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    Chennai corporation to reduce length of drain work, cut cost

    Komal Gautham / TNN / Sep 6, 2021, 06:19 IST


    Retteri lake is among 11 drainage points for the Kosasthalaiyar basin integrated storm water drain network

    CHENNAI: The city corporation will use a ‘simulation tool’ to ensure mistakes made in the estimates for the ₹2,470 crore Kosasthalaiyar basin integrated storm water drain network are corrected, reducing at least 100km of work and 10% of the total cost, after a review to be completed in a month.

    The consultant will study the topography and upload it onto the software to simulate the network and analyse where drains are required and where there are not. It will ensure every drop of water entering the network will drain into one of the 11 disposal points including the Korattur lake, Ambattur lake, Retteri Lake, Puzhal lake, Buckhingham canal and Otteri Nullah and the various surplus channels constructed by the public works department. Along the 784km network, existing brick and mortar drains will be replaced with concrete structures along 170km.

    Deputy commissioner (works) S Prasanth said the civic body had been studying the network using its engineers but had asked the consultant to study the hydrology and topography of the area.

    “Some basic concerns were that gradient and invert levels were not studied and slopes were not marked. Some drains were newly constructed recently and we wanted to either remove them or include them in the network, exclude drains in sandy regions where percolation happens naturally and also construct drains in newer locations where the water was in reverse flow. In another 30 days, we will finalise this,” he said.

    The project has eight major lakes and 75 minor tanks as disposal points and the task is to ensure the entire network will be connected such that there will be no water stagnation at any point and the water is drained into the nearest water body. Even in locations where drains are not required, gutters will be built on road sides. New drains will be included based on the requirement, said an official.

    The project had been criticized for several irregularities including using old designs, lack of gradient study and escalated costs in preparation of estimates. Contractors have cried foul. “We paid commissions to politicians and officials in 2020 and also to those now in charge, apart from the 1% earnest money deposit. They cannot just cancel or remove projects,” said a contractor who didn’t want to be named.











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      Property registrations in Tamil Nadu under SIT lens

      The state government will also set up a high-level committee to restructure the guideline value for registration of sale deeds of properties to set right the discrepancies.
      CHENNAI: Alleging large-scale irregularities in registration of immovable properties “in the past”, the DMK government on Monday announced the setting up of a special investigation team to probe and submit a report to the government.

      The state government will also set up a high-level committee to restructure the guideline value for registration of sale deeds of properties to set right the discrepancies.

      The guideline value saw a sharp hike in 2012 and subsequently, it was cut by 33% by the previous AIADMK regime.

      Replying to the debate on demand for grants for commercial taxes and registration department, minister P Moorthy said there were continuous complaints from the public about the registration of fake documents, unrecognised plots and loss to the exchequer.

      “Setting right the wrongs of the past and ensuring that no wrongdoings occur in the future is a big challenge for the registration department,” the minister said.

      “We have come to know of instances of fraudulent registration by people impersonating landowners staying in other states and countries and those who passed away, creation of fake pattas, selling properties to more than one person, grabbing of properties citing missing documents and improper sharing of properties among siblings. Based on the report of the SIT, legal action will be initiated against the culprits,” Moorthy said. The initiative will cost the government 80 lakh this fiscal and 2.20 crore towards recurring expenditure.

      The authorities have come upon cases of registration of wetland, government poromboke land, temple and Wakf board properties in the name of private individuals. The affected public faced difficulties with no avenues to cancel the documents and have been sending petitions to the government now. The state government has passed a Bill to amend The Registration Act, 1908, inserting provisions to empower the registrar to cancel the registration, and imposing penalty and three-year imprisonment for the officer who register through forged sale deeds. Moorthy said the public grievance redressal camps will be held on Mondays in zones by deputy inspector general and district registrar in every district.

      The government will also take up delimitation of village panchayats and the revenue villages for the benefit of sub-registrar offices. Under ease of doing business, the government integrated the services of encumbrance certificate, certified copy of the document, registration of societies and registration of partnership firms with the ‘single window portal’ of the Guidance Bureau from July. Murthy said the government proposed online registration of documents relating to deposit of title deeds with banks and rental agreement for the benefit of investors.








