Tamil Nadu housing board begins construction of high-rise flats in Trichy – ET RealEstate

TRICHY: The Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) has started construction work on the city’s first high-rise residential project for the high income group (HIG) category at Varaganeri. TNHB will also construct a high-rise block (above 18.30m in height) on the same campus for the middle income (MIG) and low income group (LIG) categories.

TNHB was earlier renting out 48 flats in Varaganeri near Palpannai (Chennai-Trichy NH and Thanjavur-Trichy NH intersection) to the public. With the structure stability deteriorating, TNHB proposed to demolish the existing flats and build a high-rise residential project with amenities like covered car parking, multiple elevators, power back up, green space for children and CCTV security.

The HIG block with 14 floors will have 56 units, each measuring 1,500 to 1,575sqft floor area. All the units will have three bedrooms and are likely to be sold at Rs 69 lakh per unit. “Since our site is close to multiple national highways, markets and hospitals, the demand was overwhelming during our market research. The flats will be in premium standard, special attention is given to the quality of flooring and elevation,” a senior official with TNHB Trichy said.

TNHB has also applied for administrative sanction to launch a high-rise residential tower each for MIG (14 floors) and LIG (13 floors) categories. A total of 192 units in three different categories will be sold to the public.

“We will notify the sales soon. People can pay the project cost in instalments as the construction progresses,” the official added. The HIG project is anticipated to be completed before April 2023 while the LIG and MIG projects will take two years each to conclude once the work begins.

TNHB is already constructing a separate high-rise project in Mannarpuram for state government employees.

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Madras HC seeks response on plea for Madurai’s master plan review – ET RealEstate

MADURAI: Madras high court has sought response from the state government on a plea, which sought periodical review of the master plan of Madurai city.

A division bench of Justices T S Sivagnanam and S Ananthi sought the state’s response in a public interest litigation filed by N Jegatheesan, president of the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

The petitioner stated that the main objective of the Tamil Nadu Town and Country Planning Act-1971 was to maintain transparency in the development and usage of lands. As per the act, a master plan is prepared for towns and cities giving emphasis on zoning regulations for the use of land.

The master plan of towns and cities must be reviewed after conducting necessary surveys once in five years. However, the government has not granted approval for review of the master plan for the past 15 years.

The authorities are still using the old master plan, which was prepared several years ago, despite the fact that the classification and usage of land parcels have completely changed at present, he said.

As per the master plan of the city, most of the land parcels are classified as agricultural land and people have to approach the authorities seeking change of classification of land parcels. The applications for change of classification have to be sent to the government to be notified. The process is not only time consuming but also a burden to the authorities and causes difficulties for the public to get an approval for constructing a building, the PIL stated.

He stated that use of the old master plan, which was drafted several years ago, would also affect the industrial and commercial growth of the region as no one would show interest in investing in the region. Hence, the petitioner moved the Madurai bench of the HC seeking periodical review of the master plan of Madurai city as per the act.

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Tamil Nadu slum residents want maintenance fee waived – ET RealEstate

CHENNAI: Struggling to make ends meet due to the pandemic, residents of Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) tenements in Navalur, Gudapakkam and Perumbakkam have requested authorities to waive off their monthly maintenance amount during the lockdown.

Every month, they are supposed to pay Rs 750 for building maintenance. But since the lockdown, these families, many of whom are daily wagers, are finding paying the fee a Herculean task.

“I hardly get about ?2,500 a month, in that I need to pay for my child’s school and my mother’s medicines. On top of it, they demand this amount. How is it reasonable?” asked T Kalaivizhi, a resident of Navalur tenements.

Other residents alleged that officials are now demanding that they pay off all the outstanding maintenance by next month.

“We didn’t pay for more than seven months last month, this year we re-started. We already have debts to clear due to the lockdown,” said Mercy Rani, a student from Perumbakkam.

A study conducted by the Information and Resource Centre for the Deprived Urban Communities (IRCDUC) and the Housing and Land Rights Network last month revealed that no formal announcement was made by the government regarding the extension of payment for rent and maintenance fee for houses in these tenements for the months of May, June, and July 2020.

The state government had made a formal announcement regarding the extension of dates for payment of the fee for the houses constructed only by the TNHB, while TNSCB was not included in it. As there was no formal announcement regarding the extension of dates for payment of rent people in the resettlement sites were worried about paying especially in the absence of any income.

While they have appealed to the board to waive off the amount or atleast extend the dates by a few months, they are yet to receive any response.

Managing director of TNSCB Kirlosh Kumar did not respond to any calls or texts and also refused to reveal any details in this matter when TOI visited him.

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Kancheepuram: 450 houses issued notices for letting sewage into lakes – ET RealEstate

CHENNAI: The Kancheepuram Municipality commissioner in the last two months has issued notices to 450 houses for discharging sewage into nearby water bodies and started collecting a fine of Rs 500 from each of them.

Truckers have been warned that they will be penalised Rs 25,000 if they were found dumping waste into Vaiyavur and Nathapettai lakes 40km from Tambaram.

These two lakes, which are spread over 600 acres together, attracted hundreds of migratory birds like black-winged stilt, little cormorant and egret during 2020 monsoon season.

So, National Green Tribunal (NGT) wanted authorities to check if these two lakes can be converted into a bird sanctuary. A joint-committee was constituted to look into local news reports which claimed that the lakes were used by locals to dump garbage and dispose sewage.

The Tamil Nadu public works department (PWD), which maintains these lakes, told that sewage from the entire Kancheepuram municipal limit was treated and released into Nathapettai which is adjacent to Vaiyavur. Besides this, 450 houses in the vicinity illegally discharge waste into the lake. Therefore, it has high levels of chemicals and is unfit for drinking purpose. Water samples were collected and sent to labs for studying contamination levels. Results are awaited.

Also there is not a single standing tree inside these man-made lakes to support nesting of water birds but for a handful of them on the periphery to support perching.

Based on these inputs submitted by Kancheepuram collector, the joint-committee told the tribunal that it was recommended to convert the lakes into bird sanctuaries.

However, the local authorities had installed mesh filters to prevent plastic waste from entering the lake and steps are taken to remove 50 encroachments identified in the lake area.

On hearing this, the tribunal directed them to take necessary steps soon and formulate a separate action plan to resolve the issue of untreated sewage being discharged into lake. So far, only 30 out of the 450 houses have been provided underground sewer connections.

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