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    Slum clearance board to build three housing units in Coimbatore

    This includes the families who were forced to vacate their houses at CMC Colony because of the upcoming flyover at Ukkadam.
    COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board will construct three housing units in Coimbatore, two near Perur bypass at South Ukkadam and one at Variety Hall Road, to accommodate over 1,744 families within the city limit.

    This includes the families who were forced to vacate their houses at CMC Colony because of the upcoming flyover at Ukkadam. The board has decided to rebuild two dilapidated housing units – one at CMC Colony in South Ukkadam and another at Variety Hall Road – and construct a third housing unit afresh at CMC Colony in the city.

    About 737 families living at CMC Colony have been asked to vacate their houses to facilitate the construction of the Ukkadam–Athupalam flyover. Obliging to requests of the residents not to shift them to distant places, the board has said it will construct a new housing unit for them at the colony itself.

    “A new housing unit would be constructed near the flyover for 492 families. Each house will be 400 square feet and the construction cost is Rs 9.5 lakh,” said a board official.

    The housing unit will be completed in 18 months. The corporation has decided to provide its land near the sewage farm at Pullukadu for the residents to set up temporarily shelter during the construction period. A one-time payment of Rs 8,000 would be provided as shifting charges to the families once they vacate the houses, he added.

    For the remaining 245 houses, the board has allotted flats at its housing units at Vellalore and Ukkadam. On Wednesday, Coimbatore south MLA Amman K Arjunan distributed tokens for alternative accommodation at the housing units to the residents at the Corporation higher secondary school at Okkiliyar Colony. Meanwhile, the board has floated tenders to demolish and reconstruct the decades-old housing unit at the CMC Colony. “Talks are being held to allow the residents to set up temporary shelter at Pullukadu itself,” the official said. The housing unit will have as many as 820 flats.

    At the Variety Hall Road housing unit, the residents have been setting up temporary shelters at the corporation ground. “The reconstruction work will commence as soon as they vacate,” the official added. The housing unit has about 432 families.

    A resident of CMC Colony, V Jothi said corporation officials had orally asked them to vacate but had not given them any specific deadline. “As most of us don’t have any work during the lockdown period, we have sought the assistance of a trust to help us set up a temporary shelter and they have agreed,” she added.












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      Coimbatore: Bid to use property tax proof for power connection slammed

      The move has, however, not gone down well with activists, who said this would only aid mushrooming of unauthorised buildings.
      COIMBATORE: More than a month after the state government made the building completion certificate mandatory for permanent electricity connection, the city corporation has written to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco), asking it to consider property tax book as a proof for completion of building construction to provide connection to the buildings in its limits.

      The move has, however, not gone down well with activists, who said this would only aid mushrooming of unauthorised buildings.

      In May, the Tangedco had in a circular stated that temporary electricity connection to a building would be disconnected upon the completion of construction and permanent connection would be provided only on receipt of completion certificates.

      However, exemptions were given to residential buildings that were up to 12 metres high and not exceeded three dwelling units, other buildings up to 750 square metres and all industrial buildings. “It does not apply to the buildings that were under construction or completed on or before February 4, 2019,” the Tangedco had said in the circular then.

      A source with the city corporation said they had been facing practical difficulties in providing building completion certificates immediately to all the people approaching them. “Hence, we have requested the state electricity utility to consider property tax book as a proof for completion of building construction to provide permanent connection to the buildings. This way, people won’t be affected.”

      In the letter dated June 30 to Tangedco, city corporation commissioner J Sravan Kumar said, “Property tax is levied only for the completed buildings in the corporation limits. So, take necessary steps to provide electricity connection, considering the property tax book as a proof for completion of construction work.”

      But city-based activists have opposed the city corporation’s move stating that would defeat the very purpose of making the building completion certification mandatory - to bring down the number of unauthorised buildings.

      K Kathirmathiyon, secretary, Coimbatore Consumer Cause, said, “The local bodies levy tax on all the buildings. The city corporation had even said in the court that mere taxation does not legalize the buildings and that they have right to demolish the same for violation of norms. This is the basic reason for mandating the building completion certificate.”













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        Over 350 families to be provided housing units in Coimbatore

        While tokens for alternative accommodation were already distributed to the families at CMC Colony, the procedure to distribute tokens for others is in process, the official said.
        • TNN
        • July 06, 2020, 11:00 IST

        COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu slum clearance board (TNSCB) has identified about 361 families to provide alternative accommodation at its housing units in the city.

