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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  • Builder Elysium takes legal action on protesters in Coimbatore
    On Monday, the builder told media that the incident was a ploy by two buyers to generate negative publicity for Elysium.
    TNN | Aug 23, 2016, 11.00 AM IST

    COIMBATORE: Four days after about 50 property owners in Elysium's Flushing Meadows, dumped substandard quality products used for construction, in front of Elysium's office on Avinashi Road, the builders issued a clarification.

    On Monday, the builder told media that the incident was a ploy by two buyers to generate negative publicity for Elysium. "The Flushing Meadows House Owners Association is not legitimate, because the self-appointed president, G K Nagaraj, has not been handed over possession of his house because of non-payment of dues," said the statement.

    "Elysium has initiated legal action against Nagaraj and another protester, G Vijayakumar, who both owe the company money," it said. "They want us to drop all legal cases against them, but without them paying the full amount," it added.

    They also said that they had not compromised on the quality of construction materials and were ready to enter into a dialogue with a legitimate association, if formed to discuss future concern.

    Builder Elysium takes legal action on protesters in Coimbatore | ET RealEstate
  • Property buyers of True Value Homes' Coimbatore project protest delay in handing over of apartments
    Pointing out that they were promised apartments by 2013, the protesters said they were burdened with bank interests and house rents because of the indefinite delay in handing over the housing units to them.
    TNN | Sep 01, 2016, 04.30 PM IST

    COIMBATORE: At least 50 property buyers on Wednesday afternoon protested in front of True Value Homes' residential building project site on Trichy Road, alleging that the builder has delayed the project by three years, despite a majority of them paying 80% to 95% of the unit cost.

    Pointing out that they were promised apartments by 2013, the protesters said they were burdened with bank interests and house rents because of the indefinite delay in handing over the housing units to them.

    The builders, meanwhile, said they would hand over the units by December this year. True Value Homes floated 'Vista Heights' project with more than 800 units spread across 12 towers consisting of one, two, three and four bedroom apartments, on Trichy Road in 2010. They reportedly began construction somewhere late that year or early 2011.

    "They had promised a majority of us that our apartments will be handed over by 2013," said B Sathyanarayanan, who had bought an apartment on the 14th floor of tower nine. Sathyanarayanan said he had paid 90% of the cost by 2012.

    "They have missed the deadline by three years. And the apartments are not even half ready," said another buyer, S Sudarshan.

    The buyers claimed that whenever they contacted directors of the company to know reasons for the delay, they evaded them. "They just made some excuses," said S G Dastagiri, another investor who had bought a flat on the fifth floor of tower four. "Now, they say they do not have money and will try selling properties in Chennai to finish the project. If that is the case, where did our money go?" asked C Shanmugam, who has paid almost 50 lakh for his house in tower five.

    The protesters said the delay in handing over the project has hit them financially as they were burdened with bank interest on their loans, besides house rents. S Gandhimathi, who has paid 22 lakh for her apartment costing 24 lakh in the 12th tower two years ago, said the extra financial burden has hit them severely.

    "We have paid at least 80% of the amount by June last," said Sangeetha Mohan, another buyer who bought a house on the 15th floor in tower nine.

    True Value Homes, when contacted by TOI, said they had held a videoconference with the protestors on Wednesday evening. "The project is delayed because of defaults in payments by property buyers," said the company spokesperson, N Sundarji. "We have already handed over 300 units and plan to hand over another 150 units over the next 60 days. All the units will be handed over by December," he further said.

    The investors, however, said only 160 apartments were handed over so far that too without completing the works fully. "We lack basic amenities like water and drainage system. Even elevators don't function well," said a resident.

    Property buyers of True Value Homes' Coimbatore project protest delay in handing over of apartments | ET RealEstate
  • Several big-budget bridge projects across Coimbatore stalled While some projects are stuck due to technical problems, several others are delayed due to land acquisition.Komal Gautham | TNN | October 24, 2016, 11:29 IST
    COIMBATORE: The Gandhipuram flyover which was progressing at a fast pace has been stuck for the past several months due to delay in getting transformers shifted. Likewise, work on the 22 crore SIHS Colony flyover, which began in 2012, has also been stalled. Even on Sunday, residents and some political parties staged a rail roko condemning the delay in the project at SIHS Colony.

