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Coimbatore zoo to be redesigned

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The Hindu         21.09.2016    

Coimbatore zoo to be redesigned

Coimbatore Corporation has engaged two planners to redesign the city zoo and make it compliant with the specifications of the Central Zoo Authority.

The planners will submit a few designs for the civic body’s consideration in the next 20 days.

Thereafter, the civic body will take it to the CZA for licence to run the zoo.


According to sources, the Corporation wrote to the Tamil Nadu Forest Department asking for help in maintaining the zoo, for which it had run into trouble in the past - so much so that the CZA had cancelled the zoo licence.

The Department responded suggesting planners T. Uma Shankar and K. Cyril Rufus, who have worked on designing zoos.

Following the suggestion, the Corporation top brass met the two sometime ago.

Thereafter, the two visited the zoo in the first week of September to take stock of the situation.

Mr. Shankar told The Hindu that the challenge before them was to make maximum use of the limited available space keeping in mind the animals’ requirements and visitors’ convenience.

One of the steps they could suggest to the Corporation would be to release feral, domesticated and commonly found animals, birds, reptiles so that the animal count was reduced.

This could be easily done and make available space for the other animals. The second would be to assess the area required for each animal species because the CZA had clearly specified what should be the free ranging area.


And, then there were amenities for visitors too.

Mr. Rufus said that as far as amenities for visitors were considered, they could suggest more sign boards with information and improve the overall aesthetics so that the visitors spent as much time as possible.

This would mean including the nearby VOC Park area with that of the zoo so as to take the total area available to around 11 acre.

Corporation officials said that the planners had just begun their work and they would require time to finish the master plan.


Once they come up with their plans, the civic body would discuss and chose the plan that suits the city and also its budget.

The city zoo has more than 500 birds, mammals and reptiles.

T. Uma Shankar, and K. Cyril Rufus will submit a report in 20 days, said corporation sources


Civic polls: HC wants State to implement 50% women’s quota

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The Hindu       15.09.2016  

Civic polls: HC wants State to implement 50% women’s quota

Once a gazette notification has been issued by the State government providing 50 per cent reservation for women candidates in local body elections, it has to be provided in the impending elections, the Madras High Court said on Wednesday. It then directed the authorities concerned to take necessary steps to implement the promised quota for women.

The First Bench of Chief Justice S.K. Kaul and Justice R. Mahadevan made the observation on a PIL petition moved by G. Kumar, a member of the Indian National Congress.

The petitioner wanted the court to direct the authorities to facilitate online submission of nomination for all the posts in local bodies; uploading of affidavits of all candidates onto the State Election Commission’s website; deployment of Electronic Voting Machines (EVM); and installation of CCTV cameras in all the polling stations. He also asked the court to direct the government and the commission to ensure 50 per cent reservation for women candidates.

When the PIL came up for hearing, the Special Government Pleader informed the Bench that the issue of using EVMs was already pending before a Division Bench of the court. Recording the submission, the Bench directed the State government and the State Election Commission to take a decision on the other two aspects before the elections are announced.

As to the plea for implementing 50 per cent reservation for women candidates, the Bench referred to the government gazette dated February 27 and said, “Once the gazette has been issued, the reservation has to be provided as per the same.”

The Bench then disposed of the PIL.


Clicks of beautiful Kovai displayed at Corporation

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The Hindu         09.09.2016 

Clicks of beautiful Kovai displayed at Corporation

Forty-six pictures that were handpicked from the 402 entries of the Click Kovai photography contest were displayed in a one-day photography exhibition on the Coimbatore Corporation office premises on Thursday. The contest was jointly organised by the Corporation and Green Global Trust to showcase the beauty of Coimbatore.

Commemorating the World Photography Day, the competition was open till August 19, to showcase the talents of Coimbatoreans and the beauty of the city. As many as 122 contestants participated in the competition and submitted 402 entries in topics ranging from Water Bodies in Coimbatore, Hills of Coimbatore, Greenery in Coimbatore and Coimbatore City Life. Distributing prizes to the winners, Mayor of Coimbatore Corporation P. Rajkumar said that Coimbatore had been known as an industrial city and such events would be helpful in highlighting its beauty. He said that select pictures from the competition would be used for promotional and campaign materials prepared by the Corporation.

Mr. Rajkumar also gave away prizes to the top three winners and three consolation prize winners. P.M. Mohammed Ashik won a DSLR camera as the first prize. J. Johnson won a gift voucher for Rs. 10,000 for the second prize and S. Mukilvendan won a gift voucher for Rs. 5,000 for the third prize.

Arjun Muthukrishnan, R. Balu Mahendran and R. Prakash Kumar were given consolation prizes. Their pictures were among the 46 pictures displayed at the exhibition on Thursday.

K. Maruthachalam of Photo Center, Srinivasan Durai of Srini Institute of Photography, N.N. Parasram of Savithri Photo house, T.S. Ramanan of Glolabs and former head of the department of Mass Communication, PSG College of Arts and Science C. Pichandy were judges of the event. Participation certificates were given away to all the participants.


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