CHENNAI: Expediting her efforts to see a litter-free State capital very soon, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa on Monday set a three-month deadline for cleaning up the entire Chennai and its suburban areas.

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Monday said her government would ensure drinking water for all the localities in the State after making a survey of the requirement.

NHAI is using the fabric in several projects for the last seven years

Dark-coloured, netted fabrics draped on concrete panels are all over the vertical structures coming up on the 42.6 km stretch from Chengapalli to Neelambur. Coimbatore is not only seeing the much-needed widening (six-lane) of NH 47 from Chengapalli to Neelambur but also modern materials used in the construction. “Geo synthetic reinforcement fabrics” are used to reinforce the earth walls in this project.

The power authorities are actively contemplating the installation of a dedicated 400 KV power line exclusively for the transmission of electricity generated from wind mills, said A. Nachadalingam, Chief Engineer (Distribution) of Madurai Region, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).

The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) will give green signal to adoption of any specific technology for ensuring zero liquid discharge (ZLD) in dyeing effluent treatment process only after evaluating merits and demerits of ZLD procedures developed by various firms, according to TNPCB chairman C.V.Sankar.

Union Minister of State for Environment and Forests Jayanthi Natarajan has welcomed the Tamil Nadu government's initiative to combat the plastic menace. (The State Government has banned use of plastic bags below 60 microns).

Forest Minister, K.T.Pachaimal released water from Poigai dam, situated near Aralvoimozhi on Friday for irrigation purpose.

That the CM chose to do an aerial survey for a civic issue — perhaps for the first time anywhere — reflects the significance she attaches to the conservation of the ecosystem, which is key to sustaining the environmental balance. On Thursday, the government said it was going all out to impose a ban on the use of plastic carrybags of less than 60 micron thickness as a critical step towards environmental protection.

Formulated under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Solar Mission, the scheme envisages NABARD providing capital subsidy and refinance to banks that provide loans for installation of solar off-grid and decentralised applications, R. Shankar Narayan, NABARD Assistant General Manager, told The Hindu here on Thursday.

In a move to boost infrastructure in the city, the State government on Thursday announced a Rs.500-crore ‘mega city' development mission for Chennai and its suburbs.

Announcing this in the Assembly, Finance Minister O. Panneerselvam said in his revised budget for 2011-12 that Rs.500 crore under the Chennai Mega City Development Mission would supplement the available funds under various schemes. The Chennai Metropolitan Area is expected to grow into a mega city with a population of more than 10 million in the next 10 years.