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    Three houses collapse as tanks, reservoirs overflow

    Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Updated: Aug 17, 2018, 05:53 IST

    COIMBATORE: Three houses were collapsed on Thursday morning as surplus water released from the Kurichi tank flooded the residential area at Sunnambu Kalvai in the city. No one was injured in the incident.

    The tank, with a storage capacity of 80 million cubic feet, started to overflow on Wednesday morning. Subsequently, Public Works Department (PWD) officials released the surplus water into the Noyyal through Sunnambu Kalvai channel at night. Around 2.30am on Thursday, water from the channel entered the residential area through a sewage line.

    Water entered 10 houses that were close to the channel and three of them collapsed as they couldn’t withstand the water flow, said S Anwar, 21, a resident of Sunnambu Kalvai, where more than 500 families have been residing for five decades. “The houses were 30 years old.”

    Pointing out that wastewater outlets of houses were directly connected to the channel, another resident S Abbas, 30, said, “Water also entered the houses through them.”

    City corporation officials have asked the residents to move to the housing unit at Anna Nagar in Kovaipudhur, as water flow in the Sunnambu Kalvai channel was likely to increase due to incessant rain. The residents were allotted housing units at Anna Nagar five months ago, but only a few of them had moved as many could not afford to pay Rs36,000. Officials said the residents have been demanding one house per family.

    The overall situation looks grim with 23 of the 24 tanks in the district overflowing due to continuous rain. The only exception is Vellalore tank. Similarly, all reservoirs, except the Tirumurthy reservoir, has been overflowing.

    District collector TN Hariharan has issued a flood alert to people living on the Bhavani river banks at Mettupalayam, as nearly 57,000 cubic feet per second (cusecs) water was being released from the Pillur reservoir.

    “With rain continue to lash catchment areas in the Nilgiris, the reservoir has crossed the 95ft mark for the fifth time in less than two months,” the collector said. Bhavani river has been swelling following the water release from the Pillur reservoir.

    Several regions along the Bhavani, including Mettupalayam and Tekkampatti, have been flooded and residents were being moved to nearby marriage halls, said an official. “More than 86 families from Sirumugai have been moved to a nearby community hall.”

    The district administration has provided basic amenities such as food, water and medical facilities to the people, who have been moved to relief centres from their houses. “We have asked the public not to visit flooded regions,” an official said.

    The collector has also banned tourists from entering Valparai, Pollachi and Topslip for another three days, the official said.

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      Officials seal 14 Tasmac bars

      TNN | Updated: Aug 22, 2018, 07:54 IST

      COIMBATORE: At least 14 bars attached to Tasmac outlets in the north zone were sealed on Tuesday after license holders refused to pay the monthly tender amount. There are as many as 76 bars in the area and they together owe the district administration around Rs 2 crore.

      Six teams led by Tasmac north district manager Suresh and excise deputy commissioner Balasubramaniam on Tuesday went on a drive to shut the bars in the north zone after they defaulted on tender amount.

      “They had not paid the rent for June and July, despite repeated warnings. Each shop has to pay a tender amount based on its revenue from the shop and the bar attached to it, separately. However, they were not paying the amount due for the bars as they wanted to make more profit,” Balasubramaniam said.

      During the drive, six Tasmac shop contractors settled their dues as and collected receipts for the same. The district administration has plans to take a similar drive across the south zone where
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        Illegal water connection: Resident fined, pipeline operator suspended

        tnn | Aug 22, 2018, 00:40 IST

        Tirupur: Eetiverampalayam panchayat officials have slapped a fine of Rs 15,000 on a resident for illegally obtaining potable water pipeline connection and placed a temporary pipeline operator under suspension for dereliction of duty.

        A lion’s share of Eetiverampalayam panchayat residents had raised the issue of illegal pipeline connections after they didn’t get enough potable water. They had also brought to officials’ attention that some people were using electric motors to draw more water illegally. But, there was no action.

        Recently, a few residents staged a protest by blocking a state-run bus on Perumanallur-Malaiyappalayam road and sought action against the erring residents to ensure proper water supply.

        Following this, officials inspected the area and found that K Senthil of Sengali Thottam at Moiyandampalayam had illegally obtained pipe connection from a main water pipeline. They immediately severed the connection and imposed on him a fine of Rs 15,000. Pipeline operator S Velumani was also placed under suspension.

