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    Nilgiris recalls its massive run to save environment, ecology

    tnn | Updated: May 19, 2018, 01:16 IST
    Udhagamandalam: Nilgiris remembered the run that heralded eco-movement in the hill district. Three decades ago, an awareness run for more than 10km from the town was meant to rouse the public opinion to the fast degrading environment and ecology of the Nilgiris. The Save Nilgiris Run, participated by over 5,000 volunteers and organised by the Save Nilgiris Campaign (SNC) from the Hindustan Photo Films gate to the HADP ground in Ooty on May 18, 1988, was considered as first of its kind in the country then.

    “They were all there. Men and women, young and aged, rich and poor. More than 5,000 of them. Most of them had come in groups - Anglo Indian Association, Magalir Mandram, bank staff, village youth clubs, public schools, government schools, industrial schools, college students, sports clubs, chamber of commerce, hoteliers association and even cine stars fan clubs,” recalled C Krishnan, who took part in the run 30 years ago. He added, “That was the starting of eco-movement in the Nilgiris.”

    “Each group carried its own banner, placard with ‘save Nilgiris’ message. They had come from all parts of the Nilgiris. A strong contingent of 50 boys and girls had also come from the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore. The runners were provided with T-shirts with the message of save Nilgiris,” said Dharmalingam Venugopal, who had organised the run under the banner SNC.

    “The run almost came to be scrapped at the last moment when a Tamil extremist outfit threw a country bomb inside the Government Botanical Garden (GBG), close to the venue of the meeting. However, then governor P C Alexander, who was to address the runners and who was staying at the Raj Bhavan inside the GBG, told the organisers that the run must go on,” recalled Venugopal.

    SNC presented an appeal to the governor on behalf of the children of the mountains to save the Nilgiris from degradation.

    Alexander, while conceding that the damage to the Nilgiris’ environment and ecology was of a serious nature, felt that the Nilgiris could still be saved. The governor sought the cooperation of the public and the tourists and concluded his speech by saying, “Nilgiris should be saved and Nilgiris will be saved.”

    Stating that Nilgiri is a source of economic prosperity of the plains of Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Kerala, Sunderlal Bahuguna, the leader of the Chipko Movement, who was then undergoing treatment in Coimbatore said in a message to the runners, “I hope the hill people will become a source of inspiration to all those who are striving to re-establish the long lost harmonious relationship between man and nature.”

    And the eco-movement still continues in the Nilgiris.









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      Govt sanctions Rs 6 crore to renovate Avinashi Road flyover

      tnn | May 19, 2018, 01:07 IST

      Coimbatore: The national highways department will soon demolish the decrepit parapet walls of the Avinashi Road flyover and reconstruct them.

      Constructed in 1975, the 43-year-old dilapidated flyover has cracked walls, trees growing out of its walls and broken parapet walls.

      A senior official from the national highways department said that they have got an approval to demolish the existing parapet walls and construct new ones. They will also re-lay the roads on the flyover. “We have already issued the work order. The project is estimated at Rs 6 crore. The contractors will begin the work in a month’s time,” he said. The official added that they were aware of the poor condition of the flyover. “We had been sending proposals for nearly a decade seeking funds to renovate it,” he added.

      The department had sent a proposal earlier for Rs15 crore to renovate, repair and extend a portion of the flyover.

      “In 2015, the report was submitted to extend the flyover and construct another ramp from the NH office connecting the flyover to ease traffic congestion on Brookebond Road and Mill Road. But that proposal was rejected,” the official said.

      Currently, the department has got an approval to set up hand railings, construct new parapet walls, and replace all joints with strip seal. “We have also decided to use epoxy coating to ensure bonding between old and new concrete to plaster in places where concrete has chipped off,” he added.

      Secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause K Kathirmathiyon said it is not just the construction part that needs to be renovated.

