Dindigul: At a time of water crisis

GOING WASTE:Drinking water flooding West Car Street in Dindigul on Sunday owing to burst of main water pipe line. — PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

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Dindigul: Acute drinking water crisis at Gnanapuram

Residents totally depend on water leaking from a main pipeline

DINDIGUL: Normally, developmental activities like expansion of road enhance comfort of people. But such development has brought acute drinking water crisis to residents of Gnanapuram at Seelapadi panchayat. The colony people have been running from pillar to post for a pot of water.

PATHETIC: A resident collecting water seeping from a pipeline on Karur-Dindigul highway on Sunday. — PHOTO: G. KARTHIKEYAN

With closure of a high yielding well on Karur by-pass road for expansion of four laning of Karur-Dindigul Highway recently, the only water source to this colony was completely sealed.

All promises and assurances from political circles and the district administration to calm down indignant residents of this colony who vociferously protested the closure of the well were kept as promises only.

At present, the residents totally depend on water leaking from a main pipeline supplying Cauvery drinking water to Dindigul near J.K. Nagar, one km away from the colony.

The Seelapadi panchayat had installed a plastic tank and a fitted a motor to supply drinking water to this colony. The pumping motor had been under repair for a long time. The Seelapadi panchayat too failed to fill the tank. It had filled only twice after an agitation by the local people, said Nagammal, a resident of the colony.

“For all other purposes, we buy water from private water suppliers. We pay Re.1 for a pot of water. The situation will turn worse in the summer. Private suppliers will increase prices of water in the coming months,” she worries.

They appealed to repair the pumping motor and streamline water supply to this colony.

The residents had blocked Karur-Dindigul by pass recently in protest against the closure of their only water source two months ago.

The Seelapadi panchayat and the district administration assured to take efforts to supply drinking water regularly to their colony.

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Enumeration of wild animals to be held

DINDIGUL: Enumeration of wild animals including tigers in forests under Dindigul forest division will be conducted between February 6 and 13.

Non-government organisations, students in schools and colleges and individual volunteers may take part in the survey.

Those interested can contact the District Forest Officer, District Forest Office, Collectorate in person or through telephone number 0451-2460470, according to a release from District Forest Office here on Monday.

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Green cover will bring down global warming, say experts

DINDIGUL: Creation of more green cover by growing a large number of trees will scale down global warming and keep the earth cool and make it an ideal place for all living things; traditional agriculture practices will protect cultivable lands.

These observations were made at the South Regional Environment Conference here on Tuesday.

Coastal Aquaculture Authority Chairman A.K. Rajan said that trees were the only viable source to bring down temperature. Degradation of environment and rise in temperature were faster than scientists’ expectations.

The poor would be the worst affected.

Rise in temperature by one degree centigrade would force surface-living fish to go 15 metres deep into the sea.

A further increase would force them to go deeper and even migrate towards north or south directions.

Such a change would make fishermen’s life miserable creating acute sea food shortage.

Coral reef would get destroyed and sea water contaminated. Natural farming scientist K. Nammazhvar said that human greed was the sole reason for the pathetic conditions prevailing on earth. Drought had gripped 14 districts.

Remedy to this crisis was not known.

“If you protect trees for three years, it will protect you till death and also your future generations.”

Traditional practices

Indians had excellent knowledge in traditional agricultural practices. Farmers should be knowledgeable to understand the nature fully and live with it.

Natural farming should be adopted and less water consuming crops cultivated, he said.

Former Vice-Chancellor of Gandhigram Rural University T. Karunakaran said that decentralisation of production would bring a desirable impact on global warming.

Peace Trust Chairman J. Paul Baskar said that Asian and African countries had realised the impact of global warming but only developed nations refused to take any preventive measures even though they realised the impact. Quick and concrete action was necessary, he added.

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Dindigul: Dams reach full level

DINDIGUL: All major dams in Palani taluk have reached their full capacity and Varadhamanadhi dam has started overflowing since Tuesday, thanks to the sudden and sharp showers in the past 24 hours.

The entire inflow of 870 cusecs was discharged in to the river from Varadhamanadhi dam.

Storage level in the Palar Porundhalar reservoir reached its brim and Kudiraiyar dam level was inching towards to its total height of 80 feet.

The level crossed 76 feet in this reservoir. Inflow into the Marudhanadhi dam and several tanks near the hilly regions was good. The flow in all streams, including the Silver Cascade on Kodaikanal hill, was also good.

Nilakottai received highest rain and Palani recorded the lowest in the district. The sky was overcast on Wednesday and mild showers were experienced in some pockets.

The worst-affected were the people in Dindigul town. Almost, all prime roads in the town turned slushy and muddy, thanks to the inordinate delay in the completion of underground drainage work. Soil dumped on centre of the road after finishing the work spread on to other parts of the road making it slippery and unfit for riding or driving. Even pedestrians, particularly school children, too faced hardship. North and East Car streets, Main Road, AMC, Salai Road and Railway Station Road and the main road in Begampur were affected.

Total rainfall in the district was 110.4 mm and average rain 12.27 mm only.

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Dindigul: 13 watersheds to be developed on Sirumalai hills with community participation

A special gram sabha meeting will be convened on December 15 to discuss its implementation

The community will be vested with powers to maintain these structures, says Dindigul Collector

DINDIGUL: Ten watershed areas in Vadamadurai union and 13 watersheds on Sirumalai hills will be developed with community participation under the Integrated Watershed Management scheme to augment groundwater and enhance agriculture activities.

Sirumalai hills, (eastern ghats)

A special gram sabha meeting will also be convened on December 15 in the respective panchayats to discuss the implementation of the programme.

A total of 10,000 hectares of wasteland will be developed in Sirumalai and other villages, including Pilathu, Thennampatti, Sindhuvarpatti and Iyyalur in Vadamadurai union.

Farmers to be benefited

Farmers will be the ultimate beneficiaries of the scheme, according to officials. Experts and scientists identified these potential areas using remote sensing and GPS, the Collector M. Vallalar said. The district administration has already conducted a special training programme on various uses of GPS and remote sensing for officials. Reclamation of land, construction of soil and stone bunds, rainwater harvesting pits, check-dams, percolation ponds, farm ponds and natural water sources for cattle, desilting of tanks and supply channels, afforestation, fodder cultivation and creation of fruit tree groves will be the prime activities in these watersheds in order to convert wasteland in drought-prone areas and on the hill into cultivable lands.

All these works will be taken up with participation of community only. The community would be vested with powers to maintain these structures, said Mr. Vallalar.

To know the views of local people, a special gram sabha meeting will be convened in the respective panchayats.

All works will be implemented on the basis of views expressed by the community. Landless poor and women would be roped in to form self-help groups as part of this project to enhance their economic status, he said.

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Dindigul: Slippery stretch

Inconvenience: The rain-ravaged Gandhi Vegetable Market in Dindigul. — Photo: G. Karthikeyan

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