        Officials have also warned the residents, who are using electric motors to draw more water illegally.

        Meanwhile, Tamil Water Supply and Drainage officials said they had been taking steps to ensure regular supply of potable water to the residents.

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          Cleaning of lakes, riverbeds mark anti-plastics awareness campaign

          COIMBATORE, AUGUST 26, 2018 00:00 IST
          UPDATED: AUGUST 26, 2018 03:51 IST

          Ministers S.P. Velumani (third left) and M.R. Vijayabaskar (second left) launching cloth bags at a programme on eradication of plastics at the Coimbatore Collectorate on Saturday..HANDOUT_E_MAIL

          Cleaning of lakes, riverbeds and public places in Coimbatore, Tirupur and Nilgiris districts on Saturday marked the State-wide launch of anti-plastics awareness programme.

          In Coimbatore, Minister for Municipal Administration and Rural Development S.P. Velumani inaugurated the awareness programme at the Collectorate. The Minister appealed to the government departments to shun plastic folders and covers, plastic table cover, plastic-coated tea cups and containers.

          Speaking after inaugurating the programme, Mr. Velumani said that the government has taken steps to encourage entrepreneurs to manufacture more alternative products for plastics. A committee has been formed to guide people to prevent use of plastic products. The Minister called upon the people from every walk of life to contribute to preventing plastic usage and help future generations to enjoy a plastic-free State.

          The Nilgiris District Collector J. Innocent Divya inaugurated the programme by participating in the cleaning of plastic materials from boat house.

          She said that the district administration is taking all-out efforts to eradicate plastic fully from the district. Students distributed pamphlets on creating awareness against plastics among tourists.

          In Tirupur, Minister for Animal Husbandry Udumalai K. Radhakrishnan inaugurated the awareness programme and administered a pledge against plastic among the students and public and flagged off a rally at the Collectorate. To mark the occasion, Mr. Radhakrishnan along with District Collector K.S. Palanisamy inspected the cleaning of Noyyal river bed.

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            Panic as land caves in at hilly Valparai

            TNN | Aug 27, 2018, 00:01 IST

            Coimbatore: Panic and confusion swept Valparai after stretches of land caved in at several tea estates and residential areas.

            Land has caved in at residential areas and tea estates in Iyyarpadi, Nadumalai and Sholayar for over four feet deep, said police inspector P Thirumeni, adding that no causalities or injuries were reported. “As lands have mostly caved in at estates not bordering road, there has been no interruption for vehicle movement,” he said.

            Residents of 19 houses – five at Iyyarpadi and 14 at Sholayar – were evicted shortly after cracks developed. The evicted people were accommodated in nearby houses. “Initially, when the land caved in a week ago, the cracks were small. As the days passed, their depth and width started to increase. At some places, the cracks are four feet deep,” the officer said.

            A part of land in Nadumalai tea estate has caved in by four feet, said S Kalaishankar, a tea estate worker. “Since the incident took place at night, nobody was inured. Initially, the cracks occurred along a water body. Later on, it started to spread. Land has caved in over a kilometre radius in the tree plantation region in the estate. Since plants have been buried in the cracks, the exact depth of the cracks remains unknown. The estate management has prevented workers from visiting the place,” he told TOI.

            While the residents said that they had never faced such a situation, experts said soil could have loosened due to incessant rain. “It might be either because of the heavy rainfall or due to geographical reasons,” said P Santhy, a professor at the Tamil Nadu Agriculture University (TNAU) specialized in soil health management. “Regions in and around Pollachi and Valparai are epicentres because of the arrangement of tectonic plates. The cracks could have occurred because of that. The exact reason could be identified only after testing the soil,” she said.


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              SMART IDEA: This tree charges your phone, provides free Wi-Fi

              Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Aug 27, 2018, 00:04 IST

              Coimbatore: Municipal administration minister SP Velumani on Sunday inaugurated a ‘smart tree’ at VOC Park under which people can rest and browse the internet using free Wi-Fi connectivity.

