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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.

 

Pudukottai municipality to take over underground drainage facilities

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The Hindu             04.02.2014

Pudukottai municipality to take over underground drainage facilities

M.Balaganessin

Rs. 48.16-crore project includes 158-km-long sewage lines, 5,400 manholes

The preliminary works for handing over the underground drainage project facilities are nearing completion and the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board, the executing agency for the project, will handover them to the municipality by April.

All the works connected to the underground drainage have been completed and the sewage treatment plant will become functional once the project is commissioned.

The project implemented at an outlay of Rs. 48.16 crore includes State government’s grant of Rs.24.35 crore and municipality’s share of Rs.11.76 crore. The project includes a loan component of Rs. 12.05 crore.

The project entails 158-km-long sewage lines and 5,400 manholes. The sewage treatment plant was set up on a sprawling area of 28 acres of municipality land at Pulpannai . The municipality has already relaid roads dug for burying underground pipes. A total of 15,000 domestic and commercial units would be covered under the underground drainage network, said S.A.S.Sait alias Abdul Rahman, Municipal Chairman (in-charge).

The project was discussed at length at the recent municipal meeting, and Manivelan, a DMK councillor, referred to road accidents in his wards caused due to damaged manholes and sought immediate remedial action. Mr. Sait said that municipality has taken into consideration all these shortcomings and they would be rectified. A plan to extend the facility to the newly-added wards has also been sent to the government, he added.

 

Jaya allots Rs 10 crore for sanitary complexes

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Deccan Chronicle            25.01.2014

Jaya allots Rs 10 crore for sanitary complexes

Chennai: In continuance of the state government’s efforts to make Tamil Nadu free of open defecation by 2015, chief minister Jayalalithaa on Thursday ordered the construction of 77 integrated modern sanitary complexes at a cost of Rs 10 crore, a release said.

“The modern santiary complexes will be built in 73 town pa­nchayats to achieve the state’s goal of ending open air defecati­on in the state,” an official rel­ease stated.

The state government has already taken up several measu­res to encourage public in semi-urban and rural areas to build toilets in their home by increasing the funds provided by the state to built toilets.

In the year 2011-12, the state government has made a detailed plan to build toilets and sanitary complexes across the state, especially for wo­men, and has allocated several crores of rupees towards the project implementation in phases. In the first phase alone, Rs 19.83 crore were utilised for building sanitary complexes in 52 town panchayats.

 


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