The Tirunelveli Collector on Monday informed the Madras High Court Bench here that no proposal existed at present to grant lease for any kind of stone quarry within a radius of 5 kilometres from the Koodankulam Nuclear Power Plant, which was expected to become operational soon.

Water scarcity is a perennial problem for the residents of Periya Semur as the municipal administration continues to ignore the issues in its water distribution network. Unplugged leaks in the pipelines and rampant illegal tapping of water have left the people to face acute shortage in the supply.

In its attempt to improve the livelihood resources of the rural poor, the State government is trying to usher in the second green revolution, said the project officer, District Rural Development Agency, T.Murugan.

More than six lakh people are gasping for breath in Kodungaiyur as the city dumps its waste on a vacant piece of land that has been allegedly earmarked by the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority as a place for institutional purposes in its second master plan.

Works to the tune of Rs. 13 crore are under various stages of completion, says Agriculture Minister
The World Bank-assisted Hydrology Project-II aimed at improving groundwater situation in the Union Territory will be completed during 2011-12, Agriculture Minister M. Chandrakasu informed the Assembly on Friday.

Collector K. Nagarajan ordered closure of five companies manufacturing packaged water in different parts of the district on the charges of pumping ground water massively without obtaining prior permission.

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.

Polluted stretches of the coastal belt between Pulicat and Kanyakumari, including major tourist destinations along the Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coast will be cleaned on September 3 as part of the International Coastal Clean-up Day.

The State government will implement a Rs.450-crore special tourism development project for the beautification of tourist centres and improvement of basic facilities along the east coast corridor and southern tourist circuit, Tourism Minister Gokula Indira told the Assembly on Tuesday.

With a view to increasing the forest/tree cover as per the national forest policy, 64 lakh saplings will be planted across the State, Forest Minister K.T. Pachamal told the Assembly on Tuesday.

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