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Old June 18th, 2014, 10:28 PM   #12161
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Yes, don't mistake me, it's all the shitty politicians from various parties...
I don't care who it may be, we need someone who can do something for Madurai.

I'm leaning towards another PIL when the budget comes out with new proposals (Soups). A law-suit against the gov., asking if the OLD /PREVIOUS year's promises / proposals were fulfilled?

Or why not file a suit to debate on splitting TN against discrimination towards southern regions....
I am all for both. I mean for a PIL and splitting TN
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Old June 19th, 2014, 06:19 AM   #12162
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Splitting TN is too much, but agree MDU is in grave situation when it comes to investments..

MDU-TUTI indl. corridor is one of the few ways to show Madurai some focus..and its very important..
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Old June 19th, 2014, 08:07 AM   #12163
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But I have not seen much participation/protest for other cities as well.. but they are getting things. Most support has to come from CG/SG. We cant do much thing.

Remember, we voted for even S Swamy with the hope that he can do something.. so we have tried that extent as well.

TN chamber of commerce is also keep highlighting the needs in terms of industries/infrastructure but for due to something, we are unlucky.

When asked a prominent administrative official couple of decades ago about why some few infrastructure was not offered for MDU, he said - the govt thought MDU might not grow.

so its purely a miscalculation from govt side that they dont need to provide any infrastructure for a city that is not going to grow.
Agreed. Apart from people participation , MLA/MP actions is the most important thing ,I feel .But unfortunately either they dance to the tunes of their masters ,so as to keep their votebase or if at all they try to bring some projects ,govt cruelly stops midway or abandons .

The successive CG/SG till now want always Pandian/Vaigai/Mysore/Mumbai/etc... Expresses & TNSTC/SETC buses always in waiting list & crowded so that we loiter much to generate revenue for other metros ....

Need to wait for some months on how BJP heeds to our demand ...
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 06:55 AM   #12164
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Four years on, IT Park remains almost vacant

The city has 60 IT companies of which 10 have over 100 employees each. As many as 35 companies have anywhere between 30 and 100 employees and the rest have less than 10 people.

Despite having been inaugurated in February 2011 itself, the sprawling IT Park at Ilanthaikulam has found only a few takers.The IT Park, a project of the Electronics Corporation of Tamil Nadu (ELCOT) was built over 28 acres has a building with 50,000 sq feet ready for occupancy by the IT Companies. The rest of the space in the premises is available for companies to build their own offices.

IT entrepreneurs in the city say the park was established at a time when the IT industry was going through a global downturn which led to many big companies who were willing to function from the district to pull out. Companies wishing to occupy space in the park have to comply with a host of conditions. “Since the park is at a Special Economic Zone, the companies are required to be involved in exports which many of our local IT companies did not meet,” said Kathir Kamanathan, Chief Executive Officer of Chella Software.

The city has 60 IT companies of which 10 have over 100 employees each. As many as 35 companies have anywhere between 30 and 100 employees and the rest have less than 10 people.

Ashwin Desai, president of Software Industries Development Association (SIDA), said many of the small IT companies were not keen on shifting to a premises located away from the city. “Many of them are still trying to stabilise their ventures and will not meet the qualifications or be ready to invest in a new space,” he explained.

Mr. Kathir, however, believes that the barriers for local companies are now being lessened which could lead to more occupancy at the IT Park in the near future. “While many local companies were hesitant to shift to an isolated work spot, development in the area at the Ilanthaikulam Park should work in its favour,” he said.

R. K. Jeyabalan, secretary of SIDA, said rent in the IT Park had been brought down to Rs. 20 per sq feet. “The rent for office space in the city are rising and the companies can avail of the added benefits of a professional environment with round-the-clock security and systematic parking at the IT Park,” he explains.

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Old June 23rd, 2014, 07:11 AM   #12165
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Splitting TN is too much, but agree MDU is in grave situation when it comes to investments..

MDU-TUTI indl. corridor is one of the few ways to show Madurai some focus..and its very important..
Take my words nothing will happen as far as Madurai-Tuticorin Industrial corridor is concerned. They are talking about it for years and I am sure they will be talking about it in future also. Only talking but not acting.
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Old June 23rd, 2014, 10:52 AM   #12166
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Take my words nothing will happen as far as Madurai-Tuticorin Industrial corridor is concerned. They are talking about it for years and I am sure they will be talking about it in future only but not acting.
Our great great great grand child will also hear same words "Madurai - Tuticorin Industrial Corridor is coming".
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Old June 24th, 2014, 07:15 AM   #12167
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New grapes research centre in Theni set to yield better results for farmers

The first phase work for the establishment of the grape research station in Theni district is in full swing with stone pillars having been erected to support the vines to grow, while the fencing has also been completed.

