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Local body seals illegal borewells

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The Hindu         23.12.2014 

Local body seals illegal borewells

In a decisive move against exploitation of water sources in its limits, the Poonamallee municipality will be sealing illegal borewells on either side of Poonamallee Bypass Road.

The local body recently sealed 57 borewells that were identified to be sunk without its approval and used for commercial purpose. The Poonamallee and Seneerkuppam belt is the main source of groundwater for tankers.

On an average, about 750 tanker-loads of water are sourced from these areas where the groundwater is available at a depth of just 40 feet. Officials of the Tiruvallur district collectorate said they sealed the borewells and seized motor sets in Seneerkuppam and Thiruverkadu.

“As of now, we have identified only those along the arterial road. We cannot allow the depletion of groundwater as the demand in Poonamallee is growing,” said an official.

The local body is able to supply only 4.75 million litres of drinking water daily (mld) against the demand of 5.10 mld. The municipality has a population of 57,000 and plans to tap groundwater to meet the demand.

Lorry operators want the Tiruvallur collectorate to provide licenses to regulate groundwater drawal for commercial purposes.

P.S. Sundaram, president of Chennai Private Water Tankers Operators Association, said: “If there is a scarcity of borewell sources, lorries may have to travel to distant areas and the burden will be shifted to consumers.”

The Poonamallee municipality also plans to rejuvenate five ponds polluted with sewage, including MGR Kuttai and Melma Nagar Kuttai, to serve as groundwater recharge.

Wells in the Poonamallee and Seneerkuppam belt supply much of the water for north and central Chennai


Mettupalayam Municipality seals shop for illegal sublet

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The Hindu        28.11.2014  

Mettupalayam Municipality seals shop for illegal sublet

The Mettupalayam Municipality has recently sealed a shop at the municipal bus stand after it found the shopkeeper to have illegally sublet the premises.

The sealing and the civic body’s proposal to auction all its shops in the town has angered the Opposition councillors who staged a protest on Tuesday.

Mobile shop

Municipal Chairman D. Sathish Kumar said that the shop that the officials sealed belonged to a Sarvodaya organisation, which after taking it on action had sublet the premises for setting up a mobile phone shop.

This was in violation of the rules and resulted in loss of revenue.

A rough study the Commissioner K. Saravanakumar has suggested that owners of almost all the 200 shops had illegally sublet the premises for rent which was far higher than what they paid the Municipality.

If the Municipality were to auction all the 200 shops, including the prized 100 in the bus stand, it would get at Rs. 2.50 crore a year as against the Rs. 75 lakh it earned at present.


Mr. Kumar said that the civic body had been forced to take such a step because it needed to boost revenue to pay its share in various development projects that the Central and State governments had approved.

For instance, it needed money for the following projects - bus stand renovation, new municipal office, workers quarters project and water supply improvement.

To improve the income from shops, the Municipality would first auction the shop it had sealed to see what the highest bid was.

Based on the amount the shop generated, it would fix the rent for the other shops.

If the shopkeepers were ready to pay the revised rent they could continue using the shops else the civic body would auction the shops afresh keeping the highest bid amount as a guideline.

Mr. Kumar also said that the Opposition had no basis for opposing the initiative that was aimed at boosting the civic body’s revenue.


Corporation removes hoardings

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The Hindu       27.11.2014 

Corporation removes hoardings

The Coimbatore Corporation for the second day on Wednesday removed 155 illegal hoardings, sign boards and advertisements in the city. On Tuesday it had removed over 120 hoardings from across the city. According to Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan, the civic body workers also removed 512 advertisement boards that were nailed into trees.

On Wednesday, the officials disconnected 31 illegal water connections. On Tuesday, the Corporation had severed 15 illegal water connections.



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