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    8-floor building in Chennai's Pallavaram sealed for violating norms

    The building, to be leased to Chennai Silks after completion of construction, had come up in just one month without building approval, government sources said.Yogesh Kabirdoss | TNN | September 09, 2017, 18:00 IST

    CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) sealed an eight-storey showroom under construction belonging to Chennai Silks in Pallavaram on Friday, barely 100 days after a fire gutted the T Nagar showroom of the retail chain, for carrying out construction without plan permission.

    The building, to be leased to Chennai Silks after completion of construction, had come up in just one month without building approval, government sources said. “The land owner applied for planning permission for a multistorey building and the CMDA sought no-objection certificate (NOC) from three agencies, including the Airports Authority of India. But, construction started in the absence of a CMDA nod, making the structure illegal,” an official said.

    When contacted, Chennai Silks managing director Manickam directed an associate of the property owner and developer, J M Amanuallah, to issue a response. M Basheer, who identified himself as an associate of Amanuallah, said, “We have received a government order from the department of housing and urban development allowing construction. Besides we have paid the development charges of Rs 4.65 crore and submitted NOC from AAI.” Planning permission was likely to be issued on Monday, he added. Basheer said they applied for planning permission five months ago after an application was rejected two years ago. However, it was not clear on what grounds the planning permission for the building was rejected two years ago.

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      New sensors to measure pollution real-time

      P Oppili| TNN | Updated: Sep 11, 2017, 12:29 IST Representative Image

      CHENNAI: Researchers at IIT Madras are planning to install low-cost sensors at different locations across the city for in-situ and in real-time monitoring of air pollution.

      Associate professor of civil engineering S M Shiva Nagendra said these sensors, embedded in a device, can be set up anywhere for they require very little space. Seven sensors in the instrument will monitor temperature, humidity, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, ozone and particulate matter.

      The present monitoring systems do not provide spatial variability. The data collected is limited to a particular site or location. Moreover, often such stations are situated in green locales where pollution levels are low. When the low-cost sensors are installed across the city, the data they record can be synchronised with information from existing systems, Nagendra said.

      The present monitoring stations were set up for Rs 1.25 crore and have a monthly maintenance of Rs 5 lakh. The system IIT-M is planning to introduce will not only be cheap but also be zero-maintenance. Nagendra said the system will be eco-friendly and will use solar power for energy.

      The team has fixed the low-cost sensors, procured from private firms, in several MTC buses and tested them. A prototype was kept at the late Abdul Kalam's memorial when it was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

      However, the project has certain limitations. The durability of the sensors under different environmental conditions, standardising calibration procedures and accuracy of data need to be sorted out, said Nagendra adding that once procured, calibration of the sensors will require one month.

      Nagendra said these monitors can be part of the Smart City programme and can keep residents informed about pollution levels across the city. Data from the devices will be directed to a mobile app that will enable residents to easily access information about pollution levels with their cellphones, Nagendra said.

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        Slum dwellers to get homes within city

        Aditi R.
        CHENNAI,SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 00:00 IST
        UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 11, 2017 03:42 IST
        Time for change:Residents relocated to areas such as Gudapakkam have struggled to earn a livelihood.File Photo Locality near Seven Wells identified for building tenements; 40 more such locations are in the process of being acquired

        In a major policy shift that could help safeguard the livelihood of the slum dwellers to some extent, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) has decided to construct tenements in Moolakothalam near Seven Wells.

        The Board has also identified around 40 localities in and around the city for resettlement and relocation of slum dwellers and homeless families.

        Unlike the previous resettlement colonies, which were over 50 km away from the city centre, some of the new localities could be much closer and within one hour of travel time.

        The move comes in the aftermath of the government’s decision to stop building tenements en masse in the outskirts of the city so as to avoid ghettoisation.

        All these tenements will be constructed as part of Affordable Housing in Partnership (AHP) as part of the Housing for All (Urban) Scheme under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana.

        Under this scheme, financial assistance will be provided for houses for economically weaker sections that are being built in partnerships by States /UTs/cities. “We have received approval for three locations so far from the Centre. Construction work will soon begin. While we have identified several other areas, they are under the jurisdiction of various departments with whom talks are underway,” said a senior official from TNSCB. Apart from Moolakothalam, slum dwellers are expected to be relocated to Manali New Town and Thailavaram in Maraimalai Nagar.

        Enumeration process

        In the phase one of the project, the Board will construct 648 tenements on 11.5 acres in Moolakothalam. In the next phase, 400 tenements are expected to be built. “The enumeration for the tenements is currently in process. Families in and around the area will soon be provided houses,” the official said.

        Around 1.48 lakh families across the city have been identified and enumerated under AHP. The Board had received approval to build over 5,000 multi-storeyed tenements.

