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    Southern suburbs push for municipal corpn

    टाइम्स न्यूज़ नेटवर्क | TNN | Oct 13, 2020, 04:01 IST



    Chennai: Since the government announced formation of Avadi municipal corporation last year, calls to form a separate municipal corporation from village, town panchayats and municipalities in the southern suburbs of the city is getting louder.

    Residents welfare associations from Chitlapakkam have written to the chief minister’s cell to consider the upgradation to extend better infrastructure facilities. Similar views were echoed by residents of Madambakkam, Medavakkam and other village panchayats around Tambaram.

    In their letter to the chief minister, the Chitlapakkam residents associations’ co-ordination committee noted that upgrading Avadi into a municipal corporation is a well-thought move and sought the government to take similar action with the southern suburbs under CMA (commissionerate of municipal administration).

    “All municipalities, town panchayats and village panchayats within Chennai Metropolitan Area but outside corporation limits have the characteristics of a metro. Residents deserve better administration, quality civic services and formation of a new municipal corporation is the way,” P Viswanathan, convener of the committee stated.


    Residents complain that adequate manpower is not available with the local bodies to address day-to-day civic needs. “More importantly, no comprehensive scheme could be implemented as civic issues arise between two local bodies and they remain fragmented,” the letter stated, insisting the need to bring together all the local bodies under a municipal corporation.

    Areas in the southern suburbs include Tambaram, the gateway to the city from southern districts, Pallavaram, Pammal, Sembakkam, Anakaputhur municipalities, Perungalathur, Chitlapakkam, Tiruneermalai, Madambakkam, Kundrathur town panchayats and village panchayats such as Kovilambakkam, Medavakkam among others.

    Almost all local bodies in the southern suburbs have water bodies, but due to continued dereliction, the lakes now function as sewage draining channels as many of the local bodies lack underground sewerage system, Viswanathan said.

    The whole region comprises a mix of vastly residential, semi-residential and commercial areas and has all requisite conditions to become a municipal corporation, said K Aathi Shree, an engineer from Medavakkam.










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      Why Chennai’s beaches are at sea

      Komal Gautham | TNN | Oct 13, 2020, 05:55 IST


      To qualify as top seaside destinations, Marina and Kovalam have to be cleared of garbage and sewage

      The city may be famous for its beaches but that’s no thanks to the authorities. On paper, a lot of money has been allotted for the Marina and Besant Nagar beaches, but there’s little to show for it. And, Kovalam on the outskirts, which was considered for the Blue Flag award, is yet to see any major improvement work apart from it being cleaned often.

      The biggest problem is the water quality. Zoological survey of India’s Krishnamurthy Venkatraman said coliform bacteria is high in Chennai’s beaches. The Cooum river bringing in sewage is not helping. The Adyar too is polluted.



      “Beaches in Chennai can never become blue unless these basic issues are addressed. The first aquarium in the world was set up at Marina beach by Britisher Edgar Churstom in 1904 but it was removed in 2004 for beautification, he said, adding that recreational activity is possible on the sea shore but continental rift does not allow for any such activity in the sea.


      The civic body allocated Rs200 crore under Nirbhaya fund from the union home ministry and Rs 11crore from the tourism ministry’s Swadesh Darshan project for beautification, infrastructure development and other amenities at the Marina and Besant Nagar beach. However, the only work the corporation has done is to try to regulate the vendors on the sands, that too just providing them with fixed spots but no amenities. The tourism department has never shown an interest in the city’s beaches.

      N Ravi, a retired official of Tamil Nadu Tourism, said, “The beaches were never included in a sustained tourism promotion programme. The tourism department did some beach cleaning, installed food stalls, supported construction of pathways to get visibility. But these initiatives were never continued.”

      The civic agency has also failed to make the most of the lockdown to get the beaches ready. Though the beaches may be opened by the end of the month, the corporation is yet to float tenders to purchase new pushcarts for vendors or to set up smart poles. The police department had planned to set up 13 highmast lights at the Marina. “Due to Covid and lack of guest workers in the city, we were unable to get push carts. Also, the beach is closed so we wanted to wait for the beach to open to purchase the carts. We will float both tenders for smart poles and push carts in November,” said Meghanath Reddy, deputy commissioner. He added that the beach is cleaned everyday using mechanical sweeping machines.

