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Disaster management has become prevention centric, says expert

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Source : The Hindu Date : 11.06.2009

Disaster management has become prevention centric, says expert

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Training programme for government officials held in Thanjavur

— Photo: M.Srinath

ON SPECIFIC STEPS: M. Karunakaran, DRO, speaking at a seminar on disaster risk management in Thanjavur on Wednesday. Suresh Mariaselvam, disaster risk management consultant (right), is in the picture.

THANJAVUR: Disaster management has come a long way from being ‘relief centric’ to ‘prevention centric’ said Suresh Mariaselvam, disaster management expert here on Wednesday.

Speaking at a training programme for government officials on disaster management, Mr. Mariaselvam said that the Orissa cyclone in 1999, Gujarat earthquake in 2001 and tsunami in 2004 forced the government to think about disaster management and an Act was passed in 2005. This was followed by formation of National Disaster Management Authority.

Disaster management remained ‘relief centric’ for a long time in the country unlike foreign countries. The Hawai tsunami in 1945 became a base for further research and preventive measures. Now, focus has shifted to preventive measures even in India.

It has been decided to take the concept to the rural areas. With the United Nations Development Programme and the Centre joining hands, it will be done through training people and officials. Under the joint programme, training is now given at district level and block level officials in 13 coastal districts.

M. Karunakaran, District Revenue Officer, Thanjavur district, said the role of the government departments were more important in post-disaster management than pre-disaster situations. Post-disaster management includes minimising loss of lives, debris removal, restoring communication facility etc.

Operations should be specific and quick with respect to post-disaster management. Rehabilitation is a major activity in post-disaster management.

Uma Parvathi, Project Officer, UNDP, Thanjavur district, said that district disaster management committees have been formed in Thanjavur disrtict.

Disaster management concept has been taken to schools. Mock drills were conducted in schools. Nearly 500 schools have been covered under this, she added.

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 June 2009 03:24
 

New building sealed for rules violation

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

New building sealed for rules violation

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Corporation taking action only after serving notice on owner two months ago

— Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

ACTION: A building on Head Post Office Road near the Collectorate in the city sealed for violation.

COIMBATORE: The Corporation, in association with the Local Planning Authority, sealed on Monday in the city a new building on charges of violating building rules, including non-provision of space for parking vehicles.

The building, on Head Post Office Road near the Collectorate, was to house a restaurant and offices. While permission had been obtained for only 15,000 sq.ft., the total constructed area was 40,000 sq.ft.

Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra had warned late last week that the Corporation would take stringent action on cases of building rules violation.

Parking space

The civic body and the planning authority wanted to prevent the violation that mostly pertained to parking space.

Many owners/builders got building plans approved by earmarking parking space. But, the buildings came up with shops taking up parking space.

In the case of the building sealed on Monday, structures for shops had been built in the basement meant for parking of vehicles. A portion of the basement itself was a violation as it extended to a point below the pavement along the road, Mr. Mishra said.

The Corporation took action only after serving a notice on the building owner two months ago, he said.

The building was about to be inaugurated with a puja on Monday morning.

Learning about this, teams from the Corporation rushed to the spot and vacated the people from the building.

Officials from the civic body and also the Local Planning Authority sealed the building.

Warning

“We first warned of action. Now, we are into taking it. This will be the fate of all the buildings that have been constructed in violation of rules,” the Commissioner said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 11:54
 

Local planning authority in TN gets power to sanction building plan approvals

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Source : The Business Line Date : 07.02.2009

Local planning authority in TN gets power to sanction building plan approvals

Real estate developers welcome move but question effectiveness.

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Chennai, Feb. 6 The Tamil Nadu Ministry for Housing and Urban Development has delegated powers to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) under the Department of Town and Country Planning (DTCP) to sanction plan approvals for buildings and layouts.

However, the real estate developers, while welcoming the move, are disappointed that the powers are inadequate and would not solve the problem of delayed sanctions for buildings.

Following a meeting, the Urban Development Minister, Mr Parithi Illamvazhuthi, has announced that the Local Planning Areas which had limited powers would be allowed to sanction larger projects. Earlier, the LPAs could only refer the application to the DTCP.

The Ministry has allowed the LPAs to sanction building and layout plans up to a limit within the existing rules and regulations.

The LPAs would approve plans for special buildings of a maximum of 15,000 sq ft with 12 apartments; commercial buildings, marriage halls and community halls of a maximum of 12,000 sq ft with ground and three floors, and lodges up to a maximum of 20 rooms; public and industrial buildings up to a maximum of 25,000 sq ft; buildings of ground and two floors for educational institutions; and infrastructure facilities of all kinds subject to land use regulations, the release said.

‘Too limited’

While welcoming the delegation of powers to speed-up sanctioning, the Confederation of Real Estate Developers of India-Chennai (CREDAI) has regretted that the powers are too limited for effectiveness.

The president of CREDAI, Mr Prakash Challa, said that the projects, particularly those coming up outside the Chennai Metropolitan Area limits, were bigger than the limitation fixed under the devolution of powers. At least the special buildings, without a limitation on square foot area, should have been brought under the purview of the LPAs for effectiveness, he said.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 03 June 2009 10:06
 


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