The grape research centre has been a long-time demand of the farmers of Theni region as many of them were losing their crops every year due to disease and use improper techniques. The climate here is conducive for the cultivation of grapes and the black variety is grown in places such as Kamayakoundanpatti, Surulipatti, Narayandevanpatti, Rayappanpatti and Annaimalayanpatti in the Cumbum valley on about 10,000 acres.

The government allotted 28.48 acres in Annaimalayanpatti on the Rayappanpatti - Shanmuganathi Road and also allotted Rs 3 crore for the establishment of the research station under the National Agriculture Development Programme. According to S Parthiban, professor and head of the grape research centre, the station would work towards enhancing the quality and productivity of the grapes.

He said the stone pillars were being erected on six acres to grow 17 varieties of superior quality grapes such as Red Globe, AI8-3, Medika and Sonaka among others. At present, only the seeded black variety0 known as Muscat grapes is cultivated in this region.

Also, root dogridge rootstock which has high drought tolerance, resistance to nematode, root rot and produces vigorous vines and enhances yield by 30 to 40%, is to be introduced to the farmers in the region. It also produces large bunches, with proper gaps between the berries due to which rot would be minimized. The farmers selected for the research are being formed into clusters and would be asked to grow the rootstock at recommended space and later they can top it with the grapes of their desired varieties.

Parthiban said that farmers have also been advised to go in for a single crop per year for better results. At present, farmers in the region cultivate five crops in two years. This would ensure the production of 10-tonnes of fruits per acre, which would be of superior quality. Also, the fruits would be ready for picking in June and July, which is considered an offseason for grapes across India, so that they would be ensured a farm price which would be between Rs 80 to Rs 100 per kg which would be a premium price. This would ensure a minimum gross profit for Rs 8 to 10 lakh per annum, he said. The grapes thus produced would also be of export quality enhancing the revenue mode for the famers. As of now seven to eight grape farmer clusters have been constituted for the purpose.

Farmers in the region are elated with the prospects of the research station.

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Madurai's channels being cleaned ahead of monsoon

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The municipal corporation has taken up a massive cleanup operation of 13 water channels passing through the city as part of its Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) mission.

Bushes, garbage and blockades are being cleared so as to enable rainwater to take its course without obstruction. On Saturday, a team led by Mayor V.V.Rajan Chellappa and Commissioner C.Kathiravan inspected Kiruthumal Nadhi in Virattipathu where the cleanup exercise was under way.

The first phase covers one channel from all the four zones of the corporation. Works are under way in Kiruthumal Nadhi, Avaniapuram channel, Panaiyur channel and Pudur channel.

According to City Engineer A. Mathuram, the corporation’s aim is to tap the rainwater fully and hence cleaning works in 13 channels, covering a total length of 59 km, was taken up on a war-footing. “The flood water will flow to the channel and the nearest tank if the bushes were removed. We are planning to complete the work in 15 days,” Mr. Mathuram told The Hindu after the clearing work on Friday.

The 13 water channels which are being cleaned up are: Kiruthamal, Avanipauram, Panaiyur, Pudur, Anuppanadi, Chinthamani, Chottathatti, Bibikulam, Managiri, Villapuram, Panthalakudi, Tallakulam and Thandalai.

A team of corporation officials inspected the removal of bushes and garbage in Avaniapuram channel in Kovalan Nagar area near Sundararajapuram market on Saturday.

Assistant Commissioner A. Devadoss said 70 workers, two tipper lorries, two tractors and JCB machines were deployed to clear the bushes in Avaniapuram channel.

Corporation authorities said RWH structures were in place for every 50 metres in all the channels.
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Members of Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly (Public Accounts Committee), led by chairman P.V. Kathiravan, Collector L. Subramanian, MLAs and other officials took stock of the development works and implementation of government schemes in the district on Thursday.

The panel inspected the Primary Health Centre in Sakkimangalam and enquired about the ‘Janani Suraksha Yojna,’ a scheme under which women in the maternity ward received financial assistance. Inspecting the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) at Andar Kottaram, Mr. Subramanian said de-silting of channels that supply water to the tanks was being given top priority under the MGNREGS.

Officials said there were 200 people engaged in de-silting the Seegangulam tank and that the village had 858 people with valid cards to work under the MGNREGS.

