Flagged off by Collector C. Kamaraj on the Erode Corporation premises, the rally passed through important thoroughfares in the town before culminating at the VOC Park grounds. Over 1000 students from various schools participated in the rally. They carried placards and raised slogans urging the people to shun plastic and polythene bags and take to bags made of jute, cloth and recycled paper.

The Department of Forests has plans to distribute 80,000 saplings to farmers this year under tree planting in private lands scheme as part of the afforestation programme with an aim of increasing green cover on earth, according to forest officials.

Nagarjuna Oil Corporation Limited (NOCL) is aiming to ready its petroleum refinery project in northeastern Tamil Nadu by this year-end, with an additional investment of Rs 12,000 crore.

Dyeing hub faces reversal of fortunes, pollutes area
Dressed in a loincloth, a frail-looking 84-year-old AP Kandaswamy, who is a farmer and also the president of the Noyyal River Ayacutdars Protection Association, greets us with a glass of water from his well.

The nomenclature of the committee itself had evoked the wrath of the farming community already as it comprised members of the same dyeing fraternity who had been the accused in the case filed by farmers on the pollution in River Noyyal which eventually led to the closure of dyeing units, and had no farmer representatives in it

CHENNAI: In an effort to fulfill the drinking water needs of Chennai, a new reservoir would be set up in Tiurvallur district, besides desilting work on six other lakes at an estimated cost of `620 crore, Minister for Public Works KV Ramalingam said here on Sunday.

Prevailing parking rates in the city are among the lowest anywhere in the world. Car users are pampered so much that even hawkers pay double the amount to use street space. While hawkers pay Rs.100 a month as rent to the Corporation for using 20 sq. feet of public space, car owners using a parking slot every day shell out only around Rs.45 a month for the same space.

The extended Producer Responsibility principle, notified by the Ministry of Environment and Forest recently, places the onus on the producers for the entire lifecycle of the product. To comply, many mobile handset companies have started aggressively promoting their ‘payback' service that facilitates the exchange of mobile phones. But one ought to do with other e-waste that stays accumulated at home is a concern that still remains to be addressed.

It was alleged that dyeing units, which were facing effluent discharge problem in Tirupur, Erode and Pallipalayam had shifted their base to Dharmapuri district. Meanwhile, the Communist Party of India thanked the Collector for her prompt action on its demand to remove illegal dyeing industries.

Farmers have raised apprehension over the drawing of water resources from Srivaikuntam Dam for industrial purposes here on Friday.
At a meeting convened at the Collectorate here to redress their grievances, the farmers claimed the suction of water by motors as “unfair” and “unjust”. The authorities should not ignore such activities in favour of industrial bodies, they said.

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