      For Besant Nagar beach, local residents have opposed the beautification work under the Swadesh darshan project. “Concrete platform for a jogger’s park, children’s play area, a garden, first aid centre and other facilities are being set up on beach sand. A beach is known for its sand and concrete structures should not be allowed,” says T D Babu, aresident.

      Work on Kovalam beach had begun but was stopped due to Covid. Activists said unless sewage from Buckingham canal and at Muthukadu backwaters is cleared, the beach will never qualify for the tag. Showkath Jamaal, cofounder of Bay of Life Surfing at Kovalam beach said, improvement work began in Kovalam beach before Covid and is still going on. “Showers and toilets are being set up. However since water quality is a major criteria, it is a concern,” he said.













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        Local bodies can now approve 8-unit, 10,000 sq ft housing projects in Tamil Nadu

        In a government order dated October 13, the state had allowed the local bodies (except in Chennai) to grant planning permission to the residential buildings up to a height of 12 metres and a built-up area of 10,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors.
        COIMBATORE: Civil engineers and building developers in the district have welcomed the state government’s decision to give more powers to local bodies to grant approval for residential buildings based on the town and country planning director’s proposal. The move is expected to simplify the process of obtaining planning permission for smaller residential buildings.

        In a government order dated October 13, the state had allowed the local bodies (except in Chennai) to grant planning permission to the residential buildings up to a height of 12 metres and a built-up area of 10,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors.

        Until recently, the local bodies (except in Chennai) could grant approval for only residential buildings up to a height of 12 meters and a built-up area of 7,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors.

        As per the government order, the local bodies (except in Chennai) could continue to grant permission to the commercial buildings with a built-up area up to 2,000sqft, if they are up to stilt plus two floors or ground plus one floor.

        Public will have to approach the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for buildings exceeding the given limit, according to sources.

        Welcoming the move, S Jagatheeswaran, public relations officer, Coimbatore Civil Engineers’ Association, said the move would reduce the time taken to get the planning approval by at least 50%.

        “We had to approach the LPA officials to obtain permission for all the residential buildings that were above 7,000sqft so far. After getting their green signal, we had to approach the local body to get the clearance. It used to take a few months to obtain all the necessary approvals. By that time, the cost of rate materials and labourers’ wage would have increased, forcing us to revise the project cost,” he said.

        He said the government should have considered increasing the limit for commercial buildings to at least 8,000sqft.

        S Kanagasundaram, president, Association of Registered Professional Engineers, said the government had to clarify certain points to ensure that the public enjoy the full benefits of the move. “In the government order, the word built-up area – complete dimensions of the buildings including the thickness of the wall – is used, but in all other related orders and norms they have used the term floor space – usable space in a building. There is a difference between the both and the government should clarify the same.”

        He said presently a combination of online and manual method was used to accord the planning permission. “If it is made completely online, it would further benefit the public.”










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          Local bodies can now approve 8-unit, 10,000 sq ft housing projects in Tamil Nadu

          In a government order dated October 13, the state had allowed the local bodies (except in Chennai) to grant planning permission to the residential buildings up to a height of 12 metres and a built-up area of 10,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors.
          COIMBATORE: Civil engineers and building developers in the district have welcomed the state government’s decision to give more powers to local bodies to grant approval for residential buildings based on the town and country planning director’s proposal. The move is expected to simplify the process of obtaining planning permission for smaller residential buildings.

          In a government order dated October 13, the state had allowed the local bodies (except in Chennai) to grant planning permission to the residential buildings up to a height of 12 metres and a built-up area of 10,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors.

          Until recently, the local bodies (except in Chennai) could grant approval for only residential buildings up to a height of 12 meters and a built-up area of 7,000sqft with a maximum of eight dwelling units spread over stilt plus three floors or ground plus two floors.

