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Bus terminus at burial site? CMDA gets ‘stop work’ notice from ASI

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The New Indian Express        25.04.2017  

Bus terminus at burial site? CMDA gets ‘stop work’ notice from ASI

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority’s attempts to find land for its proposed bus terminus for south-bound buses hit a new roadblock after it was realised that the Kelambakkam site lies within the protected and prohibited zone of the Archaeological Survey of India.

ASI sources told Express that they have issued a ‘stop work’ notice, asking CMDA to refrain from carrying out any construction activity in the area which is a megalithic burial site. These stone-capped burial monuments have chambers and other internment arrangements in stone.

According to an amendment to the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains Act, in January 2010, all construction is banned within 100 metres of ASI-protected areas. Also, any construction or reconstruction or repair of a building with 200 metres of such areas requires permission from the National Monument Authority.

Though revenue officials have refused to give details on the extent of the ASI site within the 88-acre land that was identified for the bus terminus and allied development, it is learnt that a major portion forms part of the protected and prohibited zone. This is cause for concern for CMDA, who has been changing sites for bus terminus projects ever since the announcement for a southbound bus terminus by the late Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, after assuming office in 2011.

CMDA had been studying three options as suggested by consultant CR Narayana Rao to develop the bus terminus after the government won a legal battle earlier this year. The options call for having revenue sources such as amusement parks, a residential area, an office complex, banks, hotels, health centres, a commercial complex and convention centres, besides a parking facility for two-wheelers, cars and autos for commuters.

Sources said the plan to develop a residential complex has been dropped and possibilities are being explored for achieving connectivity between the proposed bus terminus to Urapakkam railway station and Kelambakkam road running along the northern side of the site.

Besides this, connectivity to the proposed public transit systems such as Monorail and Metro Rail is under consideration.CMDA is now evolving a design with minimum development within the protected prohibited area and larger structures to be planned in the remaining area, sources said.

 

Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

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The Hindu         21.04.2017

Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

The municipal administration of Krishnagiri is on the verge of finalising on the mobile toilet model that would soon replace the existing pay-to-use toilet at Krishnagiri new bus stand. The model once finalised, will ring in new free-of-cost, water efficient mobile toilets in five different locations within Krishnagiri municipality by the first week of May.

“For now, we have proposed to set up the toilets in the new bus stand, old bus stand, coronation ground, Krishnagiri government hospital and the municipality park,” says Municipal Commissioner Kannan.

The toilet is being estimated at Rs. 72,000 per unit. The municipality has been assured of funds from the MLA’s local area development fund. Each unit envisions four urinals for men, and four toilets for women. “We have drawn from the experiences of other toilets in bus stands, where half covered toilets are of little to no use.”

The portable toilet model will be made of stainless steel frame and fibre sheet, with intermittent transparent sheet on the roof to allow natural light. The portable toilets will, however, be fully covered so that they are not rendered useless during rains.


To make the toilets more cost-effective in terms of lighting and drainage, the toilets will be set up, wherever possible, under the lighting provided by an existing street light and will be set up over the existing drainage channel. “For instance, the mobile toilet will be set up on the drainage platform at Krishnagiri government hospital, which at present does not have a proper toilet facility for visitors and outpatients,” says the Commissioner. Since, most of the drains are linked under the underground drainage system, this would be more cost-effective, he says.

However, once the first five toilet units are put in place, the toilets will be set up in 20 other locations within the municipality limit.

The model will be finalised by this week, and they are planned in such a way that they are easily portable, when the space will have to make way for a new construction.

 

City to adopt uniform property tax

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The Hindu         21.04.2017 

City to adopt uniform property tax

Corporation forms committee which will soon rationalise the rates

The Greater Chennai Corporation will have a uniform system of property tax calculation, changing the existing anomalies caused by different methods of calculation in erstwhile municipalities, town panchayats and panchayats that were merged in 2009.

The Chennai Corporation on Thursday held the first meeting for revising the different property tax rates and procedure in calculation of tax being followed in different neighbourhoods of the city.

Officials said a number of complaints had been received from residents in added areas, claiming that property tax rates were high in developing areas when compared with developed parts of the city.

Residents in some neighbourhoods in the recently-added areas, such as Ambattur, have complained that they were paying more property tax than those in well-developed areas such as T. Nagar that fetch higher rental values, officials said.

Therefore, the civic body has formed a committee of officials to develop a uniform system for calculation of property tax in the entire city. “The general revision of property tax was carried out in 1998 in the old city limits. But the erstwhile local bodies that were merged in 2009 revised the property tax in 2008. This has led to an anomaly,” said an official.


As per the provisions of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 and Tamil Nadu Village Panchayat Act, 1994, the property tax basic rates and the calculation procedure have been fixed by the respective councils of the local bodies that were merged in 2009.

Different method

Ambattur and Thiruvottiyur zones use a different method of calculation of property tax, when compared with the old city zones such as Teynampet, Adyar, Royapuram, Tondiarpet, Thiru-Vi.Ka Nagar, Kodambakkam and Anna Nagar.

But multiple methods of calculation is adopted within zones such as Manali, Madhavaram, Valasaravakkam, Perungudi, Alandur and Sholinganallur, creating confusion among residents who have constructed houses or commercial buildings in such areas after 2011.

The Corporation has streetwise basic rates for property tax with discount for owners who occupy their buildings. As the discount is not available for other residents in the merged areas, they have been protesting, said officials. The committee will soon suggest a basic rate for the city, rationalise the tax, following a uniform method of calculation of property tax for the entire 426 sq km of the city.

 


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