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    Student brigades to raise eco-awareness

    TNN | Jul 26, 2018, 10:01 IST

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    KOCHI: A team of 50 students from St Albert's College, Ernakulam, was formed to spread awareness on plastic reduction and recycling. "We aim to approach more colleges to form such brigades so that the youngsters will also be part of a movement to clean coastal region.

    A sample survey of the canals and backwaters in Mulavukad panchayat, once a home to shrimp farms, found that the waters and the soil sediments have more plastic than organisms, according to scientists at Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute(CMFRI).

    The survey formed the base for a participatory initiative to make the panchayat plastic-free under the Nirmaladhara project of CMFRI. "The panchayat suggested to begin drive at ward 8. With the help of Kudumbashree, the canals were cleaned of plastic. The residents were taught to segregate the plastic and keep it aside for recycling. A resident agreed to collect it every 15 days and the residents have decided to ensure that no plastic is dumped into the waters," said V Kripa, head, fishery environment division and project head. She said that the water bodies and soil samples showed more plastic than organisms. The bacterial presence was high and there was a huge presence of nitrates and phosphates in the waters. The oxygen levels were low in stagnant waters.

    Now, all the remaining 16 wards have come forward to join the initiative to declare the entire Mulavukad as plastic-free.

    A workshop was conducted for the students and details of the project were discussed. The project was launched after the CMFRI researchers found that the public water bodies in the panchayat were on a deteriorating stage owing to accumulation of excess amount of plastic, which made the waters unfit to aquaculture practices. In addition, many harmful microbes were found in the waterbodies in the region by the CMFRI team before launching the project in public participation to keep the waterbodies plastic- free and clean, she said.

    In the second phase of the project, the brigade would join the CMFRI team for creating awareness among the public at village-level for effective waste management to make the water bodies clean, Kripa said.

    CMFRI director A Gopalakrishnan said the institute would take steps to extend the 'Nirmaladhara' initiative to more panchayats.Viji Shajan, Mulavukad panchayat president inaugurated the workshop which was attended by other representatives of the panchayat.

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      Bad condition of roads hits commuters hard

      TNN | Jul 26, 2018, 07:47 IST

      A large pothole on St Benedict’s Road in Kacheripady

      KOCHI: While authorities, including PWD, stated that as soon as the rain subsides they will start road relaying works, the ground reality is different.

      Majority of the roads in Ernakulam, including Palarivattom - Kakkanad Road, Puthiya Road Junction at Irimpanam on Seaport - Airport Road, St Benedict's Road in Kacheripady and a few stretches in Vyttila (Ponnurunni Underpass), Kundannoor and Maradu are in a pathetic state.

      Owing to bad condition of roads, traffic congestion has also worsened and those commuting through these roads are having a harrowing experience.

      The potholes at St Benedict Road in Kacheripady have literally become a death trap for motorists. Bus drivers are also finding it hard to navigate through the gaping potholes. Sumesh K, a bus driver said that he only has time to change the tyres. "When the vehicle jumps into the potholes it results in flat tyres," said Sumesh.

      "Palarivattom - Kakkanad stretch is filled with gaping potholes. Due to heavy rains, the existing potholes in Chembumukku, Vazhakkala, Padamugal and Alinchuvadu have turned huge. Traffic snarls have also become frequent. If the authorities had carried out the pre -monsoon repair work the current situation could have been averted. Traffic hold ups are frequent at Padivattom side. Two - wheeler accidents are frequent here as motorists are unable to gauge the depth of the potholes when it is filled with muddy water. But there is no change in the callous attitude of PWD officials," said M S Anilkumar, president, Thrikakkara Residents Assosciation Apex Council.

      Traffic police said that the bad condition of roads is the main reason for the traffic congestion on Palarivattom - Kakkanad Road. "This road stretch is the worst in the city. Unless the authorities repair the roads, the traffic woes are going to worsen," said an official with traffic police east.

