Officials from the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) and the Department of Geology and Mining have completed the physical survey of 17 major mineral quarries and five granite quarries,

The evening showers on Sunday brought much- needed respite from the heat. But the groundwater level is cause for concern.

The newly-added areas, which include Gomathipuram, Melamadai, Vandiyur and Thiruppalai, are facing acute water shortage due to groundwater depletion.

The Madras High Court bench here on Wednesday ordered notice to the Public Works Department (PWD), the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and the Madurai District Collector on a public inte

State forest minister, M S M Anandan who held a review meeting with the forest officials of Madurai and Theni districts on Tuesday urged the forest department to gear up for the massive tree planti

MADURAI: In what may come as a surprise package to the farming community, the number of farmers in Madurai district has increased marginally, even as there is a decline at the national level.

Like the granite quarry probe, the district administration would carry out investigation into irregularities reported in sand and stone quarrying.

Announcing this at a monthly farmers’ grievance meeting here on Friday, Collector Anshul Mishra said that farmers and others, who had specific knowledge of the malpractices, can submit petitions.

Farmers hopes soar seeing the success of watershed projects in arid areas. The arid tracts of Madurai district are gradually turning fertile.

“The total area of the Vandiyur lake has shrunk from 640 acres to 577 because of encroachment”.

The units have sunk open wells on the Amaravathy riverbed; the activity has been going on unchecked

Many dyeing units in Karur have been illegally siphoning off groundwater from the parched Amaravathy riverbed. The unlawful activity has been going on unchecked under the very nose of the officials. Scores of dyeing units are situated at Sellandipalayam, Sukkaliyur and Rayanur on the southern banks of the river in Karur. Though a ban is in place on operating dyeing units without zero liquid discharge systems, many units are operating on the sly. The officials have taken token action against some units but many continue to operate unimpeded in the region.

Space constraints and the absence of modern infrastructure have prompted 35 textile manufacturing and processing units in Madurai to shift base to Kariapatti in neighbouring Virudhunagar district.

The units manufacture yarn and process them into fabrics before exporting them to various places. The units in Madurai generate an annual revenue of Rs. 100 crore by direct export and Rs. 350 crore by indirect export within India and to the US and the UK.Ritan N. Thakker, Chairman and Managing Director of Southern District Textile Processing Cluster, told The Hindu that 35 of the 70 units in Madurai would form a cluster at Kariapatti where 104 acres of land had been purchased. The industrial units had registered their names at the District Industries Centre in Virudhunagar and once the formalities were over, the construction of industrial units will begin.

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