Tirupur: Low-level areas remain waterlogged

Tirupur: After heavy rain lashing the district over the last few days, it was a sunny spell in the city on Monday.

However, many low-level areas in the city and its suburbs remained waterlogged owing to poor drainage facilities.

With skies opening up and vector control measures by the Corporation administration remaining far from satisfactory, viral fever has been spreading fast here.

A seven-year-old child, who was tested positive for swine flu on Monday, was admitted to Coimbatore Medical College and Hospital.

Rainfall

The Department of Revenue Administration, Disaster Management and Mitigation department sources said that the district received 411.6 mm rain, with an average of 58.8 mm, during the last 24 hours ending at 8.30 a.m. on Monday. Following is the rainfall recorded at various places for the period (in mm): Kangayam 99.2, Dharapuram 73, Avinashi -67, Tirupur- 55, Mulanur – 54, Palladam -51 and Udumalpet -12.4.

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Tirupur: 5 hi-tech poly greenhouses planned

Tirupur: To enhance productivity of horticulture/agriculture crops and ensure appropriate returns to growers, the Department of Horticulture plans to set up as many as five hi-tech poly greenhouses for the first time in ‘Tirupur block’ at an outlay of Rs 32.5 lakh this fiscal.

The structures will help the farmers to adopt ‘protected cultivation’ techniques for crop production. Assistant Director of Horticulture P. Santhanakrishnan told The Hindu that under the project, the farmers would be extended subsidies to set up poly greenhouses, each spread over 1,000 square metre.

“The subsidy assistance will be 50 per cent of the project cost in the case of small and marginal farmers subject to a maximum of Rs. 325 per sq.m. and 33 per cent of the project cost for the other farmers limited to a maximum of Rs. 215 per sq.m.” Mr. Santhanakrishnan said.

The establishment of poly greenhouses will enable the farmers to even opt for some hilly vegetables and a few rarely cultivated species of capsicum and flowers.

The hi-tech poly greenhouse, according to Mr Santhanakrishnan, will increase the yield as the dome-shaped structure with high quality multi-layer polythene covering will protect the plants from harmful ultra-violet rays and adverse weather.

Pest control

Besides, pest control measures will be easier and effective inside the greenhouses, he said.

The foggers fixed inside the poly greenhouses will help the farmers to maintain optimum temperature and humidity required for healthy growing of crops.

“The allotment of greenhouses will be on first-cum-first serve basis,” he added.

More details can be obtained from Mr. Santhanakrishnan at 0421-2214710.

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Tirupur: School students try hands at recycling waste

Students make chalk powder out of egg shells; convert municipal waste into organic manure

Students produced five kg manure from 50 kg of waste

Public can inform them about garbage lying uncollected

Tirupur: A group of students at Frontline Academy Matriculation Higher Secondary School in Tirupur has carved a niche for themselves by producing chalks from egg shells and converting wastes into organic manure using ‘effective microbial solution’.

D. Ramya, a Plus One student and leader of the ‘young scientists’ team, told The Hindu that the inventions titled ‘Wealth from waste’, were aimed at recycling the rubbish into useful products and thereby prevent environmental degradation.

The other members of the team included Ramya’s classmates B. Nithya, G. Salini, A Karthick and D. Thoufeeq.

Chalk powder

Explaining the technique of converting egg shells into chalks, Ramya said that shells, collected from hostel kitchen, were washed, dried and then crushed into a powdered form.

“Rice flour and diluted adhesives as binding agent are then added to the powder before drying the mixture in a test tube for two days to get chalk powder,” she said.

According to her, calcium content in the egg shells have been utilised to the optimum for converting into chalks.

Young scientists: Students of Frontline Academy Matriculation HSS in Tirupur displaying the compost unit developed by them.

Compost yard

Regarding the composting unit they have developed, she said that the concept was formulated after seeing the misery of city residents owing to poor waste management practices followed by authorities concerned.

In the unit, garbage collected is first laid in rows before adding a specially prepared ‘effective microbial’ solution.

