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Multi-level car park facility planned in Kodaikanal

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The Hindu        12.04.2017  

Multi-level car park facility planned in Kodaikanal

Getting ready:Collector T.G. Vinay addressing a meeting to discuss arrangements for the summer festival at Kodaikanal on Tuesday.PHOTO: G. KarthikeyanG_KARTHIKEYAN  

Dindigul Collector T.G. Vinay chairs a meet ahead of summer festival

There is some good news for the tourists visiting Kodaikanal hills during this summer festival to be held in May.

There has been reports of rise in vehicle movement and traffic congestion experienced by the tourists year after year. To ease traffic congestion on the ghat section as well as on the hills, Dindigul district administration has worked out elaborate plans.

Chairing a meeting held here to discuss arrangements for the summer festival, Collector T.G. Vinay said a space for car parking would be identified. The government had issued a Government Order for the establishment of a multi-level parking in the hill station and soon the officials concerned would identify the space.

The roads leading to Kodaikanal from Palani and Batlagundu had developed potholes and required urgent repairs. He directed highways engineers to attend to them and instal signboards highlighting speed limit and other road rules for vehicle users.

The summer festival, which would be organised at Bryant Park would have more attractions this time. Horticulture department officials explained the steps taken so far. Municipal authorities elaborated on the arrangements made such as installation of additional dumper bins and mobile toilets.

The Collector wanted Food Safety Officials to keep an eye on the quality of food served in restaurants and roadside eateries. Fire and Rescue Services personnel and vehicles should be stationed at a vantage location during the summer festival, he said.

Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation authorities said additional bus services would be operated to Kodaikanal from different destinations.

Palani Sub-Collector Vineet, District Rural Development Agency Project Director Prabakaran, Municipal Commissioner Saravanan, Deputy Directors (Horticulture) Suresh Sriram and Mohanram, Tourism Officer Uma Devi and others were present.


Corporation engineer assaulted while checking illegal tapping of water

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The Hindu       31.03.2017 

Corporation engineer assaulted while checking illegal tapping of water

Incident happened at Chockalinga Nagar

Koodal Pudur police have registered a case against a few persons who reportedly assaulted Corporation Assistant Engineer V. Maniyan (48) and few others when they went into their house to seize motor pumps used for illegal suction of piped water at Chockalinga Nagar on Wednesday.

The police also booked the accused for preventing the officials from discharging their duties and for criminal intimidation.

Meanwhile, in a counter complaint, Sathik Raghuman (54) has said that 20 Corporation employees trespassed into his house and harassed the women in the family. A case was registered under Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Harassment of Women Act.

Two arrested

Madurai city police have arrested two persons, including a 19-year-old youth, and recovered five four-wheelers and one motorcycle that were stolen from Madurai, Chengalpattu, Chennai and Tiruchi.

A statement said a police team led by Thilagar Thidal Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Petchimuthu Pandian intercepted and interrogated a two-wheeler rider P. Kalidoss near DM Court and later recovered the stolen vehicles and arrested another person, Tirusangu.


20 corporation staff booked for beating residents of a house

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The Times of India      30.03.2017  

20 corporation staff booked for beating residents of a house

MADURAI: City police on Thursday booked 20 corporation employees, including an assistant engineer, for trespassing into a house and beating the residents, during a crackdown on illegal use of electric motors to draw water from piped water connection.

Police have booked the employees based on a complaint filed by the family in counter to the complaint registered by the civic employees. Earlier, the family members were booked under various charges, including deterring a public servant from discharging his duty.

Koodalpudur police which registered a case said that a team of corporation employees conducted a surprise check in Chokkalinga Nagar to trace illegal tapping of drinking water. The team had specific information that many households in the locality were using electric motors which is banned by the civic body.

Accordingly, the team entered the residence of Sadhik Rahman on 5th Street in Chokkalinga Nagar. They found an electric motor in the house and tried to remove it, but were stopped by the residents. A verbal duel ensued between the officials and the residents of the house. It soon turned into a scuffle.

While the family members alleged that the corporation employees trespassed into the house and beat them, the officials stated that the residents abused and attacked them. A neighbour of Sadhik Rahman was also involved in the incident, according to the complaint filed by area assistant engineer V Maniyan.

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