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    1,093 cameras to keep a watch on you while you drive

    TNN | Jul 11, 2018, 00:46 IST

    The city police are seeking Rs 75 crore under the smart city project to bring the city under complete surveillance. The traffic police plan to install adoptive traffic signals where advanced cameras are to be fixed. The cameras will detect the number of vehicles in traffic signals and based on this it will operate the signals automatically. Police also plan to install speed detector cameras and 38 automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras. These will send details of speeding vehicles to the modern police control room. Violators will be issued e-challan by post and the motorists will have to pay the fine through banks, post offices or courts. After getting clearance from the corporation, police will install cameras across the city for round-the-clock surveillance.

    The proposal has been sent to the city municipal corporation. “We plan to buy 1,093 advanced cameras for surveillance of the entire city and they will be used for maintenance of law & order and crime prevention and detection. We also plan to buy 38 ANPR cameras which will be fixed on the city border areas and major junctions. This will capture the number plates of all vehicles and will help police identity stolen vehicles,” said a senior police officer.

    In adoptive traffic signals, the camera will operate the signals automatically based on the vehicle numbers passing through. “So, we don’t have to deploy policemen for traffic regulation at the signals,” said Sujit Kumar, deputy commissioner of police (traffic), Coimbatore city.

    Speed detector cameras will be installed on Avinashi Road, Trichy Road and other important areas. “Speeding is the main reason for fatal accidents. These cameras can spot violators and action can be taken against them,” said Sujit Kumar.

    Many vehicle users ignore traffic signals. Police plan to install red light violation and detection cameras at traffic signals to help spot traffic red light violators.

    “After getting funds under the smart city project, the entire city will be covered with modern and advanced cameras,” he said.










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      Ooty residents want officials to relay Marlimund Road

      TNN | Jul 11, 2018, 00:44 IST

      Udhagamandalam: Residents of Havelock Road in Ooty on Tuesday urged municipal officials to relay Marlimund Road from Commissioner Road junction as it was dug up for cable laying works. They also said the concrete footpath close to St Stephen’s Church on Marlimund Road was used by people to defecate and blamed it on official apathy.

      T Rangaiah, a local resident, told TOI, “From St Stephen’s Church junction, the condition of Marlimund Road is very bad. Both the sides of road are not laid properly after it was dug up for laying cables. Ooty municipality is responsible for the road. But has turned a blind eye to the issue, despite repeated complaints.” Pointing out that the concrete footpath near St Stephen’s Church helps pedestrians to save time when they move from lower road to upper one, Rangaiah said, “People use the footpath to defecate as bushes cover the path.”

      “The condition of other main roads such as Walsham Road and Ettinnes Road are also pathetic. Encroachments on these roads should be removed immediately,” said an activist.TNN






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        Flood alert sounded to people living along the banks of Bhavani River

        tnn | Jul 11, 2018, 01:27 IST

        Coimbatore: The district administration on Tuesday sounded flood alert to people living on the banks of Bhavani as the water level in Bhavani Sagar dam touched 80ft against its full capacity of 110ft. A total of 205cusecs water was released from the dam on Tuesday. The district administration has urged people to move to safer places.

        Meanwhile, Siruvani reservoir overflowed on Tuesday after a gap of five years, thanks to copious southwest monsoon rainfall in its catchment areas. Pointing out that water level in the reservoir had increased to 40ft from 15ft in just four days during the pre-monsoon showers, officials said now the reservoir has been filled to its maximum storage capacity of 50ft and is overflowing.

        This would ensure that the city would not face water issues for the next six months, said Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board (TWAD) officials. Surplus water from the Siruvani reservoir would flow into the Bhavani River and finally reach Pillur reservoir, they said.

        Also, a total of 6,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) water was released from the Pillur reservoir as the inflow to it has been increased following incessant rainfall in its catchment areas for the past few days.

        Kovai Kuttralam falls remained closed for public on Tuesday, as it was flooded with rainwater.

        In another instance, collector declared holiday for schools in Valparai for the third consecutive day on Wednesday as heavy rain continued to lash the area. Cincona area in Valparai received 78mm rainfall, Chinnakallar 82mm and Parambikulam Aliyar Project, 42mm. The inflow to Sholayar dam in Valparai was recorded at 4,136cusecs.









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          ‘Repair work at Dolphin's Nose delayed due to bad weather’

          tnn | Jul 11, 2018, 01:24 IST

          Udhagamandalam: A damaged portion of the barricade at the periphery of Dolphin’s Nose View, one of the tourist attractions in the Nilgiris, is posing danger to tourists. A part of periphery of the viewpoint was also collapsed in the heavy rain last month.

          Residents and tourist guides complained that no action was taken so far. However, officials said repair works had begun a week ago and were delayed due to recent rain in the area.

          Dolphin's Nose, about 1,000 feet above sea level, falls under the forest department.

          “It is very scary. The periphery was partially collapsed in last month’s rains. A section of barricade is also damaged. It is a matter of concern, but the officials show a lethargic attitude,” said a tourist guide on condition of anonymity.

