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60,000 LED lights in extended Chennai areas

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Deccan Chronicle              20.01.2014 

60,000 LED lights in extended Chennai areas

Chennai: The most-neglected areas in the extended parts of Ch­ennai corporation will soon be lit by LED lights as the civic body is set to facilitate these areas with 60,000 LED (light emitting diode) stre­etlights.

Though the scheme was announced way back in 2012 year-end, the project is yet to take shape. However, sources at the corporation say that the installation of the 60,000 streetlights wo­u­ld be announced in the upcoming corporation cou­ncil meet this month.

The lights will come up at Tiruvottiyur, Manali, Mad­h­a­varam, Ambattur, Valas­aravakkam, Alandur, Peru­ngudi and the Sholi­nga­nallur zones that were ann­exed to the Chennai corporation.

“This scheme which comes under the second phase of implementation will focus on the extended regions. The first phase in­v­olves installing 13,000 str­eetlights, both sodium va­pour and LED lights, in the­se areas,” said a corporati­on official.

“The civic bo­dy’s aim is to replace all so­d­ium vapour lights with LED lights in a phased ma­nner,” he added. “Str­eet­lights at some places are being blocked by tree br­an­ches, obstructing the light. The civic body must prune the branches,” suggested Ak­­shayan Harih­aran, a resident of Vijaya­nagar.

The civic body has inc­reased the functioning time of streetlights following poor li­ght early in the wee hours. A press release no­tes that streetlights which usually burn till 5.30 am will now be on for an additional hour for the convenience of the people.


Pudukottai gets RO plant and gasifier crematorium

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The Hindu             10.01.2014

Pudukottai gets RO plant and gasifier crematorium

Sweet news:Reverse osmosis unit being installed at ward 41 in Pudukottai on Thursday.
Sweet news:Reverse osmosis unit being installed at ward 41 in Pudukottai on Thursday.

A reverse osmosis plant, an overhead tank, and a gasifier crematorium will be inaugurated in the town on Friday. The reverse osmosis plant is to supply drinking water to the residents of ward 41.

Though the municipality had set up a mini power pump, the pH level was not up to the standard. Hence, the municipality set up the plant for making it potable, said S.A.S. Sait, municipal chairman (in-charge).

An overhead tank with a capacity of two lakh litres at Adappanvayal caters to the needs of ward 7, 8 and 9.

The supply of drinking water under the Cauvery Combined Water Scheme to these wards would be augmented, he said.

The tank was constructed at an estimate of Rs. 26 lakh under the general funds and the MLA constituency area development fund.

Though the municipality had constructed a gasifier crematorium at a cost of Rs. 49 lakh at Bose Nagar about a couple of years ago, it was not inaugurated for want of additional facilities.

New facilities, including toilets, garden, and a hall, have been provided at an expenditure of Rs. 24 lakh.

N. Subramanian, Minister for Adi Dravidar Welfare, and C. Vijayabaskar, Minister for Health, would declare open the facilities.


Soon, girls to have separate playgrounds

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The Hindu              08.01.2014

Soon, girls to have separate playgrounds

Aloysius Xavier Lopez

The Chennai Corporation, in a somewhat controversial initiative, will soon build separate playgrounds for girls in public parks.

The response to this had been mixed, with some welcoming the creation of play infrastructure, and others criticising the civic body for the segregation of children.

The design for the first such facility in Kodambakkam with separate enclosures for girls and boys has been prepared.

At least 11 grounds of land, in the total area of 33 grounds, will have a badminton court, volleyball court and shuttle court exclusively for girls.

The piece of land adjoining the girls’ playground will be earmarked for boys. This plot will have a well-designed football ground, volleyball ground and basketball courts for boys.

However, both boys and girls will have access to a separate landscaped park that will also be developed on the plot. Students of schools in the neighbourhood will be able to use the facilities with trainers.

“We welcome the move to create separate playgrounds for girls. Such facilities will promote sports among girls in each neighbourhood. Teenagers will be able to practice without any fear of harassment. We are planning to ask for more such playgrounds for girls,” said A. Ezhilarasi, a Corporation councillor from Ennore.

“Generally, we don’t see girls playing sports at most of the existing Corporation playgrounds in the city. Girls from wealthy neighbourhoods access playgrounds maintained by private agencies. This move will ensure all girls have access to playgrounds,” said M.M. Babu, a councillor in Saidapet.

“Certain games are very popular with girls while others are popular with boys. However, this move will not help in the overall development of a child’s personality. If the Corporation is developing separate playgrounds with a vision of just separating boys and girls that needs to be condemned” said P. Manorama, former chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee.


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