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“No increase in property tax for local bodies”

Staff Reporter

On their inclusion into city limit till their infrastructure is upgraded: Corporation Commissioner

MADURAI: Madurai Corporation would not increase property tax and other charges for smaller local bodies on their inclusion into city limits till their infrastructure was upgraded, the Corporation Commissioner, S. Sebastine, said on Saturday.

Interacting with participants at the first reader connect programme organised by The Hindu in association with Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry here, Mr. Sebastine said that a Rs.1500-crore proposal had been sent to the State Government for providing all basic amenities like drinking water, underground drainage and road.

Among those local bodies that would be brought under the city limits are the municipalities of Anaiyur, Avaniyapuram and Tirupparankundram, town panchayats of Harveypatti, Tirunagar and Vilangudi and a few panchayats.

Responding to participants' questions on the topic, Water Resources of Madurai – past, present and the future, Mr. Sebastine attributed the mixing of sewage with drinking water and unequal distribution to worn out pipelines, which were also smaller in size in some places. “We have already prepared a plan to replace these worn out pipelines at a cost of Rs. 140 crore. The State Government has approved it in principle,” he said.

He also found fault with some of the residents who were using underground sumps without proper regulatory measures. “In one of the cases, water from a sump of a house locked for a long period was returning to the pipeline. Along with water, maggots developed in the unused sump too entered the distribution pipeline creating problems for people of the locality,” he said.

The Commissioner said that the local body had put up reverse osmosis plants in 15 slum areas, at a cost of Rs. 15 lakh each, to ensure that the people got purified ground water for their daily consumption.

The Chief Engineer, K. Sakthivel, said that the city faced a shortage of 42 million litres of water a day as per established norms. The demand-supply gap would widen to 111 MLD in the next 30 years.

Tracing the history of water supply schemes to the city since the British era, Mr. Sakthivel said the Corporation could not draw any more water from Vaigai dam for drinking purpose. The Corporation had a reserve of 1,500 mcft in the Vaigai dam. With Periyar dam entangled in a dispute, the city would have to look to the Cauvery and the Tamirbarani for its future requirements, he added.

Chairman of National Waterways Development Council, A.C. Kamaraj, stressed the immediate need to deepen the Vandiyur tank and make it a summer storage facility for the city.

Assistant Engineer, Public Works Department, C.P. Mohankumar, said Vaigai dam had limited source of water for it was on the leeward side of the Western Ghats. The dam could not benefit much from the South West Monsoon which was otherwise most benevolent to the country.

The North East Monsoon, through which Tamil Nadu benefitted, was not as regular as the South West Monsoon.

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