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    Co-op housing society secretary arrested for siphoning off Rs 35.37L

    TNN | Feb 12, 2018, 00:40 IST
    Coimbatore: The city crime branch (CCB) police on Saturday arrested a 45-year-old man for siphoning off Rs 35.37 lakh from the bank accounts of GV Residency Association and GRD Residency Association. N Dhandapani from Kannan Street, who is the secretary of the PSG Co-operative Housing Society, was arrested after the secretary of the GV Residency Association and GRD Residency Association, CR Swaminathan, filed a complaint against him.

    In connection with the case, police have also registered a cheating case against the special officer for PSG Co-operative Housing Society, P Sundarraju, who is absconding.

    "PSG Co-operative Housing Society was started with the aim of providing housing facilities for the employees of the PSG Institutions in 1985. The society promoted housing projects at Uppilipalayam near Singanallur and Vilankurichi. Residents in Uppilipalayam started GV Residency Association and residents of Vilankurichi started GRD Residency Association in 1991. But, they were not registered. I was elected as the secretary of the two associations and GR Karthikeyan was elected the president. The associations were not functioning under the PSG Co-operative Housing Society and had separate bank accounts," Swaminathan's complaint said.

    GV Residency Association had opened a bank account for Sri Dhana Ganapathi temple located there in November 1999. "V Rajan took charge as the president of the associations in 2000. Dhandapani, who was appointed as the secretary of the PSG Co-operative Housing Society, used to manage the bank accounts of both the associations and the temple. I was busy with work and was not able to monitor the bank transactions," Swaminathan said. "Sundarraju was appointed as a special officer for PSG Co-operative Housing Society in July 2012. Dhandapani and Sundarraju hatched a criminal conspiracy and transferred Rs 35.37 lakh from the accounts of the two unregistered associations and the temple to their personal accounts in various instalments from October 13, 2012 to October 21, 2016. We came to know about the misappropriation of funds only recently," the complaint said.

    Based on the complaint, CCB police arrested Dhandapani on Saturday and remanded him in judicial custody. Police have registered a case under Sections 120 B, 409, 468, 471 and 420 of the Indian Penal Code.

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      Rs 6.8 crore to patch up 72 city roads

      TNN | Updated: Feb 14, 2018, 01:00 IST
      Coimbatore: The city corporation will carry out restoration work on 72 roads at an estimated cost of Rs 6.8 crore. The patch-up work, which began on February 10, will go on for another 10 days.

      They plan to cover all the stretches that were damaged due to laying of pipelines and electric and telecommunication cables on roads. The Tamil Nadu Urban Road Infrastructure Project has sanctioned funds to the corporation to carry out this work.

      “We will be using a part of the corporation fund as well for this work. We had collected an amount from residents while laying underground drainage and water pipelines. That fund for road restoration will be used when selected stretches will be re-laid,” said an official.

      According to corporation officials, some areas such as Kavundampalayam and Veerakeralam will be dug up by the Tamil Nadu water supply and drainage board for laying Siruvani pipelines. “So these areas will not be taken up for road restoration. Patch work on these roads will be carried out after the pipeline work is completed,” said an official. Similarly, patch work will not be carried in areas such as Sarvanampatti, Chinnavedampatti and Kalapatti.

      In the west zone, the civic body will patch up roads in areas such as R S Puram, Saibaba Colony, D B Road and Bharathi Park Road at a cost of Rs 2.7 crore. In the north zone, roads in areas such as Ganapathy and Thudiyalur will be patched up for Rs 1.30 crore. In the central zone, Gandhipuram, R G Street, Raja Street and Oppanakara Street will be patched up for Rs 1.3 crore. In the south zone, seven roads will be patched up at a cost of Rs 51 lakh and in the east zone10 roads will be patched up for Rs 89 lakh.

      Totally, Rs 6.80 crore will be spent on 72 roads only for patch work. “After the patch work is completed, we will re-lay some stretches under the TURIP fund,” said an official.

      In the city, the corporation had spent more than Rs 50 crore and laid roads before the 2014 state assembly elections. Since then, some roads were taken up for re-laying after they were dug up for underground drainage pipelines.

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        Residents up in arms as contractors stall drainage construction

        TNN | Updated: Feb 16, 2018, 00:28 IST
        Coimbatore: Residents besieged the Othakalmandapam panchayat Office on Thursday after contractors stalled the drainage construction work on the Nataraja Gounder Layout.