      “There are no reflective stickers or caution boards. Two wheelers and four-wheelers often dash against the parapet wall in the centre of the flyover. There should be caution boards 100m ahead of the diversion. Many vehicles have even fallen from the flyover, earlier. So, the highways department needs to take steps to use reflector paints and stickers. Also, adequate lighting needs to be provided,” he said.

      Calling it a tragedy in the making, activists said the government should extend the flyover and renovate the existing portion.

      “The design itself is flawed but the department should ensure that old flyovers are inspected regularly,” said a city-based activist.

      Officials said such concrete flyovers have a minimum life of 75 years. “There is nothing to worry. We will just reconstruct the parapet walls and the roads for now,” said an official.









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        CM EPS lays stone for Rs 1,850-crore Kundah hydel project

        TNN | Updated: May 19, 2018, 14:48 IST
        CM Edappadi K Palanisamy(File Photo)

        UDHAGAMANDALAM: Chief minister Edappadi K Palanisamyon Friday laid the foundation for the Kundah Pumped Storage Hydro-Electric Project (4x125MW), which would come up at Kattukuppai in Nanajanad village in the Nilgiris.

        This is a pumped storage hydro-electric project, a first of its kind in the Nilgiris, unlike conventional hydro projects. The surplus energy available during off-peak time is to be utilised for pumping water from the lower reservoir to the upper reservoir and the water will be utilised for power generation during peak time. The project is estimated to cost Rs 1,850 crore.

        Under the project, Tangedco’s Porthimund and Avalanche-Emerald reservoirs in the district would be utilised as the upper and lower reservoirs respectively, according to Gunanan, executive engineer, Tangedco. He said, “An underground power house is proposed to house four units of 125MW each, which can be reached by means of an underground tunnel. There is no use of surface area in this project and it is totally eco-friendly.”

        Pumped storage hydro-electric project was first installed in Tamil Nadu at Kadamparai in 1984.

        And the Kundha pumped storage hydro-electric project is the second of its kind in Tamil Nadu. Porthimund and Avalanche-Emerald reservoirs in the Nilgiris were established in 1965.

        “In conventional method, power is generated from particles of running water. In pumped storage hydro-electric system, power is generated from the upper reservoir while there is demand for supply. While there is surplus power in the grid, water is pumped up to the upper reservoir,” Gunanan said, adding, “The available structures in the Nilgiris is utilised for power generation.” Funded majorly by Rural Electrification Corporation (REC), the project is likely to be completed by 2022. “With 500MW capacity, the project could generate 1095 million units of power in addition in a month,” the official said.

        While Rs 1,460 is funded by REC, the balance will be borne by Tangedco. “Within 6-8 years the cost of establishment could be recovered,” the official said.











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          Hundreds of fish die as sewage water from Noyyal river ‘pollutes’ Sulur lake

          tnn | Updated: May 20, 2018, 00:55 IST


          Coimbatore: Fishermen from Sulur were in for a shock on Saturday when they went to Periyakulam Lake to find out the cause of stench in the area - what welcomed them was the sight of several hundreds of dead fish floating in the water body.

          They said while this was a regular happening, what took them aback was the sheer number of dead fish found in the lake on Saturday. The fishermen suspect the cause to be inflow of sewage water into the lake, which depends on Noyyal River for water.

          “Our fishermen usually store rainwater in the lake and release fishlings of Katla, Rohu, Mrigal and Kannadi Kendai varieties to rear them in the lake. When it rains, the rainwater would fill the lake or else it gets filled by sewage-mixed water from the Noyyal,” said S A Arumugam, president, Sulur Fishermen Cooperative Society.

          Pointing out that farmers in the region had been drawing water from the lake by opening the sluices without their knowledge, he further said, “This has forced us to depend on the water from Noyyal to fill the lake. Since the river water is mixed with sewage, fish have been dying regularly,” he said.

          According to Arumugam, they released the last batch of fish in the lake six months ago. “We were waiting to harvest the fish this month, but they have almost been wiped out,” he further said.

          However, S R Thangavel, president of Sulur Neervalam Payanpaduthuvor Sangam, a farmer’s association in the area, said they had been drawing water from the lake for the past three years with the due permission from the Public Works Department officials.

