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Madurai Corporation bags three national awards

Staff Reporter

For implementing works under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission

— Photo: K. Ganesan.

KUDOS: Madurai Mayor G. Thenmozhi and the Corporation Commissioner D.J. Dhinakaran (second from left) with the three awards on Monday.

MADURAI: The Madurai Corporation has won three awards, including two runner-up awards, among the 63 Corporations of the country for implementing development works under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission.

Talking to reporters, the Mayor, G. Thenmozhi, said that it was due to the tireless efforts of the officials. The awards constituted by the Ministry of Urban Development and the Ministry of Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation were for best performing city for implementation of reforms during 2007-08. The local body bagged two runner-up awards for implementation of water supply scheme and underground drainage (UGD) works.

When pointed out about the numerous complaints on the on-going UGD works in the city, the Commissioner, D.J. Dhinakaran, said that the award was for the concept of development work proposed. “It is only Madurai Corporation that has proposed to cover the entire city with the UGD,” he said. Besides, it had already prepared a detailed project report for setting up two sewerage treatment plants adopting advanced scientific methodology.

Among the reforms proposed by the Corporation were higher income tax, water charges and UGD charges with the cooperation of public. E-governance, for which the Corporation that had taken initiative as early as 2005, was also appreciated. Double accounting system adopted way back in 1993 and the proposal to provide on-line toll collection on the Ring Road were some of the better practices adopted by the Corporation, he added. A paperless office system was also proposed.

The local body which had proposed to get works worth Rs. 2,361 crore had sanction for nine works worth Rs. 966 crore. The proposal for solid waste management, lining of all the 11 drainage channels were other initiatives to make the city cleaner. The ongoing second drinking water project would be commissioned by Pongal, he added.

The Superintending Engineer, K. Sakthivel, was present.

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