Dindigul: Drinking water project to be over by September

DINDIGUL: Combined Cauvery drinking water projects (phase II) meant for Reddiyarchatram and Vedasandur will be completed by September end, said I. Periasamy, Minister for Revenue.

He was inaugurated the panchayat union office and distributed free gas stoves and gas connections to beneficiaries at a function held at Reddiyarchatram here on Tuesday evening.

Seventy per cent of the water project work meant for Reddiyarchatram union and 75 per cent of work meant for Vedasandur was over. Pipeline was laid to a distance of 36 kilometres.

The TWAD Board was advised to expedite the work to complete it by September end. On completion of the project, drinking water crisis of these areas will be solved, he added.

Main objective of opening more and more fair price or ration shops at villages was to scale down the distance between the shops and the houses. People need not have to travel for a long distance to buy PDS goods. Moreover, distribution of PDS goods would be done quickly and people need not wait in long queues to get their goods.

To take the government schemes quickly to people, the government had created 22 taluks in the State so far.

Later, the Revenue Minister inaugurated fair price shops at Sullerumbu Kadiraiyan kulam and Thekkampatti in Reddiyarchatram union built at a cost of Rs.2.6 lakh and panchayat union office constructed at a cost of Rs.6 lakh. Free gas stoves were given to 208 families and old age pension to 529 beneficiaries.

The TWAD Board had already implemented Rs.100 crore Cauvery drinking water project for Dindigul and neighbouring town panchayats including Natham. Second phase of the project was under progress to supply protected drinking water to residents in Vedasandur and Reddiyarchatram.

From THE HINDU

Borewells to be sunk to augment water supply

Water from the Cauvery is not enough for the city

Dedicated water supply scheme already sanctioned, It has been delayed by administrative issues

SALEM: To meet the drinking water scarcity, Salem Corporation has undertaken the massive work of sinking 93 borewells at places where the water problem is acute in the city.

For more water: Work on sinking borewells in progress at Maruthi Nagar in Salem on Thursday.- Photo: P. Goutham

Though the city is being supplied with water from Cauvery, it is not enough for the burgeoning population.

The government has already sanctioned a dedicated water supply scheme for Salem city alone with source again at Cauvery.

But technical and administrative issues plague the scheme, which is getting delayed further.

As the district and city have already been reeling under severe drought like situation, Tamil Nadu Government under a special sanctioning has sanctioned a sum of Rs. 2 crore for the Corporation to sink borewells in the city.

The issue also drew heated debate on the floor of the recent council meeting with councillors from all parties including DMK voicing their concern over the delay in utilizing the State fund and sinking borewells.

Responding to their demands, the Corporation officials had identified 93 places in which they started the work of sinking borewells at a total cost of Rs. 1.10 crore.

Corporation Commissioner K. S. Palanisamy and other senior officials supervised the works of the first borewell being sunk at the Mannarpalayam Pirivu-Puduvalavau area here.

The Commissioner said that the works of all 93 bore wells would be completed by this month end.

Other works such as laying pipelines and erecting plastic tanks also had been taken up simultaneously, he pointed out.

Councillors and other senior officials accompanied the Commissioner on the supervisory visit.

From THE HINDU

Leaf mite infestation in rice – Methods to Control

Rice leaf mite has attained a pest status in the Cauvery deltaic regions of Tamil Nadu. Infestation starts early from the nursery till stem elongation stage.

Leaf mites feed on upper and lower surface of rice leaves. Usually they are more numerous on lower surface than upper surface.

Leaf mites are small and microscopic spider mites which pierce the leaf tissue and suck the exuding sap.

They multiply very fast under congenial conditions and damage the entire leaf portion under severe infestation.

Damage results in the appearance of yellowish brown specks which increase under severe conditions and whole leaf turns to greyish white and dries up.

Usually the initial symptoms of damage are from the periphery of the rice field and later depending upon wind speed directions the intensity of leaf area loss is manifested.

Most severe

The damage is most serious during the high temperature time with high relative humility (June – July). Entire life cycle can take 8-12 days.

Adults are sexually mature when they emerge and mate as soon as possible. Egg laying begins in 1-3 days, and singly in rows along the leaf midribs and veins. Incubation lasts 4-9 days.

This is followed by the three immature stages – larva, protonymph and deutonymph.

The mite is active and breeds throughout the year building large population during hot weather when the life cycle takes the shortest time.

Management methods

Use of chisel ploughing once in four years.

Create a rice free period by ploughing down stubbles between crops or follow rice fallow crops with pulses/green manures maize in endemic areas.

Maintaining the bunds free from weeds. Seed treatment with Pseudomonas at 10 grams/ 1kg of seeds.

Topdressing of urea with neem cake (5:1) with LCC (Leaf Colour Chart) based N and to avoid excess Nitrogen application.

Top dressing of 50 per cent potash fertilizer. Spraying of Profenophos 50 EC 1000 ml/ ha along with khadi bar soap 1.5 kg controls leaf mite.
S.M. JALALUDDIN
G. RAVI
& S. JEBARAJ

Tamil Nadu Rice Research
Institute, TNAU
Aduthurai, Tamil Nadu

From THE HINDU

Arakkonam to get Cauvery water soon

CHENNAI: Cauvery water will soon be brought to Arakkonam, about 80km from here, as part of the ambitious Hogenakkal Drinking Water Supply Scheme.

Making the announcement in the assembly on Monday, deputy chief minister MK Stalin said the parched Vellore district, within which Arakkonam falls, would be covered by the project, being executed at a cost of Rs 1,800 crore. This will be done in the second phase of the project, work for which is presently on to bring drinking water to the fluoride affected districts of Dharmapuri and Krishnagiri at a cost of Rs 1,926 crore.

Stalin said that the physical works for the Hogenakkal scheme would begin by March. The work would be completed ahead of its December 2012 schedule.

From TOI

Bangalore: L&T Secures Orders For Rs.581 Cr

Larsen & Toubro said that it secured orders for Rs.581 crore from Powergen Infrastructure and Bangalore Water Supply & Sewerage Board during the third quarter of the fiscal. The orders include an EPC order for the material handling business for Rs.392 crore and water business for Rs.189 crore.

The projects will be executed by the metallurgical, material handling and water operating company of L&T’s construction division

The company said that the contract from Powergen Infrastructure is for setting up of a coal handling plant at 5 X 660 MW Tiroda Thermal Power Plant of Adani Power in Maharashtra and is to be completed in 30 months. The project includes basic and detailed engineering, supply and erection of mechanical, electrical and instrumentation systems and structural steel works including testing and commissioning.

The contract from BWSSB includes fabrication and laying of mild steel pipeline. The scheme is funded by Japan International Cooperation Agency, envisages transmission of 500 million liters per day of clear water from river Cauvery to Bengaluru. The project is to be completed in 24 months.

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