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        Squatters stay put as Greater Chennai Corporation turns a blind eye

        Komal Gautham / TNN / Updated: Sep 6, 2021, 07:59 IST


        Cement structures built to house shops encroach upon public space on busy Velachery Main Road

        CHENNAI: The civic body receives at least 10 complaints a day about residential, commercial and religious premises encroaching upon public property and all it does is issue notices, say activists. In some cases, involving hotels and big commercial establishments, cases drag on for decades in courts.

        Greater Chennai Corporation does not even have a consolidated number of the actual encroachments on its land. "It is taken care at the zonal level," said one official. A drive has begun to reclaim OSR (open space reservation) land and field inspections of 700 such plots will begin in coming months. There are about 39,000 streets under the civic body.

        The corporation received 3,096 complaints about encroachments in 2018 and 3,369 in 2019. In 2020, due to the pandemic, the number of complaints fell to about 2,000. A TOI visit to KK Nagar and Velachery found many buildings including political party offices, eateries and residences blatantly encroaching on roads.

        Gopalakrishnan V, a KK Nagar-based activist who sent more than 100 complaints in the past four years on such encroachments, said they were mostly shops extending on to streets and pavements. "On Anna Main Road, several shops and temples encroach on streets."

        Encroachments on corporation land thrive as agencies such as Tangedco provide connections to the illegal structures, say activists, adding that the CCMC Act, 1919, and the Public Premises Act, 1971, are outdated and require amendments.

        Sandhya V of Anna Nagar said car showrooms and temples block entire footpaths and take over streets. "We have no place to walk. Despite the Madras high court coming down on government officials for failing to remove illegal buildings, there is no action," she said.

        Jayaram Venkatesan, convenor of anti-graft outfit Arappor Iyakkam, said land sharks and land mafias misuse government policies on such land. "In fact, the poor end up paying rents and commissions to politicians and land mafias to stay on government land," he said.













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          Property registrations in Tamil Nadu under SIT lens

          The state government will also set up a high-level committee to restructure the guideline value for registration of sale deeds of properties to set right the discrepancies.
          CHENNAI: Alleging large-scale irregularities in registration of immovable properties “in the past”, the DMK government on Monday announced the setting up of a special investigation team to probe and submit a report to the government.

          The state government will also set up a high-level committee to restructure the guideline value for registration of sale deeds of properties to set right the discrepancies.

          The guideline value saw a sharp hike in 2012 and subsequently, it was cut by 33% by the previous AIADMK regime.

          Replying to the debate on demand for grants for commercial taxes and registration department, minister P Moorthy said there were continuous complaints from the public about the registration of fake documents, unrecognised plots and loss to the exchequer.

          “Setting right the wrongs of the past and ensuring that no wrongdoings occur in the future is a big challenge for the registration department,” the minister said.

          “We have come to know of instances of fraudulent registration by people impersonating landowners staying in other states and countries and those who passed away, creation of fake pattas, selling properties to more than one person, grabbing of properties citing missing documents and improper sharing of properties among siblings. Based on the report of the SIT, legal action will be initiated against the culprits,” Moorthy said. The initiative will cost the government 80 lakh this fiscal and 2.20 crore towards recurring expenditure.

          The authorities have come upon cases of registration of wetland, government poromboke land, temple and Wakf board properties in the name of private individuals. The affected public faced difficulties with no avenues to cancel the documents and have been sending petitions to the government now. The state government has passed a Bill to amend The Registration Act, 1908, inserting provisions to empower the registrar to cancel the registration, and imposing penalty and three-year imprisonment for the officer who register through forged sale deeds. Moorthy said the public grievance redressal camps will be held on Mondays in zones by deputy inspector general and district registrar in every district.

          The government will also take up delimitation of village panchayats and the revenue villages for the benefit of sub-registrar offices. Under ease of doing business, the government integrated the services of encumbrance certificate, certified copy of the document, registration of societies and registration of partnership firms with the ‘single window portal’ of the Guidance Bureau from July. Murthy said the government proposed online registration of documents relating to deposit of title deeds with banks and rental agreement for the benefit of investors.









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            About 1.5 lakh patta applications disposed of every month: Tamil Nadu govt tells HC

            As per the status report submitted by the commissioner of survey and settlement, the number of applications pending for disposal as on October 1 2020, was 5,76,771.
            MADURAI: The state government has informed the Madras high court that effective steps are taken to dispose of the pending patta transfer applications, in compliance with the earlier order of this court.