          “We had stopped drawing water from the lake for the past one month. So, there must be some other reason for the incident. The recent rain would have diluted the sewage in the lake,” he added.

          When contacted, fisheries department officials said while water bodies were mainly meant for irrigation, the fishermen’s cooperative has been given permission to harvest fish from it. An official said if members of the fishermen’s cooperative bring the issue to their notice, they would intervene and resolve it.








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            L&T to set up Rs 500 crore facility to make rocket motors for ISRO

            TNN | Updated: May 20, 2018, 10:48 IST

            J D Patil (left), director, defence, L&T, meets DRDO chairman S Christopher (right) in Coimbatore on Saturday

            COIMBATORE: Larsen and Toubro (L&T) is all set to expand its defence component manufacturing facility in the district and set up an exclusive factory on its Malumichampatticampus at a cost of Rs 500 crore to manufacture rocket motors for the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

            J D Patil, director, defence, L&T, said the factory would be ready within this financial year. “We have produced motors for Akash, which is an all-weather medium range surface-to-air missile system indigenously developed in India. Now, we plan to set up this factory to exclusively manufacture for ISRO. Their rocket motors are different from Akash, as the diameter is 2.8m and 3.2m and are massive. We will produce at least 10-12 sets a year which equals to nearly 50 sections of the motors,” he said.

            According to Patil, the industry and the ecosystem here were good enough to produce precision equipment. “Earlier, we were only able to produce at our facility at Powai near Pune that was set up in 1940. Slowly, that entire unit will be shifted to Coimbatore. Even various orders from Baroda facility will be shifted to the district. We are going to take the number of factories to five here,” he said.

            Patil said they would manufacture various components of satellites such as heat shields and other components that form the basic structural part of a satellite. “Currently, we are manufacturing these components in Baroda and we will shift all this to Coimbatore,” he added.

            L&T would also produce space air frames for Brahmos Missile.

            S Christopher, chairman, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) said they were working on unmanned aircraft project and various other missile programmes. About their association with ISRO, he said they were working together on a project named Kautilya. “We are also using the profit from the Brahmos programme to run an extended range programme,” he said.

            About their production, he said, they had so far catered to the requirements of Air Force. “Army also has further requirement of Akash, however in 0.5 version. DRDO has already taken up the development. All these will be taken up from 2021 onwards. This product will have orders in another 3-4 years. The facility at Coimbatore will support us,” Christopher said.

            After the central government’s Make in India drive to ‘Indianis’e all products, he said, the growth had gone up in the past 50 years by 60%. “Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are localised facilities and not integrated facilities. Corridors will help various individual MSMEs with their special expertise. Defence wants precision products and quality is very important. They can help in producing small fabrications and various components that can be integrated. Also, the government needs to invest to set up integrated defence manufacturing facilities,” Christopher said.








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              Get ready to pedal wooden bicycle made in the city

              tnn | Updated: May 21, 2018, 00:31 IST
              Coimbatore: There is no doubt that necessity is the mother of invention! Otherwise, this city-based interior designer wouldn’t have come up with wooden bicycles.

              Last year, when P K Murugesan, 33, searched for a new frame for his bicycle that was damaged during transit, he couldn’t find one. This led him to design a frame for his bicycle using engineered wood or plywood.

              In the process, he decided to modify his bicycle completely using wood, except for the crucial parts such as the handle bar and the seat. “I started it as an experiment. Also, as I had interest in environmental issues, I thought making a wooden bicycle would attract people’s attention (to bicycles), as they are one of the most important ways to tackle vehicular emissions, which account for a significant portion of global emissions,” Murugesan, who has been a cyclist for 10 years now, says.

              As he expected, when Murugesan took his wooden bicycle out for a ride, it grabbed people’s attention. “People started stopping me on road and asking me about the cycle. Many wanted one made for them,” he says. This and the traction it received on social media, gave Murugesan the idea of starting a firm to make wooden bicycles.

