Assembly announcements: flood management panel for Chennai, satellite townships to relieve congestion in cities

Chennai:

In his speech to the State Assembly on Monday, Governor Purohit pointed out that the civic body has been extended to the Greater Chennai Corporation to include 42 adjacent local bodies. “There are still gaps in basic infrastructure in these additional areas, which will be filled. The Singara Chennai 2.0 program will be launched to provide modern and world-class infrastructure and services to the Greater Chennai Corporation, ”he said.

Steps were taken to create Singara Chennai when Chief Minister MK Stalin was the mayor of the city, he said, adding that shortly after taking over the new government, the civic body began. organize meetings to discuss projects to be undertaken. Singara Chennai 2.0 would address the eight aspects of the city like health and sanitation, mobility and transportation, among others, Purohit said.

In addition, the city would have a Chennai Metro Flood Management Committee made up of experts in the fields of environment, urban planning and disaster management. The committee would develop flood control methods and design storm water drains to reduce the impact of flooding, he added.

The governor also announced that satellite towns would be developed in suburban areas equipped with modern equipment to decongest the large cities of Tamil Nadu. Regional plans would be prepared to cover the entire state. The preparation of the third master plan for Chennai in consultation with all stakeholders would be completed well before 2026, he added.

“A new model for better urban governance capacity, citizen-centered service delivery in key areas, including mobility and water supply, and for improving the resilience of cities, will be put in place,” said declared the governor.

Electricity company finances to consider

Governor Banwarilal Purohit announced on Monday that the state government will conduct a detailed strategic study of the finances and governance structure of Tangedco and Tantransco which are in the throes of a severe financial crisis.

In his speech to the National Assembly, Purohit said Tangedco and Tantransco were facing a severe financial crisis due to mismanagement in recent years. “A detailed strategic study of the

the finances and governance structure of Tangedco and Tantransco will be carried out, ”he said.

In addition, new power generation capacity would be added through the rapid execution of long-standing power projects and promoting renewable energy, including re-energizing old inefficient wind turbines, the governor said.

In addition to increasing generation capacity, the government would put a renewed emphasis on energy conservation and reduction of distribution losses using modern technology and micro-grids.

Amid complaints about frequent power cuts, the government reaffirmed that its primary goal is to ensure uninterrupted power supply to all categories of electricity consumers in the state.

MRTS feasibility study soon for Madurai, Tiruchy, Salem, Nellai

The state government would conduct feasibility studies for the rapid transit system (MRTS) for Madurai, Tiruchy, Salem and Tirunelveli, Governor Banwarilal Purohit said.

In his usual address to the state legislature, Purohit said the government will ensure the early completion of Phase II of the metro project. “We urge the Indian government to grant early approval for equity participation on an equal share basis as has been done for phase I,” he said.

The governor said the necessary steps will be taken to speed up the Maduravoyal elevated road project to Chennai Port, which has been unnecessarily blocked. The elevated road project was started by the DMK regime in 2006-11, but work was suspended after the AIADMK government alleged that building pile caps on the Cooum would hamper the free flow of water. After the death of Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, the then AIADMK government ceded to the Union government in December 2016 and accepted the relaunch of the project. However, the project which had not yet taken off with the trade union minister of road transport and highways proposed an elevated two-level road with a section exclusively reserved for port traffic.

Purohit hailed the launch of free travel for women, people with disabilities and transgender people on all regular city buses as a historic milestone that will promote greater participation of women in economic activity and increase the modal share of transport. public. “This government is also fully committed to modernizing and ensuring the efficient functioning of the bus transport system in the state,” he said.

“Students of Tamil middle schools will be given priority in government jobs”

Native Tamils, especially those who have studied in Tamil middle and government schools, would be given priority in recruiting government jobs, the state government said on Monday.

In his speech to the State Assembly, Governor Banwarilal Purohit said the changes necessary to reverse past orders contrary to this would be undertaken at the earliest. “This government will ensure that native Tamils, especially those who have studied in middle and government Tamil schools, are given priority in recruiting for government positions,” he said.

He said the state government would also urge the Union government to ensure that people in Tamil Nadu are given priority in appointments to central government and public sector enterprise (PSU) positions in the city. ‘State.

Constant efforts would be made to make children’s education universal and inclusive, added the governor: “Top priority will be given to the provision of quality education to all children who study in public schools.

“This government will do everything to ensure that Tamil Nadu reaches the first rank of the Performance Rating Index (PGI) established by the Ministry of Education, focusing on the area of ​​results and quality of education. ‘apprenticeship, where the state ranking fell. in 2019-2020, ”he said.

The governor said a mission-mode project that would ensure the continuity of education delivery would be implemented. “ICT will be exploited and refresher courses will be provided to children to compensate for learning losses during the pandemic period,” he added.

The government would continue to urge the Union government to declare Tamil as one of the official languages ​​of India and to use it as a co-official language in all central government offices, including nationalized banks. , located in the state, “To allow this, if necessary Article 343 of the Constitution should be appropriately amended,” he added.

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