EVEN before the IT SEZ planned by the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot) could take shape, there seems to be a big rush for IT space among various corporates and developers in the city.

While city-based corporates like the Bannari Amman Group, Salzer group and KG group have come out with their plans on the IT front, many new commercial developers have also joined the bandwagon by getting formal SEZ approvals for their proposed projects. Coimbatore Hi-Tech Infrastructure is planning to develop an IT SEZ over 60.73 acres at Keeranatham village and Span Ventures has got formal approval for 10.5 acres IT/ITeS SEZ at Eachanari.

The state-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco), is also planning an IT park in the city suburbs. Rakindo Developers, a 50-50 joint venture between Vishwatej Projects and Rakeen, UAE, along with Tidco has proposed to develop feeder township, residential and leisure facilities over 625 acres in the villages of Sundakamuthur, Perur Chettipalayam and Thithipalayam.

The group also plans to promote an IT park on 25 acres at Perur village at Chettipalayam in south Coimbatore district. Bannari Group plans to develop an IT SEZ over 78 acres at Kalapatty village in Coimbatore and has got formal approval for around 60 acres. The entire process is likely to be completed in the next few months. Salzer plans to develop 1 lakh sq.ft. IT park in association with a US-based consulting service provider while KG group has acquired around 160 acres near its existing campus at Saravanampatty for developing it as an ITES SEZ. I

According to sources in the property development business, by the end of 2009, approximately 10-15 million sq.ft, of new IT/ITeS space will enter the Coimbatore market.
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  • Is it true by now 2010?
  • Any further update about those areas?
  • Yes, what has happened? have the proposed developments taken place? Please tell.
  • no. of apartments are coming in these area. In another 5 years Saravanampatty might become one of the posh area. I believe the land rates are around 4-4.5L in the interior (like 2 kms opposite from Kumaraguru collage). is that true?
  • Is there any updates abt Saravampatty?
  • We can say, it happened 70%
  • Industrial corridors around Coimbatore drive realty

    Industrial corridors around Coimbatore drive realty - The Economic Times
  • 100 plus projects by 50 builders at two-day property show in Coimbatore

    100 plus projects by 50 builders at two-day property show in Coimbatore - The Economic Times
  • Planning body creates master plan keeping in mind 2035

    COIMBATORE: In a bid to bring in vast changes in the land use pattern, the district administration has prepared a revised master plan for Coimbatore aimed at implementing a number of infrastructural projects.

    As part of the plan, the local planning authorities (LPA) have suggested the state government to lay a road connecting the Palakkad Highway and Mettupalayam Road through Velliankadu and Karamadai. They have also planned to link Trichy Road, Avinashi Road and Mettupalayam Road that would reduce travelling time as well as decongest traffic.

    "Once the road is laid from Palakkad Road to Velliankadu, then people travelling from Kerala to Ooty would not have to enter Coimbatore city. They would also be able to drive down directly to Karamadai and Mettupalayam. This would help considerably reduce the traffic in the city,'' said LPA member secretary (incharge) C Mathivanan.

    On Friday, Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) officials conducted a special training programme for LPA officials and drafts men in Chennai regarding the master plan.

    "The new master plan covers Coimbatore Corporation and 145 villages coming under Mettupalayam, Annur, Sulur, Madukkarai, Coimbatore, Perur, Coimbatore South and Coimbatore North taluk offices and Pollachi municipality. LPA officials would be visiting various places in the district and would suggest schemes to be implemented in the district. The entire work will be completed within six months," collector Archana Patnaik told TOI.

    She said that the master plan was prepared keeping in mind the infrastructural needs of the ever-growing city till the year 2035. The revised plan gives additional thrust to development in suburban areas like Malumachampatti, Kurichi and Seerapalayam.

    The first master plan for Coimbatore was prepared by the LPA in 1994 and it covered Coimbatore Corporation and 95 villages.

    A revised master plan was prepared in 2007, but it was not approved by the government as it cited lack of vital information and maps.

