Mettupalayam News

2G case: Bail granted to Dayalu Ammal

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Wednesday, 20 August 2014 12:11

A Delhi court on Wednesday granted bail to DMK supremo Karunanidhi’s wife Dayalu Ammal, who along with others including former Telecom Minister A Raja, was chargesheeted by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a 2G scam-related money laundering case. Special CBI Judge O. P. Saini allowed the bail plea of 83-year-old Ammal on a personal bond of Rs. 5 lakh with two sureties of the like amount.

The court, however, dismissed the plea of Dayalu Ammal seeking discharge in the case on the ground that she was not well and was suffering from unsoundness of mind. It asked her counsel to furnish the bail bond within two days.

The judge, who was also scheduled to pass the verdict on the bail pleas of other nine accused on Wednesday, said that the order was not ready yet. The court said it would pass the order at 2.30 PM on Wednesday.


Police vehicle damaged in scuffle

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Monday, 18 August 2014 13:19


The police vehicle that was damaged in Coimbatore on Sunday. Photo: M. Periasamy

What ought to have been a happy ending to the six-day annual religious festival at the Muniappan Temple at Sellappapuram in Chokkampudur on Sunday evening turned out to be a clash between the local residents and the Selvapuram police.

In the process, the residents reportedly damaged a police vehicle.

Wordy duel

A group of friends, including K.K. Sivakumar, M. Vikram and S. Manikandan, were returning home after resolving a fight between two siblings when they were intercepted by a few policemen who had arrived at the spot on hearing about the fight.


Corporation begins restoring roads dug for laying UGD pipelines

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Monday, 18 August 2014 13:07

The Thair Itteri Road in Coimbatore that was re-laid by the Coimbatore Corporation recently. Photo: M. Periasamy

In the next couple of weeks, the Coimbatore Corporation will be busy restoring those roads that were dug for laying the underground drainage (UGD) pipelines. The work will happen on a priority basis, as the objective is to restore the roads before the next spell of rain, says Commissioner G. Latha.

The work to restore the roads started about a couple of days ago. The roads measuring more than 20 km are spread over five wards in the North Zone and 12 wards in the East Zone.

The work involves filling earth over the pipelines to pack the trench-like dug portions and then packing them with cement and concrete and then levelling the place so that road users have a more-or-less flat surface to drive on.

The Corporation has thus far dug 190 km roads. Of those, roads measuring 153 km were bitumen-topped ones. The Corporation has restored 131 km of those bitumen-topped roads.

More than 40 km roads were earthen roads, which the Corporation has restored using earth and gravel.

Ms. Latha says that the contractors, who undertook the UGD pipeline laying work, are busy restoring the roads. Three engineers in the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission wing are supervising the work.

Once the restoration work is complete, the Corporation will then go for laying the roads, for which the civic body has already floated tenders.

Ms. Latha says that restoring the roads to motorable condition is a contractual obligation of the companies that bagged the contract to lay UGD pipelines. Re-laying the roads is the Corporation’s job and the two works ought not to be confused.

For re-laying the roads that were dug and damaged, the Corporation had obtained funds worth more than Rs. 50 crore from the State Government and had re-laid a number of roads.


Hospital building ‘detached’ using cutting-and-saw technology

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Monday, 18 August 2014 12:51

A four-storey portion of the TMF Hospital building situated in the heart of Tirupur city is cut and removed without damaging the remaining part of the main edifice to make way for highway development works. Photo: R. Vimal Kumar

Following an eight-hour exercise, a four-storey portion of the TMF Hospital’s main building situated in the city was cut and removed using cutting-and-saw technology on Sunday to facilitate the highway development works and construction of a flyover.

Huge crowd gathered to witness the removal of the segment, which was done while the hospital was functioning and without affecting the main structure.

“This is the first time cutting-and-saw technique is used in Tirupur even though implosions have been used at Thennampalayam and Perichipalayam in 2007 to bring down two overhead water tanks. Since the structure being a functional hospital, we decided to go for cutting-and-saw method,” said P. Ponlingam of Mag Link Infra Projects, which engineered the removal exercise.


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