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Kudos to Trichy! All women leaders: Mayor, Collector, VC of University!


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Project Green Hands to nurture 1 lakh saplings in city nursery

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To mark this year's World Environment Day, the Tiruchi wing of the Isha Foundation has decided to nurture at their own nursery four types of tree saplings: trees that give shade, bear fruits and flowers, and those that provide timber. Instituted under the banner Project Green Hands, the two acre nursery near central bus stand, will be home to nearly 1 lakh saplings belonging to more than 20 botanical varieties.

Inaugurating the nursery, K.Meena, Vice Chancellor, Bharathidasan University, pledged ample student support for Project Green Hands, which hopes to plant 11.4 crore saplings in Tamil Nadu. “The NSS units of the various constituent colleges of the Bharathidasan University will pitch in for this project by providing the planted saplings with adequate care,” she said.

The project hopes to bring the tree cover of Tamil Nadu to the ideal 33 per cent, according to Swami Maruta, Coordinator, Isha Outreach Program.

The foundation was inaugurating nurseries at five districts simultaneously on World Environment Day, he added. Torrential rain can within moments wash away fertile top soil, which takes several years to form, and trees are the only things that can adequately prevent this.

“Erosion of top soil will lead to desert-like conditions according to a UNICEF survey, which states that present levels of deforestation in the state, if left unchecked, could lead to such a condition in nearly 60 per cent of its landmass,” he said.

Beginning in 2005, nearly 1.25 crore saplings have been planted in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry under the project. “The new nurseries will raise and maintain the saplings on an ongoing basis for distribution around the respective districts,” he added.

A pamphlet distributed at the event explains the way in which saplings should be planted and maintained:

The pits should be one feet deep and wide; the soil should contain 50 per cent red soil, 20 per cent river sand and 30 per cent manure; saplings planted along roadsides should be spaced 15 feet apart; take extra care of the saplings during the first three months and during the following summer; and finally avoid planting saplings beneath electrical posts, spots with underground pipelines, those under the shade of existing trees and where there is frequent water stagnation.


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Isha Foundation to open nursery for green project

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A nursery to raise one lakh saplings for distribution in and around Tiruchi district will be launched in the city by not-for-profit service organisation Isha Foundation on June 5, World Environment Day.

The proposed nursery under construction at a two acre site near Central Bus Stand is among five nurseries to be inaugurated in various cities on the same day as part of the organisation's ‘Project Green Hands'.

Envisaged by founder Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev, the project aims at increasing Tamil Nadu's forest cover to 33 per cent by planting 11. 4 crore saplings, said a press release issued on Sunday. Since 2005 more than 1.25 crore saplings have been planted in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, the release added.

The nursery is expected to give a thrust to the organisation's role in preserving ecology and containing global warming.


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More sanitary workers to clean Trichy

TRICHY: A decision by the Trichy corporation to depute as many as 320 sanitary workers to strengthen the cleaning process in all 65 wards of the corporation has sowed the seeds of hope that Trichy will henceforth be garbage-free. The announcement came from newly appointed corporation commissioner V K Thandapani at the end of the councillors' meeting held in the presence of mayor A Jaya here on Thursday.

He said 80 sanitary workers would be deployed in the four zones of Srirangam, Ariyamangalam, Ponmalai and K Abishekapuram of Trichy corporation, in addition to the existing 1,655. All of them would come under the men self-help group and the workers would be recruited from the families of corporation sanitary workers. The system would come into effect within 20 days. Besides their regular duties, they will be collectively involved in mass awareness campaigns across wards every Tuesday and Thursday. An exclusive helpline will be operational from 6 am to 10 am and from 2 pm to 10 pm to register grievances relating to sanitation. Action on complaints will be taken immediately. The corporation will recruit drivers through the Tamil Nadu Ex-servicemen's Corporation Limited (TEXCO) to fill vacancies.


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Mass cleaning campaigns to be taken up at all zones every week

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Making a strong commitment to improve sanitation and hygiene in the city, Corporation Commissioner V.P.Dhandapani on Thursday announced that he along with other civic officials would visit each zone a day, four days a week, to supervise and monitor sanitary works.

Mr.Dhandapani, who assumed charge on Monday, also announced that mass cleaning campaigns would be taken up in each of the four zones every week. About 100 sanitary workers would be deployed in each zone for two days every week during the campaign to improve sanitation in the city.

Responding to complaints aired by some of the councillors at an ordinary meeting of the corporation council here on Thursday, Mr.Dhandapani said the civic body would soon notify mobile phone numbers for each zone for residents to lodge complaints regarding civic services.

The corporation, he said, has also planned to form men's self-help groups comprising family members of sanitary workers of the civic body and deploy them for sanitation work.

The corporation has identified about 320 persons who were willing to carry out the work.

The system would be implemented once necessary permission was obtained from the government. Steps would also be taken to overcome the shortage of drivers for water tankers, he assured.

