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6,000 applicants seek regularisation for unapproved layouts, plots

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The Hindu        23.11.2017  

6,000 applicants seek regularisation for unapproved layouts, plots

Property owners can submit applications till May 3 next year

With the State Government introducing regularisation scheme for unapproved plots and layouts in May this year, about 6,000 applications were submitted by property owners in Coimbatore district. An official of the Local Planning Authority said that when the applications are filtered, there could be three or four applications for regularisation of plots in the same layout. Property owners can apply for regularisation till May 3 next year. Those who apply should submit the sketch of the layout.

Since the applications are submitted online, many say the layout sketch is not available. Those who have sketches of unapproved layouts can also give a copy at the LPA office.

The official pointed out that the applicant gives the Encumbrance Certificate only for plot to be regularised. However, under the scheme the officials need to take the EC for the other plots too as OSR land should be earmarked from the unsold sites. Only then can the layout be approved.

K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause, said in many places, property owners have constructed the building and are using it for a long time.

Hence, they might not be going in for regularisation. However, this is an opportunity to regularise the building and it should not be wasted. If not regularised, the plot remains unauthorised and there could be several problems because of it in the future.

He also condemned the provision to regularise buildings even if there is no space for parking, condonable on payment of charges. This will be 100 % violation of parking norms, he said. Most of the buildings leave parking area in the plan. But, construct the building without the area. All the vehicles of the residents of the building and those visiting them are parked outside. The built area on the space earmarked for parking could be removed if the building should be regularised. Further, there should be specific conditions in the scheme for regularisation of public and semi public buildings.


Civic body releases logo for clean city drive

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The Hindu     22.11.2017

Civic body releases logo for clean city drive

Tiruchi Corporation Commissioner N. Ravichandran releasing the logo for ‘Clean Tiruchi’ drive on Tuesday.Photo: A. Muralitharan  

It will be featured on all material on the Corporation’s clean city initiatives

The Tiruchi City Corporation (TCC), which has set a target to improve its clean city ranking (Swachh Survekshan-2018) from the current sixth position, has released a logo for its clean city campaign.

The logo will be featured on all correspondence, pamphlets, posters and awareness material on the clean city initiatives. Besides the image of Mahatma Gandhi’s spectacle, which is the symbol of Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) of the Central government, an image of Rockfort temple, an iconic symbol of Tiruchi, and a person cleaning with a broom figure on the logo.

N. Ravichandran, Special Officer cum Commissioner, who released the logo, said it was aimed at creating awareness among the citizens of Tiruchi to cooperate with the civic administration in making the city the No. 1 cleanest city in the country. All letters, correspondence and awareness materials of the clean city campaign would bear the logo.

“We can achieve the No. 1 rank only with the active participation of citizens. I hope the clean city campaign will create a sense of eagerness among the citizens on improving Tiruchi’s national ranking,” Mr. Ravichandran told The Hindu .

He said the Corporation had appointed Mylswamy Annadurai, Director, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bengaluru, as its brand ambassador for the campaign. It would enable the Corporation to take forward the agenda of reaching out to the citizens on all aspects of the campaign.

Mr. Ravichandran said the Corporation had ordered 85 small load carriers at a cost of Rs. 4.5 crore for streetwise garbage collection. Each vehicle would cost Rs. 5.20 lakh. The vehicles were set to be delivered shortly, taking the number of light weight load carriers to 140 from 55. The new vehicles would gradually replace the hired load carriers.


Drone mapping project begins

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The Hindu        22.11.2017  

Drone mapping project begins

Gathering data:A drone survey organised by the Corporation in Raja Annamalaipuram on Tuesday.R. Ragu  

Gaps in civic amenities to be identified

The Chennai Corporation on Tuesday started a project for mapping of utilities and private properties using drones, developing a Geographical Information System (GIS) based on the drone mapping. A few years ago, former Mayor Saidai Duraisamy announced the project at the Chennai Corporation Council.

“The project will be used for planning of development work on a priority basis. We will make major policy decisions based on the results of the survey. We will complete the work in 120 days,” said S.P. Velumani, Minister for Municipal Administration.

“Chennai is the fourth largest local body in India. It has an area of 426 sq. km. and 75 lakh people. The World Bank has funded the project estimated at Rs. 6.43 crore. Two unmanned aerial vehicles will be used to map the city,” said Mr. Velumani.

The civic body has obtained clearances from various agencies such as the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and district administrations of Chennai, Kancheepuram and Tiruvallur apart from the Home Ministry.

The mapping is expected to be a tool to identify gaps in civic amenities. The project, proposed years ago, failed to take off because of the challenges in implementing modifications to the Ministry of Defence guidelines on digital map data handling. For the past few years, local bodies such as Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad have been appealing to the NIC on removal of restrictions, pointing to the several restrictions pertaining to key aspects of geo-reference maps, such as collecting and disseminating information on strategic areas.

Chennai Corporation officials said that removal of restrictions in many parts of the city is likely to be challenging, on account of strategic reasons. A more detailed digital mapping and a GIS based on the mapping would help plan the development of civic amenities.

“Each of the images will be screened by the defence authorities concerned and used only after clearance,” said an official.


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