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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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Five India Post payments banks to come up in Trichy region

Five India Post payments banks (IPBB) are to come up in head post offices in the central postal region soon. Head post offices in Trichy, Thanjavur, Karur, Pudukottai and Cuddalore will have the payment banks in the first phase, officials said.
These banks will encourage small entrepreneurs and create saving habits among villagers too. Customers can open a savings account with the banks by depositing a meagre amount of Rs 100 and a maximum of Rs 1 lakh.

Meanwhile, the department has mobilised Rs 174 crore as deposit under the Sukanya Samriddhi scheme from 38,350 customers during 2016-17 from across the central region, they added. The department has so far collected Rs 49.50 crore from 8,439 customers in three months from April 1 to June 30 during the current financial year, they further stated.

Earlier, postmaster general D Veena Kumari inaugurated a centre for updation of Aadhaar cards for existing card holders at the head post office here on Monday.

Postal department in collaboration with UIDAI has launched the service, as there is a huge demand from public to keep their Aadhaar information updated in the database which includes correction in names, change in address, change in photographs and change in mobile numbers, said the postmaster general.

Since the facilities to register biometric identification was not provided, new enrolment of Aadhaar would be done later, once the required equipment is provided, she said.

Public would be charged Rs 20 for updation work and Rs 25 for colour print and Rs 10 in the case of black and white print, a senior official added.


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Corporation mulls alternate day water supply plan

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It will ensure supply of adequate water to all areas without any hitch, says official

The Tiruchi Corporation, which is feeling the heat of drinking water crisis due to unprecedented sharp fall in water table at its sources in the Cauvery, is mulling over supplying water on alternate days in the city.

The civic body supplies 122 MLD of water to its residents in the city through its 8 water works, in addition to the three water works operated by the Tamil Nadu Water and Drainage Board (TWAD).

There are 140 water tanks, with capacity ranging from one lakh litre to 30 lakh litre, in the 65 wards of the city.

The civic body hardly faces problems in supplying water to its residents in normal circumstances, as water would be available between 5 and 10 feet at its sources. But, the successive monsoon failure and severe drought have had its impact on the water table, which has depleted beyond 40 feet, forcing the Corporation to dig 11 additional bore wells to pump water to its wells in the Cauvery so as to pump out water to its tanks in different parts of the city.

According to sources, despite the fast depleting water table, the Corporation has managed to supply 118 MLD of water, as against 122 MLD, till Tuesday.

The short supply of 4 MLD was said to have caused problem to supplying water to residents in elevated planes of the city.


It has forced the residents to buy packaged water.

In the background of remote chances of the ground water table improving in near future, officials said that the difference was expected to only widen further in the next week, forcing them to draw up a contingency water supply plan for the city.

A meeting was held recently in Tiruchi to add final touches to the plan.

As per the plan, the civic body would resort to alternate day water supply for the first time in the recent years to tide over the crisis.

To facilitate the plan, it has divided the residential areas into two parts and respective overhead tanks.

“Alternate day water supply is the best available option to tide over the crisis. It will ensure supply of adequate water to all areas without any hitch. A decision will be taken within a week,” a senior officer of the Corporation told The Hindu .

As per the present arrangements, water pumping stations were working round-the-clock without any break. If the alternate day supply plan was enforced, the pumping stations would get a break of 4 to 5 hours thereby giving some time for water recharge, he added.




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