VELLORE: Collector C. Rajendran has directed officials of the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) to immediately visit the places in the Ambur area where there were complaints of tanneries discharging untreated effluents into the Palar, and identify and close such tanneries.

He was presiding over a monthly agriculturists' grievance day meeting at the Collectorate here on Friday.

Awareness programme for officials representing rural development department in Thane district

On waste management: C. Srinivasan, Project Director, Indian Green Service, at a training programme in Vellore on Wednesday.

VELLORE: The residents of Vellore Corporation are facing an acute drinking water scarcity for the last more than two months, with the Corporation being in a position to supply drinking water through the distribution lines only once in 10 to 15 days in most areas.

VELLORE: Vellore Collector C. Rajendran has asked tanneries in Vellore district to strictly follow the safety protocol stipulated by the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) while engaging its workers to clean effluent tanks on their premises.

FIVE persons, including three brothers, were asphyxiated to death after poisonous gas emanated from a chemical tank which they were cleaning at a leather factory at Vaniyambadi on Friday.

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A PROPOSAL to reclaim the tannery polluted lands of the Vellore district using the process of bio-remediation through bamboo cultivation is being advocated by the fulltime member of the State Planning Commission Dr G Kumaravelu.

VELLORE: Mass cultivation of bamboo and `malai vembu' (a variety of neem grown in the hills) could be taken up in Vellore district for bio-remediation of polluted soil, prevention of pollution from tannery and sewage effluents and to prevent global warming, according to G. Kumaravelu, full time member of the State Planning Commission and a retired Indian Forest Service officer.

Virudhunagar worst hit; funds for other districts after getting report

CHENNAI: The government on Thursday sanctioned Rs. 18 crore from the Calamity Relief Fund to overcome the drinking water shortage in 10 districts. Virudhunagar, Tiruvallur, Dharmapuri, Salem, Villupuram, Krishnagiri, Vellore, Tiruvannamalai, Dindigul and Namakkal districts will be benefited.

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A SUSPECTED group of poachers hurled petrol bombs and opened 10 to 15 rounds of fire with their country-made guns after the forest personnel narrowed in on them at the Ambur reserved forest area, bordering Tirupattur and Vellore forest divisions on Monday. However, no one was injured.

VELLORE: Work on the Cauvery Integrated Drinking Water Supply Scheme to be implemented at a cost of Rs.1,800 crore to bring water from the Cauvery River to Vellore district would be started soon, according to Deputy Chief Minister M.K. Stalin.