While Kodaikanal Hills is experiencing severe water shortage, a water project aimed at augmenting water supply to the hill people are facing opposition from both environmentalists and residents.

The change in mindset of rural people alone will bring about a change in society and yield desirable results in total sanitation programme, according to Collector N. Venkatachalam.

Gandhigram Trust has motivated people to avoid open defecation

The Gandhigram Trust has adopted three blocks – Batlgundu, Nilakottai and Athoor – in the district for ensuring total rural sanitation with community participation.

Nine big tanks to be desilted and interlinked in Dindigul

The Dindigul Municipality has plans to invest Rs.98.44 crore to raise groundwater table and recharge bore and open wells within the town limits by desilting nine big tanks and interlinking them with supply channels.

UltraTech Cement's plant and 75-megawatt (Mw) captive power plant, with an investment of Rs 2,500 crore, have received approval from the expert appraisal committee under the ministry of environment

The dead are being denied a decent farewell and a clean resting place as sewage and effluents from nearby houses and dyeing units seep into a cemetery run by the town panchayat at Metupatti in Chin

The government order came last month for the declaration of the Kodaikanal Wildlife Sanct­uary under Section 26 A1(b) of the Wildlife (Prot­ection) Act , 1972.

While the authorities have tightened action against sand smugglers in all the districts in Tamil Nadu, some of the smugglers are still using inconspicuous means to rob this natural resource and hoo

They need less water, no fertilizer and hardly any care or attention.

The public hearing for the first phase of Ultratech's proposed cement plant in Tamil Nadu on Thursday appeared to be a stage-managed event. Officials and police at the event did not allow a volunteer from Delhi-based non-profit Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), Senthil, to film the proceedings. He was detained at the venue and his cassette was snatched away.

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