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    Illegal tree felling, shifting of wooden logs stopped in Ooty reserve forest

    TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 00:51 IST

    Udhagamandalam: A day after TOI reported about felling of at least 25 eucalyptus trees worth over Rs 20 lakh allegedly with the connivance of forest department officials in the district, the cutting down of trees and shifting of wooden logs were stopped at Forest Gate, Arambi and Butfire reserve forest areas on Saturday.

    Speaking to TOI here on Sunday, chief conservator of forests Deepak Srivastava said a clear-cut instruction had been given to the district forest officer, Nilgiris division, to not cut trees on a blanket order in reserved areas.

    “Given the gravity of the situation, I will inspect the forest areas on Monday and the Nilgiris DFO is solely accountable for every inch of the wooden log cut,” he added

    In a rejoinder to the TOI report, district forest officer Suresh Soman on Saturday said the forest range officer had cut the trees based on an order no. 5527/2018/L issued by him to cut 30 trees in the above said localities as the trees posed danger to people there. But it was noticed that at least 30 trees on the roadside in the Forest Gate area were cut from the base while around 30 trees were cut randomly in Butfire area. In Arambi forest area, at least 10-15 trees were cut randomly.

    “The DFO had been instructed to chop off only the branches of trees posing danger so that the intensity of the wind on the trees would be reduced. Now, having issued a blanket order to cut trees, Soman must justify his act,” said Srivastava.

    According to Srivastava, all the cut wood logs will go to TANTEA as per an internal agreement between the forest department and TANTEA.





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      Groundwater depletion worries farmers

      TNN | Sep 10, 2018, 00:48 IST

      Farmers from several areas in the district, who depend on borewells to irrigate their crop, say they are worried as the groundwater had not recharged well. The reason they say: no proper check dams.

      Vazhukkuparai Balu, 73, a farmer from Madukkarai, said as several check dams in Perur, Kinathukkadavu and Madukkarai have not been maintained properly, the groundwater has not been recharged.

      “One check dam in Sundakkamuthur has no bore recharge pit. We have been asking for a bore recharge pit in the check dam. Also, there are leakages in other check dams in the area,” he said. Balu said as the groundwater has not been recharged, they had to dig up to 1,000ft to 1,500ft to get water.

      Farmers from Kurumbapalayam village in Madukkarai taluk have witnessed deterioration of not one but three check dams in their region. In the rain last September, the wall of the check dam on the Periyapallam stream, which comes from Arivoli Nagar to Kurumbapalayam and then goes to Kerala trough Velandavalam, broke. This led to the breaking of the walls of three successive check dams on the stream, which were constructed around 1970. The check dams in Kurumbapalayam North, Kurumbapalayam South and Palathurai have broken, villagers said.

      Farmers from the village said the dams had helped them store water and recharge the groundwater level. “But now all water goes to Kerala,” R Selvaraj, 58, a farmer, said. Since the dams broke last year, farmers said, they had given several representations to officials and politicians. “But only last month PWD officials came and surveyed the damages,” Selvaraj said. He said he has planted bananas and was worried about the harvest.

      Similarly, in Idikarai, a check dam on Kousika River is in a state of neglect with silt piled up and overgrowth covering the area, said farmers from the area. T Parthasarathy, a farmer from Idikarai, said the check dam has been lying in neglect for nearly 10 years now.

      PWD officials said they have sent a fund proposal for around Rs 4crore to repair six check dams in Kumittipathi and Kurumbapalayam. An official said they would work on restoring and maintaining other check dams which are in a bad shape when it is represented to them.





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        3-day property expo to begin on Friday

        TNN | Updated: Sep 12, 2018, 09:49 IST

        COIMBATORE: The 10th edition of Fairpro, a property fair organised by the city chapter of Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association (CREDAI), would be held at the Codissia Trade Fair Complex from Friday to Sunday (September 14-16).

        The property expo is expected to showcase more than 100 projects by builders from across the country. As many as 25 builders would participate in the fair, displaying projects that are suitable for all classes of people.

        According to the organizers, projects ranging from Rs 7.8 lakh to a maximum of Rs 5 crore would be showcased at the expo. Besides property developers, banks and financial institutions that offer home loans would also participate in the fair.

