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    Corpn to set up one more solar plant

    Nivedha Selvam| Nivedha.Selvam1@timesgroup.com | Jun 28, 2018, 01:09 IST


    Coimbatore: The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) to set up a 3.6megawatt solar plant at Ukkadam in addition to the existing one at the same locality.

    The civic body as part of the ‘Smart City’ project has sent a proposal to set up the second solar power plant at Ukkadam at the cost of Rs 17 crore. The first plant at Ukkadam as well as one more at Kavundampalaym – each with a capacity of one megawatt – is under construction.

    The new plant at Ukkadam to come up in an area of 15 acres adjacent to the sewage treatment plant (STP), consists of 11,286 solar panels, each with a capacity of 320 watts, a senior officer of the city corporation said, adding that establishment of the plant would cost around Rs 4.5 crore per megawatt.

    Power generated at both the plants would be transferred, directly, to the grids as the power plants would be connected to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation’s (Tangedco) sub-station at Ukkadam, the official said. The power generated at the plants would be used to offset the electricity bills.

    The civic body has been paying over Rs 20 crore per annum for its power consumption to the Tangedco for two sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Ukkadam and Ondipudur along with the water treatment and pumping stations at Velliangadu and Pillur, the official said

    “The power generated at the 3.6megawatt power plant alone could save about Rs 3.2 crore per annum and the power generated at all the three power plants would save over Rs 5 crore per annum in its electricity bills,” the official added.

    While civic body has decided to utilize the power generated at both the solar plants to offset the electricity charges paid for operating the water pumping station at Velliangadu, the official said that they were yet to take a decision regarding the proposed plant.

    Meanwhile, the civic body after obtaining clearance from the chief electrical inspector to the government, is waiting for a no-objection certificate (NOC) from the Tangedco. The official said that the solar plant at Ukkadam would start functioning once they receive NOC and they are expecting NOC within a few days’ time.

    The installation work of the power plant at Kavundampalayam is expected to be completed within two-month time, the official added.









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      Land acquisition at CMC Colony for Ukkadam flyover gathers pace

      Nivedha Selvam| Nivedha.Selvam1@timesgroup.com | Jun 28, 2018, 01:11 IST

      Coimbatore: Land acquisition for the Ukkadam flyover has gathered pace with the city corporation issuing eviction notices to residents of CMC Colony.

      The civic body has issued notices to 209 residents who are living in the locality for more than 40 years.

      While the residents who were issued eviction notice would be moved to the housing units of the Tamil Nadu slum clearance board, the land would be handed over to the highways department for the construction of Ukkadam flyover.

      For the project, a four-lane flyover would be constructed from Vincent Road Junction to Karumbukadai Junction for about 1.48km, while it would have a loop opposite to old Vincent Road for about 388m and a two-lane from Naaz Theatre to Vincent Road for about 248m, according to the highways department. The flyover would be for a total of 1.97km.

      The civic body had already removed 28 shops, and eviction notice was given to remaining shops between Naaz Theatre and Ukkadam police station, shops in fruit market and over 60 dwelling units of Washermen Colony.

      “In order to provide land to the highways department for the flyover project, we have issued notices to the sanitary workers who were living at the colony for over 40 years,” said a senior official from the corporation, adding that the houses that are near the slaughterhouses would be demolished for road extension.

      Alternative accommodation would be provided for the residents through the slum clearance board at Malumichampatti, the official said, adding that the residents were directed to vacate the places within 15 days.

      Upon failing to vacate, necessary actions would be taken, the official said, adding that the fruit shops that were given eviction notices would be removed within a month time. The fruit shops would be moved to the new premises near the fish market.

      Meanwhile, the city traffic police cleared obstructions near the Ukkadam police station. As many as six fruit stalls had encroached about two feet of road, thus causing obstruction to the traffic flow, an official said.








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        Schools asked to do away with plastics

        TNN | Jun 28, 2018, 01:28 IST

        Coimbatore: The directorate of the Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA), Chennai, has sent a communication to the programme coordinators and chief educational officers of districts across the state to stop the usage of one-time use and throw plastics in educational offices and schools.

