KOLLAM: The Kollam Corporation authorities began felling avenue trees on the Kappalandimukku-Ashramam road in Kollam on Thursday as part of converting the road into four-lane amidst resistance from environmentalists.

Two employees engaged by the Corporation and KSUDP officials began chopping the trees from 10.30 a.m.

KOLLAM: Based on the Forest Rights Act approved by the Union Government, forest rights committees will be set up in the district on August 3. A meeting chaired by District Collector A.Shajahan has taken a decision in this regard.

The Act envisages to provide rights on the dwelling places of those people, including Scheduled Tribes, in the forest land in which they had been living traditionally.

Sasthamkotta Lake is Kerala's biggest fresh water lake. The lake is facing degradation due to anthropogenic activities such as directing human waste, soil erosion due to destruction of vegetation and dumping of waste from hotels and slaughterhouses. The water samples from different stations were analysed from a period March 2006 to August 2006 to investigate the water quality parameters.

A tsunami museum, the first of its kind in India, has been opened at Alappad village in Kerala's Kollam district. It aims to educate people about the risks of tsunamis and to commemorate those who

In Mayyanad panchayat of Kerala, drinking water is supplied by Kerala Water Authority through pipelines from 8 tube wells drilled for the purpose. An analysis of water quality showed that the mean water pH was 6.72, the colour and the iron content were above desirable limit and the total and faecal coliform counts were above desirable limit and permissible limits.

KOLLAM: The Kerala State Electricity Board is incurring a loss of Rs 450 crore per year because of faulty meters. According to a survey conducted by the INTUC-led Kerala Electricity Employees Confederation, the number of faulty meters in the state is around 22 lakh.