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Theatre parking fee capped at Rs 20; malls exempted in Tamil Nadu

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The New Indian Express      06.12.2017  

Theatre parking fee capped at Rs 20; malls exempted in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: The maximum parking fee that can be collected at movie theatres in the state is Rs 20 for cars and Rs 10 for motorbikes, as per a recent order by Additional Chief Secretary Niranjan Mardi. However, these rates are not applicable for theatres in malls, as they are governed by different rules.

The government order issued on November 30, but made public only on Tuesday, said the new parking rates were effective from December 1. However, the theatres owners’ association said the order was ambiguous and sought an appointment with Niranjan Mardi.

“It is not clear if the rates are on an hourly basis or per show. We hope there is some clarity after the meeting,” said Abirami Ramanathan, president of the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners’ Association.

As per the order, theatres in municipal corporations and special grade municipalities can charge Rs 20 for cars and three-wheelers and Rs 10 for motorbikes. In municipalities, the fee is Rs 15 for cars and Rs 7 for motorbikes; in town and village panchayats, it is Rs 5 and Rs 3. There will be no parking charge for bicycles.

The fees were fixed by amending the Tamil Nadu Cinemas (Regulation) Act 1955 and the order would mean cinema hall owners cannot change the price at will or charge exorbitant rates for parking.

“The parking rate charged by malls will be regulated by them, not the cinema halls. The amendment may not be applicable to Escape, but will be applied at Sathyam,” a spokesperson of SPI Cinemas told The New Indian Express, but added that there is lack of clarity about the amendment.


 

Coimbatore set to grow by over 2,600 sq km, cover 2.2 percent of Tamil Nadu

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The New Indian Express      06.12.2017 

Coimbatore set to grow by over 2,600 sq km, cover 2.2 percent of Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: It’s not just Chennai’s urban area that is expanding manifold. The planned urban area of the state’s second-biggest city, Coimbatore, is set to expand nearly 10 times. The new draft master plan prepared by the state government for Coimbatore covers 2,869 sq km. The last master plan for the city prepared in 1992 covered just 257 sq km.

The new expanded limits account for nearly 2.21 per cent of Tamil Nadu’s total area and extend from Mettupalayam town in the north to Pollachi in the south. As many as 186 villages around Coimbatore city are also included and the planned area borders on the Western Ghats and the reserved forest area on the western side of the city. But the master plan that also provides for agricultural zones has left out the agrarian south of Pollachi taluk and the ecologically-sensitive Valparai.

The master plan for the city considered to be the industrial and educational hub of the state focuses on land use proposal based on future population growth. Two major infrastructure projects proposed in the plan are an outer ring road and inner ring road.

The outer ring road would link Avinashi Road and Mettupalayam Road and pass Neelambur, Mailampatti, Vellanipatti, Kalapatti, Sarkarsamakulam and Periyanaikenpalayam villages, among others. The inner ring road linking Mettupalayam Road and Palghat Road would pass Thudiyalur, Pannimadai, Somayampalayam and Kuniyamuthur villages among others.

Over 30 Lakh people under new city plan

Coimbatore is the 16th-largest urban agglomeration in the country as per the 2011 census and is home to about 6.62% of Tamil Nadu’s total urban population. The population that will be covered under the new master plan is around 31.15 lakh, of which 13.73 lakh (44%) comprise workers.

 

All village panchayats to be open defecation-free by Dec.

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The Hindu       04.12.2017 

All village panchayats to be open defecation-free by Dec.

Collector K. Rajamani presenting a medal to S. Sakul Hameed, Executive Officer, Ponnampatti town panchayat at a function held in Tiruchi on Saturday.HANDOUT  

Construction of IHHL has gained momentum in Tiruchi, says Collector

All village panchayats in Tiruchi district will be declared open defecation-free (ODF) by December 31, according to Collector K. Rajamani.

Speaking at a function organised by Association of Voluntary Organisations here on Saturday, he said that construction of Individual Household Latrines (IHHL) in village panchayats had gained momentum. Out of 404 village panchayats, construction of individual household toilets in all houses of 301 panchayats had already been completed. The DRDA officials were instructed to expedite the process of constructing toilets in all pending villages. The progress of works was being closely monitored.

“Tiruchi district is a pioneer in construction of toilets in rural households. The day is not far away in declaring Tiruchi district is open defecation-free,” Mr. Rajamani said. Stating that Tiruchi city had figured in the top 10 cleanest cities across the country for three years consecutively, he said a number of steps had been initiated to improve the ranking in 2018. All citizens of the city should cooperate with the civic body to improve its ranking. Tiruchi City Corporation had already banned plastic sale, which was affecting the environment.

Complimenting the Non-Governmental Organizations in Tiruchi district on creating awareness among the people on open defecation, Mr. Rajamani said their role in solid waste management could not be underestimated.

K. Meena, former vice-chancellor, Bharathidasan University, said that the NGOs would have to play a key role in creating awareness among the public on various aspects of life.

“Sevai” Govindaraj, “Scope” Subburaman, M.A. Aleem, former vice-principal, K. A. P. Viswanatham Medical College, Tiruchi and others spoke.

Earlier, Mr. Rajamani presented a medal on behalf of Association of Voluntary Agencies to S. Sakul Hameed, Executive Officer, Ponnampatti Town Panchayat, as a token of appreciation for bagging best town panchayat award in the State for best practices in solid waste management.

 


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