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The East Hill- Arayidathupalam stretch has been in a bad condition for more than a month as leakage of drinking water pipes and rain had damaged the surface. Shortage of government funds and delay in getting a nod for road work were being cited as the key cause for the damaged roads.
The district collector announced the Namukku Niratham Nammude Nirath (4N) with an aim to seek sponsorship from private firms for repairing the damaged roads in the district.
"Potholes that remain unrepaired for 48 hours or more will be taken up under the 4N project," said district collector N Prasanth. The repair work of roads which the Public works department and city corporation are yet to start will also be included in the 4N scheme, he said.
The district collector urged the public to voluntarily report the potholes and seek action. Apart from swift action, timely information on the development of potholes also is important. The dry run of the project was kicked off on Thursday by Mayor A K Premajam. The East Hill- Arayidathupalam stretch has been included in the dry run.
Those who contribute funds for pothole filling work will be given publicity on a digital screen installed on the road repair vehicle. The one square metre digital screen will display the name of the sponsor who funds the repair work that particular day.
The district administration initiated the project as a Facebook post by district collector received overwhelming response. The district collector had also convened a meeting of the stake holders including contractors, sponsors, officials with Kerala Water Authority and public works department before launching the project.
All those interested to sponsor the project can contact the district administration, said the district collector. The plan is to continue the project after reviewing the success of the dry run.
Work will be carried out after preparing a priority list of roads after evaluating the flow of vehicles and the traffic jam caused by the potholes. As the Uralungal Labour Contractors Cooperative society volunteered to provide workers and instruments for the work, the work was started on Thursday under the leadership of ULCC.
ULCC director M M Surendran, Cyber Park Administrative Manager T K Kishore Kumar, ULCC PRO Abhilash Shankar were present.
Thursday, July 16, 2015
The Malabar River Festival 2015 returns ! The biggest white-water festival in Asia is back with a bang and get ready to compete with the world's best kayakers and be a part of the fast growing Indian whitewater scene. Described by many as the world's next kayaking mecca, come July, Kerala is the place to be !Posted by Collector, Kozhikode on Wednesday, July 15, 2015
KOZHIKODE: The new scheme Namakku Niratham Nammude Nirathu (4N) will be implemented on an experimental basis to mend the dangerous life-threatening potholes on the roads in a time-bound manner. In the initial phase, it will be implemented in the city.
The public can report on the potholes in their areas. “Usually the patchwork is delayed due to the technicalities in awarding the tenders. Potholes in the city have already been identified. These are the one that have not been repaired for the past 48 hours and not included in the work agreement of the Public Works Department and the Kozhikode Corporation,” Collector N. Prasanth said.
An advertisement board having a length of up to one square metre will display the name of the sponsor everyday with the tagline ‘Kuzhivazhipadu’ (Tribute to Pothole), he said.
Saturday, July 4, 2015
From a corner of a podium in a cool classroom of the IIM-K, Amina gazed at her daughter, Baby Fatima, lighting the traditional lamp. Later, she had a prayer on her lips as Fatima, confined to a wheelchair, welcomed the first batch of interns of the ambitious District Collector’s Internship Programme (DICP) that commenced on Thursday.
No better people other than Fatima along with Fatima Asla, another wheel-chair bound social activist involved in palliative care, could have done the inauguration of the two-month unpaid programme.The motto of the project is “compassion is the key.” Showing his enthusiasm and confidence in the first batch, District Collector N. Prasanth said the innovative programme was designed to tap the human resource potential of individuals from various walks of life for a socially relevant cause.
This unique experiment provides a platform for “dynamic individuals to come together and work within the government” and render professional and technology-oriented interventions. “We want people who are compassionate at heart. The programme is government-run without any payment. All will be connected via a WhatsApp group. Project assignments, deadlines and weekly reviews are some features. Of course, a certificate will be issued, but based only on performance,” the Collector said.
The interns comprising 35 youths from reputed institutions such as IRMA, IITs and IIMs have been selected after a rigorous process from the 700-odd applications the Collector’s office received.They will be guided by Dr. Suresh Kumar, Director, Pain and Palliative Care, Dr. Saji Gopintah, IIM-K and R.L. Baiju, District Judge, among others.
Certainly, the participants are in bright spirits. “I came to know of the programme from The Hindu news report. I think it is the best platform for me,” S.M. Angitha, student of Integrated Masters programme, IIT-Madras, says.
Friday, July 3, 2015
True to its motto of facilitating the development of a compassionate and professional civil society, the programme will be inaugurated by two students, Fatima and Fatima Baby, who are leading their lives after a series of struggles. The two Fatimas, one of them an undergraduate at the Homoeopathy College at Kottayam, have been chosen for the inauguration considering their achievements in spite of their physical disabilities.
“They are not only a symbol of women empowerment but also role models for the youth. In fact, the life of one has inspired filmmaker Anjali Menon to portray on celluloid the radio jockey Sarah in the blockbuster Bangalore Days , ” N. Prasanth, District Collector, told The Hindu on Wednesday. The DCIP is an unpaid multi-disciplinary internship programme for senior and junior development fellows.