            As per the status report submitted by the commissioner of survey and settlement, the number of applications pending for disposal as on October 1 2020, was 5,76,771. Of these, 4,77,474 applications have already been disposed of and 99,297 are pending. Similarly, from October 10, 2020 to March 31, 2021, a total of 8,81,269 applications have been received, of which 8,62,787 (98%) have been disposed of in spite of the election duty assigned to the survey staff in taluk offices.

            As of April 1, 2021, a total of 5.95 lakh applications are pending. With the current manpower, the maximum of 1.5 lakh applications could be disposed per month. However, around 1.5 lakh new applications are received every month. In order to clear the backlog (5.95 lakh pending applications) in six months time, around 2.5 lakh applications have to be disposed of every month.

            Following the implementation of automatic mutation of not involving sub-division (NISD) applications, the work burden on the VAOs has been considerably reduced. If they are engaged in the disposal of involving sub-division (ISD) applications as per a GO, their disposal can be increased to 2.5 lakh per month. By this process, the 5.95 lakh pending applications can be disposed of in six months. However, for implementing the same, the interim stay granted by the principal seat has to be vacated. A vacate stay petition has already been filed in this regard, said the report.

            Taking cognizance, justice Krishnakumar observed that insofar as the other directions are concerned, the commissioner of land administration department has not filed a status report. Since the state sought time to file status report by furnishing all the details of the pending and disposal of the applications upto July 2021.

            In October 2020, justice D Krishnakumar who took serious note of the pendency of lakhs of patta transfer applications for several years, had issued a slew of directions to the state government to dispose of such applications before March 2021.








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              Tamil Nadu: How two U-turns can do away with flyovers & save Rs 110 crore


              Ram Sundaram / TNN / Sep 14, 2021, 08:02 IST


              New roundabouts can be created near National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and the main entrance of TIDEL Park.

              Crores of rupees have been spent over the years to ease congestion along Old Mahabalipuram Road, but none of the ‘solutions’ has been permanent and the chaos increases by the day. The Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), which laid OMR and maintains it, is constructing U-shaped flyovers at the key junctions of TIDEL Park and SRP Tools at ₹110 crore, while a simpler remedy, according to filmmaker Suresh Menon, can be done at just ₹5 crore.

              Menon, instrumental in implementing the traffic island plan in front of Raj Bhavan and at a few other places, says widening roads at the two places and introducing U-turns at the widened ends will suffice.

              New roundabouts can be created near National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and the main entrance of TIDEL Park, unused government land at these spots ensuring that no money need be spent on land acquisition, he said.

              Motorists from Thoraipakkam wanting to turn right to Thiruvanmiyur can go a few hundred metres ahead and take a U-turn around the roundabout opposite TIDEL Park and then turn left. Those from Thiruvanmiyur wanting to turn right towards Madhya Kailash can turn left, make a U-turn around the roundabout opposite NIFT and continue straight. This, he says, can help remove the traffic signal at the junction and ensure the straight flow of traffic between Thoraipakkam and Madhya Kailash will remain undisturbed.

              A senior TNRDC official, requesting anonymity, said the solution sounds interesting, but that it was important to check if there is enough width for vehicles to take a U-turn. Second, motorists taking the Uturn at TIDEL Park roundabout have to cut across lanes to turn left towards Thiruvanmiyur. And, those from Madhya Kailash to Thoraipakkam would tend to take the rightmost or central lane to travel straight that could lead to lanechange accidents, he said.

              Menon, in response, said vehicles needed just 40 metres to transit between lanes while, at this location, motorists have a few hundred metres. “This alternate plan will reduce travel time by at least 10 minutes a day.”

              A senior traffic police officer said the suggestion could be implemented on a trial basis at SRP Tools junction and a few other locations on the stretch where a lot of traffic experiments are expected in the coming months due to metro rail phase 2 work.

              But the officer expressed concern about pedestrian safety and access. “Without traffic signals, there is no way a pedestrian crossing can be marked. So, how will they cross the road?”

              Suresh has a solution for this too. Instead of building foot over-bridges, underutilised at most places, prefabricated cement boxes can be laid across the road at ground level and traffic can move over them.









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                No more encroachment on Meikal land: Madras HC

                By: PTI | Chennai | September 16, 2021 9:24:27 am



                Madras High Court. (File)

                The State must ensure that there is no further encroachment on any Meikal poramboke land, the Madras High Court said on Wednesday.

