Heightened activity was witnessed near the Ooty Lake on Thursday following an inspection of the lake and its surroundings carried out on Tuesday by the Principal Secretary, Environment and Forest, C.V. Shankar.

The inspection carried out by district and civic officials followed a study which indicated that the Ooty Lake is one of the dirtiest lakes in the State. Since the effluents from commercial buildings and houses flowing through the Kodappamund channel which cut through the town were found to be a major contributory factor for the lake being in its present polluted condition, municipal workers were entrusted with the task of diverting them.

With the monsoon continuing to play truant, water sources inside the Mudumalai and Anamalai Tiger Reserves may dry up

With the frequent appearance of elephants in some parts of the Nilgiris like Pandalur near Gudalur and Nonsuch below Coonoor becoming a cause for worry due to water shortage in the jungles stated to be among the contributory factors, speculation over the situation in the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near here has, of late, become rife in various parts of the Nilgiris.

Transact method being adopted

Dry conditions cause concern

With dry conditions becoming a source of concern at the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) near Udhagamandlam, a proposal has been sent to the government to close it. Deputy Director, MTR, Ameer Haja, told the The Hindu on Wednesday that a detailed report with inputs from Range Officers had been submitted to the Field Director, MTR Raghuram Singh. It had been sent by the Field Director to the Chief Wildlife Warden along with a recommendation to close the reserve.

A farmers' forum is protesting moves of a private tea cultivating company to block a link road through which tea farmers transported their produce.

A demonstration was staged opposite the Collectorate here on Monday, protesting against the blocking of the road by near Kundah in the district the private-run The Thiashola Estate. The protest, by the Nilgiris chapter of the Tamil Nadu Vivasayigal Sangam, was inaugurated by CPI (M)'s district secretary, R. Badri.

An ailing tiger found by passerby under a tree at Kurumbar Pallam near Bokkapuram adjoining the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) was provided medical help at forest veterinary centre on Friday.

Though the area is part of the tiger habitat, spotting the animal early in the morning was unusual.

In a place like the Nilgiris, natural calamities cannot be prevented but if sincere and concerted efforts are made their impact can be minimised. This was emphasised by D.V.

Udhagamandalam: A wild elephant is battling for life near here and those who have seen it or heard about its plight are hoping that death would come to its rescue soon.

Enquiries made by The Hindu revealed that some forest staff perambulating Athimund Shola, a part of the Sigur reserve forest between Sholur-Kokkal and Bokkapuram, on Wednesday came across the tusker aged between 12 and 15 years