A total 10 illegal dyeing units that were polluting water bodies and River Cauvery at villages near Pallipalayam in Tiruchengode Taluk, were demolished during a raid that was conducted there on Wednesday.

The eviction drive was jointly organised by officials of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB), TANGEDCO and Police at Aavathipalayam, Manalmedu and Samayasangili near Pallipalayam.

The Federation of Cuddalore District Farmers' Associations has appealed to Chief Minister Jayalalithaa to put in place permanent flood control measures in Cuddalore district.

In a representation, Federation secretary Karmangudi S. Venkatesan said Cuddalore district, by virtue of its geographical location, was acting as a drainage point for rainwater run-off originating from the districts of Salem, Erode, Karur, Namakkal, Tiruchi, Ariyalur and Perambalur.

Farmers of 60 hamlets in the 10 revenue villages in Tiruchengode taluk through which the Cochin to Bangalore gas pipeline is being laid have opposed the works. A ‘Vivasayegal Valvathara Pathugapu Kuzhu' (Farmer's Livelihood Protection Committee) to protect the interest of farmers who will be affected by the project, was also formed.

Its president S. Rajavel said that the pipeline runs through fields in Kokarayanpettai, Thokavadi, Karumakavundampalayam, T.Kavundampalayam, Varagooraanpatti, Paapampalayam, Thevankurichi, Yemapalli, Karuveppampatti and O. Rajapalayam revenue villages and affect more than 300 farmers and about 800 acres of cultivation.

Several farmers here are up in arms against the proposed Gas Authority of India Ltd project to lay a pipeline from Kochi to Bangalore via Erode district for transporting gas.

India is third in egg production and fourth in chicken output

Vice Chancellor of the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (TANUVAS) Dr. R. Prabakaran said that veterinarians have played a major role in placing India atop the world in milk production, third in egg production and fourth in chicken meat production.

Twelve illegal dyeing units were demolished in a drive that was conducted by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) in and around Komarapalayam town in Tiruchengode Taluk on Thursday.

The drive was conducted at Thaneerpanthalkadu, Kotaimedu, Eswari Nagar, Cheran Nagar and Kamaraj Nagar. District Environmental Engineer (DEE) K. Gokuladas said that six winches, three generators and 76 masonry tanks were demolished using earth movers.

Amid protests from local politicians, an illegal dyeing unit was demolished by a team of revenue officials and Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) personnel at Venanthur town – located more

Drive begins in Salem; continues in Namakkal. Three dyeing units in Salem were demolished by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) and Revenue officials on Thursday.

TNPCB officials said that based on information that unauthorised units were functioning in Sevapet, Neikkarapatti and Uthama Solapuram, officials raided the units and found three winches in each unit.

Revenue Minister P. Thangamani inaugurated the drive by planting a sapling at the Master Plan Complex on Friday. This was followed by planting of 750 saplings by school students.

Deputy Speaker of the Tamil Nadu Assembly P. Dhanapal, District Collector J. Kumaragurubaran, District Forest Officer Ashish Kumar Srivastava, District Revenue Officer R. Seethalakshmi, Project Director of the District Rural Development Agency S.S. Kumar, District Education Officer V. Kumar, elected local body representatives and officials from various departments took part in the event.

Revenue Minister asks officials to complete works on water schemes soon

State Revenue Minister and Kumarapalayam MLA P. Thangamani has urged officials of Municipalities, Town Panchayats and rural local bodies to give priority to executing drinking water schemes and to complete them soon.