KERALA

Certificates in three days

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Dec. 4. The Mayor, J. Chandra, today announced a programme launched by the City Corporation to improve the quality of its citizen services from January 1, 2003.

Presiding over a meeting of the Corporation Council, she said birth and death certificates and marriage certificates would be issued within three days of application. The certificates will be sent by post if reply-paid envelopes accompany the applications.

Simultaneously, a campaign will be launched to dispose of pending files. The campaign will commence with an adalat this month to clear accumulated files in the Revenue Department. This will be followed by similar adalats in the other departments of the Corporation.

Prof. Chandra said public entry to the Health, Town Planning and Revenue departments would be restricted to a two-hour period from 3 to 5 p.m. She said this was to avoid disturbance to the employees from visitors. The Mayor said applicants for the one-day building permit scheme would have to appear in person henceforth.

The council declared the Sreekaryam- Ulloor- Kesavadasapuram- Pattom- LMS- East Fort stretch of the national highway as a model road. Moving an official resolution on the issue, the Mayor said the Tourism Department had announced an aid package of Rs.1 crore for the model road project.

The amount would be spent on beautification and installing streetlights along the road. The resolution urged the Government to release another Rs.1 crore for the Sankhumukhom- Pettah- Palayam Road.

The council approved a Rs.60-lakh project for the sterilisation of stray dogs. Noting that only the Pettah veterinary hospital was equipped for the Animal Birth Control programme, the resolution moved by the Health committee called for extending the facilities to the vet hospitals at Thiruvallam and Vattiyoorkavu.

Another resolution moved by the Health standing committee decided to acquire 3.5 acres of land in the neighbourhood of the garbage treatment plant at Vilappilsala and plant a green strip around the site. The land will be acquired through negotiation or acquisition. This follows a recommendation by the legislative sub-committee based on a petition filed by six residents in the locality citing health hazards caused by the plant.

The council approved a decision by the Finance standing committee authorising the Information Kerala Mission to construct a counter at the lobby of the Corporation office as part of the computerisation programme. The IK Mission had submitted a Rs.2.03-lakh proposal for the computerised counter.

Responding to a motion raised by the Thampanoor councillor, Satheesh, pointing out that the State Government had issued instructions to the Corporation to resume killing of stray dogs, Prof. Chandra clarified that the local body was bound by the Central Government law banning the killing of stray animals.

The meeting approved the list of beneficiaries for various welfare schemes.

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