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Lake loses 177 acres to encroachments

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The Hindu         20.11.2017  

Lake loses 177 acres to encroachments

From 214 acres in 1972, it is now 36 acres; Corporation plans floating gardens

The Chennai Corporation will develop floating gardens in the Villivakkam lake as part of the eco-restoration of the waterbody.

According to a study, a number of houses, commercial buildings and industries have been developed in 83% of the lake area, reducing the waterbody to 36.34 acres. In 1972, the lake had an area of 214 acres.

The existing boundaries of the lake include Jawaharlal Nehru Road and Padi Railway Station on the west, residential areas on the north, Chennai-Tiruvallur High Road on the south and SIDCO Nagar Industrial Estate on the east.

“Most of the lake has been lost. The remaining part is polluted because of letting of industrial effluents. We will develop a floating raft of phytoremediation plants in the lake. The roots will absorb pollutants from the water. The plants will release the pollutants as harmless gases in the atmosphere, cleaning the waterbody,” said an official.

The study by the Corporation has pointed to dumping of construction debris in the lake and unauthorised settlements.

 

Corporation retrieves 30,000 sq ft of OSR land

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The Hindu        12.09.2017  

Corporation retrieves 30,000 sq ft of OSR land

The land maintained by a residents welfare forum was mired in legal dispute

In an area like Velachery where finding open space for recreational activities is a tough task, the Chennai Corporation has retrieved a big open space reservation (OSR) land and opened it to the public.

The land measuring around 30,000 square feet had remained out of bounds for the public as it was maintained by the residents welfare association of an apartment complex.

A senior Corporation official of Adyar Zone says the OSR land measuring 29,916 sq. ft. was located in Bethel Avenue, Velachery. Located in Regal Palm Garden Apartments, the land was in a legal dispute for several years.

However, members of many residents welfare associations in Velachery say that more has to be done by the officials to retrieve OSR lands which have been encroached upon or caught in legal dispute.

S. Kumararaja, an office-bearer of Annai Indira Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association, says several OSR lands located ‘inside’ multi-storey apartments which are meant to serve as parks and playgrounds for the public have not been handed over to the civic body. A flat promoter in Baby Nagar has constructed a temple in the space allotted for OSR land. In another instance, a park set up on the OSR land inside a multi-storey apartment on 12th Street of Annai Indira Nagar was not open for the public.

Activists urge the civic officials to seriously pursue the court cases so that the OSR lands are retrieved. In some cases, the Corporation has lost the cases despite having the required documents to support its case, they claim.

 

As deadline nears, officials yet to remove encroachments

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The Hindu        16.07.2017  

As deadline nears, officials yet to remove encroachments

The encroachments in Jeeva Nagar, Kavundampalayam, that the authorities are yet to remove.S. SIVA SARAVANANS_ SIVA SARAVANAN  

HC had asked authorities to evict occupants of 121 houses in Jeeva Nagar

The Madras High Court had on January 19 this year asked the Coimbatore district administration, Coimbatore Corporation and the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board to remove within six months the encroachments in Jeeva Nagar, Kavundampalayam.

The deadline given by the then Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Justice M. Sundar would expire by July 19, three days away. But the officials seemed to have done very little in this regard.

The court had delivered its judgement in writ petitions filed by the K.K. Pudur Residents Welfare Association and the Nagammal Street Residents Welfare Association that had sought a direction to the authorities to evict the occupants of the 121 houses in Jeeva Nagar, who by building houses had reduced from 70 feet to 15 feet the width of the one-km-long road that connects Mettupalayam Road with Thadagam Road.

It said that though there was no dispute among the parties to the case that the residents had indeed encroached upon the road space, it would not accept the arguments of the district administration, Coimbatore Corporation and the Board that the people had moved into the area a few years before the petitioner-association members had built houses.

The court also found fault with the district administration’s approach to the issue and dismissed the argument that the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board had notified the area for slum development and had spent a few lakh rupees.

But now with the deadline a few days away, the petitioner associations complained that none of the authorities, cited as respondents, had complied with the order.

They would move the court for contempt, said K.K.M. Shelvaraju, president of the K.K. Pudur association.

List sent for approval

Sources said that the Coimbatore Corporation had completed capturing the biometric details of the occupants to be evicted and shared the details with the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for action.

The Board officials confirmed the receipt of the Corporation’s list and said that they had sent it to their head office for approval.

Once the head office granted the approval, the Board along with the civic body and district administration would relocate the people to its tenements in Keeranatham and thereafter demolish their houses in Jeeva Nagar.

 
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