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Five-point agenda for JNNURM projects

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Five-point agenda for JNNURM projects

Staff Correspondent

Manivannan back as special officer


2012 is the deadline for completion

of projects

DC to hold videoconference with officials daily

MYSORE: With Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan back as special officer of the Jawaharhal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), work on various projects under the mission is likely to be expedited.

He has outlined a five-point agenda to complete the work on various projects before the deadline of 2012.

Mr. Manivannan, who was relieved as special officer owing to the Lok Sabha elections, held a weekly meeting to review the progress of work on JNNURM projects here on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner told the officers in-charge of the projects that he would address them daily between 10 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. through videoconference from June 18 to keep himself updated on the day-to-day progress of work on the projects.

The officers are likely to get hi-tech electronic gadgets to update information faster to the special officer. Details on the progress of work on the projects would be uploaded to the JNNURM website for the benefit of the people.

Official sources said the five-point agenda included video-conference with officers, surprise visits to work sites, 24x7 responsibilities to the officers concerned, constitution of an internal JNNURM cell and accountability of officers.

At the meeting, Mr. Manivannan told the officers that he would conduct surprise visits to the work sites to cross check the information provided by them during daily videoconference.

The officers would be held accountable and those, who did not show progress in the work on the projects, would be told to give explanation. The internal cell of JNNURM to be constituted would monitor work on various projects and keep updating the data, the sources said.

The issue of slow progress of work on some projects figured in the meeting.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:40

Corporation promises to set up refuse derived fuel plant

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Corporation promises to set up refuse derived fuel plant

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Kochi Corporation has assured the Ombudsman for Local Self-government Institutions, M.R. Hariharan Nair, that it would set up a refuse derived fuel plant for the treatment of plastic and non-biodegradable waste at the site of the solid waste treatment plant at Brahmapuram shortly.

The deputy secretary of the corporation gave this assurance at a sitting held by the Ombudsman at the district panchayat hall near here on Thursday.

The equipment required for the plant had been readied at an Aurangabad-based firm and steps were afoot to install it at Brahmapuram, the deputy secretary said.

The Ombudsman was told that the tender process for tarring the approach road leading to the Brahmapuram plant would be completed on June 29.

Report sought

The work on the road will be completed at the earliest, a written report submitted by the deputy secretary on behalf of the corporation said. Mr. Nair asked the secretary to inform him of the progress of the work on July 9.

The Ombudsman also instructed the Pollution Control Board to inspect the leachate treatment plant, which was yet to become operational, and to submit a report.

Mr. Nair directed the corporation to pay the outstanding amount owed to the Andhra Pradesh Technology Development Corporation, which runs the Brahmapuram plant.

The corporation said the APTDC had agreed to remove the fertilizer being stored at the plant premises on its own as soon as the plant was handed over to the corporation. Out of the 41 cases considered, six were settled.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:21

Project to prevent water logging on anvil

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Project to prevent water logging on anvil

Staff Reporter

Rs. 16.6-crore plan covers 19 major drains and six canals in the city


Many councillors complain about water logging

104 km of drains in the city cleaned

KOCHI: A project for preventing water logging in the city is awaiting government clearance, Mayor Mercy Williams informed the Kochi Corporation Council on Thursday.

Replying to the debate in the council meeting, Ms. Williams said tenders had been floated for the Rs. 16.6-crore work. The project covering 19 major drains and six canals would go a long way in addressing the water logging in the city, she said.

Many councillors had complained about water logging in the city during the monsoon.

The civic body had cleaned 104-km-long drains in the city before April 30. The de-clogging and removal of silt are progressing in major canals, Deputy Mayor C.K. Manisankar said.

Ms. Williams said the 13 railway culverts in the city have been causing considerable water logging. Though the civic authorities had repeatedly requested the Railways to deepen and widen these culverts, it has not responded. It had also failed to remove the silt that has accumulated in the drains, leading to heavy water logging in some parts of the city, Ms. Williams said.

The areas that have been hit due to the inaction of the Railway are Karikkamuri, areas near the KSRTC bus stand, Pullepady, Kalathiparambu, Paramara road, Ponnurunni, Elamakara and Atlantis, she said.

Budget presentation

The Mayor blamed the Public Works Department for failing to construct a drain from Kaloor-Kadavanthra road to Perandur canal and Kaloor-Perandur road to Perandur canal. This has led to water logging in Kaloor and adjoining areas, she said.

The annual budget of the corporation will be presented during the last week of June, said Mr. Manisankar.

The presentation of the budget had to be postponed as the election code of conduct was in force till May 28. The Election Commission had imposed several restrictions on the civic body which had affected the routine works like clearing and de-silting of drains, he said.

Rare gesture

In a rare gesture, the Council meeting felicitated its Secretary Mini Antony, who will take charge as the District Collector of Alappuzha on Monday. Ms. Antony had been instrumental in getting many of the infrastructure projects cleared for the city, including the projects sanctioned by the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission and some foreign agencies.

She had also motivated and guided the team of civic officials in the efforts to get more projects cleared for Kochi, Ms. Williams said.

The Mayor presented a memento to Ms. Antony at the council meeting.

A.B. Sabu, K.R. Premakumar, K.J. Antony, Lailamma George, K.N. Sunilkumar, K.J. Sohan, T.K. Ashraf, N. Venugopal, V.K. Thankaraj and K.V.P. Krishnakumar were among those who took part in the discussions.


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