      Tripunithura traffic police said that a month ago they carried out a survey and discovered more than 90 potholes on this stretch. The officials said that accidents are frequent here for the past few months.

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        A big hand for metro’s Kakkanad extension

        KOCHI, JULY 26, 2018 00:00 IST
        UPDATED: JULY 26, 2018 04:02 IST

        The proposed corridor is projected to become a busy route, attracting more than one lakh passengers by 2023

        The Cabinet approval for the Infopark stretch of the Kochi metro has received wide acclaim from all sections of society.

        The previous UDF government had given administrative sanction for the Rs. 189-crore preparatory work for the proposed extension in January 2016, citing the extension as critical to increasing the efficiency of the Kochi metro and making it financially viable.

        As recently as March this year, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, responding to a calling attention motion by P.T. Thomas, MLA, had said that the preparation of a detailed project report (DPR) on the metro’s 11-km-long Kakkanad extension was under the government’s consideration.

        “It is a big day for the Kochi metro, and thousands of commuters from the IT sector,” was how Kochi Metro Rail Limited (KMRL) managing director A.P.M. Mohammed Hanish chose to describe the Cabinet approval.

        Hrishikesh Nair, Chief Executive Officer of Kerala IT Parks, was equally ecstatic about the development while hoping that the proposed extension would pass through the Infopark premises. “The metro is still the topmost priority for us, as it will be a great boon to employees of Infopark as well as SmartCity, leading to the growth and development of Information Technology in Kochi,” he said.

        Subash Balan, a senior associate with an IT major at Infopark, said it would be a godsend for techies who now have to rely on infrequent and untimely public transport and autorickshaws or online cabs. “KMRL should try to introduce a flexible schedule to help techies commute round-the-clock on account of their odd working hours,” he added.

        Seconding the suggestion for round-the-clock service, Mr. Balan’s colleague Akash Kesavan felt it (extension) would enable people like him to work late into the night and then take the metro rather than driving back alone at night. Thrikkakara municipal chairperson M.T. Omana was confident that the extension would turn out to be a landmark in the comprehensive development of the municipality and pledged full support for it.

        “The extension, however, should take into account the apprehensions of the affected people,” she said.

        Striking a sarcastic note, Muhammad Yasar K., a software engineer, hoped that at least the proposed extension would somehow help improve the condition of the potholed Palarivattom-Kakkanad Civil Line Road.

        M.S. Anilkumar, vice-president of Thrikkakara Residents’ Association Apex Council, said the launch of metro work without improving road networks would only further worsen the situation and increase the death toll on Seaport-Airport Road, which had witnessed around 10 deaths over the last few months.

        According to studies conducted, the proposed Kakkanad extension would be one of the busiest routes and is likely to attract about 1.04 lakh passengers by 2023.

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          'TP Canal cleaning work progressing at fast pace'

          TNN | Jul 28, 2018, 06:01 IST

          The cleaning of TP Canal is being jointly executed by district administration and Kochi corporation.

          KOCHI: Officials with the disaster management authority have dismissed the allegation that cleaning of Thevara-Pernadoor (TP) Canal was not being implemented in an effective manner.

          "We are daily monitoring the progress of the cleaning of the 3.5-km stretch of the 10.5-km TP Canal, which began on Sunday. The removal of floating weedsand hyacinths on the canal stretch starting from Udaya, P&T Colony and Kammattipadam are being progressing at a fast pace," said a senior official with disaster management authority.

          Deputy collector (disaster management authority) P D Sheela Devi said that the first phase of cleaning work was a temporary one and extensive cleaning would begin from August first week.

          Meanwhile, those residing near the canal stated that weeds and hyacinths from the adjacent waterbodies were flowing into the canal stretch where cleaning works were being carried out.

          "Those in charge of the cleaning should come up with a solution to prevent weeds from other waterbodies to flow into the canal," said Thangappan K, a native of Kadavanthra.

