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Inaugural session: Speaker R. Avudaiyappan, second from left, inaugurating a medical camp in Tirunelveli on Saturday.
Inaugural session: Speaker R. Avudaiyappan, second from left, inaugurating a medical camp in Tirunelveli on Saturday.

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‘Service at doorstep’ launched

TIRUNELVELI: To serve its residents at their doorstep in the best possible manner, the Corporation on Saturday launched the ‘Makkalai Naadi Maanakaraatchi’ scheme.

Presiding over the meeting, Mayor A.L. Subramanian said the Corporation was likely to get nearly Rs.20 crore from the Union Government to ensure development of 69 slums under its jurisdiction by providing adequate shelters and basic infrastructure to the slum dwellers under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development Programme.

Through a cluster approach, the IHSDP aims at providing better shelter and basic amenities to the urban slum dwellers living in dilapidated conditions. The components for assistance under this scheme will include all slum improvement, upgrading, relocation programmes, besides upgrading, constructing houses and creating infrastructure such as water supply, roads, streetlights, solid waste management, toilets, underground drainage etc.

While SC, ST, BC, OBC, physically handicapped beneficiaries and other weaker sections will have to give their contribution of 10 per cent, others will have to give 12 per cent for improving their shelters or constructing it afresh. To improve supply of protected drinking water to residents of these neglected areas, the civic body has sought assistance for laying distribution pipelines and construction of overhead tanks.

“Weak Corporation”

Mr. Subramanian said the “financially weak Corporation”, which was unable to give its share of 50 per cent of the total outlay of Rs.52 crore for the underground drainage programme, had sent repeated reminders to the Union Government in this connection and had appealed the Centre to give cent per cent subsidy to this scheme, designed to protect the perennial Tamirabharani from being polluted.

Speaker R. Avudaiyappan said the Corporation should conduct ‘Makkalai Naadi Maanakaraatchi’ programme twice a month so that the officials could serve the public in the most effective fashion.

Tirunelveli MP R. Dhanushkodi Adityan, Tirunelveli MLA N. Maalairaja, Deputy Mayor K. Muthuramalingam, chairpersons of four zones of Tirunelveli Corporation and others participated in the meeting.

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