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    3.2 tonnes of discarded PET bottles blocking channel in Ooty removed

    tnn | Oct 17, 2018, 00:33 IST

    Udhagamandalam: In just a week’s time, Ooty had generated about 3.2 tonnes of waste pet bottles because of the mindless act of tourists.

    The pet bottles were collected from the Kodappamund channel which is running through the heart of the town. The channel is meant for channelling stream water from the Kodappamund area all the way to Ooty Lake. The channel was cleaned and silted a week ago in the wake of red alert issued by the IMD. But to the surprise of the district administration, the channel was found overflowing at two or three points. On an inspection on Monday, it was found that the channel was blocked with loads of pet bottles. The recent rain had brought all the litter into the channel.

    In the wake of generation of shockingly enormous quantity of pet bottles and keeping in mind the ecology of the hill district, the Nilgiris district administration has proposed to have a check point for plastic bottles at Kallar Junction and other seven check posts in the district.

    “It is very shocking to notice the Kodappamund channel being accumulated with huge quantity of waste pet bottles. It is because of littering on the roadsides mainly by tourists. The recent rain had washed away the bottles littered into the channel,” Nilgiris collector J Innocent Divya told TOI.

    “In a positive note, a message of responsible tourism will be delivered by checking the tourists’ vehicles at Kallar Junction and other seven check-posts which are the portals to the Nilgiris. Hence, we have proposed a plan of deputing eight teams involving police and revenue officials at eight check-posts. Tourists have to leave the plastic pet bottles and other plastic items at the check-posts,” Divya said.

    Five water ATMs will be installed in association with BPCL in the town to minimize pet bottle wastage. “Littering of any plastic, including pet bottles, in Ooty will attract fine,” she said.

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      Ondipudur residents complain about overflowing garbage bins

      TNN | Oct 23, 2018, 00:14 IST

      Coimbatore: A group of residents from Harihar Royal Apartments between Singanallur and Ondipudur on Monday sought the collector’s intervention to clear the area of garbage.

      Garbage bins placed along the road are overflowing as they have not been cleared in months, members of the Harihar Royal Residents Welfare Association said in a petition. “As a result, mosquitoes and houseflies are making our life difficult. Large mounds of garbage are piling on street corners for the past three months because the corporation workers clean the locality rarely. Moreover, rainwater is stagnating along the roads in the area, making the place unhygienic,” the petition said.

      Even though they complained to the city corporation several times, the officials took no action to rectify the situation, the complaint said. “We even informed the Singanallur MLA and our ward councillor about the issue, but to no avail. We request the collector to direct the health department to take action and ensure that no disease outbreak happens,” the petition added.

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        Villagers seek land away from dam site

        TNN | Oct 23, 2018, 00:16 IST

        Tirupur: Villagers from Ponnivadi panchayat near Dharapuram on Monday petitioned the district administration seeking land at a safe place as they fear water from Nallathangal check dam will submerge the colony.

        More than 400 people are staying in Adi Dravidar Colony in Koneripatti in Ponnivadi panchayat, said K Ganesan, a petitioner. “Most of us are working as agricultural labourers. We have obtained government identity cards, electricity connection and drinking water pipeline connections at our houses. But whenever a check dam on Nallathangal stream brims with water, our houses get waterlogged. It happened three years ago. We were evacuated and allowed to stay in neighbouring villages. Many elderly people and children suffered at that time.”

        “The check dam is brimming with water now. So, the district administration should provide us land to reside permanently. We are ready to vacate our houses and shift to the new place,” Ganesan added.

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          Ring Road project: Notifications issued to landowners in 7 villages

          TNN | Oct 24, 2018, 00:13 IST

          Coimbatore: The revenue department has issued notifications to landowners in seven villages under section 15 (2) of the Tamil Nadu Highways Act to acquire lands for the Western Ring Road project.

          The department will issue notification to landowners in nine more villages to acquire 355.5 acres soon. The state government has sanctioned Rs 320crore to acquire land from 16 villages to lay the 32.43km four-lane road.

          District administration officials conducted a meeting with the landowners of Vadavalli on Tuesday evening. “People from seven villages participated in the meeting. We will fix the rate for the land to be acquired from them and issue the notification to the rest of the nine villages - Kuniyamuthur, Madukkarai, Perur, Narasimmanaickenpalayam, Gudalur, Pannimadai, Kalikkanaickenpalayam, Kavundampalayam and Somayampalayam,” a senior official said.

