Plan to bring underground drainage scheme to Arcot

“5,82,231 TV sets worth Rs.132 crore were so far distributed in Vellore district”

VELLORE: Steps would be taken to implement an underground drainage scheme (UGS) for Arcot Municipality, Durai Murugan, Law Minister said at Arcot on Tuesday.

Minister distributed colour televisions worth Rs.1.43 crore to 6981 persons in the 15 wards in Arcot Municipality. Mr. Durai Murugan was responding to a plea by S. Jagathrakshakan, Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting for the implementation of UGS in Arcot. He said that 5,82,231 colour televisions worth Rs.132 crore were so far distributed in Vellore district, while 43,960 colour television sets worth Rs.10 crore were distributed so far in Arcot Assembly Constituency.

R. Gandhi, Ranipet MLA presided. T.A. Mohammed Saqhy, former MP, Pon Rajasekaran, vice-chairman of Arcot Municipality, A. Karunanidhi, Deputy Collector-in-charge (CTV) and Ramani, Tahsildar, Arcot spoke. J.L. Easwarappan, Municipal Chairman, Arcot welcomed the gathering. R. Rajasekaran, Taluk Supply Officer, Arcot proposed a vote of thanks.

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Vellore: Hostels planned for forest schools

Meeting held to create awareness of District Forest Right Protection Act 2006 

PUDURNADU: The Forest Department has plans to provide hostel facility for 11 forest schools in Vellore district, A.V. Venkatachalam, District Conservator of Forest, said here on Tuesday.

He was participating at a meeting to create awareness of District Forest Right Protection Act 2006, organised by the Tamil Nadu Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Department. He said that at present, students coming from interior areas found it difficult to continue their education. A demand for the hostels was put forth by a section of tribals in the district.

Mr. Venkatachalam said that many of the forest schools faced shortage of teachers. Initially, the government had recommended appointing teachers who had registered with the employment exchange on seniority basis. But, the teachers who were appointed hesitated to work in tribal areas. A petition was submitted to Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi and the government, in the month of September, issued an order stating that teachers need not be recruited on seniority basis through the employment exchange. The Forest Department could recruit teachers by placing advertisement and the only criteria considered would be qualification.

To get over the problem of shortage of teachers, the department had taken steps to recruit qualified tribal youth on temporary basis, Mr. Venkatachalam said.

Further, the department had spent Rs.5 crore on construction of additional school buildings and maintenance of existing schools during last year. Infrastructure in forest schools had been upgraded. As a step to enable tribal youth to become engineers and doctors, computer course had been introduced in the schools since last year, he said.

Referring to bad road condition in forest areas where the tribals lived, Mr. Venkatachalam said laying of new roads in forest areas was not an easy task as lot of formalities had to be completed.

A total of 117 km of road in the district come under the forest area. If a new road is laid in an area, it is mandatory to set up a Forest Department check-post. Lot of cost was involved in this and some of the areas could not be opened to the public. Some of the forest areas were in Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh border and increased vigil has to be maintained to check the movement of naxalites.

Mr. Venkatachalam said that despite the situation, the Forest Department had sought permission for lying 14 new roads in forest areas of the district. The demand to expand 15 km of road from Tirupattur to Pudurnadu would be considered. Roads would also be laid from Pudurnadu to Nellivasalnadu. This would help the Transport Department to introduce bus service from Pudurnadu to Nellivasalnadu. Some of the roads that would be newly laid are from Ambur to Nayakaneri, Polur to Jamunamarathur and Amrithi to Jamunamarathur.

Earlier, Mr. Venkatachalam handed over a sum of Rs. one crore to the Animal Husbandry Department to purchase milch cows and goats to the Scheduled Tribes. He also requested the Pudurnadu tribals to understand the District Forest Right Protection Act-2006 and make best use of it.

