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‘Teak, best bet even at times of drought’

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Strong within:Teak saplings planted on the bank of the Uyyakondan channel in Tiruchi.

Though 600 hectares of teak plantations across the district have entered their second year of maintenance (when only soil works are carried out), the Forest Department is confident that this year’s monsoon deficit will not adversely affect their growth. “Teak is a very strong taproot, which is capable of surviving even the harshest of droughts,” says I. Anwardeen, District Forest Officer, Tiruchi. According to him, it is quite possible that the secondary tissues of the teak become stronger when faced with drought-like conditions.

The project, under which teak plantations have been established along Public Works Department (PWD) canals in the district, does not provide for irrigation of the seedlings beyond the first year of maintenance.

“Teak is a fast growing species, whose roots by this time would have been strongly established,” says Mr.Anwardeen. The roots, which grow relentlessly to support the weight of the tree’s top crown, is capable of finding the water table, however deep. “Since the plantations are along canal banks, that have water for several months in a year, the water table is quite strong in these parts making it needless to irrigate the seedlings beyond a point,” he says.

Trees such as teak are naturally capable of going on a ‘growth hiatus,’ where they stop actively growing till the next rains. “Tiruchi district has been getting summer showers every once in a while, despite the overall monsoon deficit,” says the DFO, who also pointed out that since teak was not a regular agricultural crop, there was no reason to worry.

According to A..Sekar, a forest ranger involved in the project, the most important period in a teak seedling’s life was its raising year, when it is nurtured at a nursery. Starting from the collection of seeds from a mature specimen, to their plantation at the canal bank sites, the project involves around 16 distinct processes.

The raising year, which refers to the nursery stage, involves pre-treatment of seeds with water mixed with cow dung; preparation of the mother bed with equal proportions of cow dung manure, silt soil and red soil; sprinkling and incubation of seeds (using hay) to induce sprouting and regular watering (with rose cans only) for a period of 25 to 30 days.

“The seedlings, once about two feet tall are removed from the soil, and are cut short so that only an inch above its bulbous root is left and planted within plastic bags that have been packed with the same mother bed soil,” says Mr.Sekar. After 30 days, the seedlings are transported to the sites that have been prepared: “The seedlings are planted in 1.5 metre deep pits that are filled with poultry manure,” says the ranger, who added that manual irrigation of the site is carried out till the end of the first year of maintenance.

“In order to help the seedlings retain water from irrigation or rain, the soil around the pit is removed in the shape of a saucer that is 1 metre in diameter,” says Mr. Sekar.


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Teak plantation area to be raised by 200 ha this year

Forest Department has earmarked 200 hectares in the district to be brought under teak plantation in 2012, raising the total land covered by the project to 1,600 hectares.

The plantation, being carried out along the banks of various Public Works Department (PWD) canals, were originally meant to control overflow of water at times of floods, according to I.Anwardeen, District Forest Officer, Tiruchi.

Apart from their flood controlling effect, teakwood fetches consistently good returns making them a popular option for the department’s social forestry and general afforestation projects. “Though teakwood matures over a period of 30 years, it requires only three years of care,” said Mr. Anwardeen.

In 2011 alone, teak saplings were planted in nearly 600 hectares along the banks of the Uyyakondan canal, Kattalaimettu canal and Pullampadi canal in the district, according to A.Sekar, Forest Range Officer. “While teak saplings planted in farmland and irrigated for more than three years tend to yield 0.5 to 1 cubic metre of wood, those planted on canal banks yield an average 0.38 cubic metre of wood,” he said. The type of soil at the canal banks also affected the growth and yield: “While the teak planted in Thanjavur, Tiruvarur and Nagapattinam district have a better yield owing to the silt-rich soil on the canal banks there, the teak in Tiruchi has to grow on the hard, gravelly soil found on canal banks here,” he said.

The teak seedlings are raised at a nursery during the first year (raising year), then transplanted onto the cleared land along the canal banks and maintained for the next two years, according to Mr.Anwardeen, who added that the plantation work is carried out by nearly 120 labourers at a cost of Rs.15, 035. Once the teak has matured, the trees are cut and auctioned in lots. “In terms of value, one cubic metre of teakwood, used to make window and door frames, costs Rs.30,000, while the one foot slabs used to make doors and tabletops costs Rs.60,000.”

The department appoints two watchers for every 10 hectares to protect the teak from grazing cattle and humans.

“Teak is one of the four scheduled timbres and unauthorised felling of teak trees is a non-bailable offence that attracts up to five years of imprisonment and a fine up to Rs.20, 000,” said Mr. Anwardeen.


