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Coimbatore civic body grapples with funds crunch

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The Hindu         21.09.2017 

Coimbatore civic body grapples with funds crunch

The civic body is desperate for the funds to pay off contractors and meet its maintenance expenses.  

The Corporation yet to get central finance commission funds

The financially weakening civic body has just received a blow - it has not yet received the quarterly disbursement of central finance commission funds for the last quarter of last financial year and the first quarter of the current financial year.

Sources in the civic body said that the disbursement for two quarters was around Rs. 30 crore and this is a big blow as the total outstanding had reportedly crossed Rs. 250 crore.

Officials, however, said the Corporation’s finances were not worse.

Every year, the Central Government paid the Corporation and several other urban local bodies money under the ‘central finance commission’ head. The Corporation had been getting Rs. 60 crore a financial year, in four instalments of Rs. 15 crore each.

This time though the Government did not disburse the money saying it would not do so as there was no elected body - Corporation Council, the sources said that other urban local bodies in the State had suffered a similar fate.

For the Coimbatore Corporation this had come a big blow as the civic body was desperate for the funds to pay off contractors and meet its operation and maintenance expenses. As of September 2017, the total outstanding had crossed Rs. 250 crore, the sources said and added that the civic body owed the contractors who had completed work, manpower contractors who supplied workers, street light maintenance contractors and many others.

The last time the Corporation paid the contractors was sometime in January this year and that too it was a pittance - for contractors to whom it owned in crores of rupees the Corporation paid only a few lakhs, contractors said.

Officials not wanting to be named only confirmed this. They said the situation had turned from bad to worse. They pointed out that the situation was so bad that street light contractors were not repairing faulty lights as the civic body had not paid them for long.

The Corporation recently sacked 300 or so contract conservancy workers. Though the reason proffered was poor work, the truth was that the Corporation did not have money to engage them, the officials added.

Similarly, the Corporation was also yet to clear the dues for agencies that operated upon street dogs under the animal birth control programme. Sources in the know said the the Corporation had requested the agencies to not submit fresh bills until the pending ones were cleared.

The officials also said that even the recent water connection deposit revision and property reassessment exercises would not help the civic body escape the abyss as the money estimated to flow in to the coffers was far less than what was needed.

Senior officials, however, disputed the figures and statements and said the total outstanding was only around Rs. 150 crore. The recent revision exercises, coupled with grants expected from the State Government would help the Corporation. The turn around would happen soon and by the end of this calendar year the Corporation would be returning to good financial health.

 

Corporation to mobilise Rs. 60 cr from deposit revision

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The Hindu        12.09.2017  

Corporation to mobilise Rs. 60 cr from deposit revision

The Coimbatore Corporation hopes to mobilise Rs. 60 crore from its recent effort to hike the deposit to drinking water connections. The Corporation has said that those who had availed of water connections prior to October 1, 2013 should pay Rs. 4,000 or so if the connection was for their house, Rs. 7,000 or so if the connection was a bulk connection, the same amount if the connection was for commercial use and Rs. 12,000 for industrial use.

The Corporation says that it hopes to mobilise around Rs. 50 crore from those domestic connections that were in use prior to October 1, 2013. At present the Corporation has 1.83 lakh domestic connections.

Similarly, it hopes to raise Rs. 18.27 lakh from bulk connections, another Rs. 4.64 lakh from commercial and Rs. 78.45 lakh from industrial connections.

In all, the estimate is that the civic body would get around Rs. 60 crore.

 

Corporation decides to expand parking lot at central bus stand

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The Hindu         01.11.2014 

Corporation decides to expand parking lot at central bus stand

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has decided to expand the two-wheeler parking lot at the central bus stand at a cost of Rs. 64 lakh.

It is aimed at avoiding two-wheeler parking in open places near the existing two-wheeler stand.

A resolution to that effect was adopted at an urgent meeting of the council held here on Friday. It said the existing stand was insufficient to cater to the large number of vehicles. 

Vehicles parked outside the stand on open places had become a hindrance for the free movement of buses, cars, and others in the bus stand areas. Moreover, there was a need to take into consideration future requirement.

The proposed expansion plan would reduce the traffic congestion to an extent. The council approved a proposal to introduce “pay and park” system on some arterial roads in the city.

It will soon be implemented on the Thillai Nagar Main Road, Shastry Road, Fort Station Road, E.V.R. Road-Vayalur Road near Puthur.

It would levy a fee of Rs. 3 for two-wheelers: Rs. 5 for four-wheelers such as cars and vans and Rs. 10 for buses. The rates would be applicable for a six-hour period.  

When a few members drew the attention of officials on developing new parks, A. Jaya, Mayor, and V.P. Thandapani, Commissioner, said it had been planned to establish15 more parks in different parts of city. All basic facilities would be established on them.

Councillors from both the AIADMK and the DMK complained over stray dog menace  in different parts of the city. 

The number of patients approaching doctors for treatment of dog bites was on the rise.

Intervening in the debate, Mr. Thandapani said surgical sterilization (birth control) was being done for 1,000 street-dogs every year to bring down their population.

The authorities could not carry out illegal methods to control the dog menace. They had to be released where they were caught or trapped. However, special drive would be carried out shortly for surgical sterilization of street dogs.

To the demand of many members, Ms. Jaya said that fogging operation would be immediately carried out in all areas to control mosquito menace. Similarly, the roads, which were damaged in the recent rain, would be re-laid in the city shortly.


Project estimated at Rs. 64 lakh

15 more parks to be developed in city

 
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