Release Kandaleru water from July 1

State government writes to Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh has to provide 8 thousand million cubic feet of water between July and October

Officials also plan to visit Andhra Pradesh requesting discharge of Krishna water

CHENNAI: The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday wrote to Andhra Pradesh seeking release of water from the Kandaleru reservoir from July 1 to offset the depleting resources in the reservoirs that supply to Chennai.

According to sources in the Water Resources Department, Tamil Nadu requested for release of the water as per the agreement between the two States under the Krishna water supply project. Andhra Pradesh has to provide 8 thousand million cubic feet of water between July and October.

A team of WRD officials also plan to visit Andhra Pradesh requesting discharge of Krishna water. The inter-State border of Kandaleru Poondi canal received 2.87 tmcft of water between February and April this year.

Combined storage

Officials of the Chennai Metrowater said the combined storage of the four reservoirs – Poondi, Cholavaram, Red Hills and Chembarambakkam – stood at 4.6 tmcft, which is only 43 per cent of their total capacity.

However, the Metrowater is able to manage the daily supply of 650 million litres a day with additional resources from Veeranam lake. The waterbody has 700 million cubic feet against its capacity of 1,465 mcft, which is a better storage compared to last year.

The recent showers were also favourable in reducing the evaporation loss in the reservoirs. Normally, about 30 mcft of water daily is lost due to evaporation and drawal. But, it was reduced to 20 mcft this month owing to showers, an official said.

With the available resources, the Metrowater would be able to sustain water supply till October. The release of Krishna water would help in stepping up the water storage, the official said.

K. Lakshmi – From THE HINDU

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Hubli-Illegal mining: Plea to hasten probe

HUBLI: Environmentalists have urged the central government to speed up the CBI inquiry into illegal mining in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

National Committee for Protection of Natural Resources president S R Hiremath and A S Salanki of Jan Vikas Andolan told reporters here on Saturday that money from illegal mining had led to corruption and power politics.

“There is an immediate need to curb illegal mining by ending the nexus between politicians, officials and miners,” Hiremath said.

Investigating agencies should also look into allegations of tax evasions and violations under Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA).

“The inquiry into illegal mining by several companies, including the Obalapuram Mining Company and Bellary Iron Ore Private Ltd, began well but it stopped because of a stay order issued by the High Court of Andhra Pradesh. The Andhra and the Union governments should work towards vacating the stay,” Salanki said.

Hiremath said they would urge the seven-member multi-disciplinary team constituted by Andhra Pradesh government to expedite survey of the mines and the inter-state border. “We will also urge Karnataka CM to join this initiative,” Hiremath said.

From TOI

Floods, protest in AP erode UltraTech net 18%

The massive floods in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka coupled with the Telangana protests hit UltraTech Cement’s bottomline in the third quarter of this fiscal.

Despite a sharp fall in power and fuel costs, the company reported an 18 per cent drop in net profit at Rs 196 crore in the quarter ended December 31 against Rs 238 crore in the same period last year.

Mr K. C. Birla, Executive President and Chief Financial Officer, UltraTech Cement, said the profitability was impacted by the sharp drop in demand in the southern region which contributes about 30 per cent of the company’s sales.

“Notwithstanding the fall in demand, price realisation was hit by new capacity addition of 21 million tonnes in the southern States in the last nine months,” he said.

Demand for cement in the southern region, which includes Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, grew 3.9 per cent against the industry average of 10.4 per cent in the December quarter, while Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka registered a demand growth of tonnes. Domestic sales rose 12 per cent to 4.34 3.88 mt.

Power and fuel expenses nearly halved to Rs 366 crore (Rs 633 crore) on the back of commissioning of new thermal power plants at various locations.

Domestic price realisation for UltraTech grew 6 per cent to Rs 176 for a 50-kg bag (Rs 166) in the quarter under review. Realisation from clinker exports was down 36 per cent at $32 a tonne (f.o.b.).

From THE HINDU BUSINESS LINE

Secunderabad bans recycled plastic bags

SECUNDERABAD: In an eco-friendly move, the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) has banned recycled coloured plastic/polythene bags in its jurisdiction from March 1.

A decision to this effect was taken at the Board meeting held here on Monday. All the ward members welcomed the move and promised to ensure its implementation in their respective wards. A resolution was also passed by the Board members unanimously endorsing the ban on plastic bags. “In view of health hazards and pollution caused by plastic, we have decided to ban it,” SCB chief executive officer C Ravindra said at the board meeting.

Responding to the proposal, president cantonment board (PCB) Brig K Digvijay Singh said both SCB authorities and ward members have to implement the decision effectively. The authorities have to ensure that shopkeepers use only paper bags instead of plastic ones. Ravindra said the ban would come into effect from March 1 in the Cantonment area. However, shopkeepers can use minimum thickness bags made of virgin plastic or regular plastic of not less than 20 microns.