          As per the government order, the local bodies (except in Chennai) could continue to grant permission to the commercial buildings with a built-up area up to 2,000sqft, if they are up to stilt plus two floors or ground plus one floor.

          Public will have to approach the Local Planning Authority (LPA) for buildings exceeding the given limit, according to sources.

          Welcoming the move, S Jagatheeswaran, public relations officer, Coimbatore Civil Engineers’ Association, said the move would reduce the time taken to get the planning approval by at least 50%.

          “We had to approach the LPA officials to obtain permission for all the residential buildings that were above 7,000sqft so far. After getting their green signal, we had to approach the local body to get the clearance. It used to take a few months to obtain all the necessary approvals. By that time, the cost of rate materials and labourers’ wage would have increased, forcing us to revise the project cost,” he said.

          He said the government should have considered increasing the limit for commercial buildings to at least 8,000sqft.

          S Kanagasundaram, president, Association of Registered Professional Engineers, said the government had to clarify certain points to ensure that the public enjoy the full benefits of the move. “In the government order, the word built-up area – complete dimensions of the buildings including the thickness of the wall – is used, but in all other related orders and norms they have used the term floor space – usable space in a building. There is a difference between the both and the government should clarify the same.”

          He said presently a combination of online and manual method was used to accord the planning permission. “If it is made completely online, it would further benefit the public.”












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            SC upholds Madras HC order asking resort owners to vacate land in Nilgiris

            A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna delivered the verdict on 35 petitions including that of Hospitality Association of Mudumalai and Chakraborty against the Madras High Court's judgement.
            • PTI
            • October 15, 2020, 19:00 IST

            NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Wednesday upheld the Madras High Court's 2011 decision asking resort owners including Bollywood actor Mithun Chakraborty and private land owners to vacate and hand over the possession of their land falling under the 'elephant corridor' to the District collector of Nilgiris in Tamil Nadu.

            A bench comprising Chief Justice S A Bobde and Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Sanjiv Khanna delivered the verdict on 35 petitions including that of Hospitality Association of Mudumalai and Chakraborty against the Madras High Court's judgement.

            Writing for the bench, Justice Nazeer took note of objections of some resort owners and land owners with regard to variance in acreage of the elephant corridor as notified by the impugned Government Order (GO) and the actions of acquisition taken by the District Collector of Nilgiris.

            It said there has been allegation of "substantial variance between the acreage recommended for acquisition by the Expert Committee Report and the acreage in the impugned GO" and appointed a three-member Inquiry Committee headed by Justice K Venkatraman, former judge of the Madras High Court, to deal with grievances.

            The top court, in its judgement dealt with various aspects related to the existential crisis being faced by elephants and said, "despite being a figure of traditional cultural reverence, today the elephant species is severely threatened in India."

            "The crux of the problem is one that affects all wildlife in the country: land. As India's human population has grown exponentially in the past several decades, so has its demand for resources. At its essence, that demand boils down to the requirement for more land - for agriculture to grow more food and for construction of roads, dams, mines, railways and housing. This demand for land has led to the degradation and fragmentation of the country's forest cover," it said.

            The high court had upheld the validity of the Tamil Nadu Government Notification of 2010 which had notified an 'Elephant Corridor' in the Sigur Plateau of Nilgiris District and has further directed resort owners and other private land owners to vacate and hand over the vacant possession of the lands falling within the notified elephant corridor to the District Collector, Nilgiris.

            Dealing with the objections of those opposed to the elephant corridor and its consequences, the top court said the constitutional provisions "give a clear mandate to the state to protect and improve the environment and to safeguard the forests and wildlife of the country.

            "It is the duty of every citizen of India to protect and improve the natural environment including forests and wildlife and to have compassion for living creatures. The Precautionary Principle makes it mandatory for the State Government to anticipate, prevent and attack the causes of environmental degradation.

            "In this light, we have no hesitation in holding that in order to protect the elephant population in the Sigur Plateau region, it was necessary and appropriate for the state government to limit commercial activity in the areas falling within the elephant corridor," the judgment said.

