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    Bamboo dustbins get mixed reactions, corporation looks for better options

    Taking another step to make the city plastic-free, the city corporation along with a group of college students has placed 20 bamboo dustbins at Gandhipuram town bus stand recently.
    TNN | Updated: Jan 31, 2019, 10:19 IST


    COIMBATORE: Taking another step to make the city plastic-free, the city corporation along with a group of college students has placed 20 bamboo dustbins at Gandhipuram town bus stand recently.

    “It is an attempt to reduce the use of plastics. The idea popped up a few days ago when a group of college students approached the sanitary inspector of Gandhipuram expressing their interest to do something for the betterment of the city,” Gunasekaren, zonal health officer of central zone, said.

    While appreciating the efforts taken by the corporation, some commuters and shopkeepers expressed their reservations as well. “Dustbins are adjacent to benches where commuters wait. As they are open, and their walls have gaps, waste spills over and entire area attracts flies. The actual purpose of dustbins is neutralized,” said Sreenivasan, a commuter, adding, “A bin should not have so many holes and it should be closed.”

    One of the shopkeepers Anil Kumar said bamboo dustbins were breakable. “So, they could be used at homes but not at public places. Besides, they easily catch fire. An accident could be caused by an unextinguished cigarette butt,” he said.

    Defending the move, Gunasekaren said, “It is the first time such an initiative has been taken. We will study the merits and demerits of the bins and replace them with advanced ones.”

    Another official admitted there were some issues. “The compostable bags placed inside the bins are getting torn by sharp points in bins. We asked the students to replace the existing ones with better ones. Once a sustainable model is in place, the idea will be extended to other areas too,” the official added.







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      Trio from Coimbatore college make smart bin to segregate waste

      TNN | Feb 1, 2019, 11:20 IST

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      COIMBATORE: While the state government is hell-bent on eliminating plastic waste, the issue of waste segregation and disposal still looms large.

      A smart bin developed by two computer science students and a faculty of engineering with the Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women at Varapalayam, near the city, can segregate degradable and non-degradable waste. The prototype works using a microcontroller, sensors and a mechanical arm.

      The team consists of two final-year computer science students Rochanaa Shri M and Nithuna RL, who were guided by assistant professor M Aasha.

      The smart bin uses three sensors to detect metal, plastic and wet waste, said Aasha. “The sensors are controlled by a microcontroller. The sensors detect the nature of the waste and based on that, a mechanical arm is activated, which pushes the waste to an appropriate compartment,” she said. “We have currently designed the prototype for domestic conditions. We are working on developing this to suit the necessities of the municipal corporation.”

      The team is planning to add a laser cutter that can cut open trash bags and take the contents out. “The cost of the prototype is Rs 6,000. Along with an attached garbage bin set-up, it would go up to Rs 8,000.”

      They wanted to solve the difficulties faced by people living in residential apartments in segregating waste. “As the city municipal corporation, through its smart city mission, is also looking for effective waste management methods, we thought of converting the idea into a prototype. While the current prototype is powered by a battery, we are looking to make it work using a solar powersystem,” Aasha said.

      The team is also planning to patent the smart bin.

      Aasha said that while the entire team was from the computer science department, they used electronic and mechanical components as the need for inter-disciplinary research was on the rise. “We got full support from our department and the department head S Sivakumari,” she added.








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        ‘Union and state governments should take steps to save Western Ghats’

        TNN | Feb 4, 2019, 00:17 IST

        Coimbatore: The three-day national-level ecological festival for saving the Western Ghats came to an end in the city on Sunday with a declaration on the ‘Future of the Western Ghats Mountain Ecosystem’. It was issued at the ninth conference of the ‘Save the Western Ghats Movement’ held as part of the festival.

        The declaration said the Western Ghats, one of eight biodiversity hotspots, had been left to its fate by both the central government and the six state governments, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat which host one part or another of this huge mountain ecosystem.

