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    Chennai: Metro travels long distance, has miles to go

    U Tejonmayam | TNN | Feb 15, 2021, 09:58 IST

    People take a ride on a metro train on the phase-1 extension

    When the first train whooshed past north Chennai localities on Sunday morning giving passengers a bird’s eye view of colourful single storey houses against the backdrop of the calm blue sea, a group of elderly men clad in white dhoti gave a standing ovation at Washermenpet metro station. They were not party workers cheering for their political leader but retired doctors and engineers from north Chennai expressing their gratitude for the family members of Dr S Jayachandran of Old Washermenpet, popularly known as ‘Erandu Rubai Doctor’ (two rupee doctor) who successfully spearheaded a campaign in 2008 to build a metro rail line in North Chennai.

    “We held many protests including and met three different railway ministers over the years requesting for metro rail connectivity. All our struggles have paid off,” said Dr C Veni, retired medical superintendent of MMC, and wife of Dr Jayachandran, who led the protest through North Chennai People’s Rights Federation.

    “I wish my husband was alive to see this day.”

    People, who travel by MTC buses on the congested Tiruvottiyur High Road for 45minutes from Tiruvottiyur to Washermenpet, now have a choice of travelling the same distance in metro trains in less than 15 minutes.

    Soon after the grand opening launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the mood turned festive at all the stations as residents queued up to take a free joyride. Many residents from other parts of the city boarded the trains to enjoy the elevated view of the otherwise congested part of the city.

    A group of young boys were awed at the automatic fare collection gates, which they had only seen in the movies, while the elderly stood by the escalators wondering how to use it. A woman, who was at Washermenpet metro station to take home the balloons put up, began instructing passengers on how to step on an escalator.

    “You should not place your feet on the yellow line. That’s where it folds and becomes a step,” she was heard explaining.

    For CMRL officials, however, the job is not over. Not all entry/ exit points of stations like Toll Gate were ready and the elevated station at Thiruvottiyur Theradi was still under construction. “We will get them ready as early as possible,” an official said.

    During the inauguration of the line, PM Modi said the scheme was completed on schedule despite the global pandemic. “This is in line with the boost to Aatmanirbhar Bharat… The focus on urban transport will boost ease of living for citizens here,” he said.











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      Tamil Nadu slum clearance board's online redressal portal yet to take off

      “We are still in the finalising stage and are in talks with a private consultant, who will be designing the portal. It should come out in the coming months,” said a senior official from the board.
      CHENNAI: Two years ago, the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) had announced that it would launch an online grievance redressal cell where people and those residing in tenements constructed by it could easily file complaints on issues concerning housing instead of waiting for long hours outside their office. The department, however, is yet to come out with the portal.

      “We are still in the finalising stage and are in talks with a private consultant, who will be designing the portal. It should come out in the coming months,” said a senior official from the board. The official said that they had planned to launch it last year, but it was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. He said that the cell will be launched on http://www.tnscb.org.

      Due to its absence, several petitioners and complainants said that they had to take a day off or lose a day’s wage and wait outside the board’s circle and head office, sometimes for more than six hours to get their plea heard.

      “I took a day’s leave again to come here and submit my petition for housing. I have also been trying to meet the official concerned to speak about my plight, but they are not available,” said R Kalaivizhi, a sweeper from Anna Nagar who went to the TNSCB head office last Tuesday. “If they are so busy they must find an alternative, like the portal. It is difficult to keep coming and standing all day outside,” she said.












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        Underassessed properties get bills, Chennai civic body tries to increase revenue

        An online complaint revealed these properties were underassessed and the civic body had found out about them after a Geographical Information System survey. Of 12.5 lakh properties, at least 2 lakh had been underassessed.
        CHENNAI: T M Shanmugham, of Madhavaram, R Nagasubramanian, of Alandur and many from T Nagar, Velacherry and other city areas were in for a surprise when they checked their latest property tax bills. Though they had all paid their taxes till March 2021, they still had some dues which were added to October-November period 2020.

        An online complaint revealed these properties were underassessed and the civic body had found out about them after a Geographical Information System survey. Of 12.5 lakh properties, at least 2 lakh had been underassessed.