    While some projects are stuck due to technical problems, several others are delayed due to land acquisition.

    "We met the land owners in SIHS Colony area and have negotiated the prices with them. The district collector, revenue department and other officials met them to finalise the price. We hope that the issue would get resolved soon," said a highways official.

    Another project that is stuck due to land acquisition is Avarampalayam rail over bridge. "Negotiations with the land owners are held on a regular basis for this project as well," said an officer.

    The official added that after the land prices are fixed, the project would be kick-started.

    The Gandhipuram flyover project that was supposed to open to the public this year has been stalled. "The civil work has been stalled due to various issues that have not been resolved. The shifting of three temples was a priority but this work has not even started. Unless this is done, the sub-ways cannot be constructed," said an engineer.

    Another obstacle was the laying of high-tension cables which is still incomplete. "There were some objections from private owners regarding laying of the high tension lines near their property. We had to talk to them to resolve it. We are also laying optic fibre cables. This work would be completed in a month's time," said an official attached to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco).

    The highways officials said only after the cable work is complete the first phase of the flyover near 100-Feet Road would be completed and the second phase would be speeded up.

    DMK MLA, N Karthik, said that he had raised these issues in the assembly as well. "According to the highways minister, the SIHS Colony flyover was stuck in litigations as the land owners are demanding a price that is higher than what was fixed by the revenue department," he said. The delay in all these big-budget projects has been an issue.

    "We have protested several times and so have the public. This shows that the district administration is not equipped to handle and complete projects on time. Only in Coimbatore, all the flyover projects are delayed," Karthik said.


  • Coimbatore the new dump yard for Kerala A Subburaj| TNN | Updated: Oct 28, 2016, 02.38 PM IST

    COIMBATORE: As many as 23 truck drivers were arrested on Thursday for trying to dump medical, plastic and rubber waste transported from Kozhikode and other parts of Kerala in Ettimadai here. Residents of the area had on Monday handed over the trucks to police.

    On Monday, S Mohammed Iliyas, 50, of Palakkad in Kerala, had brought medical and other waste collected from various parts of Kerala to Ettimadai in 23 trucks. Soon, residents captured the trucks and drivers attempting to dump the waste in an agricultural field belonging to M Chellappa Gounder, 75, and informed the KG Chavadi police, who took over the case.

    Following the incident, various political outfits urged collector T N Hariharan to take stringent action against the truck drivers.

    Preliminary investigation revealed that Iliyas had taken on lease one acre of land from Chellappa Gounder. Ettimadai town panchayat executive officer Valarmathi then lodged a complaint with KG Chavadi police sub-inspector V Ravikumar, who registered a case against Chellappa Gounder, Iliyas, B Shabeer, 55, of Mysuru in Karnataka and Shaji of Kozhikode in Kerala under IPC Section 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life). Police had arrested Iliyas on Monday. A court later sent him to jail. According to investigating officials, Shabeer and Shaji collected the waste from various parts in Kerala and sold them to Iliyas. The two men are still at large. Police are likely to arrest Chellappa Gounder on October 31.
    Sub-inspector Ravikumar told TOI that armed police were deployed to guard the trucks seized in Ettimadai. The judicial magistrate court -VII will take a final call on disposal of the waste on Monday. A senior police officer said all the trucks entered the state through the Walayar check-post.


  • HC ruling spurs demand for 'DTCP approved' plots in Coimbatore Realtors agree that registrations have not happened, because most of the buyers were waiting for the final verdict in the case, which was pronounced a week back, and hope registrations will pick up in the coming days.Pratiksha Ramkumar | TNN | November 05, 2016, 13:00 IST

    COIMBATORE: 'DTCP approved' seems to be the new catchphrase in all the real estate advertisements. Two months after a high court ruling ordering that only plots approved by the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) can be registered, the demand for such approved plots has gone up in the city.

