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Ramakrishna Layout residents seek Coimbatore corporation’s help to reclaim encroached land, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate

Ramakrishna Layout residents seek Coimbatore corporation's help to reclaim encroached land, Real Estate News, ET RealEstate
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COIMBATORE: Residents of Ramakrishna Layout in Cheran Ma Nagar have urged city corporation officials to retrieve a piece of land earmarked as open space reserve (OSR) from an encroacher.

The layout was approved by the directorate of town and country planning (DTCP) in 1990 after 10%, which is 36 cents, was shown as OSR. Meanwhile, the landowner created a separate layout for the piece of land in violation of rules and got approval from the city corporation three years ago.

M Suresh, a resident, said he bought a housing plot in 1998 in his mother’s name. “I recently came to know that there was an OSR land and dug deeper to get old land records. I was surprised to know that the owner created a layout for the OSR land in a different name and is trying to sell it. I came to know through newspapers about the steps taken by the civic body recently to retrieve OSR lands. Officials should help us also,” he said.

“The owner constructed a house on two cents and is getting Rs 7,000 rent from it. The rest of the land would be lost if the civic body does not act,” Suresh added.

The area is being developed at a fast pace and soon there would not be any empty space left, said S Sathish Kumar, another resident. “We want to use the OSR land for recreational purposes. Our kids would not have any place to play if the land is taken away from us.”

Several OSR plots across the city have been usurped by promoters and landowners, activist S P Thiyagarajan said. “In many instances, they obtained approval from local bodies after showing it as a new layout. The civic body can take criminal action against such people and retrieve the land,” he said.

An official with the town planning wing of Coimbatore corporation told TOI that a team will inspect the place on Monday. “Action would be taken to retrieve the OSR land at the earliest,” he added.


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