        The panchayat had sanctioned Rs 1cr to lay roads and construct drains in the 1km stretch in the residential area. The work began 10 days ago. The workers dug out the roads to construct drains. At one particular stretch, four house owners objected to the drain constructed in front of their homes.

        “They used political pressure and their connection with the local legislative member to stall the work. On Thursday morning, they closed the drains that had been dug out by filling them with sand,” said V Kalpana, a resident.

        As per Selvakumar, another resident in the area, the gradient of the road was such that the drain had to be constructed on that stretch. “The road runs east-west and the drain has to be constructed on the left side for the water to flow without any blockage. But, these four house owners are using political pressure and all the other 100 houses have to suffer,” he said.

        The executive officer of the panchayat and the other local engineers had already approved the design and ordered the workers to complete the work. “Everyone in this area has connections with AIADMK. We cannot understand how they can use their political influence for such purposes,” said Shanmugam, a resident.

        The residents said that for more than a week, they did not get water supply as all the pipelines in the area had been damaged when the roads were dug out. “This is a government project and the officials are executing it based on the technical expertise. How can they change the direction of the drain based on their whims and fancies,” asked S Valarmathi.

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          1,131 households in ward 73 to get smart water readers

          TNN | Feb 17, 2018, 00:37 IST
          Coimbatore: The city corporation tested smart water readers in ward 73 in Race Course area on Friday. The readers will be fitted in 1,131 households in the ward, corporation sources said. They will allow the corporation to not only measure the quantum of water supplied and used by each household but also send messages to the users. Corporation officials can monitor the entire system from the main office.Currently, the city corporation gets an annual revenue of nearly Rs 12cr, which is expected to increase once the water supply monitoring begins. TNN

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            Soon, 40 water kiosks to quench city’s thirst

            TNN | Updated: Feb 17, 2018, 23:34 IST
            Coimbatore: With the days getting warmer, are you forced to shell out as much as Rs 20 on a bottle of packaged drinking water every time you step out? Soon, you will be able to leave home carrying just an empty bottle and fill it with purified water for just Rs 5 at any of the 40 kiosks that will be set up by the city corporation.

            All major bus stands, parks and crowded junctions in the city will have the kiosks, corporation sources told TOI. The kiosks will have a reverse osmosis plant (RO plant) that will purify water. The water will again be tested for suspended particles and chlorine content.

            Implemented under the smart city project, the project aims to provide affordable potable drinking water to the people. The proposal for the project has been submitted to city corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan, a corporation official said. “The commissioner will take it to the board in the coming weeks and after it is approved, tenders will be called,” he said.

            A survey revealed that while the city residents received enough drinking water, the transit population was not provided with enough water, the official said. “There is a huge gap. The commuters have no other choice but to buy bottled water. If such kiosks are set up in all locations, it will help the migrating population,” he said.

            The kiosks will be set up under private-public partnership, where the corporation will provide water. The company that takes the contract will have to set up the RO plants and the kiosks. They will also spend on the maintenance. The company owns the revenue made from the sale of water.

            In Chennai Central Station, passengers are able to fill a water bottle at just Rs 5. Other railway station in the country charge between Rs 2 and Rs 4 for filling a bottle. “Such kiosks have also been set up at Tiruchy and Tanjore railway stations. We have studied the models and will implement it soon in Coimbatore,” the official added.


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            • #76


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              Nine trucks carrying imported sand seized

              TNN | Updated: Feb 17, 2018, 13:59 IST
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              Tirupur: District revenue officials seized nine trucks, laden with imported sand from Malaysia, in Udumalpet on Friday.

              The sand, imported through Cochin port, was being taken to Palani in Dindigul district. The trucks were seized as the government has recently banned the direct sale of imported sand. However, the importer was presumed to have obtained permission to import and sell the sand within Kerala.

              As per the Tamil Nadu Minor Minerals Concession Rules, 1959, no one should procure sand from the other states and sell them in Tamil Nadu without the permission of the public works department (PWD), which will give nod only if quality of the sand satisfies its specifications, and vice-versa.

              Recently, the Thoothukudi district administration seized the sand imported from Malaysia, forcing the importer concerned to approach the Madurai bench of the Madras high court. So, keeping the public safety in mind, the state government passed an order dated December 8, 2017, banning direct sales of imported sand without the nod of PWD, said a senior official from the geology and mining department.

              “We noticed that nine trucks bearing Tamil Nadu state vehicle registration numbers were carrying the imported sand. Further enquiries revealed that a Kerala-based company imported the sand from Malaysia and they were being taken to be sold in Palani,” Udumalpet tahsildar Thangavel told TOI.

