Madurai: Many small parks in residential areas have not yet been legally transferred to the municipality, which hinders the development of these lung spaces.
Recently, Zone 3 councilors passed a resolution urging the municipality to launch a campaign to identify all of these parks and transfer ownership of the land title to the city commissioner.
For example, there are 33 parks in Ward 70 of which 26 are not transferred to the corporation. “The land titles are always in the name of developers or residential associations and nothing could be done without transferring the land ownership to the corporation,” the councilor said. Amoudha Davamani.
The DMK scheme has set aside 512 crores for greening purposes. “The company can reclaim funds if ownership is transferred to the company. We passed a resolution at our zone meeting and asked the civic body to act on it,” she said.
Ward 68 Councilor J Moovendran said these parks are vulnerable to encroachment and the civic body should not sit on the resolution, he said. Ward Councilor 67 DC Naganathan says the problem is not limited to zone 3 but to all extension zones.
“Each approved development should provide 10% for public amenities such as parks, community hall and an additional 1.8% for the installation of electricity and other infrastructure. Once the development is completed, the corporation should appropriate the public places. The corporation’s delay and negligence induce the developer or developers to illegally sell the land allocated for public squares to buyers,” he said.
Councilors urged the city’s planning officer and deputy planning officers to coordinate with local revenue authorities under the district administration for the transfer of land ownership. “That shouldn’t be a problem when two government agencies are involved. We wonder why this is not happening,” Naganathan said.
Meanwhile, the commissioner Simranjeet Singh Kahlon and mayor Indirani Ponvasanth inspected the area set aside in Sellur for the construction of a park as part of the smart city project. Speaking on the issue of transfer of land titles, Kahlon said local planning authorities would only issue planning approvals after deeds of deeds to civic bodies had been issued. The company has all the deeds of donation of these parks and public places collected from the promoters. These deeds of donation must be transformed into land title deeds.
“This process is not automatic and had to be done manually by our officials. We will carry out this work and have our assistant engineers approach the local tax authorities to convert the deeds of gift,” he said.