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Tiruchi gears up for cleaniness test, as guidelines get tougher

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The Hindu     10.08.2017  

Tiruchi gears up for cleaniness test, as guidelines get tougher

Smaller cities to be included

Even as the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs revised its guidelines for Swachh Survekshan 2018 (clean city ranking), Tiruchi City Corporation has geared up to meet them in order to improve its ranking.

Tiruchi secured sixth position among 434 cities in the 2017 ranking and third among 73 cities in 2016. It was adjudged the second cleanest city in the country when the Swachh Survekshan system was introduced for the first time in 2015.

However, in order to provide an opportunity to smaller cities, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs has proposed to cover 4,041 towns in the 2018 survey that will be conducted in January-February.

While 500 cities with more than one lakh population and capitals of States and Union Territories will have all India ranking, 3,541 cities with less than one lakh population will have state and zonal rankings.

Citizen feedback

Corporation Commissioner-cum-Special Officer, Tiruchi, N. Ravichandran told The Hindu that as per the new guidelines, rankings would be based on 71 sanitation-related parameters with different weightage. Similarly, the cumulative marks had also gone up to 4,000 from 2,000. More weightage would be given to citizen feedback. There was also negative marking.

While Tiruchi city was a top performer in clean city ranking since 2015, there was a need to take several more steps to improve the ranking. The ranking methodology had become tougher this year. However, the city could improve its ranking by involving various stakeholders including citizens. It had started addressing each and every issue as per the revised guidelines, he added.


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.



Warning against dumping garbage in storm water drain

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The Hindu       04.08.2017  

Warning against dumping garbage in storm water drain

After repeated complaints from residents of Anuppanadi in ward 57, Corporation Commissioner S. Aneesh Sekhar visited the area on Tuesday to address their grievances.

He visited Anuppanadi Main Road and Ambedkar Street and checked if there was regular drinking water supply as pipelines had been replaced recently.

He ordered immediate removal of cow sheds from the main road. Notices would be sent to houses which dumped garbage in storm water drains, Aneesh Sekhar said.

All houses should have underground drainage connection.

The Commissioner also conducted a special grievance redressal meeting in Ellis Nagar in which he instructed officials to address issues such as water shortage, underground drainage problems, property tax anomalies and building approval.


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