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Ramanathapuram ‘ooranies’ in a state of disuse for long

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Source : The Hindu Date : 24.06.2009

Ramanathapuram ‘ooranies’ in a state of disuse for long

C. Jaishankar

Owing to human neglect and silt

— Photo: L. Balachandar.

GLORY GONE: Sewage water in Kidavettu ‘oorani.’

RAMANATHAPURAM: The ‘ooranies’ of Ramanathapuram town, which are known as traditional drinking water bodies, are in a state of disuse for years, owing to human neglect and silting. Many of them have become open gutters, causing concern among the people and environmentalists.

Though there were no proper records to ascertain when the ‘ooranies’ in Ramanathapuram town were created, many of the octogenarians say that they saw the ‘ooranies’ even from their childhood.

It indicates that many of them were established during the period of Sethupathy Kingdom for which Ramanathapuram was the headquarters for nearly three centuries.

According to the official records, there were 22 big tanks in Ramanathapuram town alone. Since it encountered drinking water crisis for several decades, it was believed that tanks were created in all corners of the town basically to recharge the groundwater level and thereby supplying it to the residents.

As per the statistics of the municipality, 18 tanks were totally polluted, as storage of sewage water let in from nearby residential colonies, business houses and hotels for so long. Other ‘ooranies,’ including Chidambaram, Semmankundu and Kidavettu have also become the point of open gutters.

Most of them have become permanent sewage storage areas.

“The town may lack in proper planning in several aspects. But it was the best example in terms of existence of the ‘ooranies’ in and around three km radius that ultimately took care of the entire drinking water needs. Unfortunately, it has become a bad example of encroachments and opens gutters,” says M.A. Sundarrajan, president, Ramanathapuram District Consumer Protection Council.

Though there was a proposal about five years ago to revive all tanks in the town, it did not cross the planning stage. Environmentalists and public feel that it was a high time to rejuvenate all tanks considering the implementation of underground drainage scheme (UGD).

Mr. Sundarrajan added that once the UGD was over there was less chance for the people to discharge waste water into the ‘ooranies.’ Hence, the Municipal Administration should draw a plan of action to desilt and rehabilitate all tanks to bring back the past glory.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 June 2009 06:41

Garbage dump inspected

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Source : The Hindu Date : 20.06.2009

Garbage dump inspected

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TIRUCHI: Mayor S.Sujatha on Friday inspected the Corporation’s garbage dump at Ariyamangalam.

Accompanied by Deputy Mayor M.Anbazhagan, Corporation Commissioner T.T.Balsamy, and other officials, the Mayor inspected the manufacture of bio-compost carried out by the Kalki Service Trust.

About 400 tonnes of solid wastes collected from the city is being dumped at the yard every day. About 15 to 20 tonnes of bio-manure was being produced by the Trust everyday.

Last Updated on Saturday, 20 June 2009 06:57

Several walls on Anna Salai sport clean look

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Source : The Hindu Date : 13.06.2009

Several walls on Anna Salai sport clean look

Staff Reporter


Corporation workers work for 10 hours to clear graffiti, banners, cut-outs, and nameboards

— Photo: K.V.Srinivasan

ERASING WALL WRITINGS: Mayor M.Subramanian inspecting work to remove graffiti on Anna Salai on Thursday.

CHENNAI: Over 3,000 square metres of wall space on Anna Salai and Kamarajar Salai were cleared of graffiti and posters on Thursday. A total of 500 staff of Chennai Corporation worked 10 hours to clear the space.

It followed the ban on posters and graffiti on the two arterial roads. Many walls on both the roads sported a clean look after the workers whitewashed the graffiti.

The workers also removed digital banners, cut-outs and nameboards of commercial establishments that encroached on pavement space. Five lorries were pressed into service for the purpose.

Speaking to reporters after supervising the drive, Mayor M. Subramanian said the civic body would paste stickers indicating poster-free zones and warning violators of punishment.

“We will ensure that people do not write on walls or paste posters. Corporation officials would go on regular rounds and remove posters, if found, immediately. If the offenders do not listen even after warnings, we would request police to take action,” he said.

Mr. Subramanian said that even private walls would be whitewashed if they had unauthorised advertisements.

Unauthorised advertisements put up on bus shelters on Anna Salai would be peeled off. Posters stuck from electricity boxes, telephone pillars and street lamp posts would be removed as part of the drive.

At the conclusion of the drive, students of the Government College of Arts would be asked to paint the walls of government buildings. The Chennai Corporation has requested the college Principal for designs.

Mr. Subramanian said permission would be sought from the Central government and public sector undertakings to paint drawings on their walls.

The services of the students have already been used at the park opposite the Secretariat on Rajaji Salai and the park opposite the Raj Bhavan. They would be paid for their work.

Last Updated on Saturday, 13 June 2009 14:49

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