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    Corporation yet to reclaim 75% of grabbed OSR land

    Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Updated: Oct 1, 2018, 10:53 IST

    COIMBATORE: It has been more than two years since the city corporation has taken any step to remove encroachments from the open space reservation (OSR) site at T Nagar at Ramanathapuram in the city. After residents took to streets in 2016 saying Ramanathapuram Cooperative House Building Society had grabbed a major portion of more than 20 cents land, which was earmarked as OSR site, to construct a complex, the civic body had sealed all the rooms, but only to remove the same days later.

    “The society has occupied a major portion of land and only a few cents are set aside for playground,” city-based activist S P Thiyagarajan said.

    He said corporation officials had removed the seal after members of the society requested them to provide time to vacate the site. “But they have not vacated the land till date.”

    While their neighbours at BR Nagar have a park to socialize or take leisurely walks, Ramanathapuram residents have to depend on roads to take a walk.

    “The situation is same with more than 75% of OSR sites in the city limits. They all remain abandoned and do not meet their original purpose,” Thiyagarajan said.

    The city corporation has identified about 1,600 OSR sites, covering 947 acres, in its limits. Of this, only 200 sites have been developed as parks or playgrounds, he said citing a RTI reply. Many OSR sites were yet to be identified, he said. “About 150 OSR sites have been found to be encroached. But the civic body has not so far taken any step to remove the encroachments.”

    He also blamed corporation officials for not taking any step to remove bushes from the remaining OSR sites, which were yet to be developed into parks or playgrounds. “They continue to remain unusable for years together.”

    According to the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act, layouts having more than 65 cents should have 10% of its land as OSR site. The basic idea is to provide some open space for recreational activities without having to travel longer, as it is difficult to find space in the congested city, said V Mahendran, of Alamu Nagar Residents Welfare Association, who had managed to remove encroachments from 50 cents of OSR site recently.

    “Without this space, the most affected would be children and elderly people. As they can’t travel long distances on regular basis, they would be forced to stay indoors on most days,” he said.

    After the Madras high court pronounced a judgement in 2007 in favour of the city corporation, then corporation commissioner had directed officials to protect and maintain the reserved sites. The judgement said “the OSR land reserved for public purpose in a layout or in the development plan or master plan approved by the local body cannot be used for any other purpose than the specified purpose”.

    When contacted, a town planning official said they have started work on identifying and protecting reserved sites in all the zones.

    “We have started to fence the identified reserved sites in west zone. Soon, it would be extended to all zones,” the official said.

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      Building plan approval to turn truly digital from October 15

      Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Oct 1, 2018, 00:13 IST

      Coimbatore: From October 15, those who plan to construct a building need not visit the corporation office for plan approval.

      As part of its efforts to enhance citizen-centric services through responsive and transparent e-Governance systems, the municipal administration department plans to update the automated software for plan approval. Once the system is in place, denizens will be able to upload the plan from the comfort of their home and get the approval. Fee for the service can be paid online.

      “Even though there is an online system for plan approval, officials are uploading the required documents instead of the applicants,” a recent circular from commissioner of municipal administration G Prakash said.

      “After the software is updated and the process is fully automated, building approval should be issued only through online with the digital signature of the officials concerned,” the circular added. Licensed building surveyors will be trained in using the updated software to create more awareness about it.

      All applicants have to pay a scrutiny fee of Rs 500 while uploading the documents, whether they reside in corporation, municipality or panchayat.

      While the Coimbatore corporation uses a software called Auto- DCR, rest of the districts have a software called E-DCR. The change will be implemnted in both the software.

      Welcoming the changes, members of the Association of Licensed Building Surveyors said that such an update will make the existing software more user-friendly. “But the Coimbatore corporation was not collecting scrutiny fee,” S Kanagasundaram with the association told TOI. “At present, builders submit the required documents, including proof of ownership and land patta, at the corporation office and once the documents are processed through the software, the printout is submitted manually to the assistant town planning officer concerned. Ideally, the entire process should take not more than 30 days from the day the plan is submitted. But, it takes up to three months now. The approval is sent through registered post to the applicant,” he said.

      “Once the process is made completely online, applicants will be able to check the status on the website itself. Now, unless the applicant visits the corporation office, errors in the application or missing documents are not notified,” Kanagasundaram added.

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        Desilt Noyyal and Sanganur rivers, urgesDMK MLA

        TNN | Oct 2, 2018, 00:24 IST

        Coimbatore: DMK MLA N Karthik on Monday petitioned corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan demanding the civic body to desilt both the Noyyal and Sanganur rivers ahead of the monsoon.

        After meeting the corporation commissioner, Karthik said he has insisted the commissioner to ask the public works department officials to desilt Noyyal and Sanganur rivers to avoid rainwater from entering houses adjacent to the river. He has also given a list of drainages in the city that have to be cleaned ahead of the monsoon season.

