EVEN before the IT SEZ planned by the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (Elcot) could take shape, there seems to be a big rush for IT space among various corporates and developers in the city.

While city-based corporates like the Bannari Amman Group, Salzer group and KG group have come out with their plans on the IT front, many new commercial developers have also joined the bandwagon by getting formal SEZ approvals for their proposed projects. Coimbatore Hi-Tech Infrastructure is planning to develop an IT SEZ over 60.73 acres at Keeranatham village and Span Ventures has got formal approval for 10.5 acres IT/ITeS SEZ at Eachanari.

The state-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Development Corporation (Tidco), is also planning an IT park in the city suburbs. Rakindo Developers, a 50-50 joint venture between Vishwatej Projects and Rakeen, UAE, along with Tidco has proposed to develop feeder township, residential and leisure facilities over 625 acres in the villages of Sundakamuthur, Perur Chettipalayam and Thithipalayam.

The group also plans to promote an IT park on 25 acres at Perur village at Chettipalayam in south Coimbatore district. Bannari Group plans to develop an IT SEZ over 78 acres at Kalapatty village in Coimbatore and has got formal approval for around 60 acres. The entire process is likely to be completed in the next few months. Salzer plans to develop 1 lakh sq.ft. IT park in association with a US-based consulting service provider while KG group has acquired around 160 acres near its existing campus at Saravanampatty for developing it as an ITES SEZ. I

According to sources in the property development business, by the end of 2009, approximately 10-15 million sq.ft, of new IT/ITeS space will enter the Coimbatore market.
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  • While rain replenishes city lakes,greens call for desilting channels TNN | Jun 12, 2018, 00:28 IST

    Coimbatore: The southwest monsoon showers lashing the Western Ghats and Siruvani foothills have brought good inflow to waterways that feed the lakes in the city. While expressing happiness about the copious amount of rain the district has been receiving, farmers and environmentalists from the city shared their anxiety over the channels that have not yet been desilted, with TOI.

    Several channels that feed city lakes have become narrow due to overgrown shrubs and need to be cleaned, environmentalists said. As some of the lakes are already full with water from summer showers, there is also a need to create blockages in the channels that feed them in order to prevent overflow, said R Manikandan of Kovai Kulangal Padhukappu Amaippu. “There is a lot of concern about desilting lakes. But channels that feed them too should be desilted. The channels that feed Pudukulam and Kolarampathi lakes had shrunk due to silt and overgrowth. We had asked PWD officials to clean them and they were getting ready for the work. But rain spoiled the plan,” he said.

    Environmentalists had asked officials to block water flow to Krishnampathi and fill Narasampathi lake. “Krishnampathi lake is full while the adjacent Narasampathi lake is bone dry. We have asked officials to create a blockage to the flow to Krishnampathi so that Narasampathi lake gets filled,” Manikandan said.

    Meanwhile, members of the Tamil Nadu Farmer’s Association petitioned the collector on Monday seeking to clear encroachments on channels and sub-channels that irrigate agricultural lands. “Shrubs and garbage are choking channels that irrigate agricultural lands. More than 700 farmers, who cultivate in 4,500 acres benefit from the water that flows through the sub-channels that originate from Kil Chithirai Chavadi channel from Chithirai Chavadi Anaicut,” the petition said.

    Public works department (PWD) officials said while the lakes and channels were used mainly for irrigation, due to urbanisation, sewage is let into them. “But, whenever there is inflow of fresh water, we do the needed to fill the tanks,” said a PWD official.

    The official said they had desilted the channels of Chithirai Chavadi. “We cleared some obstructions in the channel this year also,” an official told TOI. “We have been desilting channels in the city over the last two days. We have been making the necessary arrangements to ensure water flow in Kuniamuthur Vaikal and the channels that feed Sottaiyandi Kuttai and Ganganarayanan Samuthiram,” he said and added that they have also been clearing vents below bridges. “We have been working on clearing up Vellalur channel. But, as there are encroachments on it, it is taking up time.”