More @ http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 478809.ece


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Plastics choke recreational spot

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For entertainment starved Tiruchiites looking for hangouts within the city, the ‘summer beach' on the Cauvery banks came as a heaven-send. Milling crowds on weekends demonstrate its popularity, but plastic choking the river bed turned recreational spot raises ecological concerns.

The one kilometre expanse of soft sand is littered generously with plastic bags, paper cups and plates that crop up every few feet.

The source of the garbage stem from foodstuff purchased at the numerous little stalls and pushcarts and eatables bought from home. A separate team of sanitary workers from Srirangam Zone have been deployed to clean the ‘beach', health officer. Cheran, told The Hindu . Dustbins have been placed strategically to help visitors and vendors dispose waste.

Rescue river bed

“As a recreational spot the summer beach is a great idea; but we must remember it is a river bed. Some trace of plastics may remain, polluting the water and creating health hazards,” says N.S.Raghavan, student volunteer with Tiruchi Chapter of Bhumi.

The organisation roped in 20 students who spent a couple of hours cleaning the spot. “We carried out the clean up campaign during the peak time to create awareness among public. We cannot fault the sanitary workers alone as public consciousness to maintain the spot is lacking.”

Public apathy was evident with plastics showing up even minutes after the cleanliness drive, Raghavan noted.

The issue of sanitation has created a rift of sorts between hawkers and sanitary workers with the former threatening to boycott the beach on Tuesday, alleging the latter of collecting ‘cleaning fee'. “There are dustbins placed in front of most stalls. We are prepared to dispose waste and clean up after ourselves, but expecting us to clean the entire stretch is unfair,” felt Jayaram, a pani poori vendor. “We make around Rs.200 a day as we are stationed here for no longer than three hours. Why would we come here if the little that we earn goes towards the cleaning” said an ice-cream vendor. Some of the vendors lent a hand to the sanitary workers in sprucing up the beach on the weekend and are prepared to do so, but vehemently oppose the idea of paying for it.

Denying that no such issue has been brought to his notice, Dr.Cheran cautioned strict action against any unauthorised collection “The summer beach is a free public initiative; no one has to pay for it.”


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Collector inaugurates second phase of anti-plastic campaign

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The district administration has banned the use of plastic in the two major pilgrim centres of Srirangam and Samayapuram, which account for a large volume of plastic waste materials, said Collector Jayashree Muralidharan.

Inaugurating an anti-plastic awareness campaign by affixing stickers on the government vehicles at the Collectorate here on Monday, the Collector said that the district administration convened meeting with traders, merchants and plastic dealers to evolve a series of measures to support the drive. As a first step, the district administration has banned the use of plastic materials at these temple centres.

Second phase

In the second phase, awareness campaign was being launched throughout the district by affixing stickers against the use of plastics. The stickers would be pasted in all the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation-owned and private sector buses. The Collector said that in course of time, the sticker would be affixed through the Indian Oil Corporation on the LPG refills.

Ms.Muralidaran appealed to members of the public to extend their cooperation for protecting the environment by avoiding the use of plastic bags and other materials.

D.Thiyagarajan, District Revenue Officer, G.Radha, Project Director, District Rural Development Agency, Rangarajan, District Environmental Engineer, Balasubramaniam, Regional Transport Officer, S.Kanagarathinam, Chief Manager, IOC and S. Krishnasamy, assistant branch manager, TNSTC, spoke.


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Slow and steady, Trichy hopes to weed out plastic

TRICHY: The Trichy corporation resumed its drive against the use of plastic products below 40 microns and conducted a series of raids in commercial establishments from May 1 in the wake of the order from the district collector to make Srirangam and Samayapuram plastic-free zones.

During the raid in Srirangam and Thiruvanaikaval areas, more than 1,000 kg of plastic products such as carry bags, cups etc were seized. However, the enforcement did not stop vendors in other areas of the city from selling the products. For example, some shops near Gandhi Market are still selling plastic products below 20 microns unmindful of the consequences.

Vendor B Sunil blamed the officials for not taking stringent action against plastic manufacturers and instead punishing vendors by seizing the products. "When the officials abandon the raid after a few days, the situation goes back to what it was. People are also reluctant to pay heed to the health and environmental hazards although some have started preferring paper cups and plates," he said. As of now, he sourced plastic items from factories in Dindigul district.

Another wholesaler Ajay said that officials often did not have a machine to measure the plastic micron level and seized even the quality products. Meanwhile, people had slowly started purchasing paper products from the past three months, he said.

According to the Trichy corporation, the raids on plastic had been put on hold for a few months. But they had again resumed the drive following the collector's order and passed a resolution to impose a fine from Rs 100 to Rs 10,000 for using plastics below 40 microns. Around four tonnes of plastic had been collected through raids for the past few months. They will be utilised for laying plastic roads in the corporation limit.

V Subbu, assistant commissioner of corporation, Srirangam zone who led the raid said that they could measure the micron level with a finger touch. He added that they would extend the raid in other areas of the city as well. The corporation advocated the use of paper products instead of plastics below 40 microns, he said.