        He alleged that the corporation has been charging more for replacing drinking water pipelines in ward 41. “The corporation has been laying new pipelines at Cheran Ma Nagar. The corporation has been charging the residents for laying these new pipelines. We have insisted them to charge less as the residents could not afford it,” he said.

        He also demanded to set up underground drainage system in Hutco Colony at Sowripalayam as the houses in the area were constructed around 40 years ago.

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          Expedite smart city project, commissioner tells officials

          TNN | Oct 5, 2018, 00:13 IST

          Coimbatore: The city corporation commissioner has directed officials to speed up all the schemes that are being carried out under the smart city project.

          During a review meeting conducted with the officials on Thursday, commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan directed them to ensure that the projects are executed within the timeline and fund. “Working status of all the projects were reviewed,” said an official, who attended it.

          The commissioner later inspected houses in ward 50 and pasted stickers in front of the houses that were free of mosquito breeding sources, in an effort to appreciation the residents’ efforts.

          The civic body has given about 1,000 stickers to the sanitary workers, who will check houses for sources of breeding mosquito. Apart from houses, the workers will also check abandoned houses, sumps, cement tanks used for storing water, sunshades and other vulnerable places, empty plastic containers, coconut shells and tyres, and destroy mosquito larvae.

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            500 houses, textile units, shops flooded in Tirupur city

            TNN | Updated: Oct 9, 2018, 08:14 IST

            Many residents have shifted to the houses of their friends and relatives and to the relief camps set up by the civic bodies.

            TIRUPUR: Continuous rainfall has caused water logging in the city, flooding more than 500 houses. Many residents have shifted to the houses of their friends and relatives and to the relief camps set up by the civic bodies.

            Areas like Perichipalayam, Therku Thottam and Thiruvika Nagar in the city were the most affected due to water logging. Water has entered most of the houses, knitwear units and shops. Local residents blamed poor drainage system for the situation.

            Tirupur corporation took steps to drain water in those areas and also arranged accommodation and food at a convention centre for the residents. Collector KS Palanisamy inspected the affected areas on Monday.

            Avinashi taluk has received the most rainfall in the district. Many of its surrounding villages were affected due to floods. Residents in Chinthamanipalayam in Pappangulam panchayat were asked to shift to a government school after their houses were flooded.

            Traffic through Gobichettipalayam Road was stopped at Valayapalayam after it got flooded.

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              24/7 water supply project: Pilot study launched at RS Puram

              Nivedha Selvam | | Oct 9, 2018, 00:30 IST

              Coimbatore: The city corporation on Monday commenced work to locate the existing underground water pipelines at RS Puram, where the 24/7 potable water supply project would be implemented on a pilot basis.

              “The French firm implementing the project, Suez Projects Pvt Ltd, has started to dig trial pits to identify and locate the actual ground position of pipelines. Trial pits would be dug on almost all the streets and at junctions,” said a civic body official, who hinted that more than 40 such pits would be dug.

              After locating the pipelines, the firm would submit cost estimation for implementing the project at RS Puram. It has already completed all the surveys - consumer survey, topography survey, GIS survey and network survey – required for the project.

              “The project will be implemented in all the three zones of RS Puram. The actual work on the project is expected to commence in December,” the official, who didn’t want to be named, said.

              There are 6,600 water connections in the area and they would be categorized into two district metered areas. Water flowing through these areas would be metered and flows would be analyzed periodically, the official said.

              Pointing out that almost all the existing pipelines would be replaced at RS Puram, the official said the French firm would get a fair idea of work to be implemented in the remaining areas of the city after the completion of the pilot project. “The firm could scale up the capital investment plan for all the 72 wards in the city after completing the pilot project. The pilot study will be incorporated in its final report.”

              The project, which was the last to be sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURN), would be implemented at a cost of Rs 2,961 crore.

              The contract was given to the French firm for a period of 26 years – one year for study, four years for implementation and 21 years for maintenance. The firm has completed consumer survey in nine months of its study period.

              Corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan, meanwhile, reviewed the progress of the project on Monday. He has directed officials to ensure the presence of sufficient amount of chlorine in potable water provided to public to prevent waterborne diseases during monsoon season.


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                Residents: Stop work on linking sewer line to stormwater drain

                TNN | Oct 11, 2018, 12:40 IST

                COIMBATORE: Residents of Maruta Nagar at Edayarpalayam here on Wednesday petitioned city corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan, urging him to take necessary steps to stop the work to link sewer line connection from a nearby apartment to the stormwater drain in their locality.

                Pointing out that the stormwater drain in their region also doubles as sewer lines in the absence of a proper drainage system, members of Maruta Nagar welfare association said overflowing sewage water was a common sight in their locality, especially during the monsoon season.

                “Whenever it overflows, the region would turn into a breeding ground for mosquitoes, causing health problems to the public,” they said. There are more than 100 houses in the locality.

