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    Madras high court orders demolition of illegal building in Coimbatore

    TNN | Jan 13, 2019, 10:23 IST


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    CHENNAI: The Madras high court has ordered demolition of a multi-storey commercial cum residential complex located in the RS Puram area of Coimbatore. The court passed the order as 90% of the building has been constructed illegally, without sanction.

    A division bench of justices S Vaidyanathan and P T Asha however, postponed the demolition till June 7, as school annual exams of children residing in the complex are scheduled till April-May. “Electricity and water supply shall be disconnected to the entire premises on June 10. The occupiers shall vacate the premises before June 7, failing which, they would be deemed to have vacated and demolition shall commence. During such action, if their properties are damaged, the officials shall not be held liable,” the bench said.

    The bench passed the order on a plea moved by P Palaniammal, co-owner of the property, seeking direction to the district authorities to consider her representation dated September 11, 2018 for regularisation of the unauthorised construction.

    The property in dispute is located on West Sambandam Road, R S Puram, Coimbatore. The Coimbatore Corporation had issued several notices to the petitioner, stating that she should provide parking space inside the building for the owners of the residential flats, as cars of the house owners were parked on the street causing traffic congestion in the area.

    Final notice was issued on August 29, 2018. As per the notice, it is clear that the petitioner has constructed a building to an extent of 25,280sqft which is completely in violation of the sanctioned plan. The authorities had approved only 7,743sqft and no stilt floor was permitted. However, the petitioner had constructed 5,556sqft stilt floor and several other floors in violation of sanctioned plan. “The conduct of the petitioner in the present case deserves to be noticed. She knew fully well what was the permissible construction as per the sanctioned building plan. However, she has not only constructed the ground, first and second floors, but also constructed additional third, fourth and stilt floors, which are totally unauthorized. She was probably under the impression that she would be able to escape from the clutches of the law, by way of manipulation,” the court said.

    Although illegal constructions and encroachments are brought to the notice of authorities, they turn a blind eye for reasons best known to them and allow the illegal structures to stand, the bench added.









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      Illegal sand quarries thrive in Palar river basin, no action so far

      Rajasekaran RK
      At least three illegal sand quarries are functioning in Palar river basin in Udumalpet taluk in Tirupur district.

      | TNN | Updated: Jan 14, 2019, 11:25 IST


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      TIRUPUR: At least three illegal sand quarries are functioning in Palar river basin in Udumalpet taluk in Tirupur district. Villagers said illegal sand mining was happening for months in the region, and the violators had threatened residents as well as the officials.

      The district administration was yet to initiate any sort of enquiry into the issue. On Saturday, two sand-laden trucks managed to escape, even as a team of revenue officials tried to stop them in Ravanaapuram village.

      Palar, the sub-tributary of Aliyar river, originates at Thirumoorthy hills, and passes through villages in Udumalpet and enters Coimbatore district.

      The district administration has not given any licence to mine sand in the river. “A farmer who owns around six acres of farm land on the banks of Palar riverin Valaiyapalayamin Vallakundapuram panchayat obtained licence to remove ‘savudu’ sand from his farm. Though he had obtained the licence for 15 days, five months ago, he quarried beyond the expiry date. Apart from the sand in his farm, the sand from the river basin was also mined,” said a villager.

      “The farmer could have sold more than 2,500 truckloads of sand, and got a good deal in Coimbatore and Kerala. Following which, few others who have land along the Palar river started taking advantage. Three such illegal sand quarries have cropped up in the region,” said the villager.

      A team of revenue officials reached Ravanaapuram panchayat for inspection. “They found that without obtaining any licence, the quarry was functioning in a farm land owned by J Rajkumar and J Rajasekar,” said official sources.

      “A sand-laden truck fled on Saturday afternoon, when the officials tried to stop. The officials managed to stop another truck for few minutes. However, the driver unloaded the sand and escaped despite warnings from the officials to halt the vehicles,” the sources said.

      Some villagers from Ravanaapuram say some politicians are supporting illegal sand mining in the area. The mafia sells a truckload of sand for Rs. 30,000. In order to upgrade the sand quality like Karur sand, they wash the sand on the spot.

      When contacted, Udumalpet Revenue Divisional Officer S Asokan told TOI that, “I will order the revenue officials to conduct an enquiry into the issue and seek report soon.”









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        Pollution: Power supply to four dyeing units cut

        TNN | Jan 17, 2019, 00:40 IST

        Tirupur: Electricity connections to four textile dyeing units were cut for polluting Noyyal and other areas in the district. Electricity was disconnected based on the recommendation by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB).

