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Corporation to resume UGD work to link Ondipudur STP

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The Hindu     06.07.2017    

Corporation to resume UGD work to link Ondipudur STP

The underground drainage project appears to reach finality with the civic body planning to take up work on Trichy Road in the city.S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

The civic body will lay the underground main sewer lines for over 20 km

After many false starts, the civic body seems to be ready to complete the last leg of the underground drainage (UGD) project.

The last leg work involves laying underground sewer lines along and across Trichy Road to convey sewage from 17 wards to the sewage treatment plant in Ondipudur.

NHAI permission

The Corporation could not complete the work in the normal course because it had failed to obtain the permission from the National Highways Authority of India for laying the sewer lines on Trichy Road.

After a delay of over a year, the Corporation made an attempt sometime in 2016 but could not secure the permission.

Now, again, after six months, the Corporation was all set to resume work as it had obtained NHAI permission, said sources. The Corporation would lay the underground main sewer lines for over 20 km and ‘lateral’ sewer lines for around six km. It would cut across Trichy Road at 12 places, including near Rajaji Nagar, Kothari Layout, Vivekananda Layout and Pattanam Road. For carrying out the project, the Corporation had also paid Rs. 5 crore to NHAI.

Once completed, the Corporation would be able to convey sewage from areas north and south of Trichy Road to the Ondipudur sewage treatment plant and this would mark the completion of the project the Corporation had taken up in 2010-11 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the sources added.


Multi-level car parking may soon become a reality

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The Hindu        18.04.2017  

Multi-level car parking may soon become a reality

Coimbatore Corporation is all set to float tenders for multi-level car parking facilities in three places in city.M. PeriasamyM_PERIASAMY  

Coimbatore Corporation awaiting approval from Chennai

The search for space to park vehicles in RS Puram, Town Hall or Cross Cut Road is expected to come to an end soon as the Coimbatore Corporation is all set to float tenders for building multi-level car parking facilities in the city.

The tender document is with the authorities concerned, pending approval in Chennai. Once they give the nod and the Tamil Nadu Investment Development Board also gives the green signal, the civic body will float the tender the very next day, says Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan.

The tender document will pave way for the construction of three multi-level car parking lots on B.B. Street (Town Hall), Cross Cut Road (Gandhipuram) and D.B. Road (R.S. Puram) at over Rs. 130 crore.

Sources say that the D.B. Road multi-level car parking system has been designed to accommodate 1,990 two-wheelers and 979 four-wheelers. It will be a four-storey structure costing Rs. 69.80 crore.

The Cross Cut Road multi-level car parking system has been designed to house 1,466 two-wheelers and 847 four-wheelers. It will be a five-storey structure costing Rs. 32.99 crore.

The B.B. Street parking facility has been designed to accommodate 1,341 two-wheelers and 483 four-wheelers. It will be a four-storey structure costing Rs. 28.84 crore.

Mr. Vijayakarthikeyan says that the contractor(s) winning the bids for the three parking lots will have to design, build, finance, operate, and transfer the facilities to the civic body after the end of the period.

The Corporation has designed the facilities in such a way that two or three floors are reserved for commercial use, which the contractor(s) winning the bid can let out for commercial activity and gain rent. But the contractor(s) will have to share a portion of the rent with the civic body.

Corporation officials say that the Cross Cut Road multi-level parking lot is expected to de-congest Tatabad, Ramnagar, Gandhipuram and Pappanaickenpalayam; the B.B. Road parking lot is expected to impact Ramanathapuram, N.H. Road, V.H. Road and Oppanakkara Street; and, the D.B. Road parking lot Ukkadam, Gandhi Park, Selvapuram, Thadagam Road and Flower Market.

They, however, add that the success of the project lies in the hands of the Coimbatore City Traffic Police who will have to strictly enforce parking rules.


With Model Code lifted, focus shifts to civic works

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The Hindu     11.04.2017 

With Model Code lifted, focus shifts to civic works

Infrastructure works resume in areas under the segment

Civic infrastructure project works that were suspended owing to the Dr. Radhakrishan Nagar byelection resumed on Monday after the model code of conduct was lifted.

Greater Chennai Corporation had not been able to commence work on restoring the infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Vardah because of the delay in getting clearance from the Election Commission . Work orders for at least 500 parks, 7600 streetlights, 471 road pavements and 86 bus shelters at Rs. 75 crore were issued before the announcement of byelection but the work did not commence. These works was expected to resume this week.

“We had written to the Election Commission . But there was no response. So we had to wait. Work did not start in any of the 15 zones,” an official said .

The work on developing a bridge on the Manali Salai and Kathivakkam High Road would also resume this week.

The Chennai Corporation had finalised bids for the Rs. 117 crore project and issued work order a few months ago. The civic body had started the work but the work was suspended after announcement of the byelection. Work on the eco-park in Barathi Nagar along the Buckingham Canal would also be resume this week. The work started a few months ago in a land measuring six acres at a cost of Rs. 9.8 crore and the work was was suspended once the model code came into force. Another project to construct retaining walls along Captain Cotton Canal would begin this week.

According to official sources, roads and bridges damaged in Cyclone Vardah would be restored at Rs. 136 crore shortly. Work on restoration of damaged stormwater drains at Rs. 35 crore, playgrounds at Rs. 8 crore, parks at Rs. 28 crore, electrical fittings at Rs. 44 crore, public buildings at Rs. 17 crore, hospitals at Rs. 3 crore and revenue collection facilities at Rs. 3.5 crore would also be taken up shortly.


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