          Officials said that cleaning of the entire canal will be completed in nine months. The authorities said that they were hopeful that temporary cleaning works would be completed by Monday.

          The cleaning and revival of the 3.5-km stretch is being carried out using four floating JCBs. As many as Rs 5.85 lakh had already been allocated in this regard. In the Kammattipadam area, more than 100 workers have been deployed for cleaning activities.

          The cleaning of TP Canal is being jointly executed by district administration and Kochi corporation.

          "Prior to the cleaning, water and silt levels in the canal were marked. The markings were done to facilitate smooth removal of sediments. For carrying out extensive cleaning work of the canal in the second phase, the 7.8-km stretch of the canal will be divided into four segments," said an official with the Kochi corporation.

          The move to revive TP Canal came in the wake of a high court order directing the district collector and the corporation to take steps to ensure smooth flow of water through the canal to avoid waterlogging in the city.

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            Corporation, KMRL come together to develop parks and green spaces

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            The 2.53-Cr Project Will Be Implemented Under Amrut Scheme

            | TNN | Jul 28, 2018, 05:55 IST

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            KOCHI: To develop open spaces in the city, Kochi corporation has taken up the initiative to create parks and green spaces in four locations in the city. Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL), the local body's consultant, has invited tenders for the construction of parks and green spaces at Kudumbi Colony near Elamkulam, Vyttila near Chilavanoor lake, Mythri Nagar near Vaduthala west and Vypeen Jetty under Amrut scheme.

            The work is estimated to cost Rs 2.53 crore and is expected to be completed within eight months. The funding for the project is done jointly by Kochi corporation and Amrut scheme.

            "We are implementing the local body's plan. Apart from developing four parks, the Padmasarovaram project will also be implemented under Amrut scheme," said KMRL managing director A P M Mohammed Hanish.

            He said that Rs 9 crore has been kept aside for implementing the project, which would come up near Elamkulam Metro station. "Padmasarovaram is a major scheme, which is envisaged as an eco-friendly project. The waterways will also be part of the project," added Hanish.

            Meanwhile, Kochi corporation officials said that by developing open spaces as green spaces, they intend to create a clean and healthy environment. It is expected to improve the quality of life in the city. As the city is fast losing its green cover, there needs to be an effort to keep the environment green and healthy.

            "The parks would have green cover as evergreen trees and flowering bushes would be planted. Landscaping would be carried as part of beautification. There would be walkways, lawns, spaces for leisure activity, play area for children and toilet blocks," said a local body official.

            Equipment like see-saws, swings, wave slide, GI ladder, spiral slide, sunset scrambler, multi-seater see-saw, circular swing, spring rider, merry-go-round, multi playstation, four-seater arc swing and bridge ladder scrambler will be installed in the children's play area. Park furniture, including benches, will also be set up.

            Boundaries of the park and green spaces will be secured by walls or wire fencing. There will be proper lighting, drainage and gates. Sufficient arrangements will also be made for watering lawns, flowering bushes, trees and plants.

            Taking a cue from many of the works, which continue to remain incomplete, KMRL has stipulated in the tender document that bidder who gets the works would not be able to "claim price escalation for the portion of work, if any, which remains unexecuted after the stipulated completion period."

            Based on the basic drawing instructions provided along with the tender document, the bidder entrusted with the work would have to prepare the design and drawings and get it approved by KMRL before the commencement of work.

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              Flats for P & T Colony residents

              Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lay the foundation stone for constructing flats to rehabilitate residents of P & T Colony at Mundamveli on Tuesday.

              TNN | Jul 29, 2018, 08:20 IST

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              KOCHI: Chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan will lay the foundation stone for constructing flats to rehabilitate residents of P & T Colony at Mundamveli on Tuesday. The programme will be held at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor stadium, Kadavanthra.

              As many as 88 apartments will be there in two blocks of the building coming up on 70 cents of land, which costs Rs 7 crore. The land belongs to Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA). "The flats are constructed under Life Mission programme of the government. The rehabilitated people need not pay money to get apartments in the blocks," said C N Mohanan, GCDA chairperson.