    "In a place like Coimbatore, hardly 5% to 10% of the plots are DTCP approved. So, many investors want to buy them either before their prices go up or before they have to content with unapproved plots," said the vice-president of Hanu Reddy Realtors, Coimbatore, R Hariprakash.

    "This situation has led to an increase in demand for DTCP approved plots," said V P Dhanapal of Dhana Real Estate. However, registration officials say that there was no marked increase in registration of land in the recent past.

    Realtors agree that registrations have not happened, because most of the buyers were waiting for the final verdict in the case, which was pronounced a week back, and hope registrations will pick up in the coming days.

    "While we were registering around 10 DTCP approved plots every three months before September, now we hope that the number would go up to 30," he said.

    K Muthukumar, a document writer, said, "In most of these transactions, an advance is paid and the plot is booked. Actual registrations will probably be seen in November and December."

    Realtors say the court ruling has brought about a lot of awareness among potential investors and buyers. "While before the ruling, enquiries would just be about availability of land in a particular place within their budget, after the ruling at least six out of 10 people specifically ask and confirm if we have DTCP approved land available in the area within their budget," said Hariprakash.

    "This is despite DTCP approved plots within every area being at least 40% to 100% more than just a panchayat approved plot in the vicinity and neighbourhood," said S S Shankar of city-based Surabi Home Promoters.

    A few realtors also noticed prices of DTCP approved sites going up by around 15% after the ruling. "Prime areas where creation and sale of plots have been taking place are Kalapatti belt, Vadavalli and Thudiyalur. DTCP approved layouts between the airport and Nehru Nagar would be around Rs 15 lakh per cent, and it would be around Rs 4.5 lakh to Rs 11 lakh in Vadavalli," said Hariprakash.

    "Any unapproved land in the same vicinities would be close to half the price. While the educated middle-class, especially those buying in Saravanampatti don't mind paying the high price, other middle-class buyers are waiting for the court to change its ruling," said Shankar.

    However, the overall real estate market in the district is still in a lull, said property developers and promoters.

    "Despite DTCP approved plots being in a small number, they are not flying off the shelf and getting registered," said S Senthil Kumar, state coordinator, Federation of All India Federation of Realtors and Agents Association.

    "In fact, no properties are moving, be it approved or unapproved. If we used to get around five documents registered in a week, it has become less than five registrations in a month," he said. "Simply because DTCP approved land is in extremely short supply and land owners who have raised prices after the ruling are not finding takers. Funnily, panchayat approved land owners too are raising prices instead of bringing it down," he added.


  • Corporation mops up Rs 11cr in single day Updated: Nov 12, 2016, 03.15 AM IST

    Coimbatore: The Coimbatore Corporation has recorded its highest tax collection of Rs 11 crore on Friday, after it agreed to accept the scrapped Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 notes from taxpayers.

    As of 9pm on Friday, close to Rs 10.9crore was collected of which property tax alone was Rs 8.15 crore. Residents paid Rs1crore in water charges and the remaining amount was for other taxes. A corporation official said this was one of their highest collections on a single day in the last 10 years. As all the zonal offices were flooded with taxpayers, collection centres were set up in ward offices as well.

    A revenue department official said the demonetized notes would be accepted until Monday night and requested all residents who had not paid their taxes to avail this opportunity.

    "By 1pm, we had made a collection of Rs4.20crore and were surprised at this huge collection. On any given day, the collection does not go beyond Rs1crore. While Rs27lakh was collected on Wednesday, Rs50lakh was collected on Thursday. After Prime Minister Narendra Modi demonetized the Rs500 and Rs1000 currencies, more people have come forward to pay their taxes," an official said.

    This year, 50% of the corporation's total revenue has come from taxes.


  • 197 encroachers evicted from land in Tirupur TNN | Updated: Nov 25, 2016, 09.31 AM IST

    COIMBATORE: The Tirupur district administration evicted families residing in 197 houses constructed on land belonging to Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments(HR&CE) in Nehru Nagar on Wednesday. However, 34 families refused to vacate, demanding two flats per family from the slum clearance board at the relocation area in Palladam.

