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Work on Tiruchi-Dindigul highway takes a toll on motorists

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Heavy vehicles passing through the unfinished portion kick up huge cloud of dust

The ongoing road laying work taken up by the highways department as part of the widening of the city stretch of Tiruchi-Dindigul highway is giving a torrid time to motorists.

The project came as a huge relief meeting a need of residents and work on re-laying the road is progressing between Karumandapam and National College over the past few days. Since it is a low-lying stretch prone to water stagnation, the highways department has laid a basic layer of wet mix macadam.

As the road is yet to be blacktopped, heavy vehicles passing through the unfinished portion kick up a huge cloud of dust, and motorists, especially two-wheeler riders, are forced to make their way through the heavy pollution. “Passing through the stretch has become a nightmare over the past few days. The cloud of dust leaves you literally blinded. Inhaling the dust is also dangerous, especially for children and the elderly. The highways department should complete the work quickly in the interest of thousands of residents,” says R.Gopal, a regular commuter on the road.

The city stretch of the highway between Aristo Hotel junction and Ramji Nagar is one of the busiest roads, and an accident-prone zone in recent years. While Tiruchi-Dindigul National Highway (NH 45) is being widened to a four-lane road by the National Highways Authority of India from the outskirts, beyond Ramji Nagar, the stretch within the city limits had been lying in neglect over the past few years.

The road stretch was recently handed over to the State Highways Department, which has taken up the road development in four packages of two km each at a cost of Rs. 8 crore. The first two packages, between V.V.V. Theatre junction in Ponnagar and Koraiyar involves widening of the road from its current width of eight metres to 13 metres. Beyond Koraiyar, the road is strengthened and re-laid.

Sources in the highways department clarified that the work has not been suspended but time has to be given for the wet mix macadam to settle. The layer would be subject to quality checks. Although water is sprayed on the wet mix macadam to prevent dust pollution, the base layer dried up soon owing to the heavy traffic. The road would be blacktopped and the entire work would be completed soon, the sources said.

Stretch between Aristo Hotel junction and Ramji Nagar is one of the busiest roads in the city

Road development works taken up in four packages of 2 km each at a cost of Rs. 8 crore


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 05, 2014 6:42 am 
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Hospital blamed for polluting Uyyakondan

TRICHY: Trichy's major hospital has been blamed for polluting a major water body in the city. Tamil Nadu Consumer Protection Council (TNCPC) claimed sewage water from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Government Hospital (MGMGH) is polluting Uyyakondan, an irrigation canal passing through the city. Meanwhile, the hospital is planning to install a sewage treatment plant on its premises.

MGMGH, which has been functioning from 1950, still has no proper facility to treat sewage water. The hospital administration claimed that they let out untreated sewage water into two underground drains after collecting water in two collector wells on the premises. But TNCPC claims that the hospital is releasing sewage water into the Uyyakondan canal.

"The hospital is letting sewage into Uyyakondan canal nearby through an open drain. The photographs taken all along the route of the drainage show it is sewage water which is getting into the drains. It is gross negligence and callousness that they let out sewage water into the drainage under the pavement on the eastern and southern sides of the hospital," said S Pushpavanam, secretary of the council.

Pushpavanam also said when a flat with two latrines is expected to have one underground drain for a family of four people, a 600-bedded hospital with 1,200 employees should have more than 100 drains. But the hospital has now applied for only four drainage connections. "In January they have applied only for five drains. The health secretary must immediately order them for the hospital. They should not pollute the water source which is used for bathing," said Pushpavanam.

Meanwhile, the sewage outflow from the hospital is set to increase as a super specialty block with 440 beds is under construction. A 180-bed maternity care centre was inaugurated recently. It is considering the rise in sewage water that the hospital decided to install a new sewage treatment plant.

R Chandran, engineer of Trichy corporation, said the MGMGH should let out only treated sewage water into the underground drain. "As of now, the MGMGH releases sewage water to the drains through four connections. Now, the PWD has applied for setting up a sewage treatment plant inside the MGMGH premises to treat the entire sewage water collected in all the buildings in the hospital," Chandran said.

However, the corporation officials evaded queries about the charges that the canal is polluted by hospital sewage. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has advised the MGMGH administration to build a sewage treatment plant. "Unlike domestic sewage water, the hospital sewage water should be treated before being let into the underground drains," said R Lakshmi, district environmental engineer.

