Periyar Dam Level-Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009

MADURAI: The level in the Periyar dam on Tuesday stood at 120 feet (full level 136 feet) with an inflow of 793 cusecs and a discharge of 800 cusecs. The level in Vaigai dam was 57.15 feet (71 feet) with an inflow of 498 cusecs and a discharge of 60 cusecs. The combined Periyar credit stood at 4,566 mcft.

The Periyar dam recorded a rainfall of 34.2 mm, Tekkadi 4.6, Gudalur 1, Uthamapalayam 4, Vaigai dam 10, Manjalar dam 3, Peranai 18, Pulipatti 4 and Melur 7.


Tamilnadu-Erode-Campaign to create awareness on pollution in water bodies

Students collect signatures from members of the public

ERODE: Students, about 25 of them, conducted a signature campaign at Erode bus stand to create awareness on pollution in water bodies.

The students, drawn mostly from government and municipality schools, went about gathering signatures from members of the public while talking to them about pollution to water bodies in the district and how it could be stopped.

Making a difference: Students participating in a signature campaign conducted at Erode bus stand to create awareness on pollution in water bodies on Tuesday. – Photo: M. Govarthan

Making a difference: Students participating in a signature campaign conducted at Erode bus stand to create awareness on pollution in water bodies on Tuesday. – Photo: M. Govarthan

Led by Cuckoo, an organisation run by nature enthusiast and activist K. Sivaraj, the students conducted the signature campaign as part of the three-day camp.

Mr. Sivaraj says it is important to involve students in such activities because it is necessary to bring impressionable minds face-to-face with reality.

“At such age where children possess better sensitivity than adults, it is important to expose them to such things, for when they grow to be adults it will impact their behaviour, attitude towards environment.”

He also says it is important to conduct such a programme in Erode because River Cauvery, Kalingarayan Canal and other major water bodies are polluted.

Cancer patients

“It is reported that the highest number of cancer patients are from Erode,” Mr. Sivaraj says and adds that majority of the affected are labourers.

“The poor work for about Rs. 200 a day in tanneries, dyeing and bleaching units and other polluting industries but pick up diseases and ailments with treatments worth lakhs of Rupees.”

As part of the three-day camp, the students witnessed photo exhibitions. On Wednesday they will trek the Sathyamangalam forest with nature enthusiasts.

At the signature campaign at the bus stand Dr. V. Jeevanantham of Tamil Nadu Green Movement also participated.


Mettur Water Level-Wednesday, Sep 30, 2009

Water level in the Mettur dam stood at 100.62 feet on Tuesday against its full level of 120 feet.

The inflow was 16,038 cusecs and the discharge, 22,000 cusecs.


EcoTourism Tips from Singapore to Sikkim

Siliguri, Sept. 29: In a first-of-its-kind initiative by tour agencies of the region, a training of unemployed youths in eco-tourism ventures will begin high in the mountains of Sikkim in December.

Help Tourism, a Siliguri-based tour operator, and Hee Bermiok Tourism Development and Heritage Conservation Society have tied up with Jet Airways and the Singapore Scout Association to open the centre at Hee Bermiok in West Sikkim.

Trekkers in Sikkim

Trekkers in Sikkim

“The aim is to train the youths of Mangalbari, Kaluk, Rinchenpong, Hee Bermiok, Dentam and Uttaray, all in West Sikkim, on eco-adventure tourism in the region,” said Raj Basu, associated with Help Tourism and the conservation society. “The centre will be run by the Singapore-based organisation which will train the local youths on a long-term basis so that they can be part of a participatory model of the venture. The youths can also work for sustainable development in the area keeping in mind the conservation of nature.”

Gopal Lama, the deputy director of the state tourism department, north Bengal, appreciated the initiative to train unemployed youths. “It is a first-of-its kind effort,” he said.

Hee Bermiok, on the fringes of Barshey Rhododendron Sanctuary in West Sikkim, is over 150km away from Siliguri. The hamlet located in the idyllic surroundings and has potential to be developed as a centre for adventure sports like mountain biking and cycling, trekking and camping.

“We want the pristine natural surroundings of the area to be protected for which it is important for the local people to know the pros and cons of eco-tourism and eco-friendly development,” Basu said.

The conservation society will provide land for the centre while the scout association will raise funds for it. “The Singapore body will also send volunteers to execute the project. A delegation from Singapore has visited the area early this month and another team of 12 volunteers from Singapore will reach Hee Bermiok on December 1 and stay there for a fortnight ,” Basu said.

The Singapore team that visited the site this month included Gerry Oh, the regional vice-president of Jet Airways (southeast Asia), Tan Si Jie, an expert on environmental conservation, Patrick Tan, a photographer, and Christopher Khoo, a tourism consultant.

“They interacted with the local people on training, skill development, followed by promotion of tourism and conservation of nature,” Basu said. “The response was good and they have agreed to go ahead with the project, supported by the Changi Airport Group and India Tourism office of Singapore.”

During the visit, the team members also went to Kolakham village located on the fringes of Neora Valley National Park in Kalimpong subdivision.

“We want two model centres to be developed in Darjeeling and Sikkim. Kolakham is also ideal for a centre for eco and adventure tourism. These will complement the initiatives of the state and central governments to promote tourism in the region and can also contribute in employment generation,” Basu said. “Neora Valley is equally attractive like Barshey and houses the red panda and tiger.”


