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Buildings to be checked for tax violation

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The Hindu        08.06.2017   

Buildings to be checked for tax violation

Chennai Corporation’s new initiative

Residents and traders who have constructed unauthorised buildings are under the scanner, as the Chennai Corporation has taken yet another initiative to trace property tax revenue loss.

Three areas

Starting Wednesday, the Corporation will send teams to inspect a total of 8,747 buildings in ward 57 in George Town, 10,414 buildings in ward 136 in T.Nagar and 6,076 buildings in ward 173 in Mylapore, measuring the structures, compiling data on total built up area and other town planning parameters.

The data will be compared with the database of the Chennai Corporation Revenue Department that collects property tax, trace licence and company tax. “The data on additional floors or unauthorised construction will be used to estimate the actual revenue loss of property tax. Under-assessment of property tax remains a challenge. Many homes and commercial buildings are paying less tax, causing huge loss of revenue,” said an official.

GIS mapping

As part of the initiative, the Chennai Corporation will also use GIS mapping of the private buildings on Wednesday, in addition to survey by the teams.

The GIS mapping will also cover all the private property and civic utilities. Even as the drive is done for increasing tax revenue, this initiative is expected to generate huge data sufficient to expose the exact number of unauthorised buildings in the city after the completion of the project,” said an official.


Pilot project to produce power from waste in Erode soon

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The Hindu        08.06.2017  

Pilot project to produce power from waste in Erode soon

A Bengaluru-based company has developed the technology

The State government will set up a pilot project to produce power from municipal solid waste at Erode, Minister for Environment K. C. Karupannan said here recently.

Speaking at the World Environment Day celebrations organised by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board and Department of Environment, the Minister said that he along with officials had recently visited a similar plant in Delhi that is utilising 2,000 tonnes of garbage a day.

“We are serious about bringing about a solution to the issue of municipal solid waste,” he said.

Mr. Karupannan also said that Erode would soon get two plants to treat waste water from dyeing units in the region. “A Bengaluru-based company has developed the technology wherein a day one lakh litres are treated and the end product is clear water. The units cost Rs. 1.50 crore and the amount was collected by the public in of Erode in just four hours,” he said. The Department had written to the Centre for funds for a Rs. 660 crore project to prevent coastal erosion in the State.

The Minister, who released the TNPCB’s compendium of government orders, proceedings and rules, also released a volume on the State of Environment in Tamil Nadu.

Director of Environment H. Malleshappa, Environment Secretary Mohammed Nasimuddin, TNPCB Chairman Atulya Misra and TNPCB Member Secretary N. Sundara Gopal also spoke.


‘Plenty to learn from other cities’

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The Hindu       08.06.2017   

‘Plenty to learn from other cities’

Residents unhappy with civic amenities; suggest a variety of other models

Lack of water, poor waste management, and a surge in traffic mar Chennai’s record in urban development. “The slums in Kannagi Nagar have been built on a waterbody. The area was inundated during the floods in 2015 because of the incompetence of the Corporation. The city’s developmental projects are 20 years behind time,” says Chandramohan, secretary of Arappor Iyakkam (AI), an NGO.

The organisation recently released a report stating that the city generates 1,500 million litres of sewage a day (MLD), a figure that is three times more than what is stated by Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB).

Kaiona Chhatrapati, a student in Noida, says Chennai can learn from other cities. “Despite pollution being worse in Noida, the Corporation there has better waste management practices,” she says. Citing the example of Chandigarh, Seenivasan Varadachar, a businessman who has lived in the city for over 28 years, notes it is well planned and green. “ The parking lots are spacious and there is little traffic congestion. Chennai’s traffic is rising and security is an issue nowadays,” he adds.

Obtaining documents

Residents like Uma Gurumurthy, who have lived in several tier II cities such as Coimbatore and Dhanbad, feel that it is easier to obtain government documents such as marriage and building registrations in such towns. “The volume of transactions is lesser. Building registrations come through in two months. Unless one knows higher officials in Chennai, we don’t receive papers,” she says.

Education is one of the factors that many residents feel is a plus point for Chennai. With students of the city notching up consistent performances in competitive exams, educators feel that primary schooling is also on a strong footing. “Active reforms are in place with respect to primary education in Chennai. The use of Activity Based Learning in classrooms has provided greater results,” says Shivaranjani R., a fellow at Teach For India.

( With inputs from Kavya Balaji)


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