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Work on storm water drains in full swing

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Rainwater harvest structures provided at these drains

Water stagnation in the wake of the recent rain is not only a breeding ground for mosquitoes, but also a major source of health hazard to the residents of Srirangam, especially those living on the Ammamandapam Road and the Gandhi Road. But, the irony is even a short spell of rain is enough to expose the poor drainage system in the town. Realising the need of the hour, the civic body has taken up construction of storm water drains at these roads and the work has been in full swing for the past few days. The roads have been dug to a width of about three metres up to the houses, commercial complex, and private buildings, and to a depth of about one metre. The civic body has designed a plan to ensure prompt draining of the storm water and to harvest the rainwater as well.

“Provision of storm water drain is mandatory on all major roads and the corporation has designed a programme to provide it in all the needy areas,” says V.P. Thandapani, Tiruchirapalli City Corporation Commissioner, explaining the details of the work being implemented in Srirangam. As sand and other silt block the free flow of water in these storm water drains, the corporation has provided a silt drop at a distance of every 10 metres so that all the silt could be collected without accumulation. Further, rainwater harvest structures have been provided at these drains.

Residents point out that with a large number of city buses being operated on the Ammamandapam road, the splashing of storm water posed a nuisance for a few days following sharp showers. They say that the corporation should have attached priority to the speedy execution at places where marriage halls are located. “I have set up wooden planks for the marriage to be solemnised at my hall,” says R. Ramanan, proprietor of Sri Yoga Marriage Hall located on the Ammamandapam Road. The strong planks have been set up for ensuring safety for children and aged persons at the entrance to the marriage hall.

The issue was taken up at the official meeting convened by the district administration for evolving arrangements for Vaikunta Ekadasi. R. Manoharan, chief whip, advised the corporation commissioner to see that the works were completed well ahead of the commencement of the festival as a large number of devotees were expected. Mr. Thandapani assured him that arrangements had been made for the speedy execution of the work on storm water drains.

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Lack of facilities forces Ayyappa devotees to cook on the roadside

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The temple town of Srirangam witnesses a sharp increase in the volume of devotees during December and January, thanks to the Sabarimala pilgrimage season.

A large number of Ayyappa devotees, a majority of them from Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, on their annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala, arrive at Srirangam in buses, cars, vans and so on round the clock to worship in Sri Renganathaswami Temple.

In the absence of a proper parking lot, drivers of these buses occupy every inch of space available on the narrow lanes around the temple and on Ammamandapam Road. The stretch between the Ammamandapam bathing ghat and the bus stop near the police station virtually becomes a parking lot for these tourist buses.

The inadequacy in the facility for parking the vehicles has been a problem both to the pilgrims and the local residents.

A good number of devotees complain that although the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation collects Rs. 100 at the toll gate at the entrance to the Ammamandapam Road, no facility has been provided for parking the vehicles. The traffic police directed the vehicles to Ragavendrapuram where too the parking facility was not adequate.

“This parking lot is in a residential area and those in need of attending nature’s call are put to a great hardship,” says S. Amresh, a pilgrim from Hosur.

M. Sathishkumar (29), another pilgrim from Periyapalayam near Chennai, says the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation should emulate the example of the Madurai Corporation which collects a nominal toll of Rs. 50 and provides good amenities, including toilets and bathrooms, near Sri Meenakshi Temple.

The local body could press into service mobile toilets during this season, he says.

Devotees hail the Samayapuram Sri Mariamman Temple management for providing basic amenities to devotees and for parking of vehicles. The temple has earmarked a separate sprawling ground for the parking of vehicles and a similar facility should be created in Srirangam too, they say.

For the residents of Srirangam, haphazard parking of vehicles on Ammamandapam Road causes more traffic snarls.

J. Anantha Padmnabhan of Seshadripuram says that although there has been a growing increase in the number of tourist vehicles at Srirangam during the Sabarimala season, there is hardly any planning for parking them. This is a regular phenomenon every season.

Traffic snarls has been a problem at Ammamandapam Road, bus terminus and Gandhi Road. He suggests a comprehensive and permanent plan be evolved as a permanent measure.

More often, Ammamandapam Road turns into a open air makeshift kitchen, with the Ayyappa devotees preparing their meal and refreshments.

“This is our seventh annual pilgrimage to Sabarimala and we always carry the LPG cylinder, other utensils, and provisions with us. At Srirangam, we cook food on the pavements,” says K. Annamalai of Ezhusembun village near Villupuram. He says a team of 50 people, all of them agricultural labourers, contribute a monthly savings towards the pilgrimage.

P. Nagappan, Arumugam and Karthikeyan, the other pilgrims from the village, say although it is unsafe to take a cooking gas cylinder by a bus, they have been adopting the practice for the past seven years.

“We ensure quality and hygiene in our dishes and thereby bring about economy in our tour but escape any food-related health disorder,” they say.

