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    Madras HC stays property tax hike for Chennai resident

    TNN / Updated: Jul 28, 2022, 04:32 IST


    The court said it is incumbent that a computation sheet be circulated wherein there is a clarity on the method of assessment being followed

    CHENNAI: In a ruling that could open the floodgates to petitions against the recent increase of property tax across the state, the Madras high court stayed the hike for one Chennai resident. "There is absolutely no clarity on the changed mode of assessment," said the court.

    Pointing out the mode of assessment and the computation had not been made public, Justice Anita Sumanth stayed the increase for K Balasubramaniam for his flat on Eldams Road.

    The corporation has fixed the same basic rate for every locality and street within its jurisdiction, which is illegal and arbitrary, said the petitioner. No useful purpose would be served by sending any objection to the tax hike, as the corporation had already decided to do so, said the petitioner.

    The so-called alternative remedy by way of raising objections is illusionary and meaningless, he said.

    Justice Anita Sumanth, concurring with him, said: "It is a fact that the impugned order merely enhances half yearly tax from Rs 3,695 to Rs 7,170 and there is absolutely no clarity on the changed mode of assessment." The judge said standing counsel for the Greater Chennai Corporation too was unable to throw any light on the method of computation. "In such circumstances, it is incumbent that a computation sheet be circulated wherein there is a clarity on the method of assessment that is being followed post-Council Resolution No 63 of 2022. This is to ensure that the computation is in line with the mandate of the provisions of Chennai City Municipal Corporation Act, 1919, specifically, Sections 98 to 100 thereof."

    Earlier, Justice Anita Sumanth pointed out that she had directed the corporation counsel to circulate Council Resolution No 63 of 2022 dated May 30. It was based on a government order dated March 30, and a consequent notification dated April 11.

    "Despite an opportunity having been granted to the learned standing counsel to file counter, no counter is filed till date. She is also unable to provide any clarity on the computational methodology that has been followed," the judge said. Adjourning the matter to August 3, she said, "interim stay in respect of enhanced amount alone."









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      Chennai: Civic forum seeks to evict squatters along Adyar

      TNN / Updated: Jul 29, 2022, 04:51 IST


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      CHENNAI: A city-based citizen forum has moved the Madras high court seeking to evict encroachments and squatters along the banks of river Adyar, saying the encroachments adversely affected the health and free flow of the river.

      "The encroachments in the banks of river Adyar cause serious flooding into the Chennai city and raises serious concerns both on the safety as well as health hazards not only to the habitants of the locality but also to the encroachers," the petition said.

      Admitting the plea for hearing on Thursday, a division bench headed by Justice M Duraiswamy directed the state to file its response by August 8.

      According to the petitioner, the encroachments are in eight divisions of the Chennai Corporation in areas like Sathya Nagar, Nagi Reddy Thottam, Dr Ambedkar Nagar, Water Tank Colony, Muthu Mariamman Street, Kanu Nagar, and J J Nagar.







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        Chennai Corporation removes encroachments on Manali Expressway

        Omjasvin M D / TNN / Jul 29, 2022, 13:53 IST


        The civic body deployed JCB and Bobcat vehicles to raze down illegal buildings of tea stalls, extension of houses and other small shops.

        CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation on Wednesday and Thursday demolished more than ten structures on the Manali Expressway in North Chennai as part of its encroachment removal drive.

        The civic body deployed JCB and Bobcat vehicles to raze down illegal buildings of tea stalls, extension of houses and other small shops.

        In the past month, the corporation has removed more than 5,000 encroachments in the city. Most of the encroachments removed were temporary structures such as the carts of vendors. The corporation has also removed encroachments from popular places like the NSC Bose Road and at Besant Nagar beach.











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          Chennai: 22 trees on Luz Church Road to be cut

          Omjasvin M D / TNN / Updated: Jul 31, 2022, 04:39 IST


          This is Panagal Park, where 87 trees are being cut after the corporation gave permission for CMRL to take it over and build a station.

          CHENNAI: Twenty-two trees along Luz Church Road in Mylapore willl be felled to make way for the metro.

          The Greater Chennai Corporation council on Saturday passed a resolution allowing this and also giving Chennai Metro Rail Limited (CMRL) nearly 500 square metres of land in various parts of Mylapore. It has sought compensation from CMRL for both the land and the trees.



          Eleven trees along the Luz church road in survey numbers 1654/37 and 1654/38 and another 11 trees in survey numbers 1654/6 and 41, would face the axe once the work begins, the corporation said.

          Overall, the civic body corporation has given land worth 15 crore to CMRL in Madhavaram, Mylapore and Arcot Road. The civic body said that on Luz Church Road, Vasanth and Co and KFJ jewellery buildings are likely to be damaged during work on the metro and that compensation must be given. In Madhavaram, the metro will build Assisi Nagar railway station, while in Mylapore, the land is for Thirumayilai metro station.

