HC slams TNSCB for constructing tenements violating HACA

The High Court has slammed Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for having begun construction of tenements in Vellingiri in Coimbatore without getting the land reclassified by the Coimbatore Local Planning Authority. The board also did not obtain the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Forest Department.

The Division Bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramaniom Prasad had passed an interim order on a PIL filed by Vellingiri Hill Tribal Protection Committee. When it came up for hearing, Coimbatore Divisional Forest Officer D Venkatesan had submitted that man-animal conflict was prevalent in the division and this was mainly due to the increasing number of buildings and industrial and agricultural activities close to the forest.

In a bid to relocate slum dwellers and encroaches, the TNSCB began constructing tenements at different places in the corporation limits. Now that they have forayed into town and village panchayat limits, there has been stiff resistance from the public and the wildlife enthusiasts over the construction of multi-storied buildings close to forest fringes as that would result in intense human-animal conflict and would also increase animal population in that area.

Those relocated had always expressed concern that the tenements they were asked to occupy were very far away and they were unable to get to their place of work. Children also dropped out from schools because they did not have proper modes of transport. Activists also pointed out that as per the Sypreme Court ruling, they should be relocated within 5km of their current dwelling, else the labour class should find it difficult to get work and commute.

Activist Shiva M told The Covai Post that the TNSCB had to primarily conduct a survey on the requirements, as those living in the Natham land could be given patta while those encroaching the water course cannot be given the rights. This information should be submitted to the District Collector and then forwarded to the TNSCB to ascertain the actual number of dwellings to be built. Already there were tenements In excess waiting to be occupied and the number of tenements that are being built in excess to the demand has raised eyebrows, he said.

Without conducting any such survey, the TNSCB has proposed 2,494 dwellings in Perur-Chettipalayam, 2,100 in Thenkasi village and 574 in Kalimangalam hamlet in Alandurai. As for Kalimangalam, the Forest Department had already denied NOC based on HACA regulations. It may be noted that recently Indus College which was situated 100 m from the proposed area was sealed for not obtaining NOCs from Forest Department and HACA.

Highlighting yet another case of alleged injustice , the president of Vellingiri Hills Tribal Protection Committee said that in the Kaudapathy tribal settlement area in Thenkarai, the TNSCB had taken possession of the 1 acre that was donated to 28 tribal families by one Nataraj-Rajamani Gounder family in 2011. The tribespeople gave them the land when the TNSCB promised to construct individual houses for them. But now the board has constructed four blocks (Ground plus three floors each) and has asked all the 28 families or the owners of the land, to occupy one block, adding that it would decide who would occupy the tenements in the other blocks, he said.

The High Court has slammed Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board for having begun construction of tenements in Vellingiri in Coimbatore without getting the land reclassified by the Coimbatore Local Planning Authority. The board also did not obtain the No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Forest Department.

The Division Bench of Justices S Manikumar and Subramaniom Prasad had passed an interim order on a PIL filed by Vellingiri Hill Tribal Protection Committee. When it came up for hearing, Coimbatore Divisional Forest Officer D Venkatesan had submitted that man-animal conflict was prevalent in the division and this was mainly due to the increasing number of buildings and industrial and agricultural activities close to the forest.

In a bid to relocate slum dwellers and encroaches, the TNSCB began constructing tenements at different places in the corporation limits. Now that they have forayed into town and village panchayat limits, there has been stiff resistance from the public and the wildlife enthusiasts over the construction of multi-storied buildings close to forest fringes as that would result in intense human-animal conflict and would also increase animal population in that area.

Those relocated had always expressed concern that the tenements they were asked to occupy were very far away and they were unable to get to their place of work. Children also dropped out from schools because they did not have proper modes of transport. Activists also pointed out that as per the Sypreme Court ruling, they should be relocated within 5km of their current dwelling, else the labour class should find it difficult to get work and commute.

Activist Shiva M told The Covai Post that the TNSCB had to primarily conduct a survey on the requirements, as those living in the Natham land could be given patta while those encroaching the water course cannot be given the rights. This information should be submitted to the District Collector and then forwarded to the TNSCB to ascertain the actual number of dwellings to be built. Already there were tenements In excess waiting to be occupied and the number of tenements that are being built in excess to the demand has raised eyebrows, he said.

