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Coimbatore master plan to incorporate mass-transport schemes

R. Yegya Narayanan
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Property fair: K. Phanindra Reddy (second left),Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, releasing the fair directory after inaugurating Fairpro 2012 exhibition at Codissia Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore on Friday. Madan Lund (left), Chairman of Fairpro 2012, and P. Karthikeyan (third left), President of Credai, Coimbatore, and Omkar Sankar (right), Secretary, were present at the event. — K. Ananthan
Property fair: K. Phanindra Reddy (second left),Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, releasing the fair directory after inaugurating Fairpro 2012 exhibition at Codissia Trade Fair Complex in Coimbatore on Friday. Madan Lund (left), Chairman of Fairpro 2012, and P. Karthikeyan (third left), President of Credai, Coimbatore, and Omkar Sankar (right), Secretary, were present at the event. — K. Ananthan

The master plan under preparation for Coimbatore will incorporate proposals for mass-transport systems such as metro rail, mono rail and bus rapid transit system (BRTS), according to K. Phanindra Reddy, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, Tamil Nadu.

While there were no complaints of delay in processing of applications for building plan approvals here, he said the number of applications filed had gone up and auto DCR (Development Control Rules) were under preparation. (A builder explained that the Government wanted to encourage filing of applications for building plan approvals online or through CDs.)

Responding to questions from newsmen here after inaugurating Fairpro 2012, a property exhibition organised by Confederation of Real Estate Developers’ Association of India (Credai), Coimbatore, he said the master plan for the city was being prepared.

Private vehicles pay

Inaugurating the three-day property show, he said the credit for Coimbatore getting the best corporation award in the State (the Chief Minister, J. Jayalalithaa, presented the award on Independence Day at Chennai) belonged not only to the city managers but also to the people of the city. He said “no amount of rule making” could result in better environment, better management “unless rule obedience, rule compliance is widespread” and the “need for enforcement is minimal.” This explained why the western part of Tamil Nadu, particularly Coimbatore, was more successful, he said.

The State Housing Secretary said as responsible citizens the developers were as much stakeholders as the Government in ensuring sustainable urban development. To be sustainable, urban development has to “ensure environmental sustainability, resource sustainability and social sustainability.” If the developers had their eyes only on profitability, then the commitment for the future of the city would not be there. Reddy, lauding the double-digit growth of the real estate sector, said if this were to be sustained, public transport should be improved. He said cities such as Singapore have made significant investment in public transport even while making private transport expensive. He said that the private-vehicle users should be made to pay for the road space they occupied for travel, parking and the pollution they caused, and the funds generated should be used for improving public transport.

He said his department was open to suggestions from Credai, the Institute of Architecture and the Institute of Town Planners to improve planning processes and parameters and to expedite our planning permissions.

Madan Lund, Chairman, Fairpro 2012, said the latest edition of the property show has more space and more participants. The property show will also host sessions on new materials being used in construction, particularly green buildings, legal issues to be considered while investing in properties and on aspects of Vaastu.

P. Karthikeyan, President, Credai, Coimbatore, and Omkar Sankar, Secretary, spoke on the occasion.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated August 18, 2012)
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