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Master Plan to include new transport hubs

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The Times of India             12.02.2014

Master Plan to include new transport hubs

COIMBATORE: Senior officials from Coimbatore municipal corporation and the Local Planning Authority on Tuesday held a discussion to integrate the recently announced mobility and transportation projects in the city limits to be included in the Master Plan for Coimbatore district. The city municipal corporation is planning to implement a series of traffic improvement proposals including setting up of cycle tracks, pedestrian zones and other infrastructure improvements. Apart from these the various provisions of the city development and mobility plans expected to be formally announced in the coming months are integrated with the master plan document.

"The discussion was held to check and integrate our transportation improvement proposals with the Coimbatore master plan. The proposals in the city development and mobility plans should also be incorporated in the master plan. The discussion was to ensure these aspects," said G Latha, commissioner, Coimbatore municipal corporation.

Apart from these proposals, the Master Plan is also expected to include provisions for Mono Rail project and its feasibility study as announced by the government. The Commissionerate of Municipal Admnistration through an independent transport consultancy firm has come up with a mobility plan for the city.

"It was just a discussion to ensure that there will be no inconsistency between the final master plan document and the projects proposed by the city municipal corporation," Latha added.

According to Local Planning Authority officials, the Coimbatore Master Plan is in the final stages of approval and is expected to be released soon. However, the master plan has been long delayed and though the review master plan was approved in 2011, the final document is yet to be cleared from the government. The Directorate of Town and Country Planning along with the district Local Planning authority had also sought suggestions and opinions from the public as part of the review and fine tuning exercise. More than 2000 suggestions were received in this regard and were reportedly taken up for consideration based on the merits and feasibility factors.


Master plan for river restoration in Tamil Nadu

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The Times of India            25.11.2013

Master plan for river restoration in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: While a shortage of drinking water continues to be a problem for Tamil Nadu, the state government is planning a major restoration of rivers with the future needs of the ever-growing population in mind.

Amaster plan is likely to be drafted by a consultant and the project will be funded by the government of the Federal Republic of Germany through KfW Development Bank and the Union government under Sustainable Municipal Infrastructure Financing. Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited is the nodal agency that will execute the programme.

"We will identify the consultant soon and then send the proposal to the chosen firm," said a senior government official. The rivers are in a terrible state in most districts, with no system in place to keep sewage and garbage from being dumped in them. A feasibility study for integrated solid waste management and a detailed project report for providing storm water drains in various municipalities have been planned to provide a holistic approach to river management.

A Latha of Kerala-based River Research Centre said the government should think of ecological restoration to strengthen river banks and catchments besides regulating sand mining and improving the downstream flow of dams. "River restoration does not mean concretising the banks," she said.

Tamil Nadu, which has 17 river basins, has a total water potential of 1,682tmcft/year, including contribution from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala. The state's demand for water by various sectors is expected to go up to 1,965tmcft by 2045, according to a government study. Experts say the rivers are in this condition because of the utter disregard for the environment.

If Vaigai carries the sewage of Madurai, then Amaravathi bears the tannery effluents of Udumalapet, Tarapuram and Karur.

The over-exploitation of Palar, which runs through Vellore, for high deposit sand and pollution by tanneries of Ambur and Vanniyambadi are responsible for the river going dry.

"A proper vision from all stakeholders will help preserve our rivers," said K Kalidas, president of Osai, an environmental NGO. 


Coimbatore City Development Plan with public participation

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The Hindu              15.05.2013

Coimbatore City Development Plan with public participation

Karthik Madhavan

Questionnaire being prepared to seek inputs from various groups of people

The Coimbatore Corporation will soon prepare and issue a questionnaire for seeking inputs from members of the public, non government organisations, trade and industry bodies, councillors and others for drafting the City Development Plan (CDP).

Even focus groups like architects’ association would be part of the exercise.

According to sources in the Corporation, the civic body had sometime ago asked the agency preparing the CDP to come out with the questionnaire.

It did so but the civic body wanted the questionnaire to be concise so that it was easy on those providing information. The questionnaire would be related to mass transportation, urban governance and public-private partnership, because those would be the focus areas in the next urban development scheme. It would be ready in the next few days.

Thereafter, the Corporation would post the details on its website for inviting inputs.

The sources said that once the exercise was complete, the Corporation would incorporate the inputs to prepare the final City Development Plan.

The Corporation last prepared the CDP in 2006 as mandated by the Central Government under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme.

The current CDP preparation exercise comes after the Corporation annexed 11 local bodies and the city area expanded from around 105 sq.km. to 250 sq.km.

The sources said that current CDP would take into account the city’s needs for the next 20 to 30 years by studying needs in transport, infrastructure, health, governance and other areas.

S. Baskar, Coordinator, City Technical Advisory Group, said that the CDP must have a vision statement for the city.

The Mayor S.M. Velusamy had already said that the CDP for the city should reflect aspiration of the city to be a hub for engineering and textile industry, a leading place for health care and a sought-after destination for education.

The CDP must also talk about ways to realise the vision, the schemes that would take the city to be where it would want to be in the next 20 — 30 years and the expected outcomes from the scheme.

Aside from this exercise, the Corporation had also formed seven sub groups to provide inputs for the CDP.

The groups had meet on a couple of occasions to discuss what schemes the city would want to go to the next level.


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