            It then dealt with submissions that the scientific accuracy of the Expert Committee's Report, which earmarked the single elephant corridor in Nilgiris, was "at odds with authoritative scientific publications."

            "It has been argued by the appellants that their resorts and other establishments do not fall within the historic corridors identified in these publications. We see no reason to interfere with the above factual findings of the High Court and also do not find fault in the State Government's adoption of the recommendations of the High Court-appointed Expert Committee, through the impugned G.O.," it said.

            It then dealt with last submissions of land and resort owners that there has been substantial variance between the acreage recommended for acquisition for the corridor by the Expert Committee and the acreage mentioned in the GO.

            "We are of the view that it is just and proper to hold an inquiry to establish the veracity of the factual objections of the appellants," it said.

            The bench appointed a three member panel to which Ajay Desai, consultant to World Wide Fund for Nature-India and Praveen Bhargava, Trustee of Wildlife First and Former Member of National Board for Wildlife, are the other two members.

            "The State Government is directed to consult the Chairman of the Inquiry Committee and pay remuneration to him and the other Members of the Inquiry Committee. Further, we direct the State Government to provide appropriate secretarial assistance and logistical support to the Inquiry Committee for holding the inquiry within four weeks from today," it said.

            The state government and the district level authorities are directed to provide their full cooperation and produce any and all files/documents required by the Inquiry Committee to address the grievances of the appellants and any other persons claiming to be similarly aggrieved, it said.

            Land and resort owners and others claiming to be aggrieved by the GO and subsequent actions are permitted to file objections containing their grievances before the Inquiry Committee within a period of four months from today, it said.

            The high court had observed that some of the persons had built dwelling houses on their lands, some of them have encroached upon government lands and put up constructions and some of them are cultivating the said lands falling under the elephant corridor.












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              Tamil Nadu's deputy CM reviews TNHB projects in Chennai

              While reviewing the progress of these projects, Panneerselvam directed the officials to complete the projects within the scheduled deadlines.
              CHENNAI: Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam, who holds the housing and urban development portfolio, on Tuesday reviewed projects executed by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) in Chennai.

              According to a press release, the TNHB is executing 40 self-finance housing projects comprising 26,903 (apartment) units, three residential cum commercial complexes, 38 plot development schemes, 22 commercial complexes and 10 rental housing projects for government employees.

              While reviewing the progress of these projects, Panneerselvam directed the officials to complete the projects within the scheduled deadlines.

              Housing and urban development secretary Rajesh Lakhoni, TNHB managing director B Murugesh and senior officials from TNHB participated in the meeting.









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                Chennai: Why rainwater doesn’t go down stormwater drains


                Komal Gautham | TNN | Updated: Oct 22, 2020, 05:50 IST

                The corporation is adding new drains to the city, but the structures are being built in isolation


                CHENNAI: Greater Chennai Corporation is on the verge of completing a `440cr stormwater drain project that began in 2018 as part of many measure post the 2015 floods. However, the civic body has been working without a map of the entire network of drains in the city.

                Engineers said they have used on-site knowledge and the detailed project report submitted by Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited (TUFISL). But they are not sure if all these drains are interlinked and connected to rivers and ponds.

                “Every drain project is taken up at the ward level and the local engineer and contractor execute it. We were given detailed project report after TUFISL conducted a study on the entire network with a consultant. Post the 2015 floods, the monitoring officers appointed by the state government conducted a field study. That report and TUFISL study were used to execute the construction of the drain,” said a senior official.




                Since last July, about 250km of drain network has been added to the city’s existing 1894km line. On Sunday and Tuesday, however, when heavy rain lashed the city, the newly constructed drains around the Express Avenue mall were of no use. Drains along interior roads in Madipakkam, Thiruvanmiyur and Kodambakkam came a cropper.

                While roads often get flooded as drain inlets are blocked by garbage, that’s not the sole reason. Every drain is constructed individually at the ward level with the gradient and slope based on the prerogative of the area engineer and contractor.

