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Corporation to focus on improving infrastructure, beautifying city

Special Correspondent

MYSORE: The Mysore City Corporation (MCC) will take up a slew of projects to improve infrastructure as well as beautify the city.

The projects are being taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) and the special grant of Rs. 100 crore sanctioned by the Chief Minister.

Mayor Ayub Khan told presspersons here on Tuesday that the Union Government had approved the proposal to take up the solid waste management programme at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 crore. The MCC proposes to procure 168 auto-tippers, 480 push-carts and augment the handling capacity of the solid waste management plant from 200 tonnes to over 400 tonnes.

The MCC will also procure 207 new garbage containers and replace the open containers used to move garbage by closed-door vehicles, while incinerators will be established to dispose of the carcass of animals and birds. The MCC plans to revive self-help groups for training the public and disseminating information on segregation of garbage at source, he added.

The Mayor said the Union Government had recently approved “in principle” the project on improving the stormwater drain system in the city which would cost Rs. 347 crore apart from clearing the Kabini drinking water project which will cost Rs.150 crore.

On the projects to be taken up under the Chief Minister’s special grant of Rs. 100 crore, the Mayor said Rs.15 crore would be spent on beautification of Sayyajir Rao Road and the palace surroundings. A sum of Rs.5 crore would be spent on beautifying the roads surrounding the Karanji Nature Park, said the Mayor.

The urban greenery project entails development and beautification of 53 parks for which a proposal has been sent to the State Government for its approval. Three underpasses will be constructed at Dhanavantri Road and near K.R. Circle. The MCC has also proposed to beautify the lakes in the city..

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