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Corporation to have database

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The Hindu     04.08.2017  

Corporation to have database

Information on birth certificates and death certificates; pending and paid property tax, income tax, water tax; and property tax with name changes will soon be available at the click of a mouse soon.

Officials from the Corporation and municipalities attended a workshop on collection and compilation of data here on Wednesday. The Commissioner said that 124 municipalities were maintaining a database. Officers in Madurai were sent to Coimbatore to get training in data compilation.



Corporation to survey city using drones

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The Hindu      16.06.2017  

Corporation to survey city using drones

Plans to get Home Ministry approval

The Chennai Corporation is planning to get security clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct a survey of the city using drones.

The civic body is expected to get accurate information of its assets, civic utilities and property using the survey.

Once the survey is conducted successfully, it will assess the loss of assets.

A number of properties belonging to the civic body have been encroached upon by unidentified persons.

The survey is expected to expose such land grabbings. For example, the survey by drones will throw light on the existing area of a park as against the original area mentioned in the land records.

“We are planning to get clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” said an official. On Thursday, senior officials inspected the drones to be used for the survey.

Security measures

According to sources, measures have been taken to prevent drones from coming into the flight paths of aircraft in areas such as Adyar, Alandur and Saidapet.

In 2014, the Central government banned the use of UAV by any non-government entity, organisation or an individual, but later formulated rules for regulating drones.

The operator will intimate the air traffic authorities concerned.

“We have studied notified prohibited, restricted and danger areas in the airspace. The operation will be restricted to areas outside the lateral and vertical boundaries of such areas,” said an official.

After the survey, the drones will not be sold or disposed of without permission from civil aviation officials.

The operator would ensure that all security measures were in place before the drones took off.

Restricted areas

If any accident occurred during the flight civil aviation authorities would be notified on the same day. “Drones will not be flown over sensitive locations such as military facilities and other strategic locations,” said the official.

The survey will be done only during the day with proper ground visibility and suitable surface winds.

Residents may report to the civic body any civic issues or injury caused by such drones on the corporation helpline 1913.


Crematorium in Chennai to go hi-tech with free Wi-Fi

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The Hindu        14.04.2017   

Crematorium in Chennai to go hi-tech with free Wi-Fi

It will help live stream the last rites being performed

After all the announcements on free wi-fi at various public places, here’s the last place you’d expect to have the service — literally, the place where the dead go.

A crematorium on New Avadi Road, Anna Nagar, is all set to go hi-tech with a free wi-fi facility from Saturday.

While jokes have been cracked about whether this would allow communication with the dear departed, the organisers say that it serves a practical purpose.

The free wi-fi will help relatives of the deceased to live stream the last rites being performed at the crematorium back home or to relatives living abroad, and others who were unable to attend the funeral.

The facility will be inaugurated at the Greater Chennai Corporation Velankadu crematorium that is managed by the non-governmental organisation, Indian Community Welfare Organisation.

Its founder secretary, A.J. Hariharan, said the idea came to him after a recent incident where an old lady staying in London could not attend the funeral of a close relative in Chennai. Other relatives took pictures to send to her in London.

“This is when I thought about this option. If we provide free wi-fi here, then, a number of people might like to use it to stream videos of the proceedings to those who, for any reason, cannot be present.”

“This will also help relatives and friends living abroad to virtually visit the crematorium to view the proceedings through live streaming. We are getting high speed internet connectivity which will enable streaming. Also, we figured people can share the location of the crematorium with a GPS pin on social media sites, to help others reach the spot.

Sponsorship for one year

About 20 people will be able to use the facility during the working hours of the crematorium (8 a.m.- 6 p.m.). As of now, we have paid up for a year, thanks to our sponsors,” Mr. Hariharan said.

The facility is being sponsored by the Rotary Club of Meenambakkam for one year.

It would be extended to more hours depending on the patronage, said Mr. Hariharan.

There are also plans to facilitate live telecast some funerals on the web in the coming months, with the concurrence of the relatives, he added.

Last Updated on Monday, 17 April 2017 07:27
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