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Encroachments removed on trekking path in Palani

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The Hindu             24.10.2013

Encroachments removed on trekking path in Palani

Staff Reporter

Amid tight security, Sri Dhandayuthapaniswamy Temple authorities demolished shops operating on the trekking path leading to the hill temple from the Sri Padhavinayagar shrine here on Wednesday.

Over 13 shops have conducted business on the trekking path for several decades. With the original owners long since dead, their permits have been used by others to run the shops.

The demolition drive comes in the wake of a recent order from the Madurai bench of the Madras High Court calling for the removal of encroachments in the temple town.

In August 2013, 10 shop owners obtained a stay order from the High Court restraining the authorities from evicting them. Save for those, the remaining three shops were removed from the trekking path on the orders of Municipal Commissioner K. Saravana Kumar, who assumed office recently. Subsequently, officials also removed encroachments on Sannadhi Street, Malai Adivaram, Railway Feeder Road, Gandhi Veedhi and other key locations.

Several areas under the control of the temple administration remain under encroachment.

 

Encroachments removed

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The Hindu             24.10.2013

Encroachments removed

Coimbatore Corporation officials removing encroachments at Venugopal Layout in Pappanaickenpalayam on Wednesday.– PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
Coimbatore Corporation officials removing encroachments at Venugopal Layout in Pappanaickenpalayam on Wednesday.– PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

Coimbatore Corporation officials on Wednesday removed encroachments in Pappanaickenpalayam.

According to sources, following complaints from residents to Mayor S.M. Velusamy and Commissioner G. Latha, the Corporation’s North Zone officials led by Assistant Commissioner V. Saravanan carried out the drive around 8 a.m. They ended the operation by 2 p.m.

The sources said that the officials removed the encroachments in Venugopal Layout and neighbouring areas, where around 25 shopkeepers and hoteliers had encroached upon the road space by extending their shops, or placing stoves and washbasins.

A few shopkeepers had also constructed sheds.

When the operations ended, the Corporation was able to restore 15 feet of encroached space, enabling road users to negotiate turns with ease.

The eviction drive was the latest in the Corporation’s efforts to remove encroachments on roads and reserve sites.

The sources added that the civic body officials would carry out more such drives in the coming days.

 

Corpn. to remove encroachments on Sathyamangalam Road

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The Hindu             21.10.2013

Corpn. to remove encroachments on Sathyamangalam Road

The move to shift the omni bus stand from Sathy Road remains due tobureaucratic hurdles.
The move to shift the omni bus stand from Sathy Road remains due tobureaucratic hurdles.

To ease traffic congestion on Sathyamanagalam Road and increase the flow of sewage in drains in the area, Coimbatore Corporation will in the next few days remove encroachments, Mayor S.M. Velusamy told journalists on Saturday.

For long, the Corporation has been trying to work on the Textool Bridge — Maniakarampalayam Road Junction stretch of the Sathyamangalam Road but it was unable to do much because the road belonged to the National Highways.

Easy flow of traffic

Left with little choice, the Corporation now planned to do what best it could: remove encroachments.

Once the encroachments were removed, it would ease the flow of traffic and also pave way for the civic body to construct drains.

And the drains would reduce problems related to inundation in Ganapathy.

North Zone Chairman P. Rajkumar said that the one-and-half-kilometre stretch was full of encroachments. The worst-affected area was the place where the Velan Cinema once stood. There the level of encroachment could be up to 10 feet. Once the Corporation carried out the eviction drive, it would result in free movement of vehicles on the road, which had of late seen increase in traffic due the presence of information technology companies.Many shopping complexes and a mall were being constructed, he said and added that the eviction drive should be carried out at the earliest.

If the Corporation were to also construct drains, it would prevent inundation in Ganapathy Pudur and old Ganapathy town, for the drains would easily carry the water to the natural drain just north of the Ganpathy bus stand.

At present, even the slightest of rains resulted in inundation in the two areas, both of which were thickly populated.

 


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