        “The corporation would be demolishing about 245 houses at CMC Colony in South Ukkadam to pave way for the construction of Ukkadam flyover. Thirty-eight houses near Kannapiram Mills bus stop and 78 houses near Sungam Junction, which were constructed illegally on road margins, would also be removed as a part of our encroachment eviction drive,” an official from the TNSCB said.

        While tokens for alternative accommodation were already distributed to the families at CMC Colony, the procedure to distribute tokens for others is in process, the official said, adding that their houses would be demolished as soon as they shift to the housing units.

        Explaining that the city corporation is in the process of identifying the encroachers along the Sanganoor Pallam, the official said with the completion of work, most of the encroachments in the city has been identified and removed. more than 5,000 encroachments are removed in the city so far, he added.












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          Coimbatore: Army welfare housing body delays sale deed to residents

          The protesters say the Army Welfare Housing Organisation has also refused to give them break-up of their costs - land price and cost of construction.


          COIMBATORE: Nearly 400 ex-servicemen and war widows, who paid lakhs of their lifetime savings and pensions to buy apartments constructed by the Army Welfare Housing Organisation, say the sale deed has not been transferred to their names even three years after payment of their last instalment.

          Around 25 of them protested at the project office on Thursday by maintaining social distancing. The protesters say the Army Welfare Housing Organisation has also refused to give them break-up of their costs - land price and cost of construction.

          According to them, the project was floated in 2007-'08. The Directorate of Town and Country Planning then granted them approval to construct 496 apartments on 33.5 acres, of which five acres was set aside as open space reserve.

          Narasimhan, one of the residents, said, “They sold five types of dwelling units - row houses, modern apartments, super deluxe, deluxe and small family apartments - which were priced in the range of Rs 19.67 lakh to Rs 46.55 lakh.”

          Another resident, Col Sunny Joseph, said while he had paid the last instalment for his two-bedroom apartment in November 2018, the sale deed was yet to be transferred to his name. “Other residents had completed payment earlier. Their situation is also the same.”

          TOI had earlier reported the four-year delay in handing over the project. The residents say they still haven’t been told how much land they would own as part of the housing unit. “They are now trying to sell the vacant land to another constructor to build 400 apartments more. They are trying to split the land into two portions, which is not allowed,” Col Joseph said.











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            Land reserved for road project on sale

            Nivedha Selvam | Aug 24, 2020, 04:10 IST




            Coimbatore: The revenue department’s failure to notify the registration department, local planning authority and local bodies about change in alignment of the proposed western ring road project has dealt a blow to many people who bought land on the project route by shelling out a lifetime’s savings to build their dream houses.

            Shantha*, of Vadavalli, is one of the affected. A housekeeping staffer with a private hospital, she saved every possible penny from her monthly salary of Rs 10,000 for over half a decade with a dream to buy a small plot of land to build a house of her own. When one of her friends told Shantha about her plans to sell four cents land at Theetipalayam on the outskirts of the city, she sealed the deal in February 2018. Her savings wasn’t enough to buy the land. So, she pledged some of her gold ornaments and took a loan.

            But her happiness was short-lived. In three months, she came to know from one of the well-wishers that the land was earmarked for the western ring road project. When she approached government officials, they confirmed it.

            While the state highways department had changed the alignment of the road project to 32.43km through 16 villages from Kuniyamuthur to Gudalur from 26km through 12 villages from Kuniyamuthur to Thudiyalur in 2014 and obtained approval from the road safety committee the same year and administrative sanction from the state government in 2016, the revenue department is yet to notify the registration department, local planning authority and local bodies about it.

            As a result, likes of Shantha continues to purchase land and construct buildings on the route that is earmarked for the western ring road project.

            She said, “Isn’t the registration department that we all trust while purchasing land? If it had informed me about the project, I would not only have saved my hard-earned money but avoided mental agony and humiliation that I am facing now.”

            K Kathirmathiyon, secretary, Coimbatore Consumer Cause, said the revenue department should have updated the concerned departments about the changes in alignment of the road project as soon as they were approved, as it had done in the case of the initial project draft. “Despite repeated reminders and complaints, the revenue department is yet to notify the changes to them.”

