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    DTCP reduces minimum size of plot in a layout to 800 sq ft in Coimbatore

    Real estate owners welcomed the move and said nearly 30% of their buyers sought smaller plots. This move will open the market to that segment, they saidTNN | March 06, 2018, 14:00 IST

    COIMBATORE: Plots of land will now be more affordable as the commissioner of Town and Country Planning has passed a circular reducing the minimum plot size in a layout from 1500sqft to 800sqft. In the circular dated February 26, 2018, the empowered committee has stated that the earlier requirement of 1500sqfeet affected density issues, affordability and increased land cost.

    Real estate owners welcomed the move and said nearly 30% of their buyers sought smaller plots. This move will open the market to that segment, they said.

    “For nearly two decades now, we had to sell 1500sqft plots as the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) required a minimum setback space of 3-feet. But growing demand for land and increasing population resulted in a real estate boom in tier II and tier III cities. So, we requested the DTCP authorities to make 800sqfeet as minimum plot area in DTCP approved layouts as well. We are glad that it has been accepted,” said chairman of the Builders Association of India K Venkatesan. He said many people were buying smaller plots and constructing houses illegally. “This will help the land owners build a house legally and the government will also gain revenue from this,” he added.

    Ajit Kumar Chordia, president of CREDAI, Tamil Nadu, said that all these years there was a lot of ambiguity as the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) and DTCP rules were different. He said more beneficiaries under the Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojna will benefit from this. “There is a large marker for smaller plots. We hope a similar move for completion certificate norms will also be implemented,” he said. But he ruled out any fall in land prices due to this.

    Senior DTCP officials said several representations had been made since 2010 on this issue. “This decision was taken to bring uniformity between CMDA and DTCP rules. Also, to increase land affordability,” said a senior official.

    But activists said people will continue to be affected as land prices had sky-rocketed and buying smaller or bigger plots had become extremely difficult. “Apart from reducing the plot size of the layout, the DTCP should ensure that promoters become more rational in pricing the layouts. Wherever the prices were high, they need to bring them down. Even the registrations had come down and the government was losing revenue because of this. Instead of helping real-estate developers, they should help buyers by reducing the land costs,” said K Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause.








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    • #92

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      Farmers flay NHAI for destroying irrigation pond

      TNN | Updated: Mar 9, 2018, 01:05 IST
      Tirupur: Farmers from Velampatti area have come out against the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) for destroying an irrigation pond on Avinashipalayam-Avinashi Road to construct a toll gate near Palladam.

      NHAI had been conducting work for the Avinashipalayam-Avinashi Road that would connect Salem-Coimbatore and Trichy-Coimbatore national highways at a cost of Rs 167 crore. For constructing a toll gate in Velampatti in North Avinashipalayam panchayat, NHAI authorities filled 70% of the tank with soil, local farmers said.

      “The pond was the main water source for irrigation as well as drinking in Velampatti and surrounding villages. More than 100 acres of agricultural lands were depending on it directly and indirectly. We had desilted it spending Rs 10 lakh and it was receiving water from the Parambikulam-Aliyar project irrigation scheme,” former CPI ward councillor of Thonguttipatti panchayat E Jothi Basu told TOI.

      “It is unfortunate that while there were ways to construct the toll gate without disturbing the irrigation tank, NHAI did not bother about it,” he added.

      K Sathish, a local farmer, requested NHAI not to set up the toll gate on the road as it would affect local farmers. “Hundreds of farmers use the road to transport their produces to the Tirupur farmers’ market. They will be forced to pay toll for transportation vegetables,” he added.






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        145 residents get notice from HR&CE

        TNN | Mar 10, 2018, 00:05 IST Tirupur: More than 100 residents from KVR Nagar, Ayyan Nagar and Chella Nagar in the city on Friday submitted a petition to the HR&CE assistant commissioner S V Harshini requesting her not to force them to vacate their houses.

        Recently, the HR&CE board had issued notices to encroachers at KVR Nagar and Mangalam Road areas to vacate the land belonging to the department. According to HR&CE officials, nearly 12 acres belonging to the department have been encroached in these two areas.

        Tirupur south MLA S Gunasekaran accompanied the residents to submit the petition. According to HR& CE sources, Tirupur’s Visveswara Veeraraghava Perumal temple owns 3.75 acres at KVR Nagar and 3.08 acres at Karuvampalayam and its surrounding areas.