    When the district administration decided to evict encroachers, the 197 families were allotted a house each at Karaipudur in Arivoli Nagar, Palladam. "An extensive exercise was carried out to identify the beneficiaries. A total of 10 teams, each led by a tahsildar, identified the beneficiary in each family," said an official of the district administration. This past January, the district administration handed over the houses to beneficiaries.

    "People started moving into their new homes. But 34 families refused to move out. They demanded two houses each," the official said. "They argued that a mother and son could not live in the same house forever and thus demanded two houses," the official said.

    The families had encroached on two acres of HR&CE land for nearly 15 years. "Once the families are evicted, the land will be used to construct buildings for the district administration. Also, a path will be created to reach the district court," the official said.

    The revenue department and the HR&CE had issued eviction notices to all the families one month ago. "A warning was also issued to families who refused to vacate on Tuesday. On Thursday, the families who resisted were convinced to move to their new homes in Palladam," the official said.


  • Eviction drive reclaims land worth 25 crore TNN | Updated: Dec 27, 2016, 01.13 PM IST

    COIMBATORE: The city corporation has reclaimed about Rs 25 crore worth reserve sites encroached upon for the last several years in a two-day drive on December 23 and 24.

    Armed with earthmovers and ground staff, the civic body managed to pull down encroached structures on reserve site land across five zones in the city. A statement from the corporation commissioner and special officer K Vijayakarthikeyan said that the total spread of the recovered land was 2.25 acres worth Rs 24.6 crore.

    "We have installed boards in reclaimed land declaring that they belong to the civic body. The drive against encroachment of the corporation land would continue,'' he said. The largest chunk of encroached land retrieved by the civic body was from Udhaya Nagar at Vilankurichi where an area of 85 cents worth Rs 8 crore was under occupation by a private person. The other stretches that were brought back into the corporation fold were a Rs 3-crore worth land at Vadavalli, Rs 5.6 crore worth 70 cents of land at Sundakkamuthur and Rs 8 crore worth 50 cent land at Saravanampatti.

    Corporation authorities said that some of the land had buildings used as shops, which were razed down during the drive, while a few were empty. There was not much resistance from the encroachers, the authorities said.

    With this drive, the civic body has retrieved about Rs 102 crore worth of the corporation's encroached land measuring approximately 6.5 acres in November and December.

    The biggest recovery was during the two-day drive conducted on November 19 when the civic body officials retrieved reserved sites measuring 2.70 acre worth Rs 40.3 crore across the five zones in the city. The town planning officials have the database of encroachments in reserve sites in seven wards. Some of these land like the one retrieved at Ganapathy area during a drive in the first week of December were under encroachment for about 50 years. They were even sold and resold to various people until the civic body identified that it was a reserve site and meant to be handed over to the corporation.
    The civic body then had to wage a legal battle and win a court case to retrieve the reserve site.


  • Dist admin prepares Rs 87-crore proposal to rejuvenate River Kowsika TNN | Updated: Dec 31, 2016, 12.32 PM IST

    COIMBATORE: After repeated attempts by activists to rejuvenate River Kowsika and petitioning the state government on the same, the district administration has made the first move to take up the project. The administration has prepared a detailed report for the project worth Rs 87 crore. The report will be submitted to the state government requesting for funds.

    A few months ago, the agriculture engineering department surveyed the river's bed, from its origin in the Kurudi Mountains to original stream route until Aandipalayam village in Tirupur, where it joins the Noyyal River. Based on the survey, officials found the reasons behind the historic river drying up and ways to revive it.

    "The river originates from a falls in the Kurudi Mountains. For many decades, farmers have been diverting the stream and changing its route to benefit their farm lands," says P K Selvaraj, an activist who has been campaigning for the revival of the river for many years. "Besides the low rainfall in recent years, many brick kiln owners have been digging out gravel from 30-ft deep pits spread across 150 acres on the stream route. So, water gets collected in those pits," he says.

