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Collector distributes assistance worth Rs. 14.7 lakh

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Collector distributes assistance worth Rs. 14.7 lakh

Staff Reporter

Photo: Special Arrangement.

Taking a ride: Dharmapuri Collector P. Amutha travelling in an autorickshaw given to a woman under the THADCO scheme on Monday. —

DHARMAPURI: Collector P. Amutha distributed Rs. 14.70 lakh assistance to 69 beneficiaries under various welfare schemes at the grievance meeting held at the collectorate here on Monday.

During the programme, she distributed old-age pension orders to four farm labourers, Rs. 43,000 to 9 persons under the Tamil Nadu Farm Labourers and Farmers Social Protection scheme, Rs. 2,87,500 as assistance for natural death to 23 persons, Rs. 3.75 lakh as accident relief to 3 persons and autorickshaws to 5 persons, including a woman, under the THADCO assistance with Rs. 25,000 as subsidy and term loan of Rs. 4.75 lakh.

Later, she along with the District Revenue Officer Maheshwari Ravikumar travelled in an autorikshaw driven by a woman.

During the grievances day meeting, over 400 petitions were received demanding patta, family card, free house site patta, community certificate, medical assistance, old-age pension, marriage assistance, education loan and employment etc.

Special Deputy Tahsildhar (Grievances Redressal section) T. Rajmohan, Lead Bank Manager D. Bama, Regional Transport Officer M. Gunasekaran, Ex-servicemen Welfare Assistant Director V. Manivannan and THADCO District Manager A. Santhakumari participated.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:19
 

Awareness rally on children’s education

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Awareness rally on children’s education

Staff Reporter

— Photo: S.R.Raghunathan

Rehabilitate: Corporation school students take part in a rally organised by World Vision India in collaboration with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan in Chennai on Tuesday.

CHENNAI: A rally to create awareness of child labour and education for children was organised by World Vision India in collaboration with Sarva Siksha Abhiyan here on Tuesday. It was part of the Chennai street children prevention and rehabilitation project.

Students of various Corporation schools participated in the rally. “As the mechanic shops in Chintadripet attract many children, the number of child labourers in the locality is relatively higher,” said S. Basavaraj, Child Development Coordinator, World Vision India.

Parents who are reluctant to send their children to school have to be persuaded by teachers of schools nearby, said Catherine Paduva, a teacher who participated in the rally.

“Child labourers are also provided pieces of advice on the advantages of going to school,” she added. Some students who had obliged and started coming to school, however, are continuing to work as child labourers during holidays, said Mr.Basavaraj.

Drop out of students has been reducing in the schools of the locality because of government intervention, said Ms.Paduva.

Awareness of education has to improve among all slum-dwellers. The government is taking measures on creating awareness among the parents also, said Mr.Basavaraj.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:14
 

Metrowater takes initiative to ensure equitable water distribution

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Source : The Hindu Date : 10.06.2009

Metrowater takes initiative to ensure equitable water distribution

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It is in the process of installing sluice valves in water distribution network

—Photo: M.Vedhan

Improvement measures: Construction of additional underground sumps such as this one in Kilpauk Water Works is part of Chennai Metrowater’s initiative to improve supply.

CHENNAI: Chennai Metrowater is in the process of installing sluice valves in the water distribution network as a measure to improve the supply to tail-end areas.

Under the project taken up to address the complaints of residents of such localities about inadequate water supply, the sluice valves would ensure in equitable supply.

A Metrowater official said that when the water meant for distribution to a particular area was pumped into the pipeline, the localities en route also received the supply. Once the boundaries of each area were marked by providing nearly 1,000 valves in the distribution mains, all households in the area for which it was meant would receive sufficient supply.

Work order for the project has been issued recently for isolation of the 16 water supply zones of Chennai Metrowater. It would be executed as part of the improvement works to the water distribution system under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. The project would be completed by September next year, the official said.

The improvement works being taken up in the four major water distribution stations — Kilpauk, Anna Poonga in Royapuram, Southern Head Works (Valluvar Kottam) and K. K. Nagar — would facilitate the distribution of water with adequate water pressure to 532 streets connected to the network. In addition to these, all pumping stations would also be taken up for upgradation under the project.

Additional storage facility

Almost 70 per cent of the work to provide additional storage facility in Kilpauk water works has been finished so far. It would be completed by October this year. With the construction of new underground sumps, the storage capacity would be increased to 91 million litres (ML) from the existing 47 ML. This would benefit the surrounding areas such as Aminjikarai, Ayanavaram, Villivakkam and Anna Nagar.

Similarly, work is on in full swing in the K. K. Nagar zone and Anna Poonga and the projects would be completed by October this year and April 2010 respectively.

“With the pipeline network inside the pumping station at the Southern Headworks, Valluvar Kottam, replaced recently, we are able to save nearly Rs.1.5 lakh on electricity bills every month. This has been made possible mainly on account of the increase in the capacity of the new facilities,” the official said.

For residents, a significant increase in the water pressure in these four zones, however, would happen only on completion of the strengthening of the pipeline network.

A new pipeline has been laid over 37 out of the 169-km route in the Kilpauk zone. About 20-km-long new pipeline has been laid in the entire 61 km network in the K. K. Nagar zone. The remaining work would be completed by the year-end, the official added.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 June 2009 14:11
 


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