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Anti-plastic drive intensifies

An intensive drive to discourage use of plastic products below 40 microns in thickness would be taken up in all town panchayats in Tiruchi, Pudukotttai, Perambalur and Ariyalur district from July 16 to September 15.

A decision to this effect was arrived at a consultative meeting of the presidents and executive officers of the town panchayats in the four districts convened by M.Margaret Suseela, Assistant Director of Town Panchayats, Tiruchi, here on Tuesday.

As per the decisions taken at the meeting, all town panchayat councils would adopt resolutions pledging to prevent use of plastics in their jurisdictional areas and sensitise small traders, vendors, marriage hall owners and other stakeholders to the issue. Self help groups would also be encouraged to adopt resolutions pledging against the use of plastic products.

An awareness campaign in the form of human chains, street plays and other publicity initiatives would be taken up. Town panchayats would also strictly enforce the ban and monitor enforcement.

Ms.Suseela said plastic wastes constituted nearly seven per cent of the solid wastes generated at the town panchayats.


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திருச்சியில் நாளை மெகா துப்புரவு முகாம் பொதுமக்கள் ஒத்துழைக்க வேண்டுகோள்

திருச்சி: திருச்சி மாநகராட்சி கமிஷனர் தண்டபாணி வெளியிட்ட அறிக்கை:திருச்சி மாநகராட்சியின் 65 வார்டுக்குட்பட்ட அனைத்து பகுதிகளையும் குப்பை தேங்காமல் பராமரித்திட ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் குறிப்பிட்ட சில வார்டுகள் தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்டு மெகா கூட்டு துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டு வருகிறது. இதன்படி ஜூன் மாதத்தில் அனைத்து வார்டுகளிலும் முதல் கட்டமாக சிறப்பு கூட்டு துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டுள்ளது. ஜூலை மூன்றாம் தேதி முதல் இரண்டாம் கட்டமாக அந்தந்த வார்டுகளில் உள்ள குடிசை பகுதிகளுக்கும் முக்கியத்துவம் கொடுத்து சிறப்பு கூட்டு துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டு வருகிறது. நாளை 10ம் தேதி மற்றும் 12ம் தேதிகளில் ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கோட்டத்தில் வார்டு எண் இரண்டு, எட்டு, ஒன்று மற்றும் ஒன்பதாவ து வார்டுகளிலும், அரியமங்கலம் கோட்டத்தில் வார்டு எண் 19, 15, 7 மற்றும் 14வது வார்டுகளிலும் துப்புரவு பணி நடக்கிறது.

பொன்மலை கோட்டத்தில் எண் 31, 38, 30 மற்றும் 43வது வார்டுகளிலும், கோ.அபிசேகபுரம் கோட்டத்தில் வார்டு எண் 41, 55, 40 மற்றும் 53வது வார்டுகளிலும் உள்ள குடிசை பகுதிகளுக்கு முக்கியத்துவம் கொடுத்து 16 வார்டுகளில் மேற்குறிப்பிட்டுள்ள நாட்களில் பிற்பகல் இர ண்டு மணி முதல் மாலை ஐந்து மணி வரை மெகா கூட்டு துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்படும்.

இந்த மெகா கூட்டு சிறப்பு துப்புரவு பணி நடைபெறும்பொழுது சம்பந்தப்பட்ட வார்டுகளில் பழுதடைந்துள்ள குடிநீர் குழாய் சீரமைப்பு பணிகளும், மேல்நிலை நீர்த்தேக்கத்தொட்டி சுத்தம் செய்தல். பழுதடைந்த தெரு விளக்குகளை மாற்றுதல் மற்றும் புதுப்பித்தல் பணிகளுடன் வார்டு முழுவதும் கொசு மருந்து அடிக்கும் பணிகளும் மேற்கொள்ள திட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. இவற் றை கண்காணிக்க உதவி ஆணையர்கள், செயற்பொறியாளர்கள் மற்றும் உதவி செயற்பொறியாளர்களுக்கு சிறப்பு பணி ஒதுக்கீடு வழங்கப்பட்டுள்ளது.இந்த மெகா கூட்டு துப்புரவு பணிகள் நடைபெறுவதை அந்தந்த கோட்ட தலைவர்கள், சம்பந்தப்பட்ட பகுதி மாமன்ற உறுப்பினர்களும், பொதுமக்களும் பயன்படுத்திக்கொண்டு மாநகரை குப்பைகள் தேங்காமல் சுகாதாரமாக பராமரிக்க ஒத்துழைக்க வேண்டும்.


