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    Anamalai Tiger Reserve to get bigger by 146sqkm

    Rajasekaran RK| Rajasekaran.RK | Updated: May 22, 2018, 00:31 IST


    Tirupur: Area under the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) will be expanded from 958.59sqkm to 1,104sqkm with the state government directing Kodaikanal wildlife sanctuary in Dindigul district to handover 146sqkm from its buffer zone.

    ATR, one of four tiger reserves in Tamil Nadu, spreads across Pollachi, Valparai and Udumalpet taluks in Coimbatore and Tirupur districts. It was known as the Indira Gandhi Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park before it was declared a tiger reserve in 2007.

    “As per the national tiger conservation authority, entire core and buffer areas should be functioning under one unit administration, so that equal treatment and protection could be provided effectively. But the buffer areas of ATR were administered under different units. So, the government has directed Kodaikanal wildlife sanctuary to handover 146 sq km, a part of buffer area, to ATR. It includes Palani forest range-Andipatti west and east, Kudhiraiyaru east and west, Periyammapatti and Kavalapatti, Poombarai range-Kookal, and Vantharavu range-Pulavachiyar, Polur, Kathirka Odai and Gudalur,” a senior forest department official said.

    The expansion will help ATR, which is under constant threat from sandalwood smugglers and illegal ganja plantations, to tighten security apart from providing better management, the official said.

    “The administration of the added area will be transferred to ATR, which is controlled by a field director, who works at its headquarters in Pollachi. However, the added area will be directly supervised by the assistant field director (district forest officer) from Udumalpet in Tirupur,” the official told TOI.

    Though the direction has been issued, Kodaikanal sanctuary was taking time to handover the area, which should happen along with the transfer of the forest personnel, the official added.

    With the expansion, ATR may still remain the third largest protected area in Tamil Nadu. Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve of Erode lead the list and is followed by Kalakkad Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve of Tirunelveli and Kanyakumari districts.








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      Corporation launches drive to bring down illegal hoardings across city

      tnn | Updated: May 23, 2018, 00:40 IST


      Coimbatore: With unauthorised hoardings mushrooming in the city again, civic activists have filed a petition with the city corporation seeking action against the violators. In the last 15 days alone, the corporation had removed about 168 such hoardings installed across the city.

      Corporation officials said that they have launched an extensive drive to remove illegal hoardings. “We removed most of these hoardings from residential areas. Several building owners had set them up without getting no-objection certificate from the corporation and the police department,” an assistant town planning officer said.

      Corporation officials said that since October 2016, as many as 1,198 hoardings were removed from the east zone, 2,247 from the west zone, 1,006 from north zone, 158 from south zone and 1,805 from central zone. “A total of 6,414 hoardings were removed and we are continuing the drive,” he told TOI.

      As per norms, those who want to set up an advertisement hoarding should get permission from several departments if it is on government buildings. To set up temporary hoardings, an application has to be submitted to the revenue divisional officer/sub-collector concerned, enclosing the NOC from the building owner or AEE/ADE (for government buildings), NOC from the police station concerned and the challan for payment of licence fee for 15 days before the erection of the hoarding. After scrutiny of the application, permission would be granted for erecting the hoarding for a maximum of six days. The revenue earned is shared by the corporation and the district administration.

      Real estate companies and apartment owners still install hoardings along city roads and inside their campuses without getting permission, civic activist SP Thiyagarajan said. “Apart from causing road accidents and traffic violations, the illegal hoardings lead to huge revenue loss to the government,” he said.








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        City corpn’s smart display board project hits hurdles

        tnn | Updated: May 23, 2018, 00:39 IST


        Coimbatore: The city corporation’s ambitious smart board project is facing several hurdles. While social activists have filed a petition against it, the highways department has warned the corporation against setting up the boards along roads.

        The civic body had proposed setting up of 30 digital boards to display information on tax payment, pollution level, rules and regulations, awareness messages and even real-time traffic details last year. The work order for the project, which will be implemented under public-private partnership (PPP), was also issued. The corporation was planning to use information and communications technology (ICT) to display all the information in the corporation website on the boards. It was also eyeing the revenue generated by displaying advertisements on the boards.

        Meanwhile, K Kathirmathiyon of Coimbatore Consumer Cause issued a notice to the civic body and various departments stating that the boards cannot be set up as they are against not just the high court order prohibiting setting up of advertisement boards on highways, but also against the Indian Road Congress norms and Coimbatore city municipal corporation act.

        As per the Indian Road Congress norms, any advertisement that is illuminated, containing flashing, moving lights, intermittent lights except those giving public service information such as time, temperature, weather or date are prohibited.

        Also, the municipal administration and water supply department issued a warning this month to the city corporation and district collector to remove all unauthorised advertisement boards and to not provide any no-objection certificate to such boards.

