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TNHB allottees can build new buildings in place of old ones: HC

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The Hindu                29.04.2013

TNHB allottees can build new buildings in place of old ones: HC

Staff Reporter

The Madras High Court ruled that allottees of flats promoted by the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) could construct new buildings, if they found that their existing buildings had become old.

A full bench comprising acting Chief Justice R.K. Agrawal and Justices N. Paul Vasantha Kumar and K. Venkataraman, went over the important question of whether the TNHB has a right over such properties after the execution of sale deeds in favour of individual purchasers.

Dismissing an appeal by the TNHB, the judges stated: “allottees of the flats, after execution of the sale deed in their favour have got every right to demolish the existing buildings and construct new apartment blocks. Even if additional dwelling units are constructed and sold to third parties, the TNHB cannot lay any claim over such additional construction.”

“As long as the constructions are within the parameters of the rules of the CMDA, in our considered view, the TNHB have got no say, even if additional dwelling units are constructed after demolishing the existing flats,” the Bench said, adding however that the allottees or the subsequent purchasers should not convert residential blocks into commercial ones.

In the present case, a group of allottees (or subsequent purchasers) who intended to demolish their flats in Sowbagya Colony, K.K. Nagar, and build new dwelling units, had sought permission from the authorities to do so. Their demolition plans submitted to the Chennai Corporation authorities and building permission sought from the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority were not processed, on the grounds that they needed to obtain a ‘no objection’ certificate from the TNHB before any work could be taken up.

Following writ petitions filed by the residents, a single judge of the Madras High Court directed the Chennai Corporation to grant an approval for the demolition of the existing structures and the CMDA authorities were directed to process their applications to construct new buildings. The TNHB had challenged this order.


Govt. to renovate 10,000 slum board tenements

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The Hindu                   17.04.2013

Govt. to renovate 10,000 slum board tenements

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The work will be taken up at a cost of Rs. 30 crore: Minister

The State government will take up repair and renovation work at 10,000 slum board tenements at a cost of Rs 30 crore, Minister for Housing and Urban Development R. Vaithilingam announced in the Assembly on Tuesday.

Presenting the demands for grants for his Department, Mr Vaithilingam said the tenements were located in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruchi, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Tuticorin, Erode and Karur districts.

The Housing and Urban Development department would expand the Composite Local Planning Areas. It would ensure planned development for the surrounding areas.

Such a plan would help while making a comprehensive project at a later stage, he said.

A Land Use Information System would be created by the department. Through the system, one could learn the permissible development that can be taken up in a plot and related information could be obtained from the system.

A study on development along the outer ring road would be taken up on the Vandalur – Minjur road, which stretches for a distance of 63 km, Mr Vaithilingam said. The multiplication of vehicles in the city and its suburbs had resulted in increased congestion. So it was proposed to take up a ‘Multi-modal Transport Integration Study’.

The study would be taken up by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority, he said. The department will provide a grant of Rs 10 lakh to various local bodies in the State under ‘Park Development’.

A total of 20 parks across the State would be developed under this, he said.


844 multi-storey apartments in city to be built with pre-fab technology

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The New Indian Express                  05.04.2013

844 multi-storey apartments in city to be built with pre-fab technology

Announcing several projects of the Tamil Nadu Housing Board in the state, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa said most of them would be constructed using pre-fab technology.

Stating that the pre-fab technology is already in use in the cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, Jayalalithaa said this technology reduced the duration of the construction up to 25 per cent and the cost by 10 to 15 per cent.

Parts of the building are manufactured in factories and used in the construction after ‘curing’ through water. Among the projects announced, the number of houses that are to be built in each of the nine districts and the cost involved is as follows: Chennai and its surrounding areas (seven places - 13.80 acres - 844 multi-storey apartments - Rs 371.05 crore), Kancheepuram (two places - 22.70 acres - 1,500 multi-storey apartments- 32 plots would be developed - Rs 303.80 crore), Coimbatore district (two places - 3.90 acre - 344 multi-storey apartments - Rs 50.16 crore), Erode district (two places - 12.15 acres - 468 multi-storey apartments - Rs 59.27 crore, Salem district (36.20 acres - 120 houses - Rs 13.27 crore), Krishnagiri district (10.50 acres - 258 multi-storey apartments - Rs 19.20 crore), Virudhunagar district (three places - 32.50 acres - 722 houses - Rs 73.10 crore), Dindigul district (two places - 1.03 acres - 35 houses - `2.68 crore), Tiruchi district (two places - 3.09 acres - 104 multi-storey apartments, 27 houses - Rs 25.92 crore)

The Chief Minister also said of the 1.29 lakh apartments and houses built by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board, most of them were in a dilapidated condition.

The people in these buildings were living in fear. As such, the government has decided to demolish the old buildings and construct new ones.

In the first phase, 3,500 multi-storey apartments in Chennai and other districts that are in a state of ruin would be rebuilt in the current financial year at a cost of Rs 280 crore. The place and the number of apartments to be built are: Dr Radhakrishnan Nagar (480 houses under Ranganathapuram scheme, 120 houses under Parthasarathy Nagar scheme), Perambur constituency (392 houses under Sathyavanimuthu Nagar scheme, Egmore constituency (288 houses under Nehru Park scheme and 32 units under Pillaiyar Koil Street scheme), Chepauk constituency (304 units under Lock Nagar (Navalar Nagar) scheme and 708 houses under Ayodhya Kuppam scheme), Saidapet constituency (136 houses under Kotturpuram scheme) and Mylaopre constituency (42 houses under Andimanya Thottam scheme and 48 units under Pallakkumanyam scheme).

Coimbatore district (246 apartments under Aduthotti scheme), Tiruchi district (587 houses under Tiruchi-Beechankulam scheme and Nagapattinam district (117 apartments).


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