        The communication dated June 25 cited chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami’s announcement in the state assembly on June 5 that there will be a ban on production, storage and usage of one-time use and throw plastics from January 1, 2019.

        Coimbatore chief education officer P Ayyannan said his office received the communication on Wednesday. “While the ban would come to effect only from 2019, we have been instructed to stop using one-time use plastics immediately. We will discuss the issue in the headmasters meeting to be held on Thursday,” he said.

        One-time use and throw plastics cups were mainly used in meetings and workshops conducted by the department, said Ayyannan. He added that he would discuss with school heads on alternatives for this.





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          Polluting gelatin factory in Ooty ordered to close down

          Shantha Thiagarajan| TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 10:45 IST
          Water bodies were found polluted due to discharge of effluents from the industrial unit

          COIMBATORE: Sterling Biotech Ltd, an industrial unit manufacturing edible and non-edible grade gelatin at Sandynallah near Ooty was issued closure order by the state pollution control board on Friday. Electricity connection was disconnected based on a report of the TNPCB. The unit had failed to implement the earlier orders of the board within the prescribed period.

          Water bodies, including the Sandynallah river, Pykara river and the Kamarajar dam were found polluted due to discharge of effluents from the industrial unit.

          Nalini, district environmental engineer, TNPCB, Coimbatore, and in charge of Nilgiris district, told TOI, "The electricity board has been instructed to disconnect the power supply to Sterling Biotech Ltd in Ooty because the industry failed to adhere to the orders issued by the TNPCB within the stipulated period." The order reads, "The unit was instructed to provide zero liquid discharge system to treat the waste and to recycle the waste water inside the premises and not to discharge it outside. But the unit failed to implement the system within the prescribed period. Hence the electricity board has been advised to disconnect power to the unit."

          In April, after several petitions to the administration failed, Toda tribes residing near the unit approached Siddharth Krishnan, an Ooty-based environment sociologist attached to ATREE, with a letter signed by all villagers uring him to conduct a study on the pollution caused by the effluents discharged by Sterling.

          The water samples collected by Siddharth from different places in Sandynallah showed high COD and ammonia-nitrogen levels. The test was conducted in the ATREE water laboratory, an accredited lab.








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            Collector asks farmers to engage in talks on high-voltage transmission line project

            Rajasekaran RK| TNN | Updated: Jun 30, 2018, 14:45 IST Representative image

            TIRUPUR: District collector K S Palanisamy has asked the farmers who have raised their dissenting voices against high-voltage transmission lines project to engage in talks with the district administration.

            He addressed the farmers at the monthly grievance meeting held in the city on Friday.

            Palanisamy said, “It is important to talk about the issues case by case. If the interaction would not happen in the ground level, such issues cannot be sorted out.”

            The Power Grid Corporation of India is linking Tamil Nadu’s Pugalur and Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh in the 1,830-km long high-voltage transmission line project at a cost of Rs 5,700 crore. The central government is bringing up the project to tap about 6,000 mw electricity generated from renewable energy. In Tamil Nadu, the transmission lines will cross at least 14 districts.

            The co-federation formed by various farmers’ groups have urged the central government to implement the project as underground. There would be numerous restrictions if the transmission lines pass through their agricultural lands, they claimed.

            “The government is ready to provide adequate compensation to the properties. It could be done properly only if the discussions would be held case by case. For the lands to be acquired, the farmers could get 225% higher compensation than government guideline value or market value, whichever is higher,” said the collector.

            M Rajamani of Tamil Nadu Vivasaigal Pathukappu Sangam said, “The Tiruvannamalai district administration has announced to provide compensation of Rs 80,000 per coconut tree for Salem-Chennai eight-lane greenway project, so the Tirupur districtadministration should also provide the same amount to a coconut tree instead of Rs 40,000.”

            The collector said the administration will involve in talks with the neighbouring districts and fix uniform compensation for the crops and properties which may be acquired for this project.