        A dyeing unit attached to S Periyapalayam common effluent treatment plant was found to have released effluents into the Noyyal river. “The dyeing unit laid a separate pipeline to let the effluents into the river, instead of sending them to the treatment plant,” said a TNPCB official, who didn’t want to be named.

        The officials also caught another dyeing unit, which was run by a leading knitwear exporter, releasing effluents into a waterbody at Veerapandi. “It had an individual effluent treatment plant, but yet effluents were released into a waterbody.”

        Similarly, two other unregistered dyeing units were found discharging effluents in open ground at Iduvampalayam.

        Based on the TNPCB recommendation, the district monitoring committee directed Tangedco to sever the electricity connections to all the four units.









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          Real estate sector registers 25% growth

          Pratiksha.Ramkumar@timesgroup.com | Jan 18, 2019, 00:56 IST

          Real estate developers and builders confirm that registrations of land parcel and apartments had increased since last year, compared to the slump experienced in 2016 and 2017. They say that land across segments, including residential, commercial and even industrial, are beginning to find buyers. They say that small budget sales have become common and a few big budget deals too are beginning to go through.

          Realtors and builders say their industry is finally beginning to look up after registrations came to a complete halt in 2016. “A focused realtor can now complete one deal in one to three months, compared to the six months it took earlier,” said R Hariprakash, founder, Race Course-based Annai Realty. “And we are seeing good movements of residential and commercial lands and even a few industrial land plots. People are willing to invest,” he said.

          The silver lining is hardly restricted to land movement alone, the construction industry too seems to be registering a sizeable momentum in business. “We are seeing at least a 25% growth in business in 2018,” said Aashish Raichuraa, of Saibaba Colony-based DJ Deesigners, a company of architects and civil engineers. “We are mainly getting a lot of apartments and residential projects. While a large chunk of growth has come from Erode and Salem, Coimbatore is also giving us good business,” he added. The outskirts and suburbs of the city also seem to be faring better than the older parts of the city in terms of residential land registrations. “Residential land is moving better than commercial land on the outskirts. However, people are preferring apartments and smaller plot sizes. Plots which are priced between Rs 10 lakh and Rs 30 lakh a cent are the fast-moving ones,” said Logesh Kumarasamy, managing director of Builders Pollachi.

          However, real estate brokers say landowners who have brought down their land prices in the last one year to remain competitive are the ones who have shown successful sales. “By 2017-end, many landowners, especially those with unapproved layouts, began reducing their prices by a few rupees a cent. So, buyers who have been eyeing those plots for a while ended up buying them in 2018. There is still more supply than demand,” said Veeramani K, a broker.









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            Revenue dept’s kitty swells despite less land registrations

            Abbinaya Kuzhanthaivel | Jan 18, 2019, 00:55 IST

            After a slump in real estate sector two years back, land transactions have picked up in the district filling the kitty of the registration department.

            The department has collected Rs 903 crore revenue by registering 1,30,897 documents from April 2018 to December 2018, which is expected to rise further by the end of the current fiscal year. In 2016–17, when the real estate sector saw a drop, the department managed to mop up only Rs 611 crore. That year the government aimed for a target of Rs 900 crore, but land transactions turned out to be dull.

            Though various factors like mandating approval from the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) and strict RERA guidelines were attributed to the fall, real estate players blamed demonetisation to have played a major role in aiding the slump.

            Soon after DTCP approval was made mandatory in 2016, land parcels without approvals were stuck without sales and owners of land with approvals hiked the prices exorbitantly forcing the buyers to put off their plans.

            But next year revenue collection started soaring, partly due to revision of guideline value by the state government which gave the much-required push to land sales.

            “There is a marked increase in revenues compared to the past years. In 2017 fiscal, the revenue collection rose to Rs 876 crore. After the revised guideline values, more people came forward for land registration,” said a senior officer in the registration department.

            Though the guideline value was slashed, government’s move to hike registration fee helped mop up more revenue. Hence, the registration department managed to collect more revenue this fiscal even though number of registrations was lesser than 2016.

            “With three more months to go for the financial year to end, we hope to surpass the number of land registrations made in previous years,’’ said the officer.

            But government officials are not sure of the nature of land being sold or bought. Though exact information on nature of land transacted is not available, officials say there was equal demand and sale of residential, agricultural and industrial land. Similarly, the land transactions are spread out in rural areas as well as urban areas.