“The proposal was moved in 2006 when T Arockianathan was CEO based on the orders issued by project director, Defence Estates, Southern Command, Pune. Accordingly, we prepared bylaws to implement the ban on usage of recycled plastic, but due to various reasons it was not done,” SCB health superintendent O Gajjaram told TOI. Special teams would be set up for implementing the orders by inspecting each business establishment. A fine ranging between Rs 25,000 and Rs 50,000 would also be imposed on manufacturers of plastic bags, he added. The Board has also taken a decision to award contract for out-sourcing collection of octroi and toll tax at checkposts. The CEO has sent a letter to the Southern Command elaborating the difficulties faced by the Cantonment Board in running day-to-day administration due to lack of staff as nearly 60 employees have been deputed to collect octroi and toll tax.

The Board also took a decision to collect penal rent from advertisement companies which put up hoardings on B-2 private land and continued even after the contract period lapsed.

From TOI

Eco-Tourism: The Talakona waterfall

The Talakona waterfall, also known as Sri Venkateswara park, is located in the Chittoor District of Andhra pradesh in India. With a 270 feet (82 m)-fall, Talakona is the highest waterfall in the Andhra pradesh state. Talakona is also known for the Lord Siddeswara Swamy Temple, which is located close to the waterfall.

Talakona Water Falls

Location

Talakona is located in Yerravaripalem Mandal of Chittoor District.[2] It is located 49 kilometres (30 mi) from Tirupathi, 220 kilometres (140 mi) from Chennai, 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Bakarapeta (the nearest town) and 105 kilometres (65 mi) from Chittoor.

Tourist attraction

The waterfalls is amidst beauty and greenery. The water of the Talakona is enriched with herbs and people believe that it has healing properties. Talakona was declared as Bio-Sphere Reserve during 1989-90 because of wide variety of plant species present in the region. A long and treacherous trekking route leads to the top of the hill, which can be reached by multiple paths. Talakona hills geographically is considered a part of Eastern Ghats. The Scenic locations and forests makes it an ideal place for film shootings and forms the backdrop of many Telugu movies like Bobbili Raja, Jalsa etc.

Resorts

Bans The hotel (3 Star Hotel) with accommodation,Dining & water Park, 7 km to Kanipakam, 40 km to Sripuram Golden Temple & 70 km to Tirupati.

From Wiki

AndraPradesh: Heavy rain lashes state; high alert in 4 districts

VISAKHAPATNAM: Barely recovering from the onslaught of the recent floods, the state is threatened by another fury of the nature with the coastal regions and Rayalaseema getting lashed by heavy rains during the last 24 hours and the met office warning of further heavy rains in the next two to three days.

The districts of Nellore, Prakasam, Chittoor and Kadapa have been put on a high alert with Nellore being the worst hit. With all the 46 mandals of the district recording heavy rains, breaches have occurred on the Kota-Sullurpeta and Dagadarthi-Butchireddypalem roads while a causeway was washed away in Jaladanki mandal.

According to the Met office, the rains were caused by a well-marked low-pressure area over the Bay of Bengal under whose influence the northeast monsoon also became vigorous resulting in southcoastal Andhra recording more than 10 cm rain.

Kavali of Nellore district recorded the highest rainfall of 25 cm followed by 22 cm in Jaladanki while Gudur in the same district experienced 13 cm rainfall. The well-marked low-pressure area is likely to move in a north northwesterly direction and concentrate into a depression during the next 2-3 days, Met officials said. Under its influence, very heavy rainfall is likely at a few places in Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur and Krishna districts during the next 48 hours.

Isolated to heavy rain is likely over Chittoor and Kadapa in Rayalaseema and some parts of Telangana.

From TIMESOFINDIA

NewDelhi: Cinema push for children’s right to info (UNICEF)

For the first time in history, the International Children’s Film Festival India held every alternate year in Hyderabad will have a package of films highlighting children’s right to information.

The package, which comprises around eight films made by children filmmakers from Andhra Pradesh’s Medak district, is the result of a unique collaboration between the festival and Unicef marking the 20th anniversary of the Convention of the Rights of the Child.

Among the over 70 films to be screened at the festival will be a special package of films from Unicef, and this partnership between the Children’s Film Society of India (CFSI) and Unicef is going to be a long-term one. CFSI chairperson Nandita Das says the 16th edition of the festival, starting in Hyderabad on November 14, will also have several sessions devoted to discussions on cinema and entertainment vis-à-vis children.

“Children in India grow on entertainment dished out to them by various TV channels and mainstream cinema which is described as ‘family movies’, while their access to children’s cinema is not great. We plan to involve individuals, NGOs, educators, parents and all others interested in using the visual media for children’s entertainment in the truest sense,” says Das.

The festival will have a special workshop in partnership with Unicef in which children would be trained in the basics of skills like animation, storytelling, acting and editing.

“It is important that there is also a dialogue on issues like whether right to entertainment should be a fundamental right for children and why children’s cinema is invisible in India,” Das says.

Unicef’s representative in India Karin Hulshof says the partnership is the result of the commitment of both Unicef and CFSI towards providing edutainment to children.

The festival will have two competition sections—International and Asian—comprising 15 and 18 films respectively, which will vie for the top Golden Elephant Award.

From DeccanHerald