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Rs.132.51-crore budget for MCN

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Source : The Hindu Date : 13.06.2009

Rs.132.51-crore budget for MCN

Staff Reporter

NELLORE: The Municipal Corporation of Nellore (MCN) has presented a Rs.132.51-crore budget for the year 2009-10 here on Friday. However, the CPI (M) and the Telugu Desam Party counsellors said that the budget was a farce.

Mayor N. Bhanusri, who chaired the budget session, said the allocation last year was Rs. 109 crore and the council has given priority for drinking water, sanitation, roads, education and other sectors. She appealed to the council members to cooperate for the development of the city.

Not satisfied with the budget estimates, Nellore MLA Mungamuri Sridhaha Krishna Reddy asked the council to revise the budget. He asked why the council showed Rs. 15-crore balance in the previous budget while the employees were raising hue and cry for not paying salaries for the past four months.

The MLA appealed to the municipal engineers to take steps for conversion of open drains into storm water drains and prepare estimations for underground drainage system in the city.

MLC Vitapu Balasubramanyam said the municipal authorities are neglecting the schools in which about 11,000 students are studying. Mr. Subramanyam expressed concern over allocation of meagre funds (Rs. 19 lakh) for education in the proposed budget. He asked the corporation officials to develop the city with community involvement and set up citizen forums.

Deputy Mayor M.Venkateswarlu said though the government upgraded the municipality into corporation four years ago, sufficient funds were not allocated to the corporation and the public are forced to put up with with contaminated water, open drainages and bad roads.

TDP whip D. Subba Rao, Congress whip S.Penchal Reddy, BJP whip K. Srinivasulu, Commissioner T.S.R.Anjaneyulu, health officer P.C.V. Subba Raju and others attended the meeting.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 15:11

Corporation to launch tree census, planting of herbarium

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Corporation to launch tree census, planting of herbarium

Staff Reporter

Certificates will be given to apartment owners who have set up garbage management systems.

KOCHI: Environment protection programmes of the Kochi Corporation, including a tree census and planting of herbarium will be launched on Thursday.

The corporation and the Rajagiri School of Social Sciences will sign a memorandum of understanding regarding the tree census. The project is to conduct the survey of trees located in government land including parks, pathways and riverbanks.

Fisheries Minister S. Sarma will inaugurate the programme, which is held as part of the environment week celebrations of the civic body, at Asir Bhavan at 10.30 a.m.

A project for supporting small hospitals and clinics in the city to process biomedical waste generated by them is on the anvil.

The corporation plans to launch an awareness programme for the management of the biomedical waste. A manual for the clinics for handling such refuse has also been prepared. The manual will be released at the function, said Mayor Mercy Williams.

The corporation plans to set up a treatment plant for biomedical waste at Brahmapuram where it has established the municipal solid waste treatment plant.

The plant will come up at the land adjacent to the Brahmapuram plant, which is to be purchased by the corporation soon, Ms. William said.

Most of the city hospitals are sending their biomedical waste to Palakkad for processing.

As the project is not a financially feasible proposal for the small clinics, a few of them dump the waste along with other refuse, causing serious health concerns. The vehicle purchased for the Health officials using the fund raised by way of fine for littering the streets and unauthorised dumping of waste will be handed over at the function.

Sahaja, an all-women action group and cleaning marshals, student volunteers, for supporting the corporation in garbage management issues, will be launched at the meeting.

Certificates for apartment owners who have set up their own garbage management systems will be distributed at the function, Ms. Williams said

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:49

Five-point agenda for JNNURM projects

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Five-point agenda for JNNURM projects

Staff Correspondent

Manivannan back as special officer


2012 is the deadline for completion

of projects

DC to hold videoconference with officials daily

MYSORE: With Deputy Commissioner P. Manivannan back as special officer of the Jawaharhal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM), work on various projects under the mission is likely to be expedited.

He has outlined a five-point agenda to complete the work on various projects before the deadline of 2012.

Mr. Manivannan, who was relieved as special officer owing to the Lok Sabha elections, held a weekly meeting to review the progress of work on JNNURM projects here on Wednesday.

During the meeting, the Deputy Commissioner told the officers in-charge of the projects that he would address them daily between 10 a.m. and 10.30 a.m. through videoconference from June 18 to keep himself updated on the day-to-day progress of work on the projects.

The officers are likely to get hi-tech electronic gadgets to update information faster to the special officer. Details on the progress of work on the projects would be uploaded to the JNNURM website for the benefit of the people.

Official sources said the five-point agenda included video-conference with officers, surprise visits to work sites, 24x7 responsibilities to the officers concerned, constitution of an internal JNNURM cell and accountability of officers.

At the meeting, Mr. Manivannan told the officers that he would conduct surprise visits to the work sites to cross check the information provided by them during daily videoconference.

The officers would be held accountable and those, who did not show progress in the work on the projects, would be told to give explanation. The internal cell of JNNURM to be constituted would monitor work on various projects and keep updating the data, the sources said.

The issue of slow progress of work on some projects figured in the meeting.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 12:40

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