            Realtors say that the sector seems to be stabilized. “The sector is going through a phase where there are no ups and downs. There is neither too big a growth nor a slowdown now,” said Karthikeyan from Kovai Real Estate Services.

            Officials say that simplification of registration process by making it online has also helped. “We have made the process easy by eradicating the need for brokers. People can now register through online portal and can get their hard copy of the documents on the same day of registration,” said the officer.











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              Delay in sharing waste collection route map threatens to derail micro composting project

              Karthik Madhavan




              The micro composting centre at R.S. Puram in the city could lie in disuse if the waste collection route map is not shared.S. Siva Saravanan

              The route map is essential to decide on the capacity of each of the composting centres

              At a time when the micro composting centres to process organic waste are getting ready, there seems to be a delay in sharing the details regarding the areas that the centres would cover.

              The Coimbatore Corporation is in the process of constructing around 60 centres across the city to locally process organic (wet, degradable) waste that is generated in each of the centre's neighbourhood. The objective, the Corporation officials said, was to reduce the quantity of waste transported to Vellalore and also use the compost obtained by processing the organic waste in the locality.

              The centres will have the capacity to handle five or less than five tonnes a day, which will depend on the locality. And the Corporation is spending Rs. 10 lakh to Rs. 35 lakh to construct each centre.

              But for the Corporation to decide on the capacity of each of the micro composting centres it needed to know how much organic waste the neighbourhood would generate. To assess the waste generation, the engineering wing that builds the centres had asked the health wing, which handles the primary waste collection from houses, for a route map.

              The route map would reveal how many houses and streets were in the neighbourhood and how many conservancy workers operating the push carts or other primary collection vehicles served in the area.

              As the health wing delayed sharing the route map data, the engineering wing went ahead with the construction of the micro composting centres, said a senior engineer, on condition of anonymity.

              It they were to wait for the data, the construction would be delayed. And, the micro composting centre being a State-wide project under the Commissionerate of Municipal Administration, the Corporation went ahead with the construction.

              Now, with the construction nearing completion, the situation was no different, rued another engineer in-charge of waste management. He said sharing of route map data was necessary for the efficient functioning of the composting centres.

              A health wing official said there was some delay in sharing the route map but it would be done in the next couple of weeks.












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                Corpn seeks comprehensive plan to restore Noyyal River

                Jan 20, 2019, 00:26 IST

                Coimbatore: Under the smart city project, the city corporation has invited tender for a detailed project report on how to restore a portion of Noyyal River.

                The report should include ways to strengthen the riverbed, improve access to the river for pedestrians and cyclists, identify polluting factors and remedial measures to be taken. “About seven to eight kilometres of the river flows within the city limits. We want to revamp and restore those portions, so that water flows freely. It will also include cleaning and restoration of the main canals that take water from the river to the many water bodies in the city,” a senior corporation engineer said.

                The bids should be submitted on January 21. The selected consultant will have four months to prepare the report, which should have a feasibility study, which includes a water management plan, a master plan for Noyyal River area with geocoding, assessment of environmental and social issues, biodiversity assessment, traffic plan and land use classification or pattern in and around the river area.

                While some activists welcomed the river restoration initiative, others called it an eyewash. Unless the civic body comes up with a way to stop sewage and garbage contamination of the canals, no project can restore the historic river, they told TOI.

                A plan to tackle sewage contamination should become the first priority, some environmentalists said. “With a master plan, we can remove encroachments from the lake areas and once a proper road comes on the both sides of the river, then dumping of garbage and pollutants will stop,” says R Raveendran of Residents Awareness Associations of Coimbatore. “However, it is critical that the two big canals that take water to the Ukkadam lake from Perur lake and Singanallur lake from Vellalore lake, are cleaned, desilted and removed of sewage inlets.”

                R Manikandan of Kovai Kulangal Padhukaapu Amaippu agreed, saying that stopping sewage contamination of even the smaller canals that take water from one lake to another is critical. “Sewage contamination must be stopped at every level. Instead of creating roads on both sides of the river, the revenue land allotted for the river should be converted into green patches. Instead of building compound walls along the lakes, they should create a mud ramp, allowing the lakes to interact with the green patch on the bunds. This will help revive the ecosystem,” he said.

                Vanitha Mohan, managing trustee of Siruthuli, said local bodies should stop dumping of garbage into lakes and canals. “This has led to the channels carrying water getting chocked. The Krishnampathy lake is filled with bottles and plastic waste,” she said. “ Also, instead of a single consultant preparing the DPR, the report should be prepared after conducting workshops attended by stakeholders, including experts.”











