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Civic body sends Rs. 12.15 crore proposal to govt. for zoo improvement project

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The Hindu            17.08.2017  

Civic body sends Rs. 12.15 crore proposal to govt. for zoo improvement project

Coimbatore Corporation to take up zoo modernisation under the Smart Cities plan.S. SIVA SARAVANANS. SIVA SARAVANAN  

After deciding to take up the zoo improvement project under the Smart Cities mission, the Coimbatore Corporation has sent the proposal for Rs. 12.15 crore to the State Government for approval. Sources in the Coimbatore Corporation said that the zoo designers/consultants, the corporation had engaged sometime last year, had submitted a plan, which they sent to the Central Zoo Authority for approval.

The plan was to annex the nearby VOC Park so that the total area of the zoo was around 10 acre.

This was to ensure that each animal/species had adequate free ranging area and that complied with the Authority’s norms.

The Authority sought a few clarifications, which the corporation had successfully addressed. Even as it awaited the Authority’s approval for redesigning the zoo, the corporation had sent the proposal under the Smart Cities mission to the State Government for financial approval.

The Coimbatore Smart City Limited, the special purpose vehicle created for executing projects under the Smart Cities mission, also approved of the proposal, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the corporation had relocated two camels and 28 goat to animal cattle shelter near Coimbatore and had planned to send a few more to another cattle shelter in Pollachi. It was also in talks with the Forest Department to see how it could rehabilitate feral and commonly found animals so that the number of animals and birds went down, the sources added.


Tiruchi gears up for cleaniness test, as guidelines get tougher

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The Hindu     10.08.2017  

Tiruchi gears up for cleaniness test, as guidelines get tougher

Smaller cities to be included

Even as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs revised its guidelines for Swachh Survekshan 2018 (clean city ranking), Tiruchi City Corporation has geared up to meet them in order to improve its ranking.

Tiruchi secured sixth position among 434 cities in the 2017 ranking and third among 73 cities in 2016. It was adjudged the second cleanest city in the country when the Swachh Survekshan system was introduced for the first time in 2015.

However, in order to provide an opportunity to smaller cities, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has proposed to cover 4,041 towns in the 2018 survey that will be conducted in January-February.

While 500 cities with more than one lakh population and capitals of States and Union Territories will have all India ranking, 3,541 cities with less than one lakh population will have state and zonal rankings.

Citizen feedback

Corporation Commissioner-cum-Special Officer, Tiruchi, N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that as per the new guidelines, rankings would be based on 71 sanitation-related parameters with different weightage. Similarly, the cumulative marks had also gone up to 4,000 from 2,000. More weightage would be given to citizen feedback. There was also negative marking.

While Tiruchi city was a top performer in clean city ranking since 2015, there was a need to take several more steps to improve the ranking. The ranking methodology had become tougher this year. However, the city could improve its ranking by involving various stakeholders including citizens. It had started addressing each and every issue as per the revised guidelines, he added.


Corporation to have database

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The Hindu     04.08.2017  

Corporation to have database

Information on birth certificates and death certificates; pending and paid property tax, income tax, water tax; and property tax with name changes will soon be available at the click of a mouse soon.

Officials from the Corporation and municipalities attended a workshop on collection and compilation of data here on Wednesday. The Commissioner said that 124 municipalities were maintaining a database. Officers in Madurai were sent to Coimbatore to get training in data compilation.



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