The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday directed the National Highways Authority of India’s (NHAI) Project Implementation Units (PIUs) in Madurai, Tiruchi, Thanjavur, Karur and Karaikudi to pl

Village tank renovated at a cost of Rs. 3.45 lakh 3 years ago

Villagers of Poongudi in Manikandam block have set an example for water conservation and making the most out of it for irrigation and drinking purposes.
While the water table in adjoining villages has been depleting, villagers of Poongudi take pride by not just preserving the water tank. “We keep the tank clean and free from pollution. It is used only for irrigation and drinking water purpose,” says P. Veeramuthu, a resident.

Ministry of Environment and Forests guidelines stipulate that mining in quarries with lease area of 5-25 hectares should be done only manually.

Of late, the weekly grievances day meeting at the Collectorate here has been witnessing villagers turning up — not for individual grievances or complaints but for an environmental and social cause.

“The quarry, if completed, will be a jolt to our livelihood”

A group of farmers and residents of Natham village near Thottiyam on the northern banks of the Cauvery have urged the district administration to immediately suspend the work of setting up a quarry for exploiting the sand resource in their village.

The Madras High Court Bench here on Thursday passed an interim order restraining use of more than two earth movers in sand quarrying sites in Tiruchi and Karur districts.

A Division Bench comprising Justices R. Sudhakar and V.M. Velumani passed the order while hearing a public interest litigation petition filed by M. Rajendran, a Tiruchi-based advocate.

The Madras High Court Bench here on Tuesday ordered notice to the Secretary of Public Works Department (PWD) and the Director of Department of Geology and Mines on a public interest litigation peti

Ill-effects of open-air defecation explained

The Corporation has identified nine locations to install user-friendly ‘Namma toilets’. The tender process would be initiated soon, Corporation Commissioner M. Vijayalakshmi said. The identified locations are ideally suited for the toilets, she said.

A new narikorava colony has come up in Madurapuri panchayat in Thuraiyur block in the district. The colony accounted for 53 houses and was built in Madurapuri panchayat in response to the demand made by members of narikoarava community more than a year ago.

The issue of alleged irregularities in mines of beach minerals came to the fore after former Tuticorin collector, Ashish Kumar, had conducted inspections at a private sand quarry.

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