          The state government has allotted Rs 825crore for the project that would facilitate vehicles from southwest of Coimbatore to reach the northern part without entering the city. The road will start from Sugunapuram near Kuniyamuthur on the Coimbatore –Palakkad Road and will reach Narasimmanaickenpalayam.

          After the road becomes operational, the city will face less traffic chaos, a revenue department official said.

          The district administration had formed two teams consisting of two special tahsildars and land surveyors for the project in July 2018. The teams started land survey immediately. Notifications were issued to the owners of West Chithiraichavadi, Madampatti, Theethipalayam, Nanjundapuram, Perur Chettipalayam and Sundakkamuthur and Vadavalli for land acquisition.

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            Coimbatore airport-Uppilipalayam flyover construction will begin soon, CM says

            Pratiksha Ramkumar

            Construction of a flyover between the Coimbatore International Airport and Uppilipalayam will begin soon, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Saturday.
            | TNN | Oct 27, 2018, 14:50 IST

            Edappadi K Palaniswami

            COIMBATORE: Construction of a flyover between the Coimbatore International Airport and Uppilipalayam will begin soon, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami said on Saturday.

            Palaniswami said funds had been allotted to create an outer ring road in the district.

            Speaking at the launch of Uyir Foundation, an NGO formed to make Coimbatore’s roads accident free, the chief minister said the Tamil Nadu government was taking many efforts to reduce traffic congestion on the roads.

            “We understand the need for the new flyover between airport and Uppilipalayam. The detailed project report for the same is being prepared. Once it is done, we will start work immediately,” said Palaniswami.

            He agreed to look into the foundation’s request to widen arterial roads and create alternatives roads to the main roads.

            The chief minister said the Centre had begun work on converting 19 main roads in the state into highways. Some of these roads are in Coimbatore district.

            “The Centre has agreed to convert 19 of the 40 roads proposed. Work on 12 roads has begun. Work on the remaining seven roads will begin soon,” he said.

            The chief minister pledged his support to the foundation and agreed to look into its suggestions and implement them to make Coimbatore accident-free.

            This is the first time that the police commissioner, collector and transport commissioner have agreed to become ex officio members of an NGO.

            Uyir Foundation submitted a memorandum of proposals to reduce traffic woes in the city, which will make commuters and drivers less impatient and thus less prone to get into accidents.

            “There are a few missing link roads in the city. Link roads can be alternates to the congested main roads,” said the NGO’s founder, Dr S Rajasekaran.

            “A few examples include a road connecting Trichy Road with Nanjundapuram Road through Nanjappa Nagar, a road connecting Perur Main Road with Chokkampudur-Ponnaiyarajapuram Scheme Road and a road connecting Avinashi Road and Anna Nagar extension,” he said.


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              Say bye to plastic, eco-friendly products are here

              tnn | Oct 28, 2018, 00:01 IST

              Coimbatore: From biodegradable carry bags made of vegetable starch to pencils made of paper waste to green gifts like small indoor plants, the second edition of Manjappai, a fair to promote eco-friendly products and alternatives for plastic, has something for everyone. The two-day fair was inaugurated at the Corporation Kalaiarangam at R S Puram in the city on Saturday.

              Organized by the city corporation in association with Residents Awareness Association of Coimbatore, the event seeks to eliminate the use of plastic and find alternatives, besides bringing about a behavioural change in people, said Kavitha Karthik, a Swachh Bharat ambassador with the civic body. “Rather than just talking about alternatives for plastic, we have to bring about a behavioural change in people that would make them consciously give up the use of plastic from their lifestyles.”

              The fair, she said, has three objectives - providing alternatives for plastic, alternative job opportunities for small industries dealing with plastics and (providing) options to manage plastic waste.

              “While the state has announced the plans to ban single use plastics from January 2019, many small industrialists, who make them, have raised concerns about their future. So, we have found alternative job options for them, such as manufacturing and dealing in degradable bags and cloth bags,” said Kavitha, who is also an organizer of Pasumai Angadi, an initiative of the city corporation. “We have brought in entrepreneurs, who reuse plastics for making paver blocks, to manage the existing plastic waste after the ban comes into effect.”