              The flats will be constructed using state government's contribution under Life Mission and pooling corporate social responsibility (CSR) funds. Each apartment, spread over an area of 400 sq ft, will have two bedrooms, kitchen, hall and a toilet. It has been planned to complete the construction work and hand over apartments in 10 months.

              The colony, situated at Gandhi Nagar in 63rd division, lies adjacent to Thevara-Perandoor canal. "As many as 85 families live in the colony. State Suchitwa Mission officials had visited the colony as authorities could not announce the district as open defecation-free as people in the area were defecating in public places. The mission officials submitted a report to the local self-government and directed to rehabilitate the colony residents at the earliest," said Mohanan.

              "There will be an auditorium to conduct programmes and space to park vehicles. We could not rehabilitate the residents far away from the city as their livelihood works revolves around Kochi," he added.


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                Civil Line Road residents seek relaying of alternative roads

                To Expedite Execution Of Kochi Metro Preparatory Works

                TNN | Jul 30, 2018, 06:48 IST
                KOCHI: As the state cabinet accords approval for extending Kochi Metro to Infopark, people residing along Civil Line Road (Palrivattom-Kumarapuaram Road) have demanded to relay alternative roads before commencement of road widening works for facilitating construction of Kochi Metro.

                The stretch of the road from Palarivattom to Kakkanad must be widened to 22 m from existing 16m as part of Metro's preparatory works.

                Even while residents and commercial establishments agree to part with their land, they express concern over the inconveniences caused while implementing these works.

                M B Muraleedharan, councillor representing Vennala division, said that major demands include relaying and addressing bottlenecks on city roads.

                The first is to relay the Alinchuvadu-Thrikkakara Road (via Palachuvadu and Soumya Nagar) and to find solutions for the bottlenecks, which hinder free movement of traffic. The second demand is to develop the Vennala Government High School Junction.

                "If these two roads are developed it will be possible to divert traffic movement through the Civil Line Road. Well-relayed roads can take a large chunk of traffic. It will also help in speeding up preparatory works and execution of Kochi Metro works," said Muraleedharan.

                He also said that Kochi Metro Rail Ltd (KMRL) will have to consider the concerns raised by some of the religious establishments. "People are happy with the kind of compensation offered by the Metro agency. Some of the issues including location of Metro stations will have to be reconsidered," he added.

                As per an initial assessment made by Kochi Metro authorities, the land acquisition required for extending Kochi Metro was likely to affect about 300 landowners and 400 commercial establishments. A final picture on land acquisition will emerge after the social impact assessment (SIA) study gets completed. The scrutiny of the data is progressing and the exact number of buildings that need to be partially demolished and those who require rehabilitation will be figured out.

                The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium-Infopark stretch of Kochi Metro is 11.2km and the project is estimated to cost Rs 2,310crore. The Kakkanad extension needs acquisition of 6.97 acres at an approximate cost of Rs 93.50crore. There is also a need for acquiring 8.55 acres for the preparatory work on this route.

                "The tenants occupying commercial spaces are a worried lot. Currently, many of them occupying old building pay a small amount as rent. The owners, who are unable to evict such tenants, are waiting for the Kochi Metro. While KMRL pays adequate compensation, the tenants will get a rehabilitation package. However, those who run small business fear that they will lose their livelihood when they are moved from the current location," said Satish Chandran, a land owner at Padivattom.

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                  Illegal constructions near HC Junction demolished

                  TNN | Jul 30, 2018, 06:52 IST

                  Owners pulled down sheds attached to 20 bunk shops on Sunday.

                  KOCHI: Greater Cochin Development Authority (GCDA) has evicted illegal constructions attached to bunk shops on the corridor connecting Marine Driveand High Court Junction.

