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    Customs to retrieve its encroached property

    Hiran Unnikrishnan
    KOCHI, JUNE 07, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: JUNE 07, 2018 04:59 IST

    Agency to utilise additional space for more facilities

    On the heels of obtaining the transfer of registry of its property on Willingdon Island after six and a half decades, the Customs Department has kick-started efforts to retrieve its properties that are under various forms of encroachments across Kerala.

    According to officials, the department will hold negotiations with the Principal Secretaries of the various State government departments, which are currently occupying these properties. The agency possesses land parcels in prime locations of the State, including Munnar, Fort Kochi, Alappuzha beach, Kollam, Kannur and Kasaragod.

    “Most of them have been occupied, either partly or completely, during the past several decades, and in some case, the land is with us though we do not possess the papers of its ownership. Attempts are on to identify those lands and their exact locations and based on this, discussions will be held to get the current occupants to move out at the earliest,’’ said Sumit Kumar, Commissioner of Customs.

    The land parcels thus retrieved will be handed over to the department’s infrastructure cell for building up capacity.

    ‘‘We require more space for constructing our offices, staff quarters, storage and laboratories, among other things,’’ the Commissioner said.

    The department is planning a new annexe of the Cochin Customs on its 2.43 acres of land at North End, Willingdon Island, and has received a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Cochin Port Trust (CPT). Though the land was exchanged with the CPT in 1954, infrastructure projects were held up for want of land transfer documents.

    The buildings on the property, which had remained vacant for years, will be demolished before the construction of the new building. Upon completion, the headquarters of the Commissionerate of Customs (Preventive), which currently operates from a rented space at Broadway, will also be moved to the new building.

    While the Customs House in Kochi has jurisdiction over the Greater Kochi region, the Customs (Preventive) has jurisdiction over the rest of the State.


    • Talks planned with Principal Secretaries of departments
    • Agency possesses land parcels in prime locations





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      Government asks civic body to present revised budget

      TNN | Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 08:42 IST
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      KOCHI: In an unprecedented situation, Kochi corporation, which presented the annual budget of the local body for 2018-19 in March, will have to present a revised budget soon. On complaint by opposition councillors questioning the procedural breach in presenting the budget, the state government on Thursday issued an order asking the local body to present the revised budget after incorporating the plan-fund projects approved before March 31 by district planning council (DPC).

      Due to delay in submitting the plan-fund projects designed for 2018-19 annual budget for the approval of DPC, the corporation authorities presented the budget without incorporating them.

      As per government norms, the budget should have been presented after incorporating the DPC-approved projects. As the corporation authorities presented the budget bypassing norms, opposition councillors complained to the state government.

      On the basis of the complaint, the local self-government department conducted an inquiry. The government order also instructs the corporation to identify important ones among spill-over projects of 2017-18 and implement them in 2018-19.

      Another instruction is to give prominence for Nava Kerala Mission projects, designed by the state for implementation with the support of local bodies. “The state had given instructions to local bodies to prepare plan-fund projects in advance and get the approval of DPC. But the corporation authorities didn’t do that. That’s why we submitted the complaint,” said V P Chandran, parliamentary party secretary, LDF.

      Deputy mayor T J Vinod said that the corporation is yet to receive the government order and further steps would be taken as per rules.









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        Kochi corporation eyes zero carbon future

        TNN | Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 08:22 IST
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        KOCHI: To develop a roadmap and action plan to create an eco-friendly city through Zero Carbon Buildings (ZCB), Kochi corporation is partnering with World Resources Institute India (WRI India). ZCBs are buildings that have zero net carbon emissions.

        A preparatory workshop was held on Thursday to introduce the project to stakeholders, and seek their feedback and cooperation regarding the implementation of the project in the city.

        "Climate change is a major threat that cities are encountering, and Kochi is no different. Energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions are essential to achieve this goal, and they need to be supplemented by regular consultations and joint effort of all institutions concerned," said Soumini Jain, mayor, who participated in the workshop.

        Dr Rajan C, chairman, Centre for Heritage Environment and Development, introduced the concept to a gathering of architects, builders, energy managers, officials and engineers from KSEB, Kochi corporation and academics.

        The workshop also presented an overview of the data requirements for the project and the monitoring framework.

        "Kochi has a number of benefits to gain from this project. It will help in meeting the solar and smart city goals, and help in meeting the objectives of the Kerala state action plan on climate change," said Sumedha Malaviya, senior project associate, energy program, WRI India.