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              Salem-Chennai highway not for benefit of any individual: Tamil Nadu CM

              PTI | Jun 30, 2018, 16:22 IST Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Saturday denied charges that the Salem-Chennai expressway project w... Read More

              COIMBATORE: Tamil Nadu chief minister K Palaniswami on Saturday denied charges that the Salem-Chennai expressway project was meant to benefit private miners, and termed it someone's "figment of imagination" to bring disgrace to the government.

              "(The question) itself is a figment of imagination, to bring bad name to the government... The project is not meant for the benefit of any individual but for overall development of Tamil Nadu," Palaniswami told reporters at Salem Airport.

              He said some people out of "political vendetta" were trying to stop the Rs 10,000-crore eight-lane project by "provoking people."

              Palaniswami was responding to a query on reports that the expressway project was meant to favour private miners.

              Stating that the road was a central government project and the state was assisting in its implementation, he said Tamil Nadu government was taking steps to get adequate compensation to those from whom the land was acquired.

              Not only Salem, but the nearby districts of Erode, Karur and Coimbatore would also progress industrially, once the road is laid, he noted.

              Nearly 16,214 lives have been lost on this stretch in road accidents and the state government was bound to provide a quality road to the public, using modern technology, he added.

              Noting that a large expanse of land was acquired during the rule, Palaniswami said the present government was offering more compensation than that given during the DMK dispensation, as the guideline value had increased.

              In view of the increasing fuel prices and considering the last six months' average, he claimed diesel prices could increase further and said the transport sector will therefore benefit from the eight-lane project, as the distance will be reduced. A lorry can save up to Rs 1,050 on diesel with reduction of distance by 60 km, which also minimizes the wear and tear, the chief minister said.

              Amid opposition, Palaniswami had recently asserted in the state assembly the highway project would boost economic growth and its gains far outweighed other factors.

              The 277.3-km-long eight-lane greenfield project under the Centre's 'Bharatmala Pariyojana', would stimulate growth like the Mumbai-Pune and Delhi-Agra expressway projects, he had said.








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                Sixty million litres water go waste daily

                TNN | Jun 30, 2018, 15:25 IST Representative image


                COIMBATORE: Pitching for the 24x7 water scheme, the bottom line of local administration minister S P Velumani’s statement in the assembly was that 50% of potable water supplied to the city was going waste presently.

                If not 50%, a conservative estimate by corporation officials puts the extent of water wastage at 30%. It accounts for a whopping 60 million litres (MLD) water daily on an average, out of the 200MLD water supplied to the 60 wards of core city a day. While evaporation accounts for a small percentage, civic body officials said much of the potable water was going waste due to pipe leakages.

                The city corporation, however, lacks an effective mechanism to curb this non revenue water. The 24x7 water supply scheme is expected to put an end to the leakage. Officials say they want to bring the leakage down to 5%.

                “Even when we have sufficient water in reservoirs, the civic body is not able to distribute it,” corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said, explaining that the pipelines were designed as per the requirement of the pre-Independence era. “The requirement has increased manifold now.”

                Pointing out that there was a huge difference between the quantum of water released and the actual amount of water consumers receive, he said more than 30% potable water become non revenue water because of leakage and illegal connections. ‘We need to find a permanent solution to water leakage. The civic body will have to revamp the water distribution system,” Vijayakarthikeyan said.

                According to a corporation official, who didn’t want to be named, the illegal connections in the old corporation limits were very minimal and a large quantity of water was lost due to leakage.

                To address the issue, the civic body is expected to use ‘helium technique’ to detect water leakages in the pipelines, said a source privy to the 24x7 water scheme that was awarded to Suez project Private Limited. In this technique, helium gas would be introduced in water pipes and it would rise to surface from those areas with leakages as the water carries it out of the pipe.


                Presently, leakages go unnoticed as the pipes are buried deep under the ground. Otherwise, roads need to be cut to find the exact location of leakage. Citing that the ‘helium technique’ was about 90% accurate, the source said there was no need to cut the road for stretches together to locate the leakage.








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                  Electricity to polluting dyeing unit disconnected

                  tnn | Updated: Jul 2, 2018, 00:35 IST

                  Tirupur: Power supply to a textile dyeing unit in the city, which was found to be violating the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norm, has been disconnected.