        “We have not increased any tax. We have only charged those who have been evading taxes showing underassessed properties. All these properties were visited by tax surveyors. Also, for some others, the increase is due to the rollback of owner rebate that was offered in 2018. After the tax revision was rolled back, the owner rebate was also rolled back,” said a senior corporation revenue official.

        V S Jayaraman, a social activist from T Nagar, said it was unfair that the civic body was doing this without any notice or tax demand. “If we hadn’t checked our bills, we would have got to know of these dues only after March when we would have made payment for the next half year. Also, this GIS survey is not uniform,” he said. He has already raised a complaint with the corporation.









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          Chennai: Despite demolition notice & no approvals, building still in operation

          RTI replies in December 2020 revealed that the proposals for building approval are pending with the housing and urban development department. ​​Following inspection, officials issued lock and seal notice on February 2, 2017.
          CHENNAI: Despite the civic body having issued a lock-and-seal and demolition notice back in 2018, a residential cum commercial building in K K Nagar continues to function as an exhibition hall as TN Electricity Board has issued connections.

          RTI replies in December 2020 revealed that the proposals for building approval are pending with the housing and urban development department. The building, proposed to be a marriage hall, had deviated from the original plan in 2017 and extended its area by 228sqm.

          Following inspection, officials issued lock and seal notice on February 2, 2017. In January 2018, the Kodambakkam office of Greater Chennai Corporation issued a demolition order. Owner Bhagavathy Raj appealed to the housing department and was given 3 months to get all necessary approvals. In 2019, he sought electricity connections and was granted the same in in January 2020.

          When contacted, Raj denied that his building lacked approvals. “I have demolished the deviated parts and made corrections as per the civic body’s notice. The files for approval are pending with the secretariat and I have not violated any norms. Corporation officials have inspected the building,” he toldTOI.

          RTI activist V Gopalakrishnan stumbled upon this issue when he found that the building had encroached upon the road. “When I contacted the TNEB, I was told that since officials were not aware of the lock and seal notice, connections were issued. CMDA said the proposal is under scrutiny. The housingdepartment, in the RTI reply, said the file is pending and is under scrutiny. Metrowater hasn’t issued connections citing lack of approvals. It is a complete lack of coordination,” he said.

          Kodambakkam executive engineer Chinnadurai said he had written to the housing department on Thursday inquiring about action taken on the appeal. He added that TNEB has been informed that approvals are pending. The ground floor was for commercial purposes while the owner has sought residential permission for the first, Chinndaruai said, adding that it is the first floor that is under inquiry and not been approved.

          Recently the Madras HC warned the civic body to demolish all illegal buildings after a PIL pointed out 5,674 such structures in Royapuram zone. “There is no consolidated data on the total illegal buildings and the buildings that have been issued lock and seal notices,” said an official.

          A senior corporation official from the land and estates department told TOI: “Even at the zonal level, data isn’t be available. Unless there is a consolidation drive and the process is computerized involving all agencies, this menace would continue.”











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            Kancheepuram: 450 houses issued notices for letting sewage into lakes

            Truckers have been warned that they will be penalised Rs 25,000 if they were found dumping waste into Vaiyavur and Nathapettai lakes 40km from Tambaram.


            CHENNAI: The Kancheepuram Municipality commissioner in the last two months has issued notices to 450 houses for discharging sewage into nearby water bodies and started collecting a fine of Rs 500 from each of them.

            Truckers have been warned that they will be penalised Rs 25,000 if they were found dumping waste into Vaiyavur and Nathapettai lakes 40km from Tambaram.

            These two lakes, which are spread over 600 acres together, attracted hundreds of migratory birds like black-winged stilt, little cormorant and egret during 2020 monsoon season.

            So, National Green Tribunal (NGT) wanted authorities to check if these two lakes can be converted into a bird sanctuary. A joint-committee was constituted to look into local news reports which claimed that the lakes were used by locals to dump garbage and dispose sewage.

            The Tamil Nadu public works department (PWD), which maintains these lakes, told that sewage from the entire Kancheepuram municipal limit was treated and released into Nathapettai which is adjacent to Vaiyavur. Besides this, 450 houses in the vicinity illegally discharge waste into the lake. Therefore, it has high levels of chemicals and is unfit for drinking purpose. Water samples were collected and sent to labs for studying contamination levels. Results are awaited.

