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Erode corpn. limits set for expansion

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The Hindu       15.06.2016

Erode corpn. limits set for expansion

The City Corporation is poised to have an extended geographic jurisdiction.

On Tuesday, a resolution was adopted at the Council meeting for inclusion of four panchayats in the surroundings: Mettunasuvampalayam, Kalingarayanpalayam, 46 Pudur, and Lakhapuram.

The inclusion, by virtue of which the local body will have added population, will help in securing more Central funds for development programmes.

The Corporation also decided to redraw limits of the 60 wards so as to attempt uniformity in development. There have been complaints that the progress has not been uniform in some of the wards that were carved out on the basis of segmentation by major roads.

At the Ordinary Meeting chaired by Mayor Malliga Paramasivam, members of AIADMK and DMK claimed credit for the Ooratchikottai drinking water scheme. An assertion by DMK leader in the house V.C. Natarajan that the project was ignored since it was the brainchild of his party leader M. Karunanidhi had the AIADMK members on their toes. They argued that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa was responsible for fructification of the project. The Mayor said the scheme will be implemented under the AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation) scheme.

The newly elected Erode East MLA K.S. Thennarasu, who took part in the meeting, announced that the work on the major drinking water project will be carried out at an expenditure of Rs. 484 crore soon.

Mr. Thennarasu also exuded confidence that financial allocation for the traffic island and flyover projects at GH Junction will be made in the forthcoming session of the Assembly.


47 gated communities to get notices

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The Times of India       20.11.2014  

47 gated communities to get notices


COIMBATORE: A detailed inspection by the local planning authority has revealed that 47 of 67 group development projects in the city have deviated from the approved plan. "These 47 buildings will be issued show cause notices within a week," said officials of the local planning authority (LPA).

"Group buildings are generally gated communities and have more than one block. These buildings will be issued notices within a week and will be asked to submit the revised design within 15 days. If this is not done, the buildings will be sealed," said an LPA official.

Last week, LPA identified and sent notices to 13 multistoried buildings that had deviated from the approved plan last week. While owner of two commercial buildings agreed to demolish the unapproved portion, the rest have sent revised designs for approval.

Of the 47 group developments that will get notices next week, 34 are residential complexes, 12 educational institutions and one a commercial complex, said an official. The inspections were carried out after a building under construction collapsed at Moulivakkam in Chennai on June 28 killing 61 workers.

"Most of the violations are in the infrastructure and amenities areas," said the official. Many of the gated communities are located within city limits at Nanjundapuram, Avinashi Road, Trichy Road, Vadavalli, Uppilipalayam, Saibaba Colony, Ramanathapuram and Vilankurichi. Some educational institutions located at Athipalayam, Myleripalayam, Somayampalayam, Thirumalayampalayam, Kondayampalayam and Karumbapalayam are on the list.

Last week, LPA had issued notices to 11 residential buildings and two commercial complexes, both hospitals.

"Both hospitals had built a room to store medicines in the area that was allotted for parking. They have demolished them and submitted a revised plan to us," said an official.

"Since all the 13 building owners have responded, the documents will be dispatched to Chennai for approval," he said. The penalty for the violations will be decided by authorities in Chennai, said officials. The official said unapproved buildings will be issued notices soon.


Corporation may monetise land assets

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The Hindu         12.09.2014 

Corporation may monetise land assets

The civic body may soon lease, sell, acquire or redevelop land to raise its own resources to fund civic infrastructure projects.

According to an interim report of the revised city development plan, presented by a consultant on Thursday, the Chennai Corporation is likely to adopt different modes, including monetising land assets, for revenue generation.

“The city development plan covers innovative ways of raising our own resources for vision 2023. We may find ways to raise alternative methods of finance,” said an official.

The consultant has suggested advertising, monetising land assets and capital markets as options to be adopted by the Corporation for creation of new infrastructure.

The civic body will also start identifying civic infrastructure that can be used for advertising by private entities. Space on bridges, roads, public buildings, bus shelters, parks, public toilets and beaches will be used innovatively for generating advertising revenue without harming the environment.

“We are looking at sustainability. We have identified infrastructure gaps. Funding required to fill these gaps will be reviewed,” said the official.

Infrastructure deficiencies for each residential neighbourhood and a long list of investment plans will be generated based on the outcome of workshops with residents.

This is the first such initiative after expansion of the Corporation limits.

Space on bridges, roads, bus shelters, will be used innovatively for generating ad revenue


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