WWF-India among countries leading fight against climate change

BANGKOK – India, China and Japan are now leading the world to reach a deal this December that will be effective in tackling climate change while EU and the US are proving major stumbling blocks, international NGO WWF has said. 

As delegates from 177 countries gathered here Monday for the start of a two-week preparatory meet for December’s climate summit in Copenhagen, WWF applauded Japan, China and India for outlining concrete action to mitigate emissions of greenhouse gases.

“By playing an increasingly constructive role in the negotiations, they are confirming their determination to become the world’s next economic leaders on the basis of a green economy and low carbon growth,” said Kim Carstensen, leader of the WWF Global Climate Initiative.

“Pledges such as Japan’s to reduce emissions 25 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and that of Indonesia to keep emission growth 26-41 percent below business as usual projections by 2020 are bringing us closer to the global emission reduction targets we need,” said Carstensen.

He added that WWF was “worried about a mismatch between credible leadership in Asia and empty rhetoric in Europe and the US” on ways to tackle climate change. “While key Asian countries are offering concrete contributions to reach a deal in December, EU and US are emerging as major stumbling blocks.”

“Both developed and developing Asia are finding their way to the top in the world league of climate action. Now industrialised countries, and in particular the US, have to follow Asia’s example, and after missed opportunities in New York and Pittsburgh the talks in Bangkok present the next chance to step up.”

India’s Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jairam Ramesh said at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) session on climate in New York last week that the country was willing to report to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) the actions it took to reduce its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

GHG emissions — mainly carbon dioxide — are warming the atmosphere and leading to climate change, which in turn is affecting farm output, making droughts, floods and storms more sever and more frequent, and raising the sea level. India is among the countries worst affected.

Indian negotiators at global climate talks had earlier blocked attempts by the West to make the country’s actions “measurable, reportable and verifiable” (MRV) on the grounds that industrialised countries had no business seeking such reports except on projects they paid for.

Now, without the West making any concrete offer on financing and transfer of green technologies, India has made the offer to make its mitigation actions MRV, with Ramesh saying the country has nothing to hide because it is doing a lot to move to a greener development path.

While India’s latest stand has drawn kudos from the international community, it has been criticised in some quarters back home as a possible infringement on the country’s sovereignty. At international forums though, it is likely to improve India’s negotiating position.

Despite this, hopes for an ambitious deal which would help protect the planet from irreversible damage caused by climate change will become very slim unless negotiators at the current UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) talks make significant progress, Carstensen added.

“After months of haggling, losing time and arguing we have now entered the last phase and have an absolutely last minute chance to rescue the climate deal.”

“The main tasks are in the hands of rich countries which need to come up with ambitious (GHG emission) reduction targets as well as finance commitments which will help developing countries to adapt to climate change,” Carstensen said.

“Delegates are equipped with a clear mandate to edit at record speed and accelerate the drafting process,” said Carstensen. “Maybe big targets and big money will only be agreed in Copenhagen, but that can’t be an excuse for wasting time, at least the crucial groundwork must be laid here. We need clarity on what the key elements are for a Copenhagen climate deal.”

From Taragana

Bangalore-BWSSB plans mega water treatment plant

BANGALORE: Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) will construct the country’s second biggest water treatment plant at Torekadanahalli (TK Halli) to supply drinking water to the city under Cauvery IV stage II phase project.

BWSSB will be supplying 500 million litres per day (MLD) under Cauvery IV stage II phase and the water treatment plant will have a capacity to purify 500 MLD of water. Delhi Jal Board has constructed three water treatment plants of 550 million litres capacity.

Raw water from Cauvery river will be pumped from Shiva Anicut to TK Halli, which is at a distance of 18.5 km, through open channel and steel pipeline. The water will be purified and treated at TK Halli and will be pumped to the city in three phases, after treatment.

Nine working pumps and five standby pumps of high pumping capacity will be installed at TK Halli, Harohalli and Tataguni to pump water to the city, which is 98 km away from TK Halli. These pumps will be regulated with the supervisory control and data acquisition system.

The water will be pumped to the city in a steel pipeline of diameter 2700 millimetre and the water will be directed to six different ground level reservoirs (GLR) that are to be constructed at Jambu Savari Dinne, Uttarahalli, Parappana Agrahara, Gandhi Krishi Vignan Kendra, OMBR and Hudi.

These GLRs will have a collective storing capacity of 147 million litres of water and will help in regulating and diverting water to different parts of the city through 40 GLRs that are already existing and nine GLRs that will be constructed with aid from Bangalore Development Authority at different parts of the city.

All the aforesaid works will be undertaken under Cauvery IV stage II phase and will be jointly funded by Japan government and state government.

One of the BWSSB officials said, “Some of these works are yet to commence. If everything goes according to the plan, they should be completed by the end of 2012.”

From Express Buzz

Periyar Dam Level-Tuesday, Sep 29, 2009

MADURAI: Water level in the Periyar dam on Monday stood at 120 feet (full level 136 feet) with an inflow of 333 cusecs and discharge of 800 cusecs.

The Vaigai dam had water up to 56.96 feet (71 feet) and the reservoir had an inflow of 371 cusecs. The discharge was 60 cusecs. The combined Periyar-Vaigai credit was 4529 mcft.

The Periyar dam recorded a rainfall of 18 mm, followed by Thekkady 15, Sothuparai dam 12, Peranai and Shanmuganathi 4 each, Uthamapalayam 3, Gudalur 2.6, Veerapandi 2 and Vaigai dam 1 mm.