Theni: PWD issues first flood warning to five districts

THENI: Public Works Department engineers issued the first flood warning for Dindigul, Theni, Madurai, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram districts as water level in Vaigai dam touched 66 feet at 4 p.m. on Monday

People residing along the river banks had been asked to move to places of safety.

The second flood warning will be issued when the level touches 68.5 feet and the third and final warning will be issued and excess water released from the dam simultaneously when the level crosses 69.5 feet. Water level crossed 65.8 feet in the afternoon. Heavy flow in major rivers such as Vaigai, Kottakudi and Mullaperiyar rivers has also increased inflow to the dam.

Periyar dam has also been receiving large quantum of water in the past two days. Inflow of 11,788 cusecs has increased the storage level to 129.9 feet (permissible level 136 feet) on Tuesday afternoon. However, discharge was restricted at 1,088 cusecs only.

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Delhi: 8 plastic mfg units issued show cause notice

NEW DELHI: As part of its drive against plastic bags, Delhi Government has issued show cause notices to eight plastic manufacturing units in the national Capital for producing bags of thickness and size, more than prescribed.

“We had inspected 48 plastic bag-making units and lifted samples for analysis of thickness and size. On analysis, it was found that eight units were manufacturing plastic bags more than the thickness and size prescribed in the law,” an official from De lhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) said.

As per the norms, the minimum thickness of recycled bags and virgin bags shall not be less than 20 microns or any minimum thickness as specified by the government. Action has been initiated against the defaulting units under the Water Act/Air Act as wel l as the Delhi Degradable Plastic Bag (Manufacture, Sale and Usage) and Garbage (Control) Act, 2000, the official said.

He added that the defaulters might face closure or follow the law. As per the Act, recycled bags should be coloured and pigmented, and dyes used in manufacturing plastic bags should to be in accordance with the pigments and listed in Bureau of Indian St andards (BIS). The government has also prosecuted more than 30 retail outlets across the city for selling goods in plastic bags. – PTI

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India-SC notice to Karnataka on Sivasamudram project

New Delhi, Aug 21 (PTI) The Supreme Court today sought a response from Karnataka government on the allegation by Tamil Nadu that it has unilaterally decided to go ahead with Sivasamudram Hydero power project in the Cauvery basin by violating the directions of Cauvery Water Disputes Tribunal.

A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justice P Sathasivam issued notices to Karnataka government and the Centre and sought their replies in three weeks.

Sivasamudram hydro Plant

Sivasamudram hydro Plant

Senior advocate K Parasaran mentioned the application of Tamil Nadu government in which it alleged that instead of putting the control of the project under a neutral agency, the Karnataka government was executing it through Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd.

Tamil Nadu submitted that Karnataka was not accepting the direction of the Tribunal that the project has to go through a neutral body like National Hydro Power Corporation (NHPC).

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Textile dyeing industries sealed

Erode, Jul 23: Pollution Control Board (PCB) authorities here has sealed 56 textile dyeing industries on the banks of river Cauvery in Namakkal district for discharging untreated effluents into the drains near the river.

A team of PCB officials visited various dyeing industries in Pallipalayam, Aavarankaru, Aavathipalayam, Samayasangili and found that effluent treatment or reverse osmosis plants were not installed and the effluent was not treated properly in 56 dyeing industries, official sources said.

Power connections were also disconnected in some of the units. Warning notices were served to 20 ther dyeing industries, the sources said.

Meanwhile, the strike by about 300 bleaching factory owners in Erode entered the fourth day today demanding the PCB not to insist them to erect Reverse Osmosis plants in tiny sector. – Agencies

By the Chennai Online