    To solve this problem, the agriculture engineering department has prepared a proposal for Rs 87 crore to revive the river. The proposal includes constructing big and small check-dams at required places and construction of rainwater harvesting pits or ponds in low-lying areas within a farmer's cultivable land.

    "We also plan to reinstate the original route through which the perennial river used to flow. We plan to desilt the river bed, make it deeper and plant native species of trees on both sides of the river to prevent soil erosion," said one of the senior engineers working on the project.

    "We also need to level the land through its route so a lot of water does not get collected and emptied in one location," he said. The report will be submitted to the state government on Monday.

    The 49.7km-long stretch of the river, which includes 39km in Coimbatore district and 10.8km in Tirupur, joins the Noyyal River at Aandipalayam. "The river will support at least 25,000 acres. So, once the river is rejuvenated even farmhands in the region will not move out looking for other work," said the engineer.


  • Quarry strike hits Kozhikode realty business Though many of the construction contractors had accumulated small quantities of quarry materials, the stored material was not sufficient enough to meet the demand.January 02, 2017, 11:00 IST

    KOZHIKODE: The continuing strike of Small Scale Quarry Owners Association has badly affected the construction sector in the district. The work of houses, buildings and public roads are being affected owing to the shortage of quarry and crusher products including metals, granite crushed stones, manufactured sand and boulders.

    The strike that was started on December 19 has completed 14 days. Though many of the construction contractors had accumulated small quantities of quarry materials, the stored material was not sufficient enough to meet the demand.

    "The quarry strike after demonetization has affected us badly," K A Jith, a private contractor who takes up the work of houses and small buildings. We could not accumulate sufficient quantity of materials owing to demonetization effect and we are now finding it impossible to get materials, he added.

    Nearly 2500 quarries in the state are on indefinite strike from December 19 demanding immediate intervention to protect the small quarries. The Supreme Court, had recently, issued an order making prior environmental clearance (EC) mandatory for all quarries including small quarries and the quarry owners alleged that the state government did not pay any attention to address the worries of small quarry owners.

    "The construction works had been at stand still for nearly two weeks after demonetization and when people started getting small amounts from banks for purchasing materials, we are facing shortage of materials, said P Naveen, mason worker. It has affected the livelihood of many people and immediate action is required to settle the issue, he added. Instead of protecting the environment the government employees give environment clearance to large scale quarry owners to carry out mining at poramboke land and revenue land, alleged M K Babu, state general secretary of the association.


  • Airport expansion: Land survey on to fix new offer price TNN | Updated: Jan 8, 2017, 12.55 AM IST

    Coimbatore: The department incharge of land acquisition for Coimbatore airport expansion has commenced survey of the land earmarked for the project yet again. The move comes after price fixation talks between the district administration and the land owners fell through. Now, the department will send the survey and price details to the commissioner of land administration in Chennai, which is expected to take over the negotiations with land owners.

    The district revenue officer (DRO) incharge of land acquisition confirmed that they had commenced the land survey for the second time. "We have so far surveyed and sent details about eight blocks to Chennai," said the DRO in-charge, Noor Mohammed. "The survey will encompass details such as the acreage of land; number of residential structures and residents; guideline price of the land; market rate at which land was last sold; and the price demanded by residents. After studying these details, officials in Chennai will fix the offer price. After this, we will proceed with the acquisition," he said.

    The land survey is going on at a brisk pace to commence the acquisition process without any further delay. "We have around 10 more blocks to survey. It will be completed soon and our target is to send all the reports to Chennai by February 15," Mohammed said.

    The land owners, however, said they had already obtained three stay orders against the acquisition and moved the court again against the state and central governments. "They have not followed some critical rules and guidelines mentioned in the Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013," said Vijay Vikraman, a land owner from Chinniampalayam. "While not offering us the market price is one violation, they have not done an environmental impact assessment and also not properly intimated us about the valuation process," Vikraman said.