Tirupattur Sub-Division Sub-Collector Nandhakumar, Pernambut MLA A. Chinnasamy, Councillor A.K. Arunachalam and Pudurnadu panchayat president K. Natarajan spoke. District Adi Dravidar and Tribal Welfare Officer V.Swarnalatha welcomed the gathering.

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Vellore: Report on Cauvery water scheme sent to government

Financial estimates, allocation of funds remain: Durai Murugan

“Tirupattur, Vaniyambadi and Ambur, Katpadi area, Vellore Corporation to benefit”

“Second bridge across the Palar in Vellore likely to open before New Year”

VELLORE: The Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board has completed a study and sent to the State government a project report on the scheme on bringing water from the Cauvery to Vellore district, Law Minister Durai Murugan has said.

He was participating in a function got up by the Vellore Corporation to distribute colour television sets to beneficiaries on Fort Round Road here on Monday.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that by last week, the TWAD Board finalised the list of wayside village and town panchayats and municipalities that would be beneficiaries of the Cauvery water scheme in Vellore district. The municipalities of Tirupattur, Vaniyambadi and Ambur, the Katpadi area and the Vellore Corporation would be getting water as per the report. What remain are the preparation of financial estimates and allocation of funds by the government for the implementation of the project.

Mr. Durai Murugan said he would be requesting Chief Minister M. Karunanidhi to announce the date by which people of the respective local bodies would be getting water under the scheme, in the Governor’s address to the Assembly next year.

The second bridge under construction across the Palar in Vellore is nearing completion, and is likely to be inaugurated before the New Year.

The government and the Vellore Corporation are taking steps to improve basic facilities for the increasing number of tourists visiting the golden temple in Sripuram near Vellore.

Mr. Durai Murugan said that the government has so far distributed 4,57,796 colour TV sets to beneficiaries in Vellore district at a cost of Rs.102.31 crore.

A total of 6,028 colour TV sets were distributed to beneficiaries in the Vellore Corporation area on Monday.

He requested the government to discuss with Vellore MLA C. Gnanasekharan the backlog in the distribution of TV sets and ensure that TV sets were distributed to all those who were eligible.

C. Rajendran, Collector of Vellore, presided. P. Karthikeyan, Mayor of Vellore, welcomed the gathering.

Mr. Gnanasekaran, Sheela Rajan, chairperson of Vellore District Panchayat, and T.A. Mohammed Sadiq, Deputy Mayor of Vellore, spoke.

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Chennai: Parts of Madurai district to get Cauvery water

When TWAD Board’s drinking water supply project becomes operational

81 MLD to be supplied to three municipalities, six town panchayats, 1,431 rural habitations

As many as 100 board officials have been deployed for project

CHENNAI: Parts of Madurai district, including Melur and Thirumangalam, are to get Cauvery water when the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage (TWAD) Board’s drinking water supply project, estimated to cost Rs.586 crore, is operational.

Under the project, 81 million litres a day (MLD) will be supplied to three municipalities, six town panchayats and 1,431 rural habitations in Madurai district and one town panchayat of Sivaganga district.

Avaniapuram is one of the municipalities to be covered, a board official says, adding that the limits of the Madurai Municipal Corporation will not be served.

Present plan

As per the present plan, Cauvery water will be tapped from near Mettu Mahadanapuram upstream of Kulithalai. The total length of water conveyance line will be 380 km from the source point. Sub-surface water will be drawn by digging three collector wells.

As many as 100 board officials have been deployed for the project.

The official says that the project report will be ready by the month-end.

Originally, the project was to cover three municipalities, four town panchayats and 155 rural habitations. At that time, the cost of supplying water worked out to around Rs.37 per kilo litre.

As the government considered it to be high, the board was directed to come up with an alternative plan that would bring down the cost. Under the revised plan, the cost comes to approximately Rs.17 per KL.

The official explains that initially the board considered tapping water from the Vaigai dam. As this source was not regarded as sustainable, the TWAD Board decided to bring Cauvery water to Madurai district.