                  The unit, at Nallur, had installed a dedicated effluent treatment plant to meet the ZLD norms. But recently, several complaints were lodged against it for discharging effluents without treating them.

                  During an inspection, a team of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) officials found that the treatment plant was not functioning properly. As recommended by TNPCB, the district monitoring committee directed to severe electricity connection of the unit. Subsequently, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) officials disconnected electricity to the unit. The Tirupur north division of the TNPCB recommended the closure of the dyeing unit on Saturday.

                  Meanwhile, president of the Dyers Association of Tirupur S Nagarajan said, “Such violations from units are costing the collective efforts taken by the dyeing units in implementing ZLD. So, the association, which has its own monitoring committee, would recommend legal action against such violators.”








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                    Dyeing units given July 31 deadline to link with real-time monitoring system

                    TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 00:35 IST

                    Tirupur: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has fixed July 31 as the deadline for the textile dyeing units in the district to link with its real-time monitoring system. While the system was introduced more than a year ago, only about 15% of the units here have been linked so far, TNPCB sources said.

                    Of the 550 dyeing units functioning in the Tirupur knitwear cluster, 450 have been utilising the service of the 18 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs). The rest have dedicated effluent treatment plants. Despite the continuous monitoring of the board, there were several complaints about alleged violation of the zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norms. Subsequently, TNPCB’s Water Quality Watching Centre in Chennai had launched the real-time monitoring system. All dyeing units were directed to link their monitoring channel with the centre online. The system allows the centre to monitor how the CETPs and the dyeing units function, details including quantity of industrial effluent produced, quantity of the treated and recycled.

                    “So, far, only three CETPs, including Arulpuram, Park and Veerapandi CETPs, and around 80 units, which are clients of those CETPs, have linked with the real-time monitoring system. More than 85% of the units have not complied,” a TNPCB official told TOI.

                    TNPCB announced the July 31 deadline at a recent review meeting with the members of the Dyers Association of Tirupur (DAT) in the city.

                    “Many of the units, which did not complete the process, have expedited the work. We hope that they will fall in line within the time fixed,” said president of the association S Nagarajan.








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                      EPS dismisses charges of graft in green field project

                      TNN | Jul 2, 2018, 00:52 IST

                      Krishnagiri: Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami rebutted charges of vested interest on his part in implementing the Salem – Chennai green corridor project, stating that the smear campaign by opposition parties was only to destabilize the AIADMK government.

                      “They accuse that there is 40% commission involved and hence the state government is pushing for the project. These are allegations of those frustrated by their inability to take on the AIADMK politically,’’ he said in Krishanagiri on Sunday.

                      Addressing party workers at the marriage ceremony of 90 couples to mark birth anniversary celebrations of late chief minister M G Ramachandran, EPS said if such was the scale of corruption involved in road projects, he wondered on the extent of money amassed by DMK leader T R Baalu when he was Union road transport minister.

                      Referring to senior DMK leader Duraimurugan’s allegation of AIADMK eyeing 40% commission in the road project, EPS said 17 highway projects were executed during the UPA rule when Baalu was the road transport minister. “That was the reason Duraimurugan is aware of the scale of corruption,’’ he said.

                      EPS also insinuated rift between Duraimurugan and T R Baalu. “Perhaps Duraimurugan was aware that I would retaliate by speaking about loot during Baalu’s period. Hence, he brought up the issue of corruption in road projects,’’ he said.

                      EPS said that the Rs 10,000 crore green corridor was a central government project and the role of state government was only to extend required assistance to the Centre. “Implementation of the scheme and financing is by the Centre. Our task ends with land acquisition and granting of compensation for landowners,’’ he said.

                      The chief minister said the government was on a very strong footing and hence it could tackle all the protests. “We have diffused all the protests because of our functionaries, cadres and public support,’’ he said.

                      Since the cadres are solidly behind the party, the government is strong, he said.

                      The project while bringing in development would also reduce accidents. “Not just this stretch, all roads need widening in the state to accommodate additional vehicle population,’’ he said.








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