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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


Civic engineers to be trained on heritage conservation

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The Hindu       08.09.2014 

Civic engineers to be trained on heritage conservation

Identification and documentation of heritage buildings in the city has been delayed due to the lack of trained personnel. (Above) A heritage structure at Egmore museum —Photo: R. Ragu
Identification and documentation of heritage buildings in the city has been delayed due to the lack of trained personnel. (Above) A heritage structure at Egmore museum —Photo: R. Ragu

The civic body will offer training to sensitise its engineers about heritage in the city.

Special sessions on planning better civic infrastructure for the city have already commenced.

“When we train our engineers, we will also sensitise them on conservation of heritage and the city’s unique architecture,” said an official of the Chennai Corporation.

Learning on technical aspects pertaining to architecture and conservation is expected to change the way engineers react to a challenge around heritage structures in the city.

A heritage conservation cell of the Corporation is yet to become operational, three years after the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) mooted the idea. The training sessions are likely to facilitate operation of a heritage conservation cell.

Officials also pointed to the need for trained engineers of the Corporation to work on identification of heritage buildings on each street.

“Junior engineers of each ward know more about their localities. They will be able to contribute more to identification of heritage buildings yet to be explored,” said an official.

CMDA has not been able to identify or complete documentation of all heritage buildings in the city. The work has been delayed owing to lack of trained personnel.


Consumer body slams Corporation for poor building rules enforcement

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The Hindu         01.09.2014  

Consumer body slams Corporation for poor building rules enforcement

: The Coimbatore Consumer Cause has slammed the Coimbatore Corporation for not implementing the building rules in letter and spirit.

In a release, the consumer body had said that the civic body had been found wanting in enforcing the rules, though the law and a Madras High Court order very clearly mandate it to seal and demolish buildings that stood in violation of rules.

The organisation’s Secretary K. Kathirmathiyon said that at the time of issuing building licence, the civic body said, ‘the construction should be only in accordance with the approved plan.

No electricity and water supply connection is permissible for deviated/unauthorised construction’.

Unfortunately, the civic body, without checking for violation, assessed the building for tax and then provided water connection.

This helped the building owner to apply for power connection as well.

The consumer body pointed out that, till date, the civic body had not denied water or underground drainage connection to even a single building citing violation of building rules.

This enabled unauthorised constructions of buildings without parking space to get water connection from the civic body and power connection from the Tangedco.

The Madras High Court, in its order on a case the Coimbatore Consumer Cause had filed, had clearly asked the civic body to act against such buildings.

The court has said that ‘it is the responsibility of the Corporation to ensure that no building owner, who is bound by law, fails to provide such safety measures’; he pointed out and wanted the Corporation to act against unauthorised constructions.


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