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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


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.


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