        Kathirmathiyon told TOI that the corporation violated all norms by issuing work order and allowing maintenance for 15 years when norms specified that permanent hoardings or boards can only be set up for a maximum of three years. “I will file a contempt petition and also call for an inquiry into this work order,” he said.

        Meanwhile, corporation officials said that they had specified all the norms in the tender document. “The clause for 15-year maintenance is only because the company needs to generate revenue from these boards,” an official said.








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          Wildlife census kickstarts in ATR

          TNN | May 24, 2018, 00:53 IST
          Tirupur: Employing 162 people including forest staff and volunteers, the district forest department has formed 42 groups for the animal census that began in Anamalai Tiger Reserve on Tuesday. It will continue till May 28.

          The survey will be conducted in Udumalpet and Amaravathi forest ranges.

          Students from various colleges are also volunteering, a forest officer said. “The participants will take a note of both direct and indirect records. They will register details of animals and also record indirect markings including footprints and sounds of wild animals. They will keep an eye on other evidences like territory markings like scars on trees, cavities on earth and even urine smells,” he told TOI.

          The survey will take place between 6am and 10am every day. The volunteers will take a measured approach for the survey, for which, they are using a mobile app and GPS equipment.

          Apart from tigers, ATR has several carnivorous and herbivorous, including elephants, leopard, spotted deer, dhole, moose, mongoose, boar, porcupine and bear. TNN









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            Corporation launches drive to bring down illegal hoardings across coimbatore

            TNN | Updated: May 23, 2018, 11:52 IST
            COIMBATORE: With unauthorised hoardings mushrooming in the city again, civic activists have filed a petition with the city corporation seeking action against the violators. In the last 15 days alone, the corporation had removed about 168 such hoardings installed across the city.

            Corporation officials said that they have launched an extensive drive to remove illegal hoardings. “We removed most of these hoardings from residential areas. Several building owners had set them up without getting no-objection certificate from the corporation and the police department,” an assistant town planning officer said.

            Corporation officials said that since October 2016, as many as 1,198 hoardings were removed from the east zone, 2,247 from the west zone, 1,006 from north zone, 158 from south zone and 1,805 from central zone. “A total of 6,414 hoardings were removed and we are continuing the drive,” he told TOI. As per norms, those who want to set up an advertisement hoarding should get permission from several departments if it is on government buildings. To set up temporary hoardings, an application has to be submitted to the revenue divisional officer/sub-collector concerned, enclosing the NOC from the building owner or AEE/ADE (for government buildings), NOC from the police station concerned and the challan for payment of licence fee for 15 days before the erection of the hoarding. After scrutiny of the application, permission would be granted for erecting the hoarding for a maximum of six days. The revenue earned is shared by the corporation and the district administration.

            Real estate companies and apartment owners still install hoardings along city roads and inside their campuses without getting permission, civic activist SP Thiyagarajan said. “Apart from causing road accidents and traffic violations, the illegal hoardings lead to huge revenue loss to the government,” he said.








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              City copn to desilt canal

              TNN | Updated: May 25, 2018, 00:33 IST


              Coimbatore: Officials from the city corporation, along with social activists, visited Selvachinthamani tank, Periyakulam, Muthannankulam and Narasampathi tank on Thursday and revealed plans to strengthen the sluice gates at Selvachinthamani tank and desilt the canal from Selvachinthamani tank – Periyakulam.

              TOI had published a report about the sorry state of sluice gates and outlet channels in the city water bodies on May 10. The report also brought to light garbage dumping in the canal between Selvachinthamani tank and Periyakulam.

              Following the report, city engineer Lakshmanan, Subash from Smart city consultancy, honorary secretary of the Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore (RAAC) R Raveendran and R Manikandan of Kovai Kulangal Padhukappu Amaippu visited Ukkadam Periyakulam and Selvachinthamani tank on Thursday.

              Lakshmanan told TOI that the city corporation is planning to desilt the canal between Selvachinthamani tank and Periyakulam. tnn







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                Protect water bodies: Easwaran

                tnn | May 26, 2018, 01:13 IST


                Coimbatore: Kongu Nadu Makkal Desiya Katchi general secretary E R Easwaran said that his outfit would stage a protest if the state government failed to prevent pollution of waterbodies in the city. Talking to reporters in Mettupalayam on Friday, Easwaran said it was not just people of Tuticorin who were affected by industrial pollution. “People of Coimbatore have also been suffering from th adverse effects of pollution. The state government should take immediate measures to prevent pollution of waterbodies in Kongu region,’’ he said.

                Easwaran said that if the government failed to take steps to arrest deterioration of waterbodies, his party would stage a protest similar to anti–Sterlite agitation. tnn








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                  Flyovers on Trichy Road mooted

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                  COIMBATORE, MAY 26, 2018 00:00 IST
                  UPDATED: MAY 26, 2018 03:40 IST



                  The State Highways Department plans to construct flyovers at Sungam, Ramanathapuram, and Singanallur junctions on Trichy Road in the city.M. PeriasamyM_Periasamy Road from Stock Exchange to Koundampalayam to be relaid

                  The National Highways wing of the State Highways Department plans to take up flyover construction works at three locations on Trichy Road.