              It took Murugesan around 15 days to sketch the design and fabricate the first wooden bicycle. “It cost me around Rs 25,000 to make the first one. But I am planning to improve the design, which would bring down the cost to Rs 18,000,” Murugesan says and adds though he has got several inquiries so far, his plan was to make a batch of 10 bicycles first. He also has plans to register his design and start a firm.

              In the first wooden bicycle he made, Murugesan says he has used the tyres of city terrain bikes, which are suitable to ride only on paved surfaces. “In the forthcoming design, I am planning to use multi-terrain bike tyres which would be suitable for long rides too. I am also planning to incorporate a seven-gear assembly, an adjustable seat and a quick release front wheel,” he says.

              Except for the parts such as the tyres, wheel rims, handle bar, seat, gear assembly, front fork and crank assembly, which he would purchase and assemble, Murugesan says the entire body of the cycle would be made with wood. “The cycle now weighs more than 30kg. I am planning to use a hollow frame rather than a solid one to bring down the weight to around 15kg. Also, I am planning to engrave the name of the buyer on the wooden frame,” Murugesan says.

              While wooden bicycles are already present in some European countries, their cost in India starts from Rs 1.5 lakh. Murugesan says he believes his innovation would be an affordable alternative in both the health and the environment fronts.










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                Construction worker killed in accident

                TNN | Updated: May 21, 2018, 13:17 IST
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                TIRUPUR: A 48-year-old construction worker succumbed to his injuries on Sunday after he fell from a 20ft high roof in the city on Friday.

                S Palanikumar of Chinnagounder Pudur was employed to repair an asbestos roof in a knitwear unit at Parappalayam on Mangalam Road in the city on May 15. While doing the repairing works, Palanikumar fell from the roof and sustained injuries on his head. He was rushed to a hospital. He was declared on Friday.

                The Tirupur central police booked the unit’s owner Aswin and the contractor S Ananthakumar under section 304 (A) of IPC for their negligence.








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                  Coimbatore designer's wooden bicycle becomes an instant hit

                  Vishnu Swaroop| TNN | Updated: May 21, 2018, 10:52 IST
                  P K Murugesan rides his wooden bicycle

                  COIMBATORE: There is no doubt that necessity is the mother of invention! Otherwise, this Coimbatore-based interior designer wouldn't have come up with wooden bicycles.

                  Last year, when P K Murugesan, 33, searched for a new frame for his bicycle that was damaged during transit, he couldn't find one. This led him to design a frame using engineered wood or plywood.

                  In the process, he decided to modify his bicycle completely using wood, except for the crucial parts such as the handle bar and the seat.


                  "I started it as an experiment. Also, as I had interest in environmental issues, I thought making a wooden bicycle would attract people's attention (to bicycles), as they are one of the most important ways to tackle vehicular emissions," Murugesan said.

                  As he expected, when Murugesan took his wooden bicycle out for a ride, it grabbed people's attention. "People started stopping me on road and asked me about the cycle. Many wanted one made for them," he said. It took Murugesan around 15 days to sketch the design and fabricate the first wooden bicycle. "It cost me around 25,000 to make the first one. But I am planning to improve the design, which would bring down the cost to 18,000," Murugesan said. He also has plans to register his design and start a firm.

                  In the first wooden bicycle he made, Murugesan used the tyres of city terrain bikes, which are suitable to ride only on paved surfaces. "In the forthcoming design, I am planning to use multi-terrain bike tyres which would be suitable for long rides too," he said.








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                    100 wetlands to be protected in state

                    TNN | Updated: May 22, 2018, 00:28 IST
                    As many as a hundred waterbodies in the state will get an additional protective ring as the State Wetland Authority is all set to notify them as ‘priority wetlands’, bringing in a series of measures for better conservation. After the notification, these wetlands will become protected waterbodies and intensive conservation measures will be taken to maintain and improve them. Forty-nine wetlands have already been selected and documentation of data that includes information such as area of the wetland, its boundaries, biodiversity information and ecological values is under way.

