Mettupalayam News

Reduce Bus Fare - Request

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Sunday, 01 March 2015 06:56

ABOUT two weeks after buses from Mettupalayam were diverted from Gandhipuram bus stand to the bus stand on Mettupalayam Road, consumer bodies have asked the district administration and transport officials to reduce fares based on the reduction in distance.

In a petition to the Collector a few days ago, president of Mettupalayam Consumer Protection Organisation N. Venkataraman noted that by terminating the buses at the Mettupalayam Road bus stand the distance covered by buses from Mettupalayam to Coimbatore has reduced by a few kilometres, but the Government and private buses were still collecting the old fare of Rs. 16.

Coimbatore Consumer Cause secretary K. Kathirmathiyon said that operators could not revise fares and only a Regional Transport Authority (RTA, District Collector) could approve fare revisions – increase or reduction.

“But, for the Mettupalayam bus stand, former District Collector P. Umanath formed a new stage at the Mettupalayam Road bus stand to fix fares for buses heading to Mettupalayam in 2010,” he said.


He added that at that time the National Highways calculated the distance between the Mettupalayam bus stand and the bus stand on Mettupalayam Road in Coimbatore at Rs. 13.5.

He made an appeal to the RTA to implement the revised fare for buses on the route without delay and initiate action against violating conductors and operators.


Deputy Transport Commissioner P. Muruganantham said that their department and highway officials would soon conduct a survey to measure the distance reduced after buses from Mettupalayam and Tirupur were shifted out of the Gandhipuram Central Bus Stand. “The reduction in distance and the corresponding fare reduction will be submitted to the RTA, who in turn will decide on revising fares,” he added.

Transport officials said that they were waiting for private bus operators to settle down with the changes in bus stands and routes before they initiated steps to revise the fare.


Mettupalayam to get NMR Museum

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Sunday, 01 March 2015 06:48

In a couple of months, tourists reaching Mettupalayam station can get a glimpse of the history of the heritage Nilgiri Mountain Railway (NMR) before they hop onto the train to head to Ooty.

The first loco, made at Swiss Locomotive and Machine Works in Winterthur in Zurich in Switzerland, which drew the NMR on its debut ride into the Western Ghats in 1899 will be on display. The coaches and wagons used to transport coal will also be on show. One of the highlights will be a showcase of the unique rack and pinion system used on the NMR.

Railway officials of Salem division said much of the work for the museum was complete. The officials have requested railways for some artifacts that could be displayed at the museum and the inauguration is expected soon after they arrive.

The museum is coming up in a hall next to the maintenance depot near Mettupalayam station. "The construction of the building is almost complete," said Shubhranshu, divisional railway manager, Salem division. "Work on shifting articles for display is going on," he said.

The project was announced by the railways more than a year ago as a bid to promote NMR. Work on setting up the museum began in May 2014 following a Southern Railways policy decision that every division should have a museum. Trichy, Madurai and Chennai have full fledged museums.

"We chose to have NMR as the central theme of our museum as it would attract lot of visitors due to its novelty and heritage value,'' said R Venkatesh, spokesperson of Salem division. "We have asked for more life-size coaches and other artefacts from national railways which would make the museum more interesting,'' said Shubhranshu.

Railways plans to set up a shop near the museum which will sell railways-related memorabilia such as medals, mugs, badges and coins. One outlet is already open at Coonoor station. "While the shop will sell general railway-themed souvenirs, the focus will be on NMR-themed products," said Shubhranshu. "The Coonoor shop registers sales of 50,000 to 60,000 every month."

NMR enthusiasts feel that the museum could have been located in Ooty rather than Mettupalayam."It would make more sense to set it up in Ooty as more tourists visit the hill station," said Nataraj, an NMR historian.


Drip irrigation proves fruitful to horticulture

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Saturday, 28 February 2015 12:12

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Drip irrigation has helped the farmers of the district to take up horticulture cultivation in a big way.

Under the drip irrigation method, water is supplied without much wastage for a long time pointedly to the root of the crops. Tapioca, sugarcane, tuberose, and oil palm are the major crops cultivated in the district using drip irrigation.

Murugesan, son of Subbaiyan, a farmer of Chinnapallipalayam in Thottiyam taluk, said: “I have cultivated “mullikodi” variety of tapioca on 0.85 hectares. I received a subsidy of Rs.85, 400 per hectare under the National Sustainable Agriculture Movement for installing drip irrigation system. I got a yield of 50 tonnes per hectare, and I’m planning to sell tapioca for Rs.5 per kg.”


Growth projects to be over 8%

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Saturday, 28 February 2015 12:03


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The Economic Survey 2014-15, which Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented in Parliament on Friday, says India is currently in a sweet spot that could “propel” the economy to a double-digit growth.

It forecasts 8.1-8.5 per cent growth for 2015-16 against 7.4 per cent in the current financial year.

Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian, however, said he favoured the interpretation of a recovering rather than surging Indian economy as the Central Statistics Office’s 2013-14 growth estimate of 6.9 per cent was “puzzling.”


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