• 426 dwelling units to be replaced with tsunami-resistant houses

    To be funded by Union government and World Bank INSPECTION: Collector Santosh K. Misra (right) inspecting the work of single-storeyed tenements construction at Karikattukuppam recently. A total of 426 dwelling units along the coast in Kancheepuram district have been identified as vulnerable to natural calamities and are to be replaced with disaster-resistant houses. Enquiries reveal that this programme, to be funded by the Union Government and the World Bank, will cover dwelling units located up to 1000 metres from the high-tide line (HTL) or 200 metres on either side of backwaters in order to protect the people from natural calamities. The 426 dwelling units, identified as vulnerable houses, are separate from the new houses being constructed under the Tsunami Rehabilitation Programme (earlier referred as Rajiv Gandhi Rehabilitation Package). Types of houses The following types of houses

  • PIL filed to protect Sholinganallur waterbodies

    The Sholinganallur Phase I and Phase II TNHB Affected Residents Welfare Association has filed a public interest litigation in the Madras High Court seeking a direction to the respondents, who included the Tamil Nadu Housing Board to protect the waterbodies in various survey numbers at Sholinganallur. The association, represented by its secretary, K.Appadurai, submitted that the TNHB while promoting a satellite township at Sholinganallur had encroached upon several waterbodies by land filling and developing housing plots on them also. This resulted in deprivation of water sources due to disappearance of waterbodies in the locality. Such unplanned development of plots would lead to reduced ground water table and salination of the existing good quality of ground water. Unless the existing water bodies were protected, the locality would face an environmental disaster. The petitioner sought an ad-interim injunction restraining the board from acquiring the waterbodies in survey numbers 290, 292, 393 and 315. In its order, the First Bench comprising the Chief Justice A. P. Shah and Justice F. M. Ibrahim Kalifulla directed the TNHB to maintain status quo in respect of the four survey numbers. The matter was adjourned to March 10.

  • TNHB restrained from acquiring waterbodies

    The Madras High Court has directed the Tamil Nadu Housing Board (TNHB) to maintain statusquo in respect of the waterbodies in survey Nos. 290, 292, 315 and 393 in Sholinganallur in Kancheepuram district. The First Bench comprising Chief Justice AP Shah and Justice FM Ibrahim Kalifulla granted the injunction on Tuesday while passing interim orders on a public interest writ petition from the Sholinganallur Phase I and Phase II TNHB Affected Residents Welfare Association, by its secretary K Appadurai, for a direction to the authorities con cerned to protect the water-bodies.

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