            Also there is not a single standing tree inside these man-made lakes to support nesting of water birds but for a handful of them on the periphery to support perching.

            Based on these inputs submitted by Kancheepuram collector, the joint-committee told the tribunal that it was recommended to convert the lakes into bird sanctuaries.

            However, the local authorities had installed mesh filters to prevent plastic waste from entering the lake and steps are taken to remove 50 encroachments identified in the lake area.

            On hearing this, the tribunal directed them to take necessary steps soon and formulate a separate action plan to resolve the issue of untreated sewage being discharged into lake. So far, only 30 out of the 450 houses have been provided underground sewer connections.








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              Chennai reservoirs are brimming, have enough water for a year

              P Oppili | TNN | Updated: Feb 20, 2021, 05:20 IST

              A recent photo of the Red Hills reservoir which on Friday had 3,208 mcft of water against the capacity of 3,30...Read More

              CHENNAI: The city's reservoirs are brimming. On Friday, two months since the rain stopped, the five facilities together had a storage level of more than 11 thousand million cubic feet (tmcft).

              Water managers have been continuing piped supply of 830 million litres a day (MLD) - 620 MLD in the core areas and 110 MLD in the added areas. A senior Metrowater official said that of the 255 MLD drawn from the Red Hills reservoir, 141MLD came after treatment from the Kilpauk plant, 108 MLD from the Puzhal plant and 6 MLD from the Surapet plant. From Chembarambakkam, Metrowater draws 258 MLD.

              The adequate storage levels have ensured that Metrowater needs only 36 MLD from the Nemmeli desalination plant and 85 MLD from the Minjur plant, said the authorities.

              On Friday, the Poondi reservoir had 3,101 mcft (million cubic feet) against the capacity of 3,231 mcft, Cholavaram 880 mcft against a capacity of 1,081 mcft, Red Hills 3,208 mcft against the capacity of 3,300 mcft and Chembarambakkam, the biggest, had 3,325 mcft against the capacity of 3,645 mcft. The fifth reservoir at Kannankottai Thervoykandigai in Tiruvallur had 498 mcft against the capacity of 500 mcft. Veeranam lake in Cuddalore district, from where Metrowater draws 150 MLD, had a storage of 347 mcft against the capacity of 1,465 mcft, the official said. The available water is sufficient to quench the city's thirst for a full year without any difficulty, he added.











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                Here’s a chance to adopt a vertical garden in the city

                Feb 21, 2021, 04:07 IST


                Chennai: Greater Chennai Corporation on Saturday announced that NGOs, private organisations, resident welfare associations, commercial organisations and others can now adopt 15 vertical gardens in the city. These have come up in 15 different flyovers in the city.

                GCC has removed the advance monetary terms initially there in the scheme. The organisations will be able to display their boards on these vertical gardens as per GCC’s terms and conditions, an official release said. Officials said 108 piers underneath these bridges in the city will have vertical gardens. “The project was executed at a cost of Rs 8.15 crore. Work is nearing completion,” said a senior official.

                Gardens on the flyovers which are up for the scheme are the ones at Vallar Nagar, Doveton, Pantheon Road, two on Peters Road junctions, North and South Usman road, two on RK Salai junctions, TTK Road, Cenotaph Road, two on Sardar Patel Road junction, Perambur Road junction and GN Chetty Road junctions.

                The preferred plants are those that can survive without direct exposure to sunlight, given that they will be under the flyovers, the official said. They will be green and red-leafed, on the lines of projects in Bengaluru and Nagpur where such gardens have been set up on metro rail pillars.

                Due to the pandemic, work on this project had been halted. “Since fabrication yards had not opened, we could not start this work, but it has progressed well,” the official said.

                The interesting aspect about these gardens is that plants will be watered with sewage water, that will be drawn from a nearby source on the road. Small sewage treatment plants of the capacity of five kilo litres per day would be set up, an official said. “Raw sewage is full of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium, which are necessary for plants.

                The STP would decrease the biological oxygen demand (BOD) from 400 to 30, but retain the nutrients,” the official said.