Without conducting any such survey, the TNSCB has proposed 2,494 dwellings in Perur-Chettipalayam, 2,100 in Thenkasi village and 574 in Kalimangalam hamlet in Alandurai. As for Kalimangalam, the Forest Department had already denied NOC based on HACA regulations. It may be noted that recently Indus College which was situated 100 m from the proposed area was sealed for not obtaining NOCs from Forest Department and HACA.

Highlighting yet another case of alleged injustice , the president of Vellingiri Hills Tribal Protection Committee said that in the Kaudapathy tribal settlement area in Thenkarai, the TNSCB had taken possession of the 1 acre that was donated to 28 tribal families by one Nataraj-Rajamani Gounder family in 2011. The tribespeople gave them the land when the TNSCB promised to construct individual houses for them. But now the board has constructed four blocks (Ground plus three floors each) and has asked all the 28 families or the owners of the land, to occupy one block, adding that it would decide who would occupy the tenements in the other blocks, he said.

Aid given to rain victims in Valparai

 Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani on Saturday handed over financial assistance to the victims of rain-related

incidents in Valparai in the district.

He handed over Rs 5,000 each to eight persons, whose houses were damaged in the rain.

Similarly, Rs 5,000 worth essential commodities like rice, grains and cereals were given to 22 families in the tribal habitat, official sources said.

Earlier, Velumani flagged off 13 new buses, 10 for Valparai and three for Pollachi.

Coimbatore :  Municipal Administration Minister SP Velumani on Saturday handed over financial assistance to the victims of rain-related

incidents in Valparai in the district.

He handed over Rs 5,000 each to eight persons, whose houses were damaged in the rain.

Similarly, Rs 5,000 worth essential commodities like rice, grains and cereals were given to 22 families in the tribal habitat, official sources said.

Earlier, Velumani flagged off 13 new buses, 10 for Valparai and three for Pollachi.

Awareness seminar on learning disability

An awareness seminar on learning disability was conducted in Coimbatore by Yasha Educational and Public Charitable Trust.

An awareness seminar on learning disability was conducted in Coimbatore by Yasha Educational and Public Charitable Trust.

All-party meet demands hiked property tax withdrawal in Coimbatore

An all-party meeting on Saturday demanded that the city corporation withdraw the property tax increase with immediate effect.

In a resolution adopted at the meeting, presided over by CPM leader PR Natarajan, MP, accused the corporation of doubling the tax to 100 per cent for residences and non-resident buildings respectively, which was not in the history of 150-year-old corporation.

The officials were collecting tax arrears from April 2018, it said, adding that all sections were affected by job loss and GST implementation. The resolution said any hike could have been implemented after eliciting views of local body representatives after elections.

A meeting of representatives of political parties, resident welfare, industrial, real estate and traders associations would be held in the first week of September to decide the future course of action.

Another resolution demanded cancelling the contract given to French firm Suez to supply the drinking water and stopping booking of cases against those posting the problem in social media.

DMK leader N Karthik, MLA, MDMK district secretary RR Mohankumar, CPM secretary V Ramamurthy, Congress leader Shivakumar and CPI district secretary, VS Sundaram participated in the meeting.

Coimbatore : An all-party meeting on Saturday demanded that the city corporation withdraw the property tax increase with immediate effect.

In a resolution adopted at the meeting, presided over by CPM leader PR Natarajan, MP, accused the corporation of doubling the tax to 100 per cent for residences and non-resident buildings respectively, which was not in the history of 150-year-old corporation.

The officials were collecting tax arrears from April 2018, it said, adding that all sections were affected by job loss and GST implementation. The resolution said any hike could have been implemented after eliciting views of local body representatives after elections.

A meeting of representatives of political parties, resident welfare, industrial, real estate and traders associations would be held in the first week of September to decide the future course of action.

Another resolution demanded cancelling the contract given to French firm Suez to supply the drinking water and stopping booking of cases against those posting the problem in social media.

DMK leader N Karthik, MLA, MDMK district secretary RR Mohankumar, CPM secretary V Ramamurthy, Congress leader Shivakumar and CPI district secretary, VS Sundaram participated in the meeting.