    Responding to environmentalists’ concern that desilting work would be obstructed as water has already started flowing, the official said they have made available equipment to clear obstructions.







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  • Study under way in Coonoor for ‘Smart water distribution system’ TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 00:30 IST


    Udhagamandalam: In a bid to augment equal distribution of water in Coonoor town, which has been reeling under water scarcity and inequity distribution of water due to the difficult terrain of the town, a study by the Tamil Nadu Water Investment Co Ltd (TWIC) is underway, thanks to the relentless effort of the Citizens Forum of Coonoor. Soon, Coonoor town will fall under the ‘smart water distribution system’.

    Besides 11 other resources, Ralliah dam is the main source of drinking water to the residents of Coonoor. Many residents get water supply in the municipal pipelines once in 20 days. Other water schemes like Gymkhana and Garanji help in alleviating water crisis.

    With around 6,200 waterline connections in Coonoor town, the municipality requires at least 41 lakh litres of water a day for sufficient supply. But according to municipal officials, as of now, their limit is only 25-35 lakh litres of water from all the sources. Hence, water is supplied to the residents on regular basis but in some areas, it is once in 15 days as they are in steep hillocks. According to them, the problem in the hilly terrain is that water cannot be supplied uniformly. Certain downhill areas get water supply easily while uphill areas get only when the pumping motor runs, at least, for eight hours.

    President of Citizens Forum Coonoor Jabarathinam said, “Keeping the future in mind, a report by the forum to tackle the water situation in Coonoor when monsoon fails was handed over to the municipal authorities and the government but in vain.” He said, “But now we have succeeded in bring in officials to find a solution for the perennial problem of water supply in Coonoor town.” He said, “The Nilgiris collector’s effort to bring together the municipal administration and the TWIC for a project study has given us hope.”

    Nilgiris collector J Innocent Divya told TOI: “We have asked the commissioner of municipal administration (CMA) to set right the water distribution system in Coonoor town. Due to lower and higher gradients of the terrain, water is not supplied equally. This issue has to be resolved.”

    She said, “Hence, the CMA has agreed for a study report by TWIC and the study is underway.”

    According to Divya, IIT-Madras has been given a project to study the feasibility of increasing the capacity of Ralliah dam.

    Ralliah dam, the main source of drinking water to Coonoor town, was built in 1938 (completed in 1941) with a capacity of 1.5 TMC meant for a population of around 10,000 to 15,000 people then. Now, the population of Coonoor town is around 55,000. Though there are around 11 other natural water sources in and around Coonoor, the Coonoor municipality is not able to meet the daily requirement of water for residents.








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  • Flood alert sounded along Bhavani, ban on coracle ride TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 00:31 IST


    After the release of water from Pillur dam in the Nilgiris district, the Erode district administration on Monday issued flood alert to people living along the Bhavani river and banned bathing and coracle riding in the river until further notice.

    “Nearly 1,000 cusecs of surplus water were released from Pillur dam into the Bhavani after heavy downpours in the Nilgiris district in the past few days,” said a public works department (PWD) official. On Monday morning, the inflow to Bhavanisagar dam crossed 10,000 cusecs.

    The administration has deployed police and fire and rescue services personnel along the banks of the river to prevent people from entering it. A team of officials from revenue, PWD, police and forest departments will monitor the situation.

    Besides, officials used mike and ‘tom-tom’ to urge people to vacate their houses along the river. “We asked farmers to move their cattle and their properties away from the river, as water released could lead to flash floods,” said an official. TNN










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  • Realtor found dead on city outskirts TNN | Updated: Jun 12, 2018, 00:39 IST
    Coimbatore: A 47-year-old realtor was found dead with multiple cut injuries near a famhouse at Mettukadu in Anaimalai on the outskirts of the city on Monday.

    The deceased was identified as K Kandasamy of Vadugapalayam near Pollachi. “He was engaged in real estate business, sale of used cars and private finance ,” a police officer said.

    Anaimalai police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the IPC.

