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Master Plan for Coimbatore soon

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The Hindu  06.10.2010

Master Plan for Coimbatore soon

Special Correspondent

Director of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning Pankaj Kumar Bansal (right) speaking at a meeting organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries' Association on Tuesday.

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Master Plan is expected to be finalised by March next year, Pankaj Kumar Bansal, Director, Directorate of Town and Country Planning, said here on Tuesday.

At a meeting organised by the Coimbatore District Small Industries' Association Mr. Bansal said the Coimbatore Master Plan was in an advanced stage. The Master Plan for this city was last approved in 1992. It was reviewed and changes had been incorporated now. The plan would be submitted to the Government in a week for its review consent. Then, it would be placed in the public domain to hear objections and suggestions. People could raise their objections and give suggestions for individual cases and on general issues in the plan. These would also be considered and incorporated and the final review of the plan was expected to be completed by March next, Mr. Bansal said.

He told presspersons later that the Coimbatore Local Planning Authority collected Rs. 14 crore arrears of the Infrastructure and Amenities Fund last month. Most of the funds collected here would be used for projects in this region. Three scheme roads were laid at a cost of Rs. 42 crore here recently using resources from the Infrastructure and Amenities fund. The District Collector and the Commissioner could send proposals for projects that could be taken up with the fund, he said.

Auto Development Control Rules (Auto DCR) was proposed for nine municipal corporations and the Coimbatore and Tirunelvelli Local Planning authorities too. Mr. Bansal added that a proposal had been sent to the Government on expansion of the present Local Planning Authority area for places like Coimbatore and Tirupur.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 October 2010 10:41

Public hearing held for master plan

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The Hindu 18.03.2010

Public hearing held for master plan

D. Radhakrishnan

For people to raise objections and put forth suggestions

Photo: M. Sathyamoorthy

Expressing their views: Officials and residents participating in a public hearing in Udhagamandalam on Wednesday.

Udhagamandalam: In connection with the Modified Master Plan for Udhagamandalam which is in the process of being put in place by the civic administration, a public hearing was held here on Wednesday.

The District Revenue Officer S.Kuppuswamy presided.

Among those who submitted representations were members of the Nilgiris Chamber of Commerce and Industry and representatives of builders associations.

Speaking to The Hindu the Municipal Commissioner L.S.Girija said that the objective of the exercise was to provide a final opportunity to the people to raise objections or put forth suggestions relating to zoning regulations and development control rules for the consideration of the government.

Stating that about 130 representations had been received, she said that practically all of them were also in favour of scrapping the master plan.

To a query, she said that if there had been any representations relating to the environment or ecology they would have been taken into consideration but though an announcement regarding the public hearing had been made there was no one present to espouse the cause of the environment or ecology.

The Master Plan which is now in force was mooted in 1993 and came into being in 1997.

It will cease to be in force by 2011.

The Chairman, R.Rajendran, said that recommendations put forth by the Local Planning Authority (LPA) comprising all the councillors will be forwarded to the government for consideration.

When asked whether any environmentalist had been consulted before putting together the recommendations, he said that only members of the LPA had approved them.

The government will be requested to declare as residential areas places which were already developed before the existing Master Plan and subsequently converted into Agricultural Zones.

The areas declared as Primary Residential Zones in the existing Master Plan should remain so in the Modified Master Plan also.

Pockets within Primary Residential Zones which are now considered as Agricultural Zones should be treated as Primary Residential Zones.

No major change has been recommended in the Prohibited Zones surrounding the Government Botanical Garden, the Race Course and the Ooty Lake.

However it has been recommended that only for the existing buildings in areas surrounding Race Course, permission should be given to increase the built-up area by ten percent, subject to the height remaining below seven metres.

The Town Planning Officer M.Soundarajan pointed out that the views of the officials of the Agricultural Engineering Department, the Geo TechCell, Geology and Mines etc. had been incorporated in the existing Master Plan, it was pointed out.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 March 2010 05:14

Master plan to renovate Coimbatore Medical College Hospital soon

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The Hindu 20.11.2009

Master plan to renovate Coimbatore Medical College Hospital soon

Staff Reporter

Centenary celebrations committee begins preliminary work

Photo: M. Periasamy

PLANNING IN PROGRESS: Rural Industries Minister Pongalur N. Palanisamy (second left) having a word with Collector P. Umanath on Thursday at a meeting organised to plan the centenary celebrations of the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital. —

Coimbatore: The Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH) Centenary Celebrations committee has decided to evolve a master plan to modernise and renovate the hospital besides carrying out improvements.

The centenary celebrations organising committee led by Rural Industries Minister, Pongalur N. Palanisamy, Mayor R. Venkatachalam and District Collector, P. Umanath held a meeting on Thursday to seek suggestions.

The hospital opened its doors on July 14, 1909 and entered the centenary year on July 14, 2008.

The CMCH was represented by Veerakesari (Dean in-charge), Resident Medical Officer, P. Sivaprakasam and Assistant Resident Medical Officer, R. Soundaravel.

Committee members C.R. Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer of PSG Institutions, and Ashwin Thakkar, President, Coimbatore Gujarat Samaj were among those who participated.

Collector pointed out that bed capacity availability never matches with the requirement. Ninety per cent of the outpatients mainly come only to the three departments.

He said that the buildings constructed by the Government and those sponsored by organisations such as Lions and Rotary have turned the hospital into one with a lot of fragmented buildings.

“We need to evolve a master plan identifying the requirements, modernisation and renovations and plan the construction of the new building with a holistic plan.”

Some departments do not have adequate patients for the available bed capacity but some faculties of medicine get overcrowded.

There is a need to take into account the total number of additional beds that are required at the hospital and plan for the same.

Funds may not be a problem and a proposal for funds could be sent to the Government.

Mr. Umanath pointed out that in proposals sent to the Government in the past, there had been no proposal for Coimbatore and CMCH never figured in financial allocation.

Mr.Umanath also sought focus on departments that witness an inflow of more patients rather than concentrating on just niche areas of medical care.

He said a tower block could be constructed, preventing the fragmentation of connected departments.

Mayor, R. Venkatachalam said that the future constructions and facilities need to be done with foresight, keeping in mind the growing population. He promised to provide all possible assistance from the Corporation.

Mr.Umanath said that the previous Collector, Neeraj Mittal had mobilised Rs. 36 lakh funds from philanthropists which was yet to be utilised.

The Collector suggested that either a portion of this or the entire fund could be made seed capital and the remaining funds could be sourced from the Government.

He also asked the engineers to evolve plans for avoiding waterlogging of the hospital.

In addition to this, he wanted the committee members to identify resources for creating facilities such as shelter, waiting room and parking facilities for visitors which were crying needs and basic requirements.

Last Updated on Friday, 20 November 2009 01:30

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