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SPV to be set up soon for smart city project

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The Hindu        06.07.2017   

SPV to be set up soon for smart city project

Landmark skyline:A view of Tiruchi cityPhoto: A. Muralitharan  

It is mandatory for implementing the project

The Tiruchi City Corporation has begun the process of forming a Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) for executing the Smart City project.

As per the policy documents of Smart Cities Mission of the Ministry of Urban Development, it is mandatory to float a SPV for implementing the project from planning to execution. It will plan, appraise, approve, release funds, implement, manage, operate, monitor and evaluate the smart city development projects.

The SPV will have a full time Chief Executive Officer with the nominees of State and Central governments, and it has to be registered with the Companies Act. Besides using the government grants for infrastructure building, the SPV will have powers to raise private equity and funds for the projects. These could be executed through joint ventures, subsidiaries and public-private partnership.

It is learnt that senior officials of Tiruchi Corporation visited Chennai on Tuesday for a discussion with the senior officials of the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration to evolve the modalities for forming the Special Purpose Vehicle.

N. Ravichandran, Commissioner cum Special Officer, Tiruchi Corporation, told The Hindu that he had received a detailed instruction manual for forming SPV. Steps had been initiated to register the SPV under the Companies Act.

A senior IAS officer would be the Chairman of SPV. Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner would be the Managing Director. The Central Government would also nominate a person for it. Similarly, a number of persons, who were directly associated with the Corporation, would be made as members.

Mr. Ravichandran said a clear picture on formation of SPV would emerge within a two weeks. Formation of SPV would be completed within July. A seven sq km area in and around Rockfort temple would be the focus of area development plan of the Smart City project. It would address all issues including traffic congestion, parking, open drainages, roads and others. Chathiram Bus Stand and Gandhi Market would also be remodelled.

The Government had asked to re-modify the Smart City proposal with some changes. The re-modified plan would be submitted to the State government within 15 days.


Corporation to resume UGD work to link Ondipudur STP

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The Hindu     06.07.2017    

Corporation to resume UGD work to link Ondipudur STP

The underground drainage project appears to reach finality with the civic body planning to take up work on Trichy Road in the city.S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

The civic body will lay the underground main sewer lines for over 20 km

After many false starts, the civic body seems to be ready to complete the last leg of the underground drainage (UGD) project.

The last leg work involves laying underground sewer lines along and across Trichy Road to convey sewage from 17 wards to the sewage treatment plant in Ondipudur.

NHAI permission

The Corporation could not complete the work in the normal course because it had failed to obtain the permission from the National Highways Authority of India for laying the sewer lines on Trichy Road.

After a delay of over a year, the Corporation made an attempt sometime in 2016 but could not secure the permission.

Now, again, after six months, the Corporation was all set to resume work as it had obtained NHAI permission, said sources. The Corporation would lay the underground main sewer lines for over 20 km and ‘lateral’ sewer lines for around six km. It would cut across Trichy Road at 12 places, including near Rajaji Nagar, Kothari Layout, Vivekananda Layout and Pattanam Road. For carrying out the project, the Corporation had also paid Rs. 5 crore to NHAI.

Once completed, the Corporation would be able to convey sewage from areas north and south of Trichy Road to the Ondipudur sewage treatment plant and this would mark the completion of the project the Corporation had taken up in 2010-11 under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the sources added.


More than 1.5 tonnes collected from Ooty shops

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The Hindu         22.06.2017  

More than 1.5 tonnes collected from Ooty shops

Udhagamandalam Municipality officials conducted an awareness programme on Commercial Road recently.Rohan PremkumarRohan Premkumar  

UMC vehicles will collect the waste every week and take it to the DRCC in Khandal

After informing all 1,200 shops and commercial establishments to segregate their waste, especially plastic and dry waste, so that it can be collected and recycled, the Udhagamandalam Municipality (UMC) began collecting the waste from shops and store owners from Wednesday.

According to UMC Commissioner (in-charge), V. Prabhakaran, the response from shopkeepers has been astonishing, with more than 1.5 tonnes of dry waste being collected on Wednesday, which was then taken to the Dry Resource Collection Centre (DRCC) in Khandal and recycled.

The Udhagamandalam Municipality had ordered that all shops and commercial establishments in Ooty Town segregate their plastic waste and leave them outside their stores so that the municipality can collect them at source on a weekly basis.

The Municipality Commissioner, along with sanitary inspectors conducted awareness programmes for the shops along the Commercial Road, Garden Road and other areas in Ooty Town since last week to get their message across.

According to sanitary inspectors, V Srinivasan and M Maharaja, more than 1,200 shops from the town have been asked to segregate plastic waste and leave them outside their stores for the municipality to collect. UMC vehicles will collect the waste every week and take it to the DRCC in Khandal.

The DRCC was unveiled by the District Collector, P Sankar in January of this year. The centre hosts a plastic shredding machine, where collected plastic is shredded and used to make roads. The CSR initiative, which is being undertaken by ITC, is called “Well Being Out of Waste.”

V Prabhakaran, the municipality commissioner, has directed all shops and stores to not discard their waste inappropriately and called on all business owners to cooperate to ensure that the UMC's stated “Zero-waste policy” goals are achieved.


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