        The declaration said the Union and state governments had abandoned the recommendations of the reports of two expert committees set up by the ministry of environment, forests and climate change. “These recommendations required the governments to install some serious and urgent form of legal protection under the provisions of the Environment Protection Act (EPA), 1986, which would halt the steady degradation of the mountain chain that has taken place over the past decades before it became irreversible,” it said. “Ironically, the decision to abandon the Ghats ecosystem has came a couple of months after extensive flooding during monsoon rainfall in 2018,” it added.

        “We declare that we oppose the extremely narrow and limited legal protection that the EPA notification affords to the Western Ghats. We declare that we are opposed to (and will oppose) all environmentally destructive projects that, without doubt, will harm the ghats ecosystem and push it beyond recovery and rehabilitation. We do not want any more studies. All we now want is action,” it said.

        Enumerating the destruction caused to the mountain system, the declaration said several species were reaching extinction and reckless road development has led to road kills. It added that introduction of wire mesh fencing has killed sambhar and deer.

        The festival, held at Sri Krishna College of Arts and Science, included photo exhibitions, discussions, speeches, a Gaj Yatra and cultural events.









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          Construction debris pile up along lakes under Coimbatore civic body's nose


          Meanwhile, corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said that steps will be taken to streamline the waste disposal process. A tender will be called soon to construct a plant to recycle the debris, he added.Nivedha Selvam | TNN | February 07, 2019, 13:00 IST


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          COIMBATORE: While the city corporation is speeding up the work to beautify the bunds of Periyakulam along the Perur Bypass, construction debris continue to be deposited on the other side of the road.

          “People could be seen dumping debris along the road every other day. Corporation officials visit the place often to inspect the ongoing work. But, they never took measures to remove the debris or stop the polluters,” said R Muthusamy, a commuter. “People used to dump construction waste along the lake bund earlier. Now as the work is going on, they have started to dump it on the other side.”

          A similar situation prevails along the Valankulam lake.

          Disposal of debris has increased in the recent months as the corporation has turned a blind eye to the violation, Ukkadam resident Sameer Ahamed told TOI. “A couple of years ago, the corporation used to slap penalty whenever they catch vehicles disposing debris. Now, trucks carrying debris can be seen from afternoon till midnight. Sometimes, corporation vehicles can be seen collecting the debris to fill potholes.”

          The corporation should slap penalty and seize the vehicles that dump construction waste, said Syed of Osai, an environmental organization. “Debris disposed in lakes occupy a considerable space, reduce the lake area and block storm drains when disposed along the roads. The corporation has set up several collection centres across the city to collect construction debris and has even arranged a vehicle to collect debris from sites. But the waste continues to be disposed in public places, mainly due to lack of awareness. Public should co-operate with the officials to conserve nature.”

          Meanwhile, corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan said that steps will be taken to streamline the waste disposal process. A tender will be called soon to construct a plant to recycle the debris, he added.










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            Coimbatore: Jeeva Nagar residents stage protest against eviction order

            The city corporation had stuck eviction notices outside their houses on Friday and a few electricity board officials turned up in the area on Monday morning to suspend electricity supply. TNN | February 19, 2019, 15:30 IST





            COIMBATORE: About 60 residents of Jeeva Nagar protested at the district collectorate on Monday demanding patta for the land they are occupying in the area.

            The city corporation had stuck eviction notices outside their houses on Friday and a few electricity board officials turned up in the area on Monday morning to suspend electricity supply. But the residents refused to move out of the locality.

            The residents said they have filed a case in court against being evicted and got a stay order three months ago against the same. “We were not informed about a development in which the court ordered in another case on January 4 that we should be evicted after given alternative accommodation. We refused multistoried apartments, especially at Keeranatham. We want either pattas for the land where we are staying now or alternative pieces of land in the same locality,” said A L Raja, a resident.











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              20 trees saved from axe to get new lease of life

              Nivedha Selvam | TNN | Updated: Mar 4, 2019, 05:43 IST


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              COIMBATORE: Twenty avenue trees along the Pappampatti Pirivu to Sulur Road, which were about to be cut down for widening the road, have been saved following the intervention of an environmental organisation.