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                  Rs 165 crore set aside for facelift of city’s only marshland

                  P Oppili | Feb 24, 2021, 04:33 IST


                  Chennai: In its interim budget, the state has earmarked Rs 165.68 crore for the redevelopment of Pallikaranai marshland, the last surviving marshland in the city. Projects planned include removal of encroachments, clearing debris, formation of bund, planting saplings, extending the perimeter wall and removal of prosopis trees.

                  A senior forest official said the amount mentioned in the budget is the total allocation and that the government has been releasing around Rs 33 crore every year since 2018 for the redevelopment work. However, due to the pandemic last year, the government withheld funds and the project was halted. Work will be taken up in full swing once fund is released again, he added.

                  Despite a 2018 Madras high court order on removing squatters, there are still 550 families in Kamakshi Amman Nagar, 230 in K P Kandhan Nagar, 115 in Quaid-E-Millath Nagar, 110 in Ambedkar Nagar and 70 in Mahalakshmi Nagar encroaching on the marshland. Poor cooperation from revenue authorities and Parliament elections in 2019 hit the eviction drive. After the polls, the Covid-19 pandemic proved another obstacle. The forest department has planned to restart the drive after March. After clearing ecroachments and extending the perimeter wall, the department will lay footpaths and plant saplings on either sides.









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                    Encroachment on MGR canal removed

                    TNN | Feb 24, 2021, 04:25 IST








                    Chennai: Six houses and 18 shops built illegally on the MGR canal along Ramsamy Salai at K K Nagar were removed by Greater Chennai Corporation officials on Tuesday freeing about 200sqm space.

                    The encroachments had been causing flooding at R K Shanmugham Salai, PV Rajamannar Salai and other areas at K K Nagar every monsoon for the past four decades. The canal that is 1.6km long and 5.5m wide has been reduced to 1.5m at this stretch.

                    In 2018, TOI had carried a report on how under the JNNURM scheme, Rs 22 crore was spent for the restoration of the canal. But no wall was constructed for a stretch of 105m and encroachments were not removed for 500m along the water body.

                    Now the encroachments removed, the civic body now plans to construct stormwater drains wherever needed in the area and widen the canal to ensure rainwater drains faster. “We couldn’t construct drain in this stretch and desilt the canal because of the encroachments. These houses were located exactly where the canal begins and storm water drains connected to it,” said a senior zonal officer.

                    The civic body issued notices to the squatters 20 days ahead of the demolition. “We will provide them with houses in the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board if they are willing to shift. Most of them already have houses in other locations,” said another official.

                    The corporation also plans to demolish a private hospital encroaching on the canal this week.

                    “Now water will drain faster and there will not be any inundation in the nearby areas,” said the official.

                    The civic body will construct fences, a concrete wall and widen the canal. A missing link stormwater drain will also be constructed in the area.















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                      Underassessed properties get bills, corpn tries to increase revenue

                      TNN | Feb 25, 2021, 04:29 IST


                      Chennai: T M Shanmugham, of Madhavaram, R Nagasubramanian, of Alandur and several residents of T Nagar, Velacherry and other city areas were in for a surprise when they checked their latest property tax bills. Though they had all paid their taxes till March 2021, they still had some dues which were added to October-November period 2020.

                      An online complaint revealed that these properties were underassessed and the civic body had found out about them after the Geographical Information System survey. Of 12.5 lakh properties, at least 2 lakh had been underassessed.

                      “We have not increased any tax. We have only charged those who have been evading taxes showing underassessed properties. All these properties were visited by tax surveyors. Also, for some others, the increase is due to the rollback of owner rebate that was offered in 2018. After the tax revision was rolled back, the owner rebate was also rolled back,” said a senior corporation revenue official.

                      V S Jayaraman, a social activist from T Nagar, said it was unfair that the civic body was doing this without any notice or tax demand. “If we hadn’t checked our bills, we would have got to know of these dues only after March when we would have made payment for the next half year. Also, even this GIS survey is not uniform. In an apartment complex, how can a select few be underassessed. The civic body needs to look into this and rectify,” he said. He has already raised a complaint with the corporation.

                      The civic body which is extremely cash-strapped right now after the rollback of the tax revision, garbage cess and Covid expenditure is now looking at these underassessed properties as one of the major sources of income to stay afloat. It collects about Rs 700crore in property tax and this would have increased to Rs 1200crore had the revision not rolledback.













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