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    Water recycling plant getting ready at city railway station

    Nivedha Selvam| TNN | Updated: May 29, 2018, 00:35 IST


    Coimbatore: About six months from now, the Southern Railway will be using treated water to clean coaches at the Coimbatore Railway Junction yard, a measure that is expected to reduce freshwater consumption.

    Towards this, construction of an effluent treatment plant had started about two months ago, using Rs 1.17 crore sanctioned by the railway ministry.

    The yard has been drawing over three lakh litres of groundwater a day to clean the coaches and the platform. The used water is let out to the corporation sewage lines. Once the plant is established, gallons of underground water could be saved and could be utilised for some other purpose.

    The plant can treat about four lakh litres of used water per day, a railway official said. “After treating the used water, the treated water will also be purified using a unique technology so that the tanks of the train compartments could also be filled,” he said, adding that the water would be used in toilets, apart from using it for maintenance work at the yard.

    The project was envisaged after the department received complaints pertaining to water shortage in long-distance trains, the official said, citing that each train contains about 24 compartments.

    The construction of the plant was bestowed to a Chennai-based company. “The work is expected to be completed within six months. The company has completed the procurement of the required machineries,” the official added.

    Next, the Salem Division is planning to establish a similar treatment plant at Erode Railway Junction and Mettupalayam Railway Station.









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      ‘Complete manual scavenging survey within 10 days or face action’

      TNN | May 29, 2018, 00:34 IST

      Coimbatore: Stating that the district is being run like a separate state that refuses to implement either the state government orders or the Central government orders, member of the national commission for safai karamcharis Jagadish Hiremani on Monday warned of strict action if steps are not taken to complete the manual scavenging survey.

      Chairing the vigilance review meeting for safai karamcharis at the district collectorate, the official also insisted on the implementation of the minimum wages act. “As per the government order issued by the Tamil Nadu government, each worker should be paid a minimum of Rs 625 per day. Though the government has passed the order, the district administration has failed to implement it,” he said.

      The Central government had ordered all the state governments to complete manual scavenging survey by April 30, Hiremani said. “The deadline has passed. The city corporation claims that there are only 195 manual scavengers in the corporation limits and the town panchayats claim there are just 16. The village panchayats have not held the survey. Irrespective of that, the national safai karamchari development corporation has been providing necessary funds to the state government to advertise and hold camps, which has also not been done. If the survey is not completed within 10 days, we will take legal action against the district administration,” he said.

      Once the survey is completed, the listed manual scavengers will get monetary benefits from the state and Central government. They will also be eligible for loans to start businesses. Other benefits such as education, housing and rehabilitation will also be provided. “It is the lack of awareness that makes genuine beneficiaries miss these subsidies. I have asked the officials to look beyond government offices and search in locations such as bus stands, hotels and private companies to identify manual scavengers,” Hiremani said.

      The official also ordered the district administration to issue the state government compensation of Rs3 lakh for the children of the civic conservancy workers R Gowrishankar, 21, of Nambiazhaganpalayam, M Ezhumalai, 23, of Rathinapuri and P Suryakumar, 23, of Gounder Mills - who died of asphyxiation in a gold smithery in Coimbatore on December 22.








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        Coimbatore: Sanitary workers refuse to shift to housing units

        The residents have been issued notices to vacate their homes and have been provided alternate homes at Kovai Pudur and Vellalore housing units constructed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance BoardTNN | May 30, 2018, 13:30 IST

        COIMBATORE: In a setback to the construction of Ukkadam flyover, the resettlement of more than 300 sanitary workers residing at Athupalam and Ukkadam may be delayed further.

        The sanitary workers submitted a petition to the national commission of safai karamcharis stating that they would not shift to Kovai Pudur and Vellalore housing units as they are more than 12km away from their current location.

        The residents have been issued notices to vacate their homes and have been provided alternate homes at Kovai Pudur and Vellalore housing units constructed by the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board.

        They said they need to report to work at 5.30am every day and it would be impossible to do so if they were 12km away.

        The sanitary workers demanded that they should be allotted homes inside the city as they are working for the corporation.

        The workers petitioned the member of the commission, Jagadish Hiremani, who headed a vigilance meeting for the safai karamcharis at the district collectorate on Monday.

        He instructed the officials to look for an alternate land for the sanitary workers inside the city.

        The district revenue officer informed the member that the biometric survey and the allotment had almost been completed.

        “These are the readily available houses closest to the site. There is no other alternate location,” he said, adding that the construction of the flyover will begin soon, and it would be impossible for the government to find other location now.

        One of the workers, Asif, said, “I report to the corporation officials at 5.30am every day and I stay near Athupalam. If I am shifted to Vellalore, how will I reach for work in time.”

        Panneerselvam, a social worker, said most of the companies and government establishments have provided residences to their employees close to the offices.