                  Earlier, GCDA authorities had asked owners of 54 bunk shops on the stretch to demolish illegally-constructed sheds attached to the shops on their own or would be pulled down by the development agency.

                  GCDA had also warned that amount incurred on this account along with fine would be charged from them.

                  The eviction move by GCDA was after the city police gave a letter to the development agency demanding eviction of such shops. According to police, many of those shops, which function round-the-clock, engage in drug sale and cause law and order issue.

                  "Owners themselves pulled down sheds attached to 20 bunk shops on Sunday. The remaining will be pulled down in the coming days," said a GCDA official.

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                    Dam’s water level inches closer to limit, Idukki on alert

                    TNN | Jul 30, 2018, 06:16 IST

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                    IDUKKI: With the water level in Idukki dam crossing 2394.33 feet on Sunday evening and continuing to rise, the district administration started clearing undergrowth and other obstacles along the projected path water will flow once the dam’s shutters are opened. The authorities have also issued warnings to people residing downhill from the dam and have put in place evacuation plans.

                    KSEB chief engineer (dam safety) Bibin Joseph told TOI that ‘orange’ warning alert will be issued when water level reaches 2,395 feet. “As part of the review meeting, the chief minister has directed to open the shutters of the dam before the water level reaches 2,400 feet on a trial basis. The CM directed to release a 50cubic metre/second of water from the dam on a trial basis,” Joseph said.

                    The KSEB dam safety wing plans to open the shutters on Tuesday on a trial basis. The shutters will open 40 centimetres, officials revealed. The government has made all arrangements when water is released from Mullapperiyar dam, Idukki district collector Jeevan Babu K said. The district administration has banned tourism activities in Konnathadi, Mariyapuram, Vazhathope, Vathikudi, and Kanjikuzhi panchayaths when the shutters are opened.

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                      Construction ban in Munnar: Kerala HC seeks govt's views

                      Mahir Haneef | TNN | Jul 31, 2018, 20:39 IST

                      Kerala high court.

                      KOCHI: The Kerala high court has sought the views of the state government on a petition questioning insistence for No Objection Certificate (NOC) from revenue department for construction in areas around Munnar in Idukki.

                      A petition filed by Manju Jince, a local Kerala Congress (M) leader who is currently the president of Bisonvalley panchayat, through advocate Mathew Kuzhalnadan is being considered by the court.

                      As per the petition, an interim order was issued by the high court on January 21, 2010 on a public interest litigation (WP-C No. 34095/2009) alleging large scale encroachment of revenue or forest lands, issuance of fake ‘pattayams’, and weak administration adversely affecting even the upkeep of the terrains of Munnar.

                      Further, the court plea said the court had, through the interim order, directed officials of revenue, police, forest and local self-government authorities to ensure that no construction activity takes place in Munnar without NOC from the revenue department and without permission from panchayat authorities, except in cases governed by court orders.

                      But Devikulam revenue divisional officer (RDO) and Idukki district collector have issued circulars for expanding the application of the court’s order to areas beyond Munnar such as Chinnakanal, Kannan Devan Hills, Santhanpara, Vellathooval, Anavilasam, Pallivasal, Anaviratty, and Bisonvalley villages, the petition said.

                      These circulars has brought hardship to the petitioner as they restrict construction in the land owned by her at Bisonvalley, which is 30 kilometres away from Munnar, Manju has contended.

                      In issuing the circulars, the RDO and the district collector have adopted strange and wild interpretation of the interim order issued by a division bench of the high court, it is alleged. The order was issued only in respect of the fraudulent ‘pattayams’ issued and the encroachment made into government and forest lands within Munnar, the petitioner points out.

                      Such action by the RDO and district collector is illegal and arbitrary. They have erroneously interpreted the court’s interim order in the sense of a legislation. By doing so, they have violated a Supreme Court judgment of 2008 (State of Rajasthan vs. Ganeshi Lal) that said words of judges in their judgments are not to be read as if they are words in an Act of Parliament, the petition said.

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