TNCPC has slammed the district engineer for not taking action against the hospital administration. "District environmental engineer should have sealed the hospital for causing mass pollution. It shows the sheer callousness of the officials concerned," said Pushpavanam.

source: TOI


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TNSTC steps in to restore order at Central bus stand

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Central bus stand wears a more spacious look and seems less congested these days as State Transport Corporation, Tiruchi, has introduced a queue system to regulate buses parked inside the bus stand, especially on the Chennai and Thanjavur routes on platform one.

Haphazard parking has been causing much of the congestion, much to the inconvenience of commuters. Passengers are often forced to run from one end to the other as the buses are parked disorderly.

With private buses competing with each other, chaos prevails inside the bus stand, especially during peak hours. Very often, buses could be seen parked in two or three rows making it extremely difficult for passengers to know which one would depart first.

In an attempt to overcome the problem, the corporation has put up barricades to ensure that buses, especially those operating on the Chennai route from the city, are parked only in the bays. Similarly, temporary barricades have been placed near Thanjavur bus halt and buses bound for the route are required to be parked in an orderly manner.

A queue system is adopted under which buses have to come to bays only 10 to 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time of departure.

“We found the situation was somewhat chaotic and evolved a system to regulate the operation of buses in consultation with our field officers and police. The police have supported our initiative by providing barricades,” said C. Ravi Varma, general manager, TNSTC, Tiruchi region.

Mr. Varma said a separate bay has been allotted for buses plying to Velankanni. All other buses operating on Thanjavur route will be halted nearby and only four buses will be parked here at any given point of time. All other buses will be parked some distance away and will come to the bay only before their scheduled time of departure. Private buses would also have to follow the queue system, he said.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 647363.ece


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Trichy Corporation emphasizes on rainwater harvesting system to save water

TRICHY: As the district has been facing acute water shortage, the Trichy Corporation has decided to spruce up all the rainwater harvesting systems (RWH) to increase the groundwater table.

Speaking at a workshop on 'rainwater harvesting and grey water recycling,' corporation commissioner V P Thandapani said that an effective rainwater harvesting system is the need of the hour. "Among the recently-constructed structures, only those buildings are given approval, which has proper rain water harvesting set up," he said adding that government buildings, which are under construction, are being installed with rainwater harvesting systems.

The corporation had recently conducted a survey in the city where it found that though 80% of the buildings were installed with RWH systems; most of them were not maintained properly. It was also found that despite the installation of the RWH systems, most of the residents let the water flow into the streets, which should be prevented.

Out of the existing 1,79,000 establishments, nearly 62,000 building need to set up the system. However, corporation is facing difficulties as people have been letting out sewage water into the storm water drains. "Fines would be imposed on people who are flouting the rule whenever found," he warned. Bylaws have been framed by the corporation for preventing the residents from practicing it. The method has been termed illegal and the laws would be gazetted and put in place soon, officials had said in an earlier interview. The corporation has about 650 km of storm water drains running in the city in which rainwater harvesting structures are set up in every 10 m.

On an average, the district receives only 835 sq cm of rainfall and most of it goes untapped as they flow in the low lying areas. To arrest the water flow, the corporation has already divided the district into low lying area and middle area.

The architects, builders and revenue officials who attended the meeting organised by the rain centre, Chennai, were all taken for a field visit to inspect the rainwater harvesting systems in the city.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 574334.cms


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Corporation draws up long-term plan for BRTS

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The Tiruchirapalli City Corporation has evolved a long-term conceptual plan for introducing a Bus Rapid Transit System (BRTS) in the city.

The plan has been evolved in coordination with the Institute for Transportation and Policy Development (ITDP) and the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), an international organisation offering support to local governments for sustainable development.

BRTS systems are being planned for Madurai, Tiruchi, Tirupur, Salem, and Coimbatore cities in Tamil Nadu. The project will be implemented with financial assistance from the Union Ministry of Urban Development. In November, city engineers of the five cities got down to the brass tacks to plan transit systems, pedestrian pathways, cycling tracks, at a two-day conference on ‘Sustainable Cities Through Transport’ held at Coimbatore. Recently, Corporation officials also attended a meeting in Chennai where the proposals were discussed. In a city known for its narrow and unplanned roads, indiscriminate encroachments, and burgeoning vehicle population, developing a BRTS is a must to handle the future transport requirements of the city, officials say. The project, which is planned to be implemented over the next five years, seeks to create pedestrian pathways, greenways, and cycle tracks apart from the BRTS.

