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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.


Building plan approval process decentralised

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The Hindu        09.09.2016

Building plan approval process decentralised

Aimed at reducing pendency at Corporation’s main office

Corporation Commissioner Sandeep Nanduri has informed that applicants seeking approval for building plan can submit them with the respective zones.

On an average, the Corporation received 75 to 100 building plans every month seeking approval. The applicants were submitting them at the main office. As there were delays in processing them due to a number of procedures, the Commissioner, after holding meeting with his officials, decided to decentralise the process.

It was decided at the meeting that building plans seeking approval for 1,000 square feet of commercial undertakings and 1,500 square feet of residential property can submit their applications at the respective zones. Those who want to construct above these measurements should submit their application for approval at the main office at Anna Maaligai.

An official at the Town and Country Planning wing said applicants who built dwellings within 1,500 square feet had to get approvals for getting home loans from financial institutions. In a bid to facilitate such applicants, the Corporation had taken the decision and entrusted the task of giving approval by the respective Assistant Commissioners of the zones. By delegating the responsibility, the pendency could be reduced and delay avoided.

However, major buildings, which sought approval for larger carpet area, had to file applications with the main office for ratification, he said.


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