VILLUPURAM: Over 100 families in Ozhinthiapattu in Vanur taluk were displaced on Wednesday night owing to sudden floods caused by a breach in the lake bund.

The walls of about a dozen huts collapsed soon after the inundation and a vast stretch of paddy fields got submerged.

Hence, the people had to spend the night in the open, braving incessant rain.

VILLUPURAM: The Department of Geology and Mining has come out with a new procedure to check the misuse of permits issued for prospecting for mineral resources.

The department has now adopted the practice of affixing hologram to certify the authenticity of permits for tapping mineral resources, according to Collector R.

VILLUPURAM: The State government has taken steps on a war-footing to solve problems relating to water supply in deficit areas in Villupuram district, according to K.Ponmudy, Higher Education Minister.

Addressing an official meeting here recently, he said that these measures had been initiated to set right hiccups in water supply at Ginjee, Thiagadurgam, Vikkiravandi, Manalurpettai, Kalavarayan

VILLUPURAM: Two sewage treatment plants will be set up at Ka. Kuppam and Erumanthal in Villupuram as part of an underground drainage project being executed by the Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board, according to Gagandeep Singh Bedi, Managing Director, TWAD Board.

He was speaking to officials after inspecting the project works on Monday.


The Tamil Nadu Government will frame a policy for the sustainable exploitation of mineral resources, announced the Deputy Chief Minister, Mr M.K. Stalin, in the Assembly today.

This was part of a number of initiatives in his reply to the debate in the Assembly on the demand for grants to the Industry Department.

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.

TAMIL Nadu is planning to increase the forest area in the State to 33 per cent and the State forest department has launched a slew of measures to attain the target, according to forest officials.


Says a report released by the Forest Survey of India

CHENNAI: There has been a marginal increase in the forest cover in the State, according to a report released by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) recently.


CHENNAI: As held by the Supreme Court, the term

VILLUPURAM: Cultivation of a medicinal plant termed gloriosa superba (kanvazhi kizhangu in Tamil) will be quite a rewarding proposition, according to P. David Raja Beula, Assistant Director of Horticulture Department, Thiruvennainallur.