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16 wards under cleaning campaign

Sixteen wards would be covered under the second phase of the mass cleaning campaign taken up by the Tiruchi corporation.

Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani, in a press release, said the campaign would be held at wards 3,4, 12 and 13 in Srirangam zone; wards 20-23 in Ariyamangalam zone; wards 34, 36, 42 and 44 in Golden Rock zone and wards 45, 49, 55 and 56 in K.Abishekapuram zone on July 3 and 5. The campaign would be conducted from 2 to 5 p.m. on both days.

Repairs to drinking water pipelines and street lights, cleaning of overhead water tanks and anti-mosquito fogging would also be carried out .


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Plan to reduce carbon emissions on the anvil

The International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), an international organisation offering technical consultation, training, and information services for capacity building and support to local governments in the implementation of sustainable development will soon come out with an action plan to reduce carbon emissions in the city.

The action plan is being drawn up as part of a project taken up by ICLEI, South Asia, with the support of the British High Commission, to formulate urban climate guidelines focusing on clean technologies to build sustainable low carbon cities. Tiruchi is one of three cities along with Coimbatore and Tirunelveli in Tamil Nadu where the project has been taken up, apart from Jaipur, Udaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan.

The project also seeks to develop an India-specific greenhouse gas protocol and a monitoring, reporting and verification (MRV) system for carbon emission reduction in cities, besides trying to raise awareness of appropriate use of clean technologies among stakeholders.

The project would strive to enable the cities to follow the path of sustainable growth through the use of renewable energy such as solar, wind, biomass and hybrid systems and achieving energy efficiency in households, government buildings, institutions and commercial establishments.

Representatives of the ICLEI made a presentation on the draft action plan at a stakeholders meeting, chaired by Mayor A.Jaya, at Tiruchi Corporation on Friday. The meeting was attended by representatives of various government departments, industry and trade organisations and voluntary agencies.

The project would focus on residential, commercial, industrial and government sectors, and come out with strategies for promoting renewable energy and achieving energy efficiency in households, government buildings, street lighting, water supply, sewerage system and transportation. It would also suggest strategies for use of renewable energy in hotels, hospitals, educational institutions and commercial/industrial establishments.

The project will come out with a report on financing opportunities for low carbon initiatives.

Asish Varma, Senior Project Officer, ICLEI, told The Hindu , that the guidelines and a final action plan would be prepared within the next 15 days after taking information from the stakeholders. ICLEI would also assist the corporation in implementing a few pilot projects.

At the meeting, Ms.Jaya said the corporation would initiate steps to promote renewable energy systems in the city. It has already taken up a project to convert all streetlights into compact fluorescent lamps in Golden Rock Zone. The civic body would also take up a pilot project to install solar energy systems at its buildings and also strive to raise the awareness levels among residents.

Commissioner V.P.Thandapani said as per a recent government directive installation of solar water heaters would be made mandatory for new buildings in the city. Commercial establishments would also be advised to go in for solar water heaters.

C.Chellakrishnan, manager, Ali Adil, research officer, ICLEI, Asick Meera, Deputy Mayor, and Corporation Executive Engineers R.Chandran and S.Arunchalam attended the meeting.


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Don’t stop with planting saplings, nurture them, youth urged

Dig in a shovel, plant a sapling and pose for a photograph. For ‘go green’ campaigners who pride themselves on planting saplings on special occasions, it would do well to remember that the act is not the end, but the beginning of an environmental effort.

Safe tree growing

Planting a sapling is no accomplishment; tending and nurturing them into trees is an act of creating green wealth, was the crux of the monthly ‘meet your scientists’ programme organised by the Anna Science Centre-Planetarium.

Tree growing should neither impede traffic nor inconvenience pedestrians and should ensure safe roads and platforms for the common man, said M.Partha Sarathy, founder, Green Wealth Foundation, Chennai.

While awareness on sapling plantation is high, know-how on doing it the right way is lacking felt Mr. Partha Sarathy. Educating and involving youth in greening activities in and around residential areas, reducing solid waste and encouraging rain water harvesting were the issues deliberated upon with a motley group of 160 school and college students.

Elaborating on efficacy of tree growing, he listed trees ideal for planting. The species should provide shade and should be of longitudinal growth. All saplings needed tending in the initial two to three years, and intermediate pruning, Mr.Partha Sarathy insisted. Soil must be cleared of debris, seasoned with dry leaves and neem cakes to promote growth. He elaborated on the right method of watering plants, dimensions of an ideal pit and ways to assess top soil.

