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New software hits revenues for corporations

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The Times of India       16.11.2017   

New software hits revenues for corporations

Coimbatore: After the commissionerate of municipal administration implemented the new integrated and centralized software - Urban Tree, the revenue collection of the Coimbatore Corporation went down by Rs 10 crore in October in comparison to the same period last year.

It is not just Coimbatore. The revenue collection of the Madurai Corporation also dropped by Rs 16 crore in the same period. It was worst in the case of the Trichy Corporation as it was not able to collect any revenue due to the problems in the software. This software was introduced across 12 corporations in the state two months ago. It was introduced in Trichy as a pilot project in September.

The Madurai Corporation earned revenue of Rs 52.64 crore in October, 2016. But this year, it collected only Rs 36.82 crore. Similarly, the Coimbatore Corporation made revenue of Rs 28 crore in October, 2016. Only Rs 19.5 crore has been collected in the same period this year.

In Trichy, it was not a smooth run. "Delay in migrating to the common web-based software has affected basic services to the citizens that include issuance of birth and death certificates. The issue has been unresolved resulting in the accumulation of over 2,000 applications for birth certificates alone in all the four zones of the city corporation. The process, otherwise, takes not more than a week or 10 days," said an official of the Trichy Corporation.

The Coimbatore Corporation could not issue a single birth or death certificate in October, resulting in loss of several lakhs in revenue. "More than the revenue, public have been affected badly," said a corporation official.

The sad part is that the state government has invested nearly Rs 25 crore on the software. Owing to its failure, all corporations have made representations to switch back to their older software. Activists said that similar software was proposed and scrapped in Coimbatore a decade ago. The same software is now being implemented at an escalated cost across the state.

This software was supposed to simplify the process and allow public to apply for services from their homes. But just like any new system, migrating to this system without enough infrastructure facility and expertise has taken a toll on the residents.

All the corporations were asked to integrate to this software so that it could be overviewed from Chennai at the same time. The processes were also supposed to be simpler.

"Residents may not even have to go to the corporation office if the software implementation had been smooth. But due to server issues and other problems, corporations are unable to provide any services," said an official. The Coimbatore Corporation has already switched back to the older system.

Madurai Corporation commissioner Aneesh Sekhar said that after Coimbatore Corporation's withdrawal, the system has become quicker. "Migrating to any new system will have its challenges. We are facing some issues. We are hopeful that it will be resolved soon," he told TOI.

The commissioner of municipal administration G Prakash could not be reached despite various attempts for a comment. This software will provide a common interface for 29 services of all corporations. But server issues have caused a lot of trouble.

Now, citizen feedback on SwachhApp

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The Hindu        10.11.2017 

Now, citizen feedback on SwachhApp

The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has allowed the citizens to send their feedback about cleanliness of their respective cities and towns on SwachhApp for the Swachh Survekshan 2018. It will enable the citizens of Tiruchi Corporation, which is taking a number of steps to improve its 2017 ranking from six, to send their feedback on SwachhApp.

As far as Tiruchi Corporation is concerned, 25,530 citizens have downloaded the SwachhApp. At least 50 % of them are said to be actively using the SwachhApp for registering complaints on garbage collection, sanitary operation, roads and others.

Special Officer cum Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, N. Ravichandran said that the citizens, who had downloaded SwachhApp, had to update it to enable them to get citizen feedback option on smart phones. The Corporation had been according priority to address the grievances of citizens received on SwachhApp. It had so far received 13,401 complaints. The Corporation had taken steps on 13,345 grievances.

Asking the citizens to send their feedback on SwachhApp, Mr. Ravichandran said that the citizen feedback would play a pivotal role in deciding the ranking. Hence, citizens should utilise the opportunity to register their feedback.


Civic body puts in place new strategy to combat dengue

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The Hindu     10.11.2017  

Civic body puts in place new strategy to combat dengue

Collector K. Rajamani inspecting a building at Kallukuzhi in Tiruchi on Thursday. Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran is also seen.HANDOUT  

Officials are now identifying and focussing on “hotspots” of fever cases

Consequent to the recent outbreak of dengue, the district administration has come out with a new strategy to combat dengue.

Under the initiative,entomologists, medical teams, health inspectors, sanitary workers, revenue and local body officials are now identifying and focussing on “hotspots” of dengue fever cases to treat patients and launch source reduction activities at micro-level.

Instructions have been sent to Primary Health Centres, upgraded PHCs, urban Primary Health Centres, taluk and district headquarters hospitals and 40 private hospitals in Tiruchi district to send daily report on fever cases.

The Health Inspectors of concerned areas will study the reports everyday in the morning to identify the hotspots.

According to sources, the areas, villages or wards where more than 10 fever cases have been reported will be treated as hotspots. Areas with more than three dengue positive cases or fever related deaths will also be considered as hotspots. Upon arriving at the list of hotspots, it will be sent to all officials right from the district Collector to rural, municipality, town panchayat and rural development for carrying out intensive anti-mosquito drives.

“The new strategy, which has been circulated to all concerned officials, seems to be working well to contain fever cases and controlling breeding of dengue causing mosquito. We cannot be complacent and the effectiveness of the strategy is being monitored closely,” says Collector K. Rajamani, who visits these hotspots every morning.

Deputy Director of Health Services I. Ravindran, said that the number of hotspots in the district had come down to eight from eighteen due to enhanced attention. The number of fever cases being admitted to Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital in Tiruchi has also come down to about 350 from 600 a day.

“We continue to receive dengue positive cases from Uppilliyapuram and Mannachanallur blocks. However, there has been considerable improvement in dengue control measures over the past week. We will employ more manpower in the hotspots,” Mr. Ravindran added.

Meanwhile, Collector Rajamani, who visited various areas including Kallukuzhi, Ulaganathapuram, Ramakrishna Nagar, Anna Nagar and others in 43rd ward of Tiruchi Corporation along with Commissioner N. Ravichandran on Thursday, detected Aedes Aegypti larvae on a under construction building of the Public Works Department at Kallukuzhi.

A penalty of Rs. 50,000 was imposed on the contractor for failing to take measures to prevent mosquito breeding.

Mr. Ravichandran also issued orders to suspend water supply to four houses on the same charges at Anna Nagar and M. N. K. Colony.

We cannot be complacent and the effectiveness of the strategy is being monitored closely

K. Rajamani

Tiruchi Collector


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