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Improper care at root of tree fall in Chennai: activists

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Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:46


 

The NGO Nizhal, which is conducting a pilot project of mapping trees, will help facilitate the Corporation’s enumeration of trees in all 200 wards — Photo: K. Pichumani



The sudden rains that lashed the city last week spelled doom for many trees in the city, as they keeled over from the pressure of the winds.

This could have been avoided if there was systematic management and aftercare of trees in the city, say activists.

Shobha Menon, of the NGO Nizhal, believes that better management can reduce the number of trees falling. She says the focus should be on aftercare of the planted trees and their scientific management.

“We should move away from large-scale planting, although that is good too. What is important is how these trees that are planted are looked after. Pruning of trees by experts is crucial to their health,” she says.

Last month, the Southern Bench of the National Green Tribunal directed the Chennai Corporation to remove concrete laid around trees.

The counsel for the petitioner said, “Percolation of water and healthy growth of trees is restricted when concrete and tar are laid too close to the trees. There should be a space of at least one metre around trees for them to breathe and grow.”

 
 

Delay at Walayar hits exporters

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Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:30


Cargo vehicles that need to cross the Walayar check post have been facing delays at the check post for the last two days, and some companies here have not been able to ship the goods to overseas clients on time.

R. Rajesh Kumar, former president of Custom House and Steamer Agents’ Association of Coimbatore, told The Hindu on Friday that a cargo vehicle that left Coimbatore on Wednesday was cleared at the Walayar check post only on Friday morning.

There were reports that there was a long queue of vehicles waiting in the area, waiting for clearance.

“The situation cannot get worse,” he said.

Earlier, it used to take 20 minutes or 25 minutes for a cargo vehicle to be cleared at the check post. Now, it takes nearly 40 minutes.

The Kerala Government has introduced e-declaration and all the documents need to be verified for this.

Cargo has to be weighed and only one of the two machines was working. Companies importing goods are also unable to move the products from Kochi to Coimbatore because of the delays at the check post.

 
 

Chapathi, dal and laapsi as well

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Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:25


Baati, a highly nutritious bread from Rajasthan, being baked on a charcoal grill at Marwadi Bhojnalya on Oppanakara Street, in Coimbatore. Photo: K. Ananthan


Our search for north Indian eateries in the city’s commercial hub (Oppanakara Street and Range Gounder Street) led us to one of the oldest bhojnalyas in the city – the Marwadi Bhojnalya on Oppanakara Street.

Started about four decades ago, the eatery serves mainly Rajasthani and Gujarathi food.

Rice, dal, sabzi, curd and chapathi are almost a regular at the outlet that is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

It was started mainly for the workers from the north western States who work at the retail outlets in the neighbourhood.

However, there are several local residents too who come to eat or buy parcelled food from here.

As many as 20 people work at the bhojnalya, preparing breakfast from 6.30 a.m. or supper from 3.30 p.m.

According to Manoj Kumar, who has been cooking at the eatery for the last seven years, all the ingredients are available locally and dal, kadi, wheat puri, potato, Rajasthani laapsi, and baati are some of the main Rajasthani food served to the customers.

The menu includes sweets on Sundays.

Serving about 200 customers a day, the bhojnalya recently shifted to a new location near the Corporation Bank on Oppanakara Street.

 
 

Civic officials inspect canal at airport

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Saturday, 12 July 2014 10:06


 

The sewage canal close to the runway of the Coimbatore Airport. Photo: M. Periasamy



Officials from the Coimbatore Corporation’s Town Planning and Health wings on Friday studied a sewage canal that passed through the Coimbatore Airport to see if it could either be diverted or closed to stop birds flocking the place.

The study is a fallout of the decision taken at a recent meeting involving the Coimbatore Corporation, district administration and the Airport authorities.

Sources in the Corporation said that after the Airport authorities said that they faced problems in the smooth running of the Airport because the canal attracted birds that increased the chances of birds hitting aircraft, they decided to take up a study to see what kind of solution could be found.

They said that the Airport authorities wanted the canal to be cleaned and if possible diverted away from the airport or at least be covered to the extent that it passed through the Airport. The canal in question originated north of the Avinashi Road, passed through Kalapatti and a host of residential areas to enter the Airport compound in the north and exit in the south to reach the Irugur channel.

 
 

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