Civic authorities are planning to introduce BRTS on two specific routes: Central Bus Stand to Srirangam and Central Bus Stand to K.K.Nagar routes. While the first runs for about 17 km, the second route runs for about seven km.

Explaining the rationale behind the initiative, V.P.Thandapani, Corporation Commissioner, said the project was aimed at ensuring equitable transportation by creating necessary infrastructure to reduce private vehicles on roads. A good and fast public transportation could reduce dependence on private vehicles. The project is based on the successful model implemented in Ahmedabad, Mr.Thandapani said.

The project also provides for creating exclusive bicycle lanes with 66 ‘cycle sharing stations.’ However, Mr.Thandapani clarified that the project was still in the conceptual stage and it could take time to reach the implementation stage.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp ... 629429.ece


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Encroachments removed for road widening

TRICHY: Trichy Corporation officials evicted encroachments at Pandamangalam in Woraiyur on Monday after the civic body decided to widen the roads in the city. Compound walls and sheds were removed during the eviction drive.

The corporation officials including assistant commissioner, assistant executive engineer commenced the eviction drive at around 9am on Pandamangalam Road. A posse of police personnel was also deployed in the area to prevent any opposition from the people.

The eviction drive also did not come as a surprise to the encroachers as the corporation had already issued notices to them a couple of months ago advising them to voluntarily remove the encroachments on the 60 feet road. However, no one came forward to remove the compound walls and sheds that encroached the road.

The notice was issued after the corporation decided to lay the 60-feet wide Pandamangalam Road. Assistant executive engineer T P Sivapadham said that around 20 feet of the road was encroached by the people for illegal constructions. "We evicted around 20 encroachments on the Pandamangalam Road. The eviction drive went smoothly as they did not try to create any problem as they were already informed," said Sivapadham. However, one of the encroachers sought additional time for him to voluntarily remove his encroachment, but the corporation officials refused to do so as the two months' notice period was over. The officials said that the road will be laid partly for 400m in the first phase. The rest of the road would be laid once the first phase is over.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 469083.cms


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Trichy PWD proposes biogas project

TRICHY: Alternate sources of energy have to be developed to counter energy crisis. Keeping this in mind, the environment cell of public works department (PWD) in Trichy is planning to produce biogas as well as electricity from biological sources. Thanjavur district administration is also working on a project to implement it as a pilot project in the state.

As per the plan, water hyacinth and shrub called pink morning glory (Ipomea carnea) will be used to source biogas.

Water bodies are infested with water hyacinth, a fast-growing perennial aquatic plant. It blocks rivers and drainage system and contributes to depletion of dissolved oxygen, thereby causing alteration of water chemistry. It is when steps are being taken to prevent its spreading that the PWD is planning to utilize it for productive purposes.

The production of biogas using water hyacinth goes through various levels. First, the plant is chopped into small pieces. The process could be improved if the chopped plant is mixed with cow slurry and special micro-organisms which is rich in anaerobic bacteria that aids decay.

The ratio of water hyacinth to cattle dung depends upon the availability of cattle dung and the size of the digester. At least, 2%-5% dung in the mixture is effective. Thereafter, solid waste must be mixed with water before being put into the digester, possibly with 10 parts water to 1 part solids.

Ipomoea carnea, a native of South America, grows in dense populations along river. This species of morning glory is a popular source of bioenergy.

Last month chief minister J Jayalalithaa had announced that a biomethanation plant using water hyacinth and Ipomea carnea will be sanctioned for Thanjavur district. Accordingly, the district administration there is preparing for the implementation a pilot project in the state. Biomethanation is a process by which organic material is microbiologically converted under anaerobic conditions to produce biogas.

N Subbaiyan, Thanjavur district collector, is optimistic that the new project will benefit people. "The district rural development agency (DRDA) and the PWD are jointly devising the plan to implement the project successfully in our district. The work is on to identify the site for setting up the plant to generate biogas as well as electricity," Subbaiyan said, while remarking that water hyacinths have become a menace to water bodies.

The modalities for supply and tariff for gas and electricity are yet to be decided, said the collector. The estimated cost of a biogas plant is Rs 1 crore. The success of the project may even reduce the demand for conventional cooking gas, officials claimed.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city ... 469252.cms


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