The Coimbatore Corporation is moving towards the status of a “Solar city”, which is aimed at reducing the conventional energy consumption by a minimum of 10 per cent at the end of five years, throu

The growing need for land for industrial and residential purposes has resulted in lands under agriculture shrinking by 10 to 15 per cent per annum in Coimbatore, Erode and Tirupur districts.

Top officials in the Agriculture Department, pointing out to the statistics discussed by the State Planning Commission at its recent meetings, say that in these districts, the total extent of land under agriculture has come down by 1.50 lakh hectares over the last three years.

Digging trenches, improving solar fences get priority
The Forest Department is embarking on a Rs. 3-crore project to prevent man-elephant conflict. The project included measures to augment availability of fodder and water. The State Government recently sanctioned Rs. 4.5 crore to the Coimbatore Forest Division. Of which Rs. 1.5 crore was for setting up a regional kumki camp at Chadivayal.Coimbatore Forest Division is spread over 690 sq km in six ranges, of which 400 sq km is conflict-prone. The division has 58 villages and 315 route km of forest boundary.

The camp will ensure quick reaction in man-animal conflict
Tamil Nadu Government has sanctioned Rs. 1.5 crore to set up a kumki elephant (tamed/trained) camp at Chadivayal at the foothills of Siruvani.
The Forest Department has nearly 60 kumki elephants at its elephant camps in Mudumalai and at Anamalai Tiger Reserve. The Coimbatore camp will be the third kumki camp in the State and the first kumki camp outside a sanctuary area. TheDepartment has identified a few male elephants and Principal Chief Conservator of Forests and Chief Wildlife Warden Gautam Dey will inspect the site and the elephants and pass final orders allotting two elephants to the camp.

The Department is also planning to go in for renewal of vegetation
The Coimbatore Circle of the Forest Department is embarking on an ambitious project to improve the wildlife habitat in reserve forests and protected areas by ensuring availability of fodder and water.

Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, V.T.

Pilot project in 20 acres; NBR to compete for UNESCO award
The Coimbatore Circle of the Forest Department would soon embark on an ambitious plan to replace the exotic species in the Nilgiris Biosphere Reserve (NBR) with Shola forests (one with tall fully grown trees) and grassland eco-system in a phased manner.

Talking toThe Hindu, Conservator of Forests, Coimbatore Circle, V.T.

A 20-year-old male elephant that was shot with a tranquillising dart by Forest and World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) experts for fixing the radio collar in the small hours of Sunday was later found dead.

The system is expected to reduce dependence on individual private vehicles

COIMBATORE: Tamil Nadu Governor S.S.