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Corporation plans slum development

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Corporation plans slum development

Staff Reporter

Council also resolves to execute two drinking water projects at a cost of Rs. 22.22 crore

Photo N. Rajesh

Debate: Chairman of Tirunelveli zone S. Viswanatha Pandian arguing a point with councillor T. S. Murugan at the Tirunelveli corporation council meeting on Thursday.

TIRUNELVELI: The Corporation council has approved the proposal to build 750 new houses for the slum dwellers and renovate 1,253 houses in 69 slums falling within its jurisdiction under the Centre’s Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme at a cost of Rs. 13 crore and strengthen infrastructure facilities on an outlay of nearly Rs. 6.95 crore.

A total of 750 houses in the slums located at Thatchanallur (208 houses), Tirunelveli (323), Palayamkottai (209) and Melapalayam (10) zones will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 8.02 crore while 1,253 houses at Thatchanallur (412 houses), Palayamkottai (506), Melapalayam (113) and Tirunelveli (222) will be upgraded on an outlay of Rs. 5.01 crore.

For the laying of roads, cement roads, drainage channels, installation of streetlights and construction of community halls etc. in the slums, Rs. 6.95 crore will be spent.

The council meeting also resolved to execute two drinking water projects for wards 19, 26 and 27 in Melapalayam Zone and wards 8, 9 and 10, all at a cost of Rs. 22.22 crore, for which the State Government has given administrative sanction.

Alleging that the corporation officials did not respect the councillors, member T.S. Murugan said his repeated plea to construct drainage channel in a particular area was being ignored by them.

Chairman of Tirunelveli Zone, S. Viswanatha Pandian replied the officials had refrained from accepting the councillor’s demand as the residential area had come up on an unapproved layout.

Threat

“If the demand is accepted, the officials concerned will land in trouble,” he said.

However, an infuriated Mr. Murugan shouted that he would immolate himself if the officials continued to ignore his demands, which triggered laughter in the council hall.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 11:10
 

Words of encouragement for wards of workers

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Words of encouragement for wards of workers

D. Karthikeyan

Corporation sets a worthy example by honouring children of its conservancy staff

— Photo: S. James

No passing remark: Corporation Commissioner S.Sebastine felicitating students for successfully passing public examinations at a function held in the city on Thursday.

MADURAI: At a time when many parents have a dilemma over choosing a tuition centre for their children and providing various facilities at home to make a congenial atmosphere to study, the children of conservancy workers have to do everything on their own while their parents are busy taking care of the hygiene of the city.

In an effort to instil confidence in these students, a function was organised to appreciate their efforts. Corporation Commissioner S. Sebastine distributed certificates and shields to students who had passed X and XII public examinations. Thirty students were felicitated at the function in which B. R. Ambedkar’s words, “educate, agitate and organise,” were recalled.

Mr. Sebastine congratulated the students and said that given the appalling conditions in which they had to prepare themselves for the examinations, a pass mark itself was equivalent to the achievement of a topper.

He was confident that the day was not far off when the students of conservancy workers would be toppers in every sphere of education.

The government too had been playing its role to perfection by providing the much-needed economic assistance to pursue education, Mr. Sebastine said.

A discussion was also held and guidance on pursuing higher education given to the students.

G. Mayilanandam, Commissioner, Income Tax, and K. Sakthivel, Chief Engineer, Corporation, were present. The function was organised by G. Jayaraj of Annai Teresa Rural Development Trust.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 11:07
 

Municipality building remains unused

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Municipality building remains unused

Karthik Madhavan

The tax collection centre is yet to become operational


Better days ahead?: The building constructed by Kasipalayam Municipality to house a computerised tax collection centre.

ERODE: In Shastry Nagar, coming under Ward 5 of Kasipalayam Municipality, stands a new, small building. Graffiti on the wall says it is the civic body’s computerised tax collection centre. But there is no sign of such activity. It is locked. An open window reveals that there are a couple of tube light fittings, few bricks and other construction material.

It has remained unused since the construction was over about four months ago, say the area residents. There is no power connection, either.

The municipality constructed the building at Rs. 2 lakh to establish a computerised tax collection centre to collect house and water taxes. It has established four such centres and will establish another one. Municipality Chairman M. Subramaniam says the civic body has constructed the centres in such a way that for every three wards there will be a collection centre.

Residents of the municipality can pay the aforementioned taxes at any of the five centres. To facilitate the process, it will set up computers in each of the collection centres and network them with a server at the municipality office.

Aside from the Rs. 10 lakh construction cost, the entire project will cost the civic body about Rs. 3 lakh. Majority of the funding has come from the State Government and the civic body has chipped in with the balance.

Once the collection centres are opened, they are expected to help 20,295 assesses and also the tax collectors. Tax collectors will stop going door-to-door for tax collection; the process will happen only at the centres, the Chairman explains.

He says the buildings do not remain unused. During the elections, the municipality had to stop the activity and now that the elections are over, the centres will be opened in another month’s time, he adds. As and when the facility is in place, it will be the first for a municipality in Erode district. Manoeuvre

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 11:04
 


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