          On the other hand, Periyasamy, Coonoor forest range officer told TOI, “We have started repair works a week ago. But due to inclement weather, work could not be carried out. First, we will fix the collapsed portion at the edge of the view point, and then the barricade will be replaced.”

          He said forest watchers are deputed to monitor visitors as a precautionary measure.














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            Will Rs 150-crore rejuvenation project save Noyyal river from pollution?

            Rajasekaran RK | Rajasekaran.RK@timesgroup.com | Jul 12, 2018, 00:36 IST

            Tirupur: The proposed Rs 150-crore Noyyal river rejuvenation project is expected to play a major role in addressing the issue of pollution of waterbodies in the district.

            However, the project has to be planned and implemented meticulously as otherwise it wouldn’t serve the very purpose of safeguarding one of the highly-polluted rivers.

            Chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had said in the assembly that his government would go about the rejuvenation project by constructing retaining walls on either side of the Noyyal, along with baby canals, to prevent sewage water from entering the river. Plans to desilt the waterbody and strengthen the existing check dams are also in the scheme of things, besides setting up pedestrian path and a few sewage treatment plants along the river.

            “The plan is to construct retaining walls to strengthen the bunds on either side of the river from Andipalayam to Kasipalayam. Out of the total 14km stretch, the project will cover just a little more than 7km stretch. The remaining stretch will be covered under the corporation’s smart city mission,” Tirupur south MLA S Gunasekaran told TOI.

            Pointing out that the recently approved Rs 523-crore underground drainage system scheme might not help in preventing sewage water from the newly-added wards and neighbouring civic bodies entering the river, he said baby canals would address the issue. “The baby canals may come with pedestrian path atop it, or the canals could be constructed separately alongside the pedestrian path.”

            However, many feel that it won’t be easy to prevent sewage water or untreated industrial effluents from entering the river. “There are about 70 major drain points in the river. More than 50MLD untreated sewage water enters the river from the dollar city alone. Another 100MLD sewage water is released from Coimbatore city, where there a number of sewage treatment plants. So, unless the underground drainage system and sewage treatment plants are implemented properly, it will be impossible to prevent pollution,” said a government official, who didn’t want to be named.

            “ Rs 150 crore will not be enough for constructing retaining walls, baby canals and STPs,” said another government official, requesting anonymity.

            Another challenge is the various settlements along the river banks. There are more than seven settlements within Tirupur city alone and they should be evicted to implement the project.

            Tirupur CPM district secretary S Muthukannan said it was important to save Noyyal river from pollution and the proposed project should be implemented only in consultation with experts, industrialists and political parties.









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              SC asks for plan of action to deal with encroachments in Nilgiris elephant corridor

              TNN | Updated: Jul 13, 2018, 10:35 IST

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              UDHAGAMANDALAM: The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Nilgiris collector to come out with a plan of action to deal with new resorts that have come up within the Moyar valley elephant corridor after the Madras High Courtpassed an order in 2009 seeking a status report of steps taken to removeencroachments.

              After the hearing, the bench comprising Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said the Nilgiris collector has to draw up a plan of action in connection with the resorts, if any, that have come up after the high court directed the collector to file a status report showing the steps taken to remove all the encroachments from revenue land which have been identified for development of the elephant corridor. The bench adjourned the case to August 8, 2018. However, no order was passed in this regard.

              The court observed that 27 elephant corridors are located in 22 states across the country, of which only six states have submitted reports to the Union government.

              The Moyar valley elephant corridor case is pending in the Supreme Court for the past six years and the Tamil Nadu government has submitted counter affidavits for 32 special leave petitions.

              Based on four orders by the high court between 2008 and 2010, the state government issued an order via GO no. 125 dated August 31, 2010 confirming the elephant corridor map published on January 6, 2010. The map was prepared by an expert committee that included forest officials. However, patta land owners approached the Supreme Court with about 32 special leave petitions against the high court orders.

              As per the Nilgiris gazette notification dated July 6, 2011 in compliance with the high court order dated December 3, 2009, the map of the final elephant corridor extended to 24,503.86 hectares, comprising Sholur, Masinagudi, Hulathi and Kadanadu panchayats, in Segur plateau of the Nilgiris. While forest land accounts for the major portion of 21,625 hectares, the extent of government and patta land stands at 1,185 and 1,692 hectares respectively. A few tribal hamlets also fall within the purview of the corridor. The 1,692 hectares of patta land comprise 397 survey numbers, including tea estates.

              Welcoming the Supreme Court direction, Coimbatore-based activist K Mohan Raj said the state government should not delay demolition of more than 400 resorts that have come up in the corridor area illegally. This place in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve holds the single largest population of Asian elephants and the tigers in the world. “By saving elephant and other wildlife, we can save our forests and secure our water till the Cauvery basin,” he said.







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                AIDWA to conduct campaign against water project

                TNN | Jul 14, 2018, 00:27 IST
                Coimbatore: Members of All India Democratic Women Association (AIDWA) will conduct a door-to-door awareness campaign across the city to educate people about the ill-effects of privatization of water supply.

                “We will start the awareness campaign within a couple of days in the city,” AIDWA vice-president U Vasuki said here on Friday.