        Similarly, 4.31 acres in the same locality near Mangalam Road belonged to Visveswara Visalatchi Amman temple, Nallur. Patta or sale deeds of all the properties are in the name of the respective temples till date, sources said.

        The board has identified more than 145 houses and commercial establishments being encroached on those lands for more than four decades. So, the executive officers of the temples have issued show cause notices to the encroachers.

        “We have identified the encroachers and gave them two choices; they should either vacate the land or should be ready to pay land rentals to the board. But so far, no one including a commercial establishment, which alone had encroached 1.33 acres, was ready to follow it,” said a HR&CE official.

        J Kathirvel, one of the petitioners, said, “All these lands were bought from different parties over the years and the lands’ ownerships were changed to many hands in many cases.”

        “But now, the HR&CE has issued show cause notices claiming that the lands belonged to the board. It is unfair to force us to vacate as we will lose our livelihoods,” he added.









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          Coimbatore corporation to set up kiosks for grievance redressal

          TNN | Updated: Mar 12, 2018, 13:04 IST
          COIMBATORE: Gone are the days when one had to wait for long hours to get grievances redressed by civic authorities. The city municipal corporation has planned to set up four kiosks in the main office building at Town Hall to redress the grievances at a fast pace.

          Similar kiosks will be set up in other offices of the civic body as well, said a senior official of the corporation.

          “These kiosks will be integrated with the corporation’s grievance redress mobile application. The grievances and complaints registered by the public will be monitored by senior officials at every step,” said an official. The city corporation already has a ‘CCMC digital grievance redress mobile application’. Kiosks will be set up on the same lines.

          “Once we register on the mobile application, the same registration ID can be used at the kiosks. People visiting the corporation offices can log onto the network and register their complaints. These complaints will be forwarded to the officials concerned who will pass it to senior officials if they are not redressed within a stipulated timeline,” said an official.

          The kiosks are ready and the corporation officials will launch it soon. It will be like a tablet or an I-Pad placed on a stand. It will be in two languages to begin with and will have various categories. Once the registration is complete and the complaints are raised, the status will be available on the application.

          “Whenever people submit petitions, the papers could be thrown into dust bins. Nobody can track them. But on this kiosk and app, a central admin portal will be there. The system will map every official involved in the issue. The grievance will be allocated to a particular officer along with timeline. If no action has been taken within the stipulated time, the grievance will go to a senior official. Every official will be accountable,” said an official. Currently, the mobile application works on local server which has been shut due to some issues. “We will migrate to Cloud soon and all these issues will be resolved. Permissions have been sought for this and we are hopeful that once we migrate from local server, all the applications and systems will work better,” said a technical in-charge of the application. Whenever heavy applications run on local server, the bandwidth becomes limited.

          He added that if these kiosks are launched, the Coimbatore Corporation will be one of the first government divisions to move to Cloud and launch such an application.









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          • #95

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            Rs 320cr to acquire land for ring road project

            TNN | Updated: Mar 14, 2018, 00:23 IST
            Coimbatore: The state government has sanctioned Rs 320 crore to acquire 355.5 acres in 16 villages in the district to construct the 32.43km Western Ring Road. The four-lane road would enable motorists from south-west Coimbatore to reach the northern part without entering the city. Also, tourists from Kerala on the way to Ooty and Mettupalayam will have a hassle-free journey once the road is completed.

            The ring road would start from Sugunapuram near Kuniyamuthur on Coimbatore-Palakkad Road and would reach Narasimmanaickenpalayam through Sundakkamuthur, Perur, Theethipalayam, Madampatti, Pannimadai, Gudalur and Narasimmanaickenpalayam. To implement the project, the state government is planning to acquire 355.6 acres at Kuniyamuthur, Madukkarai, Sundakkamuthur, Perur, Perur Chettipalayam, Vadavalli, Narasimmanaickenpalayam, Gudalur, Pannimadai, Nanjundapuram, Chithiraichavadi West, Kalikkanaickenpalayam, Madampatti, Theethipalayam, Kavundampalayam and Somayampalayam. These 16 villages fall under Madukkarai, Perur and Coimbatore North taluks.

            The state government had allotted Rs 825 crore for the road project last year. Two units, consisting of special tahsildars Raja and Muruganandam, and land surveyors had started survey a month ago. The revenue department will soon issue notification to the land owners to acquire the needed land for the project soon, sources said.

