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Corporation finalises ward reorganisation draft

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The Hindu      28.12.2017 

Corporation finalises ward reorganisation draft

Three zones likely to lose a ward each to the Central Zone

Three zones of the Coimbatore Corporation are likely to lose a ward each to the Central Zone, if the finalised draft of the ward reorganisation is anything to go by.

Officials in the civic body said that North, West and South zones would lose a ward each and they all would be part of the Central Zone, if the State Government approved of the same. The change was consequent upon the ward reorganisation exercise the civic body carried recently.

Town planning, revenue and administrative wings of the civic body undertook the ward reorganisation exercise in December so as to ensure equal distribution of population across the 100 wards. The Corporation has estimated the population at 15,84,719 and number of households at 4,37,078.

Before carrying out the exercise, the Corporation divided the population by 100 (wards) to arrive at the base population of each ward at 15,847. Likewise it also calculated the base household for each ward at 4,370.

The Corporation also arrived at population per household value at 3.63. With these parameters and keeping in mind the natural boundaries like canals and other man-made ones like railway line and layout, it redrew the ward boundaries, officials said.

While carrying out the exercise, the Government has given the Corporation an error margin of plus or minus 10 % on the population per ward and household per ward parameters.

Even as the exercise was under way, the Corporation officials said that the Government gave the civic body leverage by not asking it to strictly adhere to man-made boundaries while redrawing boundaries.

Now the civic body had completed the draft proposal and submitted it to the State Government, which would then release the same calling for objections or suggestions from the public. Thereafter, it would publish the same.

A district panchayat administration has undertaken a similar exercise for the 228 village panchayats, 12 panchayat unions and a district panchayat in the district and said the draft proposal made available for public at the respective village panchayat, panchayat union and taluk offices for public or political party representatives submit them writing. Or they could send the same by registered post by January 2.


Civic body prepares draft proposal on delimitation

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The Hindu       28.12.2017 

Civic body prepares draft proposal on delimitation

Wards have been resized in terms of population

The Tiruchi Corporation has prepared a draft proposal on delimitation of wards based on the 2011 census.

The move comes in accordance with a Bill passed in the State Assembly recently.

As per the proposal, there will be no change in the number of wards — 65 — in the Corporation. However, the areas of wards have been changed. While new areas have been added to wards that had lesser population, bigger wards have been reduced.

Equal population

The exercise has been done based on the 2011 census. The wards have been either reduced or increased depending upon the population. Each ward will have almost equal population, a senior civic official told The Hindu .

The draft proposal has been displayed in all four zones of the Corporation for public viewing. It will be displayed in taluk offices in the city too. People can submit their grievances or suggestions by January 2.

If necessary, the draft proposal will be modified by taking into account suggestions. The final proposal will be sent to the State Election Commission for final approval.


Tepid response to scheme for unapproved layouts, plots

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The Hindu       14.12.2017  

Tepid response to scheme for unapproved layouts, plots

Hardly 10% applications received out of over 40,000 layouts so far

The State government’s regularisation scheme for unapproved layouts and plots and the abolition of norms for open space reservation (OSR) has been operational for the last seven months, but it has evoked only a subdued response among people.

As of now, applications have been received for hardly 10% of the total number of unapproved layouts – 41,387 – in the State. This pertains to areas falling under the jurisdiction of the Directorate of Town and Country Planning (DTCP). In respect of those coming under the control of the Chennai Metropolitan Development Area (CMDA) also known as Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA), a senior government official says no estimates are available with regard to unapproved layouts. As many as 124 applications have been submitted for full layouts.

The government has extended the validity of the scheme till May 3, 2018. As per the government’s decisions taken in October, even a single plot sold in an unapproved layout can be regularised. The regularisation will be done on the basis of “as is where is” condition. The scheme is applicable to unapproved layouts or sub-divisions in CMA formed between August 5, 1975 and October 20, 2016; in rural areas outside the CMA between November 29, 1972 and October 20, 2016 and in urban areas outside the CMA between January 1, 1986 and October 20, 2016.

Commenting on the public response, the official says that since the reduction of general charges for regularisation which came into force exactly two months ago (October 13), there has been a “marked improvement.” As for the DTCP areas, about 17,000 applications were received by the authorities in the last two months for all three sub-categories (“full layouts,” “plots in layouts” and “plots in subdivisions”) and with regard to the CMA, about 2,440 applications.

‘Insufficient publicity’

G. Shyam Sundar, advocate specialising in matters concerning real estate and senior executive of a firm engaged in providing home loans, feels that the government should have publicised the scheme more aggressively. He adds that even though there is a provision for online submission of applications, the absence of “people-friendly atmosphere” at field offices of the planning bodies is another impediment.

S. Ramaprabhu, secretary, southern centre of the Builders’ Association of India, says that certain aspects of the process of submission of applications are cumbersome. For example, applicants are asked to get encumbrance certificates for plots other than those in unapproved layouts concerned. An observer of the real estate industry says that “economic downturn” is also another factor.

The government official sees no need for carrying out an intensive publicity drive on the scheme as the government had informed “adequately,” through the media, about its decisions in the last seven months.

As for the insistence on applicants submitting framework sketches of their plots, the official says that even though this involves sharing some of the government’s work, the move has been intended to be a “measure of simplification of procedures.” Mr. Shyam Sundar says one key factor behind the practice of people buying unapproved plots is “lack of proper information” in the public domain about approved layouts. The website of the DTCP of the Andhra Pradesh government contains information on layouts, sanctioned since the 1920s.

Tamil Nadu too would follow suit soon, the official adds.

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