        Builders said the real estate market has started booming and hoped that the property fair would help revive the market in the district.

        City chapter CREDAI president Surender Vittel said he expected a sale of Rs 100 crore during the expo this year, compared to Rs 70 crore business materialised in the last year’s expo.








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          Pipelines leak as Saibaba Colony reels under water crisis

          tnn | Sep 15, 2018, 00:35 IST

          Coimbatore: While the public residing in and around Saibaba Colony have been struggling without water supply for more than 15 days, gallons of water is flowing down the roads due to multiple leakages in the pipelines.

          “We had been waiting to get drinking water for almost two weeks. When the city corporation released the water, the amount of water that flowed on the roads is considerably more than the water flowed through the taps,” said R Sruthi, a resident of Saibaba Colony.

          Almost all the roads in and around the region including Chinasamy Street, KG Layout, Ganapathy Layout, Chindamani Nagar, Ramalingam Nagar, NSR Road and Church Road were cut at frequent intervals by private telecom companies during which the water and sewer lines were damaged at multiple places.

          At present, the civic body officials have been repairing major pipeline damages at seven places and water is leaking at more than 80 places in the region, said the residents, adding that despite several complaints, no action has been taken by the corporation officials.

          A household could not fill more than three to four buckets during a supply and the stored water does not last more than a couple days, she said, adding that they would not be able to use the water for drinking purpose as it is contaminated with sewage water and it stinks.

          While the residents said that they had been purchasing water for drinking purpose, the real problem lies in using water for domestic purpose as they could not afford to purchase so much water.

          “We have been using the contaminated water for domestic purpose including bathing and we do not have another option,” said R Akila, another resident, explaining that the region has been facing water scarcity even when all the reservoirs are brimming, and the situation is worse than what they had endured during the drought seasons a year ago.

          Of 28 borewells managed by the civic body, 12 are not functioning and the corporation is least bothered to repair them, said R Gayathri, former councillor, adding that whenever a complaint is raised, lack of fund is cited as the reason for not addressing the issues. There is no co-ordination between the civic body officials, she added.

          “If the civic body continues to ignore the issue, the residents would be picketing the corporation office and go on fast until the issues are solved,” she added.

          Acknowledging that there are multiple leakages in the region, civic body officials said that they are working to fix the pipeline damages at the earliest and water would be supplied to the residents within a day.








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            Corpn to revise three ‘Smart City’ projects

            tnn | Sep 15, 2018, 00:30 IST

            Coimbatore: Following the directions of the high-power standing committee which gives final nod to implement ‘Smart City’ projects, the Coimbatore Corporation will revise three of its submitted projects for the second time.

            During the high-power committee meeting which held on Wednesday, the corporation has submitted three projects – phase one of lake rejuvenation and restoration project and two model road projects at Race Course Road and TV Samy Road.

            After reviewing the projects, the committee has directed the civic body to revise the cost estimations for all the projects. As per the direction, the corporation will hold discussions with the designers to reduce the cost estimation, said a senior official from the civic body.

            For the projects, the officials had estimated 70% of the cost under government fixed schedule of rates (SOR) price and 30% of the cost as per the market value.

            Since the market value is higher than the SOR price, the committee has directed to revise the budget, the official said.

            The committee wants to bring 90% of the cost under SOR and depending upon the products that are chosen as per market value, the cost would reduce, the official said. Upon changing as per the direction, the cost would come down drastically along with the quality of the project.

            “The corporation does not want to compromise on the quality of the projects and it would have to find a way to cut the estimated cost without diluting the standards,” the official added.

            The civic body has already reduced the cost of phase one of lake rejuvenation project from Rs 357 crore to Rs 206 crore without removing any of the proposed components.

            Under the lake rejuvenation project, the civic body is to adapt a unique water treatment method, decentralized natural waste water treatment system (DEWATS), to treat the water before letting it into the tanks, apart from establishing eateries and recreation activities.

            After DB Road, the corporation has proposed to implement model road projects at Race Course Road and TV Samy Road to convert them into pedestrian-friendly, to increase vegetation and to implement rainwater harvesting system.








