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Tamil Nadu preparing plan to build 8.03 lakh affordable homes for urban poor

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The New Indian Express       19.05.2017   

Tamil Nadu preparing plan to build 8.03 lakh affordable homes for urban poor

By C Shivakumar  |  Express News Service  |   Published: 19th May 2017 04:09 AM  |  

Last Updated: 19th May 2017 04:09 AM  |   A+A-   |  

CHENNAI: The total requirement for urban housing for slum and non-slum households under ‘Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Housing For All’ scheme in the State is 8.03 lakh, according to a demand survey done by Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.

The State, which signed an MoU with the Union government, had to conduct a survey for assessing the actual housing requirement. It is a basic necessity following which the State has to come out with a Housing for All plan of action.

According to census figures, the State has a total of 16.24 lakh urban slum households of which 7.53 lakh live in the 12 corporations. The State currently requires an additional 12.94 lakh homes to be provided to the urban poor, 6.72 lakh of which are required in the 12 corporations.

As per the Housing For All mission, the houses constructed should either be in the name of the female head of the household or as joint ownership. The annual income limit for beneficiaries under the economic weaker section is about Rs 3 lakh per year. For beneficiaries under the low-income group, the number is between Rs 3-6 lakh per year.

Sources said that the focus is now on constructing affordable houses for the slums and non-slum households. It is learnt that the guidelines for building affordable houses have been prepared. The affordable homes have been distinguished under three categories with areas up to 40, 60 and 75 square metres.

Similarly, the Slum Clearance Board is looking at innovative methods to construct housing for poor as mandated by the scheme. “Among the available new technologies in the construction sector for building tenements, the Slum Clearance Board is looking at prefabrication, monolithic construction and Glass Fiber Reinforced Gypsum,” sources said.

In fact, prefabrication is being used in three ongoing projects in Moorthingar Street in North Chennai, Sholinganallur in South Chennai and Erode.

The Slum Clearance Board is also encouraging tenders where any approved technology is acceptable for implementation. Institutions like IIT Madras, National Institute of Technology Trichy and Anna University are engaged in evolving new technologies, TNSCB sources said.

Meanwhile, the Slum Clearance Board has proposed to conduct a workshop on technology innovation along with the Building Materials and Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC) in mid-June for technocrats, engineers, builders and developers.

Four new variants

Prefabrication: Used for multi-storey projects. Columns, beams, lintels with sunshade are manufactured to the given dimension in factories or precast yards and brought to sites during implementation.

Monolithic construction: Modular formwork made out of aluminium plastic composites are used for walls, floors, slabs, stairs together with window openings, cast in one place.

Glass Fibre Reinforced Gypsum: Consists of building panel products made of calcined gypsum, plaster, reinforced with glass fibres for mass scale building construction.

Pre-engineered building: Entire structure is pre-sheared, pre-punched, pre-drilled, pre-welded and pre-formed in factories before being shipped to the site for erection.


Municipality gears up for flower show

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The Hindu        18.05.2017  

Municipality gears up for flower show

With the Ooty Flower Show just around the corner, the Udhagamandalam Municipality has initiated a slew of infrastructure works to help cope with the increased tourist flow into the town.

Speaking to The Hindu , V Prabhakaran, Commissioner (in-charge), Udhagamandalam Municipality, said that patch-works along the major roads within the town limits have been carried out at a cost of Rs. 27 lakhs. In addition, underground drainage works have also been completed at numerous places.

In order to ensure that there is enough water reaching the town from the Parsons Valley Dam, a pumpset has been erected at a cost of Rs. 13.5 lakhs, he added, stating that the pump will ensure that there is enough water being supplied to meet demand during the peak weekends.

Additional plastic storage tanks have also been purchased and have been kept at locations to ensure that the needs of the locals are catered to as well, while there has been a clampdown on unlicensed cottages and resorts with a few being shutdown recently.

Shops without Dangerous and Offensive Trades (D&O) licences have also been closed down near the Ooty Boat House and the Variety Hall. The municipality has also held meetings with water tanker operators and suppliers instructing them to supply clean drinking water to residents.


A road to remember a municipal commissioner during British rule

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The Hindu        18.05.2017  

A road to remember a municipal commissioner during British rule

The road at Hasthampatti that was named after John Charles Pritchard. The name has been spelt wrongly on the signage.E. Lakshmi NarayananE_Lakshmi Narayanan;E_Lakshmi Narayanan  

The 112th memorial day of John Charles Pritchard (1849 to 1905), who died while serving as Salem municipal commissioner, was observed here on May 12.

Popularly known as J.C. Pritchard, Barrister at Law, the road connecting Sarada College Road and Cherry Road was named after him as ‘Pitchards Road’. The name, however, has been spelt wrongly on the signage as “Pitchard”.

During the British rule, he served as the municipal commissioner and took serious efforts to prevent the outbreak of malaria, cholera, which were deadly diseases during the 19th Century. He was instrumental in opening health clinics in the city and ensured that there was no outbreak of the diseases. A famous lawyer, who actively involved in social services, he died of illness on May 12, 1905. As a mark of tribute to him, the municipality named the road after him.

On August 11, 2011, when members of Salem Historical Society cleaned the bushes in the British era Christian cemetery in Peramanur in the city, they found the grave of Pritchard. The concrete-structured grave was found in a dilapidated condition. Members of Salem Historical Society urged the district administration to take steps to preserve it as a monument.

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