Eight town panchayats were told to prepare list of essential facilities

The Directorate of Town Panchayats has prepared a detailed action plan to implement improvement works at a cost of Rs.58 crore in eight town panchayats in the southern suburbs of Chennai.

The action plan has been prepared based on the list sent by Chitlapakkam, Madambakkam, Sembakkam, Perungalathur, Peerkankaranai, Tiruneermalai, Kunrathur and Mangadu town panchayats.

They are the remaining town panchayats, around Tambaram in Kancheepuram district, after five others – Nandambakkam, Meenambakkam, Pallikaranai, Perungudi and Sholinganallur – were merged recently with Chennai Corporation

The eight town panchayats were asked to prepare a list of essential facilities required in their areas and the estimated cost of implementing the works. The quality of amenities in some of them was abysmally low, said officials of the Department of Municipal Administration and Water Supply.

They said that with the merger of the five town panchayats with the Chennai Corporation, the quality of basic amenities was bound to improve.

In order to bring facilities in the remaining eight town panchayats on a par with them, they have decided to go in for the development works.

A total of 75 roads to a length of 36 km would be improved, the most being in Madambakkam and Sembakkam – 15 each. A total of 32 stormwater drains for a length of 11 km would be created, 79 culverts built and over 1,000 streetlights installed. A sum of Rs.3.5 crore is expected to be spent to improve facilities that were part of the solid waste management projects.

Five integrated sanitary complexes would be constructed and 15 parks and playfields developed under the proposed development plan.

A sum of Rs.41.29 crore was likely to be spent to improve water supply in all the eight town panchayats.

The works would include tapping of new sources and creation of storage facilities and providing new connections, if necessary and if found feasible.

The action plan, however, does not include underground drainage project for which preliminary work began in at three town panchayats before being shelved.

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