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          Two-storey building gutted at SRM Road

          TNN | Updated: Jun 8, 2018, 05:43 IST The building houses a godown of a private agency, which supplies study materials for smart classrooms in schools.

          KOCHI: Top floor of a two-storey building at Ernakulam North was gutted on Thursday morning. The building houses a warehouse of a private agency, which supplies study materials for smart classrooms in schools.

          According to fire force officials, eight fire units from Thrikkakara, Eloor, Club Road and Gandhi Nagar fires stations were deployed to douse the fire.

          The warehouse mainly had study materials made of rubber, plastic and paper. Also, small robotic equipment with electric batteries were also stored in the warehouse. The walls and roofing of the building, made of fibre and aluminium fabrication, were also gutted.

          Fire officials said that a loss of at least Rs 4 lakh was estimated. The warehouse was located at Mosque Lane along SRM Road.

          According to fire force personnel, heavy rains and the narrow lane slowed down the process of dousing the fire.

          "As the warehouse was full of plastic, the fire was not getting doused even after pouring water. Also, only one vehicle could pass through the lane at a time, and it was difficult to turn the fire engine from SRM Road to the Mosque Lane. It took nearly three hours to douse the fire," said an official. It was around 9.30am, a passer-by noticed smoke emanating from the building. Fire force officials were immediately alerted. The fire was doused by 12.30pm. As many as 35 firemen, including station officers Ranjith Kumar, Jude Thadevoos, and assistant station officer P K Suresh, doused the fire.

          Officials suspect short-circuit as the reason for the fire.








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            Thrikkakara municipality to be under e-surveillance by July

            Disney Tom| TNN | Jun 8, 2018, 05:38 IST
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            KOCHI: Residents' associations in Thrikkakara along with local police have come up with a cost-effective yet viable project that would bring the municipality, which includes the IT hub Kakkanad, under centralized e-surveillance by the end of June.

            As many as 75 cameras and 22 network video recorders would be installed as part of the project, which is being heralded as a model for the city.

            The project prepared by Thrikkakara Municipal Residents Associations’ Apex Council (TRAAC) would bring all major entry points and key locations in the town under surveillance by networking cameras hosted by individual houses, shops and other establishments. This would make the project cost-effective and efficient.

            Promise of funds have come from several quarters including P T Thomas, MLA, who has offered Rs10 lakh.

            Though many residents’ associations in the district have in the recent years come up with similar projects, a centralized network was lacking. TRAAC members said the network will have Thrikkakara police station as its base.

            “Three private establishments have already agreed to turn their cameras to the road at entry points to the town in the Seaport-Airport Road and the Palarivattom-Pallikkara Road and give feed access to cops. We are in talks with more private entities. It is beneficial for them as well since it would bring the location under the watchful eye of the police,” said M S Anilkumar, president, TRAAC.

            The council has identified 23 key points where the cameras need to be installed in Thrikkakara.

            As many as eight cameras would be installed at Manakkakadavu with an estimated expenditure of Rs 65,000. TRAAC expects private establishments in the area to bear a portion of this expense.

            The council had talks with Smart City authorities and Kinfra for installing cameras at Brahmapuram bridge. Independent cameras would be installed in case of negative response from the establishments, they said.

            Creative, a residents’ association, has agreed to install cameras at Chembumukku Church, while a private firm has agreed to provide cops feed access to some of their cameras at Vallathol Junction.

            A private individual has agreed to provide access to cameras at Kangarapady-Kollamkudimukal road. TRAAC is in talks with Cardinal Nagar Church authorities as well.

            Cameras would be installed on the road from Cusat near Thrikkakara temple with the cooperation of the temple committee. As several commercial establishments are located at Edapally Toll Jn, TRAAC officials said it won’t be difficult to find firms who are willing to cooperate with the project.

            Cameras would be installed at Marottichuvadu Bridge and Kakkanadu-Chithrapuzha Bridge considered to be crucial entry and exit points to the municipality.

            Other locations where cameras would be installed are Thengad Thevakkal Road, Infopark-Rajagiri Road and Kanagarapadi-Navodaya Road. Athany Mundampalam Road, Deshiyamukku, NGO Quarters Road, Olimukal and Pakistanmukku.

            CSEZ Junction, which is always busy and Vijobhavan Road a deserted area calls for proper surveillance as well, said TRAAC officials.

            Thrikkakara MLA said the promised funds would be released at the earliest.

