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Corporation puts hawkers on notice

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The Hindu         25.09.2014  

Corporation puts hawkers on notice

move over:Pavement shops near Main Guard Gate in Tiruchi.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj
move over:Pavement shops near Main Guard Gate in Tiruchi.— Photo: B.Velankanni Raj

The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has planned to send notices to the street vendors on N.S.B. Road and around Theppakulam asking them to move to the designated sites on Old Goodshed Road.

The move is not only to decongest N.S.B Road, one of the busiest roads in the city, but also to provide suitable sites to them.

V.P.Thandapani, Commissioner, Tiruchirapalli City Corporation, told The Hindu on Tuesday that it had been identified that there were about 35 pavement shops along the N.S.B. Road and Theppakulam.

Steps had been taken to serve notices to them to move them to the allotted place. Necessary infrastructure for accommodating the shops was being constructed on Old Goodshed Road.

They would be given 45 to 60 days to move to the new location.

Answering a question, the Commissioner said that their business would not be affected as the new location also has considerable local and floating population. Moreover, they would get sufficient space to display their materials.

Though many civic bodies were yet to act on the national policy to regulate street vendors, the Tiruchirappali Corporation had taken a proactive step to make them an integral part of the urban retail trade.

It was a good opportunity for the hawkers to find their place in the allotted site.

It had been identified that 80 zones were concentrated with roadside vendors in the city.

Steps would be taken to regulate them gradually. Moreover, a comprehensive survey on street vendors was also under way.

It would come out with all details including economic background of hawkers. The list would be sent to the State and Central governments for follow up action, Mr.Thandapani added.

Street vendors asked to move to designated sites on Old Goodshed Road


Municipality to launch drive against encroachments

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The Hindu        25.09.2014  

Municipality to launch drive against encroachments

The Puducherry Municipality will soon launch a drive removing encroachments from any public place like pavements or public streets and roads under the municipal limits.

A release from S. Thammu Ganapathy, Commissioner of Puducherry Municipality said the parking lots allocated for the benefit of vehicle users at the busy traffic junctions in various parts of the town by the Municipal Corporation have been encroached.

This caused a lot of traffic snarls in the town. A section of people had also set up shops in crowded streets and erected fences around them.

He said that 15 days time would be given to those who had encroached on municipal properties to remove them voluntarily.

Show cause notice

If the warnings were not heeded the municipality would issue show cause notices and initiate legal action against the encroachers.


Corporation to recover 541 plots of leased land

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The Hindu        23.09.2014   

Corporation to recover 541 plots of leased land

Chennai Corporation is all set to retrieve land leased out for the purpose of ‘education, commerce, residence and charity’ in various parts of the city.

Over 825 grounds of Corporation land is under illegal possession after expiry of lease period for 541 pieces of property.


The civic body will issue notice to all individuals and private associations that occupy and use such land in the old city limits.

The land is usually leased for a maximum period of three years at cheap rates and after the lease period is over, the Corporation takes a call on renewing the lease. However, many lessees have not paid even the low rates demanded of them.

Some of the immovable properties of the Corporation have also been leased out following the request of other government departments, undertakings, corporations and boards.

A number of private associations and individuals started using Corporation land on lease basis as per provisions of section 75 of CCMC Act 1919, prior to 1976. The lease period of all the cases has expired.

The civic body initiated action a few years ago but even the relevant files could not be located.

Some of the individuals or private associations have filed cases in various courts.

Missing records

Initiatives have also been taken to defend the cases. According to Corporation sources, Rs. 98 crore worth of arrears of lease rent is pending. After expiry, the lands continue to be in possession of the original lessee or legal heirs or other persons.

Records pertaining to such lands have also gone missing.

The civic body is set to complete a study of such lands shortly.

The initiative to retrieve the lands will be taken based on the study.

The plots, whose lease has expired, were allotted for education, commerce, residence and charity

Nearly Rs. 98 crore worth of arrears of lease rent is pending


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