              The national highways wing of the state highway department had taken up the road widening project for a sum of Rs 17crore and has initially planned to fell about 180 trees, an official said. “But, we received permission to cut only 80 trees from the revenue department,” said an official from the Sulur section of the department.

              The department got in touch with environmental organization Osai to find a solution. “After inspecting the trees, we suggested the department to transplant 20 trees from the 8km stretch. The transplantation work will commence within a few days,” said K Syed of Osai. The tree will be uprooted and planted at other places, including a taluk office.

              Syed said that government departments will have to plant 10 trees for every tree they cut for developmental works as per a high court direction. “But not all of them follow it. But people are more aware about environmental issues. They question authorities when they see trees being felled. As a result, tens of trees were saved in the recent times,” he told TOI. “Six months ago, when officials were removing trees along the Siruvani Road, people intervened. As a result, the officials felled only 39 out of the 726 trees.”














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                Construction workers in Coimbatore district demand housing for them

                Pratiksha Ramkumar

                More than 400 construction workers, from across the district, turned up at the district collectorate demanding housing for them. The workers have been toiling to building houses for others for more than four decades now, but they have been unable to afford houses for themselves.

                | TNN | Mar 4, 2019, 15:54 IST

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                COIMBATORE: More than 400 construction workers, from across the district, turned up at the district collectorate demanding housing for them. The workers have been toiling to building houses for others for more than four decades now, but they have been unable to afford houses for themselves.

                The workers said they had been forced to live as encroachers, in slums or as tenants for many years.

                Almost 400 workers, living in places across the district including Navakkarai, Sungam, Kannampalayam, Kavundampalayam, Ganapathy and Thudiyalur came to the collectorate stating that they belonged to a building workers welfare association in Pappanaickenpalayam.

                “We have been building houses, often risking our lives, for decades but we have been ensured enough pay to afford houses for ourselves. We demand that the government provide us proper housing. We are not migrant workers. We have been working on construction sites in the district for many decades and this is our native,” said Shivashankaran, a worker living in Kannampalayam.

                “Most of us live in slums, which are also considered encroachments. We can be removed any time. We need proper houses that belong to us,” said Kaniyamma R, whose husband and son work in construction sites. “Paying rent is also difficult, because we are still daily wage earners. There are days when the men do not have work or do not get paid a standard salary. They sometimes get Rs 500, sometimes its Rs 300,” she added.

                “We have submitted petitions and protested at least once every two years, demanding houses,” said Saira Nazir from Mettupalayam, whose husband is a construction worker.







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                  Airport expansion: 13 landowners get compensation documents

                  TNN | Mar 6, 2019, 04:36 IST

                  Coimbatore: Municipal administration and rural development minister SP Velumani issued compensation documents to 13 people, who own land marked for acquisition for expansion of the city airport.

                  They own five plots of land in block VII, which is just one of the 24 blocks marked for land acquisition. They will register their land over to the government on Wednesday and receive cheques soon after, government sources said.

                  “Out of the 13 landowners, for whom compensation documents were ready, 10 received it from the minister,” said an official in the land acquisition department. “There is a total of 68 landowners in block VII. Compensation documents and cheques for the remaining 55 landowners will be issued in the coming days,” she said.

                  The state government has allotted Rs 75crore to acquire the land. However, with the election dates expected to be announced any day and the model code of conduct also expected to be in force this week, officials said clearing of documents for the next five blocks, one, three, 11, 12 and 20, is likely to be delayed and will be done only after the election. “We are not allowed to announce when the next three blocks will be cleared because elections are expected to be announced anytime this week,” she added.

                  The government is acquiring 627 acres of land for expansion of the airport. Almost 90% of the people, whose land have been marked for expansion, have agreed to hand over their land, but the process has been delayed for months, making them restless.








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                    Swachh Survekshan ranking: Coimbatore slips to 40th spot from 16

                    Pratiksha Ramkumar | TNN | Updated: Mar 7, 2019, 12:46 IST

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                    COIMBATORE: The city, which bagged the 16th place in Swachh Survekshan ranking last year, fell to the 40th place this year. In the state-wide ranking, it fell behind Trichy, which stood at 39th.