    Two special teams have been formed to arrest the murderers, police superintendent Pa Moorthy said. tnn









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  • Ukkadam flyover: Residents continue to be apprehensive Pratiksha Ramkumar| TNN | Jun 12, 2018, 18:03 IST

    COIMBATORE: Even as highway officials began work on the Ukkadam flyover and have been releasing maps, people living in the area continue to have apprehensions regarding the project.

    They say the highways department hasn’t still confirmed if the four-lane flyover will be extended up to Aathupalam, as per the original plan, or if it will end at Karumbukadai Junction. They also say relocation of families, whose houses are being encroached, to Malumichampatty will destroy their livelihood.

    A month after the bhoomi puja for the project was completed and a week after traffic diversions for the same were put in place, the Ukkadam People’s Livelihood Protection Collective has issued a statement that the highways department is yet to show them a clear design of the flyover.

    They say the flyover was originally designed to be from Oppanakara Street to Aathupalam. But suddenly a few months ago, highways officials modified the design of the flyover making it begin at Ukkadam and end Karumbukadai Junction.

    Residents say the new design does not serve any purpose because the Karumbukadai Junction already sees heavy traffic. “Highways officials did not give a reason for the change in design,” says activist M Parthiban.

    “The Karumbukadai Junction is already full of traffic and ending a flyover there will increase the congestion,” he says. “When we approach the highways department directly, they say the flyover will end at Aathupalam, but it remains a verbal commitment and not in writing,” he says.

    The highways department has released a map which shows a ring road being created opposite to the Ukkadam Bus Stand, with exits to the Selvapuram bypass, Sungam and Oppanakara Street. “But more people go from Aathupalam to Sungam, and that is the connection we require, rather than Selvapuram to Sungam,” says Parthiban.

    The creation of this ring road has also led to land acquisition notices being issued to 437 residents in CMC Colony and 150 residents in Dhobi Khaana. “They have not given a written statement about where these residents are going to be relocated. Highways department officials and slum resettlement board officials have not held proper negotiations. Verbally they have mentioned Malumichampatty,” says Ponnaiya Chandran, another activist.

    Residents say living in Malumichampatty will not be economically viable for them. “CMC Colony residents are conservancy workers in the corporation. They have to submit biometric attendance at 6am and 1.30pm. They cannot even go back home if they live in Malumichampatty. The Dhobi Khaana residents already have a solid clientele in this area. If they are moved, they need to set up another dhobi khaana there and then start finding clients which is dangerous to their business,” said Parthiban.







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  • Collector, corpn commissioner inspect desilting of channels TNN | Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 00:33 IST
    The official machinery sprung into action and initiated measures to desilt water channels and clear the blocks to ensure free flow of rain water in the city on Tuesday.

    Collector TN Hariharan along with corporation commissioner K Vijaykarthikeyan and a team of officials from the public work department inspected the water channels in the city. They instructed the workers to clean blocks in the channels to ensure smooth flow of water to the lakes.

    Hariharan and Vijayakarthikeyan inspected the desilting works on Rajavaickal that takes water to Vellalore. The official team found that the channel was narrow at several spots and was also blocked at few places.

    The inspection comes in the wake of demand from residents as well as farmers that it was imperative to desilt water channels and clear the shrubs that block water in the wake of heavy rain. Since the lakes in the city were interconnected, ensuring a cascading flow of water from one to another, blockages in the channels would obstruct the flow resulting in overflowing of lakes upstream.

    Officials said that the desilting work was in in full swing and it would continue for the next few days. TNN










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  • 33 shops in Ooty municipal market sealed tnn | Updated: Jun 13, 2018, 00:44 IST

    Udhagamandalam: Thirty-three shops in the Ooty municipal market were sealed by officials on Tuesday for two years of rent arrears.

    All the shops in the market downed their shutters to protest the municipality action. Shopkeepers also staged a demonstration in front of the municipal office.

