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    After greening own campus, BU expanding tree-planting drive to 100 affiliated colleges

    Nov 4, 2018, 00:12 IST

    Coimbatore: Bharathiar University is on a mission to increase green cover at 100 affiliated colleges in Coimbatore, Tirupur, Erode and the Nilgiris.

    The university, through its National Service Scheme (NSS) scheme, has sourced 10,000 saplings and is in the process of shipping them to the colleges.

    University officials said that last year they had planted 10,000 saplings on the university campus. “We decided to expand the drive to the affiliated institutions this year. The planting drive will be conducted on the onset of the monsoon season,” BU’s NSS co-ordinator R Baskar said.

    NSS volunteers of the university had planted 10,000 saplings on the 12-acre around the vice-chancellor’s bungalow last year. “Of them, 9,300 have survived,” Baskar told TOI.

    The cost of the saplings, digging and drip irrigation were sponsored by Rotary Club of Coimbatore Icons.

    This year, as there was not much space on the university campus – with quite a few new blocks coming up – BU authorities decided to provide saplings to the 100 affiliated colleges in the four districts. “We have got the requirement from the colleges and will ship the saplings to the campuses,” Baskar said. The unit have sourced about 13 varieties including neem, pungam and fruit-bearing trees such as jamun and guava. About 80 saplings have been planted on the university campus near the Physical Education and Tamil departments, said Baskar.

    The NSS wing is in the process of transporting the saplings to the colleges, where NSS programme officers will involve students to plant the saplings.

    BU’s NSS wing is also planning to monitor the maintenance of the saplings in the colleges and give prizes to those, which have maintained them well, Baskar added.

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      DMK leader arrested for forging property documents walks free

      tnn | Nov 4, 2018, 00:24 IST
      Coimbatore: The district crime branch police arrested a DMK functionary on Saturday on charges of forging the signature of Periyanaickenpalayam block development officer and selling 10 unapproved sites to general public. However, the judicial magistrate court refused to remand him in judicial custody as there was no prima facie case against him. The DMK functionary was let off with a direction to appear before the court as and when summoned.

      The arrested was identified as S Senapathi, 44, of Vadavalli, the DMK union secretary of Thondamuthur.

      On Friday, M Navamani, 55, block development officer of Periyanaickenpalayam, approached the district crime branch police with a petition, the subject head of which read ‘compliant against Senapathi’. The compliant, however, said one person had taken possession of one-acre land in an unapproved site at Somayampalayam village panchayat by forging block development officer’s signature and documents of directorate of town and country planning.

      Pointing out that the person had sold the property to various people after dividing it into 10 plots, the block development officer sought stringent action against the accused.

      Police registered a case against Senathipathi under Sections 420, 464, 466, 468 and 471 of the Indian Penal Code and arrested him on Saturday. When he was produced before the judicial magistrate court-VIII, his lawyer K Myilvaganan said the complainant hadn’t mentioned Senathipathi’s name in the compliant and police had failed to produce the forged documents before the court. He said there was no prima facie case and requested the court to release Senathipathi.

      Judicial magistrate Balamurugan agreed that there was no prima facie case against Senathipathi and released him with a direction to appear before the court whenever summoned.

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        Air pollution goes up on festival day

        Nivedha Selvam | tnn | Nov 8, 2018, 00:50 IST

        Coimbatore: The Supreme Court’s direction restricting the usage of fire crackers has helped a little to reduce air pollution in the city.

        The overall air pollution level in the city has in fact gone up than the previous year on Diwali day, although only marginally.

        On Tuesday, the city has recorded air pollution level of 60.46 parts per million (PPM), as per data from the website of ‘Smart Cities’ mission. The recorded pollution level was 60.19 PPM last year. The pollution level has gone up in 13 places this year.

        Under the ‘Smart City’ mission project, the city corporation has placed sensors at 30 places, including Saibaba Colony, RS Puram, Race Course, Town Hall, Ukkadam and Singanallur, to study the level of pollutants in the air on daily basis.

        On a normal day, the level of pollutants in the air is recorded to be between 40 and 50 PPM on an average, as per the data obtained.

