TRICHY: The recent fire at the Ariyamangalam composite dump yard here has forced the authorities to come up with a viable solution to the issues plaguing the five-decade-old site.

Eleven borewells are being sunk in different parts of Golden Rock zone of the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation as part of the drought-relief work in the city, according to Mayor A. Jaya.

The corporation is sinking about 50 borewells with hand pumps and 10 others with power pumps in different parts of the city under funds sanctioned by the government for drought relief.

With the ground water table depleting rapidly in view of the drought like conditions, Tiruchi Corporation has just begun to dig additional borewells on the river bed.

As part of its efforts to eliminate open defecation, the Tiruchirapalli City Corporation is putting up a modern temporary toilet complex on the Cauvery river bank on the Amma Mandapam Road.

The pre-fabricated structure comes fitted with solar-powered lights. Apart from separate cubicles for men and women, it will include a specially designed toilet for the differently abled.

Collector wells of the scheme energised on Thursday

All the three collector wells on the Coleroon river and the common sump of the Rs.221.42-crore new drinking water augmentation scheme were energised on Thursday, paving the way for supply of water from the scheme by this month end ahead of the peak summer season. Describing it as an important step forward in the project, corporation officials said they were on course now to meet the assurance given earlier that pumping of water from the scheme would begin by March 31.

Corporation Commissioner V.P.Thandapani has appealed to traders and other commercial establishments in the city to extend their full cooperation to the civic body in its efforts to improve solid waste management in the city.

The Corporation has planned to evolve a system of collecting garbage from commercial establishments to a specified time-table. Traders should segregate degradable and non-degradable wastes and hand them over to the Corporation workers properly.

To invite private participation in the maintenance of streetlights; to install energy saving devices through private partner

In an ambitious initiative to improve energy efficiency and cut down on its power bill, Tiruchi Corporation has planned to replace all tube lights used for street lighting with light emitting diode (LED) lamps in the city. The corporation has also planned to invite private participation in the maintenance of the streetlights across the city.

Plans to appoint a consultant to prepare a project report

In what could be a far-reaching and ambitious move, Tiruchi Corporation is considering the feasibility of extending round-the-clock drinking water supply in the city. Initially, the move is likely to be implemented on a pilot basis in select areas of the city. As a first step in this direction, the corporation has planned to appoint a consultant to study and prepare a feasibility report on providing 24/7 water supply on international standards, corporation sources told The Hindu . The consultant would also identify the areas where the system could be implemented.

It was that found Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan were better prepared and more aware to implement project

Coimbatore is likely to be a part of an international effort to build sustainable, low carbon cities, if things go as planned by ICLEI, an NGO, and the British High Commission. The project aims at encouraging local governments to develop State-level guidelines and leverage international and national funds for such projects.

30 per cent of cost to be availed of from Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

Tiruchi Corporation’s main office on the Bharathidasan Salai in the city would soon be powered by solar energy. In a pilot project that seeks to promote alternative energy sources and to cut down on its power bill, Tiruchi Corporation has decided to install a solar system at the office. The move comes in the wake of a suggestion mooted at a recent stakeholders’ meeting convened by International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) under a project taken up with the support of the British High Commission, to formulate urban climate guidelines focusing on clean technologies to build sustainable low carbon cities.