    As per a government order, there should be an increase of 15% in rent payable to the municipality by the merchants for every three years starting from July 2007. The municipality also must renew the lease agreement with a new rental pattern as prescribed by the PWD from July 2016. The rental amount should be fixed for each shop based on plinth area.

    “We followed the government order and issued notices to the shops falling under the municipality control for a new rental pattern prescribed by the PWD. Final notices were issued to 400 shops out of 1,589 shops in the municipal market and outside the market area,” Ooty municipal engineer and commissioner in-charge C Ravi said.

    He said, “Out of 53 shops for which the last date lapsed for paying the rental, 33 shops were sealed on Tuesday with police protection. We couldn’t seal the rest of the shops as shopkeepers gathered and staged a protest.”

    Braving the rain, around 500 shopkeepers gathered in front of the Ooty municipal office and staged a demonstration. A meeting took place between municipal officials and office-bearers of the municipal market merchants’ association. Later, the shops in the market were opened in the afternoon.

    “We have asked the merchants to pay the revised rental due in installment basis. Shopkeepers of the 33 sealed shops paid 50% of the rent arrears. The revised rental is effective from July 1, 2016,” said Ravi. He added, “Final notices will be issued to the rest of the shopkeepers in the municipal market.”

    A team will be formed by the office of the Commissioner of Municipal Administration (CMA) to review the matter further.

    Mustafa, president, Ooty municipal market merchants’ association, told TOI: “Normally, there is a revision in rent every three years by 15% besides 18% surcharge on it. But, now the renewed rental pattern is very exorbitant.”

    A yearly rental of Rs 2 crore from all the shops in market has now been revised at Rs 13 crore, from which we seek considerable reduction, he added.

    He said, “Ooty municipal market is more than a century old. We have been running the shops there since from our ancestral period. Hence, we seek reasonable consideration in revising the rental value”.

    With different sizes of plinth area, there are around 1,327 shops located within the Ooty municipal market besides 200 more shops in different complexes located in various places in the town. According to the municipal officials, the municipality spends nearly Rs 14.5 lakh per month to clean the garbage within the market area.







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  • Rs 3cr allotted to study feasibility of flyover on Perumanallur Rd tnn | Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 00:52 IST


    Tirupur: The state government has sanctioned Rs 3 crore for conducting feasibility study for the proposed flyover on Perumanallur Road in the city and preparing a detailed project report.

    The move comes as a relief to the dollar city, the roads of which have been witnessing heavy traffic snarls due to the manifold increase in the vehicles hitting the roads every year. If the state highways department were to be believed, Perumanallur Road is placed second only to Avinashi Road when it comes to handling the most number of vehicles.

    The highways department had recently submitted its preliminary report before the government, suggesting that the flyover could be constructed for about 6.4km from Puspha Theatre junction to Pandiyan Nagar.

    “A bridge with single giant pillars at the centre of the road and service roads on either side will be ideally suited. There can be at least five-six junctions at important pockets such as Puspha theatre junction, Shanthi theatre junction, new bus stand, Sirupooluvapatti four-road junction and Pandiyan Nagar,” said a state highways department official, who didn’t want to be named.

    The official, however, said it was a tentative plan and it could be modified or completely changed at a later stage. “Presently, we are asked to conduct a feasibility study, for which we would consider various factors such as vehicular traffic and flow,” he added.

    The project, he said, may require land acquisition in some places, considering the flyover’s width and facilities. “The government will take steps to both acquire the land and remove encroachments,” another official said.

    Tirupur south MLA S Gunasekaran said the project was proposed with an objective to reduce traffic congestion, since Perumanallur Road was one of few arterial roads of the city administered by state highways department. “We will hire a consultant to conduct the feasibility study and prepare detailed project report within this year itself. After that, we will request the chief minister to allocate funds for the project in the next budget,” the AIADMK leader said.







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  • SPV to get more power to speed up smart city proj TNN | Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 00:40 IST


    Coimbatore: Coimbatore Smart City Limited will soon be able to sanction projects up to Rs 15 crore, thanks to a decision by the state government to entrust additional powers to the special purpose vehicle (SPV) created to implement ‘Smart City’ works. The current upper cap for the company is Rs 6.5 crore.

