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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.


Trichy Corporation emphasizes on rainwater harvesting system to save water

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The Times of India              30.01.2014

Trichy Corporation emphasizes on rainwater harvesting system to save water

TRICHY: As the district has been facing acute water shortage, the Trichy Corporation has decided to spruce up all the rainwater harvesting systems (RWH) to increase the groundwater table.

Speaking at a workshop on 'rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling,' corporation commissioner V P Thandapani said that an effective rainwater harvesting system is the need of the hour. "Among the recently-constructed structures, only those buildings are given approval, which has proper rain water harvesting set up," he said adding that government buildings, which are under construction, are being installed with rainwater harvesting systems.

The corporation had recently conducted a survey in the city where it found that though 80% of the buildings were installed with RWH systems; most of them were not maintained properly. It was also found that despite the installation of the RWH systems, most of the residents let the water flow into the streets, which should be prevented.

Out of the existing 1,79,000 establishments, nearly 62,000 building need to set up the system. However, corporation is facing difficulties as people have been letting out sewage water into the storm water drains. "Fines would be imposed on people who are flouting the rule whenever found," he warned. Bylaws have been framed by the corporation for preventing the residents from practicing it. The method has been termed illegal and the laws would be gazetted and put in place soon, officials had said in an earlier interview. The corporation has about 650 km of storm water drains running in the city in which rainwater harvesting structures are set up in every 10 m.

On an average, the district receives only 835 sq cm of rainfall and most of it goes untapped as they flow in the low lying areas. To arrest the water flow, the corporation has already divided the district into low lying area and middle area.

The architects, builders and revenue officials who attended the meeting organised by the rain centre, Chennai, were all taken for a field visit to inspect the rainwater harvesting systems in the city.


Corpn. gets ready for Phase II of storm water drain project

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The Hindu              06.01.2014

Corpn. gets ready for Phase II of storm water drain project

The Coimbatore Corporation has planned to clean the natural drains like Sanganoor Canal so that they carry only rain water.— File Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANAN
The Coimbatore Corporation has planned to clean the natural drains like Sanganoor Canal so that they carry only rain water.— File Photo: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

After completing the first phase of the storm water drain project, the Coimbatore Corporation wing executing projects under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission has started taking steps to start the second phase.

According to sources in the civic body, the JNNURM wing had almost completed the first phase of the project. It constructed drains for only 31.12 km to take the storm water to the nearest natural drain and provide linkages at 13 places for the purpose.

The wing would complete this work by January 15.

First phase

The Corporation had started the first phase of the project sometime in 2008. After initial delays and protests from the residents, the Corporation was able to force the contractors to increase the pace of constructing the drains. The first phase of the project covered portions of the city area — the 60 wards and involved constructing drains for 737 km at a cost of Rs. 180 crore.

The Government of India had financed the project in part. The State Government had contributed 20 per cent of the cost and the Corporation spent the rest — 30 per cent.

Under the second phase, the civic body would construct drains measuring a distance of 1,563 km at a cost of Rs. 800 crore.


The proposal to the Central Government was based on a resolution the Corporation Council had passed sometime ago, the sources said.

The Corporation had also sent a proposal to the Government for Rs. 490 crore to clean and improve the five natural drains that run through the city.

The sources said that the Corporation would remove silt from Sanganoor, Karupparayan, Vilankurichi, Singanallur and Ganapathy drains, provide concrete embankments and also flooring with facility for water percolation, remove encroachments and construct roads on both sides of the Sanganoor drain.

The roads would link Trichy Road with Avanashi Road, Sathyamangalam Road and Mettupalayam Road, providing a short cut to motorists.

The sources added that the Corporation would start the project once the Government granted the funds.


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