Hand over waste in bio-bags, traders told

Meetings to be held with traders at zone level

ORDERLY DISPOSAL:The Coimbatore Corporation wants traders to store waste, especially generated in meat stalls, in bio-degradable bags and then handed over to the conservancy workers of the civic body. - PHOTO: S. SIVA SARAVANAN

COIMBATORE: Following up on the clean city drive, specifically for the World Classical Tamil Conference, the Corporation plans to rid the commercial areas in the city and places where shops are located in residential colonies of garbage.

The civic body has made a fresh appeal to traders to store waste only in bio-bags (biodegradable bags) and not dump it along roads, into the drainage or in open spaces such as reserved sites.

“We spoke to the traders on Thursday on the need to use the bio-bags. They were asked to store the waste in these bags and hand these over to the Corporation’s conservancy workers,” Mayor R. Venkatachalam said.

Apart from the usual garbage removal at 6 a.m. across the city, another shift at 9 a.m. would be introduced specially for the traders.

New shift

The Mayor said the shops, especially the ones that sold fish and meat, would not have much waste as early as 6 a.m. Therefore, the new shift would be introduced.

“Unless we put in place a disposal system that meets their needs, the traders also may find it difficult to adhere to the Corporation’s orders. At the same time, the traders will have to go by the system once it is in place,” the Mayor said.

“In order to spread the message wider, we plan to hold meetings with traders at the zone level, involving the Mayor, Corporation Commissioner, Deputy Mayor, Health Committee Chairman and other officials, he said.

From THE HINDU

Sandalwood, tiger parts seized

Tirupur: The forest officials seized 40 kg of sandalwood, tiger teeth and claws, horns and antlers of deer and antelope from Mavadappu settlement in the Upper Aliyar area in the district on Friday evening. Five persons, including a trader from Kerala and a Siddha practitioner from Pollachi have been arrested.

District Forest Officer K. Rajkumar told TheHindu that on a tip-off, a special task force team apprehended the trader from Mannarkad in Kerala while he was loading sandalwood in his car. Three tribals who supplied the material were also arrested. A search of the car also resulted in the seizure of the tiger parts.

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Ambur municipality sends proposal to construct check dams

AMBUR: A proposal to construct check dams in three catchment areas in Ambur has been sent to the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA), Chennai.

The check dams will help in increasing groundwater level and tackle the water shortage problem in Ambur.

According to officials of the Ambur Municipality, they have proposed to construct the check dams at the catchment areas of Vannaanthurai, Aanaimedu and Nadhiseelapuram, which are also water pumping stations. Besides increasing water level by the drought season, the dams would help farmers in the surrounding areas get increased water supply for irrigation.

“The proposal has been sent to the DMA. The municipality has sent a proposal worth Rs. 6.25 crore to take up works for developing water supply at Vannaanthurai, Aanaimedu, Nadhiseelapuram, Naickeneri and Kamanuthatu,,” said municipal chairman V. Nazeer Ahmad. Meanwhile, the municipality is taking up works to construct a small retaining wall at the head work at Aanaimedu. Tenders for the works have been floated.

Drought period

“The retaining wall will save surface water coming from mountains.

A two to three-metre-high wall will save water and help in increasing water supply in three to four months before the drought period,” he added. Similarly, retaining walls would be constructed at the head works at Vannaanthurai and Nadhiseelapuram, the tenders for which would be floated soon.

From THE HINDU

Tiruchi: Proposal to create additional facilities at Grand Anicut

THANJAVUR: Public Works Department (PWD) has sent a proposal to the Central Government for developing Grand Anicut with museum and other facilities at a cost of Rs. 6.90 crores.

The proposal includes beautification of Grand Anicut Canal running across Thanjavur from Irwin bridge to Nagai Road.

Official sources told “The Hindu” that the proposal was sent on October one, 2009.

The proposal titled “Development of Kallanai (Grand Anicut) under Government of India scheme,” envisaged construction of a museum with a ground floor, first floor and second floor at a cost of Rs. 2.43 crores out of the total amount.

The ground floor will be raised with high ceiling and an aquarium.

The second floor will have a viewpoint with telescopic arrangement so that the people can see the entire Grand Anicut.

The museum will depict the meandering of the Cauvery from Coorg i.e., Thalai Cauvery till it reached the Bay of Bengal at Poompuhar.

Theme park

A children’s theme park, water sports and adventure sports will be added to the existing park.

Construction of wayside public conveniences and basic amenities will be taken up under the scheme.

Walk ways will be provided on the Vennar right bank and Cauvery lift bank.

Amenities will be provided for people to take holy dip in the Cauvery.

Bathing ghats and fleet of steps will be built with aesthetic look like the ones at Somnath Temple at Gujarath. This will be done at a cost of Rs. 87 lakhs.

Beautification of Grand Anicut canal in Thanjavur will be taken up from Irwin Bridge to Nagai Road at a cost of Rs. 1.50 crores.

Walk ways

Walk ways will be provided on both the banks of Grand Anicut in the stretch.

Proposals for converting Vennar Vettar head near Thirukattupalli have been sent to the Government.