            Collector TN Hariharan conducted a meeting with the revenue department officials and state highways department officials at his camp office at Race Course on Tuesday evening and instructed them to expedite land acquisition.








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            • #96

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              Green light for 3 lake beautification works

              TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2018, 00:27 IST
              Coimbatore: The city lakes will finally get a makeover at an estimated cost of Rs 88cr under the smart city project. Three quick win projects that have been sanctioned are the Valankulam promenade, Valankulam under bridge makeover and a promenade at Ukkadam lake.

              The projects are the first to be taken up under the smart city. The state government has already given administrative sanction for them.

              “Once we get the technical sanction, we will call for tenders and begin the work within a month,” city corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan told TOI.

              The New Delhi-based consultant had envisaged development of parks, a multi-purpose space for skating, dance, aerobics, clay modelling and a skill development centre to improve employment opportunities for the urban poor at a space overlooking the lake under the flyover near Valankulam lake.

              For the promenade at Valankulam, the consultant plans to make it a pedestrian-safe street by introducing pedestrian crossings. The design also aims to create an entrance plaza and spaces for vendors, public conveniences and food kiosks to make it a place for people to enjoy. A visual element, which will be prominent and visible at night from top of the Valankulam Flyover will also be set up.

              At Ukkadam lake, the Perur Byepass Road, which is an important road, will be redesigned for pedestrian safety in such a way that the lake side is visible from the road. Green infrastructure elements will be set up and the promenade will be set up so that people can enjoy the lake-view. The roads leading to the lake will also be designed in such a way that they are connected to the promenade.

              Both the Valankulam and Ukkadam promenades will be non-motorised corridors.

              “We will use natural methods to treat sewage before water is allowed into the lakes. Also, other infrastructure will be set up to dispose garbage and sewage entering the lake so that the water remains clean,” Vijayakarthikeyan added.







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                Metro rail announcement cheers city

                Mayilvaganan| TNN | Mar 16, 2018, 00:30 IST Coimbatore: Deputy chief minister O Panneerselvam gave a reason for the residents of Coimbatore to cheer in the state budget presented on Thursday, though he only reiterated what chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami announced a few months ago. Giving a go ahead to the much-awaited metro rail project for the city, Panneerselvam announced that a detailed project report would be prepared for the multi-crore initiative.

                The project, once materialises, is expected to decongest traffic on arterial Avinashi Road. Though the state government toyed with various ideas including a mono rail project and bus rapid transport system to offer a workable long-term solution to the traffic problem in Coimbatore, EPS announced during the MGR birth centenary celebrations in Coimbatore on December 3 that feasibility study would be conducted for metro rail. He followed it up with an announcement that tenders have been called for to study the feasibility of the project. OPS said that the study has been initiated and that the DPR would be prepared soon taking the project to the next level.

                “The long-felt need of Coimbatore is the implementation of metro rail project, which we hope will see the light of the day in the forthcoming year. We also expect allocation of funds for acquiring lands for Coimbatore airport expansion project,” said president of the Coimbatore chapter of the Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI) Vanitha Mohan.

                The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) also welcomed the announcement. “The announcement to initiate a detailed project report (DPR) towards establishment of Coimbatore Metro Rail is a welcome move,” said M Ramesh, chairman of CII Coimbatore zone.

                The industry, as well as residents, also welcomed the other announcements made in the budget speech for Coimbatore. “Establishment of TICEL Bio Park in Coimbatore will attract high-tech biotechnology and ************** companies to the city. Effort to initiate an integrated urban development project for the city in co-operation with GIZ, Germany is also a welcome step for its planned development,” said Ramesh.

                However, micro and small industries expressed disappointment over the budget stating that there are very few measures to help the small players. President of the Kovai Power Driven Pumps and Spares Manufacturers Association (KOPMA) K Maniraj said that they were demanding a welfare board for pumpset manufacturers for more than a decade.









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                  AAI ready to invest 1,500 crore: Airport director

                  TNN | Mar 21, 2018, 00:25 IST
                  As the expansion plan is ready to takeoff soon, director of the Coimbatore International Airport R Mahalingam said that the Airport Authority of India (AAI) was ready to invest Rs 1,500 crore to develop the infrastructure of the airport if the land acquisition was completed.

                  AAI will start the work immediately and the terminal building will be constructed on the southern side near L&T Bypass Road. Flyers can easily reach the airport from Neelambur as well.

