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AMC to buy machines to level manholes

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The New Indian Express       01.06.2017 

AMC to buy machines to level manholes

| | Jun 1, 2017, 06.00 PM IST
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation


Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation


AHMEDABAD: The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) has decided to buy machines to level elevated manholes in the city. The issue was discussed by the standing committee, after officials told the members that more than 1.25 lakh manholes are above road level in the city. According to the officials, some of these elevated manholes are right in the middle of roads.

About the reasons for uneven levelling of manholes, officials told the panel that the lack of coordination between the drainage and the road departments leads to such defective work. "Sometimes, it is done deliberately, so as to make them more worker-friendly," the officials added.

Standing committee chairman Pravin Patel admitted that the lack of coordination between the drainage and road departments was leading to raised manholes. "We will give contracts to agencies in each zone to use heavy machines and level such manholes," said Patel.

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Raised manholes not only lead to accidents but are also not in accordance with road engineering norms. "We will now ensure that whenever drainage lines are laid or repaired, the manholes are at road level," he said.

One also finds such dangerous manholes in areas under the Ahmedabad Urban Development Authority (Auda).

Civic body launches app for reporting parking violations

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The Hindu       31.05.2017   

Civic body launches app for reporting parking violations

One click away:North Delhi Municipal Corporation Mayor Preeti Agarwal at the launch of the new Android app to complain against parking violations, on Monday.Shiv Kumar Pushpakar  

People around north Delhi can upload photo or video to register a complaint

People around north Delhi will now be able to lodge complaints related to parking violations in the area with just a click on their mobile phones. The North Delhi Municipal Corporation on Monday launched a one-of-a-kind mobile application, using which users can click pictures and post the parking violations for immediate action by the civic body officials.

GPS to track location

On Monday, North corporation mayor Preety Agarwal launched the application and said that if people find any violations of terms and conditions in any parking lot in their jurisdiction they can take a photo or a video and upload it on their app. As soon as the photo is sent, it automatically identifies the location of the parking lot via GPS.

“We are hoping that this app would be instrumental in regulating the parking lots. Apart from this, people will also be able to get better and transparent services by recognising the terms of the violations such as overcharging, lack of display boards and rate chart etc,” Ms. Agarwal said.

She also said that people will get to know their parking rights, and this service will enable them to participate in nabbing the offenders.

People can also register complaints online on the civic body’s official website —www.northmcd.com/parking. At present the app is available for download onwww.mcdonline.gov.inand the android and iOS versions will be out soon.

To register a complaint, the users first have to click on the ‘Register Complaint’ icon on the app, after which they are guided to a page where they are asked for the details of the complaint along with their personal details.

After uploading the photo or video evidence the complaint will be submitted.

Zone-wise map

An acknowledgement mail is sent to the users soon after, and a unique complaint number is issued to the complainant using which they can track the status of their complaint. The civic body has also made the task easier for the users by uploading a zone-wise parking map.

Along with the complainant, the complaint is also forwarded to the concerned offices of the remunerative projects (RP) cell of the corporation.

In fact, a separate admin panel has been provided for the officers to take action against such complaints, the civic body said.


Govt to revisit building rules, says Minister

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The Hindu        31.05.2017 

Govt to revisit building rules, says Minister

Intelligent software to be introduced to curb graft

The existing building rules, which have some flaws, will be amended as part of promoting ‘ease of doing business’, and separate building rules will be introduced for corporations, municipalities, and panchayats, said K.T. Jaleel, Minister for Local Self Government.

The Minister made the statement during the installation ceremony of the new office-bearers of the Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (CREDAI), Kerala chapter, in Kochi on Sunday, said release.

Most complaints received by the Local Self Government Department pertain to alleged irregularities in the sanctioning of building permits, Mr. Jaleel said, adding that intelligent software would be introduced in all corporations to curb corruption.

The software will be introduced in Kozhikode Corporation on a pilot basis within three months.

The department will conduct a separate adalat for resolving issues facing builders at the office of the Chief Town Planner.

Meanwhile, Najeeb Zackeria took charge as CREDAI chairman and S. Krishna as secretary general.


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