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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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                Peelamedu residents demand subway under rail tracks

                TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 00:32 IST

                Coimbatore: Residents of areas in and around the Peelamedu Railway Station protested at the station premises on Friday, demanding a subway running under the tracks, laying of service roads on either side of the foot over bridge and repair and relaying of their roads, which have been damaged due to movement of heavy vehicles.

                Residents of Murugan Nagar and HUDCO Colony said that though the station does have a foot over bridge, they find it difficult to climb up and down carrying heavy bags and luggage. “There is a ration shop on one side. Residents, who buy goods from the shop, find it difficult to carry the items and climb up the stairs, especially old people. So, they end up crossing the tracks,” consumer activist PV Gopal said. “According to the original plan, they were supposed to construct a 7ft high and 16ft long subway. We want it immediately,” he said.

                According to the protesters, the railway is also supposed to lay roads on both sides of the foot over bridge. “While they have acquired land and laid a 8ft wide road on one side, on the other side, the land for the project is yet to be acquired. They have not even surveyed the area for laying the road,” Gopal said.

                The residents also demanded that interior roads in the area should be relaid by the corporation immediately. TNN









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                  Ukkadam soon to get a new makeover

                  TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 01:26 IST


                  Coimbatore: Ukkadam, which has been a driver's nightmare owing to the heavy traffic in the area, would soon become not only traffic free but also attractive, according to officials from the highways department and ‘Smart City’ project. The area, with its cramped shops and heavy vehicular traffic, would not only get decongested, but will also sport a serene look once the two projects are completed, officials said.

                  Officials of the highways department said their study showed that around 50% of the vehicular traffic on the highway was through traffic to and fro, while 40% of the traffic was from the Sungam bypass road and the rest was from Pruru bypass road. “So, in effect the flyover would eliminate half of the traffic,” said a highways official.

                  The 1.97km flyover would be a four-lane elevated highway for 1.48km and a wide two-lane elevated highway for 388m and a two-lane highway for 284m. “The road will be made a four-lane road with dedicated service lanes on either side, which would not only make it more convenient to travel, but also would enhance the look of the area,” the official added.

                  Shops from Naaz Theatre to the police station would be removed for the project. “Some shops on Nawab Hakim Road would be taken off. We would need space from 2m to 7m on the side near the toll plaza which would require us to taken off shops from there too,” said the official.

                  Officials said when complete, the area around the toll plaza, which now looks cramped, would get a changeover. “Now, as motorists approach the city from Palakkad Road, the first sight they would see is the congested shops around the toll plaza. After the flyover work is complete, the area would sport a new look,” said another official from the highways department.

                  While the lanes and service lanes would make travel through the area easy and its look spacious, beautification projects lined up as a part of Smart City plan would add to its look, said officials of the project. Mainly, the bunds of tanks in the region would be strengthened and maintained as cycling tracks, officials of the Smart City project said. “Greenery and landscape of the area would be enhanced, while water in the tank would be cleaned and maintained so that people could spend evenings there,” said an official. The area would also get recreation facilities for children and senior citizens, the official said.

                  In addition to this, last May, the city corporation had asked the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) to shift the Ukkadam bus stand and the bus depot nearby so that development work under Smart City project can be undertaken in Valangulam. “We have replied that we would shift if the local body gives us the required space and the necessary facilities,” said a TNSTC official.

                  Highways officials said while there were apprehensions among public that the flyover would end at Karumbukkadai, the flyover would in effect reach till Athupalam. “The private firm which handles the toll fare collection at Athupalam has got an extension from December 2018 to April 2019. After this period, we would take up the extension work as part of the phase-II,” said a highways official.










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                    Flood alert issued to people on Noyyal banks

                    TNN | Jun 16, 2018, 01:27 IST
                    Tirupur: The Tirupur district administration has issued flood warning to the people living on the banks of Noyyal River.

                    There has been a consistent flow of water into the river since the river’s catchment areas in Coimbatore district have received a good rainfall.

                    More than 250 houses are located along the river banks in many places including Jamunaipallam and Sangilipallam. “Since the water flow was consistent, we wanted to alert people, especially the ones in the low lying areas. It is common for people to not realise the raise in water level, especially if they return home during night,” a senior revenue department official said.

                    “Nevertheless, the people need not panic because it’s just a precautionary alert. We will keep an eye on the water level and take appropriate action, if needed,” he added

                    It is to be noted that seven persons were washed away when flash floods hit the houses located on Noyyal River banks in 2011.








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                      Trichy, Kovai to get technical and financial aid under NAMA project

                      Deepak Karthik| TNN | Updated: Jun 17, 2018, 10:32 IST
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                      TRICHY: Appreciating the measures taken by Trichycorporation on solid waste management (SWM), a joint initiative of several European bodies involved in climate change action and the ministry of housing and urban affairs (MoHUA) has selected the city for receiving technical and financial support under the Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) project. The urban local body (ULB) has submitted its proposals to establish a pyrolysis plant and biomining project here through the NAMA project which is aimed at streamlining waste management solutions in India.



                      NAMA, an umbrella of UK’s department of energy and climate change, Danish ministry of energy, German federal ministry for the environment and European Commission for Funding Climate Change Projects, shortlisted waste solutions in India for the climate change mitigation project. Apart from Trichy, Coimbatore, Bengaluru, Varanasi and Goa, were selected to receive the technical and financial support.

                      The project, whose financial support is capped at Rs138 crore, will last 6 years, including a year exclusively to analyse the preparation phase. With Trichy being selected, ULB submitted three proposals before NAMA to be considered for technical and financial support aimed at eliminating the need for landfills.

                      “A proposal to establish a pyrolysis plant and another for biomining were submitted to NAMA. They will study our proposals through field visits. A separate proposal to establish waste collection mechanism for bulk waste generators was also submitted,” corporation commissioner N Ravichandran said.

                      While the pyrolysis plant will chemically break down plastic waste into oil in a reactor, oil produced is set to be used as industrial oil for generating heat and electricity. Biomining is a step-bystep process to reclaim land used for dump yard. It follows a process of extracting waste from dump yard and segregating it for appropriate recycling. With ?138 crore the limit for support, the selected cities are expected to receive ?20crore -?30crore each based on the capacity of proposals.

                      “The group of bodies under NAMA will go through our proposals and it may take some time to finalise a proposal,” the commissioner added. Trichy corporation officials, after a meeting hosted by NAMA recently in New Delhi, said another plan to initiate a separate waste management system, including collection, segregation and disposal of waste for bulk waste generators (more than 50kg waste per day), was discussed.









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