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Building sealed for plan approval violation

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The Hindu       11.04.2017 

Building sealed for plan approval violation

Caught in storm:V.V. Tower in Palayamkottai that was sealed on Monday for violation of plan approval.A. SHAIKHMOHIDEENAA_SHAIKMOHIDEEN;A_SHAIKMOHIDEEN  

It is owned by beach minerals mining baron S. Vaikundarajan’s brother

V.V. Towers, a landmark building owned by beach minerals mining baron S. Vaikundarajan’s brother Jegatheesan opposite Government Siddha Medical College here, was sealed on Monday for alleged building plan violations.

Even as a police team was providing protective cover, a team of officials attached to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) sealed the four-storey building, housing a non-vegetarian restaurant, a super market and a few more offices, around 7.30 a.m. after Collector and Chairman of LPA M. Karunakaran inspected the building.

LPA letter

In a letter sent to Mr. Jegatheesan on April 6, the Member Secretary of LPA stated that the commercial complex at Murugankurichi had been built with additional floors in violation of the building plan approval granted by the LPA.

It had been built without adequate parking facility. Moreover, no revised plan approval was obtained from the LPA for the violations.

Since the commercial complex would be sealed on April 10, operation of the offices functioning from this building should be stopped completely by removing the materials stocked in the building under question, the letter said.

“The building was sealed as it has been built in violation of the building plan approval granted by the LPA. Similar notices have been sent to the owners of a few more buildings across the district and appropriate action will be taken on these notices,” Dr. Karunakaran told the waiting reporters after inspecting the sealing of V.V. Towers. When the officials were about to seal the building, a group of advocates tried to resist the attempt. After the officials told them that they were acting on the court’s direction, the lawyers left the spot.


Bill extending planning nod validity passed

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The Hindu        25.03.2017  

Bill extending planning nod validity passed

The Tamil Nadu government on Friday passed a Bill in the State Legislative Assembly to amend the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act, 1971, with a view to extending the validity of planning permission from three years to five years.

The amendment was brought in after the government came to know that “difficulties are experienced by the persons carrying out large-scale development activities like special economic zones, information technology parks, malls and townships in implementing them within the prescribed period of three years.”

Resource crunch

Non-availability of men and material, among other reasons, led to delay in the execution of projects, the government said.

“The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority has also requested to extend the validity period of planning permission from three years to five years,” the government said.

Hence, the government passed the amendment to the Act, which, in 1971, fixed the validity period of planning permission at three years.

The amendment to Section 50 comes into force immediately.

The government also passed a Bill to amend the Tamil Nadu Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2003, to maintain “the fiscal management targets set out by extending the time limit for fiscal deficit consequent to the State government’s debt takeover of Tangedco under UDAY (Ujwal DISCOM Assurance Yojana)”.


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.


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