        “So, why should a sanitary worker be shifted out of the city to work inside the city. If the government intends, they can easily find alternate land in Race Course or near Murugan Theatre,” he said.

        He added that the workers would not shift far away from the city.









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          Damaged check dams drain rainwater into Kerala

          V.S. Palaniappan
          COIMBATORE, MAY 30, 2018 00:00 IST
          UPDATED: MAY 30, 2018 03:41 IST





          A damaged check dam that went unattended across Manjipallam river. MDMK plans to launch campaign to mobilise the support of public and farmers

          Amid long drawn legal battles with neighbours and strained inter-State relations for getting due share of water, here is a classic case of official apathy and negligence resulting in rainwater getting drained into Kerala and that too goes unaccounted.

          Due to heavy rain in September last, three check dams across the river Manjipallam got damaged.

          This resulted in the entire North East monsoon rainwater and the subsequent water received through the summer showers drained into Kerala.

          V. Easwaran, State Youth Wing President of Marumalarchi Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (MDMK), says that a petition submitted to the officials concerned for reconstructing the check dams to conserve water for the sake of farmers has not yielded any results.

          This is proving to be a cause for concern, especially at a time when the South East monsoon is all set to knock the doors of Tamil Nadu, Mr. Easwaran added.

          River Manjipallam originates near Arivoli Nagar at Kovaipudur and it crosses the Palakkad Road and traverses via Kurumbapalayam, Madukkarai, Nachipalayam, Pachapalayam, Kumittipathy and enters Kerala via Vezhandavazham and gets drained into Bharathapuzha only to reach the Arabian Sea. Even when the check dams were intact, water conserved used to be less and farmers had been demanding for construction of additional check dams to conserve the rainwater so as to recharge the ground water acquifer. But, with even the existing three check dams having suffered damages, the entire rainwater gets drained into Kerala and flows into the Arabian sea.

          This is a sharp contrast, especially when the neighbour Kerala was going ahead with construction of check dams across river Bhavani despite protests from Tamil Nadu.

          MDMK plans to launch a campaign to mobilise the support of public and farmers and if the State failed to wake up from the slumber, the party will lay seige to the Collector’s office, Mr. Easwaran added.









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            Mettupalayam Road being widened for three km.

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            COIMBATORE, MAY 30, 2018 00:00 IST
            UPDATED: MAY 30, 2018 03:41 IST





            The storm water drain under construction on Mettupalayam Road in the city.S. Siva SaravananS_SIVA SARAVANAN The Rs. 8-crore project is taken up to bring down accidents on the road

            The State Highways Department is widening Mettupalayam Road for three km from VG Hospital to Vadamadurai. As part of the works, storm water drain is under construction on the road side.

            “This is an Rs. 8-crore project taken up to bring down accidents on Mettupalayam Road. However, even at the construction stage, the storm water drain was damaged near Viswanathapuram. In one or two places, the storm water drain is on road and it will reduce the motorable space again. The Highways Department officials asked us to remove the trees planted on either side to give space for road widening. However, the electric poles have not been shifted at some locations,” said M. Devendran, secretary of Coimbatore District Road Protection Association.

            Even in places where the trees were removed, the storm water drain is on the road, he claims. The Highways Department would have prepared a design for the project. The construction and widening of the road should be according to the design. The mud removed during the digging for the storm water drains should be removed. Otherwise, it is piled up on the roadsides and if there are rains it fills the drains again, he said.

            An official of the highways department said the storm water drain is still under construction and the damaged portion will be rebuilt again. In many places the electricity poles or transformers were already on the edge of the road and cannot be shifted. In those places the drain had to be moved towards the road.













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              Ukkadam faecal sludge treatment plant set to start functioning in July

              TNN | Updated: Jun 1, 2018, 00:18 IST


              Coimbatore: Construction of the faecal sludge treatment plant (FSTP) at Ukkadam, which would treat sludge from over 55,000 households in two town panchayats that were not covered by the underground sewage system, is expected to be complete within a month.

              The plant would start to treat household sludge from July, said Niladri Chakraborty, senior specialist with the Tamil Nadu Urban Sanitation Support Programme (TNUSSP), which is functioning with the state government in improving urban sanitation at Periyanaickenpalayam and Narsimhanaickenpalayam on a pilot basis.

              “With a sewage treatment plant in Ukkadam, kilometres away from the rural areas that lack underground sewage system, safe disposal of faecal wastes from the septic tanks continue to pose a serious threat both to the environment and humans,” he said.

              FSTP would reduce the travelling time and decentralize the treatment system based on the requirement of the particular region. Upon decentralizing, the expenditure would come down, Chakraborty said.

              The plant, with the capacity to treat over 25kiloliters per day (KLD), has two chambers to carry out aerobic and anaerobic treatment on the faecal sludge. It was constructed at the cost of Rs 2crore. “As a knowledge park would be established around the plant on 1.3 acres, authorities said that the treated water would be used for landscaping within the premises or distribute the water for farming purpose as the quality of water would be good. The solid would either be used to make fertiliser or used as compost for the crops,” the official said.