                “They have information such as length, width and height but not other details such as utilities, slope, connection to the other drain. Interlinking of drains is done separately,” said a ward-level engineer. Sometimes, a drain on one road is part of one package and the other drain located in the adjacent street will be constructed several months later in another package with a different gradient. “Whether each drain is connected to a nalla, canal or river is not known to the civic body,” said an official.

                While the quality of the drains has improved after project management consultants were appointed, the gradient, slope and design of the drain are not monitored at the headquarter level rendering them useless during heavy rain. “The decisions are taken at the lower level at the sites,” said an official.

                TUFISL, the funding agency for the project completed the detailed project report for each basin - Kovalam, Kosasthalaiyar and Cooum - but separately. It did not hand over micro level drawings to the corporation. When TOI contacted an official at TNUIFSL, he said they created designs for separate basins. Whether they work when interlinked, he wasn’t sure.

                A senior corporation official said they will appoint a consultant to study the entire drain network and prepare the map. “One cannot say the entire project is useless. Experts have studied the project and the reports have been submitted. Many areas do not report flooding,” said Meghanath Reddy, deputy commissioner, works (incharge).












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                  DLF pre-leases 7.7 lakh sq ft space in Chennai to Standard Chartered GBS

                  "We have signed an anchor leasing deal with Standard Chartered GBS for our upcoming office building at DLF Downtown," DLF's Managing Director (Rental Business) Sriram Khattar said.
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                  • Updated: October 21, 2020, 17:22 IST

                  NEW DELHI: Realty major DLF's rental arm has given on lease 7.7 lakh sq ft office space to Standard Chartered GBS in an upcoming commercial tower in Chennai to be constructed at a cost of around Rs 450 crore, a senior company official said on Wednesday. DLF Cyber City Developers Ltd (DCCDL), which is a joint venture between DLF and Singapore sovereign wealth fund GIC, has leased the space in its commercial project 'DLF Downtown' at Taramani in Chennai being developed with a total investment of Rs 5,000 crore.

                  "We have signed an anchor leasing deal with Standard Chartered GBS for our upcoming office building at DLF Downtown," DLF's Managing Director (Rental Business) Sriram Khattar told .

                  Khattar said this is one of the largest office space leasing deals in recent times.

                  "We will be developing a built-to-suit office building of 10 lakh sq ft leasable area in this project. We have pre-leased 7.7 lakh sq ft space to Standard Chartered GBS as an anchor tenant. It is an endorsement of our quality development and project site," he said.

                  The construction of the prime office tower is expected to start in January 2021 and will be completed in 36 months, Khattar said, adding that the total cost would be around Rs 400-450 crore.

                  Standard Chartered Bank's wholly-owned subsidiary Standard Chartered Global Business Services (GBS) office in DLF Downtown will be its largest campus globally. It may take the remaining space in this 10 lakh sq ft building at a later stage.

                  Asked about the rental, he declined to comment.

                  But, property consultants said the leasing deal could have been struck at Rs 85-90 per sq ft per month, generating an annual rental income of about Rs 85 crore.

                  "We welcome Standard Chartered GBS to our family and will do our best to develop a landmark building while ensuring the safety and wellness of SCB employees. We will continue our passionate journey of providing safe and sustainable workspaces matching global standards," Khattar said.

                  He said India's office market is slow currently with corporates looking to conserve cash and deferring expansion plans, but the sentiments will improve from early next year.

                  Amit Grover, Executive Director, DLF Offices, said, "This strategic partnership is a testament to the success of our vision of new-age workplaces."

                  DLF Downtown project is spread over 27 acres and has a total leasable area of 68 lakh sq ft, largely office space with some retail portion. Around 25 lakh sq ft built-up area is under construction in this project.

                  In December 2017, DLF had formed a joint venture with GIC after its promoters sold their entire 40 per cent stake in the DCCDL for nearly Rs 12,000 crore.

                  This deal included sale of 33.34 per cent stake in DCCDL to GIC for about Rs 9,000 crore and buyback of remaining shares worth about Rs 3,000 crore by the DCCDL.

                  At present, the DCCDL has 33 million sq ft of office and retail portfolio, generating a total rental income of Rs 3,500 crore annually.