                    The Coimbatore-based Salim Ali Centre for Ornithology and Natural history (SACON), which was entrusted with the selection and study of these wetlands, has been allotted Rs10 lakh for the purpose. In Coimbatore, 4 lakes – Sulur, Singanallur, Sengulam and Sundakkamuthur – have been chosen to be declared as priority wetlands.

                    Once these lakes are notified, activities such as dumping of sewage, garbage and construction debris will be stopped. "Development activities will not be taken up without the approval of the authority. Once notified, it was not just the wetlands but the entire supply channels from the foothills till the wetlands will be conserved,’’ said a senior forest officer.

                    In Tamil Nadu, as per a study by SACON in 1991 there are 1,175 wetlands that cover 1.24% of the total area. Of these, 12 have been declared as bird sanctuary and these wetlands come under the Wildlife Protection Act. "Out of the remaining wetlands, based on their ecological services, dependence of community, bio diversity, importance and other benefits, these waterbodies will be selected for notification. Of this, already 49 have been selected and a report is being prepared by SACON," said V S Vijayan, trustee of Salim Ali Foundation.

                    As per the state government officials in the forest department, SACON submitted its initial report on wetlands on Sunday. "We will study the document and take further steps," said Jayanthi, member secretary of State Wetland Authority. This document details all the data about the selected wetlands such as its area, ecological important, species of flora and fauna recorded, activities carried out, community dependent on the wetland and similar information. In another three months, the authority will also notify these 100 wetlands. This is the first major task entrusted with State Wetland Authority, which was formed in 2016. The authority was formed based on a Supreme Court direction hearing a public interest litigation filed in 2001.

                    The authority is headed by the minister of environment and forests as chairperson and chief secretary as vice-chairperson. The member secretary is from the forest department and secretaries of various departments are members.

                    Environmentalists said that it was very important to notify the wetlands to protect them. "Ecological components in an urban environment are very important. Such laws help activists to promote conservation activities. These policies are important as it will act as a deterrent for violators," said Joseph Reginald of the Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation.








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                      Priority wetlands to have 50m buffer zone

                      Komal.Gautham | Updated: May 22, 2018, 00:29 IST


                      The 100 notified wetlands will have a buffer zone of 50metres around it. In this buffer zone, construction of a permanent nature except for boat jetties will not be allowed. The fifty metres will be calculated from the mean high flood level observed in the past ten years.

                      Under various Acts such as the Wild Life Protection Act, Forest Regulation Act, and Coastal Regulation Zone Notification a few waterbodies have been protected. But urban wetlands do not come under any of these regulations. Rampant dumping of construction debris, solid waste, construction, encroachments, conversion of land and various other illegal activities including excessive fishing and closure of various supply channels of the lakes will be stopped. "These can be legally tackled once the wetland is notified," said an official.

                      K Mohanraj, an environmentalist, said this buffer zone is very important but he said 100 was a meager number for Tamil Nadu. "There are more than 30,000 wetlands in Tamil Nadu. 100 is a small number. We hope that this notification is extended to more water bodies as several wetlands are of high ecological importance," he said.

                      But activists said that the existing developmental activities around the lakes will pose as a major challenge for the authority. "In Coimbatore, the area around the lakes is very less. In some places, it is just one metre. In some wetlands, there are railway tracks, roads and even bus stands have been set up. So these should be removed," said Mohanraj.

                      Activists said that in other cities such as Bengaluru around Banswadi Lake several buildings were demolished that had encroached upon the lake. "Further orders for demolition around other city lakes in Bengaluru have also been issued," said an activist.

                      Bhaskar of I C Centre for Governance said that under the smart city project, the city corporation had taken up eight lakes for development. "These buffer zones should be taken into consideration before further development takes place. Once the lakes are rejuvenated, the real estate prices in these areas will shoot up sharply. Politicians and policy makers will be the ones who would benefit the most. So the authority should ensure that the area around the lake is not misused as in the past," he said.











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