              Several novel products displayed at the fair have, meanwhile, caught the public’s attention. The products of Plantcil, a one-and-a-half-year-old firm which deals in paper and pencils made of recycled paper, were one among them. The firm uses demonetized notes and dry flowers from temples to produce textured recycled paper, visiting cards and greeting cards. Its representative Ilamurugan Raja said some of their pencils come with plant seeds attached to their end. “If people plant it, instead of throwing it away, the seeds will sprout.”

              Biodegradable carry bags made of starch from tapioca and vegetable waste were also popular at the fair. Sampath Kumar, a representative of Ecofora, distributor of the eco-friendly biodegradable carry bags Regeno, said the bags would dissolve when immersed in hot water. The bags could carry any commodity, not just waste, he said. “Though the bags are a bit costlier than polythene bags, they are much cheaper than cotton bags.” He said food and clothing outlets were now coming forward to use biodegradable carry bags.

              So Aware, an eco-friendly forum which had caught the city folk’s attention with their green Ganesha initiative during Ganesh Chaturthi, has come up with a green gifts initiative for this Diwali. Its representative Swarajit Alakananda said the gifts consisted of small potted indoor plants. “The plants act as air purifiers and they also provide oxygen.” He said they have also roped in potters to make small earthen pots for the plants.

              Other attractions at the fair include cloth bags, vettiver products, earthenware and wooden toys.

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                Three blocks of land for airport expansion to be acquired by November-end

                Pratiksha Ramkumar | TNN | Updated: Oct 31, 2018, 11:28 IST

                A government official said they were considering files of three blocks at a time for clearance.

                COIMBATORE: The state government has begun to process and clear a few blocks of land, which were earmarked for acquisition, for the expansion of the city airport. District administration officials said all the procedures to acquire one of the 24 blocks were completed. Two more blocks are likely to be cleared within the next two weeks. They said the government was processing the land acquisition in blocks of three.

                Though the price was fixed in May with the consent of almost 90% land owners, land registration is yet to be done and owners are yet to be paid the amount promised to them. However, the department incharge of land acquisition said the process was actively under way.

                “All the clearances to acquire block 7 (Uppilipalayam) is in place. Files pertaining to blocks 1 and 19 have been half cleared. Funds for all the three blocks should arrive by and then we will go ahead with the land registration,” an official, who didn’t want to be named, said.

                A government official, meanwhile, said they were considering files of three blocks at a time. The state government has earmarked 24 blocks of land (around 450 acres) for acquisition. “Recently, chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami had asked the district administration to speed up the land acquisition process. Once the first set of blocks get cleared, the remaining 21 blocks will be processed faster.” Land owners, who have agreed to the price fixed by the government, said they were pinning hope on the official statements. “We regularly meet the district revenue officer, requesting him to speed up the land acquisition process, so that we could buy alternate plots of land. Hope it does not keep delaying until prices of nearby land shoot up,” said a land owner, requesting anonymity.

                Land holders, who have leased out their property, are the most anxious lot because they have reportedly not received lease/rent amount for the past six years. “Only after clearing these arrears they could register the land. Funds for clearing these arrears too will be released only as part of land acquisition. It is critical that they don’t delay it any longer, so that the people, who have already bought land on bank loans hoping to repay it with the government payout, can do so without delay,” said S Jagannathan, a land owner in Singanallur.


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                  Tirupur corpn releases short films on garbage segregation, plastic ban

                  TNN | Nov 2, 2018, 00:38 IST
                  Tirupur: The city corporation on Wednesday released two short films explaining about the importance of garbage segregation at source and to create awareness on plastic ban.
                  The corporation is planning to upload the short films, released by corporation commissioner K Sivakumar, on social media and play them in cinema theatres during intervals.

                  City health officer K Boopathy said, “We roped in a private agency to make the short films, ‘Maruvi’ and ‘Namathu kuppai namathu poruppu’. A few Tamil serial actors and others were casted. The films are made in an attractive manner to explain the importance of managing garbage in an eco-friendly way.”

                  “Sometimes, verbal instructions or advertisements in certain media were not so effective as awareness created on social media. These films were made to exploit the medium to our advantage. The short films were made to insist on choosing alternative eco-friendly carry bags instead of harmful plastic bags, and segregating degradable and non-degradable wastes in each house,” he said.