    Subsequently, the state government approached the Centre in 2011 to get the Geographic Information Technologies at Bharathidasan University to draw the maps.

    A team headed by department professor S Vasudevan surveyed Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode, Hosur, Madurai, Trichy and Thoothukudi areas by using global positioning system (GPS), geographic information system and remote sensing methods and prepared the maps that were submitted in 2013.

    C Mathivanan said the master plan was prepared with the help of these maps. "As per the revised master plan, industrial sectors will be developed on the L&T Bypass Road from Pappampatti Pirivu to Eachanari," said Mathivanan.

    Planning body creates master plan keeping in mind 2035 - The Times of India
  • 363 high rises in Coimbatore, but no aerial ladder

    COIMBATORE: Though the city has more than 363 high rise buildings, the fire and rescue services department does not have a single aerial ladder platform or a sky lift vehicle if some major fire breaks out. The department also lacks foam tenders to put out industrial fires. The existing foam tenders were condemned long ago, but have not been replaced. Officials said that they have sent proposals for over two and half years but so far they have not received any updates.

    Officials have been sending letters to the Secretariat almost every month. Of the 363 high rise buildings, 86 are apartments and 80 are IT parks. In the last few years, the city has seen the construction of 68 hotels, 39 commercial complexes, 37 business buildings, 22 colleges, 16 hospitals, nine industries and six schools which are high rise buildings.

    "In most of these buildings, exits are inadequate and staircases are narrow. Many of these buildings were constructed several years ago when the norms were different. If any major fire breaks out, a sky lift machine can manoeuvre around the building and help us rescue people with ease," said a senior official at the fire and rescue services department. These machines are mainly used for high rise buildings as the ladder is operated using a hydraulic mechanism and is fitted on a custom fire tender.

    In the fire that broke out at the three-storeyed Vigneshwar Cresta located at Lakshmi Mills on April 25 in 2013, the fire department used only makeshift ladders. "We have written to the government and are hopeful that it gets sanctioned soon," said M Shahul Hameed, joint director, western region, fire and rescue services department.

    "This attitude of the government should be condemned, especially after what happened in 2013. They should have bought these tenders soon after the incident. Their apathy is shocking," said K Kathirmathiyon, secretary, Coimbatore Consumer Cause. "If such a mishap happens again, i have no idea what would happen to the public," he said.

    As of now, the fire department has 79 water tenders, six water lorries, three emergency rescue tenders and two foam tenders. "Even these foam tenders are not adequate. The normal tenders can extend up to 16ft and scale up to 33ft which is just three storeys," said one activist. The older machine, Simon Snorkel, is also not adequate to deal with major fire accidents in high rise buildings. The new machines known as the Bronto or sky lift vehicle are manufactured in Finland. This can scale up to 300ft, said officials. Officials have requested for two Bronto vehicles that could go up to 54m.

    363 high rises in Coimbatore, but no aerial ladder - The Times of India
  • Civic body to start drafting smart city proposal in July

    COIMBATORE: Joining the race to become one of the first places to become a smart city, Coimbatore municipal corporation will start to prepare the proposal, that needs to be sent to the Centre for approval, in July.

    Though Coimbatore has found a place in the list of 100 cities across the country to be developed under the smart city project, only a few places will be chosen for Phase I. This selection depended mainly on the proposal that the civic authorities of the respective city will be sending.

    To begin with, Coimbatore corporation authorities will set up an advisory forum comprising district collector, MP, MLA, technical experts and representatives of associations.

    "The advisory forum will meet in July and get suggestions from all the stake holders. The proposal will be prepared based on the suggestions. The proposal then will be sent to the state government and later forwarded to the ministry of urban development,'' said corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan.

    According to sources, the corporation will get Rs 2 crore for preparation of the smart city proposal. "If Coimbatore is selected for the project, the city will get Rs 200 crore for the first year. Thereafter Rs 100 crore will be provided to the corporation every year for four years,'' said a senior official.

    Civic authorities are confident that Coimbatore will sail through easily.

