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CMDA to relax height curbs soon

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The Hindu          03.05.2017 

CMDA to relax height curbs soon

CMDA has decided to increase the floor height to 3.5 metres.File photo  

To promote better use of technology

The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) has decided to relax the restrictions in the height of buildings to facilitate construction of buildings with higher ceiling, better ventilation, improved aesthetics and better use of technology.

“The CMDA has made a decision to increase the floor height to 3.5 metres. The government has to make a final decision on amending the development regulations. The decision is expected shortly,” said a CMDA official.

Currently, the planning authorities permit higher ceiling only for multi-storied and special buildings, while other buildings such as institutions and industries are unable to build rooms with higher ceilings if they are not categorised as multi-storied buildings or special buildings.

“Owing to the restrictions in height, the height from floor to a ceiling cannot be more than 2.95 metres now. After the amendment of the development regulations, the height can go up to 3.5 metres, offering better ventilation,” said the official.

As per the existing provisions of the development regulations in Chennai Metropolitan Area, if the height of a building measured from the ground level is 15.25 metres, such building will not be considered a multi-storied building.

Multi-storied buildings are those exceeding four floors with at least 15.25 metres in height. Once the amendments come, buildings with a height of 17 metres would be classified as institutional buildings or industrial buildings. In case of hospitals, however, buildings not exceeding four floors with a height of 17 metres are already classified as non multi-storied buildings.


Bus terminus at burial site? CMDA gets ‘stop work’ notice from ASI

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The New Indian Express        25.04.2017  

Bus terminus at burial site? CMDA gets ‘stop work’ notice from ASI

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s attempts to find land for its proposed bus terminus for south-bound buses hit a new roadblock after it was realised that the Kelambakkam site lies within the protected and prohibited zone of the Archaeological Survey of India.

ASI sources told Express that they have issued a ‘stop work’ notice, asking CMDA to refrain from carrying out any construction activity in the area which is a megalithic burial site. These stone-capped burial monuments have chambers and other internment arrangements in stone.

According to an amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, in January 2010, all construction is banned within 100 metres of ASI-protected areas. Also, any construction or reconstruction or repair of a building with 200 metres of such areas requires permission from the National Monument Authority.

Though revenue officials have refused to give details on the extent of the ASI site within the 88-acre land that was identified for the bus terminus and allied development, it is learnt that a major portion forms part of the protected and prohibited zone. This is cause for concern for CMDA, who has been changing sites for bus terminus projects ever since the announcement for a southbound bus terminus by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, after assuming office in 2011.

CMDA had been studying three options as suggested by consultant CR Narayana Rao to develop the bus terminus after the government won a legal battle earlier this year. The options call for having revenue sources such as amusement parks, a residential area, an office complex, banks, hotels, health centres, a commercial complex and convention centres, besides a parking facility for two-wheelers, cars and autos for commuters.

Sources said the plan to develop a residential complex has been dropped and possibilities are being explored for achieving connectivity between the proposed bus terminus to Urapakkam railway station and Kelambakkam road running along the northern side of the site.

Besides this, connectivity to the proposed public transit systems such as Monorail and Metro Rail is under consideration.CMDA is now evolving a design with minimum development within the protected prohibited area and larger structures to be planned in the remaining area, sources said.


Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority projects on lands it doesn’t own

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The New Indian Express         21.04.2017 

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority projects on lands it doesn’t own

Koyambedu Market is under the scanner | P Jawahar

CHENNAI: Even in the bizarre world of bureaucracy, this is unusual. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), the agency that helps plan and guide the development of the metropolis, does not have the patta for most of its key projects, documents available with Express show.

Worse still, it does not have the patta even for the land where its headquarters are situated.

According to information available with this newspaper, the list of infrastructure projects that the agency undertook over the years, without mandatory pattas, include important ones like Koyambedu Wholesale Market, Manali New Town, Maraimalai Nagar New Town Project and even the newly-constructed Madhavaram Bus and Truck Terminal. All these were private lands that were acquired for the projects.

In all, the authority implemented projects in 837 acres of private land without obtaining the necessary pattas, the documents reveal.

Records show that of the 296 acres acquired for Koyambedu market, 125.29 acres is private land for which the patta is yet to be obtained in CMDA’s favour.

Similarly, the new bus terminus project is being implemented at Madhavaram without obtaining the patta for nearly half of the land acquired for the project.

A total of 80.19 acres has been acquired for the bus and truck terminal project, but the patta for 46 acres is yet to be transferred in favour of CMDA, documents reveal.

CMDA’s trouble is worse at the Maraimalai Nagar New Town project that was conceived over four decades ago. The land that was acquired in 1974 to develop a satellite town outside the city to regulate population growth as suggested by the First Master Plan, has hardly put to use.

Of the 2,371 acres acquired for the project, the patta for 376 acres of private land is yet to be transferred to CMDA’s name. Similarly, the patta for 583 acres of government land, too, is yet to be transferred to the authority. As the project stayed in limbo, the land was encroached upon, and previous landowners managed to get a favourable order to denotify the land from acquisition as it was not put to use.

Even the Manali New Town project is stuck. The patta for 291 acres of private land is yet to be transferred, while the pattas for five land records have gone missing. The State housing board had acquired 291.91 acres of land from private land owners through 18 awardings, which have gone missing.


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