            Explaining that four villages that were in the first draft were not included in the second draft, which instead added eight other villages, he said due to lack of communication, registration department was still allowing people to register land earmarked for the project while local planning authority and local bodies were permitting building construction.

            “Besides the public, it will also affect the revenue department, which might have to spend huge money as compensation during land acquisition. Due to multiple land transactions, the department might not even know who the current owner of land that it wants to acquire is,” he said.

            Sources with the registration department said they would stop the registration process as soon as they were notified about the changes in road alignment. When contacted, revenue officials assured to look into the issue.
            (* Name changed)











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              Septuagenarian gets property back after son abandons him

              Nov 14, 2020, 04:28 IST





              Coimbatore: A 71-year-old man who had gifted his house and land to his 43-year-old son, who later abandoned him and his wife, got back the property on Wednesday, thanks to the intervention of collector K Rajamani.

              Karuppusamy had handed over six cents land and his house worth Rs 31 lakh to his son Senthil Kumar a few years ago. But Kumar refused to take care of his parents after the property was registered in his name.

              A dejected Karuppusamy petitioned the Coimbatore collector a few months ago and sought his help. Coimbatore north revenue divisional officer P Suresh, who met Karuppusamy and Senthil Kumar, ordered cancellation of the gift deed.

              The revenue department has warned those who desert elderly parents for their property. Such people will face action under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act, 2007. “We have implemented the Act in seven cases and cancelled property registration deeds worth Rs 2.7 crore. We ordered monthly compensation in two cases,” an official said.












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                Coimbatore civic body directs people to vacate 62 dilapidated buildings

                The city corporation has also placed boards in front of some of the identified buildings, stating “this building has lost its stability and is no longer safe to use it.
                COIMBATORE: With the monsoon showers lashing the city incessantly, the civic body has directed the people residing in dilapidated buildings to vacate them in two days and warned to seal them if they failed to comply with the order.

                In a press statement, city corporation commissioner P Kumaravel Pandian said they had identified 81 dilapidated buildings in their limits and issued notices to their occupants under Section 327 of Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) Act, 1981 a month ago, directing them to vacate the premises immediately as the buildings were unsafe to live in.

                The city corporation has also placed boards in front of some of the identified buildings, stating “this building has lost its stability and is no longer safe to use it. It poses a threat to the lives of the public. So, usage of the building is prohibited under the CCMC Act”.

                The city corporation has already demolished 19 of the identified dilapidated buildings, 13 of which were beyond repair. The city corporation head said they had asked the occupants of the remaining buildings to vacate the premises in two days. “If they don’t comply, we will seal the buildings with the help of police officials.”

                About a month ago, district collector K Rajamani had instructed the local bodies to identify buildings that were in bad shape after a house collapsed on Chetti Street at Selvapuram, claiming four lives, following the incessant rainfall. Subsequently, 223 such buildings were identified in the district and notices were issued to 81 of them.

                Earlier in 2019, a compound wall that was 20ft high and 100ft long had collapsed on a row of houses, killing 17 people, at Nadur village at Mettupalayam in the district. The wall apparently collapsed after it became weak because of the incessant rainfall.











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                  Dilapidated buildings pose risk to Tamil Nadu housing board unit residents

                  A month ago, the portico of a house collapsed. Fortunately, no one was hurt. As a result, residents fear that the TNHB could demolish the 30-year-old building.
                  • TNN
                  • December 19, 2020, 19:00 IST

                  COIMBATORE: The dilapidated condition of buildings has become a cause for concern for residents of 960 apartments of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB), Singanllur unit.

                  A month ago, the portico of a house collapsed. Fortunately, no one was hurt. As a result, residents fear that the TNHB could demolish the 30-year-old building.

                  They also fear that TNHB may increase the height of the four-storeyed apartments to 10-storeyed and sell off the remaining open space for a profit or build more apartments in the open space. This move will reduce the residents’ ownership of the land and make the place more congested, they said.

                  The apartment units were built in an area of over 17.55 acres in ward 64. “The buildings are dilapidated, walls have cracks and a month back a portico also collapsed,” Tamilmani Pichimuthu, a resident, said. “Last year, deputy chief minister O Paneerselvam inspected it and ordered that the buildings have to be renovated or repaired. However, TNHB seems to be using this opportunity to make a profit out of it by cheating us over our share of space,” he added.