The team also inspected implementation of ‘green house scheme,’ initiated by the State government, in the village and visited the construction site of a house.

The team was shown a ‘poly-green house’ of a farmer near Veerapanjan. Officials from the National Horticulture Mission explained how cultivating cucumbers within a protected environment would result in a higher yield.
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Old June 30th, 2014, 10:10 AM   #12171
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Madurai to emerge as medical city

remember i saw 'madurai' planned to be medical city in TN vision 2025
doc released by the current state govt. If so, AIIMS like institution should
come to madurai..right? Anyway, landbank is available in Thoppur, i guess

If not, vision doc is just a paper & not to be materialized
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Think if MDU gets AIIMS ,the medical center status is possible..
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Old July 3rd, 2014, 06:32 PM   #12173
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PWD means business, begins cleaning of water bodies ahead of monsoon


While the district administration is going full throttle to promote rainwater harvesting (RWH), the public works department (PWD) in Madurai on its part has embarked on a mission to improve the ground water table.

With the monsoon season expected to set in a few months, the PWD is gearing up to clear the water bodies in the district to ensure percolation and ultimately improving the water table. However, the PWD, which wants to study the cost involved in removing 'prosopis juliflora' and the estimated time to clear them, has taken up only Sellur tank as a pilot project. The restoration work at the Sellur tank began from Monday.

"Students (Youth Brigade formed by The Times of India) had started to clear julifora from the tank last year. But they could not complete it since rains interrupted the work and vehicles could not enter the tank. We wanted to take up the tank as the first project in Madurai. While strengthening of the tank bunds would be carried out in a separate project, the clearing of julifora is carried out at present. In consequent phases all the tanks in Madurai would be restored," said E Tamilarasan, chief engineer, PWD, Madurai region.

The district has been facing severe water shortage for the last two consecutive years due to the absence of adequate rains resulting in the ground water table going down alarmingly. The water level in borewells has gone down below several hundred feet, in many parts of the city. According to the residents of Sellur they could not get water even after sinking borewells below 800 feet. The situation is similar in Gomathipuram and its surroundings, the areas which were added to Madurai Corporation few years ago.

Representatives of the residents association in Gomathipuram say that they have to sink a borewell for more than 600 feet to get adequate water supply.

Julifora and other weeds grow thickly in the tank. Moreover, permission from the railway authorities is also needed for the restoration as a line passes by the tank.

An assistant engineer who is involved in restoring the water bodies said that uprooting julifora is a daunting task than cutting them. Disposal of the enormous trees would be another challenge. They are at present in the process of finding out the cost involved per square metre to uproot the trees. Once they are done with the Sellur tank they would have gained first-hand knowledge using which they can calculate the cost involved in restoring other tanks, more precisely, he said.

"Water bodies are important sources for Madurai. There are several water bodies in the district including Puliyankulam, Aathikulam and Kannanendal tanks. They would be covered in the subsequent phases," a PWD official said.

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[B]Madurai drains may not serve purpose [/B]

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Recently, the city corporation took up the cleaning of major storm water drainage channels ahead of monsoon but the storm water - if rains turn to be abundant - may hardly boost ground water levels of the city since all these 13 major channels are sealed with concrete at the bottom. Though the corporation claims that it has established rainwater harvesting system per every 50m in major channels, it may not be of much help when storm water flows through these channels, experts say. However, the civic body contends that these channels are meant to carry away flood water and boosting ground water table was not their objective.

Under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM), the Madurai Corporation took up renovation of major flood water channels crisscrossing the city. Once irrigation channels, they used to supply water to agricultural lands around the city. Rapid urbanization phased out agriculture turning these channels as sewage carriers over the period. With the intention of renovating these channels, the corporation took up major strengthening works at a cost of Rs 98 crore. Though it was novel to strengthen the channel walls with concrete, they concreted the bottom too thus preventing any percolation of water during rainy days. With most of the channels completed, the ground water table increasing during the next rains remains a question mark.

City engineer, A Mathuram said that they have established rainwater harvesting provisions in Kiruthamal channel which is the widest and longest among these 13 drains. We have given percolation pits for every 50m, he said. However, a random check in this channel being cleaned at present revealed that most of these pits are heavily silted and may not be much help to boost ground water at all. "These channels are meant to drain excess flood water and not to help in increasing ground water level. Madurai gets rains for a shorter spell and these channels will be useful only when there are heavy floods, which are unlikely," Mathuram said.

But a senior official from the corporation said the civic body faltered with the design. "The bottom should not have been sealed. Even if percolation pits were provided, they will be silted at the very first flow of water," he said.

