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Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

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The Hindu         21.04.2017

Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

The municipal administration of Krishnagiri is on the verge of finalising on the mobile toilet model that would soon replace the existing pay-to-use toilet at Krishnagiri new bus stand. The model once finalised, will ring in new free-of-cost, water efficient mobile toilets in five different locations within Krishnagiri municipality by the first week of May.

“For now, we have proposed to set up the toilets in the new bus stand, old bus stand, coronation ground, Krishnagiri government hospital and the municipality park,” says Municipal Commissioner Kannan.

The toilet is being estimated at Rs. 72,000 per unit. The municipality has been assured of funds from the MLA’s local area development fund. Each unit envisions four urinals for men, and four toilets for women. “We have drawn from the experiences of other toilets in bus stands, where half covered toilets are of little to no use.”

The portable toilet model will be made of stainless steel frame and fibre sheet, with intermittent transparent sheet on the roof to allow natural light. The portable toilets will, however, be fully covered so that they are not rendered useless during rains.

To make the toilets more cost-effective in terms of lighting and drainage, the toilets will be set up, wherever possible, under the lighting provided by an existing street light and will be set up over the existing drainage channel. “For instance, the mobile toilet will be set up on the drainage platform at Krishnagiri government hospital, which at present does not have a proper toilet facility for visitors and outpatients,” says the Commissioner. Since, most of the drains are linked under the underground drainage system, this would be more cost-effective, he says.

However, once the first five toilet units are put in place, the toilets will be set up in 20 other locations within the municipality limit.

The model will be finalised by this week, and they are planned in such a way that they are easily portable, when the space will have to make way for a new construction.


City to adopt uniform property tax

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The Hindu         21.04.2017 

City to adopt uniform property tax

Corporation forms committee which will soon rationalise the rates

The Greater Chennai Corporation will have a uniform system of property tax calculation, changing the existing anomalies caused by different methods of calculation in erstwhile municipalities, town panchayats and panchayats that were merged in 2009.

The Chennai Corporation on Thursday held the first meeting for revising the different property tax rates and procedure in calculation of tax being followed in different neighbourhoods of the city.

Officials said a number of complaints had been received from residents in added areas, claiming that property tax rates were high in developing areas when compared with developed parts of the city.

Residents in some neighbourhoods in the recently-added areas, such as Ambattur, have complained that they were paying more property tax than those in well-developed areas such as T. Nagar that fetch higher rental values, officials said.

Therefore, the civic body has formed a committee of officials to develop a uniform system for calculation of property tax in the entire city. “The general revision of property tax was carried out in 1998 in the old city limits. But the erstwhile local bodies that were merged in 2009 revised the property tax in 2008. This has led to an anomaly,” said an official.

As per the provisions of the Tamil Nadu District Municipalities Act, 1920 and Tamil Nadu Village Panchayat Act, 1994, the property tax basic rates and the calculation procedure have been fixed by the respective councils of the local bodies that were merged in 2009.

Different method

Ambattur and Thiruvottiyur zones use a different method of calculation of property tax, when compared with the old city zones such as Teynampet, Adyar, Royapuram, Tondiarpet, Thiru-Vi.Ka Nagar, Kodambakkam and Anna Nagar.

But multiple methods of calculation is adopted within zones such as Manali, Madhavaram, Valasaravakkam, Perungudi, Alandur and Sholinganallur, creating confusion among residents who have constructed houses or commercial buildings in such areas after 2011.

The Corporation has streetwise basic rates for property tax with discount for owners who occupy their buildings. As the discount is not available for other residents in the merged areas, they have been protesting, said officials. The committee will soon suggest a basic rate for the city, rationalise the tax, following a uniform method of calculation of property tax for the entire 426 sq km of the city.


Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority projects on lands it doesn’t own

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The New Indian Express         21.04.2017 

Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority projects on lands it doesn’t own

Koyambedu Market is under the scanner | P Jawahar

CHENNAI: Even in the bizarre world of bureaucracy, this is unusual. The Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), the agency that helps plan and guide the development of the metropolis, does not have the patta for most of its key projects, documents available with Express show.

Worse still, it does not have the patta even for the land where its headquarters are situated.

According to information available with this newspaper, the list of infrastructure projects that the agency undertook over the years, without mandatory pattas, include important ones like Koyambedu Wholesale Market, Manali New Town, Maraimalai Nagar New Town Project and even the newly-constructed Madhavaram Bus and Truck Terminal. All these were private lands that were acquired for the projects.

In all, the authority implemented projects in 837 acres of private land without obtaining the necessary pattas, the documents reveal.

Records show that of the 296 acres acquired for Koyambedu market, 125.29 acres is private land for which the patta is yet to be obtained in CMDA’s favour.

Similarly, the new bus terminus project is being implemented at Madhavaram without obtaining the patta for nearly half of the land acquired for the project.

A total of 80.19 acres has been acquired for the bus and truck terminal project, but the patta for 46 acres is yet to be transferred in favour of CMDA, documents reveal.

CMDA’s trouble is worse at the Maraimalai Nagar New Town project that was conceived over four decades ago. The land that was acquired in 1974 to develop a satellite town outside the city to regulate population growth as suggested by the First Master Plan, has hardly put to use.

Of the 2,371 acres acquired for the project, the patta for 376 acres of private land is yet to be transferred to CMDA’s name. Similarly, the patta for 583 acres of government land, too, is yet to be transferred to the authority. As the project stayed in limbo, the land was encroached upon, and previous landowners managed to get a favourable order to denotify the land from acquisition as it was not put to use.

Even the Manali New Town project is stuck. The patta for 291 acres of private land is yet to be transferred, while the pattas for five land records have gone missing. The State housing board had acquired 291.91 acres of land from private land owners through 18 awardings, which have gone missing.

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