An amount of Rs. 50 crore has been earmarked towards the implementation of a marine discharge project for treated effluents from dyeing and bleaching units, situated mostly in the western belt of the State.

Underscoring that the growth of a State would be judged best by the quality of well-connected roads, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa on Wednesday announced various projects, including the development of three Chennai roads to international standards and extension of East Coast Road (ECR) up to Kanyakumari.

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 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.

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).

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 agriculture officials would inform about the condition of soil, input required for enriching it, and make them fit for cultivation and assist in selecting crops suitable to the soil condition.

Construction of all rainwater harvesting structures should be completed by September-end, said Collector K.

Turn system will be introduced in case of failure of monsoon or slump in storage: Collector
THENI: Water was released from Periyar dam for irrigation of first crop in the double cropping area in Cumbum Valley and from Vaigai dam for irrigation of lands in Madurai and Dindigul districts on Tuesday.

While Finance Minister O.

DINDIGUL: More than 1,000 persons from Kosavapatti and Padiyur villages thronged the Collectorate here on Friday demanding immediate action against rampant illegal sand mining at Varattaru river near their villages.

Both villages have been facing acute drinking water crisis owing to massive lifting of sand from the river, they charged.

Such activities should be stopped immediately and action