Staff Reporter

Submit memorandum to Collector seeking intervention

KANCHEEPURAM: Residents of Karpaga Vinayagar Nagar in Semmancheri have called upon the district administration to help them get ‘pattas’ for the land owned by Salt Department, Government of India.

Presenting a memorandum to Collector Pradeep Yadav at a mass contact programme in Semmancheri on Tuesday, members of KV Nagar Welfare Association claimed that a total of 250 families were staying in the area for the past 15 years. They have been paying land cess to Tamil Nadu Revenue Department and house tax to Semmancheri Village Panchayat since 1992.

However, in 2002 officials from the Salt Department informed the residents that part of the land – bearing survey no. 337 – belonged to the department. The residents submitted a memorandum to the Salt Commissioner. Officials from the department suggested that the portion of land coming under survey no.337, where the KV Nagar had come up, could be sub-divided and transferred in the names of residents if they come forward to settle the deal through outright sale. It had also directed the residents to get the value of the land assessed by the district administration to help process the deal, association general secretary A. Muthukrishnan said.

However, a file put up by the District Revenue Wing in this regard was pending at the Collectorate and hence the residents sought the Collector’s intervention.

In all a total of 67 petitions seeking pattas were received at the programme.

Against TNEB move

Meanwhile, residents of Vigneshwaraya Nagar in Sholinganallur have opposed the Tamil Nadu Housing Board’s move to “clear encroachments” on about 39.64 hectares of land (where the Vigneshwaraya Nagar had come up) which was “acquired by the Board in 1989.”

The residents wondered how the local body and other statutory bodies such as Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority granted permission during the last decade to construct houses at the site which was supposed to have been acquired by the Housing Board in 1989. Apart from sanctioning building plans, land pattas were also issued and sale deed documents registered in the names of individuals, they said.