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TDR to clear bottlenecks in waterways projects

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The Hindu                     05.04.2013

TDR to clear bottlenecks in waterways projects

Clearing a pathPieces of land owned by private agencies have emerged as hurdles to conservation of waterways —Photo: M. Karunakaran
Clearing a pathPieces of land owned by private agencies have emerged as hurdles to conservation of waterways —Photo: M. Karunakaran.

14 land owners to receive development rights certificate as part of widening of Veerangal Odai.

After roads and metrorail, the development of waterways in the metropolitan area too will benefit from the use of the Transfer of Development Rights (TDR). Residents who lose land for such projects are set to receive development rights certificates that enable the property owner to claim additional built-up area (floor space index) in lieu of the area surrendered to the government agency.

The Water Resources Department has sought TDR from the CMDA for its project to improve Veerangal Odai, a surplus course in south Chennai. TDR has emerged a ray of hope for improvement of waterways affected by rapid urban development in the metropolitan area. Many pieces of land owned by private agencies near major waterways such as Cooum too have emerged as hurdles to conservation of such waterways.

Development rights certificate can be used by owners to transfer development rights to a buyer or to conserve the value of land lost for an urban development project. So far, twelve provisional development rights certificates have been issued by the CMDA for roads and metrorail projects. If site is already developed, irrespective of whether it is an authorised or unauthorised, the part of the land required for public purpose is eligible for the award of the development rights certificates.

The TDR to widen the Veerangal Odai, the first time it is being issued for the development of a waterway in Chennai, was necessitated for completion of a JNNURM project on time. The waterway carries surplus water from Velachery and Adambakkam lakes and also flood water from neighbouring areas. 

After the Highways department had completed land acquisition for the project, it was found that more land was required for the alignment of the canal. At present, flood protection wall along the canal on Pallavaram Thoraipakkam Radial Road has been constructed up to a distance of 7,500 metre. 

“We have requested TDR to complete the JNNURM project in the remaining stretch of 650 metre,” said an official. The canal is being improved to a width of 6- 14 metre wherever possible. 

As the land acquisition exercise has been already completed, further cost cannot be borne by the department, the official said. The process would further delay the project. So, the 14 land owners in the project area would be given TDR. The department requires 2,000 square metres to complete the project this year.

Certificate enables owners to claim additional built-up area for land surrendered.


Four ponds to get new lease of life

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The New Indian Express                       26.03.2013

Four ponds to get new lease of life


Civic body looks at new avenues for improving junctions

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The Hindu       21.03.2013 

Civic body looks at new avenues for improving junctions

One year after the announcement of a feasibility study for grade separators in key junctions, Chennai Corporation has asked the consultant to study options for junction improvement and corridor development near the junctions.

This is after the consultant completed the traffic study component of the feasibility study and listed those junctions where the passenger car unit per hour crossed 10,000. The study concluded that grade separators were necessary in such junctions. However, the construction of grade separators is likely to involve land acquisition. The Chennai Corporation has decided to reduce the requirement of land that has to be acquired for grade separators.

With this aim in mind, the Corporation suggested junction improvement in Adhithanar Salai, Pantheon Road and Dr. Rukmani Lakshmipathy Road and development of corridors across River Cooum through junctions such as College Road, Sterling Road and Valluvar Kottam High Road.

It was last year that Mayor Saidai Duraisamy proposed to conduct feasibility studies for construction of grade separators at Arcot Salai, Saligramam and K.K. Nagar 80 feet Road Junction; Mandaiveli Junction near Mandaiveli Bus Stand Junction; Bharathi Salai and Royapettah Clock Tower Junction; Gandhi Mandapam Salai and Ponniamman Koil Salai Junction at Kotturpuram.

The study for facilities at Bharathi Salai and Royapettah Clock Tower Junction study was dropped because of traffic diversions for metro rail project.

The proposal for a feasibility study to connect Usman Road flyovers was also made. But that study too did not commence.

The flyover at the junction of North Usman Road-Kodambakkam High Road was constructed at a cost of Rs. 9.72 crore and the one at Usman Road-Duraisamy Road junction at a cost of Rs. 19.8 crore during the DMK regime to help reduce traffic congestion.

However, the two flyovers only added to traffic congestion. The one at the Usman Road-Duraisamy Road junction does not permit free movement of vehicles on service lanes.

The Fire and Rescue Services Department too had complained that fire tenders could not gain access to Ranganathan Street, Natesan Street and Ramasamy Street. Members of T. Nagar Welfare Associations had also called for demolition of the Usman Road-Duraisamy Road flyover.

So the civic body will opt for flyovers only where similar problems will not arise. Other junctions will be redesigned and improved.

Grade separators are not preferred as they will involve land acquisition

 Study for plan to connect T. Nagar flyovers also not started


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