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New building sealed for rules violation

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

New building sealed for rules violation

Special Correspondent

Corporation taking action only after serving notice on owner two months ago

— Photo: S. Siva Saravanan

ACTION: A building on Head Post Office Road near the Collectorate in the city sealed for violation.

COIMBATORE: The Corporation, in association with the Local Planning Authority, sealed on Monday in the city a new building on charges of violating building rules, including non-provision of space for parking vehicles.

The building, on Head Post Office Road near the Collectorate, was to house a restaurant and offices. While permission had been obtained for only 15,000 sq.ft., the total constructed area was 40,000 sq.ft.

Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra had warned late last week that the Corporation would take stringent action on cases of building rules violation.

Parking space

The civic body and the planning authority wanted to prevent the violation that mostly pertained to parking space.

Many owners/builders got building plans approved by earmarking parking space. But, the buildings came up with shops taking up parking space.

In the case of the building sealed on Monday, structures for shops had been built in the basement meant for parking of vehicles. A portion of the basement itself was a violation as it extended to a point below the pavement along the road, Mr. Mishra said.

The Corporation took action only after serving a notice on the building owner two months ago, he said.

The building was about to be inaugurated with a puja on Monday morning.

Learning about this, teams from the Corporation rushed to the spot and vacated the people from the building.

Officials from the civic body and also the Local Planning Authority sealed the building.

Warning

“We first warned of action. Now, we are into taking it. This will be the fate of all the buildings that have been constructed in violation of rules,” the Commissioner said.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 11:54
 

Preliminary works begins on road along MRTS at Perungudi

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Courtesy : The Hindu Date : 02.06.2009

Preliminary work begins on road along MRTS at Perungudi

R. Srikanth

3-km Velachery-Taramani stretch will be completed in 6 months

— Photo: R.Srikanth

IMPROVING CONNECTIVITY: Survey of the area near the Perungudi MRTS station being conducted for a new road, on Monday.

CHENNAI: Southern Railway has started work on the road that will run parallel to the Mass Rapid Transit System (MRTS) network from the Velachery to Taramani stations.

Starting close to the parking lot of the Velachery Station, the road will connect the New Veeranam Salai near the Taramani station. It is expected to meet the requirement of good road connectivity for MRTS users. The Taramani Link Road, which is the only major road link near the MRTS, is far away from the stations. The New Veeranam Salai connects Taramani Link Road and the Rajiv Gandhi Salai.

The upcoming 3-km long road will be a two-lane facility. From the Velachery station to Perungudi station, the road will come up on one side of the track and in the rest of the stretch up to Taramani Station on the other side. A road overbridge near the Perungudi station would connect the two stretches.

Chief Public Relations Officer of Southern Railway Neenu Ittyerah said work on the stretch between the Taramani and Perungudi stations has begun. On the portion connecting the Perungudi and Velachery stations, the work would begin shortly.

She said the Metropolitan Transport Project, which is developing the road, has planned to complete this project in six months. Any delay would be only on account of the time taken to remove encroachments by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority.

Former Anna University professor T. Ananatharajan, who had organised several seminars on multi-modal transport, was happy that the road was being laid. He said that while Southern Railway was taking steps to form a road along a part of the MRTS network, the Chennai Corporation has done little to improve the road from Taramani Link Road to the Perungudi station.

As a result, the station is underutilised because the road running through the thickly populated residential areas and the railway station was in bad shape and did not have proper street lighting.

Though the new road would ease traffic congestion on Taramani Link Road, residents are concerned that it would aggravate the problem of water stagnation during monsoon in the nearby residential areas.

S. Kumararaja, secretary, Federation of Velachery Residents Welfare Association, said with sand bars below the elevated tracks already blocking the free flow of the water to the Pallikaranai marshland, the new road would compound the problem. He wanted the railway authorities to provide stormwater drains on the road.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 02 June 2009 11:43
 

You will soon pay only for the water you use

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Source : The Times of India Date : 26.05.2009

You will soon pay only for the water you use

24 May 2009, 0436 hrs IST, Asadullah Hanfi

THANE: The attempts of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) to resort to the use of water measuring devices in the retail water distribution

network would materialise from next month. The authorities hope to clamp down on use of excess waters in the process and the consumers would be made to pay for the quantity of waters they use.

According to information, the corporation has taken steps to invite offers from interested parties for the installation of water measuring devices on the water connections of its major water consumers. The tenders would be floated sometime next month and parties would be short listed in the same month subjected to the approval of the Standing Committee (SC) House.

The proposal would be executed in stages over 12 months of time. The contract would be for a period of five years. The civic proposal involves paying the parties for the purchase of the water meters of specified qualities in bulk quantities. Around 30,000 meters would be purchased in the first stage for installation.

The shortlisted contractor would be required to install the meters at the doorsteps of the civic water consumers at the instance of the civic water supply department. The appointed contractor would also be liable to take monthly readings of the installed meters and pass it on to the TMC water supply department. The department would bill the consumers based on the readings provided by the contractors.

The party would also be responsible for carrying out maintenance and repairs of the meters it installed. The contractor would be entitled to collect monthly maintenance charges ranging from Rs 7 to Rs 10 per meter from the concerned consumers directly. The party giving the lowest quotation on maintenance charges would be selected for the contract.

In the first stage, the corporation would fit the meters on the main water supply connections of the major housing societies in the city. Housing societies having more than 200 flats would be selected for the purpose. The TMC would bill the society for the use of waters and the society would be left to share the charges amongst its members.

The proposal would then be extended to smaller housing societies in the next stage. Slum dwellers would, however, be kept off from the project. Slum dwellers would continue to pay fixed water charges per month, while flat owners would be required to pay for the actual waters they consume.

Interestingly, the idea was mooted more than three years ago but it did not get the response from the 116 member corporators. The TMC claimed that it was supplying more water to the consumers in exchange for fixed monthly charges of Rs 160 per month. The corporators claimed otherwise.

The corporation then carried out survey of some major housing societies in the city with the installation of water meters for three months. The results were shocking. The TMC found that the societies were drawing several lakh litres more waters than they paid for under the fixed monthly water charge mechanism.

Since then the corporation had been trying to get the water meters installed but its attempts had been undermined by the members

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 09:01
 


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