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Work to supply more water to Kurichi, Kuniamuthur to start soon

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The Hindu         03.01.2018  

Work to supply more water to Kurichi, Kuniamuthur to start soon

The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board will soon begin work to supply more water to Kurichi and Kuniamuthur. Sources in the TWAD Board said with the State Government issuing a government order to start work, the Board would start the work soon.

The aim of the Rs. 395.41 crore work was to supply additional water to Kurichi and Kuniamuthur - the two municipalities that merged with the Corporation in 2010 - and also to six other areas - Thudiyalur, Vellakinaru, Vilankurichi, Chinnavedampatti, Saravanampatti and Kalapatti.

Once implemented, the residents of the aforementioned areas would get as much water as those in the old city (60 wards) - 135 litres per capita a day (lpcd). At present they get anywhere between 40 and 70 lpcd and that too only once in eight to 10 days.

The sources said that the TWAD Board had designed the project in such a way that it would cater to the needs of the residents till 2048. The population then would be 5.31 lakh and water supply 81 million litres a day.

The Board would tap Siruvani water for the purpose - 35 million litres a day - at Kovaipudur Pirivu on Perur Road from the main line that supplied water to the Gandhi Park reservoir. To make good the diversion, the Board would supply an equal quantity of Pilloor water to the city.

Water tanks

The Board would construct two huge water tanks of 15 lakh litre capacity (master balancing reservoirs) - one in Press Enclave to take of Kuniamuthur’s needs and another in Pillaiyarpuram to take care of Kurichi’s needs.

It would also construct 18 over head tanks of smaller quantity to manage distribution to various areas. Along with the 26 over head tanks in the maintenance of the Coimbatore Corporation, the total tanks available for equitable distribution would go up to 44 in the two localities.

To the households, the Board would also lay pipelines with the longer diameter to supply adequate water, the Board sources said and pointed out that the minimum width of the pipelines would be 110 mm. At present, the maximum width of the pipelines stood at 90 mm.

The move would benefit 48,462 households and 2,146 non-domestic water connection owners in the two localities.


Corporation receives Rs 220 crore grant to lay roads

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The Times of India        28.12.2017 

Corporation receives Rs 220 crore grant to lay roads

| TNN | Updated: Dec 28, 2017, 09:02 IST
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CHENNAI: A grant of Rs. 220.5 crore has been received by the fund-starved Chennai Corporation under the Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Fund (TURIF) for the laying of 2,834 bus route roads, interior roads and pavements in the 15 zones.
Officials said the identification of roads needing attention will be finalised at the head office with zonal level officers taking charge of the execution of the work.

With the grant having come in, preliminary work to call for tenders to lay roads has gathered steam in all the zones. However, officials said the tenders raised will focus on laying of roads, not on maintenance of damaged roads. "A proposal on the roads needing attention was sent after an inspection by zonal officials but there is no mention of maintenance contracts for damaged roads," said an official.

The challenge before the civic body remains to prioritise stretches and identify the right contractors to develop, relay and maintain roads. Residents in several areas have complained of roads remaining neglected for a long time.

"In three wards around my area, a number of roads have remained in a bad shape over the year with the corporation not taking up work citing the frequent road cuts for laying of Metrowater pipelines. That is taken as an excuse and the roads were never repaired," said G Satish, a resident of OMR.

In some areas of Manapakkam, resident associations have waited for more than a year for corporation officials to take note of damaged roads. "I recently filed a complaint with the corporation website and the response to the complaint was quick. I hope the road will also be fixed in the same time they took to respond," said V Nagarajan. Residents also raised the issue of relaying of roads without milling the existing roads, which leads to a rise in their height by several inches over the years.

A senior corporation official said the list of roads is submitted by the zone-level field staff. "Tenders will be floated for the final list. Usually, the contract includes maintenance spans as well, depending on the type of roads," he added.

Corporation finalises ward reorganisation draft

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The Hindu      28.12.2017 

Corporation finalises ward reorganisation draft

Three zones likely to lose a ward each to the Central Zone

Three zones of the Coimbatore Corporation are likely to lose a ward each to the Central Zone, if the finalised draft of the ward reorganisation is anything to go by.

Officials in the civic body said that North, West and South zones would lose a ward each and they all would be part of the Central Zone, if the State Government approved of the same. The change was consequent upon the ward reorganisation exercise the civic body carried recently.

Town planning, revenue and administrative wings of the civic body undertook the ward reorganisation exercise in December so as to ensure equal distribution of population across the 100 wards. The Corporation has estimated the population at 15,84,719 and number of households at 4,37,078.

Before carrying out the exercise, the Corporation divided the population by 100 (wards) to arrive at the base population of each ward at 15,847. Likewise it also calculated the base household for each ward at 4,370.

The Corporation also arrived at population per household value at 3.63. With these parameters and keeping in mind the natural boundaries like canals and other man-made ones like railway line and layout, it redrew the ward boundaries, officials said.

While carrying out the exercise, the Government has given the Corporation an error margin of plus or minus 10 % on the population per ward and household per ward parameters.

Even as the exercise was under way, the Corporation officials said that the Government gave the civic body leverage by not asking it to strictly adhere to man-made boundaries while redrawing boundaries.

Now the civic body had completed the draft proposal and submitted it to the State Government, which would then release the same calling for objections or suggestions from the public. Thereafter, it would publish the same.

A district panchayat administration has undertaken a similar exercise for the 228 village panchayats, 12 panchayat unions and a district panchayat in the district and said the draft proposal made available for public at the respective village panchayat, panchayat union and taluk offices for public or political party representatives submit them writing. Or they could send the same by registered post by January 2.


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