                  “If the land is handed over to us, we would start the work immediately and the AAI plans to construct a big terminal building on the southern side. People from L&T Bypass and Neelambur can easily reach the new terminal and the AAI would invest at least Rs 1,000 crore for the terminal building alone. We also plan to construct 20 aero bridges and more than 20 parking bays. It will become one of the biggest airports,” said Mahalingam.

                  According to sources, the AAI also plans to lay a 120 feet road for a stretch of 1.5 km to reach the new terminal from Avinashi Road near Hotel Le Meridian.

                  Former president of Chinniyampalayam village panchayat N Devarajan, who has been fighting against the state government for more than a decade, told TOI that the state government had planned to demolish more than 600 houses at Chinniyampalayam and surrounding areas in the name of airport expansion.

                  “Now the state government has fixed a rate of Rs 1,500 per square feet for residential areas. It has to be increased to Rs 3,000 per sq ft. Similarly, the state government has to increase the compensation rate of Rs 1,200 per sq ft for agricultural land from Rs 900. The government has to allot Rs 4,000 crore for land acquisition for the airport expansion. Then only, the people who are going to lose their houses and agricultural lands can lead a decent life. Otherwise, they cannot even buy a house in Coimbatore,” said Devarajan.

                  He also accused the state government of not allowing land registration in the area for the last 15 years. Hence, the land guideline value and market value are remaining the same. One cent of land has touched Rs 12-13 lakh at PLS Nagar and Duraisamy Nagar in Chinniyampalayam. So, the government should provide adequate compensation to land owners.









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                  Airport expansion: Rs 2,000 crore sought for land acquisition

                  TNN | Updated: Mar 21, 2018, 00:28 IST
                  Buoyed up by 90% of owners agreeing to give their land for the Coimbatore International Airport expansion, the district administration has asked the state government to release a fund of Rs 2,000 crore to pay as compensation for the land owners. The administration has shot off a letter to the state government last month seeking the fund.

                  In total, 627.89 acres of land, including 137 acres of defence land and 28 acres of poromboke land, would be acquired for the airport expansion.

                  The district administration has fixed a price of Rs 1,500 per sq ft for housing land and Rs 900 per sq ft for agriculture land. This would be the highest compensation to be given to the general public by the state government. The authorities have to raze down 634 houses for the land acquisition. Over 90% of the land owners have agreed to accept the compensation and 10% people are fighting against the acquisition.

                  The Airport Authority of India (AAI) has been trying to expand the Coimbatore International Airport for more than 10 years. Land acquisition has been a major bottleneck for the district administration to implement the expansion project. The AAI plans to expand runway from 9,500 feet to 12,500 feet. It has demanded the state government to acquire at least 1,000 acres of land. However, residents of Chinniyampalayam and Irugur panchayats were up in arms when the expansion plan was announced a decade ago.

                  Two years ago, the district administration decided to acquire 627.89 acres of the land in the eastern side of the airport to expand the runway and terminal buildings.

                  A senior officer from the revenue department said: “The Indian Air Force (IAF) has 122 acres of land, army has 5.82 acres and the Indian Navy has 6.38 acres allotted to them in 1944. We promised them to provide 134 acres of land in Kanchipuram district and a proposal was sent to the defence ministry by the special district revenue officer (airport land acquisition) Radhamani. We have 28 acres of poromboke in the eastern side of the airport. We have to acquire 465.89 acres, including agricultural lands and house sites, from 4,399 people.”

                  He said the state government may provide more than Rs 2,000 crore as compensation for the land acquisition. Land owners will get decent compensation from the state government, he added.

                  According to the revenue department, around 90% of land owners have agreed to give their lands for the airport expansion. “We are trying to convince the rest 10% to accept the compensation. But some of them are instigating others not to handover their lands to the government. We hope that the land acquisition process will be over in April-end. Then only the state government will sanction the compensation fund of more than Rs 2,000 crore,” the officer said.












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                    Corpn loses Rs 5cr every year as its shops lie vacant

                    TNN | Mar 21, 2018, 00:22 IST
                    Coimbatore: Only 10 people attended the auction conducted by the city corporation for leasing out 70 of its commercial shops across the city on Tuesday. While only two shops were selected, even corporation officials were not certain if the bidders will finalise the deal.