        The Board’s decision to refrain from en masse construction of tenements in the outskirts may help ensure mixed development of relocated and host communities.

        However, those who have already been relocated to tenements further away claim their lives have been adversely affected after the move.

        “If you look at these building walls, it seems like they might come crumbling down any time,” said Vasanthi, fitting her hand in a large hole in the entrance wall at her house in Gudapakkam.

        “Our lives completely changed after coming here. My husband is unemployed, I have to be very careful about my teenage son, who I fear is getting into bad company. I do not allow my daughter to step out alone. But this is the case with most families here. There is nothing for us or our children here. The State has successfully isolated us,” Ms. Vasanthi said.

        Land titles

        A recently released report titled ‘From deluge to displacement: The impact of post-flood eviction and resettlement in Chennai’ by the Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC) and Housing and Land Rights Network (HLRN), pointed out that 85% of informal settlements did not have legal land titles and the residents are living below the poverty line.

        The report also noted that the lack of security of land tenure has resulted in the state branding most slum dwellers as “illegal occupants” and “squatters”.

        It further stated that the deliberate denial of provision of security of tenure has been the root cause of forced evictions, wherein the people are coerced by the State government to move to ghettos under the guise of ‘post-disaster rehabilitation’ and ‘affordable housing.’

        “It is important to ensure that the new sites have all the means of social and economic development and basic amenities. Else, these areas too would become ghettos,” said Anbuselvam, a Dalit scholar.

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          Rs 930 crore for storm water drains, but it may not prevent flooding

          TNN | Sep 12, 2017, 07:51 IST After the 2015 flood, the corporation increased allocation for storm water drains. But on the ground, the move... Read More

          CHENNAI: After the flood in December 2015, Greater Chennai Corporation went on an over drive to better the city's storm water drain network. It announced a nearly three-fold increase in budgetary allocation on storm water drains to tackle urban flooding. But while the steep hike, from Rs 350 crore in 2015 to Rs 930 crore in 2017, may seem like a statement of intent, little has changed on the ground to suggest that the city is better equipped to handle heavy rain again.

          Above average rainfall in July and August caught the corporation napping, with waterlogged streets indicating that the water-carrying capacity of the storm drains has not improved. Major bus routes like Sardar Patel Road, Pantheon Road and Usman Road got flooded and interior roads in several areas went under water.

          "The drains are never de-silted in time. Flooding is bound to happen" said Alandurresident Nagarajan.

          This year, the corporation has de cided to spend around Rs 10 crore to manually de-silt storm drains and has so far cleared nearly eight lakh tonnes of silt from major canals.

          Corporation sources said a "simple reason" like lack of de-silting did not explain the failure of its storm water drains. A cursory glance at the civic body's ledger for the last six years reveals that only one-third of the money allocated has been spent on storm water drains. But whatever money was used to lay or improve these drains, expected results were not achieved.

          This July, the Comptroller and Auditor General's report on urban local bodies flayed the corporation for wasteful expenditure. More than Rs 50 crore of taxpayer's money went down the drain as the report noted that the corporation constructed drains without studying basic topography. "Construction of drains with inadequate size, which without ultimate linkage to natural water bodies had resulted in inundation of roads," the report had noted.

          But according to L Nandakumar, senior city engineer and in-charge of storm water drain department, the CAG was "wrong" in not commending the corporation, especially after it was ascertained that the initial mistake had been rectified. "Not a single rupee was wasted. The drains that the report said were incorrectly constructed still serve as flood carriers. So, it has augmented our network," he said. His response typifies the attitude of the corporation administrators for whom urban flooding, and dealing with its consequences, is a seasonal headache. "We (corporation) will always be criticised regardless of the good work we do," said Nandakumar. According to a senior official, the problem crippling Chennai's flood carrier system is the city's topography."Terrain height (of Chennai) is just over five feet above sea level. A full moon day can cause seawater to surge landwards.During a storm, the tidal movement introduced by the depression can push seawater five to six kilometres landwards. When this is the case, no matter the size of the drain we construct, flood water will only recede after the tidal action settles," an official said.

          There are other manmade issues complicating the situation like letting out sewage into the storm water network. Though legislation with penal provisions exists, the corporation is not interested in punishing residents who violate the law. "More than 50% of the city residents have connected their sewer lines to storm water drains. Is it possible to fine them all," a senior official asked.

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              Rs 24 crore Mylapore temple land recovered

              B Sivakumar| TNN | Updated: Sep 14, 2017, 09:24 IST HIGHLIGHTS

              • Property worth Rs 24 crore on Ramakrishna Mutt Road, belonging to Kapaleeswarar temple, was recovered after the temple authorities evicted tenants who were living and sub-letting the place for the past 100 years.
              • The tenants were not paying the fair rent fixed by the temple and were paying pittance.
              Kapaleeswarar temple land had been given to tenants, who had sublet the property and refused to give up ownership.