            “An amount of Rs 10 lakh would be allotted for the installation of the CCTV network in the area. The funds would be released at the earliest,” said Thomas.

            Shaju A N, sub-inspector, Thrikkakara police station, said that their aim is to elevate the town as the state’s first civic body with total esurveillance. “There could be police stations, which have access to some of the CCTV cameras in its limits. However, ours would be unique due to the hyper-local reach of the network,” said Shaju.

            The method being implemented at Thrikkakara is ideal for emulation as many residents’ associations already have small local CCTV networks. Several of them had installed cameras following armed robberies at Pullepady and Tripunithura. However, many of these networks lack a centralized monitoring system.

            According to Assi Kummancher of the Kalamassery residents’ association, 13 of their chapters have CCTV surveillance facility.

            “Some of us have installed cameras three years ago. There are 26 cameras installed by Kunamthai-Pathadipalam residents’ association. Police should take the initiative to centralize these networks,” said Assi adding that now associations are directly monitoring their networks.








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              Top floor of two-storey building gutted

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              KOCHI, JUNE 08, 2018 00:00 IST
              UPDATED: JUNE 08, 2018 04:01 IST



              Fire and Rescue Services personnel dousing the fire that erupted at the godown of a two-storey building onSRM Road in the city on Thursday.Special Arrangement Total loss estimatedat Rs. 4 lakh

              The top floor of a two-storey building at Ernakulam North was gutted on Thursday morning.

              According to Fire and Rescue Services personnel, the fire, erupted at the godown of a private agency supplying study materials for smart classrooms in schools, was first noticed around 9.30 a.m.

              Eight fire units from Thrikkakara, Eloor, Club Road and Gandhinagar fire stations were rushed to the spot to douse the fire at the building located at Mosque Lane along the SRM Road here.

              The godown mainly had study materials made of rubber, plastic and paper, in addition to small robotic equipment with electric batteries. The total loss is estimated to be Rs. 4 lakh.

              According to Fire and Rescue Services personnel, heavy rain and the narrow lane slowed down the process of dousing the fire. “As the godown was full of plastic, the fire was not getting doused even after pouring water. It took us nearly three hours to completely douse the fire,” said an official.

              The fire was doused by 12.30 a.m. As many as 35 firemen, including station officers Ranjith Kumar, Jude Thadevoos and Assistant Station Officer P.K. Suresh, were among the crew doused the fire.

              Preliminary investigations attributed the fire to a short-circuit.









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                Focus on green buildings

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                KOCHI, JUNE 08, 2018 00:00 IST
                UPDATED: JUNE 08, 2018 04:01 IST


                Legislation offering tax exemption and other incentives for promoting green and energy-efficient buildings were needed, Kochi Mayor Soumini Jain has said. At a workshop on zero carbon buildings for Kochi, jointly organised by the Kochi Corporation and the World Resources Institute India (WRI India), Ms. Jain suggested exploring possibilities for the implementation of zero carbon building concept in cities such as Kochi where real estate development has reached saturation levels.








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                  HMT to sell 99 cents of land to Kinfra

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                  KOCHI, JUNE 10, 2018 00:00 IST
                  UPDATED: JUNE 10, 2018 04:15 IST
                  To be sold at the rate of Rs. 5.25 lakh a cent, proceeds to go to Kalamassery unit

                  In yet another real estate deal, HMT Machine Tools, Kalamassery, has initiated the process of selling 99 cents of land to Kinfra at the rate of Rs. 5.25 lakh per cent. The GM Bungalow which will also be sold has been priced at Rs. 11.5 lakh, officials said.

                  The sale comes close on the heels of HMT Ltd, the holding company, selling three acres of land to the National Investigation Agency, with employees of the Kalamassery unit clamouring in vain for a share of the pie to the unit.

                  C.M. Bidar, general manager of the Kalamassery unit, told a meeting with joint trade unions on Friday that the proceeds from the sale of 99 cents to Kinfra would, however, be received by the Kalamassery unit.

                  Mr. Bidar told The Hindu that Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Anant Geete had sent a letter to the Kalamassery unit asking it to facilitate the sale.

                  “Kinfra had been pressurising us to sell the land for some time and the former Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had written to the Centre demanding the same. The Union Minister’s letter came in response. The necessary approvals have come.

                  Part of 350 acres

                  The 99 cents form part of the 350 acres in the possession of the Kalamassery unit and we had engaged a government-approved agency to assess the market value of the land.