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                    No power to buildings sans completion papers: Madras HC

                    The state government on April 16, 2018, issued an order making building completion certificate mandatory for providing regular utility connections like electricity, water and sewage.
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                    CHENNAI: Buildings that do not have completion certificates cannot get electricity connections, as the Madras high court has stayed Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s (Tangedco) order withdrawing the requirement.

                    The state government on April 16, 2018, issued an order making building completion certificate mandatory for providing regular utility connections like electricity, water and sewage. Tangedco issued a memo dated May 14 this year to all of its field officers to insist on building completion certificates for providing new service connections.

                    After following the rule for four months, all of a sudden on October 6, Tangedco issued a memo withdrawing the order.

                    Assailing the withdrawal done without any rhyme or reason or any legal or factual basis, a public interest writ petition was filed by Coimbatore Consumer Cause, a consumer rights organisation, saying completion certificate was made mandatory for electricity connection after a series of directions from the high court.

                    On Thursday, admitting the PIL, a vacation bench of Justice V Parthiban and Justice G R Swaminathan stayed the Tangedco’s withdrawal order. The bench has also directed the Tamil Nadu government and Tangedco to file their detailed counter to the PIL.

                    The petitioner-organisation said that the order withdrawing the rule is not only cryptic but also has no reason whatsoever assigned to recall the earlier instructions issued, which were based on the directives of this high court and the statutory provisions of the Tamil Nadu Combined Development and Building Rules, 2019, that came into force from February 4, 2019.

                    “The withdrawal memo is also an attempt to set at naught the statutory provisions notified by the state government brought in to rein in the illegal encroachments and the unauthorised constructions galore in the state which undermines the core concept of rule of law,” the forum said.

                    Asserting that Tangedco is also an instrumentality of the state, the petitioner contended that it is bound by the law enacted by the state government and has no power or authority to nullify the statutory provisions by refusing to implement the relevant rules.










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                      Tamil Nadu government sits idle over Rs 3,700 crore construction workers' welfare fund

                      On September 21, former RBI governor C Rangarajan-headed panel submitted a report recommending the Edappadi K Palaniswami government to use the fund to help workers financially and stimulate the state's economic revival.
                      CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government is sitting idle over Rs 3,700 crore construction labourers' welfare fund which was generated by collecting cess from the construction industry.

                      On September 21, former RBI governor C Rangarajan-headed panel submitted a report recommending the Edappadi K Palaniswami government to use the fund to help workers financially and stimulate the state's economic revival. Representatives from the construction industry and the labour fronts also echoed the same. The Madras high court had also questioned the lacklustre approach of the government in utilising the welfare fund.

                      But the government remains non-committal in making use of the available resources. A senior bureaucrat in the labour department said the fund is already being used, but there were "very strict guidelines laid down" by the Supreme Court in using the money. Another official also aired the same view and said the guidelines restrict them from liberal use of the fund. "When the government can give financial support of 1,000 from the welfare fund with a single order to members of the board, what stops it from enhancing the aid to Rs5,000?" said former chairman of the welfare board Ponkumar.

                      The welfare board had collected Rs3,746 crore through cess between December 2013 and July 2020. However, the fund was not used promptly. "With the available fund, the government can give 5,000 twice to each of construction worker in the state. It will stimulate the state's economy," he said.

                      However, the government issued orders of financial support of 1,000 along with relief kits to members who renewed their membership. The government extended the package twice, but it reached around 70% of the targeted group. "The court has passed an interim order, directing the government to cover all the registered members under the financial support scheme. But the government did not materialise the court order till date," said Ponkumar, citing the Madurai bench of the HC's interim order on August 6.

                      Credai has represented the issue and written letters to the CM, labour minister and senior bureaucrats to use the fund to build confidence among the workforce. "The fund is the industry's contribution to the labourers' welfare. If it used to help labourers, it will bring a lot of positivity. It will help build confidence among them and send a message that the system will take care of them in tough times," chairman of TN unit of Credai S Sridharan said.










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