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              ‘Form exclusive committee to tackle illegal sand mining’

              tnn | Sep 18, 2018, 00:59 IST


              Coimbatore: Farmers allege that illegal sand mining continues unabated in water bodies across the city despite the state government allowed sand quarrying on a strictly monitored basis. They have called for an exclusive watchdog committee to be set up by the government to tackle the menace.

              Illegal mining of gravel, sand and clay is rampant in river, stream and tank beds across agricultural areas like Thadagam, Periyanaickenpalayam, Sulur, Kinathukidavu and Sirumugai, farmers said.

              “One can see lorries transporting mud, clay and gravel from these locations day and night. Because of this, many water bodies in the district are unable to hold rainwater for long time. Only if there is adequate depth and sand in water bodies, they can absorb water to recharge groundwater levels,” president of the Tamil Nadu Farmers Association (CITU) S Palanisamy said. “The agricultural community is nervous that Coimbatore may soon turn into a rocky district due to this. If that happens, agriculture will die too.”

              Six months ago, the Madras high court had ordered the Tamil Nadu government to close all sand quarries in the state to maintain ecological balance. However, the state government got a stay order against it from the Supreme Court. “Due to illegal mining, water bodies including the Kowsika river failed to get filled up naturally, which in turn affects hundreds of acres of farming land in the vicinity,” said Palanisamy. “Sand had been mined so deep in that once perennial river,” he said.

              Farmers say the revenue, mines and agriculture departments must work together to prevent illegal mining. “Even if officials act on complaints, illegal miners continue their activities with the support of politicians. These departments should create a committee to keep vigil over mining prone villages and prevent sand theft,” said Palanisamy.






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                24/7 water project to begin at RS Puram on pilot basis

                Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Sep 23, 2018, 00:24 IST


                Coimbatore: Amid growing fears and protests, the civic body has decided to implement the 24/7 drinking water supply project at RS Puram on a pilot basis.

                “The work is expected to start at RS Puram within a month. It will be completed within the completion of its year-long study period,” a senior corporation official said.

                The contract has been given to Suez Projects Private Limited for 26 years—one year study period, four years of implementation period and 21 years of maintenance period. “The company has submitted the capital investment plan for RS Puram and is waiting for approval from the corporation commissioner. It has completed all the surveys—consumer survey, topography survey, GIS survey and network survey—in RS Puram,” the official told TOI.

                “There are 6,600 water connections in the area. They will be categorized into pockets, which will further be categorized into two district metered areas (DMA). Water flowing through DMAs will be metered and flow will be periodically analyzed.”

                The company plans to take up the work on DB Road, which is covered under the model road project, after the road work is complete. “It won’t be necessary to dig up the road for replacing pipelines as provision has been made for utilities. Once the pilot project is complete, the company will get a fair idea of what it would be like working in the rest of the city. The pilot project is a part of its study and based on the implementation in this region, the company could scale up the capital investment plan for all the 72 wards in the city,” the official said. The project, which was the last to be sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURN), would be implemented in 72 wards in the corporation limit at a cost of Rs 2,961crore.

                The project has invited criticism from the opposition parties and has instilled fear among public, as confusions continue to prevail over tariff fixation.





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                  City’s fingerprint bureau getting digitised

                  Coimbatore: The fingerprint bureau in the city is in the process of digitising about 1,000 fingerprints of criminals using a software developed by the Tamil Nadu Fingerprint Bureau. It has already converted fingerprints of 3,500 people into digital format. The database will help police expedite crime investigation.

                  A former woman inspector, a fingerprint expert, who was reappointed by the state government for the city police last year, is in charge of the bureau’s operation. Two constables, who had undergone training at the bureau, are deployed at crime scenes to collect the prints.

                  “We are using a software called Facts (Fingerprint Analysis Criminal and Tracking System), an advanced automated fingerprint identification system. The software is used to digitise the prints collected from various suspects and accused. We have so far digitised more than 3,500 fingerprints from Coimbatore city. The rural police are scanning about 1,000 prints. The scanned prints are uploaded in Facts,” a senior police officer told TOI.