    "The city has adequate water supply including waste water recycling and storm water reuse. The smart cities should have assured electricity supply and at least 10% of the energy requirement should come from solar power. Proper sanitation, solid waste management, efficient urban mobility, public transport, affordable housing especially for the poor, digitalization, IT connectivity, e-governance, health and education are other parameters,'' said Vijayakarthikeyan noting that these will prove to be advantageous for Coimbatore.

    "We have been implementing various projects including 24X7 water supply, total solid and liquid waste management project and making the city slum free. Coimbatore corporation will clear the first two stages and for sure be selected for the smart city project," said Vijayakarthikeyan.

    Corporation authorities will set up an advisory forum comprising district collector, MP, MLA and technical experts.

    Civic body to start drafting smart city proposal in July - The Times of India
  • Coimbatore civic body plans to clear encroachments near Vellalore tank after eight years

    COIMBATORE: After nearly eight years, the corporation plans to clear the encroachments and allow water to flow to the Vellalore tank. Thousands of farmers who have agricultural land in the 15km radius of the tank are delighted hearing the news.

    The district administration has decided to de-silt the Rajavaikal located near Athupalam and also remove 57 houses in one stretch and 99 houses on another stretch. The Public Works department officials have already begun the de-silting process from the lake towards the upstream. "We inspected the encroached areas and did a survey on the number of houses. We have asked the corporation to begin the bio-metric process for these beneficiaries who would be allotted houses in a few weeks," said a senior official.

    The officials of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) said that tenements were getting ready at Malumichampatti, Kovai Pudur and many other places. "Based on the requirement and availability, we would allot homes," said a senior official of TNSCB. The residents in the encroached land said that they felt for the farmers and were willing to shift if homes were allotted to them. "Most of us are daily wage workers and work in the city. So we would be happy if authorities allotted us a tenement closer to the city," said Mumtaz, a resident. 41-year-old Kalimuthu who was born and brought up there said that they were willing to shift even within a week if provided with finished homes.

    R Ganesh, a farmer who has not been able to get tap water even after having set up nearly 30 bore well connections said that the region has seen a serious decline in not just farming but also the water level in the last 15 years. "Even at 1200-feet ground water is not available. This land was most productive in the district and all kinds of vegetables were once grown and exported from here," he said. But encroachments near the Rajavaikal located near Athupalam had clogged all the water entry points and it had been more than eight years since they received water from river Noyyal.

    Agitated farmers demanded the district administration to remove the encroachments or de-silt the Rajavaikal allowing the water to reach Vellalore water tank. "We even told them that we were ready to do it ourselves," said a farmer. Generally in the region, various vegetables, coconut varieties, banana and pulses are grown. "In the past few years due to the lack of availability of water nearly 40,000 farmers have either sold their land or shifted to odd jobs. Most of them rear cattle for a living," said C V Sashi Kumar, another farmer. On hearing the news, farmers said they were happy that their grievances were finally heard. "Even back in 2007, water was was let after 28-year wait," said a farmer. "There has not been a single grievance meeting when the farmers have not brought this issue up. Moreover, since river Noyyal received adequate rainfall and was overflowing with water, we decided to make it a priority and remove the encroachments within 20 days," said a senior official.

    Coimbatore civic body plans to clear encroachments near Vellalore tank after eight years - The Times of India
  • TN is removing bottlenecks in approving construction projects, minister says

    COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu government is doing everything to make the state a preferred destination for investment, especially in the construction section, said minister for housing and urban development R Vaithilingam on Friday.

    "We are removing bottlenecks in giving approvals for more floors, parking lots and others," he said while speaking at the CREDAI Statecon 2015 here.

    "All your genuine demands and recommendations are being considered," he told developers.

    Speaking at the event, CREDAI national president Gitambar Anand said, "Coimbatore city has 22 lakh people. Even if every five or six people stay at a house, it means the city has a market for three to four lakh houses."

    "However, people have to understand that Rs 3,500 per sq ft, which is the approximate prevailing rate, is a good price and they are receiving a quality house for it," said Anand.

