According to sources in the Agriculture Department, kuruvai paddy has been raised in about 9,834 hectares (ha) this year. This is the highest coverage achieved in the district during kuruvai after 2000-01. The system of rice intensification technique has been adopted in 5,432 ha, accounting for more than 50 per cent of the total area.

For the next five months, every Saturday, about 5,000 students from various schools and colleges will be seen measuring trees on the streets of the city. The students are part of an exercise to develop a census of the tree population in Greater Chennai, which extends from Tambaram to Avadi.

Local body does not have wherewithal to manage its waste

Vellalore town panchayat has sought permission to use the Coimbatore Corporation's solid waste management facility. The Corporation has the facility - a waste segregation plant and landfill site within the town panchayat limits.

Farmers would also be trained in production of quality seeds. The training modules would cover selection of varieties, seasonal application of bio-fertilizers, micro-nutrients and improved seed production technologies.

With concern growing among the officials and green activists over the direction in which the anti-plastics campaign is heading in the Nilgiris, the district administration has decided to step up measures to make it more effective.

The State government has sanctioned a total of Rs. 1,157 crore for free distribution of milch cows, goats and sheep to the rural poor.

Of the total amount, the scheme for free distribution of milch cows accounts for Rs. 232 crore and for goats and sheep Rs. 925 crore. All these amounts are to be spent over the next five years.

Power infrastructure will be developed using Information Technology in Dindigul and Palani TNEB divisions for the convenience of consumers at an estimated cost of Rs.27 crore under Power Development and Rehabilitation Scheme. A total of 40,457 consumers in Dindigul and 10,978 consumers in Palani would benefit, said Minister for Power R. Viswanathan.

The panel was formed following crisis in the cluster because of the closure of dyeing units by the Madras High Court for causing pollution to River Noyyal despite the earlier court orders asking the units to follow zero liquid discharge (ZLD) norms strictly.

CHENANI: In an effort to quench the thirst of the 4.42-lakh people in the Ambattur municipality, the Chennai Metro Water Supply and Sewerage Board (CMWSSB) will build 22 overhead tanks and lay water pipelines at a cost of Rs 268 crore by  November.

One step is the installation of retro-reflective display boards giving names of roads and directions to landmarks