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Stamp duty reforms committees soon

By Our Special Correspondent

CHENNAI, APRIL 7. Stamp duty reforms committees will be set up in a month or two to iron out differences between guideline value and market value (of individual property), the Public Works and Revenue Minister, O. Paneerselvam, told the Assembly today.

The committees would be established at the levels of taluk, district and the State, the Minister said.

Responding to the suggestion of C. Shanmugavelu of the All-India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Mr. Paneerselvam said the Government would consider the question of including elected representatives of the public in the panels.

Anti-sea erosion

Replying to a call attention notice given by D. Mony (Communist Party of India-Marxist) on the need to construct groynes in Kanyakumari district, the Minister said that in the wake of the December 26, 2004 tsunami, the Government proposed to construct hook-shaped jetties in 18 villages at a cost of Rs. 40.5 crores, rubble-mound sea walls for 10.75 km (Rs. 53.75 crores) and another wall in 10 left-out sites (about Rs. 4 crores). Action would be taken on getting a report from the experts and adequate funds would be provided.

As for coastal protection measures in the entire coastal belt of the State, the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras had been asked to study the issue, for which Rs. 3.6 lakhs had been given.

The Government would study different aspects of the IIT's report, before firming up its action. The administration was keen on finding a permanent solution to the problem.

To the repeated pleas of the member for taking up measures on a war-footing in those parts of the district that did not have any protection mechanism, Mr. Paneerselvam assured him that the matter would be brought to the notice of the Chief Minister.

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