To activate the microbes in the solution, a mixture of jaggery and water is added and the solution is kept in an airtight plastic can.

“The lid of the can is opened everyday for seven days to release the gas formed inside,” Ramya said.

The solution thus made and added to the garbage will also ensure that smell and flies are kept at a distance besides composting it into good quality manure.

“We are able to produce five kg of manure from every 50 kg of waste,” Ramya said.

Appeal

She has appealed to the public to inform the school about garbage lying uncollected so that it could be collected by the students and turned into manure at the unit. The students can be contacted at 98652-44601, 0421-2358905.

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India: SC tells Tirupur’s dyeing industry to pay for polluting

NEW DELHI: Supreme Court has come down hard on industries polluting water bodies, applying the ‘polluters pay’ principle against 150-odd dyeing units in Tirupur’s garment export which had been discharging their waste in Noyyal river.

In an order that may be cited by green activists, the court asked the dyeing units at Karur and Tirupur, which cater to the huge forex earning garment export industry in Tamil Nadu, to pay for cleaning the River Noyyal and other water bodies massively polluted by discharge from their factories.

Agreeing with the stand of the Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association, SC refused to take any lenient view of the environmental hazard resulting from the noxious effluent discharged by the factories adversely affecting the river, the Orthapalayam reservoir and other tanks and channels of the river.

The court noted that the industries have set up 17 common effluent treatment plants (CETPs) and were asked to pay up Rs 55.60 crore for eco-restoration and pollution check work. The Tirupur Dyeing Factories Association, as per a Madras High Court order, had paid up Rs 25 crore for this purpose. The SC said the rest of the amount had to be paid within three months.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice B S Chauhan said: “It is desirable that the members of the appellant association should ensure the compliance of the directions including the payment of the dues within three months.”

“They shall ensure that no pollution is caused to the river or dam and if cleaning operation has not yet been completed, it shall be completed within three months,” the Bench said.

It said: “Undoubtedly, there has been unabated pollution by the members of the appellant association. They cannot escape the responsibility to meet the expenses of reversing the ecological damage. They are bound to meet the expenses of removing the sludge from the river and also for cleaning the dam. The principles of `polluters pay’ and `precautionary principle’ have to be read with the doctrine of sustainable development.”

The court noted that Tirupur was an industrial hub providing employment to five lakh people in garment industries there, which earn around Rs 10,000 crore in foreign exchange annually for the country. 

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Water released from Amaravathi Dam

Water will flow through main canal till November 30 

Tirupur: Following a government order, the Minister for Highways and Minor Ports, M. P. Saminathan, released water from Amaravathy Dam for irrigation on Tuesday.

About 1,900 cusecs of water was released through five gates into Amaravathy Main Canal and Amaravathy River after the dam received abundant inflow from the catchment area.

For irrigation: Minister for Highways and Minor Ports M. P. Saminathan (third right) releasing water from Amaravathy Dam on Tuesday. — Photo: M. Balaji

For irrigation: Minister for Highways and Minor Ports M. P. Saminathan (third right) releasing water from Amaravathy Dam on Tuesday. — Photo: M. Balaji

Collector C. Samayamoorthy told The Hindu that the water would be released through Amarvathi Main Canal in spells of seven days with five days break in between till November 30.

Similarly, water through Amaravathi River would be released in spells lasting 10 days with five days break in between till November 30.

“We plan to release 2,316 mcft of water through Amaravathi River and 2,129 mcft through Amarvathi Canal during the period,” Mr Samayamoorthy said.

K. Paneerselvam, Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, said the water supplied through the two systems (ie. Amarvathy River and Amarvathy Main Canal) would irrigate a total of 54,637 acres under different crops spread over Tirupur and Karur districts.

Mr Paneerselvam said that water level in the dam stood at 68.61 feet on Tuesday evening against the full capacity of 90 feet.

Chief Engineer of PWD G. Panchanathan and other officials were present when the shutters were opened.

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