        While Sundarapuram has recorded the highest level of air pollution followed by Town Hall near CCMC Colony and Sungam, Puliyakulam followed by Ondipudur and Selvapuram has recorded the lowest level of air pollution on Tuesday.

        Stating that the Supreme Court’s direction has come only a few days ahead of Diwali, city-based activists said that the direction would take long time to yield its fruit.

        “At least half of the citizens did not follow the stipulated time and the government does not have enough manpower to ensure that the timings were followed in every nook and corner of the district,” said Mac Mohan, an environmentalist.

        The government can impose order to control the manufacturing rate and sales rate of firecrackers, but unless they create awareness among the public, nothing would change on ground, he added.

        Also, the order has come very late and by the time, a large quantity of firecrackers was manufactured and sold, as well, he said, explaining that the public have no other go but to burst the fire crackers that they have purchased.

        Even though, it did not have much impact on the day of Diwali, it has created a huge impact on other days, said NI Jalaluddin, another environmentalist, explaining that in general, the public would burst crackers at least four to five days before and after Diwali.

        “Not many people busted crackers on other days and it has drastically come down. In that way, the order has created an impact amid the public,” he said, adding that the much better results could be expected in the following years.

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          Diwali garbage piles up on streets as sanitary workers don’t show up

          tnn | Nov 10, 2018, 01:16 IST

          Coimbatore: Hardly 50m away from the Sree Ayyappan Temple on Thiruvalla Street at Siddhapudur lay a large mound of garbage and local residents as well as devotees are left to suffer the stench emanating from it. And this is a common sight on a few streets, where corporation sanitary workers haven’t turned up even two days after Diwali.

          Corporation officials said conservancy workers were yet to return to work in full strength. Earlier, they had said almost 80% of garbage generated on Diwali day was cleared by Wednesday evening and the remaining would be cleared on Thursday. But many streets were found with large mounds of garbage even on Friday. On V K K Menon Road garbage was dumped in at least two places.

          “We are yet to see a garbage collection vehicle drive by or clearing the bins,” said Vijaya S, a resident of Thiruvalla Street. “Looks like they just cleaned the roads.”

          Many residents said sanitary workers were yet to visit their houses to collect garbage since Tuesday, forcing them to dump it in bins placed on street corners. “Not even a single sanitary worker has visited our house since Monday, when they came asking for money for Diwali,” said K Vijayan, a resident of Vadavalli. “On Sundapalayam Road you can see garbage dumped in three places. In one place, someone had set the garbage on fire.”

          Kavundampalayam and Irugur residents too said corporation workers were yet to turn up to collect garbage after the festival. “We waited for corporation workers to come and collect garbage until Thursday. When they didn’t show up, we threw the garbage into a bin on street corner,” said Rajesh Sundar, a resident of Irugur.

          Pointing out that Diwali was a big festival for conservancy workers, a corporation official said most of them go to their native towns to celebrate the festival. “The shortage in staff happens every year for a couple of days after Diwali. By Monday, we expect all these issues to be sorted out.”

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            Find your green thumb with these garden kits

            tnn | Nov 11, 2018, 00:21 IST

            Coimbatore: Here is some good news for those interested in terrace gardening and organic farming in a small scale. You can now cultivate the hobby by shelling out just Rs 322, thanks to the state government, which has decided to continue its terrace gardening promotion scheme for another year. The scheme provides easy access to gardening kits at a subsidized rate.

            The kits can be bought from the horticulture block level offices or from the main office on Lawley Road.

            This is the fourth consecutive year that the horticulture department has offered its terrace gardening scheme. The district has been allotted 5,000 kits this year. Called roof top vegetable garden kits, they include six grow bags with coir pith, 10 packets of vegetable seeds, 18 water soluble fertilizer packets, neem oil and phosphobacteria.

            The kits contain seeds of chillies, brinjal, ladies finger, beans and tomatoes. If taken care off well, a small balcony in an apartment can produce enough organically-grown vegetables to meet the domestic needs. As many as 500 kits are available at S S Kulam block alone.


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              Coimbatore civic body reimburses residents of slum clearance board units

              Before they shifted to the units, the beneficiaries were staying in tenements on city corporation lands along roads and water bodies.Nivedha Selvam | TNN | November 12, 2018, 15:00 IST

              COIMBATORE: Municipal administration minister SP Velumani on Sunday issued cheques worth a total of 44.75lakh to 148 people, who had paid the amount to book houses in the housing units of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB).