                The bench was admitting and ordering notice on a PIL which complained of encroachment in Meikal poramboke lands in several districts and referred to a Supreme Court order to the effect that such grazing lands should not be used for any residential or industrial purpose.

                For this purpose, the relevant Tahsildars and Revenue Officers should take immediate steps to remove encroachment, particularly the incremental encroachment by persons who may have legitimately occupied the original plots, before proceeding against rank encroachers who have settled in for want of any other place. The matter must receive the attention at the highest level, the first bench of Chief Justice Sanjib Banerjee and Justice P D Audikesavalu, said.

                A broad plan of action should be presented when the matter appears next, within five weeks, the bench said.

                As in most other cases, where the short-term benefits result in a rather myopic view being taken, the State is reminded that this, in the long-term, may be an existential or survival issue that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, the judges said.

                The matter was adjourned till November 10.











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                  Structural stability of some TNHB tenements will be reviewed: Tamil Nadu housing minister

                  Briefing reporters after inspecting TNHB's Brindavan Towers complex in K K Nagar in Chennai, the minister said that steps would be taken to redress the issues
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                  CHENNAI: Minister for housing and urban development S Muthusamy on Saturday said structural stability of some Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) tenements – about which there are complaints -- would be reviewed.

                  Briefing reporters after inspecting TNHB's Brindavan Towers complex in K K Nagar in Chennai, the minister said that steps would be taken to redress the issues.

                  "One of the important parameters is structural stability. If there are issues over plastering, it can be set right. But, structural stability is pivotal, and external reputed experts would also be engaged for the inspection," he said.

                  Asked about the complaints on the quality of construction, he said an inquiry would be conducted to check if the contractor had failed to provide the required features. "But, I can comment only after getting a complete report,” he added.









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                    Madras HC directs police to arrest encroachers of temple property under Goondas Act

                    The Madras High Court on Wednesday said authorities concerned should not hesitate to arrest encroachers of temple lands under the stringent Goondas Act, saying such fraudulent act was a crime against the society.

                    Passing final orders on a writ petition pertaining to Sri Audikesava Perumal Peyazhwar Devasthanam temple in Mylapore, the court also directed the State government to effect publication of advertisements in respect of all the temples across the state, calling upon the encroachers/illegal occupants to surrender the possession of all such properties voluntarily before the competent authorities within a stipulated period, failing which, stern action should be taken against them under the relevant provisions of the Act and Penal laws, howsoever high they are.

                    “Fraudulent and illegal encroachments of temple properties is a crime against the society at large. Misappropriation of the funds of the temple is undoubtedly an offence and all such offences are to be registered and the offenders are liable to be prosecuted by the State, as the State is the controller of these temples and the offences are also committed against the State. Temple properties are allowed to be looted by few greedy men and by few professional criminals and land grabbers. Active or passive contribution and collusion by the officials of the HR&CE department cannot be overruled. These lapses, negligence, dereliction of duty on the part of such public officials are also to be viewed seriously and all appropriate actions in this regard are highly warranted,” Justice S M Subramaniam said and issued a set of 10 directions.

                    The government should initiate appropriate action through the police department in such cases, where actions under the provisions of the Goondas Act are warranted, the judge added.

                    The court was hearing a writ petition from N C Sridhar, one of the trustees of the temple, challenging an August 6 order of the Secretary, Tourism, Culture and Religious Endowment department suspending all the five trustees of the temple from functioning.

                    The judge directed the government to appoint an enquiry officer, not below the rank of the Joint Commissioner of Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments(HR&CE) department immediately, to conduct an enquiry. It should take possession of all relevant records from the temple for the purpose of conducting a free and fair enquiry.

                    The judge also directed the government to constitute a special cell consisting of a team of officials with integrity and devotion to duty for monitoring the actions initiated for the retrieval of temple properties, funds, jewellery etc. The cell constituted in the Headquarters shall have separate telephone/mobile numbers and they must be displayed in all the shrines and in the offices of the HR&CE department to facilitate the general public/devotees to register their complaints.

                    The DGP should provide all necessary protection to the government officials and those engaged by the HR&CE department to perform the work, as and when required, the judge added.

                    Earlier, counsel for petitioner contended that the impugned suspension order is not in consonance with the provisions of the HR&CE Act and Rules and uncalled for. The petitioner alone is continuing as the head of the trustees and the two other trustees had died. The remaining two trustees had resigned. Four others were co-opted as new trustees, he said.









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