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Municipality building remains unused

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Municipality building remains unused

Karthik Madhavan

The tax collection centre is yet to become operational

Better days ahead?: The building constructed by Kasipalayam Municipality to house a computerised tax collection centre.

ERODE: In Shastry Nagar, coming under Ward 5 of Kasipalayam Municipality, stands a new, small building. Graffiti on the wall says it is the civic body’s computerised tax collection centre. But there is no sign of such activity. It is locked. An open window reveals that there are a couple of tube light fittings, few bricks and other construction material.

It has remained unused since the construction was over about four months ago, say the area residents. There is no power connection, either.

The municipality constructed the building at Rs. 2 lakh to establish a computerised tax collection centre to collect house and water taxes. It has established four such centres and will establish another one. Municipality Chairman M. Subramaniam says the civic body has constructed the centres in such a way that for every three wards there will be a collection centre.

Residents of the municipality can pay the aforementioned taxes at any of the five centres. To facilitate the process, it will set up computers in each of the collection centres and network them with a server at the municipality office.

Aside from the Rs. 10 lakh construction cost, the entire project will cost the civic body about Rs. 3 lakh. Majority of the funding has come from the State Government and the civic body has chipped in with the balance.

Once the collection centres are opened, they are expected to help 20,295 assesses and also the tax collectors. Tax collectors will stop going door-to-door for tax collection; the process will happen only at the centres, the Chairman explains.

He says the buildings do not remain unused. During the elections, the municipality had to stop the activity and now that the elections are over, the centres will be opened in another month’s time, he adds. As and when the facility is in place, it will be the first for a municipality in Erode district. Manoeuvre

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 11:04

Slowdown hits property sector in Coimbatore

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Slowdown hits property sector in Coimbatore

M. Soundariya Preetha

4,063 sale documents registered this April

COIMBATORE: The economic slowdown seems to have hit the real estate sector here with transactions coming down in 2008-09.

In April 2008, sale documents registered in the district were 9,107 and it came down to 4,063 in April this year.

The Registration Department here registered all documents related to property, including sale, mortgage, power of attorney, lease, release, will, settlement and agreement to deposit of title deed.

In April-May last year, the total number of documents registered was 23,216. And, it came down to 16,814 in April-May this year.

The Coimbatore Registration office covered Coimbatore, Singanallur, Madukkarai, Thondamuthur, Avinashi, Vadavalli and Mettupalayam.

The global recession, economic slowdown in the country and the impact on the local industries, reduction in purchasing capacity of the public and prices were some of the reasons that had hit transactions, according to an official.

Though the department had seen the revenue growing more than the target in 2005-06, the growth had slowed down now.

Its revenue in the district was about Rs. 297 crore in 2008-09 as against the target of Rs. 340 crore.

However, the revenue was more than last year’s Rs. 273 crore, the official said. Places such as Annur and Avinashi had continued to see a growth.

D.R. Sekar, chairman of the local chapter of the Builders’ Association of India, told The Hindu that there were signs of the sector looking up.

“Enquiries are slowly picking up,” he said. So far, people adopted a wait and watch approach. With a stable Government and a change in the negative outlook of the economy, the property sector was likely to revive soon.

Last Updated on Friday, 12 June 2009 10:59

Coimbatore Corporation stops unauthorised construction in school

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Source : The Hindu Date : 12.06.2009

Coimbatore Corporation stops unauthorised construction in school

Special Correspondent

Students stage road blockade to protest against the action

Photo: M. Periasamy

ENFORCEMENT: Workers of the Coimbatore Corporation removing construction materials at the C.S.I. Primary School as part of a drive to halt unauthorised constructions. —

COIMBATORE: Town Planning officials of the Coimbatore Corporation stopped on Thursday the construction of an structure in a school on Bharathiar Road at Pappanaickenpalayam in the city. Students of the school staged a road blockade to protest against the action.

Official sources said the civic body had served three notices to the school and the Town Planning officials had also visited it to ask the authorities to stop the construction. When the school allegedly defied the orders, the Corporation officials went to the spot on Thursday, stopped the work and seized the materials being used for construction.

As students and parents protested the action, the Corporation officials told the school management to get the necessary approval from the civic body and continue with the construction. The protest was then called off. The officials also asked the management to give importance to the safety of the students while building new structures.

Corporation Commissioner Anshul Mishra wanted parents to check whether schools were safe for their children. He wanted the Town Planning Department in the Corporation to bestow special attention on building plans submitted by schools and ensure there was no undue delay in clearing these.

The Corporation would also explore whether stickers with the words “unauthorised building” could be pasted on structures that came up at schools without getting the mandatory plan approval. Parents could learn from these stickers that their children studied in schools that violated rules.

The Corporation would also seek criminal action against those who tried to prevent efforts from the Corporation to stop unauthorised constructions.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2009 14:09

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