Dr K C Sekaran, city health officer (CHO) of Trichy corporation said that the continuous use of plastic products could lead to ulcers as well as cancer while the smoke from burning plastic adversely affected the ozone layer. He urged people to stop using plastic products and said that officials could not bring about a change on their own unless the people co-operated. The corporation also has a plan to buy a few machines to cut the plastic into pieces to sell it for reuse.

P Mohan, state president of Tamil Nadu Youth Exnora, Trichy advocated non-woven polypropylene bags as an alternative to both plastic and paper products. They had distributed more than 10,000 bags to people during the Vaikunta Ekadasi festival in Srirangam this year. However, such items are not available in Trichy district.

K Kalidass, president of the Trichy and Pudukkottai district plastic manufacturers and traders association demanded that corporation officials should use a machine to measure the micron level. There are around five manufacturing units in Trichy and Pudukkottai and they comply with the rules and manufacture only above 40 micron products, he said.

District collector Jayashree Muralidharan said that they had commenced the drive in two tourist spots and would extend it to other areas as well. But since it was purchased from other districts, they could not ban the manufacturing units. People are aware of the plastic menace and the enforcement would bring about a change, she said.


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Corporation set to frame by-laws to ban plastics below 40 microns

While the huge volume of plastic wastes that clog the city's open drains and drainage channels in different parts of the city throw up ample evidence of the scale of the menace, the Tiruchi Corporation is set to frame fresh by-laws to check the use of plastic below 40 microns in thickness in the city.

Though it has been about four years since the Corporation banned the use of production and use of such non bio-degradable plastics, they continue to be used widely and indiscriminately in day-to-day life, in households, tea shops, eateries and many commercial establishments.

In the absence of public awareness, there is no regulation whatsoever in disposal of the plastic wastes, manifest through the mounting volume of plastic bags of various hues and sizes, plastic cups and other products in the city's solid waste collection every day. A major portion of these waste also find their way into open drains and drainage channels. Some of them also get into the underground drainage system posing a major headache, civic officials concede.

Almost all major channels in the city including the Irattai Vaical, the Kottai Vaical and other drains, which ultimately flow into the Cauvery river could be seen chocked with the plastic bags.

The recent efforts of the Tiruchi corporation in containing the problem appears to have had little and limited impact. A few days back, the Tiruchi-Chennai Highway and other roads leading to the Samayapuram Mariamman Temple were littered heavily with plastic wastes. It required mobilisation of about 150 sanitary workers from different local bodies to clean up the mess, a district officer told The Hindu . While the district administration is planning to step up measures against the use of plastics across the district, the officer concedes it would be huge task.

The penalties stipulated in the by-laws farmed by the Tiruchi corporation, in 2008, for use and production of non bio-degradable plastics have hardly been a deterrent. The corporation had then announced that consumers using the banned plastic products, retail and wholesale traders and manufacturers of plastics would be liable to pay penalties. It had stipulated penalties of Rs.5,000 for manufacturers, Rs.2,500 for wholesale traders, Rs.750 for retailers, and Rs.100 for consumers.

The corporation is now set to frame fresh by-laws paving the way for the implementation of the Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2011 of the Union government.

The by-laws, which would come into effect after approval by the corporation council, stipulate that plastic carry bags should conform to the ISO standards and approved colours.

The plastic bags should also carry the manufacturers' name and specify the thickness of the plastic. Shopkeepers and commercial establishments would also be banned from giving plastic bags free of cost to customers. Customers should be charged for the same and 25 per cent of it should be paid to the Corporation towards safe management and disposal.

The penalty for violations for manufacturers would also be doubled to Rs.10,000 and to Rs.2,000 for retail traders. Consumers using plastic bags below 40 microns in thickness would be liable to pay Rs.100 as penalty. The by-laws also empowers the corporation to seize and destroy such plastic products.


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From May 1, no use of plastics in Srirangam, Samayapuram

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The ban on use of plastic products, below the thickness of 40 microns, should be enforced gradually across the district, said Collector Jayashree Muralidharan here on Friday.

At a consultative meeting with district officials and representatives of hoteliers association and plastic product manufacturers and sellers association, Ms.Muralidharan pointed out that plastics below the thickness of 40 microns have been banned. The use of the non-degradable plastics in the form of bags and other products adversely impacted the environment. The use of such products which was rampant in the urban areas has now spread to rural parts of the district and hence it was essential to check the use of the same in a phased manner, she said. As a first step the ban on plastics below 40 microns in thickness would be strictly enforced from May 1 in Srirangam and Samayapuram town panchayat. The Tiruchi Corporation and the town panchayat should take up awareness programmes to sensitise the people to the issue, she said.

She appealed to hoteliers, marriage hall owners, manufacturers, and sellers of plastic products to extend their full cooperation to the steps taken by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board in enforcing the ban, she said.

P.Selvaraj, Corporation Commissioner (in-charge), Rengasamy, District Environmental Engineer, Margaret Suseela, Assistant Director, Town Panchaayts, K.C.Cheran, City Health Officer, and R.Thandapani, District Tourism Officer participated.


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