    He also alleged that the authorities hadn't talked to them about providing alternate land. "Ours aren't encroached or occupied land. We pay taxes for it. They even offer resettlement packages for people occupying water body banks," Vikraman said, adding, "The feasibility study for the expansion was done more than a decade back."

    If the expansion plans go through, residents said, at least 20,000 trees would have to be felled. "The airport authorities say air traffic will go up four-fold if the airport were to be expanded, but the environmental impact of it on the residents has not been studied," Vikraman said.

    Around 627.89 acre of land was earmarked for airport expansion, of which 461.90 acre is owned by private land owners and 134.33 acre by the defence department. While the government quoted a compensation of 150% of the guideline value, land owners demanded for 300% of the guideline value. They claimed that 150% of the guideline value accounted for just a third of prevailing market price and they cannot buy an alternate property with the money.


  • Realtors seek regularisation scheme SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT
    COIMBATORE: FEBRUARY 03, 2017 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: FEBRUARY 03, 2017 04:00 IST

    Real estate agents in the State plan protests after February 27, with the support of the public, if the State Government fails to come out with a scheme to regularise unapproved residential plots and properties by then.

    Federation of All India Realtors Agents Association president A. Henry told reporters here on Thursday that following an interim order by the Madras High Court in September last year, registration of unapproved plots and properties have stopped completely. This is expected to have resulted in nearly 60 per cent drop in registrations and a revenue loss of Rs. . 2,500 crore (approximately) to the Government so far.

    The next hearing of the case in the court is on February 27.

    Mr. Henry said that in 2015, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana came out with regularisation schemes. Tamil Nadu should come out with a similar scheme. “This is a problem of the people,” he said.

    The aim of the court order is to protect agricultural lands. Hence, the Government should come out with a scheme that will streamline registration of residential sites and properties, he said.


  • Political uncertainty hits major projects in city TNN | Updated: Feb 16, 2017, 12.55 AM IST

    Coimbatore: The political drama unfolding in Chennai has badly hit the bureaucrats in the city. Confused and unaware on how to take projects forward, they have held-up several inaugurations and launch of major projects. Though the Kalaiarangam building was recently renovated, authorities are unable to rent it out as it has not been officially inaugurated by the local administration minister, S P Velumani.

    Also, construction and debris waste recycling plant has been stuck as the contractors await an official function to start the work. They said they were worried about landing in trouble if they were to go ahead with the work before the project was officially launched by MLAs and ministers.

    The construction and debris waste recycling plant was sanctioned in December last at an estimated cost of Rs9 crore. The work order was also issued for the project and the contractors had scheduled to complete the work in three months. But due to the current political situation, they are hesitant to begin the project. They said the minister might get offended if the project was begun without laying foundation stone for it.

    "In our state, ministers are often an important part of project inaugurations. Even de-silting of lakes takes place only after the ministers inspect the lakes. But now, we are confused whether to start the work," said a corporation official.

    Another issue the civic body faces is the inauguration of Kalaiarangam, a corporation complex used for cultural events and commercial exhibitions. "The building was renovated months ago and the minister was to inaugurate it. But after Amma's demise, cyclone Vardah and jallikattu issue, the minister could not give us the time. Many people are approaching us for bookings, but we do not know if we should take them up or lose the revenue," said a representative at the Kalaiarangam.

    The civic body, however, plans to inaugurate a smart city exhibition at the building, this weekend.

    K Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause said it was not just the corporation but all government departments had been facing the same problem. "The highways department had sanctioned many projects, but is unable to take them forward as the ministers and MLAs need to be consulted. Apart from the administrative-level work, ministers' consent is required for many projects. With them confined inside the Koovathur resort, everything is stalled," he said.

    Other consumer activists said many policy level decisions such as amendments and bills were also pending.

    If the MLAs don't return to their constituencies and tend to their work, the state would soon face a lot of issues, said government officials. "Since demonetisation in November, lot of works have been held up. We want the political crisis to end soon so that works could be carried out in the city," said a city-based industrialist.

