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As deadline nears, officials yet to remove encroachments

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The Hindu        16.07.2017  

As deadline nears, officials yet to remove encroachments

The encroachments in Jeeva Nagar, Kavundampalayam, that the authorities are yet to remove.S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

HC had asked authorities to evict occupants of 121 houses in Jeeva Nagar

The Madras High Court had on January 19 this year asked the Coimbatore district administration, Coimbatore Corporation and the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board to remove within six months the encroachments in Jeeva Nagar, Kavundampalayam.

The deadline given by the then Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M. Sundar would expire by July 19, three days away. But the officials seemed to have done very little in this regard.

The court had delivered its judgement in writ petitions filed by the K.K. Pudur Residents Welfare Association and the Nagammal Street Residents Welfare Association that had sought a direction to the authorities to evict the occupants of the 121 houses in Jeeva Nagar, who by building houses had reduced from 70 feet to 15 feet the width of the one-km-long road that connects Mettupalayam Road with Thadagam Road.

It said that though there was no dispute among the parties to the case that the residents had indeed encroached upon the road space, it would not accept the arguments of the district administration, Coimbatore Corporation and the Board that the people had moved into the area a few years before the petitioner-association members had built houses.

The court also found fault with the district administration’s approach to the issue and dismissed the argument that the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board had notified the area for slum development and had spent a few lakh rupees.

But now with the deadline a few days away, the petitioner associations complained that none of the authorities, cited as respondents, had complied with the order.

They would move the court for contempt, said K.K.M. Shelvaraju, president of the K.K. Pudur association.

List sent for approval

Sources said that the Coimbatore Corporation had completed capturing the biometric details of the occupants to be evicted and shared the details with the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for action.

The Board officials confirmed the receipt of the Corporation’s list and said that they had sent it to their head office for approval.

Once the head office granted the approval, the Board along with the civic body and district administration would relocate the people to its tenements in Keeranatham and thereafter demolish their houses in Jeeva Nagar.


Chennai corporation school students visit Germany

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The Times of India      13.07.2017

Chennai corporation school students visit Germany

Seven corporation school students called on municipal administration minister S P Velumani and health minister C Vijayabaskar at the state secretariat.Seven corporation school students called on municipal administration minister S P Velumani and health minister... Read More
CHENNAI: The Greater Chennai Corporation organised an overseas excursion trip for seven students studying in its schools.

The students -- M Parthiban (10), K Nishanth (9), K Ilakkiya (9), A Pushparaj (8), S Haripriya (10), V Priyanka (9) and S Sivagami (9) -- visited Germany for a seven-day trip between July 3 and 10.

On Thursday, the students called on municipal administration minister S P Velumani and health minister C Vijayabaskar at the state secretariat.

The German tour was sponsored in part under the Wings to Fly initiative of the Rotary Club of Madras East and the Goethe Institut in Nungambakkam.

This is the second time the local body has organised an overseas trip for the benefit of its students. Last year, a batch of seven students visited Malaysia.

"The students who went on the trip were the shortlisted finalists in an oratorical competition conducted by the Rotary Club and the Goethe Institut," said an official.

The topic for the competition was "Let's embrace our rivers" which was to be presented in the format of story-telling.

During the tour, the students visited the Berlin and Hamburg cities.

The cleanup project on the Elbe river, which runs through Hamburg, was what the students found most interesting as they said that similar technique could be used to clean the Cooum and the Adyar rivers in Chennai.

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Besides sightseeing, the students also visited the spot where the Berlin wall stood. According to education department officials, the students were intrigued by the cold war history and a split German nation, before the wall came down.

Senior officials said overseas trips were invaluable learning experiences for corporation school students. "Such experiences set them up well for their future," said an official.

Solid waste management user charges introduced

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The Hindu         06.07.2017    

Solid waste management user charges introduced

Self-help group members collecting garbage at Gandhi Market in Tiruchi.Photo: M. Moorthy  

Tiruchi Corporation’s move draws flak from a section of residents

The Tiruchi Corporation’s move to introduce a new levy in the form of solid waste management user charges has drawn flak from a section of city residents.

The Corporation has started collecting the charges this financial year. Tax demand notices sent to residents also mention the levy as a separate head. The solid waste management user charges starts from Rs. 30 per half-year at the rate of Rs. 5 a month for a tax assessment of Rs. 500. But it varies, commensurate with the property tax rates of residential buildings. If a resident is liable to pay property tax of Rs. 1,000 for his house, the charge will be Rs. 60 per half-year.

Corporation Special Officer-cum-Commissioner N.Ravichandran said the levy had been introduced as per the government guidelines under the Swachh Bharat Mission. “This is done across the country. But we have fixed the minimum rate of Rs. 5 a month for property tax assessments of Rs. 500. We have followed the due procedure, gazetted it and also issued advertisement,” Mr. Ravichandran told The Hindu .

The charge is being levied to meet at least a portion of the expenditure incurred towards sanitation initiatives. Sources in the Corporation said the user charge had been fixed for residential buildings in the city. The charges for commercial and industrial building would be fixed soon and collected from such property owners too.

Taking exception to the move, S.Pushpavanam, Secretary, Consumer Protection Council, Tamil Nadu, said residents of the city were already paying property, professional tax and water charges, besides underground drainage maintenance charges, so that the Corporation can discharge its duties.

“The primary duty of the Corporation is to keep the city clean by clearing garbage, ensuring sanitation by constructing and maintaining drains and dispose of sewage and laying and maintaining roads. For laying and maintaining roads, it gets special funds from the State Government and it gets funds from State Governments to meet its deficit and for special projects. When such is the case, levying charges for solid waste management separately is bad in law and in ethics. It is an unfair practice,” Mr.Pushpavanam contended. “If this is allowed, tomorrow, they may levy separate charges for cleaning the streets, maintaining drains and paying salaries to staff,” he observed.

No other Corporation such as Madurai, Coimbatore or Tirunelveli has imposed such a tax, he claimed and urged the Tiruchi Corporation authorities to stop collecting the tax and refund it to people who have already paid it.

Other urban local bodies were in the process of fixing and collecting the charges, Mr. Ravichandran pointed out.


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