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Corporation to survey city using drones

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The Hindu      16.06.2017  

Corporation to survey city using drones

Plans to get Home Ministry approval

The Chennai Corporation is planning to get security clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs to conduct a survey of the city using drones.

The civic body is expected to get accurate information of its assets, civic utilities and property using the survey.

Once the survey is conducted successfully, it will assess the loss of assets.

A number of properties belonging to the civic body have been encroached upon by unidentified persons.

The survey is expected to expose such land grabbings. For example, the survey by drones will throw light on the existing area of a park as against the original area mentioned in the land records.

“We are planning to get clearance from the Union Ministry of Home Affairs,” said an official. On Thursday, senior officials inspected the drones to be used for the survey.

Security measures

According to sources, measures have been taken to prevent drones from coming into the flight paths of aircraft in areas such as Adyar, Alandur and Saidapet.

In 2014, the Central government banned the use of UAV by any non-government entity, organisation or an individual, but later formulated rules for regulating drones.


The operator will intimate the air traffic authorities concerned.

“We have studied notified prohibited, restricted and danger areas in the airspace. The operation will be restricted to areas outside the lateral and vertical boundaries of such areas,” said an official.

After the survey, the drones will not be sold or disposed of without permission from civil aviation officials.

The operator would ensure that all security measures were in place before the drones took off.

Restricted areas

If any accident occurred during the flight civil aviation authorities would be notified on the same day. “Drones will not be flown over sensitive locations such as military facilities and other strategic locations,” said the official.

The survey will be done only during the day with proper ground visibility and suitable surface winds.

Residents may report to the civic body any civic issues or injury caused by such drones on the corporation helpline 1913.

 

Unauthorised buildings get another lifeline

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The New Indian Express         13.06.2017  

Unauthorised buildings get another lifeline

For representational purpose only

CHENNAI: The State government is ready with draft rules and guidelines to regularise or grant amnesty to unauthorised buildings built before July 1, 2007. This comes after the Madras High Court gave four weeks deadline to the State to notify rules, following a petition by activist litigant ‘Traffic’ KR Ramaswamy in the wake of the Chennai Silks fire in T Nagar.

This is the second time such buildings are being granted amnesty, which has been challenged by the Madras High Court-appointed Monitoring Committee of Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA).

The committee stated that such amnesty is a one-time measure, and giving amnesty to unauthorised developers would violate the letter and spirit of development regulations and encourage illegal developments, resulting in unplanned cities and infrastructure concerns.

The Section 113-C amendments came into being after the government constituted a committee under Justice Mohan to look into all aspects of developments, and to suggest amendments to the Town and Country Planning Act. Guidelines of the new amendment (Section 113-C) were struck down by the High Court, resulting in the government appointing the Justice Rajeswaran Committee to frame new guidelines.

These directions, which have been tabled before the Cabinet, states that regularisation application that was refused under the earlier amnesty scheme under Section 113 A — which regularised unauthorised constructions built before February 29, 1999 — may be considered for regularisation under the new scheme.

Similarly, those applications pending under Section 113-B of Town and Country Planning Act, which was inserted in 2002 to regularise unauthorised constructions in Coimbatore, Madurai, Trichy, Salem and Tirunelveli Corporations, will be remitted for disposal under Section 113-C.

The government has partially accepted the Justice Rajeswaran Committee’s proposal to include all unauthorised buildings built prior to July 1, 2007 and having height of up to 17.25 metres under the category of special building, irrespective of number of floors. These building are eligible for regularisation.

Even buildings that fail to adhere to parking norms could face exemption, as it is being proposed to exempt parking norms with payment of penalties. This could be `10,000 for residential buildings without car parking inside and outside Chennai Metropolitan Area (CMA).

For unauthorised commercial buildings failing to adhere to parking norms, the fine is `1 lakh within CMA, and `50,000 outside CMA. Unauthorised buildings that don’t have parking facilities for two-wheelers will have to pay `2,500 as penalty.

Modalities for regularisation
    This will be a voluntary disclosure scheme, and all applications will be received online
    Applications collected online will be segregated and forwarded to concerned authorities for issue of regularisation or rejection order
    For ordinary buildings in CMA, regularisation will be processed by concerned local bodies


    Applications should have building plan duly certified by registered architect or licensed surveyor or engineer indicating violations
    Applications for regularisations other than ordinary, special and group developments of residential use should have structural stability certificate and NOC from Directorate of Fire and Rescue Services
    A total of six months from the date of notification will be given to the unauthorised construction to file regularisation application
    All applications will be processed within three months from the last date of receipt of applications
    Those unauthorised buildings which fail to apply within six months will be levied a penalty of enhanced property tax of 200 per cent of normal tax payable
 

CMDA looks at solid plan to tackle waste heaps

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The New Indian Express      11.06.2017   

CMDA looks at solid plan to tackle waste heaps

CHENNAI: The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) is planning to conduct a study to evolve a comprehensive action plan for solid waste management as well as explore generation of ‘waste to energy’ techniques for providing alternative fuel for domestic and industry consumption.

This comes in the wake of the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests notifying the Municipal Solid Wastes (Management and Handling) Rules 2000.

Under these rules, development authorities have been entrusted with the responsibility of identifying landfill sites and handing them over to the municipal authorities concerned for development operation and maintenance.

According to CMDA estimates in its website, it is estimated that by 2026 about 6590 tonnes of solid waste will be generated in the local body areas of CMA including Chennai city.

But experts say that the city is currently generating more than 6,000 tonnes of solid waste. According to the Greater Chennai Corporation, the estimated generation of solid waste per day in the city is 4500 tonnes of garbage and 700 tonnes of building materials.

Sources said that the study would help planners and policy-makers evolve suitable policies and action plans on a short-term and long-term basis for solid waste management. This could be the first such comprehensive study to be carried out for the entire Chennai Metropolitan Area.

Till now no detailed study on solid waste has been carried out.

The study will involve a series of comprehensive surveys for the entire Chennai Metropolitan Area including solid waste types and characterstics of solid wastes, available technology, best practices, functional coordination among all stakeholders, setting minimum performance standards for different agencies involved, assessing the sustainability of waste management, identifying landfill grounds, and exploring waste-to-energy techniques and avenues for availing Carbon Fund.

The study will recommend minimum performance standards for sustained solid waste management and appropriate technology or best practices in solid waste infrastructure.

 


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