    "People should be encouraged to invest at this juncture, instead of being given wrong information that prices will come down in future," he added.

    Housing secretary D P Yadav said Tamil Nadu was far ahead in providing housing stock at affordable prices. "They have given at least 50,000 houses. However, we want to create more housing for slum development and want to get into public private partnerships," he said.

    Coimbatore mayor P Rajkumar said he had submitted a proposal to the housing minister to reduce the cost for issuing building licences.

    TN is removing bottlenecks in approving construction projects, minister says - The Times of India
  • Realty trade fair expects better business this year

    COIMBATORE: The sixth edition of Fairpro, organised by the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association (CREDAI), opened on Saturday morning here at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex. Real estate developers will be seen exhibiting their projects across the state at the exhibition.

    Mayor P Rajakumar and corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan inaugurated the exhibition. The three-day event will see 33 members of CREDAI showcase close to 75 real estate projects across Tamil Nadu. The price of the properties range from 20lakh to 3crore.

    Speaking to TOI, CREDAI president Rajesh B Lund, said, "Every year we have about 75 projects displayed at the expo. Last year we made business worth 68-70crore, and this year we are targeting around 85crore... The rise in business will come from more customers, and we are expecting footfall of around 5,000 people as compared with 3,000 last year."

    CREDAI has also put some offers for customers who make spot property bookings. As many as six banks are participating in the expo, offering home loan options to buyers. "An interesting option is a 2% waiver on home loans for the first two years. However, there are some terms and conditions that vary from one bank to another, and the property dealer," said Lund.

    This year's focus is on motivating buyers to make quick decisions on properties. "At a time where there are umpteen options available on online property portals, such expos help customers get a real time experience of analyzing multiple properties in their desired location," said Rajesh Lund. "Most dealers have arranged for site visits for prominent buyers," he said.

    Realty trade fair expects better business this year - The Times of India
  • 8 months on, Coimbatore residents struggle with water woes

    COIMBATORE: Even after eight months, residents of Amman Kulam who were shifted from Valankulam tank bund said that they were not provided with adequate drinking water facilities. Nearly 200 residents petitioned the district collector on Monday seeking her intervention into the matter. The residents said that a 500 litre tank was provided for two households but they are supplied only with salty water every day. They have petitioned the mayor and the ward councillor several times but there has been no response, they said. A 35-year-old man who was bringing two pots of water from Sowripalayam in his two-wheeler on Sunday met with an accident and the residents blamed the slum clearance board and the corporation for it.

    "Every time, we require drinking water, we need to travel nearly 2km from our place and fill pots. We spend nearly Rs400 for bringing 12 pots of water in an auto which lasts only for a couple of days," said Maheshwari N, a resident. Another resident, S Thulasi said that they were all daily wagers so do not get time during the day to go et water. "Moreover, we cannot afford to buy water every day," she said. Children in the area said that most times they did not have enough water at home to take to school. "When we try to fill water from nearby pipelines, other residents fight with us and sometimes the quarrels turn really nasty. I do not understand why we are being made to go through all this," said A Arumugham, a resident.

    The slum clearance board officials said they had set up seven drinking water pipes in that housing unit. "Once in four days water is supplied to them and the night before the water is supplied, the sump is cleaned up," said the official. But residents said that though they claim to clean it, the water is always salty. "They never empty it fully before giving fresh supply of water," said V Saran, a resident. He added that with drains constructed on all four sides of the housing unit, they were facing mosquito menace and also several buildings showed cracks that looked dangerous.

    The slum clearance board officials said they had asked the housing unit to form a resident welfare association. "They have formed three groups and fight among each other. Their demands are varied as well," said an official.

    When the ward councillor was contacted, he said that he was planning to implement a drinking water pipeline in their area. "We have planned to set up a drinking water pipeline for the cost of Rs27 lakh. Once it is passed in the council, we will implement it soon," said P Ganeshan, ward councillor. When asked why there was a eight-month delay, he refused to comment and said he was doing what he could to solve the issue.

    8 months on, Coimbatore residents struggle with water woes - The Times of India