                    In the last year’s ranking, out of the 425 cities in Tamil Nadu, Coimbatore was selected as the second cleanest.

                    This time, the city scored 3,412 marks out of 5,000, falling just two points below Trichy. It got 1,169 out of 1,250 marks from judges, who visited the city two months ago to inspect the level of cleanliness and 827 out of 1,250 marks under the citizen’s feedback and the use of Swachhata app. Under service-level progress and certification also, the city only scored 916 and 500 marks out of 1,250 marks respectively.

                    While officials attributed it to the lack of public participation in the programme, residents and civic activists said that the city corporation failed to improve cleanliness compared to the last year.

                    The lack of citizen participation in the Swachhata app and citizen dashboard app seems to have brought the city down in the rankings, corporation officials said. Only 3,012 citizens participated in the survey and even fewer expressed ‘user happiness’. Under the app, the city recorded 0.8 in user engagement and zero in user happiness.

                    “Many citizens do not know the app even exists. Not enough publicity was given about it,” said R Raveendran of Residents Awareness Associations of Coimbatore. “Also, many people, who actively used the app last year, did not see results immediately and stopped using it regularly.”

                    The rankings take into account not only cleanliness of the streets, but efficiency of door-to-door collection of segregated waste, the extent of segregated waste that is recycled or converted to manure, number of public toilets, the condition and cleanliness of the toilets and the extent of open defecation.

                    “There is a shortage of personnel and vehicles to do door-to-door collection in the newly-added areas. While the number of public toilets has increased, their maintenance is yet to become regular and upto the standard,” said Raveendran. “I believe the 40th ranking is justified,” he told TOI.

                    Corporation official in charge of Swachh Bharat progress in the city said Coimbatore lost out a few marks in the service-level because they could achieve only 80% door-to-door segregation. “We also need to have a well-used functioning recycling plant and a system where we regularly sell compost and recycled items. We lost a little over 200 marks. But, in terms of service-level progress and direct observation, we are well within the top 20 cities in the country,” said Thirumaal, the engineer in-charge.











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                      Over 1.5 lakh property tax defaulters owe Rs 146 crore to Coimbatore corporation

                      Interestingly, 64.80% of the property tax arrears are with 0.74% of the defaulters and most of them have failed to pay the tax for more than a decade. TNN | March 09, 2019, 16:00 IST




                      COIMBATORE: A total of 1.53 lakh defaulters owe the city corporation a sum of Rs 146.13 crore as property tax dues.

                      Interestingly, 64.80% of the property tax arrears are with 0.74% of the defaulters and most of them have failed to pay the tax for more than a decade.

                      According to the data collected from Coimbatore City Municipal Corporation (CCMC) website, total number of assesses in the city limit is 5.07 lakh. Of the total assesses, property tax is not paid for 1.53 lakh assets which accounts to Rs 146.13 crore. Of the total defaulters, 1,133 defaulters will have to pay Rs 94.69 crore.

                      In ward number 56, 11 assesses hold account for Rs 6.41 crore of tax arrears which means that on an average a person had to pay Rs 58.35 lakh of arrears. In ward 58, 19 assesses hold account for Rs 5.35 crore of tax arrears which means a defaulter had to pay Rs 28.16 lakh of arrears.

                      “If only the corporation could concentrate on defaulters who account for huge sum of tax arrears, they could easily collect most of their arrear amount. But instead of focusing on the defaulters who had not paid their property taxes for more than a decade, the corporation only squeezes the ordinary people who pay a few thousand rupees as tax,” K Hakkim, founder of People Awareness Organization, said.

                      Hakkim said there are defaulters who had not paid their tax since late 1990s and the corporation had initiated no action to retrieve the money.

                      The top defaulters include Tidel Park which makes crores of rupees, Coimbatore Medical College Hospital (CMCH), ESI Hospitals, reputed private colleges in Peelamedu and famous hotels.










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