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Campaign to popularise toilet scheme launched in Salem

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The Hindu        14.12.2017 

Campaign to popularise toilet scheme launched in Salem

The mobile campaign vehicle flagged off by Corporation Commissioner R. Sadheesh in Salem city on Wednesday.Handout_email  

The Salem Corporation is going all out to popularise the scheme for construction of individual toilets with government subsidy in all households in the city under the Clean India Mission with the objective of doing away with open defecation.

The corporation has launched a mobile campaign vehicle with a replica of individual toilet for creating awareness among the city residents on this programme. R. Sadheesh, Corporation Commissioner, flagged off the vehicle on Wednesday.

Mr. Sadheesh said that people can construct individual toilets at an outlay of Rs. 12,000, for which government extended a subsidy of Rs. 8,000. The main objective of the corporation is to do-away with the open-defecation in the city limits with the active cooperation of the public.

Besides the replica of the individual toilet, flex boards explaining the salient features of the Clean India Mission programme, the importance and advantages of individual toilets and the harmful effects of open defecation have been displayed prominently on the campaign vehicle. The vehicle will cover different parts of the city from dawn-to-dusk.

Mr. Sadheesh said that the corporation has already pressed into service more than 30 field staff to create awareness about the project. Field workers led by a coordinator and four supervisors will be visiting different wards daily and convince and motivate the people to construct individual toilets with subsidy. The corporation has also taken special steps for the distribution of applications to the people for the construction of individual toilets. People can collect the applications from the main office and from the zonal offices, and also from the field staff under the Clean India Mission. The filled-up applications could be handed over to the field staff themselves.

The Commissioner also called upon the people who had already constructed toilets to construct septic tank for flushing out the waste water and human excreta.

A. Ashok and G. Kamaraj, corporation executive engineers, and V. Prabhakaran, City Health Officer, were present on the occasion.


Civic body floats tender for Rs. 344 crore UGD project

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The Hindu      14.12.2017  

Civic body floats tender for Rs. 344 crore UGD project

Plastic and other wastes have clogged the sewage channel behind homes on Thanjavur Road in Tiruchi.Photo: A.Muralitharan  

January 23 is the last date for submission

The Tiruchi City Corporation (TCC) has floated tenders for the second phase of the underground drainage system.

The much-awaited project is aimed at extending the sewer lines to uncovered areas in some 25 wards in the city. The project estimated to cost Rs. 344 crore will be implemented under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT). While the project will cover five wards fully, 20 others, which were omitted during the first phase of the project, will be partially covered.

Commissioner-cum-Special Officer, Tiruchi Corporation, N. Ravichandran toldThe Hinduthat tenders had been invited for the second phase and January 22 had been fixed as the the deadline for sale of tender documents and January 23 as the last date for submission of tenders. The applications would be opened on the same day.

Out of the estimated Rs. 344 crore, the Centre would contribute 50% of the project cost, the State 30% and the Tiruchi Corporation would bear the remaining 20%, he said.

According to sources, wards 28, 29, 30, 61 and 62 will be fully covered in the second phase of the UGD project and wards 7-9, 12-15, 21, 27, 31, 46, 52-54, 57-60 and 63-65 partially covered. Wards in Ariyamangalam, Kattur and Thiruverumbur are among those selected under the project.

As per the plan, sewer lines will be laid for a distance of 319 km and pumping mains for 22 km. It will enable the civic body to provide 43,147 individual connections.

A site at Keezha Kalkandarkottai has been identified for establishing the sewage treatment plant. It is expected to take at least three to four years to complete the second phase of the sewerage collection system.

A senior official of the Corporation said about 35 to 40% of Tiruchi had already been covered by the underground drainage project. Most parts of erstwhile Tiruchi Municipality and Srirangam Municipality had UGD infrastructure. The second phase would cover about 30% of the extended areas of the city. The remaining areas would be covered in the third phase of UGD project.


Chennai Corporation request to Tamil Nadu government for custody of 55 roads left in limbo

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The New Indian Express       09.12.2017 

Chennai Corporation request to Tamil Nadu government for custody of 55 roads left in limbo

CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation’s request to the State government to hand over to it 55 roads, stretching about 256 km in the city, from the State highways, has not seen any progress despite repeated reminders.

To ensure smooth vehicular movement and better traffic design, the civic body has urged the government to transfer the State highways in Chennai to it. These include Anna Salai (from Muthusamy bridge up to Kathipara) and GST Road (Guindy-Tambaram) that connects Chennai- Tiruchy National Highway-45 and EVR Periyar Salai (Poonamallee High Road) from Muthusamy bridge, near Park Town, up to Maduravoyal that connects Chennai-Bengaluru bypass.

In addition, the corporation has also said several other roads that run for about 3 km to 5 km, including Velachery-Taramani link road, Velachery-Thorapakkam road, Velachery-Tambaram road, Muthuramalinga Devar Salai, Thyagarayar road and 100-feet road be brought under its jurisdiction for improvements.

“To improve the traffic design of the roads, we have proposed to develop many junctions where the city inner roads join Anna Salai and EVR Periyar Salai. For such projects, we need these roads to be handed over to the corporation. There are also plans to provide digital boards and other improvement works at these junctions under the Smart City programme,” explained a corporation official.

The civic body has also a dedicated wing to maintain storm water drains in the city. “During floods, the corporation is forced to clear the storm water drain of State highways as well,” the official added.
The civic body maintains about 33,747 inner roads, spread over 5525 km in the width of 10 feet to 40 feet. In addition to this, 471 bus route roads (above 40 feet width) for a length of 387 km are under its jurisdiction.

However, State highways officials said highway roads are developed once in three years based on traffic volume. “Anna Salai and Poonamallee High Road carry more than 1.75 lakh vehicles a day. These roads are to be maintained at the highest standards. The top layer of the road is 50 mm thick to ensure that the roads withstand heavy vehicle flow and different climatic conditions. In addition, the roads are inspected and certified by a senior official in the quality control wing, which the corporation does not have,” an official said.

The official said that only qualified contractors can participate in highway road works as the value of tenders are above `two crore and tenders are regularly issued to maintain the storm water drain.”

A professor of transport engineering in Anna University, who did not wish to be named, said for better transportation planning, roads that pass through the city should be administered by the corporation. “For better traffic design and planning, road network should be integrated and administrated by one department,” he said.

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