                  An official of the department said the proposal is to have flyovers at Sungam, Ramanathapuram, and Singanallur junctions. However, this project is at a preliminary stage. “We have just mooted to the Government. If the Central Government approves, we will start works on it,” the official said. This will come under general NH works and there are possibilities for the Union Government giving its nod.

                  This project was announced by the State Government. So, it is not clear as to who would take it up. But, it is a necessity. There are traffic congestions at all three locations, mainly in Singanallur because of the bus stand there. It is better to have a flyover from Ramanathapuram to Sungam so that vehicles going towards Singanallur can avoid two intersections, said K. Kathirmathiyon, secretary of Coimbatore Consumer Cause.

                  When pointed out about the damaged stretches at several places on Trichy Road, the Highways Department official said the department also proposes to re-lay the road from Stock Exchange to Koundampalayam at a total cost of Rs. 16 crore. Even the contractor has been finalised. But, works cannot be taken up because of the rains. It will take about a month to complete when the renewal works start, the official said.








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                    Electronic parking at rly station soon

                    TNN | Updated: May 27, 2018, 00:32 IST
                    Coimbatore: In an effort to address the complaints from rail passengers about fleecing of parking lot contractors at the city railway station, authorities are planning to start work to set up an electronic parking system from today. Rs 4.75lakh has been allotted for the project, an official said.

                    The parking lot, that will accommodate 15 cars, will have the entrance near the post office. The entrance will split into two - one for parking cars and the other for vehicles that drop passengers and leave the station.

                    “Due to space constraints, we are coming up with a separate bay where taxis, auto rickshaws and cars can enter and drop passengers,” said a senior railway official. Another four bays will be set up exclusively for VIPs and differently-abled passengers, he added.

                    The entrance to the parking lot will be fitted with a ticket vending machine and an electronic boom barrier. Vehicles entering for parking will have to get tickets that will have bar code. Vehicles that enter for dropping passengers will not be charged or stopped.

                    The machine will be integrated with an application so that senior railway officials can monitor the contractors. At the exit gate, there will be a booth with an employee, who will scan the bar code and collect parking fee. “We decided to adopt the same system used in malls and airports,” said an official.

                    The entire installation cost is estimated at Rs 4.75 lakh and the work will be completed within a week. “Since the capacity is less, the parking fee will be higher. We are yet to fix the rates,” he said.

                    Vehicles can be parked only for 12 hours. Those who want to use it for more hours will be charged on an hourly basis.

                    Officials said that work on the multi-level parking system near the back entrance of the railway station will be completed within six months. “Once that is completed, the two-wheeler parking lot in the front entrance will be shifted there, making more space for cars,” said an official.

                    The multi-level parking system will have four floors - one underground for just cars, one ground floor for office space and two floors for two-wheeler parking. It will be fully automated and will accommodate at least 500 two-wheelers.



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                      Residents force tar mixing plant to shut operations

                      TNN | Updated: May 28, 2018, 12:09 IST Representative Image

                      TIRUPUR: Residents of Perumanallur have closed down a temporary tar mixing plant, which resumed operations a week ago in violation of a tripartite agreement inked last year to relocate the same, saying it posed threat to public health.

                      The plant at Moiyandampalayam near Perumanallur was allowed to operate only till November 2017. But the plant owner did not honour the agrrement, a revenue official said.

                      The tar mixing plant was set up by a private contractor, who has taken up road laying project in Avinashi region. Though the plant was set up in a private land, farmers and villagers objected to it, fearing health problems.

                      Villagers took out a protest when the contractor continued to operate the plant and following this a tripartite meeting was held in presence of the district sub-collector. The contractor agreed to relocate the plant after operating it till November 2017. Though the operation was stopped as promised, the plant was not dismantled, said a police officer.

                      “However, the plant resumed operations last week,” said V Karuppasamy, a villager. He said they had earlier visited Kodangipalayam near Palladam, where a tar mixing plant was in operation for several months and came to know that it had caused health problems, especially lungs and respiratory problems.

                      “The tar and tiny metals are mixed at a temperature of 50 degree Celsius. Heavy heat, pungent smell and smoke are spreading all over the atmosphere. Dust is another problem. We could see ‘black oil’ sediment in our farms and houses. Our cattle also face health issues due to it,” he said.

                      The villagers staged a fresh protest in front of the plant and dug a pit to prevent any vehicle from entering the plant. Police officials, however, pacified the villagers and the plant was subsequently closed down.

                      The villagers said they would not allow the plant to function again. “There could be pollution due to the tar mixing plant, but the chances of it causing health problems are remote. In this case, the contractor did not honour the promise of relocating the plant,” said an official attached to the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board.








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