          The corporation has also sought compensation for 16 wells that would be damaged will building a station in Madhavaram. Recently, the corporation had given permission for CMRL to take over Panagal park for station construction and 87 trees would be felled there.

          Environmentalist Geo Damin of NGO Poovulagin Nanbargal said the metro is an important public infrastructure for the city, but they must replant the trees lost elsewhere. “This could be the only solution for this. The trees can be planted in nearby places,” he said.

          According to a study by Care Earth Truth, a biodiversity conservation NGO, in the 426 square kilometre area under the Greater Chennai Corporation, green cover is only 64.06 sq as against the 33% target stipulated in National Forest Policy.

          Darwin Annadurai, environmental scientist, said the presence of a park in a particular location has its own significance and benefit to the community. It cannot be compensated by placing it elsewhere.









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            Second airport in Chennai: Where is Parandur, how to get there?

            The proposed site is approximately 68.5 km from the heart of the city – MGR Chennai Central Railway station. The new airport site may take 2 hours and 20 minutes by road.

            By: Express Web Desk | Chennai |
            Updated: August 2, 2022 4:22:53 pm

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            The proposed second airport for Chennai was announced on Monday. Parandur near Sriperumbudur was chosen as the site to construct the greenfield facility.

            Here is everything you need to know about the new airport:

            The proposed site is approximately 68.5 km from the heart of the city – MGR Chennai Central Railway station. The new airport site may take 2 hours and 20 minutes by road.

            Distance between major Chennai locations and Parandur:

            Chennai Egmore railway station to Parandur – 67 km
            Guidy Metro station to Parandur – 72 km
            Adayar to Parandur – 76 km
            Velachery to Parandur – 71 km
            Anna Nagar to Parandur – 63 km
            Nungambakkam to Parandur – 66 km

            There are two ways to reach the village: either hire a cab or take connecting government buses from the city.

            According to the 2011 Census, Parandur village is located in Kancheepuram district in Tamil Nadu. The total geographical area of the village is 1,328.11 hectares. Parandur has a population of 2,556.

            The literacy rate of Parandur is 58.88%.









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              Chennai's added areas to get better illumination, safety

              Omjasvin M D / TNN / Updated: Aug 4, 2022, 04:59 IST


              Corporation has installed LED street lights on Thiru-Vi-Ka bridge in Adya

              CHENNAI: Several added areas will soon get better illumination as Greater Chennai Corporation is set to install street lights at 34 crore. This initiative is expected to provide safety for pedestrians and motorists, as well as help police get better CCTV camera visuals and stop crime. The major areas that will be benefit are Ambattur, Valsaravakkam, Alandur, Thiruvottiyur, Manali and Sholinganallur.

              As per a recently passed council resolution, the 34 crore project has been divided to 38 packages - eight for high mast lights and 30 for LED lights.

              Corporation commissioner Gagandeep Singh Bedi said 5,594 street light poles and 85 high mast lights have been planned with wattages ranging from 30w to 150w.

              "In public places, with sufficient lighting in place, working women and elderly people can safely go to their places during late hours. Images captured under these lights will help police solve crimes," he said.

              Superintending engineer (electrical department) C A Balamurali said work would begin in 15 days. "Most of the spots are in added areas where there is no lighting. We have given preferences to locations given by police."Activists said some light poles in Ramapuram and Valasaravakkam need replacement. "Some are old near the Valsaravakam area. Instead of replacing them, they are repainting it. New poles are needed in Taramani and Velachery too," said civic activist V Pughalventhan.

              The corporation has tightened guidelines to issue estimates for street lights. An assistant engineer must get approval from civil engineer saying lights are only put for the corporation roads and not on open land, poramboke land or water bodies. Several estimates given by engineers in wards 79 and 83, where they had put lights on water bodies for encroachments, were shot down by zonal officials as they did not live up to the guidelines and quality checks.

              Officials said with such checks, the civic body is ensuring that people's money is not wasted and lights are put for those who actually need it.








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                Chennai: Metrowater completes second spell of cleaning, desilting

                P Oppili / TNN / Updated: Aug 5, 2022, 08:37 IST


                The 10-day work started on July 21 and was completed on July 30. The authorities cleared only 80% of the machine holes

                CHENNAI: The Metrowater authorities have cleaned machine holes, de-silted sewer main lines and cleaned sewer lines on 1,460 streets in 15 areas in the city. This is the second time the Metrowater has completed the cleaning and desilting works before the onset of monsoon season.

                A senior Metrowater official said among the 15 areas, the Metrowater had completed the cleaning of pipelines from all the streets in Manali, Royapuram, Anna Nagar, Kodambakkam, Alandur, Perungudi and Sholinganallur areas. In the remaining eight areas, pipelines were cleaned and the Metrowater achieved 80% of its target on the streets. The 10-day work started on July 21 and was completed on July 30.

