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Tamil Nadu government to crack down on illegal tapping of water

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The Times of India         12.04.2017 

Tamil Nadu government to crack down on illegal tapping of water

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A cute water shortage following a failed monsoon in the state has forced the government to rein in establishments tapping wa rein in establishments tapping water by illegal means. District collectors have been directed to crack down on commercial establishments that are found drawing water beyond their permissible limits.Industries are also feeling the pinch with water supply to manufacturing units getting regulated.
Commissioner for revenue administration K Satyagopal said micromanagement of water distribution had begun to cater to the immediate requirement. "Illegal tapping of water is taking place on a large scale," he said. "Illegal tapping could be by households, farmers, commercial establishments or industries. Whoever it is, we are trying to disconnect the illegal lines. Every collector has been asked to do so," Satyagopal said.

The official said commercial es tablish ments, like hotels and marriage halls, which are drawing excessive wa ter are being tracked on a regular ba sis. "Also, we are having a dialogue with the industries and regulating their supplies," Satyagopal said adding that steps are being taken to tap drinking water by putting subsurface bags at places with adequate water resources.

Asked about the water situation in Chennai, Satyagopal said, "There will be regulations but we are confident that the supply of water will be steady." Besides, water tankers will be used to supply drinking water in areas that cannot be covered by the distribution system, Satyagopal told reporters on the sidelines of a summit on climate change & disaster risk reduction.

At the event, Kamal Kishore, member, National Disaster Management Authority, said, Asian countries were losing $126 dollars every day due to natural disasters. In his address, UNICEF's chief of field office for Tamil Nadu and Kerala Job Zachariah said India loses Rs 65,000 crores every year due to natural disasters.

With Model Code lifted, focus shifts to civic works

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The Hindu     11.04.2017 

With Model Code lifted, focus shifts to civic works

Infrastructure works resume in areas under the segment

Civic infrastructure project works that were suspended owing to the Dr. Radhakrishan Nagar byelection resumed on Monday after the model code of conduct was lifted.

Greater Chennai Corporation had not been able to commence work on restoring the infrastructure damaged by Cyclone Vardah because of the delay in getting clearance from the Election Commission . Work orders for at least 500 parks, 7600 streetlights, 471 road pavements and 86 bus shelters at Rs. 75 crore were issued before the announcement of byelection but the work did not commence. These works was expected to resume this week.

“We had written to the Election Commission . But there was no response. So we had to wait. Work did not start in any of the 15 zones,” an official said .

The work on developing a bridge on the Manali Salai and Kathivakkam High Road would also resume this week.

The Chennai Corporation had finalised bids for the Rs. 117 crore project and issued work order a few months ago. The civic body had started the work but the work was suspended after announcement of the byelection. Work on the eco-park in Barathi Nagar along the Buckingham Canal would also be resume this week. The work started a few months ago in a land measuring six acres at a cost of Rs. 9.8 crore and the work was was suspended once the model code came into force. Another project to construct retaining walls along Captain Cotton Canal would begin this week.

According to official sources, roads and bridges damaged in Cyclone Vardah would be restored at Rs. 136 crore shortly. Work on restoration of damaged stormwater drains at Rs. 35 crore, playgrounds at Rs. 8 crore, parks at Rs. 28 crore, electrical fittings at Rs. 44 crore, public buildings at Rs. 17 crore, hospitals at Rs. 3 crore and revenue collection facilities at Rs. 3.5 crore would also be taken up shortly.


Building sealed for plan approval violation

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The Hindu       11.04.2017 

Building sealed for plan approval violation

Caught in storm:V.V. Tower in Palayamkottai that was sealed on Monday for violation of plan approval.A. SHAIKHMOHIDEENAA_SHAIKMOHIDEEN;A_SHAIKMOHIDEEN  

It is owned by beach minerals mining baron S. Vaikundarajan’s brother

V.V. Towers, a landmark building owned by beach minerals mining baron S. Vaikundarajan’s brother Jegatheesan opposite Government Siddha Medical College here, was sealed on Monday for alleged building plan violations.

Even as a police team was providing protective cover, a team of officials attached to the Local Planning Authority (LPA) sealed the four-storey building, housing a non-vegetarian restaurant, a super market and a few more offices, around 7.30 a.m. after Collector and Chairman of LPA M. Karunakaran inspected the building.

LPA letter

In a letter sent to Mr. Jegatheesan on April 6, the Member Secretary of LPA stated that the commercial complex at Murugankurichi had been built with additional floors in violation of the building plan approval granted by the LPA.

It had been built without adequate parking facility. Moreover, no revised plan approval was obtained from the LPA for the violations.

Since the commercial complex would be sealed on April 10, operation of the offices functioning from this building should be stopped completely by removing the materials stocked in the building under question, the letter said.

“The building was sealed as it has been built in violation of the building plan approval granted by the LPA. Similar notices have been sent to the owners of a few more buildings across the district and appropriate action will be taken on these notices,” Dr. Karunakaran told the waiting reporters after inspecting the sealing of V.V. Towers. When the officials were about to seal the building, a group of advocates tried to resist the attempt. After the officials told them that they were acting on the court’s direction, the lawyers left the spot.


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