              The Rs 30lakh structure, installed under the smart city mission project, is situated on a 900sqft plot at the park. “While its trunk is made of metal rods covered with fibre, the leaves are made of zinc. It is equipped with a solar panel that can generate 1,500watts. But it will consume only 1,100watts. Ten benches have been placed under the tree and over 30 people can sit there at a time.

              Those within a range of 350meters can use the Wi-Fi. Multiple charging points to charge mobile phones have also been provided,” said R Maha Prabhu of JC Media Entertainment, the company that set it up.

              The city corporation will soon set up 24 such structures at bus stations, parks and major junctions across the city, the minister said.

              “To create awareness about government programmes, notifications will be displayed round-the-clock on an LCD panel at the facility. Over 15 advertisement boards have been set up around the structure. The company will operate and maintain the facility and will generate income by displaying advertisements on the hoardings there. Including advertisement tax, the civic body will earn about Rs 18.25lakh a month from the 25 trees,” a civic body official told TOI.

              “The designers opted for an artificial structure since a real tree would wither over a period of time and the entire structure needs to be replaced after that. We have asked them to set up such a facility under a real tree,” the official added.

              “We are designing such structures as per the requirements of the civic body. We plan to add CCTV cameras, drinking water facilities and rainwater harvesting system in future,” Prabhu added.

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                Corporation begins work on lake development project

                Karthik Madhavan

                An earth mover engaged in cleaning the Ukkadam Big Tank’s northern bund as part of development work.M. PeriasamyM_Periasamy Total project cost estimated at over Rs. 700 crore

                Earth movers have started rolling around the northern bund of the Ukkadam Periyakulam (Big Tank), marking the beginning of the Coimbatore Corporation’s lake development project under the Central Government-funded Smart Cities Mission.

                The development and beautification of the northern bund of the Periyakulam, the development of the southern bund of Valangulam, beneath the bridge on the Ukkadam Bypass Road and the road across the Valangulam form part of the Rs. 89 crore project, which is only the first leg of the project though. The corporation took up the development of the three lakes alone calling it ‘Quick Win’ to expedite implementation. In the second leg, the corporation will take up the remaining six lakes – Narasampathy, Krishnampathy, Selvachinthamani, Singanallur, and a few other tanks and also the development of Trichy Road, linking the water bodies.

                The corporation has estimated the total cost of the project at over Rs. 700 crore.

                At the meeting held at the corporation a couple of days ago, the representatives of the agency that designed the lake development project, Oasis Resource Management Pvt. Ltd., briefed the officials on the work in progress and made a few demands.

                The agency representatives urged the corporation to immediately constitute a coordination committee comprising its engineers from their counterparts from the State Highways Department, Tangedco, National Highways Department and Public Works Department to sort out ground level issues.

                They told the corporation officials such a committee was necessary because the work on the ground involved shifting street light poles, transmission lines, etc. They also wanted the corporation to expedite the eviction of slum dwellers living on encroached land and suggested that engineers from the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board also be included in the committee.

                Public art

                The corporation along with agencies involved in the lake development project will soon call for entries from students and architects for a public art project that they will take up. The contestants will have to send drawings or designs to adorn the space that will developed on the lake front.

                The agency representatives suggested to the corporation that a percentage of the lake development project be spent on developing public art and that a few cities selected under the Smart Cities Mission had done so. Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan immediately agreed to the proposal and asked engineers and the agency representatives to get in touch with institutions in the city for students, architects to contribute to the public art project.

                Mr. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the civic body would also suitably reward those whose art work it selected.

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                  Drinking water is mixed with sewage in Coimbatore’s Saibaba Colony, residents say

                  Nivedha Selvam

                  The residents said water they got was brown in colour and stank.
                  | TNN | Sep 3, 2018, 17:35 IST

                  COIMBATORE: Residents in Saibaba Colony here sought the immediate intervention of the Coimbatore Corporation commissioner as drinking watersupplied to them is mixed with sewage. They filed a petition to the corporation on Monday.

                  The residents said water they got was brown in colour and stank.

                  In the past six months, telecom companies had dug most of the roads in the area, including Chinasamy Street, KG Layout, Ganapathy Layout, Chindamani Nagar and Ramalingam Nagar, to lay cables. None of them had been closed till date, said former mayor R Venkatachalam.

                  “Workers engaged by the telecom companies have damaged drinking water and sewer pipelines. The pipelines are damaged in more than 80 places,” he said.

