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LPA to have a relook at Coimbatore Master Plan

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The Hindu       16.12.2011

LPA to have a relook at Coimbatore Master Plan

Special Correspondent

The Local Planning Authority will have a relook at the Coimbatore Master Plan, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development K. Phanindra Reddy told presspersons here on Thursday.

The revised Master Plan for the city had already looked at growth suggestions. However, there were some inconsistencies. In order to take the growth suggestions to a logical conclusion, the latest population data, growth trends, and land use patterns would be taken into consideration. The relook exercise would be completed in three months, he said.

(The Coimbatore Master Plan was approved in 1992. It was taken up for review recently and the State Government gave its review consent in January this year. After that, the plan was opened for the public to submit their objections and modifications for two months. The Authority had received nearly 3,000 applications for modifications or objections to the reviewed Master Plan).

Director of Town and Country Planning A. Karthik, Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board V. Chandrasekaran, and the secretary reviewed several project proposals here on Thursday at a meeting with Coimbatore District Collector M. Karunagaran, and Corporation Commissioner T.K. Ponnusamy. Several infrastructure projects proposed to decongest the city and improve infrastructure were also discussed at the meeting.

Regarding the tenements constructed at Ammankulam, he said the works would be completed in three months. The foundation strengthening works were over. The technical committee had suggested after scrutiny that one or two units should be demolished in six to seven blocks so that the load was reduced. There would be 792 units at Ammankulam when the works were over.

(Coimbatore Corporation constructed 1,608 flats at Ammankulam with Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission funds. The project was executed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board. In 2010, apartment ‘2B” sunk by 50 cm and ‘4B' by 25 cm).

 

Master Plan: Chamber seeks focus on environment

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The Hindu     30.03.2011

Master Plan: Chamber seeks focus on environment

M. Soundariya Preetha

‘Identify all wetlands to ensure their conservation'

Eco-friendly move: Even as infrastructure development is a major demand, the conservation of wetlands in Coimbatore is a key thrust area. – File photo: K. Ananthan
Eco-friendly move: Even as infrastructure development is a major demand, the conservation of wetlands in Coimbatore is a key thrust area. – File photo: K. Ananthan

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, has sought identification of all the wetlands in the Coimbatore Master Plan to ensure their conservation as Coimbatore has several water bodies.

The chamber has submitted to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) several suggestions to the revised Coimbatore Master Plan and this is one of the efforts that can be taken up.

The Local Planning Authority (LPA) will accept suggestions and objections for the revised plan till the end of this week.

The chamber has also suggested that a comprehensive recreation infrastructure proposal focusing on eco-tourism should be mooted for the Coimbatore Local Planning Area.

Eco-friendly recreation projects and water conservation should be the focus. An expert group can be formed for the purpose.

“A Master Plan should talk of complete spatial planning and not just on land use classifications,” says architect Arun Prasadh, who was part of the team that compiled the suggestions and comments for the Master Plan. Urban environment is one of the key elements of a Master Plan.

The chamber has also suggested that the land use pattern for the local planning area should be brought under two broad categories: mixed and industrial land use.

The current Master Plan has not identified the mixed land use areas. The plan should classify at least select areas for mixed land use.

Urban nodes

The plan suggests eight urban nodes as part of decentralisation. But, some of these areas such as Thudiyalur and Kuniamuthur are already congested.

Smaller towns such as Idikarai, Thondamuthur, and Kadambadi should be chosen as the urban nodes.

The LPA should study the congested commercial areas for continuous building development. For instance, Oppanakara Street, Cross Cut Road, DB Road and NSR Road area are already well-developed commercial centres.

The chamber has also suggested development control rules and regulations for ordinary residential and commercial buildings.

The Master Plan should have an action, operating plan, implementation schedule and budget allocation for the proposed projects. The Coimbatore plan should have a vision for the city, objectives and scope of work, and regional planning as done in the Chennai and Hyderabad plans, according to the chamber.

 

Meeting on Coimbatore Master Plan

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The Hindu         02.03.2011

Meeting on Coimbatore Master Plan

Special Correspondent

The Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Coimbatore, is organising a meeting with the Member Secretary and Joint Director of the Local Planning Authority, Coimbatore, K. Mookaiah.

According to a release, the meeting will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on March 2 on the Chamber premises to facilitate the public to present their views on the revised Coimbatore Master Plan.

The public can check the land use and get clarifications for the doubts they may have on the proposed Master Plan.

They should bring the village name and survey number (SF Number or TS Number) to check their land use, the release says.

 


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