                  The agency said it would be about Rs. 8 to Rs. 10 lakh per cent, but that was not agreeable to Kinfra, which maintained that the rate would then be standard for all land purchases by the government.

                  Subsequently, they arrived at the present value by taking the rate by which land was sold to HDIL in 2005, with a yearly increase of 10% over it,” he said. Kinfra, he added, was in the process of preparing the sale deed.

                  Below market rate

                  But the employees of the unit remained agitated. They pointed out that the value of land arrived at was far below the market rate.

                  “Instead of selling machines, its products, these days the company is more into selling land,” rued an employee on condition of anonymity.








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                    Migrants take refuge on medians between Metro pillars

                    TNN | Jun 11, 2018, 06:49 IST
                    Authorities concerned, including Kochi corporation, is turning a blind eye towards this issue, said S Murugan, an activist.

                    KOCHI: Even as Kochi corporation and state government’s announcements to build night shelters for migrant workers remain on paper, hundreds of migrant workers, including women, are finding refuge on the pavements and footpaths of the city, including the medians between the Metro pillars.

                    According to S Murugan, founder of an NGO ‘Theruvoram’ based in Ernakulam, around 1,000 people hailing from Tamil Nadu, Bengal, Karnataka, Assam and Odisha are finding refuge in the medians between Metro pillars, especially during night.

                    Murugan said that these pavement dwellers could be found on the Kaloor-MG Road stretch.

                    “They can also be found near Kaloor Junction and bus stand. These migrant labourers are not only courting danger in the open but also posing a threat to motorists and pedestrians. These groups are involved in various anti-social activities. Authorities concerned, including Kochi corporation, is turning a blind eye towards this issue,” said Murugan, who is planning to approach district collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla to find a solution in this regard.

                    Arun S P, a businessman based in Kaloor, said that migrants begin booking their spaces on the pavement from 8pm. A few of them occupy the veranda of Metro station, while some others occupy the medians between the pillars. Some of them use mosquito net or a blanket to protect themselves from mosquitoes, while some others lie in an inebriated state. These people work as masons, carpenters and construction workers in various parts of the city.

                    Manilal Jacob, a resident of Kaloor who regularly goes for jogging, said that he has come across many migrant workers who use open drains located in Kaloor and nearby areas for various purposes, including sanitation, which is causing great inconvenience to residents, pedestrians and shopkeepers nearby.

                    Meanwhile, Kochi corporation officials said that they have not come across any people occupying the veranda of Metro stations and the medians between the Metro pillars.

                    A B Sabu, corporation chairman of the welfare standing committee, said that though they have come across people sleeping along SRM Road near South railway station and KSRTC bus stand, they have not come across any migrant workers sleeping in the medians between Metro pillars.

                    “Around eight months ago, we found 283 homeless people in the city after conducting a survey in association with Natural Urban Livelihood Mission (NULM). We are planning schemes to rehabilitate people living on streets and are searching for a specific place. If it comes to our notice that migrant labourers are sleeping on Metro pavements, we will definitely look into the issue,” said Sabu.








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                      Water taxis to be launched in Alappuzha and Kochi

                      TNN | Updated: Jun 11, 2018, 06:42 IST
                      At least 15 people can travel in these boats at a time. The boats will travel at a speed of 30km per hour.

                      ALAPPUZHA: State Water Transport Department (SWTD) has started preparations for launching high-speed catamaran water-taxi services in the state. The service will be launched in Alappuzha and Kochi in the first phase.

                      The SWTD would be operating four water taxi services. The cost of one boat has been pegged at Rs 50 lakh. The construction works have been started by a private agency based at Aroor.

                      SWTD director Shaji V Nair said water taxi services were being launched in the state for the first time.

                      "At least 15 people can travel in these boats at a time. The boats will travel at a speed of 30km per hour and will help people cut short their travel time," he said.
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                      Nair added that the service will be safe and secure and people can also enjoy the beauty of backwaters during their journey. "We will allot a dedicated number for the service and if a person calls up, the water taxi will reach the nearest point in his or her area. The service will begin within six months. The charge will be nominal, we will publish the rates in our website,'' Nair said.

                      Passengers can hire the taxi for travelling through any of the waterways in the state.

                      The SWTD expects that the taxi service will kick in tariff standardization in boat services in the tourism sector.

                      "At present, passengers have to pay through their noses for private boats. The owners do not even provide proper facilities to the passengers. SWTD's taxi service will provide all the standard facilities and at a cheaper rate," said the SWTD director.








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