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Rs. 2,000-cr. Smart City plan being given final touches

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The Hindu      24.02.2017 

Rs. 2,000-cr. Smart City plan being given final touches

Smart solutions:Philippe Janvier Kamiyama (right), Consul-General of France to Puducherry and Chennai, and Chief Minister Narayanasamy at a workshop.S.S. KUMARS_S_KUMAR  

Modernisation of bus stand, setting up of desalination plant among proposals

Development of an administrative and a commercial complex at Swedeshi Mill, a multi-level parking lot at Old Jail, modernisation of new bus stand, setting up of a desalination plant, remodelling of underground sewerage system, improvement of streetscapes and extension of the beach promenade are the highlights of the Rs. 2,000-crore project proposal prepared by the Local Administration Department for bidding to get included in the Centre’s Smart City programme.

The Local Administration Department, which is in the final stages of preparing the report with assistance form consultant, JLL India and French Development Agency, would submit the report to the Ministry of Urban Affairs in the next two weeks to participate in the third round of Smart City selection process in April.

As part of the preparations, the LAD held a final consultative meeting, which was attended by Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, top officials and representatives of 15 French companies, here on Thursday.

According to a note circulated at the meeting, 62 projects covering departments such as Electricity, Public Works, Tourism, Transport, Traffic, LAD, and Puducherry Urban Development Authority were considered for funding under the Smart City project.

The re-worked project proposal concentrates on retrofitting format to take up development works in several areas. Tourism being the main attraction, the project managers had given thrust to projects such as restoration of government-owned heritage building, improvement of historic temples, cultural and wellness centre, improvement of Botanical Garden, beach nourishment, sea walk, retrofitment of the Old Pier and development of a hotel at Old Distillery.

The other key projects envisaged under the Smart City project included construction of an administrative complex on a built-up area of 2.5 lakh square feet at Swedeshi Mill, a commercial complex on 5 lakh square feet on the mill premises, development of Mairie building, setting up of an advanced integrated system to operate and manage multiple city service operations, enhancing power distribution system and waste to energy project at Kuruvanpet.

Participating in the meeting, Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy said he was hopeful of the UT finding a place in the Smart Cities list in the upcoming bidding process.

Speaking on the Consul-General of France to Puducherry and Chennai, Philippe Janvier-Kamiyama said the French government would partner with the Union Territory in the project by providing financial and technical expertise.

Minister for Public Works A. Namassivayam, Chief Secretary Manoj Parida, LAD Secretary P. Jawahar and Minister Counsellor and Head of the Regional Economic Department for South Asia, Embassy of France, Jean-Marc Fenet, attended the meeting.


CMDA pulled up for not sealing illegal building

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The Hindu        09.02.2017  

CMDA pulled up for not sealing illegal building

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has drawn the ire of the Madras High Court for the lack of an enforcement mechanism in sealing an unauthorised building.

Pointing to the submission of the CMDA that its officials could not seal an unauthorised building even after receiving assistance from the police, the First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice M. Sundar said, “The authorities want some force to be sent by the court to help the CMDA to seal the premises, showing a complete lack of enforcement mechanism.”

“We are of the view that it is for the CMDA to ensure that the premises is re-sealed with the assistance of the police force at the earliest and not to waste the judicial time of the court by seeking the assistance of the court in the endeavour,” the Bench added.

The issue pertains to an unauthorised building in Angappa Naicken Street. which was sealed by the CMDA under the directions of the court in December 2014. The seal was subsequently released to enable the owners of the building to rectify the deviations within a period of four months. However, the owners failed to do so.

Stating that its endeavour to reseal the building with the assistance of the police had failed, the department approached the court, seeking the initiation of contempt proceedings against the building’s owners.

However, noting that no case was made out for exercising the contempt jurisdiction, the Bench dismissed the plea.

Last Updated on Thursday, 09 February 2017 07:19

GIS to help you know about your property

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The Hindu        28.09.2016    

GIS to help you know about your property

It can inform people whether a land is located in residential area or not

VItal information:Details about properties in the Chennai metropolitan area can be obtained on the CMDA site.— Photo: SPecIAL ARRANGEMENT
VItal information:Details about properties in the Chennai metropolitan area can be obtained on the CMDA site.— Photo: SPecIAL ARRANGEMENT

Nearly 12 years after it was proposed, a GIS-based system to inform city residents about the classification of their property — whether it is located in a residential zone or in a prohibited area — has now been put in place, though it is currently on a test run.

Visitors to the website of the city’s planning agency, Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority —www.cmdachennai.gov.in— can click on the link leading to the system based on the Geographical Information System. Land owners and also prospective owners who seek additional details can key in details to find out its classification. People who do not know the survey numbers too can establish the details, sources said.

Details about property in Chennai Metropolitan Area that is spread over 1,189 sq.km and which includes Chennai Corporation and 16 municipalities, 20 town panchayats and 214 village panchayats can be obtained on the site. The metropolitan area includes part of Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur districts.

“Promoters do not reveal details about the exact classification of the land in which their plot is situated. People come to our head office in Egmore or even apply through Right to Information Act. We wanted to share all the information about Chennai’s land use in public domain and hence the GIS,” explained staff of the city planning agency.

The land classification details along with the survey number have been superimposed on Google Earth map, making it possible for people to find about the status immediately. “There are several restricted areas – land belonging to the Defence Ministry, notified areas by the Archaeological Survey of India, Reserved Forests, Water bodies, Coastal Regulatory Zone and others in addition to land earmarked for development projects,” a staff said, adding that people could easily cross-check in the GIS if the property they want to buy came under any of this classification.

Evolving an urban information with various departments, beginning with the creation of a “common base map” was planned as early as 2004. It was proposed that GIS would lead to faster access to data. Sources said some of them were trained in a post-graduate course in GIS and a dedicated team was on the job for many years before actual work began about 30 months ago, the first among any planning agency in the country.


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