              Before they shifted to the units, the beneficiaries were staying in tenements on city corporation lands along roads and water bodies. The civic body, which was planning to speed up the lake restoration and rejuvenation projects under the smart city mission, had launched a drive to evacuate them. They were provided alternative accommodation at the units and were asked to book them by shelling out 36,000.

              Later, the corporation agreed to repay the amount from the smart city fund. “TNSCB was conducting talks to sell the units to the civic body. As the talks were on hold, the board collected the amount from those for whom the houses were allotted. After the corporation decided to pay for the beneficiaries, the board decided to return the money. So far, the corporation has paid over 12crore of the 22crore,” a TNSCB official said.

              Of the 148 people who were repaid, 100 are staying in the TNSCB unit at Malai Nagar and 48 in the Anna Nagar unit. While some of them had paid the booking amount in full, others were paying in instalments. All of them were removed from various parts of the city including Kottaimedu, Selvapuram EB Colony, Perur Main Road and PK Pudhur Main Road.

              While there are 960 apartments in the Anna Nagar unit, the Malai Nagar unit has 224. Each apartment has an area of 400sqft.

              Allotting apartments in the Anna Nagar unit to 170 people, the minister said that buses from Anna Nagar till Cheran Managar through Gandhipuram, Ganapathi and VOC will commence service from Sunday. “The units have been provided with drinking water, street lights and new roads,” he said.

              TNSCB did not collect money from the new occupants, the TNSCB official said.


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                Coimbatore civic body demolishes over 100 illegal houses at Ganapathy

                While 107 houses and two temples were demolished along the Rabindranath Tagore Road, 19 houses were demolished at Maniyakarampalayam.Nivedha Selvam | TNN | November 18, 2018, 08:55 IST

                COIMBATORE: The Coimbatore Corporation on Saturday demolished 126 houses and two temples that were constructed illegally on water bodies and along the margins of the highway at Ganapathy.

                While 107 houses and two temples were demolished along the Rabindranath Tagore Road, 19 houses were demolished at Maniyakarampalayam.

                “Eviction notices were issued to the occupants of the encroachments three months ago and alternative accommodations were provided,” a corporation official said.

                “Most the residents had shifted to the housing unit of the Tamil Nadu Slum Clearance Board (TNSCB) at Keeranatham. The corporation had paid for the apartments,” he told TOI.

                The corporation has been expediting the eviction drive to implement the lake restoration and rejuvenation projects under its smart city mission. It had identified 4,263 encroachments in the city limit. Over 1,000 such encroachments have already been cleared.

                “We plan to complete the eviction drive this month,” the official added.

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                  The hidden history of lakes in Coimbatore

                  Wilson Thomas

                  The nature trail is an eye opener as it helped participants to know the historical background of lakes in Coimbatore. A group of enthusiasts taking part in the trail at Singanallur lake in the city on Sunday.

                  Nature trail for public being held on first and third Sunday of every month

                  The nature trail at Singanallur lake on Sunday became a unique walk for participants as local historian C.R. Elangovan unfolded to them the history of lakes in Coimbatore.

                  According to Mr. Elangovan, the history of lakes in Coimbatore dates back to the 10th century when the region witnessed an increase in migration of people and livelihood shifted from cattle rearing to agriculture.

                  “Kongu Cholas, Mysore rulers, Vijayanagara empire, and Madurai Naickers maintained the lakes over the period.

                  There are epigraphical evidences of systems followed by the Kongu Cholas for the maintenance of these lakes that are linked to rivers through canals. But the waterbodies did not get prominence during the British rule and the situation continued in the post-independence era,” said Mr. Elangovan.

                  He pointed that the lakes were very important to the lives of the population in the region before urbanisation as they largely depended on agriculture.

                  “The nature trail was an eye opener as it helped participants to know the historical background of lakes in Coimbatore. Such knowledge will help the public to understand the need of protecting these water bodies,” said K. Saravana Kumar, one of the participants.

                  C. Kunhikannan, Scientist, Institute of Forest Genetics and Tree Breeding, briefed the participants on medicinal plants in urban wetlands at the nature trail held on November 4.

