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Local bodies asked to act on plastic bag sale

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The Hindu          01.12.2014 

Local bodies asked to act on plastic bag sale

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department has written to district collectors asking them to direct local bodies to take action against vendors around temples who use bags that are less than 40-microns thick. This is part of its efforts to prevent the use of plastic bags inside temples.

Around 50 large temples, including Sri Parthasarathy Swamy Temple, Kapaleeswarar temple and Thiruverkadu Karumariamman temple, have implemented a ban on use of plastic bags on their premises.

“The archakas have been directed not to accept offerings with plastic covers. The devotees are also being sensitised so they do not bring flowers and other offerings in plastic bags,” said P. Dhanapal, commissioner, HR&CE.

Temples have also procured bamboo baskets that are provided to devotees who are unaware of the plastic ban inside temples. However, shops outside the temples continue to give flowers to devotees in plastic bags.

“In a few places like the Vadapalani Murugan temple, vendors have agreed to provide baskets that can be reused. But in other temples, they are not toeing our line. Local bodies have to take action against such vendors, but they haven’t, which is why we have written to collectors asking them to direct the civic bodies to initiate action,” he said. Sources in the Chennai Corporation said the civic body would initiate action if the HR&CE wrote to it.

“We conduct periodic raids among wholesalers, dealers and distributors and seize bags that are less than 40 microns thick. We target the source rather than roadside vendors. If need be, we can still conduct a specific drives around places of worship,” he said.

Around 50 large temples have implemented a ban on use of plastic bags on their premises

 

Corporation plans to create green belts in city

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The Hindu        28.11.2014   

Corporation plans to create green belts in city

Civic body starts identifying vacant land

Mayor P. Rajkumar (second right) and Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) planting a sapling at the sewage water treatment plant at Ondipudur in the city on Thursday.
Mayor P. Rajkumar (second right) and Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) planting a sapling at the sewage water treatment plant at Ondipudur in the city on Thursday.

The Corporation is planning to create a green belt on the premises housing large buildings in the city.

Mayor P. Rajkumar said that they have started identifying vast areas of vacant land on the premises of public sector establishments and holding talks with the officials to plant saplings.He said this after inaugurating the tree plantation drive at the sewage water treatment plant of the Corporation’s underground drainage project at Ondipudur on Thursday.

The Mayor said that they would be planting another 450 saplings in a phased manner. “Most of the trees will be aromatic to control the bad odour from emanating from the treatment plant,” he said.

Mr. Rajkumar said that the green belt would be made mandatory right from the planning stage to get the Town and Country Planning Department approval and implementation would also be strictly followed. “Efforts would be taken to urge the existing establishments to establish a green belt,” he added.

Corporation officials said that they are also planning to improve the green cover in education institutions too. Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan and other Corporation officials were also present.

 

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.

 


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