P S Navaraj from Madurai Water Forum and dean, Yadava College opined that concrete sealing of storm water drains was unnecessary and will stop any percolation of rain water. Such costly projects should be well planned for longer terms and the corporation should form a think-tank of experts. There are many retired engineers and scientists in the city and they can enlighten the civic body in these aspects.

"A think-tank in screening projects will be of great help to the corporation and their expertise could be utilized. Even in case if the corporation is going to alter these concrete channels to boost rainwater harvesting in future, the expert committee could find out methods to do so without breaking the existing concrete drains," Navaraj said.
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MADURAI: The industrial community in Madurai is keeping its fingers crossed ahead of the maiden budget of the Narendra Modi government, thanks to a host of promises given by BJP in its election manifesto.

Trade and business veterans in the city hope that the budget would give a fillip to the national economy and spur overall growth. But when it comes to announcements on infrastructure development for Tamil Nadu, particularly the southern districts, the industrial community is worried that there should not be a repeat of the Union railway budget presented on July 8, which lacked new projects or fund allocation for the state.
"We expect the government to provide a roadmap for implementation of the Food Safety and Standards Act. There should be a concrete announcement on implementation of the Act," said N Jegatheesan, president of Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. "Direct taxation should be introduced to replace a host of indirect taxes. Excise duty, central sales tax, VAT and service tax should also be replaced by Goods and Services Tax. It would be a milestone," Jegatheesan said.

Madurai District Tiny and Small Scale Industries Association (MADITSSIA) has urged the Centre to enhance the central excise exemption limit to Rs 5 crore from the present Rs 1.5 crore. President of MADITTSIA in a statement said that they have also sought total exemption from central excise duty for school notebooks. "Currently student notebooks attract two per cent excise duty besides education cess. Government imposes education cess only to provide quality free education to children. So education cess on student notebooks should removed," said V S MAnimaran, president of MADITSSIA.

He also wanted the government to prevent import of finished products. "For instance, import of finished Chinese products which are cheaper gives body blow to small industries manufacturing the same product with better quality," he said.

Similarly, raw materials like iron ore should not be imported to countries that manufacture products using those materials and sell the finished products to India, Manimaran urged.

Industrialists also expect the government to shed more light on service tax, giving a list of services which are taxable. There is a lot of ambiguity and service tax rules are interpreted to include or exclude services by different officials, an industrialist said.

As far as the infrastructure projects are concerned, the industrial community is keeping its fingers crossed. "We don't expect massive projects for Tamil Nadu given the treatment meted out to the state in the railway budget," said a leading entrepreneur from Madurai.
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Power supply system undergoes major revamp

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MADURAI: Distribution of electricity in the city is undergoing a major revamp to ensure power supply free from outages and voltage fluctuation. The project is being undertaken at a cost of more than Rs 100 crore under the Accelerated Power Development and Reforms Programme (APDRP) with contribution from the state and central governments.

Madurai city is one among seven corporations in the state to get the facelift. Officials attached to the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (Tangedco), Madurai distribution division said that the strength of transformers in the city is being increased. About 4,500 new mini transformers attached with automatic power fluctuation controller (APFC) will be installed to ensure every street has one. APFC technology will reduce the fluctuation to almost nil. When there is no fluctuation, the equipment will last long. Both consumers and commercial units would be largely benefitted out of the revamp, said senior officials from Tangedco.

Moreover, efforts are being taken to reduce the power outage due to natural disasters and transformer damages. A new system called ring main unit (RMU) is being installed in several parts of the city, specifically at important areas where public and commercial units exist.

"The existing system is more like a chain connection. If one transformer is damaged power supply to the remaining places under the substation would be affected. RMU is similar to ring topology in internet connection, whereby, when there is a power break in the middle, supply will be provided from the reverse direction," said a senior official.

"We have planned to establish 281 RMUs across selected parts of the city including important places like main bus terminals and temples. These RMUs will have two inputs from two different substations and one output. If power from one input fails automatically the standby input would supply the power. The installations are expected to be completed by December 2014," he said.

"Around 30 RMUs would be installed exclusively for important buildings like the corporation and other government and private buildings which need round-the-clock power supply. All the 30 RMUs will have more than two inputs to ensure uninterrupted power supply," he added.

"There would be a dedicated centre, supervision control and data acquisition (SCADA) in the city. When there is a power break the system would indicate exactly where the problem is. The area line man can directly go there and set right the problem. There would not be any disturbance in the power supply and area line man need not to search for problem spot," officials added.
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