                    High rent and bad locations coupled with nexus between politicians and officials have resulted in the corporation losing out more than Rs 5cr consecutively in the last two years. In 2015, the civic body had put up 2,669 shops for auction targeting Rs 1,300cr. But, it managed to collect only Rs 764cr. In 2016, for the 2,677 shops, the revenue earned was Rs 788cr, while the target was Rs 1,337cr.

                    Most of these shops were constructed between 2014 and 2015. “In 2014, several reserve sites in the corporation were encroached and many anti-social elements had taken over the sites. So, we decided to convert them into commercial places and earn revenue,” said an official. RTI replies revealed that during 2014-2015, a resolution was passed by the corporation to build 240 shops in 25 locations for Rs 8cr.

                    RTI activist SP Thiyagarajan said that on V K Road, two shops were set up in 2015. “But, they have lied vacant ever since. Similarly, several shops in central, east and south zone lay vacant. It is not just about the revenue. All these shops have been constructed flouting norms. The corporation did not get DTCP approvals for any of the constructions. They have not provided facilities such as parking, toilets and generators. Also, many of these shops have been set up on revenue land and in lands earmarked for other purposes,” he said.

                    Another civic activist, Manoj Arun, said that the corporation has been continuously setting up new shops despite suffering revenue loss. “Many shops, such as the ones near Puliyakulam, Shastri Maidhan and Masakalipalayam, are vacant from the day they were inaugurated,” he said.

                    Meanwhile, corporation officials blamed the high rent fixed by the public works department, which is between Rs 4,500 and Rs 30,000. “The rents were increased as per a government order in 2012 and since then, we have been facing difficulty in leasing out the shops. Not many people are interested in these shops due to the high rent,” a senior official said.

                    “Only a few older shops have flouted norms and we are working towards correcting that. We have sent notices to collect the dues from several others,” he added.











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                      Effluent treatment plants await reports to increase utilization capacities

                      TNN | Mar 22, 2018, 00:42 IST
                      Tirupur: Four common effluent treatment plants (CETP) in the city are awaiting reports from Anna University and Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to increase utilization of their capacities.

                      The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) would take into account the evaluation of either of those two pioneer technical institutes on capacities of the CETPs before allowing them to increase the utilization.

                      As many as 18 CETPs are functioning to assist more than 350 dyeing units to treat coloured water as part of zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norm in Tirupur district, apart from more than 100 individual effluent treatment plants.

                      A TNPCB official said, “The CETPs would have been established to handle the industrial effluents to certain capacities but they would not have installed all the required equipment and ensured infrastructure, to achieve the capacity target, as mentioned in their respective detailed project reports (DPR). It should be known that they have required machineries for primary and secondary treatment processes, and also reject management system. So, it needed the intervention of the technical experts to evaluate their current capacities. Hence, the services of AU and IIT-M became obvious.”

                      The CETPs would obtain the evaluation reports from the institutes and submit them to TNPCB, which would further inspect before finalizing the utilization of their capacities.

                      Among CETPs, the utilization of the capacities allowed was ranging from 15% to 90%. Arulpuram CETP in Ganapathipalayam and Park CETP in Angeripalayam were the two facilities allowed to operated 90% of their capacities, said the official.

                      Four CETPs are waiting for reports from AU and IIT-M, which have completed the evaluation process in respective facilities, and soon, they are likely to submit the same before TNPCB, said the sources.

                      Meanwhile, Tirupur MP V Sathyabama has urged the central government to make ZLD norm mandatory in all textile clusters throughout the country.

                      The MP met Union environmental minister Harsh Vardhan and emphasized its importance to minimize the impact on the environment. She also underlined that because of the absence of ZLD system in other parts of the country, the dyeing sector in Tirupur textile cluster, which was the first to have the system in place, was suffering without level playing field.

                      In a letter submitted to the Union minister, Sathyabama said, “The implementation of 18 CETPs in Tirupur is not only protecting the environment but also provide recycled water for the public. The ZLD system was made possible with contribution of Rs 700 crore interest-free loans/grant from the central and state governments. The industrialists themselves pumped in additional Rs 370 crore to implement the system.”

                      “Since the implementation of ZLD is not mandatory in other parts of the country, their processing cost is 15% less what it is at Tirupur. Hence the dyeing sector in the dollar city is affected badly and ‘penalized’ for implementing the CETPs to protect the environment and reduce pollution,” she said.

                      In order to create a level playing field in the dyeing sector, the Union government should make the ZLD system mandatory across the country, she mentioned.








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