              With numerous industrial plants around, there have been instances of mixing industrial affluent with the sludge, and in order to avoid such instances, quality check of the sludge would be done twice – from sludge collecting trucks and after treatment, Chakraborty added.







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                Community toilet yet to benefit residents

                Coimbatore: P Lakshmi was happy when officials decided to set up a community toilet at Kanjigoundenpalayam in Nachipalayam village panchayat. Subsequently, the facility with four toilet units was constructed in 2017. But, it is yet to be opened for the residents.

                According to Guruammal, a 45-year-old resident, here are nearly 50 houses in the area and of them only a few come with toilet facility “It remains locked after the construction. The community toilet was never inaugurated,” she said.

                When contacted, panchayat officials said they would open the toilet for the public soon.

                Civic activist Chandrasekar, meanwhile, said many projects in the village panchayat were pending.

                Panchayat officials, however, said several projects were in the pipeline and tenders for the same had been passed.

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                  Villagers prevent sand smuggling from Bhavani

                  tnn | Jun 4, 2018, 00:19 IST

                  Erode: Residents of Kothamangalam village in Erode district intercepted four trucks carrying illegally mined sand from the Bhavani River on Sunday. Subsequently, they staged a protest demanding officials to prevent smuggling.

                  The smugglers were transporting sand under the guise of silt from Bhavanisagar dam. According to the villagers, farmers were allowed to take silt from the reservoir bed for free by the state government. Accordingly, scores of trucks were taking silt from the dam.

                  Meanwhile, villagers came to know that a few men were scooping sand from the point where the river drains into the dam. Following this, they gathered on a road, stopped the trucks and found that they were carrying sand. They discovered that the truck drivers did not have necessary permits to take neither sand nor silt.

                  The villagers withdrew the protest after revenue officials reached the spot and promised to take action against the smugglers. tnn









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                    Corporation likely to suspend bill collector


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                    COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation is most likely to suspend the bill collector who was caught red-handed by the Directorate of Vigilance and Anti-Corruption (DVAC) sleuths, while taking bribe.

                    “Since DVAC has filed cases against the bill collector, she will be suspended,” said an official from the corporation. A Mala, 50, was caught while taking bribe of Rs 50,000 from a resident of Ganapathy for approving a building plan and to fix tax.

                    “We are waiting for the reports from DVAC and based on the reports, action would be taken against her, the official added.

                    The sleuths have registered a case under sections 7 and 13 (1) (d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, after collecting chemical-coated currency notes from the victim, Sivakumar.

                    About a week ago, when the victim has approached the corporation office for a building plan approval, the bill collector and her colleague has sought money for approving. The victim has filed a complaint with the DVAC.

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                      16 tonnes plastic cleared from beaches along coast by group, volunteers


                      Volunteers at one of the beaches in Chennai
                      CHENNAI: Volunteers from the Environmentalist Foundation of India (EFI) collected 16.83 tonnes of plastic waste during a garbage cleaning drive from beaches and lakes in four locations across Tamil Nadu on Sunday, to mark the upcoming World Environment Day (June 5).
                      According to EFI, as many as 2,000 community volunteers participated in the drive held in Chennai, Coimbatore, Rameswaram and Puducherry and picked up trash between 7 and 9am.

                      A statement from EFI said that the drive was held at the Foreshore Estate beach besides Thiruvanmiyur, Palavakkam and Injambakkam beaches as well as the Elliot's Beach near Ashtalakshmi temple in Besant Nagar in Chennai. Volunteers also cleared trash from the Mamallapuram beach, the statement said. Chennai lakes that the volunteers cleaned include Nanmangalam Eri, Mudichur Seekana Eri, Karasangal, Kazhipattur and Madambakkam lakes.

                      In Coimbatore, the drive covered Krishnampatty lake while in Puducherry, volunteers rid the Nallavadu beach of plastic waste. Trash was removed at the Rameswaram beach too. The cleanup was part of EFI's "For a starter volunteer for water" campaign.

                      Speaking to TOI, Arun Krishnamurthy, founder EFI said, "Collaborative conservation was on display during the cleanup and it is here to continue in the weeks ahead. We must understand that water bodies are not trash yards and come together as citizens to reclaim them," he said. Nandhini Arun, communication associate, EFI, told TOI that the volunteers collected 16.83 tonnes of plastic waste during the Sunday drive.

                      Volunteers, some of whom were participating for the first time in a cleanup, told TOI that they were amazed at the amount of trash they found on beaches.

                      "I never imagined that I would find so many discarded balloons on the beach. I ended up picking only balloons for almost an hour at the Besant Nagar beach," said Rama Narayanan, a volunteer.

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