                A couple of weeks ago, incharge of a private apartment that is located just 300 meters away from the locality, started to cut roads at four places to lay a pipeline to carry the sewage from the apartment to the stormwater drain, the members said.

                If the sewage from the apartment were to let into the drain, it would overflow almost every other day, posing serious health hazard, they said. When contacted, a corporation official said they have issued directions to stop the work immediately.


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                  Skyrocketing property tax rates shock residents

                  Rajasekaran RK | TNN | Oct 12, 2018, 00:20 IST

                  Tirupur: Residents have flayed the city corporation for increasing the property tax manifold without properly assessing their properties. In several cases, the revised tax was higher than even the guideline value on the properties, residents said.

                  Political parties, including the ruling party, are demanding a rollback.

                  As many as 22,9718 buildings, including houses and commercial establishments, are under property tax assessment in the city. “The corporation has reassessed and revised property tax on about 19,000 buildings. Without assessing the properties properly, they have revised the taxes even up by 20,000%,” CPI district secretary M Ravi said. “For instance, K Nataraj of BSS Road, who owns a house on a 522sqft land, was asked to pay Rs 542 as property tax in 2016-17. But a notice from the corporation dated October 3 asked him to pay Rs 35,663 andRs 70,874 for 2017-18 and 2018-19 respectively. The man, a retired spinning mill labourer, is now forced to pay Rs 1.06 lakh, which is even higher than the guideline value of the property,” he said.

                  “We have so far come across at least 50 such cases. The corporation has started to send such notices with revised tax rates. It earlier pretended that it dropped the move to collect the revised taxes after opposition parties staged protests,” Ravi said.

                  Three orders were issued in connection with the taxes, Ravi said. “Apart from the government order, the commissioner of municipal administration had directed the civic bodies to fix the tax from Rs 1.8 to Rs 3 per sqft. Additionally, Tirupur corporation arbitrarily came up with the plan of increasing tax for 19,000 buildings.”

                  Meanwhile, assistant commissioner (Accounts) of Tirupur corporation S Santhananarayanan said that the revision was made as directed by the state government. “It has also been updated in the online tax payment software. We have no choice other than collecting the revised taxes.”

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                    Bring water from Noyyal to Uppukarai stream: Farmers

                    TNN | Updated: Oct 15, 2018, 09:52 IST

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                    TIRUPUR: Farmers from Pongalur region in Tirupur district have demanded the state government to bring water from the Noyyal river to the Uppukarai stream following the inadequate supply from the Parambikulam Aliyar Project (PAP) scheme.

                    “When water was supplied from the PAP scheme to three zones, there was enough water to agricultural lands in Pongalur region and farmers cultivated two crops yearly. But after the scheme was extended to additional areas, the water share to the region has reduced,” said K Thangavelu, a farmer from Pongalur.

                    Presently, the PAP scheme serves around 4 lakh acres. The Uppukarai stream, originating on Alagumalai hill near Pongalur, runs through Uppukaraiyampalayam, Kulathupalayam, Karungalipalayam, Periyariyapatti, Padiyur, Rasappalayam, and Karakkattupudur before draining into the Noyyal.

                    “If the water could be brought from the Noyyal to the Uppukarai stream, it will at least help to recharge groundwater and supply potable water. The pipeline could be installed at Somanur and water could be taken during rainy season,” he said.

                    Farmers said it will cost only a few crores to implement the project. “The government should take immediate steps to implement it,” they said. They already presented the idea to the public works department.


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                      Remove encroachments on waterway: Annur villagers

                      TNN | Oct 15, 2018, 23:53 IST

                      Coimbatore: About 15 residents from Chemmani Chettipalayam, a village in Annur block, on Monday said that a waterway that drains excess water from the village has been encroached upon and blocked. They appealed to the collector to get the encroachment removed.

                      The flood alert issued a week ago had led to identification of many such encroached and blocked waterways. Among the many such waterways identified by farmers’ associations and villagers, the one at Chemmani Chettipalayam drains water into a man-made lake a few kilometres away. “The local body had cleaned the drain at a cost of Rs 2 lakh,” said Aravindan, a petitioner.

                      The residents said that the waterway has been blocked by the owner of a land adjoining it. “The person has filled a portion of the waterway with mud, thus blocking the flow of water. Because of it, even during a mild rain, water comes into our houses and residential areas, causing a lot of hardship to senior citizens and children,” the petition said.

                      “The water also carries poisonous snakes and lizards into our homes. It is contaminated with sewage and not only causes stink but also poses the risk of a disease outbreak,” stated the petition.

                      A farmers’ association had last week petitioned the collector about another waterway that carries excess water from a lake in Idigarai to one in Annur being blocked by an encroacher. The blocked drains pose a risk of flooding and destruction of small villages, the petitioners said.

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