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Public support for indefinite relay fast swells

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The absence of service lanes from Palpannai to Thuvakudi on Tiruchi-Thanjavur National Hihghway leads to traffic chaos. | Photo Credit: M. Moorthy

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DMK, CPI leaders, BHEL employees and residents want retrieval of Palpannai-Thuvakudi service road

The support from political parties, trade unions and public welfare organisations has been encouraging for the indefinite relay fast initiated earlier this month by the Federation for Retrieval of Palpannai-Thuvakudi Service Roads along the 14.5 km stretch.


Within a few days of the start of the protest, DMK Organising President M.K. Stalin had raised the issue in the Assembly in a Calling Attention Motion to drive home the importance of fulfilling the demand of the people expeditiously.

The seventh day of the relay fast was inaugurated by CPI State Committee Member T. Indrajit, and it ended with support expressed by CPI (M) Rural District Secretary Jegadeesan. On the next day, former Transport Minister K.N. Nehru addressed the protestors. CPI leader R. Nallakannu will be addressing the demonstrators on Thursday.

Representatives of BHEL employees affiliated to various trade unions have been steadfast in their support to the protestors from various localities along the sides of the stretch.

Hundreds of residents of several localities including Vignesh Nagar, LIC Nagar, Raghavendra Nagar, Priyanka Nagar, Santhosh Nagar, Sri Balaji Nagar, Balaji Nagar, Sriram Nagar, Vethathri Nagar, Ashtalakshmi Nagar, R.K. Puram, Sakthi Nagar, Gokul Nagar, Kalaivanar Nagar, AVM Jothi Nagar, Venugopal Nagar, Kaviri Nagar, Indra Nagar, Tirunagar, Bharathidasan Nagar, Pual Nagar, and Fathimapuram have taken turns to sustain the indefinite hunger fast. Over 2,000 residents took part in the fast conducted for 10 days so far, S. Sakthivel, one of the organisers, said.

The Federation that had initially planned not to relent until the start of land acquisition process for which the State had sanctioned Rs. 84.5 crore during 2011, has now come around to realising that since the issue has now been taken to the attention of the government for prompt action, the protest could be suspended for now.

“Intensified agitations will be carried out in the next phase if the government response is not satisfactory. “The relay fast is a precursor to a series of aggressive protests ahead involving youths,” Mr. Sakthivel said.




source: http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Tiruchirapalli/public-support-for-indefinite-relay-fast-swells/article19312787.ece


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Long-term solution to tackle fire mooted

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“Hydrant system can be installed around 47-acre garbage yard”

The recent major fire at the massive garbage dump at Ariyamangalam here lasting several days causing torrid times to residents in its vicinity has prompted firefighters to moot a long-term solution to tackle such situation in future.

Having battled for nine consecutive days within the dump premises braving intense heat and thick smokes billowing out from the huge garbage mounds, firefighters feel that an hydrant system could be installed around the 47-acre garbage yard which would drastically reduce time taken to extinguish the raging flames and smoke with minimal manpower strength.

The recent fire within the Ariyamangalam dump where mounds of garbage went up in flames spewing thick smoke engulfing several areas nearby necessitated day and night operations by teams of firefighters aided by water lorries provided by the Corporation.

Around 80 firefighters, including some drawn from neighbouring Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Pudukottai districts, were engaged in batches continuously using 14 fire-tenders and over 20 water lorries given the magnitude of the situation, say the Fire and Rescue Services department officials.

Having to cover a vast area filled with garbage mounds, including plastic and industrial waste, it was undoubtedly a challenging task for the firefighters to carry out the operation wearing masks even as fire kept spreading to nearby mounds.

The real challenge for the fire fighters was to identify the “seat of fire” amid a huge area with fire spreading rapidly, said an official. This is not the first time that the Ariyamangalam dump, which has been in existence for over two decades, has seen such a major fire.

Similar instances of massive scale of fire were reported in 2013 and 2014 as well with residential localities in its vicinity having to bear the brunt of severe pollution. Tonnes of garbage collected from various parts of the city are being dumped at the huge site every day.

In the wake of the recent incident, the district administration called for a detailed report from the firefighters as well who had worked on the field to address the issue on a long-term basis, said the sources.

Firefighters suggest that a hydrant system with additional provision of water jet monitors covering vantage points around the dump and associated facilities including a overhead water with 7 lakh litre capacity, a fire pump to monitor and control the situation swiftly could be the best bet as a long term measure in the wake of such recurring instances.

“The system should be connected with underground water pipelines to spray water instantly in case of a major fire without having to wait for the fire tenders to reach the spot,” said a senior official.

The water jet monitors could be deployed at nearly 40 vulnerable points within the yard which were close to residential localities. The monitors would “throw” water in a diagonal manner on the garbage mounds which would cool the area checking spread of fire, say the officials.

The firefighters feel that the garbage mounds could be compartmentalised more as this would enable free movement of fire tenders inside and minimising spread of fire. Fire fighters have different classification for fire with the Ariyamangalam dump falling under the “A” class. Class “B” is for oil, Class “C” for gas and Class “D” for metal.“Hydrant system can be installed around 47-acre garbage yard”



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A business revolution in Pachamalai hills

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Tribals float farmers’ producers company

In a significant step towards ensuring sustainable livelihood, tribal farmers of Pachmalai hills have floated a farmers’ producers company.

As many as 512 members living in Thenpura Nadu and Aththi Nadu have joined the company christened, Pachamalai Organic Farmers Producers Company. It has so far raised a share capital of Rs. 3.79 lakh
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In spite of sharp fall in revenue because of standing crop failure due to severe drought, 379 farmers have contributed Rs. 1,000 each towards share capital. As per the requirement of the Company’s Act, the company has nominated 10 directors to take important decisions on running it. All of them are from the tribal community and have studied up to Plus Two. Similarly, the Board of Directors has nominated a Chief Executive Officer to run the day-to-day affairs of the company.

“It is one of the very few farmers producer companies exclusively run by tribals in the country. They have already started marketing their produce. It is encouraging,” says Collector K. Rajamani, who visited Pachamalai and interacted with a few members.

Though the members are new to the concept, they have understood the nuances of marketing their produce by avoiding middlemen. Mango was the first organically grown fruit handled by the company. In the ongoing season, it has marketed about 5 tonnes of mango. It has also marketed a few loads of cashew too.

S. Murugesan of “Hand-in-Hand”, a non-governmental organisation implementing the Integrated Tribal Development Programme (ITDP) funded by the National Bank for Agricultural and Rural Development (NABARD) in Pachamalai, said that raising and marketing mango, tapioca, coffee beans, amla and medicinal plants would be part of the company’s main agenda. The company would gradually make a mark as it has planned to cash in on the market sentiment of buying commodities, vegetables and fruits grown by organic methods.

Collector Rajamani further said that the requirements of the company would be studied and action would be taken to create necessary infrastructural facilities for marketing their produce.



source:http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/in-pachamalai-hills-a-business-revolution-takes-shape/article19274543.ece


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