              Since it was illegal to sell the imported sand without the knowledge of PWD, the trucks, which contain 3 units of sand each, were seized by the Udumalpet revenue divisional officer as recommended by the geology and mining department, said Thangavel.

              “The importer was presumed to have paid GST on the consignment and also obtained permission to sell them within Kerala. The trucks were too having transit passes but it was illegal to transport the sand without waybill of the state’s PWD in Tamil Nadu,” explained another revenue official.

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              • #77


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                487 trees to be felled for police parade ground in Nilgiris

                TNN | Feb 19, 2018, 00:38 IST
                Udhagamandalam: Activists are up in arms over the police department’s decision to fell at least 487 trees, most of which are more than 50-year-old eucalyptus and cypress, spread across 10 acres at Church Hill area on Havelock Road here to set up a full-fledged parade ground for training police personnel.
                “It has always been a wooded area and a habitat for many birds, leopards and bears. It is not fair to destroy the forest,” Siddharth Krishnan, a resident of Have Road told TOI.

                “The trees are being felled in a hurried manner. Why can’t officials make use of the area housing dilapidated police quarters? After all, it is located near the forest patch where they are cutting down the trees,” advocate Reinia Santy, another resident of the area, said.

                When contacted, a senior police official told TOI that the wooded area belonged to the police department. “We don’t have a full-fledged parade ground in Nilgiris for training police personnel. It is a long-pending demand and now we have commenced the work to set up one on Havelock Road,” the official said.

                The procedure, the official said, started two years ago and all the formalities have been followed to obtain permission from the concerned authorities to fell the trees there.

                According to Nilgiris SP Murali Rambha, an auction was conducted at the district police headquarters on January 31 and one Kemparaj was allotted the tender for Rs 18.93 lakh. Kemparaj was given six months’ time to clear the area by felling 487 trees.

                “The value of trees will surely be more than Rs 1 crore. And the bidding was finalised for just Rs 18.93 lakh,” Siddharth, also a faculty member of Ashoka Trust for Research in Ecology and the Environment, said. District forest officer (north) S Kalanidhi said the forest department had granted the police department permission to fell the trees at Church Hill area a few months ago. “It was cleared by the district level committee too,” the officer told TOI.

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                  Residents with grievances go home with a clutch of assurances

                  TNN | Updated: Feb 19, 2018, 14:36 IST
                  COIMBATORE: Offering local residents a unique platform to raise their issues and get them addressed, Times Connect was launched in the city on Sunday. An initiative of the Times of India, here the city residents can easily connect directly with officials and find solutions to their long-pending grievances.

                  The first session was held at Saibaba Colony covering Bharathi Park area, K K Pudur and neighbouring areas. The interactive session that lasted for more than two hours saw residents’ many problems reaching a solution. City corporation commissioner K Vijayakarthikeyan and deputy commissioner of police (traffic) Sujith Kumar, among others, listened to their problems and also gave suggestions to solve some of them without the intervention of officials.

                  The issues discussed ranged from stray dog menace to storm water drains turning into drainages to lack of infrastructure for implementing Sunya project to the increasing height of roads. The officials patiently listened to all the problems and offered solutions to almost all of them.

                  “For the Sunya project, we will ensure that door-to-door collection takes place daily with additional man power and also send trucks on a regular basis to collect the waste,” Vijayakarthikeyan said, adding, “If residents come up with certain solutions, it becomes easier for us to implement them.”

                  Bharathi park ladies association members, meanwhile, came up with solutions to the stray dog menace. “We have already found private farms run by Snehalaya and they are located on the outskirts of the city. We need the civic body’s cooperation to catch the dogs and transport them there,” said Jyoti Prakash, president of the association.

                  The corporation commissioner immediately ordered the zonal sanitary officer, Radhakrishnan, who was present at the event, to do the needful. He also directed executive engineer Saravana Kumar to survey and submit a report on all roads, the height of which had gone up during relaying process, and asked him to take appropriate action. When a resident sought action on illegal burning of waste in parks, Vijayakarthikeyan urged the officials to introduce composting inside the parks.

                  As residents pitched for traffic signal at Avila Convent signal and one-sided parking on NSR Road, Sujith Kumar asked his inspectors to immediately survey the road. He said the police department had sanctioned 27 new signals in the city and they would introduce them wherever required. Regarding traffic congestion on NSR Road, he promised to deploy home guards in the area to regulate traffic.

