In an effort to improve the quality of education and enable students to continue in the same schools, Chennai Corporation will upgrade 29 more schools.

A resolution was passed at the Corporation Council meeting on Thursday. Nine primary schools would be upgraded to middle schools, and 15 middle schools to high schools.

A high school each in CPT Colony, Arathoon Road, N.P.Koil Street, Kilpauk and Jaffarkhanpet would be made higher secondary schools. The posts of assistant education officers would be doubled from five for better administration, officials of the Corporation said.

The council also decided to appoint Certification Engineers International Limited as consultant for third party quality assurance and quality control for the project to improve micro-drains.

The firm would ascertain the quality of the construction materials and supervise the works being carried out in three packages in watershed areas such as Royapuram, Otteri Nullah canal and Cooum River under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission. A resolution on the work to be taken up in the Virugambakkam-Arumbakkam watershed at a cost of Rs.6.64 crore was also approved by the Council.

Earlier, Opposition leader in the Council Saidai P. Ravi said the project to improve canals and stormwater drains was being carried out at a slow pace.

Though work order was issued nine months ago, only a negligible length of the canals has been covered. He wanted the civic body to convene a meeting of the contractors and expedite the work.

He urged the Corporation to take measures to include automobile spare-parts shops in Border Thottam in the proposal to shift the business to Auto Nagar at Appur village. Purchase of five mechanical sweepers worth Rs.2.19 crore, laying of roads for a length of 146.38 km with the government funding of Rs.60 crore and construction of concrete houses for the benefit of 230 persons under the Basic Services to the Urban Poor scheme were among the 60 resolutions passed at the meeting.

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