    With increase in the cap, the corporation will be able to roll out smart city projects at a faster pace.

    An official from the corporation said, “SPVs are only allowed to clear projects up to Rs 6.5 crore. But most of the projects including solar panels, multi-level car parking, park renovation and various other projects cost more than Rs 6.5 crore.”

    “We have to travel to Chennai to get sanction for every project above the cap. It consumes time and delays the projects. Also, every time senior bureaucrats suggest changes in the proposal further delaying the projects,” he added.

    The Chennai Corporation has an upper cap of Rs 10 crore. Chennai corporation’s upper cap will be extended up to Rs 25 crore. “The state government has decided to empower SPVs to grant sanction to projects up to Rs 25 crore. This will fast track the sanctioning process as well as the implementation of the projects,’’ said a senior officer from Chennai Corporation.

    The officials of the greater Chennai corporation said that a meeting was held recently regarding this and the top government authorities have agreed for the change. “Earlier the SPV board from Chennai and other 10 corporations in the state can sanction projects up to Rs 10 crore and Rs 6.5 crore respectively whereas projects above that would go to the state high power committee. The committee would meet only once in three months. Only then the projects would be sanctioned, delaying the whole process,’’ said an officer in the corporation.

    The state high power committee comprises municipal administration and water supply secretary, finance secretary, chairman of the Tamil Nadu Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TUFIDCO), among others.

    “The SPVs are formed as a company and should comply to companies act. But they continue to be run as an extension of a government department as there is a three-tier system for approving the projects that are stuck due to red tape. But other smart city SPVs across the country such as the company in Bhuvaneshwar have been given complete authority to sanction projects worth any amount at any time. Unless such independence is allowed, it is difficult to implement projects such as smart city,” said a smart city consultant.








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  • Call to improve facilities at Peelamedu TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 01:01 IST


    Rail activists and local MPs have appealed to the railways to promote the Peelamedu station by increasing the number of platforms and allowing stoppage for more trains. This will decongest Coimbatore Junction and help Peelamedu residents enjoy suburban train travel to places like Mettupalayam and Ooty, they said.

    At the inauguration of the Coimbatore-Bangalore Uday Express, member of Parliament from the district, P Nagarajan had requested the minister of state for railways, Rajen Gohain, to work on developing and promoting the station at Peelamedu. "Now only passenger trains to Erode stop at Peelamedu along with the Chennai Egmore-Mangalore Express," said Nagarajan. "If a few more Chennai and Kerala bound trains like Nilgiris Express, Cheran Express stopped at the station, it will decongest the Coimbatore Junction to a large extent because people from Peelamedu to Avinashi and even Sulur might use that station," he said.

    Rail activists say that the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam train can also be extended to Peelamedu. "The Coimbatore-Mettupalayam train, which starts at the Coimbatore Junction, can be extended to Peelamedu that will allow many students and professionals from Peelamedu to take a local train to Periyanaickenpalayam. They will reach in less than 40 minutes," said G Venkatesh, a railway users’ committee member.

    Peelamedu residents said the extension of the passenger train would make travel a lot faster. "Travelling to Mettupalayam takes at least an hour during non-peak hours and often almost two hours during peak hours. The train can take us in hardly 50 minutes. We would also save fuel," says Shreejith T, a native of Coonoor.

    Railway officials said that though Peelamedu has a platform which can accommodate 24 coaches, it has only two platforms. "We have requested the ministry to allot funds to build at least two more platforms," said Nagarajan.







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  • Activists seek DVAC inquiry into projects of forest department tnn | Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 00:53 IST


    Coimbatore: In the wake of allegations of misappropriation of funds in the implementation of tree cultivation in private land scheme, environmentalists have sought probe into other projects of the forest department.

    “The department implements plantation projects all through the year. A division implements at least five projects. So, chances of misappropriation of fund are high in almost all the projects,” said Mac Mohan, an environmentalist.