                  V Manoharan, another resident, said they heard that TNHB has plans to build 10 storey apartments spread over 4 acres, and move all the 960 existing apartment owners there. “They plan to sell off the remaining 11 acres or so for a profit or build larger higher income group apartments in the remaining land. We are against being crammed into 10-storeyed apartments because it reduces our ownership of the land, reduces the open space we have around for all our happy and sad occasions and we are scared that when a three storey apartment can crumble in 30 years, how they plan to maintain a 10-storeyed apartment,” he asked.

                  The residents demand that TNHB immediately renovate or rebuild their apartments, before people get injured, but in the same positions. “If they want to make a profit or get back the costs of renovating our apartments, let them increase the height of our buildings and sell off the upper storeys for a profit or to new allottees. But we will not agree to be moved into higher floors or storeys than where we are now,” Manoharan added.










                  Dilapidated buildings pose risk to Tamil Nadu housing board unit residents, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)
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                    Coimbatore: Owners of construction sites fined as workers were found not wearing masks

                    The commissioner ordered a total fine of Rs 5,000 on owners of construction sites where workers were not wearing masks. He stopped people riding two-wheelers and driving vehicles and ordered them to wear masks even while commuting.



                    COIMBATORE: Coimbatore Corporation commissioner Kumaravel Pandian on Thursday inspected Covid-19 preventive measures taken up in the central zone.

                    The commissioner ordered a total fine of Rs 5,000 on owners of construction sites where workers were not wearing masks. He stopped people riding two-wheelers and driving vehicles and ordered them to wear masks even while commuting.

                    The commissioner inspected central zone which includes the shopping district —Gandhipuram’s 100 Feet Road, Cross Cut Road, Tenth Street, Tatabad’s ninth, tenth and eleventh streets among other areas.

                    He inspected all shops, restaurants, eateries and even food pushcarts to check if everyone was wearing masks and checked for social distancing.

                    Four people were fined Rs 500 each for not wearing masks.

                    He appealed to the people to cooperate with the government to prevent the spread of Covid-19.







                    Coimbatore: Owners of construction sites fined as workers were found not wearing masks, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)


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                      Builders in Coimbatore brace for brick shortage

                      At least 100 loads weighing 150 tonnes each are driven out of Thadagam a day to construction sites across the region. Builders in Coimbatore shell out Rs 20,000 for 3,000 bricks. The price goes up depending on the distance. File Photo COIMBATORE: The 197 brick kiln units at Thadagam produce around 1,500 tonnes of bricks a day, which are used by contractors across Coimbatore, Tirupur and the Nilgiris.

                      While the units were sealed and reopened several times in the past, builders in the region expressed worry about the latest drive. Though they have begun using alternatives like fly ash bricks, bricks have distinct advantages. If Thadagam shuts down, they would be forced to source bricks from Dharapuram, which may become very expensive.

                      At least 100 loads weighing 150 tonnes each are driven out of Thadagam a day to construction sites across the region. Builders in Coimbatore shell out Rs 20,000 for 3,000 bricks. The price goes up depending on the distance.

                      “We have been using fly ash bricks and porotherm bricks. Only 10% of our projects use bricks as they are heavier and more expensive. Now, sourcing has become a problem,” says Coimbatore Builders and Contractors Association (Cebaca) charter president C T Narayanan. “But I don’t see the construction industry being hit badly by the closure, because this is something we have begun preparing for a while.”

                      Bricks are preferred for housing projects because of certain advantages, says D Singaravelu, founder of Prolific Housing. “They are more long-lasting compared to the alternatives. They last up to 100 years and have insulation properties, leading to people inside feeling slightly cooler. But being heavier, steel requirement is higher, pushing up costs.”

                      Sourcing bricks from Dharapuram will make them much more expensive and logistically tougher than from Thadagam, Singaravelu added.

                      Meanwhile, V Sampath Kumar of the Coimbatore District Brick Producers Association slammed the latest sealing drive. “We have been functioning for the past 40 years. The hill area conservation authority was set up only in 2006. We have been paying the mining department a fee of Rs 70,000 a year per kiln, based on which they issued us challans. They knew we were mining. It was not illegal or hidden.”











                      Builders in Coimbatore brace for brick shortage, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate (indiatimes.com)

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