As you are aware, Nolambur has attracted enormous number of residents from Kashmir to Kanyakumari over the last 5 years. Despite its tremendous economic and population growth, it still needs to go a long way in terms of its infrastructure and basic amenities such as Motorable roads, water supply, sewage and garbage disposal.
We also expect a lot more population to arrive in this area and there is every chance that such problems will get compounded in the near future, judging from the fast pace of residential development happening here in our area.
Therefore, Nolambur.com offers a platform for residential apartment welfare associations in Nolambur to seek solutions collectively to the many common problems facing the locality. In order to bring in more synergy into the individuals efforts to fight for our rights and basic amenities in this part of the world, this blog offers the unique platform with the technology.
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About 300 residents of the Nolambur Housing Board colony went on a hunger strike demanding better amenities in their area on Sunday.
The protestors demanded provision of portable water, better roads, libraries, and parks in the area.
Nasirudeeen, president, of the Residents’ Welfare Association, said that water from the filtering stations located in their area was supplied to nearby villages.
In fact, there was also a problem of sewerage overflow, owing to an improper system, in their area posing health problems to residents.
This problem escalated during monsoon time and bad roads complicated the situation, complained residents.
Many of them were residents from 1988 and since then there has been no improvement.
Irregular water supply and a bad garbage system were the other problems that the residents confront with.
Despite several appeals to various government agencies, no action had been taken so far to provide basic needs in the area. Hence we resorted to this hunger strike, said residents.
One thing that unanimously all residents will agree with is the extremely bad condition of roads in Nolambur. Not only the roads within Nolambur, even the access roads connecting JJ West Bus Terminus, Wavin and Ambattur Industrial Estate. Yes, our voices were heard once and roads were laid. However, constant movement of container trucks over the arterial roads of the area for facilitating construction of several apartments in the community has led to the current poor condition of roads. Especially during the months of heavy rains, roads are inundated and cause serious safety hazards to residents.
Residents expect that the builders will ensure that the roads are restored after they complete construction. However, the commencement of one project after the other in Nolambur has made the timeframe of completion extremely uncertain. In such a scenario, the locality is completely at the mercy of the Panchayat and Municipal authorities. Although many Nolambur residents endure the situation due to the many other benefits of Nolambur, some dwellers of individual houses are forced to sell their property and vacate the area for want of better amenities. Many are discouraged from paying taxes as they are seeing no benefits in return.
Apartment residential associations and residential welfare federations such as FONRA are taking steps to exert pressure on the authorities and the City Administration to ensure that the roads in Nolambur are restored in the shortest timeframe possible.
From an area housing brick kilns until a few decades ago, Nolambur, a village panchayat to the west of the city, is emerging as a prime property attracting huge investments from real estate developers and home-seekers.
Sandwiched between Mogappair West and Ambattur Industrial Estate, Nolambur is witnessing rapid development of residential colonies. Spread over about 800 acres, the area is dotted with freshly-painted high-rise buildings, luxury apartments and independent houses.
Several places, such as VGN Nagar and Sriram Nagar, are abuzz with construction activity of massive apartment complexes. A resident of Nolambur, Grace Joseph, said, “My house is surrounded by apartment complexes. Several such big apartment complexes have come up in Nolambur over the last eight years.”
People working in the vicinity and those on the lookout for a better environment began moving into the area a few years ago. Soon, high-rise buildings would outnumber the independent houses, Ms. Joseph said.
Nolambur is gaining prominence despite lack of basic infrastructure and the continued threat of flooding during monsoon. Its proximity to well-developed areas such as Anna Nagar and Mogappair and connectivity to the city were some of the reasons for its growing popularity. According to Nolambur panchayat sources, the population has increased from about 3,700 to 20,000 in the past 12 years.
Residents recall that Tamil Nadu Housing Board set the trend by developing property in Phase I of Nolambur during the late 1980s. This was followed by the entry of private builders who began constructing houses to suit the requirements of different category of customers.
At least 10 builders are promoting residential projects ranging from a plot with eight apartments to huge complexes with around 300 apartments. A representative of one of the flat promoters said in spite of escalating cost of raw materials, several builders show keen interest in constructing high-rise buildings as the apartments get almost immediately booked once it is developed.
Reputed schools and hospitals within a 3-5 km radius also attracted the property developers and seekers. It is an area where land is available at about Rs.50 lakh to Rs.60 lakh a plot (2,400 square feet).
The going rate for a 1,000 sq ft apartment starts at Rs.35 lakh.
T. Chitty Babu, chairman and managing director of Akshaya Homes, says the area is being preferred by promoters as Nolambur borders the Ambattur industrial estate, which is emerging as a prominent information technology hub.
It is easy and time saving to get approvals as the area is not of agricultural use. However, long-time residents feel that the infrastructure development has not matched up to the mushrooming of residential apartments.
M. Selvamani, secretary, Nolambur Residents’ Welfare Association, says most roads are a shambles and the area is bereft of a proper sewer network, drinking water facility and parks. He raised concern over the spurt in high-rise buildings that may affect groundwater table and lead to pollution.
Nolambur panchayat president V.Rajan said the increasing real estate activity has helped the revenue of the local body increase three-fold since 2000. The funds would be used to provide basic amenities, such as roads and street lights.
“We have provided approval for two complexes with a total of 600 apartments in the last one year,” he said.
The area would soon get drinking water and sewerage network as Chennai Metrowater has proposed to take up the projects.
Solid Waste Management and Central Sewage treatment plants are the need of the hour last year, and still not met by the machinery.
For the size that this place has grown over the last few years, the local panchayat has got no direction on how they currently manage this volume of solid wastes and how are going to scope up for the developments, very similar to the way that the sewage waste water is creating the havoc.
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