  • Civic body to set up 100 borewells to tide over water crisis TNN | Feb 19, 2017, 08.42 AM IST

    COIMBATORE: In a relief to the residents hit by the water crisisin the city, the state government has sanctioned Rs5 crore to the civic body under the state disaster relief fund to fight drought. And the corporation is all set to set up 100 borewell connections in the city using this fund to fight the water scarcity in areas where the supply was currently hit.

    Commissionerate of municipal administration G Prakash confirmed that the state government had sanctioned Rs5 crore to the Coimbatore Corporation under the state disaster relief fund to fight drought.

    "The civic body can use this fund to set up new borewells and also repair damaged ones, purchase water tankers, motors, pumps and repair pipes, besides spending it on technical work related to water supply," Prakash said.

    City corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said they had received the fund a few weeks ago and already started work on setting up borewells. "We have identified 100 locations that are facing water supply crisis. We will set up borewells in these locations. So far, nearly 50 borewells have been set up," Vijayakarthikeyan said.

    Nearly 28 wards in the added areas had been identified for setting up the borewells. As per the corporation engineers, nearly 150 borewells in the city had gone dry due to the depleting groundwater levels.

    "Tamil Nadu Water supply and Drainage Board is incharge of water supply schemes and it has plans to lay bigger pipelines and bores across the state. But since it will take a couple of years for the project to come up, we decided to sanction funds to the local bodies under the disaster relief fund to ensure that people get their water supply without any delay," Prakash said.

    Currently, the civic body supplies 176MLD (million litres per day) of water to the residents, which roughly translates into 106 litres per person. "Since we get only 15-20MLD of water from Siruvani supply scheme due to monsoon failure, we are short of 100 MLD of water. So, the frequency of supply has been raised to 12-15 days," Prakash said.

    Also, the city is dependent on nearly 25 water tankers daily. The water lorries make nearly 150 trips, supplying 15 lakh litres of water to the slums and other areas where pipe water supply had been stopped due to water shortage.

    The corporation had earlier announced the 24x7 water supply project, where residents will directly get water from pipe, to tide over the potable water crisis in the city. Referring to it, the commissionerate of municipal administration said the project would ensure 40% reduction in water usage as water metering technology will be introduced.

    Engineer in-charge for the project said, "The tenders have already been called for and on March 27 the next stage of tenders will be concluded. Hopefully, by the end of the year, the proposals will be finalized and the project will be started."


  • ‘Regular supply of potable water should be top priority for next 2 months’ TNN | Updated: Mar 3, 2017, 09.30 AM IST

    COIMBATORE: State school education and sports minister K A Sengottaiyyan has directed officials of the state government and local bodies to prioritise on continuous drinking water supply to residents for the next two months.

    As complaints of water shortage and protests over irregular supply surfaces everyday, Sengottaiyyan asked officials during a review meeting on water supply situation in Erode district on Thursday to attend to every complaint without fail on a war footing. He also wanted the officials to take stern action against water lifters. He also said that funds for Kodiveri combined drinking water project would be allotted in the coming budget.

    "Collect funds from the district administration to set right faulty water pumps in Erode, Kodumudi and Modakurichi areas and submit a report about the same in a week. Ensuring proper water supply should be your priority for the next two months. Whenever there is a shortage of water, bring it to the notice of the district administration," he told officials from revenue, Tamil Nadu water supply and drainages board, local bodies and other departments during the review meeting. The meeting was co-chaired by state environment minister K C Karupannan.

    He asked officials to conduct review meetings everyday. "All complaints received from the public should be acted upon in a timely manner,'' he said.

    He said water managers should ensure that drinking water was not wasted. Faulty pipelines should be set right to prevent wastage of water, he said. ``If borewells were dug, Tangedco officials should provide electricity connections within 48 hours to facilitate pumping of water,'' he said.

    "Electricty department as well as police, PWD, revenue and local body officials should take stern action of illegal water tapping,'' he added.

    Environment minister K C Karupannan asked the officials to make spot visits in case of complaints of water shortage. "A point person should be appointed to collect all the complaints regarding irregular water supply which should be passed on to relevant authorities,'' he said.