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Chennai Corporation plans to link Aadhaar with civic services

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The Hindu      22.11.2017 

Chennai Corporation plans to link Aadhaar with civic services

Going digital:Data available with the Corporation from 1934 will be covered initially as part of the integration process.File Photo  

Data on birth, death certificates to be linked

Chennai Corporation is planning to integrate Aadhaar with various civic services, including birth and death certificates, property tax assessment, trade licence and building approval.

Over the past few years, there have been many instances of residents complaining to the Chennai Corporation Commissioner whenever zonal level officials asked residents to produce Aadhaar for civic services. Former councillors have also been complaining to senior officials that zonal level officials were reportedly harassing residents, demanding Aadhaar. A few years ago, former Commissioner Vikram Kapur had even warned zonal level officials of action for demanding Aadhaar from residents for civic services.

Now, the situation seems to be changing. Following a meeting on the State Resident Data hub held on October 23, senior officials have informed zonal level officials that database integration of Aadhaar may be carried out to “ensure the authenticity of the individuals availing themselves of civic services”.

“To validate the correctness of data entered in birth and death, all taxation and all other types of public service related information, integration of UID data will be carried out,” said an official of the Corporation.

Integration of Aadhaar data with modules, such as birth and death, taxation and public related information, will lead to proper authentication of the citizen demographic information. “This will also integrate Greater Chennai Corporation data with other departments,” said the official.

Data available with the Corporation from 1934 will be covered initially. The birth registration details are available for 69,05,698 residents. Death registration details are available for 29,15,701 residents. Property Tax Assessment data on 12,05,666 residents, profession tax assessment data of 1,22,766 residents, company tax assessment data of 16,036 residents, trade licence data of 53,006 residents, town planning data of 2,177 residents in old system and town planning data of 1,713 residents online will be integrated with Aadhaar.

Council decision

“For Aadhaar linkage, Greater Chennai Corporation has to enrol as a sub authentication user agency,” said an official.

Currently, the Tamil Nadu e governanace Agency (TNeGA) is functioning as an authentication user agency. To enrol as a sub authentication user agency, a joint undertaking has to be signed by the civic body. The application of sub authentication user agency under Regulation 15 of Aadhaar (Authentication) Regulations, 2016 will be submitted shortly. The Corporation Special Officer’s Council has decided to send a letter to TNeGA for authorising the Chennai Corporation as a sub authentication user agency, said an official.

Former DMK Councillor Deva Jawahar said any decision on Aadhaar should be taken only after discussing the problems faced by residents at the new Corporation Council.

“Many officials seem to be unable to understand all the aspects of the problems faced by residents. So the Special Officer’s Council of the Chennai Corporation Commissioner should not take such major decisions without a debate,” said Mr. Jawahar.

 

A first in India: Chennai Corporation launches drone mapping of properties

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The Times of India        21.11.2017  

A first in India: Chennai Corporation launches drone mapping of properties

Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister S P Velumani inaugurates drone mapping of properties, in Chennai on Tuesday (TOI photo by B A Raju)
Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister S P Velumani inaugurates drone mapping of properties, in Chennai
CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation on Tuesday became the first municipal body in the country to commission drone mapping of properties and utilities, with the project being inaugurated by Tamil Nadu municipal administration minister S P Velumani.

Hyderabad-based RSI Softech India Pvt Ltd will execute the mapping project.

Two hexacopters, each costing nearly Rs 21 lakh, will be used for the project while two quadcopters will be kept on standby. The project will cost the corporation Rs 6.43 crore and the city's 426 sq.km area will be covered in 120 days.

The drones, which will be fitted with high resolution camera, will capture five images in one second. The images will be superimposed on each other at a 60 degree angle and then processed to generate a 3D map of the city.

Velumani said the corporation had to obtain the consent of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the ministry of home and defence, Intelligence Bureau, the district administrations of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur and the Chennai city police.

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The mapping will be supervised by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD). The images captured by the drone will have to be processed by the ministry of defence before being made available for the corporation. Until the data is verified by the defence ministry, it will be stored at a secure site in Ripon Buildings under the supervision of an official in the rank of executive engineer.

"The mapping will facilitate planning of development work for the city on a priority basis," Velumani said.
 

Poor water deposit collection forces civic body to extend deadline

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The Hindu       20.11.2017  

Poor water deposit collection forces civic body to extend deadline

The Coimbatore Corporation recently extended to November 30 the deadline for paying revised water connection deposit charges. Sometime ago, the Corporation said it was extending the deadline to October 31.

The earlier deadline was September 30 and prior to that September 15.

Sources in the Corporation said that the civic body was forced to extend the deadline owing to poor response from the residents.

The Corporation had sometime ago asked residents in all the 100 wards to pay up the difference between their current deposit and Rs. 5,000 to make uniform the deposit at Rs. 5,000. But it had said it was applicable only to those residents who had availed of water connection prior to 2013.

It said those residents in the 60 wards that constituted the old city area had to pay around Rs. 4,000, those residents in wards that earlier fell under Vilankurichi Panchayat to pay an equal sum, those residents in wards that fell under the then Kalapatti Town Panchayat to pay Rs. 2,000, those residing in wards that fell under the then Veerakeralam Town Panchayat to also pay Rs. 2,000, those residing in wards that fell under the earlier Thudiyalur, Vellakinaru, Saravanampatty and Chinnavedampatty Town Panchayats to also pay Rs. 2,000, and others to pay the difference.

For commercial and industrial connection, the Corporation had similar demands, but with amount varying from Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 7,000.

The Corporation had expected to generate over Rs. 50 crore from the exercise. But as on date, the collection was nearly Rs. 14 crore.

Corporation sources said now that the civic body had revised the deadline more than once, it would resort to other methods to urge the residents to pay the revised deposit charges. The methods would include reminders by way of public announcements and if necessary, coercive action like disconnecting water supply. They reasoned that the civic body was able to improve its water supply to added areas, almost on a par with the old city areas and that involved higher operation and maintenance charges. The residents therefore would have to pay for the water the Corporation supplied.

Among the five zones, the South Zone had the lowest collection of a little over Rs. 1 crore. The maximum collection was from the Central Zone at Rs. 3.82 crore followed by East Zone at Rs. 3.47 crore.

 


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