                Pinpointing that the city is getting only 200MLD of water from Siruvani reservoir, she asked how it would be sufficient for providing water round-the-clock to all the households in 60 wards.

                Questioning the need of giving contract to a private company for 26 years, Vasuki said that if the city corporation does not have the technology to implement such a big project, then it should have signed a contract with the company for a couple of years to obtain the technology and to train officers.

                Speaking about the importance of doing background research before signing a contract with a company, she said that the company is struggling in New Delhi to distribute water to all the houses. “Not all the houses get water round-the-clock,” she said. Referring to a statement made by the company, which states that the company would determine the places that need to have public taps, she said that the government is letting to convert water from an essential product to the economic good. TNN








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                  Residents allege effluent leak into Nallaru river

                  tnn | Jul 14, 2018, 00:44 IST
                  Tirupur: Residents have alleged that the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board did not take proper action to stop leakage of industrial effluents near Nallaru river in Angeripalayam in the city.

                  More than 50 textile dyeing units are functioning at Angeripalayam. The units have installed pipelines to carry industrial effluents to a common effluent treatment plant (CETP) along Nallaru river, a tributary of Noyyal river. The pipelines would often leak.

                  “We have noticed seepage of industrial effluents on Angeripalayam road near VK Government Higher Secondary School, and when we dig the ground, we found that one of the pipes which carry the effluents was leaking at two places,” said Palanikumar of Angeripalayam.

                  Despite complaining on Thursday, Tnpcb officials have not taken steps to stop the leakage, he added.

                  When contacted, a senior Tnpcb official said, “We have not received the complaint so far, we will look into the issue.”









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                    Scrap water deal with French firm: All-party meet

                    TNN | Jul 20, 2018, 00:51 IST



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                    COIMBATORE: The city corporation should scrap the contract signed with a French firm to supply drinking water to 60 wards of the civic body, an all party meeting organised by DMK demanded here on Thursday.


                    “The 26-year contract for water supply with Suez Projects should be cancelled immediately,” a resolution passed at the meeting said. The contract was signed without due deliberation with people’s representatives and public hearing, it said.

                    The meeting, chaired by Singanallur MLA and district organiser of DMK N Karthik, had representatives from Congress, MDMK, CPM, CPI, Thanthai Periyar Dravidar Kazhagam, Viduthalai Chirthaigal Katchi, Kongunadu Makkal Desiya Katchi, Manithaneya Makkal Katchi, Indian Union Muslim League and several other outfits.

                    The parties decided to distribute pamphlets across the city against the project from July 23 and besiege the corporation office on July 31.

                    The meeting also discussed about the issues pertaining to the Ukkadam Flyover and rehabilitation of residents evacuated for the project. Representatives of the parties that attended the meeting would call on the district collector to discuss about the problems posed by land acquisition. “The flyover was initially proposed from Athupalam to Ukkadam. But now the plan has been changed and the bridge would start from Karumbukadai. If the flyover is constructed as per the revised plan, it will be of no use. It should be constructed from Athupalam,” the resolution said.

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                      Waterbodies to get a fresh lease of life

                      Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Jul 23, 2018, 01:06 IST

                      Successive years of drought have brought into focus the need for restoring and rejuvenating waterbodies in the state. As part of the process, the state government has started a survey to identify dried waterbodies.

                      Involving the retired engineers, the state government formed the Tamil NaduResource Development Cell in May 2018. The committee is now conducting a survey in and around Chennai and in Coimbatore.

                      Within four months the committee will submit detailed project reports on restoration of waterbodies across the state to the state government, said R Ilangovan, vice chairman of the committee.

                      He was in the city to address non-governmental organizations (NGOs) during a conference on ‘rejuvenation and maintenance of water bodies’ organised jointly by Kovai Kulangal Padhukappu Amaipu, Keystone Foundation, the Nature Conservancy and Indian Institute of Human Settlements.

                      Apart from harvesting excess rainwater, the committee has been planning to link deficit water river basins with river basins that have surplus water, Ilangovan said. They are in the process of identifying such rivers in the state.

                      "One such identified deficit water body is the Kousika river," he said. They would soon identify a suitable waterbody to link with the river before recommending it to the state government.

                      While the lakes on the outskirts of districts are in good condition as the water is used for irrigation purposes, most of the lakes in urban areas are in a pathetic state and are filled with solid waste, building debris and industrial effluents, he said.

                      Urban lakes play an important role in recharging the ground water, climate fixation and adaptation and biodiversity of the city, the engineer said, hinting that rejuvenating urban lakes is the only way to recharge the ground water.

                      "We have planned to establish a model lake with negligible pollution level in the city. Based on this, other lakes will be restored," he said, adding that the committee has sought the support of NGOs to identify a lake to carry out the restoration work.

                      In order to restore and rejuvenate the waterbodies, we have to remove encroachments in the tank bed areas and channels and prevent dumping solid wastes in both waterbodies and storm water drainage, he said. The blockage caused by solid wastes along channels is the main reason for flooding.

                      It will take at least two more years to complete the underground drainage (UGD) work in the state. The committee will also work to treat industrial effluents and domestic sewage before letting it into the existing tanks.







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