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                  Plastic demon threatens sanctity of Vanabadrakali Amman Temple

                  Rajasekaran RK | tnn | Jan 21, 2019, 00:13 IST

                  Coimbatore: Decades ago, devotees used to take a dip in the nearby Bhavani river before offering prayer in the Vanabadrakali Amman Temple at Thekkampatti near Mettupalayam. They now hesitate to even visit the riverbank, littered with trash, including plastic. Discarded carry bags and clothes float on the once pristine river.

                  “Due to pollution, devotees hesitate to even wash their legs in the river. Those who tonsure their heads as part of vow, find the water too dirty to take bath,” said K Ravichandran, a devotee.

                  Spread over 15 acres on the banks of Bhavani, the temple was one of the main pilgrimage destinations in the western Tamil Nadu. Bathing in the river before entering the temple was a part of the ritual. All that changed after a check dam was constructed at Samayapuram, one-and-a-half-kilometre from the temple, which resulted in stagnation of water.

                  Now, poor implementation of the plastic ban has made the situation worse at the Hindu religious and charitable endowment (HR&CE) department-run temple. Piles of discarded plastic products adorn the temple premises. The temple administration has failed to set up a proper waste disposal system. There is not even a single dustbin on the temple premises.

                  The official apathy is evident as even prasadam is wrapped in single use plastic. Shops including food stalls near the temple continue to use plastic. Devotees, who discard clothes and other belongings in the water body as a ritualistic practice, are also to be blamed. Besides floating betel leaves with burning camphor in the river, they drop the belongings, including plastic bags. Though the temple does not act as a place for performing such rituals as at Kooduthurai, a holy place situated in the Erode district, the belief grew over the years.

                  “As the padithurai (bathing ghat) was getting polluted, the department appointed a coracle operator to remove clothes and plastic from the river,” an HR & CE official said.

                  However, trash containing plastic is burnt on the riverbank, causing air pollution. HR&CE department is taking steps to implement the plastic ban and improve the waste disposal system, assistant commissioner K Ramu said. “But it is not easy to ensure cleanliness in the village-bound temple mainly because of lack of awareness among the devotees about plastic pollution. People keep on throwing their belongings in the river. We have proposed to construct a concrete-lined pond inside the river at cost of Rs 47lakh so that the devotees could take dip safely. We will also streamline the waste disposal system,” he told TOI.








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                    Corporation sets up five teams to crack down on banned plastics

                    TNN | Updated: Jan 29, 2019, 12:54 IST


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                    COIMBATORE: Almost a month after the ban on single-use plastics was implemented in the state, the city corporation has seized about 2,276kg of plastics and collected Rs 4.29 lakh as fine so far.

                    The corporation has formed five teams each comprising of six officials including a sanitary inspector. “Each team would be incharge of a zone. They will conduct regular inspection to curtail usage of single-use plastics,” said a corporation offical.

                    A team of officials on Monday seized about 10kg of plastic bags from a shopkeeper at Town Hall in central zone and slapped a penalty of Rs 10,000. “This is the highest seizure from a single shop in the past few days as use of plastics has actually come down in the city,” the official said.

                    “While we had collected over 817.5kg of plastic items on the first day (January 2) from shops and houses, now we hardly seize a few kilograms of plastics. While most of the restaurants and public have completely stopped using the banned products, some grocery shops and meat shops are continuing the use,” the official said. The officials, so far, has conducted 124 raids in the city and issued notices to 176 establishments after finding banned items at their place, the official added.








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                      Seeking free housing plots, villagers try to stop speaker Dhanapal

                      TNN | Jan 30, 2019, 01:09 IST

                      Tirupur: Residents of adi dravidar colony near Sundakkampalayam attempted to lay siege to assembly speaker P Dhanapal, condemning the state government for its failure to provide them free housing plots near Avinashi in the district on Tuesday.

                      The incident took place when Dhanapal was returning after inaugurating road work at Sundakkampalayam near Nambiyampalayam.

                      Meanwhile, more than 50 residents of adi aravidar colony waited for him on the way to petition that their long pending demand of allotting free housing plots to them was yet to be addressed.

                      As information about a possible siege protest reached the police, they beefed up the security under Avinashi deputy superintendent of police P Paramasamy. Though police requested the villagers not to assemble, the latter refused to move.

                      They successfully petitioned the speaker and urged him to take steps to meet their demand. Dhanapal promised to help them. But not satisfied with his reply, they tried to stage a siege protest, but police thwarted their effort and took Dhanapal away from the spot.










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