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State gets Rs. 734-crore boost under AMRUT

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The Hindu       22.06.2017   

State gets Rs. 734-crore boost under AMRUT

Funds to be used for water supply

Several places across the State would soon have better water supply and sewerage network as they are set to gain significantly under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

The Union Ministry of Urban Development recently sanctioned nearly Rs. 734 crore towards implementation of water supply projects in the State that would help increase coverage of piped water supply and improve quality of drinking water supplied to residents.

According to sources, projects to improve water supply in Madurai have been provided with a fund of nearly Rs. 320 crore. Under the State Annual Action Plan, places including Chennai, Kumbakonam, Madurai and urban local bodies around Chennai such as Tambaram and Pallavaram were sanctioned funds for water supply projects.

Similarly, Kumbakonam has been provided with a funding of nearly Rs. 40 crore for sewerage and septage management projects. Residents of Salem and Tiruvannamalai would have more recreational spaces as nearly Rs. 5 crore has been sanctioned towards development of parks and open spaces.

Meanwhile, the Union Ministry has also announced that it plans to provide nearly Rs. 7,147 crore towards implementation of various developmental projects in Tamil Nadu. The funding would be used to improve stormwater drains, reduce inundation, enhance public transport facilities and provide recreational spaces, especially for children.


Local bodies to have more say in plan approvals

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The Hindu         22.06.2017  

Local bodies to have more say in plan approvals

The Tamil Nadu government on Wednesday announced that local bodies would have a greater say in granting planning permission and building approvals in their jurisdictions.

Making a slew of announcements in the House, Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister S.P. Velumani said, presently, local bodies were empowered to grant planning permission to residential buildings with a constructed area of up to 4,000 sq.ft only.

Suitable laws

This restriction would be eased and suitable legislation brought in to enable local bodies to grant approvals for the construction of buildings beyond 4,000 sq ft. Likewise, civic bodies would be vested with the authority to grant planning permission to commercial buildings beyond the prevailing stipulation of up to 2,000 sq.ft.

Time frame

The local bodies will be mandated to grant the planning permission within a specified time frame, failing which the permission shall be deemed to have been granted.

The government has also proposed to make it mandatory to apply for plan permissions only through the online mode.

If the local bodies do not decide on the building layout applications made online within 30 days, the land owners can consider that the applications have been approved and can commence construction work.

Relevant Acts would be amended to facilitate these decisions.


Drive for clean Thoothukudi

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The Hindu           21.06.2017  

Drive for clean Thoothukudi

Campaign:Volunteers distributing pamphlets on Tuesday asking residents to segregate waste at source.Photo: N.Rajesh  

Segregation of waste to take place at source

The Thoothukudi Corporation launched ‘Clean Thoothukudi’ for disposal of garbage in an organised manner, its Commissioner and Special Officer Alby John Varghese said here on Tuesday.

The exercise would take off in the west zone. Residents of all the wards would be educated on segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at source before disposal. Such a habit needs to be cultivated right from the houses. Pamphlets to create awareness of segregation and disposal were being given to households, who should be more responsible in disposal of waste.

He said that while sanitary workers would collect dry waste such as plastics, glass material, papers and other non biodegradable waste on Wednesdays, they would collect waste like food waste and other biodegradable waste on other days.

About 220 tonnes of waste was generated in the corporation limit daily. The dry waste would be recycled for use.

From biodegradable waste, bio-gas energy could be generated. Organic manure could be generated from waste and methane gas would be a by-product from biodegradable waste.

There were two projects and collection of such biodegradable waste would meet the needs of these projects, he said.


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