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Corpn. launches green drive

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The Hindu      30.10.2014 

Corpn. launches green drive

Coimbatore Corporation has launched green city initiative to plant saplings across the city. Designated officers will liaison with residents’ associations to plant saplings, look after the safety of those and also receive complaints of tree cutting and hammering nails.

A release from the civic body said that as per instructions from Mayor P. Rajkumar, the civic body will plant saplings that are suitable to local conditions in its establishments, including schools, parks and roadsides.

The officers will be in-charge of the trees’ safety and will work with residents’ association.

The officers are also empowered to remove nails from trees.

Members of the public can reach the officers – Rajesh Venugopal on 94892-06016, Sabari Raj on 94892-06003, Muthukumar on 948920-06013 and K. Jayalakshmi on 94421-04122.


Board tested dump yard air for toxins just three times since 2011

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The Times of India       07.10.2014  

Board tested dump yard air for toxins just three times since 2011


CHENNAI: Despite garbage frequently catching fire or being set ablaze at the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi dump yards and repeated complaints from residents of localities nearby about smoke and health problems, the Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has collected air samples from the sites to test for toxins only thrice since 2011.

Data obtained by TOI through an RTI application has found that the board tested air at Kodungaiyur just once, in 2011-12, when it collected six samples. It tested the air in Perungudi on two occasions, collecting four samples in 2012-13 and two in 2013-14.

Of the six samples from Kodungaiyur, three contained respirable suspended particulate matter (RSPM) well in excess of the maximum permissible limit of 100 ug/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter of air).

In Perungudi, the board found two of the four air samples collected in 2012-13 and one of the two collected in 2013-14 had higher than permissible RSPM levels.

Research has shown that exposure to air with an RSPM levels in excess of 100ug/m3 causes a wide range of health problems, including respiratory illnesses and cancer.

The corporation and private sanitation company Ramky Enviro unload more than 4,500 tonnes of garbage into the Kodungaiyur and Perungudi dump yards every day and ragpickers often set fire to garbage to collect metal. But Corporation of Chennai's public health department has not conducted a single check on residents of localities surrounding the dump yards for possible problems as a result of air pollution. The residents say many families suffer from respiratory disorders.

Tests by Community Environmental Management and Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives in 2012 showed that air around the Kodungaiyur yard contained at least 19 toxic chemicals and carcinogens.

A TNPCB official said the board does not have the equipment to monitor air pollution. "We plan to install ambient air quality monitors in these areas as soon as possible," he said.

Environmentalist Nityanand Jayaraman says the Swachh Bharat campaign is a good initiative but officials remain removed from ground realities such as the fallout of dumping garbage in open sites within the city. "People in areas near the dump yards are fed up with air and water pollution. The corporation should shut down the dump yards," she said. 


Corporation initiates steps to improve green cover

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The Hindu        25.09.2014   

Corporation initiates steps to improve green cover

Saplings being planted at Maniyanoor Government Higher Secondary School in Salem on Wednesday.-PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT.
Saplings being planted at Maniyanoor Government Higher Secondary School in Salem on Wednesday.-PHOTO: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT.

In a move that could improve the green cover in corporation schools in the city, the civic body along with The Chennai Silks Sri Kumaran Thanga Maligai has proposed to plant 5,000 saplings on the school premises.

As part of the initiative, Mayor S. Soundappan planted saplings at Maniyanoor Government Higher Secondary School and inaugurated the programme. He said that trees are very essential to provide rain and protect the environment.

The private organisation will not only plant 5,000 saplings in all the 86-odd corporation schools, but also will maintain it for the next three years. He commended the organisation for taking up the work and wanted improvement in the green cover. Saplings were also distributed to the public and were asked to nurture it properly.

Officials said that saplings would be planted in the school grounds, outside the schools and other available space on the premises so that it can be maintained properly. They also said that saplings could not be planted in few schools as there was no adequate space.

Deputy Mayor M. Natesan, MLAs M.K. Selvaraj, G. Venkadachalam, Corporation Commissioner R. Selvaraj, P.K. Arumugam, Managing Director, The Chennai Silks Sri Kumaran Thanga Maligai and others participated.


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