                  “We named one of the films as ‘Maruvi’, which means evolution, to explain how garbage could evolve into compost,” he added.


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                    Coimbatore sees rush for plot approvals ahead of November 3 deadline

                    Plot owners, developers and real estate brokers were seen in large numbers at computer centres and liaison offices to at least upload their applications online.TNN | November 02, 2018, 15:00 IST
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                    COIMBATORE: Heavy rush is on to get all the unapproved plots regularized as the deadline fixed for the same is hardly two days away.

                    Plot owners, developers and real estate brokers were seen in large numbers at computer centres and liaison offices to at least upload their applications online. Officials with the office of local planning authority (LPA) said they had received around 5,000 applications in the past month alone.

                    The state government had revised the deadline to November 3 from the earlier May 3 for all unapproved layouts to get approved by the local planning authorities (if the plot size is below 5 acres), or the directorate of town and country planning (if the plot size is more than 5 acres).

                    There are around 17.23 lakh unapproved plots across the state and of this around 20% plots are in Coimbatore. Only less than a third of these plots had applied for registration as on Wednesday. “Out of the 3.4 lakh plots, we have received applications from 1,01,690 single plots and around 1,547 layouts,” said C Mathivanan, LPA member secretary in the district. “Of this, we have approved 450 layouts and 35,000 single plots.”

                    Officials expect close to a thousand to at least enter the approval system by Friday 5pm. “We have a staff member at the front desk to collect applications and regularization fee of Rs 500 and give them a receipt. We also have a person in place in our office to help them with uploading the layout sketch online,” Mathivanan said.

                    The remaining plots would, however, continue to remain unapproved. Real estate service providers blame this on the cost of approval, corruption in the system and cumbersome process. A section of players, meanwhile, expect the government to extend the deadline.

                    “Many land owners are hesitant to even apply for approval because of the cost involved - Rs 55 per sqft. Most single plot owners are finding it difficult to mobilize the money,” said Adhithya Muthusamy, executive director of Lands and Lands Ventures India, which handled around 15,000 applications in the district.

                    “In addition to Rs 55 per sqft, layout owners have to pay Rs 500 per plot to apply for regularisation. Owners who have 200-300 plots, including sold ones, have to cough up lakhs,” said C R Shivakumar of Dhanvi Ventures India, which handled around 4,000 applications. “There is also a confusion. The high court has said Rs 55 per sqft is high, but a new amount is yet to be fixed. People, who pay now, are afraid that their money will go down the drain.”

                    He said the entire process was complicated. First, one has to file an online application with the local planning authority or directorate of town and country planning and upload a drawing, get them to inspect it, take an acknowledgement receipt to the local body, submit a whole list of documents and then get the approval. “Many officers sit on the files and don’t act, because they have no guideline on how long they can keep a file. They move it only if we bribe them,” said a liaison officer.


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                      Bring all residential areas under CCTV surveillance: Police

                      tnn | Nov 3, 2018, 00:39 IST
                      Coimbatore: The rural police on Friday urged the public to install CCTV cameras on their residential premises as it would help them crack cases without much delay. They said out of the 1,588 residential areas in the district, only 394 have CCTV camera facility. While 41 residential areas have agreed to fix CCTV cameras on their premises within a month, the remaining 1,194 were urged to follow suit at the earliest.

                      “We are trying to connect CCTV cameras to the modern control room to monitor movements from one place. We also have plans to install more CCTV cameras in Mettupalayam, Vadavalli, Pollachi, Thudiyalur, Sulur and a few other areas. This will help us crack cases without much delay,” district superintendent of police R Pandiarajan said.

                      As per the data available with district crime records bureau, there are 452 banks in rural part of the district and 433 of them have installed CCTV cameras. The remaining 19 have agreed to install CCTV cameras soon.

                      The data also revealed that 94 of the 105 private finance institutions, 213 of the 230 jewellery shops, 9 of the 15 bus stands, 182 of the 187 petrol bunks, and 133 of the 156 hotels and lodges in the district were also under the surveillance of CCTV cameras.

                      Police also requested banks, petrol bunk owners, respective municipalities and town panchayat to fix CCTV cameras in their buildings.


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