                  Jointly conducted by Coimbatore Corporation and Centre for Urban Biodiversity Conservation and Education, the one-km nature trail for public is held on first and third Sunday of every month led by various experts in various fields.

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                    High court seeks report on land grabbing in Ketti town panchayat

                    Shantha Thiagarajan | Nov 23, 2018, 00:25 IST

                    Udhagamandalam: The Madras high court on Thursday directed the Nilgiris collector to submit a detailed report within two weeks on buildings, including domestic as well as commercial, constructed on agriculture land in Ketti town panchayat in the district.

                    The high court gave the direction based on a PIL petition filed one and half year ago against the mushrooming of new buildings on agriculture lands of Ketti valley.

                    When the case came up for hearing on Thursday, justice Mahadevan passed the order.

                    “After getting the report, if necessary, the order may be extended to the whole of Nilgiris,” the court observed, adding, “If failed to submit the report before the stipulated time frame, the Nilgiris collector may be summoned.”

                    Nilgiris collector J Innocent Divya told TOI, “I am yet to receive the order. After receiving the order, we will comply with it accordingly.”

                    Counsel for the petitioner Elephant Rajendran told TOI, “Besides directing the Nilgiris collector to submit a detailed report on buildings constructed on agriculture land in Ketti town panchayat, the court also observed that all the buildings constructed on agriculture land should be removed.”

                    According to an activist, outsiders are grabbing land in the form of fields for real estate purposes. If the government and the local public do not wake up to halt this trend and implement strict town planning and master plan norms, Nilgiri hills would be ruined.

                    In hill station like Nilgiris, there are rules of town planning, slope stability, environmental safeguards and aesthetics to be observed.

                    They must be maintained in their basic natural state for generations to come, he said.

                    The irony is that when there exists classification of lands such as agriculture zone, residential zone and commercial zone in Ooty, panchayats in the Nilgiris lack classification of lands, a loophole for land grabbers. As the hills is losing grounds to real estate, the foremost need of the Nilgiris district is to classify lands which would serve as a basic tool to filter unwanted developments at the elementary level itself.


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                      Survey for 24x7 water project to conclude soon

                      Nivedha Selvam | Nov 23, 2018, 00:25 IST

                      Coimbatore: The much-awaited 24x7 water supply project is gradually inching closer to the implementation stage with the French firm Suez Projects Pvt Ltd, which bagged the contract, completing more than 95% of consumer, topography, network and geographic information surveys. A corporation official said the firm was likely to conclude all the surveys within a month and start actual work in near future.

                      The French firm had been conducting these surveys since January to study the water requirement of the public, the present condition of pipelines and the elevation points of land, said an official involved in the project. “The company has completed topographic survey for about 1,444km out of the 1,500km and the survey is likely to be completed in another 10 days. The consumer survey has been done in 40 out of the 60 wards and the remaining wards might be covered within a month,” the official, who didn’t want to be named, said.

                      While the firm had already completed the network survey, it is yet to map household connections in 20 wards into their software as it is being done along with the geographic information survey, the official said.

                      The French firm, meanwhile, is expected to implement the project in wards 23 and 24 of RS Puram on a pilot basis from December, the official said. “Trial pits had been dug at multiple points across the region to check the condition of existing pipelines, which come in three types - cast iron pipes, PVC pipes and asbestos cement pipes. All the PVC and asbestos cement pipes will be replaced with cast iron pipes.”

                      The cast iron pipelines would be replaced only if they were in bad shape, the official said and added additional pipes would be laid in cases where the pipelines are in good condition, but their diameter is too small to meet the water requirement of the public.

                      Pointing out that the pipeline network was 58km long in RS Puram, where there are 6,600 water connections, the official said the length of pipelines to be relaid would be determined based on the requirement of population in the region in 2044. “The designing phase is still in progress.”

                      The French firm is expected to complete the project in RS Puram by April next year. “After that it will implement the project in other wards one by one,” the official said.

                      The project, which was the last to be sanctioned under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURN), would be implemented at a cost of Rs 2,961 crore. The contract was given to the French firm for a period of 26 years – one year for study, four years for implementation and 21 years for maintenance.


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