              CHENNAI: Property worth Rs 24 crore on Ramakrishna Mutt Road, Mylapore, belonging to Kapaleeswarar temple was recovered after the temple authorities evicted tenants who were living and sub-letting the place for the past 100 years. With the help of the police, temple officials evicted tenants from a total area of 10,000 sqft.

              "The property belonging to the temple was let out on rent to Nallavenna Mudaliar and M Krishnamurthy nearly 100 years back and since then the two families have sub-let to householders as well shopkeepers," Kapali temple executive officer D Kaveri told TOI.

              The property is situated opposite to P S Higher Secondary School on R K Mutt Road. "We sent several notices asking them to pay rent accruing to a total of Rs 73 lakh. Mudaliar's son was in-charge of part of the property. He owes Rs 17 lakh in rent arrears," said the executive officer.

              The tenants were not paying the fair rent fixed by the temple and were paying pittance. Fair rent is a rent fixed in between guideline value and market value. "Both have not paid the fair rent for the property. The property was divided into 3 residential houses and 15 shops and the main tenants were earning by sub-letting the property," she said.

              Every now and then Kapali temple has been recovering property in and around Mylapore due to the prodding of the temple fit person Vijaykumar Reddy. In December last year, temple authorities retrieved property measuring 4,952sqft at Triplicane after the occupant failed to pay rent dues to the extent of Rs 34.12 lakh. The total worth of the property is Rs 12 crore.

              "The occupant was paying only Rs 10,000 as monthly rent for the land against the fair rent of Rs 40,000. The joint commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments department terminated the lease in 2015 as the press owner refused to pay the balance amount," said Kaveri.

              Similarly, properties on Greenways Road and Luz Church Road have been recovered in the last few years.

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                46 families evicted from Cooum banks in Chennai

                Shruti Suresh| TNN | Sep 14, 2017, 15:18 IST A woman who was evicted from her house on the banks of the Cooum in Chennai on Thursday (TOI photo by A Prathap)

                CHENNAI: As many as 46 families settled along the banks of the Cooum river at Aminjikarai were evicted and moved to Perumbakkam slum board tenements in a drive undertaken by the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC) under the Chennai Rivers Restoration Trust (CRRT).

                The civic body began demolition of the existing structures on the river bank after the families were moved to Perumbakkam along with their belongings in trucks.

                This eviction comes a few days after the GCC carried out such a drive at MSP Nagar in Maduravoyal.

                According to GCC officials, the civic body is looking to expedite the eviction activities so that families living on the banks of the Cooum can be resettled ahead of the onset of the northeast monsoon.

                The GCC has identified 55 settlements on the banks of the Cooum, out of which ten settlements have been cleared and relocated to houses built under the Slum Housing Board.

                "The families living on the banks of the Cooum knew that they would need to vacate the homes, following the damage caused by the 2015 floods. We are looking forward to carrying the relocation of families in a phased manner," said a senior corporation official overseeing the eviction activities. The civic body is undertaking work like linking of Aadhaar card, biometric verification using voter ID and ration cards at the eviction sites.

                "Bus passes will be provided to the children who have been resettled. We are working with various departments, including the education department, to ensure that the relocation process is seamless," said the official.


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                  Evicted families claim they were misled about resettlement site

                  Aditi R.
                  CHENNAI,SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 00:00 IST
                  UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 15, 2017 04:13 IS
                  At a crossroads:As many as 46 families living along EVR Periyar Salai were shifted on Thursday.R. Ravindran Those shifted from Periyar Salai were allegedly promised houses in Gudapakkam

                  It was just 6 in the morning but Sujatha had already neatly stacked all her bags outside her shanty, and was in the process of handing them to her husband, Murugan, who was loading them on to a truck. Sujatha and her family, along with 46 others who were living along EVR Periyar Salai, were all set to be carted from their houses to one of the resettlement tenements constructed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB). They were evicted as part of the Cooum River Eco -Restoration Project.

                  It was only while they were busy loading their belongings that a few realised that they were being relocated to another site and not the one they had been promised. Residents alleged they had been assured houses in Gudapakkam, near Thirumazhisai, but later came to know that they were being moved to Ezhil Nagar in Perumbakkam instead. “This came as a surprise to us,” said Sarathi, one of the residents. “Many of us had gone to Gudapakkam to check out the new place and we were satisfied. But we are dismayed now because we know how the houses in Perumbakkam are,” he said.

                  A few residents questioned the Corporation officials on duty about the sudden shift. But they were told there might have been some confusion since it had been already decided that all the families in the area will be shifted to the Perumbakkam tenements. “We had informed the residents about the relocation site a month ago. We do not know what caused the confusion. We have been very clear with them from the start,” said a Corporation official. Finally, Sarathi, like the rest, had no option but to leave.

