the fact that this bypass road was the only means for all commuters, buses and trucks plying from Coimbatore along the Ukkadam – Athupallam Road to Kerala.

The bridge construction and the road widening were expected to reduce congestion on this road and benefit the residents of areas such as Kuniamuthur, Kovaipudur, Sundakamuthur, Kulathupalayam, Ukkadam, Big Bazaar Street and Selvapuram.

 

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.

 


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