ஆடி வெள்ளியை முன்னிட்டு கோவை மருதமலையில் அமைந்துள்ள அம்மன்னுக்கு விளக்கேற்றி வழிபட்டனர்

ஆடி வெள்ளியை முன்னிட்டு கோவை மருதமலை அடிவாரத்தில் அமைந்துள்ள அருள்மிகு வள்ளி அம்மன் திருக்கோவிலில் நடைபெற்ற திருவிளக்கு வழிபாட்டில் 500க்கும் மேற்பட்ட பெண்கள் பங்கேற்று விளக்கேற்றி அம்மனை வழிபட்டனர்.

ஆடி வெள்ளியை முன்னிட்டு கோவை மருதமலை அடிவாரத்தில் அமைந்துள்ள அருள்மிகு வள்ளி அம்மன் திருக்கோவிலில் நடைபெற்ற திருவிளக்கு வழிபாட்டில் 500க்கும் மேற்பட்ட பெண்கள் பங்கேற்று விளக்கேற்றி அம்மனை வழிபட்டனர்.

Fencing champion wins gold, battles for sponsors

RR Deepika Rani, a wheelchair-bound accounts graduate from Coimbatore, had recently won gold at the 12th Wheelchair Fencing National Championships in Chennai bringing glory to her city as a rare achiever.

Fencing, an ancient warfare tactic, became a recreational and competitive sport when the Fencing Association of India was established in 1974 with government accreditation in 1997. It is now affiliated with the Indian Olympic Association. Fencing is a duelling game between two armoured opponents using steel blades called sabres or epees. It is now becoming popular among wheelchair sportspersons.

Deepika told The Covai Post, “I started practising this game only last year during college at KGiSL in Sarvanampatti. I graduated this year. I was never interested in sports and did not know about fencing but was introduced to it by my coach Albert Premkumar in college.

“Previously, I had heard about wheelchair cricket and other games. On his advice, I watched a lot of fencing videos and became interested and learnt the game. He was also a physical director at Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), where my cousin Mohan Kumar was a volleyball player. So he invited me to KCT where they had some fencing equipment and allowed me to practice. It was a godsend and I soon became an expert.”

Albert then registered Deepika for the 12th Wheelchair National Fencing Championship on July 26-28 held at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai.

“The fencing teams were very helpful at KCT, though they had only two sets of equipment they allowed me to practice. So, I could train well. This game can be played at team or individual levels with a referee who sets the time and points for each game. Thus if there are 15 points and three in a team, each member has to score five points.

“I won gold as a team member. There are three categories of fencing and each has its own armour and sabre or epee. It is mostly imported equipment and electronic so that when sword touches armour light flashes are seen.”

Deepika is happy that Chennai has many wheelchair fencers. She came back to Coimbatore determined to take up fencing as a career. She is confident of winning more medals and qualifying for national and Olympic Games.

However, her parents who are daily wage earners do not have the funds to buy fencing equipment. Deepika has appealed to the District Collector and the media for this and has got positive replies.

She is grateful to her parents, teachers, trainers and friends for their encouragement.

She said, “I am a single child and became paralysed from waist downwards after a polio attack when I was three months old. My parents ensured that I had proper schooling and helped make me what I am today.”

RR Deepika Rani, a wheelchair-bound accounts graduate from Coimbatore, had recently won gold at the 12th Wheelchair Fencing National Championships in Chennai bringing glory to her city as a rare achiever.

Fencing, an ancient warfare tactic, became a recreational and competitive sport when the Fencing Association of India was established in 1974 with government accreditation in 1997. It is now affiliated with the Indian Olympic Association. Fencing is a duelling game between two armoured opponents using steel blades called sabres or epees. It is now becoming popular among wheelchair sportspersons.

Deepika told The Covai Post, “I started practising this game only last year during college at KGiSL in Sarvanampatti. I graduated this year. I was never interested in sports and did not know about fencing but was introduced to it by my coach Albert Premkumar in college.

“Previously, I had heard about wheelchair cricket and other games. On his advice, I watched a lot of fencing videos and became interested and learnt the game. He was also a physical director at Kumaraguru College of Technology (KCT), where my cousin Mohan Kumar was a volleyball player. So he invited me to KCT where they had some fencing equipment and allowed me to practice. It was a godsend and I soon became an expert.”

Albert then registered Deepika for the 12th Wheelchair National Fencing Championship on July 26-28 held at Jawaharlal Nehru Indoor stadium in Chennai.

“The fencing teams were very helpful at KCT, though they had only two sets of equipment they allowed me to practice. So, I could train well. This game can be played at team or individual levels with a referee who sets the time and points for each game. Thus if there are 15 points and three in a team, each member has to score five points.

