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Sanitation milestone for municipality

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The Hindu       21.09.2017  

Sanitation milestone for municipality

The Sembakkam Municipality has declared its 15 wards as “open defecation free” following a survey some time ago, said Municipal Commissioner K. Rajendran.

He said the Municipality has made a public announcement in this regard. If there is any dispute over the claim or suggestions to improve hygiene, residents can write to the authorities and the necessary steps would be taken to rectify the issue, he said.

Social activists said that many of the wards that have been declared open defecation-free are urban in nature. Certain others that form part of the lake bed, such as wards 4, 5, 8, 9 and 10, have been made ODF areas by enforcing discipline among residents.

 

 

Municipality seals buildings in Udhagamandalam

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The Hindu         15.09.2017  

Municipality seals buildings in Udhagamandalam

The Udhagamandalam Municipality sealed three unapproved buildings located in the town municipal limits on Thursday.

A team comprising more than 15 municipality officials, along with the Nilgiris district police went to the buildings located along Willow Bund Road, Coonoor Road and Khandal. The officials evicted the people residing in the buildings and closed them.

The building owners appealed against the closure, but the Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply had ordered for the illegal constructions to be closed down, officials from the municipality said.

This was the first day of the eviction drive which is to be carried out by the municipality to clear occupancy of unapproved constructions.

Town Planning Inspector N. Palanichamy said that there were 1,330 cases pertaining to illegal constructions in Udhagamandalam, which would be acted upon on a case-to-case basis in the coming days.

Officials said that the Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply had directed that water and electricity to the illegal buildings be cut off. The closure of unapproved buildings would continue on the orders of Municipality Commissioner (in-charge), C. Ravi.

 

Alternate day water supply to continue in city

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The Hindu         15.09.2017

Alternate day water supply to continue in city

Water sources at Kambarasampettai have been fully recharged, say Corporation officials.Photo: M. MoorthyM_Moorthy  

Until Mettur reservoir is opened for irrigation, says Corporation

Though the recent spell of rain has improved the groundwater table, especially in and around the Cauvery river, the city’s main water source, the Tiruchi Corporation has decided to enforce alternate day water supply until the Mettur reservoir is opened for irrigation.

The civic body, which was facing drinking water crisis due to unprecedented fall in its sources, resorted to alternate day water supply scheme from the second week of June. The water table had gone down badly at Kambarasampettai, where one of the Corporation’s water sources is located. To tide over the crisis, the Corporation sank more than 20 borewells to augment the water supply.

In recent months, the civic body has been facing the wrath of residents, who resorted to road rokos complaining of erratic and short supply of water. However, the current rain during the south-west monsoon has altered the situation to a great extent. According to sources, the water sources at Kambarasampettai have been fully recharged. The water table has increased appreciably due to rain and release of water in the Cauvery for drinking water purpose. All bore wells including the newly sunk ones have also been recharged.

The recharge of sources has also helped the Corporation to stabilise the water supply to its residents to an extent. Incidentally, the protests for drinking water have also come down.

However, officials are in no hurry to restore daily supply. A senior official of the Corporation told The Hindu that there had been appreciable improvement in water sources at Kambarasampettai. However, the water table at Coleroon has not improved much. It was likely to increase only when steady flow of water was maintained in the Cauvery. The restoration of daily water supply would run into trouble without complete recharge of water sources in Coleroon.

With the Mettur dam expected to be opened for irrigation soon, the official said the Corporation would review the ground situation in the first or second week of October before taking a decision on restoring daily water supply.

 


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