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Corporation seizes plastic bags

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The Hindu         18.05.2017 

Corporation seizes plastic bags

Coimbatore Corporation officials on Monday seized plastic bags near Oppanakara Street. According to sources,

officials found a person carrying three bags of plastic carry bags of less than 30 micron thickness. The bags weighed 120 kg.



CMDA seals three-star hotel for building violations at T Nagar

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The Times of India       12.05.2017  

CMDA seals three-star hotel for building violations at T Nagar

| | May 12, 2017, 03.43 PM IST
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CHENNAI: A three-star hotel was sealed in the bustling T Nagar by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) for violating building rules on Friday. The planning permission was obtained for a residential building but was subsequently converted into a commercial establishment. Guests of the hotel, majority of them tourists from Malaysia, were shifted.

Sources in the CMDA said that the action was taken against Maaris Grand Hotel at Thirumalai Pillai Road after a court order.

"The building was functioning as a lodging facility without adequate setback area to operate as a commercial establishment. It should have a setback area of six metres on four sides of building, but the space is absent in one side of the building," a CMDA official said.

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An official alleged that the building also has an additional floor exceeding the permitted three floors. The property owners went on an appeal before a court against a lock and seal notice but the order came in favour of the planning authority. "The hotel authorities had appealed to the government also seeking reprieve. Three months time was granted to carry out modifications," the official said. However, no action was taken by the hotel authorities.

Meanwhile, the guest in the hotel were shifted to other accommodations before the building was sealed. A police source, who was present during to the lock and seal procedure, said a majority of guest who were staying in the hotel were from Malaysia.

Corpn. loses valuable documents

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The Hindu        03.05.2017  

Corpn. loses valuable documents

Perils of neglect:Officials said the shifting of documents was not properly supervised.Special Arrangement  

Records relating to birth and death were shifted during renovation; some of the data could be lost

Invaluable documents relating to data on births and deaths in the Chennai Corporation region were damaged after they were shifted to another location in Ripon Buildings.

On Tuesday, labourers hurriedly shifted the records that were stacked up in neat piles, reducing them to a disorderly heaps of paper haphazardly placed one on top of the other.

In the process, many files were damaged, papers were torn and records lost.

According to sources in the Chennai Corporation, the existing records were shifted to facilitate the renovation of the building.

“Some officials decided to shift the records to another building, but the new location was not suited for the preservation of the documents. Also, the labourers shifted the documents without proper supervision,” said an official of the Corporation.

While a portion of the birth and death records are housed in zonal offices of the civic body, most of the records have been preserved in Ripon Buildings.

Previous damage

As much as 5% of the 2,600 books in the birth and death department were already damaged earlier, affecting the scanning of the documents for digitisation, the work for which started in 2015.

The digitisation work is almost complete and the checking of the quality of the scanned documents is under way. If the scanned copies are found blurred, the officials will have to repeat the process.

If the data in the documents damaged on Tuesday has not been properly recorded during the scanning, it could be lost forever, officials said.

Officials of the Corporation said the checking of the quality of the digitisation of birth and death records will be completed in one month. At least 20 lakh pages have been scanned.

“Even after digitisation, we will preserve the books in the birth and death department. Physical records are always the most reliable,” said an official.


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