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    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.


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      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.

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      • #43


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        Realtors seek regularisation scheme

        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.

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          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.

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            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."


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            • #46


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              ‘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.


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                Corporation reclaims land worth Rs 236 crore since November last

                TNN | Updated: Mar 13, 2017, 10.43 AM IST

                COIMBATORE: The city corporation has removed encroachments from 22.7 acres of land in the past five months. According to civic body officials, the value of the reclaimed land, which includes 64 sites, is worth Rs 236 crore. These sites were identified every weekend and the encroachments were removed by the civic body's town planning wing. The civic body is expected to hand over these sites to the volunteering NGOs to maintain them.

                "We first identified park sites, roadsides and other corporation lands that had been encroached over the past several years. Every weekend, we take out a drive to remove the encroachments. We are hopeful of clearing all the encroachments very soon," said Sasipriya, town planning officer.

                This weekend, encroachments were removed from Vallalar Nagar, EKG Nagar, Chinnasamy Road and Dr Nanjappa Nagar. Nearly 65 cents of land worth Rs 5 crore was reclaimed in two days. "We were given instructions to remove encroachments every weekend. And since November, 2016, we had been implementing the same," Sasipriya said.

                The officials said the reclaimed park sites would be handed over to interested volunteers, NGOs and corporates for maintenance. NGOs and corporates would be allowed to set up billboards on these sites. "There are more than thousand undeveloped sites. The civic body doesn't have funds to spend on maintaining all the parks on its own," said a corporation engineer.

                The civic body, Sasipriya said, had already passed a resolution to hand over these sites to NGOs, but the response was lukewarm. "We will provide electricity and water, besides taking up some repair works. The NGOs will have to maintain the parks and check for overgrowth and appoint a watchman," she further said.

                A lion's share of encroachments was removed from the West zone, from where we reclaimed 21 sites. And from north zone we removed encroachments from 15 sites. In all these locations, encroachers were given prior notice, officials said.

                Since, November last, the civic body has removed encroachments from 22.71 acres of land, the value of which is estimated at Rs 236 crore.

                Activists, however, pointed that the civic body had been removing only small tinned roof buildings that too from undisputed areas. "There are several park sites from where the high court has directed the civic body to clear encroachments. But fearing political pressure, many such sites have not been cleared. There are also park sites where the civic body has not put up boards," said S P Thiyagarajan, an activist.

                He also lamented that no steps were taken to ensure that these sites were not encroached again. "Boards should be set up and fences should be erected in all these sites," he added.

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                  ‘Namma Ooty’ to toil for a clean, green hill town

                  Shanta Thiagarajan| TNN | Updated: Mar 15, 2017, 06.05 PM IST

                  UDHAGAMANDALAM: In the absence of a strong citizen's forum, civic issues such as garbage management, drainage, roads and public toilets have always been neglected in Ooty town.

                  Concerned about such unaddressed issues, Shobana Chandrasekar, a local resident, has launched an initiative to involve all the stakeholders in the town to come up with solutions. She has formed a volunteer group involving over 31 organisations, which will work under the banner of 'Namma Ooty'.

                  The group has decided to clean up one of the worst maintained areas in Ooty. The members will also meet municipal authorities demanding implementation of door-to-door collection of garbage to make the hill town clean.

                  It began with a couple of meetings with the stakeholders, who turned up in good numbers in the last two days, Shobana told TOI. "As many as 31 associations in Ooty responded to the invite and attended the informal meeting. It had participants from associations of travel agents, maxi cab owners, tourist taxi owners, merchants and the Ooty Jewelers Association. We plan to form a strong forum to find and implement solutions for the problems in Ooty," she said.

                  Though several civic issues were discussed in the meeting, the garbage issue received the most attention. "Waste generated from households and hotels is currently not segregate and wet waste ends up in bins. As a result, stray animals are attracted to such places. Though door-to-door collection of garbage is mandatory here, it is not enforced," she said.

                  The volunteers of the group, who visited ward I and II located at Finger Post area on Monday, found that workers of Ooty municipality doesn't reach there. "The areas have not even a single garbage bin. Also, open defecation is the norm, with very few houses having toilets. We found that garbage is thrown into the forest area. Hence, we want to start cleaning work from ward I and II," Shobana said.

                  Mass cleaning conducted by the municipality in theses wards once in a while is ineffectual, she said. "Garbage is set on fire, causing generation of toxic smoke. Waste should not be seen as a problem but as a solution. We plan to create wealth from waste," she added.

                  Agrees Shadiq Basha, treasurer of the Nilgiri Tourist Taxi Association. "Creating a strong collective to fight for a clean Ooty is a great move. We will extend our full support to the move. More stakeholders, including women self-help groups, should join them to make it stronger," he said.

                  The group intends to meet the Ooty municipality officials with a proper proposal soon.


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                    Home buyers stage protest against Daksha Property Developers in Coimbatore

                    The members of the association also staged a road roko in front of the collectorate demanding action against the developer.TNN | March 28, 2017, 17:00 IST

                    COIMBATORE: About 100 residents of Daksha Vriddha on Marudhamalai Road, under the banner of Vriddha Owners Welfare Association, petitioned the district collector on Monday demanding action against Daksha Property Developers India Pvt Ltd. The developer violated an agreement signed with the Coimbatore corporation to provide some of the apartments to economically weaker sections by selling them to its clients, they alleged.

                    The members of the association also staged a road roko in front of the collectorate demanding action against the developer. "The developer had signed a contract with the Coimbatore corporation to provide 10% of the single-bedroom apartments to people from economically weaker sections. Instead, they converted them to two-bedroom apartments and sold them to us," S Sudarshan, owner of such an apartment, told TOI.

                    Though the residents raised the issue with the district administration, they did not receive an answer, said Sudarshan. "The district collector has initiated an inquiry into the matter," he said.

                    Daksha is also not willing to handover the maintenance and corpus funds to residents despite having completed the project in 2014, the residents alleged. Meanwhile, M Ganesh, a spokesperson for Daksha, said, "The association was not elected in a fair manner. We have received communication from other residents not to handover the maintenance to them."

                    He also refuted the allegation that the real estate company is charging 10% service charge on the electricity charges and maintenance of the property. "We are charging extra to pay salaries to the people, who carry out the maintenance work," said Ganesh.

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                      Residents say they get water once in 25 days

                      Komal Gautham| TNN | Apr 18, 2017, 07.37 PM IST

                      COIMBATORE: Residents of Kurichi petitioned the Coimbatore city corporation commissioner stating that they are receiving drinking water supply only once in 25 days.

                      They said when their area was a municipality, their situation was good as they received water once in four-five days.

                      "Only after the civic body added us into their purview, we are facing such huge water supply shortage," said N Prabhakaran, former DMK councillor. He added that several areas in the city received water once in 10-12 days and some even received once in six days.

                      "Why is it that wards from 96 to 100 near Podanur, Kurichi and Kuniyamuthur face such huge water shortage? We also want water supply every week," said a resident. They added that apart from this, borewell water was also provided only once in three days.

                      "It is very difficult for us to manage as we do not have water even for washing and bathing," said a resident. Commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said he had instructed officials to resolve the issue and regularise water supply in these wards. The area received water supply from Aliyar, Pillur and Siruvani schemes.

                      Apart from this, they also complained about the garbage disposal issue in the area and alleged that corporation officials did not visit the wards to collect waste from door to door. The roads and common places were also in a bad state leading to the cause of various diseases.

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