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Tambaram’s Gandhi Park set for green makeover

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The Hindu             10.02.2014

Tambaram’s Gandhi Park set for green makeover

A nine-feet-wide walkers’ path with lights is ready at the park —Photo: G. Krishnaswamy
A nine-feet-wide walkers’ path with lights is ready at the park —Photo: G. Krishnaswamy

One of the oldest landmarks in Tambaram municipal limits, the sprawling Gandhi Park in East Tambaram, is set for a new look soon.

Walkers’ pathway and cascades apart, the park will get its central library back.

After being left neglected, despite a facelift some years ago, the park is now closed for renovation work. A senior official from the municipal administration and water supply department told The Hindu a tender has been floated to the tune of Rs. 23 lakh to complete the renovation.

Already, a nine-feet-wide walkers’ path, with lights, is ready. A sum of Rs. 50 lakh has been spent on various kinds of infrastructural work inside the park.

The new work schedule includes planting of ornamental plants and installation of a couple of cascades. The park will be ready for public use in a couple of months, said the official.

A library building, in the central portion of the park, has been built at a cost of Rs. 26 lakh. “The earlier library was inaugurated by Lourdammal Simon, the then local administration minister, in 1957. The new facility will provide users with more space and lot of study materials,” said V. Nagarajan, a senior citizen from Kambar Street, East Tambaram.

The single-storey building will be able to accommodate more than 50 readers at a time and will have 30,000 books and magazines.

Over the past year or so, the local body has attached a lot of importance to development of parks that have been neglected for many years, the official said. Improvement works are going on in a few parks and more such open spaces will be developed, he said.

Besides carrying out improvement work, the municipal administration should ensure the park is maintained properly, residents said. The timings should be regulated.

The park should be open only for a few hours in the morning and evening and should be kept locked the rest of the day, they said.


Community kitchen work in full swing

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The Hindu               17.01.2013

Community kitchen work in full swing

Staff Reporter

Residents to get gas 24X7; around 73 families to benefit

In about a month or two, the residents of Kamarajar Nagar at Edayarpalayam may not have to buy firewood or kerosene to fuel the stove. They can take their vessels and cereals, spices and other stuff to the community kitchen, which the Coimbatore Corporation is constructing at present.

According to sources, the civic body is constructing a kitchen with 16 stoves that will be fuelled with gas from the nearby biogas plant.

The biogas plant uses human waste from the nearby public convenience facility.

There are around 73 families that stand to benefit.

At present, the biogas plant, constructed by the Nirmal Biogen Technology, is on the verge of completion. The Corporation has to link the public convenience facility’s septic tank with the biogas plant’s inlet tank. The Corporation likewise is also on the verge of constructing the kitchen. The sources say that the biomethanation process, wherein the microbes feed on the waste to generate methane, will take at least 30-40 days and thereafter the residents will be able to use the gas for cooking.

And, after seven-eight months, the residents will get gas 24 hours a day for seven days a week.


300 schools get access to green centre

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The Hindu              07.01.2014

300 schools get access to green centre

Asha Sridhar

An environmental information dissemination centre (EIDC), a central resource centre for school students, has been opened for students and teachers from schools that are a part of the National Green Crops (NGC).

The centre, which has been set up at a Chennai Corporation Middle School in Choolai, is the first EIDC in the city, and has already been set up in 10 districts during the previous academic year by the department of environment, said the centre in-charge and NGC district co-ordinator, G.Thangaraj.

“It is a centre where students and teachers from NGC schools in the city can learn about environment-related topics such as pollution and energy conservation,” he said. There are around 300 such schools in the city.

Teachers to be trained

The centre has a resource room — with books, multimedia and a television — that can house up to 60 people. It also has a lab where teachers will be trained to use soil, water and air testing kits.

“The trained teachers will in turn teach the students and NGC schools will be given one set each,” he said, adding that they had already trained 50 teachers.

The centre will be open to Chennai Corporation, government, government-aided and private schools that are part of NGC.

Joseph Patrick, an NGC co-ordinator at a government-aided school, said the centre can be a common meeting ground for environment-related activities for school students.

Mr. Thangaraj said the centre would be used to conduct training and seminars and students could be brought there in turns.

Compost pit, medicinal garden, next

They are also planning to display models on rainwater harvesting, and set up a vermi-compost pit and medicinal plant garden on the premises. The centre is stocked with a set of telefilms and books given by the department of environment and ministry of environment and forests.

Some NGOs are also involved in the centre, said Mr. Thangaraj. He said it would be fully functional by the next academic year.

The centre was inaugurated in December 2013, by the director of environment H. Malleshappa in the presence of other officials, said Mr. Thangaraj.


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