He says it is difficult for them to get potable water for consumption and cooking. He has brought all provisions, including oil tins and flour for the week-long pilgrimage. “We need water for cooking,” he says. The problem of traffic snarls because of parking of buses cropped at an official meeting convened by the district administration for discussing arrangements for the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival recently. Jayashree Muralidaran, Collector, who presided over the meeting, advised the police to identify a temporary site in consultation with the corporation authorities for parking the vehicles.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 435336.ece


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போக்குவரத்துக்கு இடையூறாக உள்ள சாலை ஆக்கிரமிப்புகளை உடனடியாக அகற்ற வேண்டும் அதிகாரிகளுக்கு மேயர் உத்தரவு

திருச்சி: திருச்சி மாநகராட்சியில் போக்குவரத்துக்கு இடையூறாக உள்ள சாலை ஆக்கிரமிப்புகளை உடனடியாக அகற்றுமாறு அதிகாரிகளுக்கு மேயர் ஜெயா உத்தரவிட்டார். திருச்சி மாநகராட்சியில் மாநகர மக்கள் குறைதீர்க்கும் நாள் கூட்டம் மேயர் ஜெயா தலைமையில் நேற்று நடைபெற்றது. துணை மேயர் மரியம் ஆசிக், நகரப் பொறியாளர் சந்திரன் ஆகியோர் முன்னிலை வகித்தனர். அப்போது பல்வேறு கோரிக்கைகள் தொடர்பாக பொதுமக்கள் தரப்பில் இருந்து மனுக்கள் பெறப்பட்டன. இதில் சாலை மேம்பாடு, ஆக்கிரமிப்பு அகற்றம், பழுதடைந்த தெரு விளக்குகளை சீரமைப்பது, கழிவறை மற்றும் பூங்காக்கள் பராமரிப்பு உள்ளிட்ட கோரிக்கைகள் தொடர்பாக 9 மனுக்கள் பெறப்பட்டன. இம்மனுக்களைப் பெற்றுக்கொண்ட மேயர், போக்குவரத்துக்கு இடையூறாக சாலை மற்றும் முக்கிய வீதிகளில் உள்ள ஆக்கிரமிப்புகளை உடனடியாக அகற்றுமாறு அதிகாரிகளுக்கு உத்தரவிட்டார்.

மேலும், பழுதடைந்த தெரு விளக்குகளை விரைந்து பழுது நீக்கம் செய்திடவும், பொதுமக்களிடம் பெறப்படும் மனுக்கள் மீது உரிய தளஆய்வு மேற்கொண்டு முழுமையான நடவடிக்கை எடுப்பதோடு இதுகுறித்து மனுதாரர்களுக்கு பதில் அனுப்ப வேண்டும் என்றும் மாநகராட்சி அதிகாரிகளுக்கு மேயர் ஜெயா உத்தரவிட்டார். குறை தீர்க்கும் நாள் கூட்டத்தில் நகர் நல அலுவலர் மாரியப்பன், செயற்பொறியாளர்கள் அருணாச்சலம், நாகேஷ், உதவி ஆணையர்கள் ரெங்கராஜன், தனபால், தயாநிதி, பிரபுகுமார் ஜோசப், உதவி செயற்பொறியாளர்கள் பாலகுருநாதன், கண்ணன், அமுதவள்ளி, லெட்சுமணமூர்த்தி, திட்டப்பிரிவு உதவி செயற்பொறியாளர்கள் சிவபாதம், ஜெயக்குமார் உள்ளிட்டோர் கலந்துகொண்டனர்.

source: dinakaran


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Space beneath bridges to be beautified

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The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has finally decided to spruce up open spaces beneath the bridges that have come to be occupied by encroachers or used as garbage dump.

As a first step, the civic body has started building concrete parapet on two sides of the public space under the Thennur bridge and planned to raise a small garden at the space.

Soon after opening the bridges about a decade ago, the civic administrators had announced that the open space under the bridges would be put to good use as parking lot or public parks. But years have passed by without any initiative in this direction.

The space under the bridges, especially at Palakkarai and Thennur, presented a picture of squalor and neglect. Various stretches became convenient dumping ground for building debris and garbage. The space under the bridges on Thennur High Road, the Heber Road, and the Madurai High Road has been encroached upon by vendors and traders. Truck and goods van operators find it a convenient to park their vehicles. At a few places, the pillars of the bridges have become supporting structures for sheds. The space under the bridge around the Ramakrishna cinema corner near Thennur had been converted into an open garbage dump and open air toilet.

The dingy corners beneath the bridges, especially near the Thennur and Palakkarai railway crossings, have become refuges of anti-social elements, local residents have been complaining.

Corporation officials said the construction of the parapet would help prevent encroachments. “We have taken up the work at a cost of Rs. 20 lakh. Once the concrete structure is ready, we will raise a garden in the area and provide lighting. We are taking up the work on a pilot basis. Depending on its success, we will take up similar initiatives at open spaces under the other bridges,” Corporation Commissioner V.P. Thandapani told The Hindu .