G. Srinivasan – From THE HINDU

Relearning the role of water in our cities

Rain is the modern-day tragedy in our cities: we desperately wait for the monsoons and when it rains, we weep because roads are flooded, life is disrupted. Mumbai, just a few months ago, was so thirsty for the monsoons that it was close to rationing its water supply. But then the rains came. The city did not rejoice. Instead, it went under water, all mixed with sewage and garbage, drowned in bad health. This scene is not very different in Delhi or any other city you can think of.

But the real tragedy is that in a few months, after the rains, our cities will be thirsting again. But then, rain is not part of our plan.

We believe we are all-powerful. Water greed will make us draw water from surrounding areas. Today, our cities get their water supply from further and further away – Delhi gets Ganga water from the Tehri dam, Bangalore is building the Cauvery IV project, pumping water 100km to the city, Chennai water will traverse 200km from the Krishna, Hyderabad from Manjira and so on. The point is that the urban industrial sector’s demand for water is growing by leaps and bounds. But this sector does little to augment its water resources, it does even less to conserve and minimize its use. Worse, because of the abysmal lack of sewage and waste treatment facilities, it degrades scarce water even further. But even after all this, its water greed is not met. Groundwater levels are declining precipitously in urban areas as people bore deeper in search of the water that municipalities cannot supply.

So, when it does not rain it cries and when it does rain, it cries. The cycle of water deprivation continues and we have done nothing to change our tomorrow.

This when we can do so much more. The water imperative is that cities must begin to value their rainfall endowment. This means implementing rainwater harvesting in each house and colony. But it also means relearning about the hundreds of tanks and ponds that nourished the city. Almost every city had a treasure of tanks, which provided it the important flood cushion and allowed it to recharge its groundwater reserves. But urban planners cannot see beyond land. So, land for water, has never been valued or protected. Today, these water bodies are a shame — encroached, full of sewage, garbage or just filled up and built over. The city forgot it needed water. It forgot its own lifeline.

Lakes are the vital sponges of the city. Every city gave its land for rain. Bangalore, at the beginning of the 1960s, had 262 lakes, now only 10 hold water. The Ahmedabad collector — on directions from the high court — listed 137 lakes in the city but also said that over 65 had been built over already. In Delhi, 508 water bodies were identified — again on court orders — but are not protected.

But to rethink the role of rain in our city, will require new learning in society. Just consider: builders and architects have simply never been taught how to hold water. They have been trained to see water as waste and to build systems to dispose of it as quickly as possible. German cities are learning from our experience. To save investment in building stormwater drains, the city charges a tax based on how much rainwater has been harvested by the household.

But this even this will not be enough. Each of our cities will have to learn the real value of rainwater: we will have to minimize water use and work on conservation and reuse. We will have to take our sewage and treat it so that we can recycle it — either for recharge or to make it fit for drinking.

Otherwise we will be the ultimate lost generation, which has forgotten the art of living with water. Our tragedy and our water crisis.

SUNITA NARAIN –  (The author is director of Centre for Science and Environment) – TOI

Met department predicts an improvement in rains

Monsoon havoc:People wade through a waterlogged road in Patna on Thursday. — Photo: PTI

NEW DELHI: The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Thursday forecast that there could be some improvement in the monsoon situation over north India next week.

According to the latest bulletin, fairly widespread rain or thundershowers could occur over Jharkhand, and Chhattisgarh, scattered rainfall over Bihar, east Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir and isolated rain or thundershowers over Delhi, Chandigarh, Haryana, Punjab, west Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat during the next three days.

The bulletin also forecast that maximum temperatures over the plains of northwest India and adjoining central India could fall by two to four per cent during the next two days. The IMD further announced that the northern limit of the monsoon, which had been remaining stationary since June 18, moved slightly northwards in north Madhya Pradesh covering Bhopal and its neighbourhood.

At the end of the first month of the four-month South-West Monsoon season on Wednesday, the country was faced with a rainfall deficiency of 16 per cent of the long period average for the month.

The situation was the worst in the central and the north-west parts of the country, with deficiencies of 26 per cent and 18 per cent.

Uttar Pradesh had the maximum shortfall, with the western part of the State recording a deficiency of 82 per cent and the eastern part 72 per cent.

From THE HINDU

Erode bus stand in need of attention

ERODE: Overflowing sewage, uncollected garbage, stinking and sickening toilets, broken chairs and dust covered platforms continue to be the hallmarks of Erode bus stand.

Despite the fact that thousands of people visit and hundreds of buses touch it daily, the condition of the bus stand is utterly chaotic, signifying the total apathy of the local authorities in improving the conditions prevailing here.

“The air is always filled with foul smell emanating from the unclean public toilets and uncollected garbage heaps,” say passengers.

The public convenience facilities at the bus stand are stinking. Most of the bus crew and passengers dare not enter these toilets, but prefer to ease themselves in the open, behind some vehicles.

As if the above mentioned problems are not suffice, the septic tank of a pay-and-use toilet started overflowing on Thursday.

From THE HINDU