Areas to be covered

At present, the areas to be covered under the project are using local sources. By extending Cauvery water, the service level in rural habitations will go up to 40 litres per capita per day (LPCD); 90 LPCD in urban local bodies and 135 LPCD in municipalities where underground sewer schemes have been envisaged.

As regards urban local bodies (ULBs), funds will be drawn through the Urban Infrastructure Development Scheme for Small and Medium Towns (UIDSSMT), which broadly comes under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

As for the rural habitations, the cost of the project will be met through the Minimum Needs Programme. The Union Ministry of Urban Development has already given the approval in principle for Rs.258 crore.

The official says the remaining amount will be provided by the State government.

Asked whether the latest drinking water supply project, using the Cauvery as the source, will have any adverse effect on farmers for agriculture, the TWAD Board official replies in the negative and adds that the quantum of water to be drawn for the Madurai district project will not even be one thousand million cubic feet (tmcft) — to be precise, 0.98 (rpt: 0.98) tmcft.

As of now, 29.37 tmcft of Cauvery water is used for all the drinking water projects.

This includes the recently-commissioned Ramanathapuram combined water supply project, which requires 1.2 tmcft. The proposed Hogenakkal and Vellore water supply projects envisage 1.3 tmc ft each, the official adds.

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Vellore: Heavy rain

VELLORE: Heavy rain lashed Arakkonam, Ponnai Anaicut and Sholinghur areas on Sunday, with Arakkonam town recording the highest rainfall of 80 mm during the 24 hours ending 8.30 a.m. on Monday.

The rainfall recorded (in mm) in other parts of Vellore district during the same period are Ponnai Anaicut 53.6, Sholinghur 43, Melalathur 32.8, Alangayam 32, Vaniyambadi 30, Tirupattur 25.1, Walajapet 25, Vellore 23.5, Gudiyatham 23, Ambur 20 and Anaicut 16.4.

The Sun shined for a brief while in Vellore on Monday morning, only to be followed by rains after 11 a.m. — Special Correspondent

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Heavy rain in Vellore

VELLORE: Vellore town received heavy rain on Sunday morning, inundating several thoroughfares. After 11 a.m., the rain was intermittent, and the sky cleared for sometime in the afternoon. However, rain started again after 6 p.m.

Heavy rain was also reported from other parts of Vellore district on Sunday.

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Vellore: Eco-friendly products popular in Switzerland

VELLORE: The response from customers to eco-friendly and energy-saving products in Switzerland is good with 30 per cent of them preferring such products, according to Arthur Ruf, president, Swiss Academy of Engineering Sciences.

He was talking to newspersons on the sidelines of the Silver Jubilee International Conference on Biotechnological Solutions for Environmental Sustainability organised by the School of Bio Sciences and Technology (SBST) of the VIT University on the VIT campus here on Wednesday.

Mr. Ruf, who runs a unit of his own in Switzerland after having worked in industries in Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the U.K., said that he had helped his companies manufacture products with minimum energy and minimum waste. He had been able to achieve this in food technology, in the making of chocolates and wheat flour, as well as in the manufacture of polyester tea bottles. Inaugurating the conference, Mr. Ruf said that the website, http://www.worldresourcesforum, would give more details about the concept of energy saving.

Eco-Friendly products can reduce global warming

Eco-Friendly products can reduce global warming

Action sought

R. Natarajan, former Chairman of the All India Council for Technical Education, said that unless appropriate steps were taken to conserve the fast-depleting energy resources and the country utilised the renewable sources of energy, a day may come when people would be forced to travel on foot or using bullock carts. Mr. Natarajan released a compact disc in connection with the conference.

G.V. Selvam, Pro-Chancellor of the VIT University, who presided over the conference, said that concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached 435 parts per million (ppm). If the atmospheric pollution caused by the discharge of toxic gaseous effluents from industries and automobile emissions were not contained, the carbon dioxide concentration would reach 750 ppm. M.B. Nirmal, founder, Exnora International, released the conference souvenir.

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