Sakunthala Srinivasan, a resident of Anna Nagar, and president, Tiruchi Payaneetalar Iyakkam, who has long been complaining about the security issues arising out of the movement of anti-social elements beneath the bridge at Thennur, welcomed the initiative. “We hope the Corporation move will make the place more secure and cleaner,” she said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 420500.ece


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Solar power to light up Samayapuram temple in Tiruchi

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Three solar plants will be set up at Samayapuram Sri Mariamman temple at an estimate of Rs. 40 lakh. The move by Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Board aims at saving the bi-monthly power consumption charge which is around Rs. 5 lakh at present.

Each plant with an installed capacity of 10 kV will be set up at Ammavasai mandapam, Mudimandapam, and guest house, according to G. Thennarasu, Joint Commissioner of the temple. Work on setting up the plants would commence some time in December or January. He told The Hindu on Thursday that in addition to these three plants, it has been planned to install another plant with similar capacity at the temple in course of time.

On the ongoing development work being implemented for improving amenities for devotees, Mr. Thennarsu said that the progress of work was being monitored periodically. Work-specific deadline has been fixed for ensuring expeditious completion.

He said that work on the expansion of the northern and southern prakarams of the temple was also being executed in full swing. “The available space is being utilised fully for arranging queues,” he said. He said that the work on the five-tier rajagopuram under construction at an estimate of Rs. 60 lakh would be completed in a phased manner. The work up to basal plane (kalkaram) would be completed by December 31. Similarly, the guest house with a plinth area of 14,678 sq. ft. would be ready by December 31. Only its interior decoration and furniture-related work needed to be completed, which has 16 suits each on the ground floor and first floor. This work has been taken up at a cost of Rs. 2.20 crore.

Mr. Thennarasu said that Ammavasai mandapam with a large plinth area of 26,188 sq. ft. was constructed at an estimate of Rs. 6.1 crore. A major civil work had been completed here and only elevation work needed to be completed. A deadline of December 31 had been fixed for this work too. Ammavavasi mandapam would provide adequate protection and safety to a large number of devotees staying at the temple on New Moon Day and at major festivals.

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tir ... 404229.ece


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Corporation to take up skywalk project on BOT basis

The City Corporation has decided to appoint a consultant to design and prepare detailed project report for construction of elevated walkways at the Central Bus Stand and Melapudur in the city.

The Corporation proposes to take up the project under the Build Operate Transfer (BOT) basis and the consultant would be vested with the task of preparing a feasibility report and financial operation plan as well.

The move comes in the wake of a demand for regulating pedestrian crossing outside the Central Bus Stand and the Melapudur Junction.

The Melapudur Junction, where three schools are located, has of late turned an accident-prone zone as a large number of students converge during the peak hours.

The Corporation had earlier planned to build foot-over-bridges at different places in the city. The official resolution that was approved by the council now proposes the construction of ‘skywalks,’ which are usually elevated and enclosed walkways.

The Council also approved the hiring of separate consultants for designing and preparing detailed project report for construction of a shopping complex behind the Gandhi Market to accommodate about 100 meat and egg traders and a dormitory with associate amenities for truck drivers at the truck parking lot on the East Boulevard Road in the city.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 400190.ece


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Battered roads in industrial estate give back-breaking ride

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Visitors to the Thuvakudi Industrial Estate in the outskirts of the city are in for a back-breaking ride owing to the battered condition of the roads inside the estate.

The recent spell of rain has only worsened the situation as the potholes on the roads have turned into slush pools. Most of the interior roads have not been re-laid for years and potholes have developed at several places. Trailer lorries carrying raw material and huge fabricated steel structures to and from the estate negotiate the roads with much difficulty and have to move at a snail’s pace.

The industrial estate, promoted by the Small Industries Development Corporation (SIDCO), with about 150 industrial units forms an important part of the fabrication cluster in Tiruchi.

Roads in the industrial estate have been crying for maintenance for more than two decades. Apparently faced with financial constraints, the SIDCO has not been able to take up regular maintenance. Attempts made by the BHEL Small Industries Association (BHELSIA) a few years back to get assistance from the Union government for improving the roads and other civic amenities inside the estate has proved unsuccessful .

A few years back the industrial estate was handed over to the Thuvakudi municipality, but the civic body has not been able to improve the conditions. “The condition of the roads has remained bad for many years. We are paying property and professional tax to the municipality and hope the civic body would improve things,” said M. Srinivasan, president, BHELSIA.

When contacted, E. Kayambu, chairman, Thuvakudi Municipality, said the civic body was hampered by funds constraint and had to accord priority for improving roads which are more widely used by the general public. The municipality has re-laid a road leading from BHEL Nagar. “We do not get much funds and are doing our best to improve the situation with available funds,” he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 396333.ece


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