                  “Even though most of the reservoirs are overflowing, we have been receiving water only once in a week. The volume of water is very less because of the leakages at several points,” Venkatachalam said.

                  Deputy commissioner P Gandhimadhi assured the residents immediate action.

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                    Saibaba Colony residents demand drinking water

                    Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Sep 4, 2018, 00:19 IST

                    Coimbatore: Residents of Saibaba Colony on Monday sought the intervention of the city corporation commissioner to repair leaky pipelines that deliver drinking water to the locality.

                    Drinking water is supplied to the area only once in 10 days because of broken pipelines, they said in a petition. “Private telecom companies had dug up Chinasamy Street, KG Layout, Ganapathy Layour, Chindamani Nagar and Ramalingam Nagar in the last six months to lay cables. In the process, they damaged several pipelines carrying drinking water and sewage at more than 80 places,” former mayor R Venkatachalam said.

                    Even though the residents registered several complaints, the corporation took no action to repair the pipelines, he told TOI. “Even though most of the dams in the region are overflowing, the colony has been receiving water only once a week. We receive little water because of the leakages at several points. Moreover, the water we get is muddy and it stinks. Due to multiple leakages, sewage has been mixed with drinking water.”

                    Due to incessant rain in the recent times, sludge has formed on the roads in the area, turning it into an accident-prone zone, said R Selvi , a 40-year-old differently-abled person from the colony. “When it is difficult even for a healthy person to walk on the roads, then think of the plight of differently-abled persons. I have slipped and fell down on the road multiple times,” she said.

                    The residents also sought the intervention of senior corporation officials to prevent telecom companies from digging up the roads further. The companies should repair the roads and pipelines, they demanded.

                    Deputy commissioner P Gandhimadhi has assured to take immediate action.


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                      Residents in dark without street lights

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                      COIMBATORE, SEPTEMBER 04, 2018 00:00 IST
                      UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 04, 2018 03:46 IST

                      Absence of street light on various stretches of Sangaralinganar Road-Tagore Road makes driving difficult as the TWAD Board has dug the road to lay water pipeline.S. SIVA SARAVANANS_SIVA SARAVANAN

                      Power line snapped on Sangaralinganar Road-Tagore Road due to pipeline laying work

                      If it were to be a riding game that tests driving skills on computer or mobile phone, driving during the day on Sangaralinganar Road-Tagore Road will be difficulty level one.

                      Riding during rain would be level two and riding during night would be the ultimate difficulty stage.

                      For, the important link road that connects Mettupalayam Road to Sathyamangalam Road through Kavundampalayam to Ramakrishnapuram is fully damaged, has many trenches, mounds of earth and street lights that do not glow.

                      The road damage is due to the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board laying the main water pipeline from the water tank on Sathyamangalam Road to Kavundampalayam Road.

                      Residents, who spoke to The Hindu, say that they understand the damage to the road due to pipeline laying work but not the damaged street lights, especially at a time when the road condition is at its worst.

                      N. Selvaraj of Nehru Avenue says that the absence of street lights and caution boards with reflective stickers makes every two-wheeler rider vulnerable to accidents. And, if they were to fall into the trenches, the consequences could be fatal.

                      P. Murugesan, a resident of Elango Nagar, says he has raised in person with the Coimbatore Corporation Commissioner the road condition and the urgent need for remedial action but the civic body has done little. He has been giving petitions since November 2017.

                      He says that women are the vulnerable lot as they find it difficult to negotiate the thin strips of piled up earth and invariably meet with accidents.

                      K. Kandasamy of Nallampalayam says that he too has represented the problem to the Corporation officials and urged the street light maintenance contractor to replace faulty bulbs but his pleas have not had the desired response.

                      M. Krishnasamy, a former Councillor of the area, says that the Corporation should at least ensure glowing street lights to mitigate road users trouble as thousands of two-wheeler riders use the road – it serves workers from the factories in the area, school and college students, parents to drive to fetch their wards and employees with offices on either side of the road.

                      Corporation officials say that around 40 street lights are not glowing as the power line got snapped during the laying of the pipeline.

                      Now that the pipeline work is almost complete, the Corporation will soon replace the lights to ensure road users' safety.

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