    Welcoming the step taken by Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-corruption (DVAC) sleuths, he said a thorough probe should be conducted into the allegations of misappropriation of funds and action should be taken against all the erring officials.

    DVAC sleuths have registered first information report against forestry expansion officer K Sekar, retired ranger V A Murugesan, who was reappointed on contract basis, and contractor D Ganesan for allegedly preparing 12 vouchers to show that 1.7 lakh seedlings were sent to beneficiaries and planted on their land.

    DVAC sleuths have recovered the vouchers and launched a probe into it. In 2014-15, forestry extension was a separate wing and it wasn’t under the forest department, a forest official said and added that the forestry extension officer was solely responsible for the project.

    “There was no transparency in the project implementation,” M M Yoganathan, another environmentalist said and added that there should be a third party monitoring committee to inspect all the projects to curb malpractices.

    “The DVAC should also look into other projects,” he added. In recent times, the DVAC has not initiated any investigation against the forest department officials even though several complaints were lodged against them in connection with swindling of money.

    As far as plantation projects are considered, either officials focus on a particular region and swindle money allocated for the remaining regions or implementation work remains only on paper, the activists said. “While the right to information act has brought down malpractices to an extent, the system is yet to be cleansed,” they added.

    Refuting all the charges, forest department officials said they were always quick to take action on complaints. “First, we conduct a preliminary investigation and if charges were found to be true, we file chargesheet against the concerned official and take appropriate action,” an official said.













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  • Soon MEMU to chug between Coimbatore, Mettupalayam Pratiksha.Ramkumar@timesgroup.com | Updated: Jun 14, 2018, 01:01 IST

    The Coimbatore-Mettupalayam passenger train will soon become faster, more spacious and even have a few facilities such as water and toilet. Railway authorities plan to replace the conventional rake with a Mainline Electric Multiple Unit (MEMU), which is predominantly used for suburban trains across the country. The Coimbatore-Mettupalayam route has seen a jump in passenger traffic in the last one year after revamping Periyanaickenpalayam station and restoring the station at Thudiyalur.

    The railways has decided to acquire a MEMU for the route over the next few months after recording a jump in the passenger traffic. The number of passengers on the route has jumped by 4% during the last financial year. The route, which had 5.08 lakh passengers during 2016-2017, saw 5.31 lakh passengers in hardly a year. "The number of people using trains on that route has increased sizably after the Periyanaickenpalayam and Thudiyalur stations were set up. It has become safer and neater now," said Vijuvin, commercial manager, Salem division.

    Noticing a potential for growth in suburban travel, the railways has decided to acquire a MEMU train for the route. "MEMU trains will have the same seating capacity as a conventional rake but will have more space for commuters to stand and travel. The pickup speed of the train is twice when compared to the conventional train and it has an engine on both sides which reduces the time taken to disengage the conventional rake’s engine and shunt it to the other end of the train when it has to go on a return journey," said a railways spokesperson. All cars of the MEMU train have a traction motor installed in them and thus can propel themselves forward, so they are called self-propelling coaches. In a conventional rake, all the coaches have to be pulled forward only by the engine.
    Besides a new train, the Coimbatore-Mettupalayam route is likely to get a boost with the addition of two more stations at Pudhupalayam and Veerapandi. This is expected to further boost the number of passengers.











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  • Airport to get 2 aerobridges in October TNN | Jun 14, 2018, 23:56 IST


    Coimbatore: Two aerobridges that are expected to reach the city airport in October will be added to the departure section, making it easy for wheelchair-bound passengers to board and disembark.

    After they are installed, the facility will have four aerobridges. Two of them installed last year are not used and wheelchair-bound passengers are currently carried up the stairs to the aircraft.

    Work has begun to install the aerobridges in October, before the festive season, airport director S Mahalingam said. “Once we have four aerobridges in the departure section, almost all the flights will be able to use them,” he told TOI.

    The enclosed, movable connector that extends from airport terminal gate to an airplane allow passengers board and disembark without going outside or being exposed to the elements. Senior citizens and those who find it difficult to climb steps prefer it.