                  The officials have taken note of several issues, including encroachment of roads by residents, unauthorised eateries on roadsides and haphazard numbering of the residences in the area, for further discussion.

                  The corporation commissioner has assured to inspect storm water drains at R K Naidu layout and Ramalinga Nagar when residents complained that the drains did not have proper gradient. Police officials, meanwhile, promised to increase patrolling in the area, especially near R K Naidu layout, Ramalinga Nagar and K K Pudur areas, to curb crime rates.

                  The officials also used the platform to sensitise the residents on segregating waste and the need to install CCTV cameras facing roads.

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                    Poultry firm owner’s property to be auctioned off

                    TNN | Updated: Feb 21, 2018, 00:45 IST
                    Tirupur: The district administration has scheduled auction of a property owned by a poultry farm owner, who cheated 113 investors. The investrors had lodged complaints against Sadhya Poultry Farm in Udumalpet with the Economic Offenses Wing (EOW) police, who registered a case against the company for cheating invesors to the tune of Rs 1.32 crore. The Coimbatore special court for TNPID act had directed the district administration to recover the money from the company’s owner M Murugavel. Murugavel’s 1,050-sqft house in Udumalpet was scheduled to be auctioned on December 14. The property, worth Rs 13.4 lakh, will come under hammer on February 23, a senior revenue official said. TNN

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                      It stinks of scam: Tamil Nadu builds 4,000 toilets/day under swachh scheme

                      Komal Gautham| TNN | Updated: Feb 22, 2018, 06:59 IST

                      Chitra Sathashivam, a ‘beneficiary’, stands in front of a newly-built toilet in Sulur

                      COIMBATORE: The Swachh Bharat Mission (SBM) website proclaimed that Tamil Naduhad 41.79 lakh toilets as of Wednesday morning. By evening, another 6,000 toilets were added to the landscape of the state, taking the total number of toilets to 41.86 lakh.

                      The state, according to data on the SBM website, has built 4,000 toilets a day on an average for the past two years, trumping the national average of 1,700 a day. If that data is startling, more surprising is the sharp contrast between the number of households in Tamil Nadu having a toilet and the number of households using one.

                      According to the fourth edition of the National Family Health Survey 2015–16, the latest available, nearly two of five people did not use a proper toilet, and in all probability defecate in the open. The Union ministry of health and family welfare survey says only 52.2 % households in the state were using a toilet. But according to SBM data, 63.85 % households had toilets. There is a mismatch of more than 10% between the number of households having toilets and those that use one.

                      Assuming that all households in the state with toilets use them, the 10% increase in the number of households with toilets under the SBM could have been a jacked-up figure to claim the grant given by the Centre, and this points to a scam, say activists.

                      Political leaders demand probe by Centre

                      This year, the state government claims that 95.03% of its population has individual household latrines and plans to achieve 100% open defecation-free status in a few months.

                      But due to the mismatch in data, activists and politicians have called for a thorough audit of all toilets constructed across the state.

                      Several political leaders called this number unbelievable and sought a central government probe into it. BJP spokesperson Vanathi Srinivasan said that in her native village near Thondamuthur, the scheme was not implemented properly.

                      “Payments were not credited to the beneficiary’s accounts,” she said.

                      T K S Elangovan, spokesperson of the DMK, said constructing 4,000 toilets every day, even at the state level, is impossible.

                      “This is PM Modi’s ambitious project and it is the state government that has to implement it. If the state is providing false numbers and swindling funds, the central government should do an inspection and take action against officials,” he said.

                      Anbumani Ramadoss of PMK said that despite the project having various checks and balances, state government officials have not implemented the project as per norms.

                      “The Centre should create a toll-free number to file complaints. We will send our party men to all villages and submit reports on the toilet scam,” he said.

                      G Ramakrishnan of the CPM said that in a small village, K Madhapur in Sulur, out of 100 toilets, less than 50 were constructed under the scheme.

                      “Similarly, 30 lakh toilets will also be a false number. This is lot of public money. There should be an audit as this is a big scam,” he said. When senior state government officials were contacted, they said they were aware of some discrepancies in the implementation of the SBM scheme.

                      “We are conducting audits and inspections whenever we get complaints. As far as the number goes, there are 385 blocks and more than 12,000 panchayats in the state. So, it is possible to construct so many toilets in that period as the awareness among public to set up household toilets has increased in the last two years,” an official said.

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