Revised Response as per discussions during 74th Meeting of Expert Appraisal Committee held on May 20, 2013 on Environmental Impact Assessment of Thermal Power and Coal Mine Projects.

Rs. 100-crore project to be completed by mid-2014; will produce power from solid waste generated in Tambaram and Pallavaram

Preliminary civil works for a waste-to-energy power plant began at Venkatamangalam village on Monday. The non-incineration facility will produce power from solid waste generated in Tambaram and Pallavaram municipalities. A bhoomi pooja was performed at the 50-acre site at Venkatamangalam, located around 15 kilometres from Tambaram and coming under Kattankulathur panchayat union, Kancheepuram district.

Carbon credit system paying rich dividends to farmers too

In a silent afforestation campaign, a private company has successfully raised more than a million trees on private lands in five districts in the State and recorded a survival rate of 90 per cent. Giving details to The Hindu about the successful planting of saplings and raising them to trees, A. Joseph Rexon, Director, TIST Tree Planting India programme, said it was started in Kancheepuram district with six farmers in 2003.

The National Green Tribunal (NGT), Southern Bench, on Monday refused to entertain a plea from the Pallavaram Municipality to allow it to dump garbage in the Pallavaram ‘Periya Eri’ till the establishment of a solid waste management facility at an alternative site is completed.

The bench ordered the filing of a status report on the alternative arrangements being made by the authority to consider any action in the issue.
When the matter came up for hearing before the bench of judicial member Justice M Chockalingam and expert member Prof R Nagendran, N R Chandran, senior counsel representing the municipality, said that consent had been obtained to establish a solid waste management facility at a site in Venkatamangalam.

The district environmental engineer, Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board, Kancheepuram, has submitted to the member secretary of the Board that a plastic unit be directed to shut down.

“It is submitted and recommended that direction may be issued to the unit under Section 33 (A) of Water (P and CP) Act, 1974 and Section 31 (A) of the Air (P and CP), Act, 1981 for closure of the unit and disconnection of power supply,” said the note from the district environmental engineer.

Compliance of Cheyyur UMPP with respect to National Green Tribunal Judgements since 2009.

Works to rejuvenate polluted Kolavoy lake to be taken up under Central plan

After several years of negligence, the much-abused Kolavoy lake, one of the largest water bodies in Kancheepuram district, might soon be rejuvenated. The lake, also known as Chengalpattu lake, will be the first water body in the Chennai region to get a new lease of life under the National Lake Conservation Plan (NLCP) of the Union ministry of forests and environment.

The National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, on Friday ordered notices to the State government and other authorities to file replies on a residents’ welfare association’s application for closure of

Relief for Pallavaram Municipality

The Pallavaram Muncipality got some relief from the National Green Tribunal, Southern Bench, on Thursday on the issue of dumping garbage. The Tribunal directed the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to make a spot inspection on the new site at Venkatamangalam mooted by the municipality and to accord ‘consent to establish’ without further delay.

Residents to get 20-litre cans at Rs. 12; novel project to boost local body’s income

Amidst the growing popularity of packaged drinking water, Mudichur panchayat near Tambaram has ventured into a novel project of supplying purified water in 20-litre cans at a subsidised price to its residents. The panchayat will soon begin distributing water that has been purified in a reverse osmosis plant and packaged in 20-litre cans. The cans will be supplied at Rs. 12 against the retail price of a maximum of Rs. 30.