    It is critical for wheelchair-bound patients to be able to get wheeled directly into the aircraft, said Anand Selvaraj, co-ordinator at Swarga Foundation. “Otherwise, we have to be carried up the stairs and into the aircraft by the airline staff, which many find uncomfortable,” he said.

    Having to be carried up the stairs by airline staff is one of the reasons wheelchair-bound people prefer travelling by road, said T Varadhan, a polio victim. “We find road travel easier, because we can get into a car and out of it much easier than a flight, especially at smaller airports,” he said.










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  • Rs 3cr allotted to study feasibility of flyover on Perumanallur Rd tnn | Jun 14, 2018, 00:51 IST

    Tirupur: The state government has sanctioned Rs 3 crore for conducting feasibility study for the proposed flyover on Perumanallur Road in the city and preparing a detailed project report.

    The move comes as a relief to the dollar city, the roads of which have been witnessing heavy traffic snarls due to the manifold increase in the vehicles hitting the roads every year. If the state highways department were to be believed, Perumanallur Road is placed second only to Avinashi Road when it comes to handling the most number of vehicles.

    The highways department had recently submitted its preliminary report before the government, suggesting that the flyover could be constructed for about 6.4km from Puspha Theatre junction to Pandiyan Nagar.

    “A bridge with single giant pillars at the centre of the road and service roads on either side will be ideally suited. There can be at least five-six junctions at important pockets such as Puspha theatre junction, Shanthi theatre junction, new bus stand, Sirupooluvapatti four-road junction and Pandiyan Nagar,” said a state highways department official, who didn’t want to be named.

    The official, however, said it was a tentative plan and it could be modified or completely changed at a later stage. “Presently, we are asked to conduct a feasibility study, for which we would consider various factors such as vehicular traffic and flow,” he added.

    The project, he said, may require land acquisition in some places, considering the flyover’s width and facilities. “The government will take steps to both acquire the land and remove encroachments,” another official said.

    Tirupur south MLA S Gunasekaran said the project was proposed with an objective to reduce traffic congestion, since Perumanallur Road was one of few arterial roads of the city administered by state highways department. “We will hire a consultant to conduct the feasibility study and prepare detailed project report within this year itself. After that, we will request the chief minister to allocate funds for the project in the next budget,” the AIADMK leader said.









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  • Vellalore lake comes back to life after 25 long years Nivedha Selvam| TNN | Updated: Jun 15, 2018, 13:48 IST

    COIMBATORE: Vellalore lake, which used to remain dry even during the rainy seasons, is slowly filling up for the first time in 25 years. The credit goes not only to the incessant rainfall the region is receiving, but also to the city corporation, public works department (PWD) and NGOs, which desilted the channel connecting it with Noyyal river and removed encroachments along it.

    About a year ago, the city corporation had removed over 1,600 households that had encroached Rajavaikal, the channel connecting the lake with Noyyal river, R Manikandan of NGO Kovai Kulangal Padukappu Amaipu said. “That was one of the major steps taken by the civic body to ensure that water reaches the lake. Our volunteers desilted the channel on weekends for four weeks. Huge quantities of plastic waste was removed from the 6.5km channel,” he told TOI.

    Pointing out that most of the channels pass through the city, PWD assistant executive engineer SK Jayaprakash said they had removed sludge deposited over the years from the lake’s channel. “We removed sludge from as deep as three feet and cleared blockages for over four kilometres of the channel. We then widened its width to ensure smooth flow of water,” he said. Spread over 95 acres and about 12 feet deep, the lake is expected to fill within 25 days, provided the inflow of water does not stop. It is currently receiving about 30 cusecs.
    Water from Noyyal river fills up Chitirai Savadi Check Dam, Kunniyamuthur Check Dam, Coimbatore Check Dam, Kurichi Check Dam and Vellalore Check Dam. Water reaches Vellalore Check Dam only after the remaining dams are filled.








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