Social responsibility

Fielding questions from students, he said perforated plastic tree guards were preferable to metal paraphernalia. Commercial boards nailed into trees are harmful and it is the social responsibility of citizens to reprove such acts. Replying to a child’s query if it was wise to grow lawns over trees, Mr.Partha Sarathy said lawns required high maintenance and were more for beautification than for environment benefits.

While lawns were for restricted use, trees had manifold benefits for society. An act of creating green wealth by spending an hour tending to plants is also a healthy habit.


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Park at Aristo roundabout being renovated by corporation

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32 wards covered under mass cleaning campaign

About 32 wards have been covered so far under the mass cleaning campaign taken up by the Corporation, according to Commissioner V.P.Thandapani.

This follows the announcement made by Mr.Thandapani that mass cleaning campaigns would be taken up in two wards in each zone every week in an attempt to improve sanitation and hygiene in the city.

In a press release issued here on Saturday, Mr.Thandapani said the exercise was taken up in two phases on June 5 and 7 and eight wards each in Srirangam, K.Abishekapuram, Golden Rock and Ariyamangalam zones have been covered so far.

The exercise would be taken up on June 19 in wards 5 and 16 in Srirangam zone, wards 24 and 28 in Ariyamangalam, wards 35 and 47 in Golden Rock and wards 50 and 57 in K.Abishekapuram zone, he said.

He appealed to elected representatives and residents to extend their cooperation to the Corporation workers in carrying out the exercise properly.


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திருச்சி மாநகரை குப்பையில்லா நகரமாக்குவோம் பொதுமக்களுக்கு மாநகராட்சி கமிஷனர் அழைப்பு

திருச்சி: ""திருச்சி மாநகராட்சியின் 65 வார்டுக்குட்பட்ட அனைத்து பகுதிகளையும் குப்பை தேங்காமல் பராமரித்திட ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் 16 வார்டுகள் தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்டு மெகா துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்படும்,'' மாநகராட்சி கமிஷனர் தண்டபாணி கூறியுள்ளார். இதுகுறித்து மாநகராட்சி கமிஷனர் தண்டபாணி அறிக்கை: மாநகராட்சி கவுன்சிலர்கள், பொதுமக்களின் கோரிக்கைப்படி மாநகரில் குப்பைகள் தேங்காமல் பராமரித்திட நான்கு கோட்டத்திலும் ஒவ்வொரு வாரமும் 4 வார்டுகள் வீதம் 16 வார்டுகள் தேர்வு செய்யப்பட்டு, செவ்வாய், வியாழக்கிழமைகளில் பிற்பகல் 2 மணி முதல் மாலை 5 மணி வரை அந்தந்த கோட்டத்தில் உள்ள அனைத்து துப்புரவு பணியாளர்களும் ஒருங்கிணைந்து தேரவு செய்யப்பட்ட இரண்டு வார்டுகளில் குப்பைகள் அதிகம் தேங்கியுள்ள பகுதிகளில் மெகா துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்படும். இதன் மூலம் மாநகரை குப்பையில்லா நகரமாக பராமரிக்க முடியம். இத்திட்டத்தின் கீழ் முதல் கட்டமாக கடந்த வாரம் ஜூன் 5 மற்றும் 7ம் தேதிகளில் ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கோட்டத்தில் 1,2,8,9, அரியமங்கலத்தில் 7,14,16,19, பொன்மலையில் 13,30,31,39, கோ.அபிஷேகபுரத்தில் 40,41,53,54 ஆகிய 16 வார்டுகளில் ஒரே வாரத்தில் மெகா துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ளப்பட்டது. அதேபோல் இந்த வாரம் ஜூன் 12, 14 தேதிகளில் ஸ்ரீரங்கம் கோட்டத்தில் 3,12,4,13, அரியமங்கலத்தில் 20,22,21,23, பொன்மலையில் 36,42,34,44, கோ.அபிஷேகபுரத்தில் 45,55,49,56 என 16 வார்டுகளில் ஒரே வாரத்தில் மெகா துப்புரவு பணி மேற்கொள்ள திட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளது. இந்த பணிகள் அந்தந்த கோட்டத்தலைவர்கள், உதவி கமிஷனர்கள் மேற்பார்வையில் நடப்பதை சம்பந்தப்பட்ட கவுன்சிலர்கள், பொதுமக்கள் பயன்படுத்திக் கொண்டு மாநகரை குப்பைகள் தேங்காமல் சுகாதாரமாக பராமரிக்க ஒத்துழைக்க வேண்டும்.
இவ்வாறு அதில் கூறப்பட்டுள்ளது.


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