                As far as the machine holes are concerned, the authorities were able to complete only 80% of the works. During the cleaning process, the authorities also desilted the sewer mains on the roads.
                The 15 areas has a total length of 2.40 lakh metres of sewer main.

                Of this, 1.99 lakh metres of sewer main lines have been desilted, said an official. Excecutive engineer said Metrowater used to receive an average of 250 to 300 complaints daily, however, with the cleaning and desilting works, the number of complaints had dipped to less than 100 a day.

                From now on, Metrowater has proposed to take up cleaning of machine holes and desilting of main sewer lines on a regular basis. "This is a long term strategy, which will help in reducing complaints of sewage overflowing on the roads especially during rainy days," said an executive engineer of Metrowater.







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                  Chennai beaches declared no-plastic zones


                  Omjasvin M D / TNN / Aug 5, 2022, 19:19 IST



                  CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation has marked Marina, Besant Nagar and Thiruvanmiyur beaches as no-plastic zones.

                  This goes in line with the beach restoration initiative mooted by the housing department recently at a cost of Rs 100 crore.

                  The corporation has said anti-plastic raids will be held on the beaches by the health officers of the respective zones every morning and evening.

                  The civic body on Friday raided 68 shops on Marina Beach and collected Rs 100 each from 18 vendors for using single-use plastic.

                  From July 27 to August 2, the corporation raided 6,478 shops and seized 1,861 kilograms of banned plastic items and collected a fine of Rs 9.17 lakh.









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                    Madras HC directs Chennai Collector to retrieve prime land from land grabbers

                    Justice N Anand Venkatesh, who gave the directions on August 4, also told the Collector to get back the land held by some other persons in the same area on the basis of a fabricated document procured in 1976.

                    By: PTI | Chennai |
                    August 7, 2022 7:19:40 am

                    Justice Venkatesh also rejected a plea from the last purchasers of the property (petitioners), who contended that they should not be victimised for the fraud. (File)

                    The Madras High Court has directed the district collector of Chennai to retrieve 1.05 acres of prime land fraudulently held by land grabbers in Kolathur area of the city.

                    Justice N Anand Venkatesh, who gave the directions on August 4, also told the Collector to get back the land held by some other persons in the same area on the basis of a fabricated document procured in 1976.

                    The submission of the present owners that some others, who got the ryotwari patta along with their vendor, are still dealing with those properties, is equally untenable since there cannot be equality in illegality of facts. The Collector must take immediate steps to take over those lands also, the judge said.

                    Justice Venkatesh also rejected a plea from the last purchasers of the property (petitioners), who contended that they should not be victimised for the fraud.

                    They came into the scene only in 1990 and they believed the land register record and the order of the Assistant Settlement Officer to be genuine ones and hence, they should not be victimised for the alleged fraud.

                    The concept of bona fide purchaser does not have any role to play in the present case since the property that was dealt with belonged to the government and it was attempted to be knocked off by means of fraudulent documents, the judge said.

                    The judge was allowing a revision petition from the Chennai Collector challenging the orders of a single judge of the High Court pronounced last year.

                    In the order given in September, 2021, the court barred the Greater Chennai Corporation from getting into the property for setting up a micro waste yard without following due process of law as such an interference will violate the constitutional right guaranteed under Article 300A of the Constitution.

                    Article 300A states that no person shall be deprived of his property save by authority of law.

                    The judge also pulled up the officials concerned who had connived with the first purchaser (vendor) and a city civil court, which had, without ascertaining the genuineness of the documents gone into the question of the Collector’s power to take back the property.

                    Claiming that the land in dispute was ‘Annadheenam’ land, the Collector demanded the land be returned to the government.

                    “This Court cannot shut its eyes in a case where the document, on the face of it, is found to be fabricated and fraudulent only on the ground that the Civil Court has not rendered any findings on the genuineness of the document and had relied upon it and decreed the suit in favour of the petitioners,” the judge said.







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                      Gas smell: North Chennai residents stage demonstrations outside TNPCB office

                      Omjasvin M D / TNN / Aug 6, 2022, 18:30 IST


                      The residents carried placards reading “stop poisoning our air” and wore face shields that resembled those worn inside a gas refinery plant.

                      CHENNAI: With the smell of gas pervading Manali, Tiruvottiyur and Ennore areas of North Chennai for over a month, the residents on Saturday staged a demonstration outside the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) office in Guindy.

                      The residents carried placards reading “stop poisoning our air” and wore face shields that resembled those worn inside a gas refinery plant.

                      Despite the Tamil Nadu government constituting a committee with Isro scientists and others to investigate the issue, nothing has changed on the ground, according to the residents.

                      “The smell kept coming even today at 3.30pm. Life here is becoming unliveable,” said M Arunachalam, a local leader and president of Chinna Sekkadu Grama Seva Sangam.

                      The TNPCB had earlier given detailed instructions to the Chennai Petroleum Corporation Limited in Manali to adhere to certain protocols.








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