                  None of the families were given the mandatory shifting allowance of Rs. 5,000. TNSCB oficials clarified that most families were yet to submit their identification documents and bank account details, and once the details were verified, the families would be provided with both the shifting allowance and the subsistence allowance of Rs. 2,500, which resettled families receive every month for a year. Vanessa Peter, policy researcher, Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities, called it a violation of their basic rights. “They were misinformed about the place they would be moved to. The authorities must look into this,” she said.

                  Other residents protest

                  Nearby, on Kanniah Street, over 60 families, which are to be relocated soon, were putting up a resistance.

                  “The officials came here a month ago to conduct a survey. We refused to cooperate because this land was allotted to us legally by the then Collector,” said A. Ramathoothan, a resident. pointing to a number of tax receipts. “We have been promptly paying all our taxes. How can they ask us to relocate? Also, these are pucca houses and not huts,” he said. Officials from the Corporation said that they would be relocating more families along the Cooum next week, and will also be providing houses to those who were left out in previous eviction drives.


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                    Amnesty for unapproved plots in Tamil Nadu to end in 50 days, just 13,000 applicants so far

                    Official sources said that about 6,990 applications were received in areas falling under the purview of the DTCP for regularisation of independent unapproved plotsYogesh Kabirdoss | TNN | September 16, 2017, 12:01 IST

                    CHENNAI: The scheme for the regularisation of unapproved plots in the state is set to end in around 50 days, but the response from the public remains lukewarm. Against the nearly 14 lakh unauthorised plots dotting the state, the government department concerned has received just 13,000 applications seeking their regularisation so far.

                    Official sources said that about 6,990 applications were received in areas falling under the purview of the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP) for regularisation of independent unapproved plots. “This apart, another 1,000 applications have been registered for regularisation of unauthorised layouts,” an official said. DTCP covers the entire state except for Chennai and its peripheries thbat come under the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA). A survey to enumerate the number of unauthorised layouts has found that 40,000 layouts in the state fall under the category. “These layouts comprise approximately 14 lakh plots that should be regularised,” the official added.

                    After the government launched the regularisation scheme on May 4 this year, owners of unauthorised plots were required to register through the portal by November 3.

                    S Ramaprabhu, honorary secretary of the Builders Association of India, Southern Centre, Chennai, said that around 5,200 people had so far registered for the regularisation scheme in the Chennai Metropolitan Area that comprises the city and its suburbs in neighbouring Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts. “The process of giving the nod for regularisation is yet to start and only a few hundred applicants have been advised to pay the penalty,” he said. He further said that local bodies must be allowed to scrutinize the applications and regularise independent unauthorised plots to speed up the regularisation process.

                    However, sources in the state housing and urban development department said that the regularisation scheme had different stages and the various local bodies had been assisting officials in the department with the framework of layouts. Asked about the lesser number of registrations for the scheme, the official said that steps were being taken to simplify the process, but did not elaborate on it.


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                      Chennai builder fined Rs 2 lakh by RERA

                      RERA sources said the homebuyers who filed complaints over delay in handing over the apartments have sought a refundYogesh Kabirdoss | TNN | September 17, 2017, 09:04 IST

                      CHENNAI: In the first penalty to be levied by the Tamil NaduReal Estate RegulatoryAuthority (TNRERA) after it was constituted in the state on June 22, a city developer has been slapped with a fine of Rs. 2 lakh for failing to register two projects with the realty regulator.

                      "We have levied a penalty of Rs. 1 lakh each on the two projects because they have not been registered under the real estate act," an official said. The Tamil Nadu Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Rules, 2017, mandates that ongoing projects, which have not received completion certificates, should be registered with the real estate authority. However, 450 ongoing projects across the state were exempted from the purview of RERA. Of these, 266 situated in the Chennai Metropolitan Area have applied for completion certificate with the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), while 187 in the rest of Tamil Nadu have filed applications with the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP) stating that they are structurally complete.

                      However, the two projects executed by the developer on East Coast Road near Kalpakkam and Pondur around Sriperumbudur in Kancheepuram district have not filed any such applications, sources said. When an inquiry relating to complaints by homebuyers over failure to deliver apartments by the developer was conducted by the TNRERA on Monday, the authority directed the promoter to register the projects with the realty regulator. "On Friday, the proceedings of the inquiry were approved," the official said, adding that the penalty amount was also approved.

                      Meanwhile, RERA sources said the homebuyers who filed complaints over delay in handing over the apartments have sought a refund. "The issue will be discussed in the first week of October," an official added. RERA sources said that the buyers have paid anywhere between 50-80% of the total cost. Construction for the two projects comprising a total of 1500 units had started in 2010-11 and they should have been delivered to the homebuyers by 2013 as per the schedule, added the official, citing the complaints.


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