Coimbatore civic body directs people to vacate 62 dilapidated buildings – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: With the monsoon showers lashing the city incessantly, the civic body has directed the people residing in dilapidated buildings to vacate them in two days and warned to seal them if they failed to comply with the order.

In a press statement, city corporation commissioner P Kumaravel Pandian said they had identified 81 dilapidated buildings in their limits and issued notices to their occupants under Section 327 of Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) Act, 1981 a month ago, directing them to vacate the premises immediately as the buildings were unsafe to live in.

The city corporation has also placed boards in front of some of the identified buildings, stating “this building has lost its stability and is no longer safe to use it. It poses a threat to the lives of the public. So, usage of the building is prohibited under the CCMC Act”.

The city corporation has already demolished 19 of the identified dilapidated buildings, 13 of which were beyond repair. The city corporation head said they had asked the occupants of the remaining buildings to vacate the premises in two days. “If they don’t comply, we will seal the buildings with the help of police officials.”

About a month ago, district collector K Rajamani had instructed the local bodies to identify buildings that were in bad shape after a house collapsed on Chetti Street at Selvapuram, claiming four lives, following the incessant rainfall. Subsequently, 223 such buildings were identified in the district and notices were issued to 81 of them.

Earlier in 2019, a compound wall that was 20ft high and 100ft long had collapsed on a row of houses, killing 17 people, at Nadur village at Mettupalayam in the district. The wall apparently collapsed after it became weak because of the incessant rainfall.



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Residents of TNSCB tenements stage protest in Coimbatore – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: Residents of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board‘s (TNSCB) housing unit at Malumichampatti on the city outskirts of Coimbatore staged a road roko on Wednesday demanding that the board provide a sufficient quantity of water on a regular basis. Residents said they have been facing water shortage for the past six months.

“Around two years ago, when we moved here, non-potable water was supplied twice a day and portable water was also supplied daily,” said Manikandan, a resident. “Non-potable water is now supplied for an hour in a day, and portable water is supplied once in two to three days,” he added.

They last received water on Monday. “In a housing unit that has about 1440 flats and over 2500 people, how fair it is to supply water just for one hour a day?”, he asked.

“As the water is supplied during the afternoon hours, it does not even last till the morning. Some even visit their relatives’ house to bathe,” he explained.

“Whenever the issue is escalated, TNSCB officials would send three to four trucks of water and forget about the issue until we raise our concern again,” said S Danushkodi, president of residents’ welfare association. The situation is worsening as more families began moving about six months ago, he added.

Families from five areas including Eachanari, Ukkadam, and Kumarasamy Nagar moved here, after the local bodies had demolished their houses which were constructed either on government land or along the water.

An official from TNSCB said, “We have eight borewells in the housing unit site. As the underground water level has reduced over a period of time, a sufficient quantity of water is not obtained from the borewells. We are in talks with the panchayat authorities to dig two borewells on the panchayat land. Once additional borewells are dug, their problem would be resolved.”

“In the case of drinking water, we have been supplying 50% more than the allotted quantity,” he added.



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Coimbatore: Army welfare housing body delays sale deed to residents – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: Nearly 400 ex-servicemen and war widows, who paid lakhs of their lifetime savings and pensions to buy apartments constructed by the Army Welfare Housing Organisation, say the sale deed has not been transferred to their names even three years after payment of their last instalment.

Around 25 of them protested at the project office on Thursday by maintaining social distancing. The protesters say the Army Welfare Housing Organisation has also refused to give them break-up of their costs – land price and cost of construction.

According to them, the project was floated in 2007-’08. The Directorate of Town and Country Planning then granted them approval to construct 496 apartments on 33.5 acres, of which five acres was set aside as open space reserve.

Narasimhan, one of the residents, said, “They sold five types of dwelling units – row houses, modern apartments, super deluxe, deluxe and small family apartments – which were priced in the range of Rs 19.67 lakh to Rs 46.55 lakh.”

Another resident, Col Sunny Joseph, said while he had paid the last instalment for his two-bedroom apartment in November 2018, the sale deed was yet to be transferred to his name. “Other residents had completed payment earlier. Their situation is also the same.”

TOI had earlier reported the four-year delay in handing over the project. The residents say they still haven’t been told how much land they would own as part of the housing unit. “They are now trying to sell the vacant land to another constructor to build 400 apartments more. They are trying to split the land into two portions, which is not allowed,” Col Joseph said.



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Over 350 families to be provided housing units in Coimbatore – ET RealEstate

COIMBATORE: The Tamil Nadu slum clearance board (TNSCB) has identified about 361 families to provide alternative accommodation at its housing units in the city.

“The corporation would be demolishing about 245 houses at CMC Colony in South Ukkadam to pave way for the construction of Ukkadam flyover. Thirty-eight houses near Kannapiram Mills bus stop and 78 houses near Sungam Junction, which were constructed illegally on road margins, would also be removed as a part of our encroachment eviction drive,” an official from the TNSCB said.

While tokens for alternative accommodation were already distributed to the families at CMC Colony, the procedure to distribute tokens for others is in process, the official said, adding that their houses would be demolished as soon as they shift to the housing units.

Explaining that the city corporation is in the process of identifying the encroachers along the Sanganoor Pallam, the official said with the completion of work, most of the encroachments in the city has been identified and removed. more than 5,000 encroachments are removed in the city so far, he added.



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