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Now, women-friendly toilets in Dindigul bus stand

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The Hindu     07.12.2017  

Now, women-friendly toilets in Dindigul bus stand

Ensures hygiene:A women-friendly toilet at Kamarajar Bus Stand in Dindigul.Photo: G. KarthikeyanG_KARTHIKEYAN  

Ten toilets sanctioned as pilot project: seven for Dindigul and three for Madurai

Women passengers waiting at the Kamarajar Bus Stand here need not use public toilets with inadequate facilities any more, for the Dindigul Corporation has installed two toilets with all facilities to meet their entire needs, especially related to menstrual hygiene.

Inaugurating the ‘Sunidhi toilets’ here on Wednesday, Collector T.G. Vinay said that the existing toilets at the bus stand and along highways lacked women-friendly facilities. The new toilets would also protect their privacy with dignity.

The toilets were installed under Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban) of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs. Ten toilets had been sanctioned as a pilot project - seven for Dindigul and three for Madurai Corporations. The low-cost prefabricated structure would have a western toilet, Indian toilet, wash basin, sanitary napkin vending machine, napkin incinerator, mirror and soap. The Corporation would maintain them.

Two toilets had been installed at the east and west end of the bus stand. More such facilities would come up near Amma Canteen at flower market, Siluvathur tank area, near Mochaikottai Vinayagar Temple, Mettupatti church area and 108 Vinayagar Temple campus near Gopalasamudram tank. Based on successthe model would be replicated in other areas, the Collector added.

Technical staff said the superstructure, made of cost-effective ferro-cement technology, could be installed in three to four hours. The slabs were fabricated using moulds and drilled together and brought to the location for installation. Fixing toilets, other equipment, basin and plumbing work were done on the spot. Top priority was given for hand washing as it could reduce 45% of sanitation- related diseases. The cost of each toilet was Rs. 75,000.

If one inserted a Rs. 5 coin, the sanitary napkin vending machine would dispense one. Around 30 napkins had been kept in the machine. The incinerator would reduce the used napkin into five grams of ash.

The machine used minimal electricity and the smoke would pass through a chimney.


Rural development key in Coimbatore Master Plan

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The New Indian Express           06.12.2017 

Rural development key in Coimbatore Master Plan

CHENNAI: The process to prepare a new master plan for Coimbatore began in 2014 as the old master plan had limitations. This was because many villages around the city were not included in the preview of the master plan.

The new Coimbatore Planning Area is likely to consist of taluks of Coimbatore North, Sulur, Maduvankarai, Perur, Annur, Mettupalayam and Pollachi.

The Master Plan envisages creation of a compact city to achieve sustainable development. Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) is proposed along the major corridors, which will emphasise movement through public transport. The draft focuses on protecting rural livelihoods and catering to the needs of the population by providing agricultural zones.

The proposed Master Plan for Coimbatore ensures development in harmony with the environment. Proper zoning for segregation of residential, commercial and industrial areas with buffer zones between these land uses has been provided.

Existing major corridors and proposed corridor will have a green buffer so as to protect the residential area from pollution.

Clustering of industries has been given priority based on the type of waste generation. Decentralised and specialised treatment plants are being proposed.


  • Coimbatore is the second largest software producer in TN.
  • Total planning area is about 2869.410 sqkm, 2.21 % of TN.
  • It comprises Coimbatore Corporation area and 186 villages.
  • Population of Coimbatore Local Planning Area is 31.15 lakh. 13.73 lakh are workers.
  • Workforce participation is 41.44 % in urban and 51.70 % in rural.

Theatre parking fee capped at Rs 20; malls exempted in Tamil Nadu

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The New Indian Express      06.12.2017  

Theatre parking fee capped at Rs 20; malls exempted in Tamil Nadu

CHENNAI: The maximum parking fee that can be collected at movie theatres in the state is Rs 20 for cars and Rs 10 for motorbikes, as per a recent order by Additional Chief Secretary Niranjan Mardi. However, these rates are not applicable for theatres in malls, as they are governed by different rules.

The government order issued on November 30, but made public only on Tuesday, said the new parking rates were effective from December 1. However, the theatres owners’ association said the order was ambiguous and sought an appointment with Niranjan Mardi.

“It is not clear if the rates are on an hourly basis or per show. We hope there is some clarity after the meeting,” said Abirami Ramanathan, president of the Tamil Nadu Theatre Owners’ Association.

As per the order, theatres in municipal corporations and special grade municipalities can charge Rs 20 for cars and three-wheelers and Rs 10 for motorbikes. In municipalities, the fee is Rs 15 for cars and Rs 7 for motorbikes; in town and village panchayats, it is Rs 5 and Rs 3. There will be no parking charge for bicycles.

The fees were fixed by amending the Tamil Nadu Cinemas (Regulation) Act 1955 and the order would mean cinema hall owners cannot change the price at will or charge exorbitant rates for parking.

“The parking rate charged by malls will be regulated by them, not the cinema halls. The amendment may not be applicable to Escape, but will be applied at Sathyam,” a spokesperson of SPI Cinemas told The New Indian Express, but added that there is lack of clarity about the amendment.


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