Sanitation in a government aided school at Woraiyur here has been accorded a fillip in the form of a renovated toilet block sponsored by the Rotary Club of Tiruchi Rock City.

The erstwhile toilet block at the All Saints Primary School was unusable as the building was in a poor shape, said Ravi Subramanian, president of the club. A weak structure and non-existent roof made the facility inaccessible to students of the co-educational school.

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.

Drawing from the sun to counter power cuts and hike in tariffs

While unscheduled power cuts and hike in power tariffs may have residents seething, some with an ecological turn of mind have taken to experimenting with alternatives sources of energy. While few industries and educational institutions have taken the green energy route, homes in the city too are seeking solutions that burn no holes in either the ozone layer or the pocket.

To mark this year's World Environment Day, the Tiruchi wing of the Isha Foundation has decided to nurture at their own nursery four types of tree saplings: trees that give shade, bear fruits and fl

The ongoing sapling-planting drive has received a fresh boost this World Environment Day, with 4,000 new saplings being planted around Tiruchi by the city corporation.

Held as part of the celebrations organised by the Bishop Heber Higher Secondary School in Teppakulam, the day's drive was focussed on main roads and government office premises.

Civic body remains mute spectator to wanton pollution at tollgate junction

The tollgate junction near the Coleroon river, the gateway to the city from the northern side, is fast turning into an eyesore owing to indiscriminate dumping of garbage by commercial establishments on the roadsides.

The greening drive in the district under which about 1.64 lakh saplings are to be planted would be executed in three phases, said Collector Jayashree Muralidharan on Tuesday.

Chairing a meeting to review the implementation of the programme , Ms. Muralidharan pointed out that the greening initiative was launched as part of Chief Minister Jayalalithaa's birthday celebration.

Power generation from wind mills over the last few days has enabled the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the immense relief of industries in the region.

Industries, particularly ancillaries of BHEL, Tiruchi, hope that the power situation will smoothen in the near future with the onset of windy season and the scope for the State to augment its power position with its share from the Kudankulam nuclear power plant shortly.

Forest department to start preliminary works at Upper Anicut reserve forest

Preliminary works for the establishment of a tropical butterfly conservatory in Srirangam is set to begin soon with funds being granted to the Forest Department for this purpose. The State government has sanctioned Rs. 1.61 crore as first instalment to the Forest Department to carry out a host of works for setting up the conservatory which will come up in the Upper Anicut reserve forest in Srirangam. The funds have been provided from the 13th Finance Commission.

The State government has planned to carry out six projects of inter-linking of rivers in the State at a total cost of Rs. 9,015 crore as part of its efforts to achieve optimal utilisation of water resources.

Stating this while initiating a debate in the Assembly on the demands for grants of the Public Works Department, PWD Minister K.V. Ramalingam explained the rationale behind the formulation of the projects.