CHENNAI: Garbage clearance and the drainage system in the city received a shot in the arm as chief minister J Jayalalithaa on Sunday sanctioned projects worth 898.78 crore, focusing on improving the basic infrastructure facilities in the newly included parts of the corporation.
Several new zones in North and South Chennai, such as Manali and Sholinganallur , where residents had complained of irregular garbage collection, will benefit, as the government has allotted 60.78 crore to solid waste management.
"The shortage of vehicles for transporting garbage forces the civic body to hire compactors and even tipper lorries," said a corporation official . The government has now allotted 42.08 crore for buying "small and big compactors, hollow tippers, hydraulic tipper vehicles and 180 machines of the latest variety," according to a press release.
The number of transfer stations is also set to increase from seven to 13, with the government allotting 18.70 crore to set up six new stations. This is expected to ease the burden on stations that have already reached their full capacity. "This will be a real blessing for the civic body because stations like the one in Ambattur have reached their capacity and cannot be used anymore," said a ward councilor.
Phase 2 of the mega city development mission was allotted 366.23 crore to relay 1,189 roads of 280 km in the extended areas of the civic body. The roads during this phase will also be developed in an integrated manner, with other facilities like stormwater drains, ducting for utility cables, street lights and pavements.
Residents in areas like Nolambur , Vettuvankani, Ramapuram and even Injambakkam will be relieved since the Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board was allotted 452.77 crore for providing drinking water and underground drainage facilities to the newly added areas of the corporation.
"We are forced to let out our sewage into vacant plots because we don't have a drainage pipeline. Every time we complain, the corporation states shortage of funds. Now they will not be able to say it anymore," said Sadiq Basha, a resident of Vettuvankani.