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30 percent Buildings Yet to Instal RWH Structures in Vellore City

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The New Indian Express            03.12.2013

30 percent Buildings Yet to Instal RWH Structures in Vellore City

A model of the Rainwater Harvesting System displayed in the Vellore Corporation office | S DINESH
A model of the Rainwater Harvesting System displayed in the Vellore Corporation office | S DINESH

More than 30,000 buildings in Vellore city are yet to install rainwater harvesting structures (RWH).

The Vellore Corporation had intensified the implementation of the rainwater harvesting structures system in the city since June 2013. Door-to-door checks, seminars, meetings, mobile campaigns and awareness rallies were held in the city, advising the general public to construct RWH structures in all buildings.

Corporation town planning officer M Kannan said, “There are a total of 93,504 buildings, including residential and commercial ones, in the city. Of this, as many as 63,189 buildings had RWH structures. This constitutes 64.14 per cent of the total buildings in the city.”

However, Kannan he said that the drive had been intensified again to ensure that all buildings install rainwater harvesting structures.

Corporation Commissioner P Janaki Raveendran said that several steps had been taken by the Corporation  to ensure the installation of rainwater harvesting structures system in the buildings in the city, ahead of the rains. After the RWH systems were installed, the Corporation posted stickers to identify the buildings. This helped officials monitor implementation of the programme, she added.

 

Rainwater harvesting in city to get fillip

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The Hindu             27.11.2013

Rainwater harvesting in city to get fillip

Digging deep:More than 100 water bodies have been identified as having untapped potential for rainwater harvesting —Photo: K. Pichumani
Digging deep:More than 100 water bodies have been identified as having untapped potential for rainwater harvesting —Photo: K. Pichumani

The Chennai Corporation is planning to carry out re-engineering of rainwater harvesting facilities in the city’s water bodies spread over an area of 426 sq. km.

A meeting to discuss steps to be taken to improve rainwater harvesting, disaster preparedness, flood mitigation and drought relief in the city was held on Tuesday.

More than 100 water bodies in the city, excluding the 19 water bodies managed by the Water Resources Department, have been identified as having untapped potential for rainwater harvesting.

The Corporation is planning to implement re-engineering of structures, including stormwater drains, in the neighbourhood of small lakes and ponds maintained by it. The works are likely to include redesign of stormwater drains, landscaping, desilting and plugging of illegal sewer inlets.

The civic body has studied data from a survey of water bodies, which was completed by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority a few years ago.

“A senior official of the erstwhile Ambattur municipality initiated the preparation of estimates for rainwater harvesting in Mangal Eri. But it is yet to be implemented completely. The residents have been requesting the Corporation to implement the project. This will help improve the groundwater level in the neighbourhood,” said K. Neelakandan, councillor of ward 92.

The effort is expected to improve the level of disaster preparedness in the city by mitigating the problem of floods in vulnerable localities. The work would gain pace in the coming months and a complete disaster preparedness information system would be in place shortly, an official said.

According to civic body officials, the Water Resources Department and the Corporation will re-examine the condition of flood-affected areas. The agencies will also be evolving a plan to remove all obstacles for free flow of rainwater into water bodies.

The re-engineering of rainwater harvesting structures in temple tanks a few years ago has improved groundwater levels in areas such as Thiruvanmiyur.

The civic body is also planning to clear encroachments on water bodies that were identified recently. The re-engineering of the structures is expected to elicit protests from some residents who had allegedly constructed houses on encroached land, said an official of the Corporation.

 

Three major drainage schemes awaiting government nod

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The Hindu             22.11.2013

Three major drainage schemes awaiting government nod

SPOT INSPECTION:Sandeep Saxena (left), Monitoring Officer and Commissioner for Agricultural Production, inspecting the bus stand construction work in progress at Varanavasi in Ariyalur district on Thursday.
SPOT INSPECTION:Sandeep Saxena (left), Monitoring Officer and Commissioner for Agricultural Production, inspecting the bus stand construction work in progress at Varanavasi in Ariyalur district on Thursday.

Proposals for three major underground drainage schemes have been submitted for government approval from Ariyalur district, said the monitoring officer and Commissioner for Agricultural Production, Sandeep Saxena, here on Thursday.

The schemes are the Rs. 53.96 crore scheme for Jayamkondam municipality, Rs. 27.23 crore scheme for Udayarpalayam town panchayat, and the Rs. 29.48 crore scheme for Varadarajanpettai town panchayat. Seventy per cent of the underground drainage work had been completed in Ariyalur municipality, Mr. Saxena said, while reviewing the progress of development schemes in the district at a meeting with officials here on Thursday.

No objection certificate had been obtained for an industrial estate of Tamil Nadu Small Industries Development Corporation in Ariyalur. The proposed estate would come up on 58.24 acres of land procured from the Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Department. Mr. Saxena said that Rs. 5.2 crore had been spent on the medical treatment of 3,187 beneficiaries under the Chief Minister’s comprehensive health insurance scheme in the district. Scholarships worth Rs. 32.45 lakh had been given to students through various departments.

Inspecting the progress of schemes, Mr. Saxena instructed officials to accord priority to safety of passengers while providing lighting at the upcoming bus stand at Varanavasi, about eight km from here.

The Commissioner, accompanied by the Collector, E. Saravanavelraj, also inspected the new Regional Transport Office at Keezhapalur. He asked the contractor to complete the civil work of the sewage treatment plant at Parpanancheri by December, according to an official press release.

 


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