Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Schools, flyovers top Corporation budget

Schools, flyovers top Corporation budget

12th March 2013 07:32 AM
The annual budget estimate of the Chennai Corporation for 2013-14 was tabled in the Corporation Council on Monday. The civic body's plans for the coming year feature a large number of projects in education and traffic flyovers, apart from a slew of measures aimed at bringing the expanded areas of the city on par with the core areas.
Reading out the list of budget announcements, Chennai Mayor Saidai S Duraisamy lined out a budget estimate of Rs 3629.4 crore in revenue and `3630.5 crore in expenditure, pegging the budgetary deficit at Rs 1.1 crore. The revised estimates for revenue in 2012-13 increased by 19.1 percent and expenditure was down by 6.42 percent over the budget estimates.
Schools run by the Chennai Corporation got a number of announcements on the academic, cultural, sports and staff fronts. High and higher secondary schools are set to get generators, while many schools across the board are set to get English, Maths and Fine Arts Labs to pique the interest of students in these areas.
The biggest announcement on the education front however seems to be the announcement that the civic body would start 10 English medium sections in Class I in 20 schools. These sections are aimed at expanding the Corporation's introduction of English education, to meet with the increasing demand from parents.
The Corporation's budget announcements also featured the civic body's plans to start the process for the construction of seven new flyovers and five pedestrian subways. Some spots that could benefit from these projects are Vadapalani, Kasturba Nagar, Kodambakkam, TTK Road. One of the major announcements was the bridge that will connect the busy Old Mahabalipuram Road (OMR) and East Coast Road (ECR), by linking Pandiyan Salai in Neelangarai and Murugesan Nagar in Thoraipakkam.
The Mayor also announced a slew of schemes aimed at the expanded areas of the city, such as free cremation and burial services, the upgradation and modernisation of 147 crematoriums and burial grounds and the issue of birth and death certificates at the respective ward offices.
Other notable announcements included the growing of nochchi plants at homes and along waterways to combat the mosquito menace, the installation of solar panels on the roofs of all Corporation buildings and the construction a multi-purpose Centenary Auditorium to mark one century of the Ripon Building.

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