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Encroachers will have to leave water bodies: Corporation

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The Hindu 15.07.2009

Encroachers will have to leave water bodies: Corporation

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Slum dwellers will be re-located in good tenements, says Commissioner

Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

ASSERTIVE: Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra (right) explains to councillors at an emergency meeting of the Council on Tuesday that people in slums encroaching water bodies will have to be re-located. Mayor R. Venkatachalam (second right) is in the picture. –

COIMBATORE: People living on water bodies such as tanks and canals in the city must shift to tenements that will be constructed for them under the Basic Services for Urban Poor (BSUP) project, Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra told councillors at the Corporation Council’s emergency meeting on Tuesday.

A discussion on this issue saw resistance from many elected members to the Corporation’s plan to re-locate slum dwellers. The BSUP project is being implemented under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission to create slum-free cities.

When Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) member M.S. Velmurugan demanded that slum dwellers must be provided pattas to build houses where they lived now, the Commissioner said the member should not confuse patta with encroachment.

Mr. Mishra referred to orders by the Supreme Court and Madras High Court and the Government’s stand that encroachments should not be allowed on water bodies.

An official also said that the courts had clearly categorised settlements on water bodies as encroachments that should be removed. The Commissioner said the BSUP provided for building houses where the urban poor lived now, if they already had patta for the site they occupied.

As for those encroaching water bodies, more than 9,000 houses (in multi-storeyed tenements) would be built and basic amenities would be provided in the colony. The Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board was construction another 3,000 houses. Both the projects would provide better living conditions to these people. When Mr. Velmurugan said re-location would be unfair as people were used to the facilities in the place they lived now, the Commissioner said better facilities would be provided to them in the new location. “The BSUP scheme is one of the major tools for creating slum-free cities, as part of this nation-wide programme,” he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 06:56

Corpn. stops encroachment move

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Source : The Hindu Date : 18.06.2009

Corpn. stops encroachment move

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– Photo: K. Ananthan

RESTORED: Construction material kept in the playground at the Corporation Boys Higher Secondary School at R.S.Puram in the city being removed during a drive against encroachments on Wednesday.

COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation stopped what it claimed to be a move to encroach a portion of its school compound at R.S. Puram.

Officials said that in a bid to widen the access to his house, a resident tried to encroach some space from the compound of the Corporation Boy’s School. Even construction material was purchased to build a wall.

On being informed of this, Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra ordered the town planning officials to halt the construction move. Workers of the civic body removed the construction material also. Officials said a complaint of trespass was lodged with the police.

The Commissioner warned that the civic body would initiate stringent action against those found encroaching the Corporation’s property. The Corporation itself was into the process of identifying and maintaining a clear record of its property across the city.

Even if a brick was moved, the civic body would come to know of it once the geographic information system was established, an official said.

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 June 2009 10:13

Start extensive encroachment eviction drive: federation

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Source : The Hindu Date : 14.06.2009

Start extensive encroachment eviction drive: federation

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Representation sent to Collector

Petty shops must be shifted

TIRUCHI: The Federation of Consumer and Service Organisations has urged the district administration and the Corporation to take up an extensive encroachment eviction drive in the city, especially to clear the pedestrian pavements.

In a representation to the Collector, M.Sekaran, Convener of the federation, pointed that the Corporation had constructed pedestrian pavements along some of the arterial roads here but most of them had been encroached upon by vendors and commercial establishments.

Welcoming the recent encroachment eviction drive on the NSB Road, he appealed to the civic body and the police to ensure that the hawkers and vendors did not return to occupy the newly built pedestrian pavement along the Teppakulam on the road.

He demanded that the vendors and hawkers occupying vantage position beneath the famous Mainguard Gate also be shifted out.

The petty shops, allotted by the Corporation, in congested areas such as the Mainguard Gate, Heber Road and Bharathidasan Salai, should be shifted.

Last Updated on Monday, 15 June 2009 07:44

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