                  “The fingerprint bureau was maintaining the fingerprint details based on the accused’s modus operandi. Now, a criminal might involve in chain snatching, robbery, burglary and murder. So, we cannot maintain separate fingerprint details. Manual verification of fingerprint is very difficult. Though we can match the prints, we cannot provide the details in the court as we are not experts in the field. The Tamil Nadu Uniformed Services Recruitment Board (TNUSRB) has called for the post of fingerprint sub-inspectors and is planning to recruit more than 200 fingerprint experts,” the officer said.

                  The bureau has uploaded the prints collected from suspects and accused since 2013. It is in the process of digitising older prints.

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                    New solar plant at Ukkadam to save city corpn Rs 3.2cr/year

                    Coimbatore: In addition to the two solar plants that are being installed under the smart city mission, the city corporation plans to start installation work for a third plant at Ukkadam within a couple of months.

                    The Rs 17crore, 3.6MW plant, will be set up on the 15 acres of land adjacent to the sewage treatment plant (STP) at Ukkadam. It will have 11,286 solar panels, each with a capacity of 320W. “The tender for the plant will be floated in October. Work order will be issued after the contractor is finalized. We hope that the work will commence by November,” a senior corporation official told TOI.

                    The civic body had obtained approval from the high power standing committee to install the third plant about a month ago.

                    The two other plants, with a capacity of 1MW each, are being constructed at Ukkadam and Kaundampalayam at a total cost of Rs 11crore. While the latter is expected to be completed within a few months, the Ukkadam plant, construction of which was completed two months ago, is awaiting the noobjection certificate from the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco).

                    “The Ukkadam plant will be inaugurated as soon as we get the the NOC. It will help the civic body to slash the electricity bill,” the official said. “Power generated at the plants will be transferred to the Tangedco sub-station at Ukkadam and will be used to offset the electricity bill. We had been paying over Rs 20crore per annum to Tangedco as electricity charge for the two STPs at Ukkadam and Ondipudur, and the water treatment and pumping stations at Velliangadu and Pillur. The 3.6MW plant alone could save about Rs 3.2crore per annum. All the three power plants could save over Rs 5crore per annum,” the official added.

                    The civic body has decided to utilize the power generated at both the 1MW plants to offset the electricity charge being paid for operating the water pumping station at Velliangadu.

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                      Teeming with insects, Singanallur lake area gives glimpse into rich biodiversity

                      Coimbatore: Scientists, who spotted flourishing insect population during the exploratory survey around Singanallur lake, expressed hope about the rich biodiversity in the area.

                      The Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) along with the Centre for Biodiversity Conservation and Education (CUBE) have been working on the year-long insect survey around the lake.

                      Until now, only butterflies and dragonflies were under study. This is the first time a specific survey to study all kind of insects was carried out, said D Vasanthakumar, a researcher, who volunteers with CUBE. During the study conducted in 2016 in the area, 720 species were identified. “We have data on the number of dragonflies and butterflies, but lacked data on other varieties of insects as no such study was carried out. The number of butterfly species has increased from 70 to 92 after the 2016 survey,” he told TOI.

                      Explaining that there are more than 300 varieties of insects and only an expert could study about a particular species, Vasanthakumar said they have found experts for a few insect varieties, including grasshoppers, spiders and ground beetles.

                      Talking about the importance of insect survey, the researcher said that flourishing insects are a healthy sign of biodiversity as life on earth is interdependent. “Upon studying the insects, urban biodiversity could be easily understood and the changes in biodiversity could be predicted.”

                      Using light trap method and visual encounters, the scientists have so far spotted over 100 species. “Since a large number of species were identified on the first weekend itself, we are hopeful that the number will increase in the following days,” he said, adding that the scientists will be working on every weekends at the lake.

                      “A few months into the study, we will be able to identify at least a few rare species. Only after decades of study, a species could be termed endangered as a lot of insects revisit the places only after decades,” Vasanthakumar added.

                      The scientists will be studying about the insects only at Singanllur lake as it is the only urban lake that is rich in biodiversity due to the presence of natural vegetation and lack of infrastructural activity.

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