“I won gold as a team member. There are three categories of fencing and each has its own armour and sabre or epee. It is mostly imported equipment and electronic so that when sword touches armour light flashes are seen.”

Deepika is happy that Chennai has many wheelchair fencers. She came back to Coimbatore determined to take up fencing as a career. She is confident of winning more medals and qualifying for national and Olympic Games.

However, her parents who are daily wage earners do not have the funds to buy fencing equipment. Deepika has appealed to the District Collector and the media for this and has got positive replies.

She is grateful to her parents, teachers, trainers and friends for their encouragement.

She said, “I am a single child and became paralysed from waist downwards after a polio attack when I was three months old. My parents ensured that I had proper schooling and helped make me what I am today.”

Get a Credit Linked Subsidy on Your Home Loan With Bajaj Housing Finance Limited

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Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana or PMAY, a well-known government housing scheme, was initially instated to serve Indian homebuyers with limited financial means. However, owing to the positive response that the scheme attracted, reforms were made and it was extended to all sections of society. One of the most important ways you can benefit from PMAY is by availing a subsidy on your home loan interest rate. You can get this based on your income and other eligibility criteria.  
 
Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL), a 100% subsidiary of Bajaj Finance Limited is offering convenient and affordable Home Loans which are designed to fulfil all your mortgage financing needs. Here’s all about the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme (CLSS) and how you can make use of it.
 
What is the home loan subsidy scheme
As per the guidelines of the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, the government has tied-up with a list of reputable financial institutions. These partner lenders sanction home loans and allow you to claim subsidy if you qualify for CLSS. Bajaj Housing Finance Limited is one of the most reputed lenders, offering a Home Loan of up to Rs. 3.5 crore coupled with PMAY benefits based on your eligibility criteria to prospective homeowners.
 
When you choose Bajaj Housing Finance Limited, not only can you avail of a low-interest top-up loan, but you can also enjoy the property search assistance Flexi-loan facility, doorstep document pickup and more! As an eligible beneficiary for this scheme, you can claim interest subsidy of up to 6.5% on your home loan interest based on your eligibility criteria and maximize your savings.
 
Qualifying for the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme
You qualify for the Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme offered by PMAY based on certain parameters. To get started, take a look at the category your annual household income puts you in.

  • EWS: Your household income in a year should be below Rs. 3 lakh
  • LIG: Your household income in a year should be within Rs. 3­–6 lakh
  • MIG 1: Your household income in a year should be within Rs. 6–12 lakh
  • MIG 2: Your household income in a year should be within Rs.12–18 lakh
     

Based on your income, here’s the subsidy that you can enjoy:

  • You can get a credit-linked subsidy of 4% for loans up to Rs. 9 lakh if you belong to MIG 1 category
  • You can get a credit-linked subsidy of 3% for loans up to Rs.12 lakh if you belong to MIG 2 category
  • You can get a credit-linked subsidy of 6.5% for loans up to Rs. 6 lakh if you belong to EWS or LIG category
     

How does CLSS work
Once a lender like Bajaj Housing Finance Limited (BHFL) sanctions a loan under PMAY, you are eligible to claim a subsidy for up to 20 years. This period can extend up to 30 years, provided your age at the end of the tenor is less than 70 years based on your eligibility criteria. Here is an example to show how CLSS works in the case of PMAY.
 
Suppose you take a home loan of Rs. 9 lakh and fall under the EWS category. Then, basis your eligibility for CLSS, you can claim a 6.5% subsidy on only Rs.6 lakh based on your eligibility criteria. So, during repayment of the loan, you pay normal EMIs on Rs. 3 lakh and enjoy subsidy for the remaining Rs. 6 lakh. You can use the PMAY eligibility calculator to know the amount of subsidy on your loan in advance, which in this case will amount to Rs. 2,67,280.
 
Apart from the subsidy, PMAY also has other goals, such as promoting the use of eco-friendly building material, encouraging home-ownership for women belonging to the LIG/EWS and rural segments and making ground floor accommodation for the senior citizens compulsory. Knowing everything about the scheme in advance will help you become a homeowner with greater ease. So, keep these points in mind and start your journey of buying a home today. Before you apply, check your pre-approved home loan offer for instant approval and accelerated disbursal!  
Source: Businesswire