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After a long wait, the cricket-loving people from this part of the region had something nice to cheer with the inauguration of the CDCA-Sri Ramakrishna Institutions Turf grounds and the pavilion here on Sunday.

“There were lots of questions asked as to why the cricket facility at this venue. I must say we tried everywhere. We looked at many things, the infrastructure, the connectivity, the water facility to name a few and we found everything here and we decided to go ahead with it,” said D. Lakshminarayanasamy (DL), president Coimbatore District Cricket Association.

“We particularly did not want our young cricketers to travel 10 to 15kms daily,” he added and thanked the TNCA, the industrialist and the sports-loving people of Coimbatore for their immense contribution towards the development of the new facility.

He said this would not have been possible without the benevolence of the SNR Sons Charitable Trust. “Thanks to them, we now have a beautiful facility with six practise turf wickets and an international-level pavilion of ICC standards. We will add two more wickets and we hope to host the TNPL here next year.”

The former ICC chairman N. Srinivasan, who inaugurated it said when he first entered he asked if an an IPL could be played here. “They told me there is a certain capacity that is required of a stadium. But, whatever level of cricket can be played here we will have it.”

“If we can even get some dispensation to play the IPL we will even do that. The enthusiasm you people have created deserves nothing less. You have all the facilities and why we should not host the IPL here,” he asked.

He said the next ground in line is Salem. “We will take it every where. My vision is to make the TNPL the most thriving T20 tournament after the IPL.”
 

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The 73 mts ground features separate pavilion for teams and with rooms for umpires, third umpires, match referees, officials of the anti-corruption unit and many more.

The pavilion is built on a par with the latest international standards.

Speaking at the inauguration, N. Srinivasan commended Coimbatore District Cricket Association (CDCA) for their dedication and Sri Ramakrishna educational trust for providing the space for construction of such a top class cricket ground in the city.

"Coimbatore being the second largest city next to Chennai has been producing quality players to Tamil Nadu. This ground in the city can be helpful to groom young cricketers in the city, as they can make use of the infrastructure here" he added.

He stated that, "The ground will be fully utilised for the development of both Tamil Nadu and District cricket. TNCA is planning to conduct its board matches in this newly inaugurated ground. If flood lights can be placed, it will be helpful to conduct day night matches and TNPL".

The ground features a good grass covered 73mts outfield with good quality turf wickets laid by BCCI curator along with pavilion all in international standards. The ground includes six wickets net complex for players to practice. This practice nets will be very useful, if TNPL is conducted here.

Commenting on TNPL, N. Srinivasan opined that TNPL has helped them find many talents from districts. "Since it's inception, it has been a meaningful pathway for players to reach great heights in the game. Every year, TNPL is producing players from TN to represent Indian Premier league. This is a huge success of Tamil Nadu Premier League", he said.




 

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TNPL 2020 | Coimbatore added as venue for upcoming edition

The Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) Governing Council have confirmed that Coimbatore, which got a brand new stadium in late 2018, will be hosting a bunch of TNPL matches in the 2020 season. Coimbatore will become the fourth city to host TNPL matches, joining Chennai, Dindigul and Tirunelveli.

In what comes as great news for people of the 'Manchester of South India', the TNPL Governing Council has confirmed that the city of Coimbatore will be hosting numerous matches in the 2020 edition of the tournament. The decision was finalized in a Governing Council members meeting during the weekend, reported Sportstar.

The city, which got a brand-new stadium at Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Science (SRCA), was touted to host a handful of matches of the 2019 season, but was then ruled out due to apparent insufficient infrastructure facilities. The problem has, however, now been sorted and the city is all set to make its debut in the 2020 edition of the T20 extravaganza. Should Coimbatore host matches in the forthcoming season, it will become the fourth city to host TNPL matches, joining Chennai (Chepauk), Dindigul (NPR College) and Tirunelveli (ICL ground).
 

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The makeover of a mill: The iconic Lakshmi Mills now becomes a public space for the city of Coimbatore


All efforts have been made to retain the soul of the iconic Lakshmi Mills even as its old structures have been converted into a contemporary space
For Aishwarya Pathy, it has been a labour of love. Converting the iconic Lakshmi Mills, founded by her great grandfather G Kuppuswamy Naidu, into a public space for people of the city to enjoy has been a challenge that she has enjoyed tremendously. “As a family, we wanted an urban centre where one could hang out. So many people have worked in these mills, over generations, and have such a connect with this site. That is the reason we want to still call it simply ‘The Lakshmi Mills’ as it has always been known.”

That, and the fact that she herself has so many happy memories of playing here made her determined that the project’s core was the need to connect this place to what it was historically. Aishwarya spent days and hours ideating and planning ways in which she could keep the soul of the old place on Avinashi Road intact, yet make it contemporary. She came up with a commercial centre with outlets like Croma, Zudio and Westside making their home there with more shopping projects coming up in the next few months.

“I love the architecture; it would have been a shame to destroy that original look and style. I wanted to keep the distinctive industrial feel,” she says. “When people come in, it should make them wonder why certain things in the structure are the way they are. Why are the windows a certain way, why the cross beams, the stacks...,” says Aishwarya
Lakshmi Mills was set up in 1910 and some of the standing structures date back to the 1930s. While in use, the unit had spinning, weaving and bleaching departments employing over 1,500 workers; both men and women. The unit stopped production in 2008 when operations were shifted elsewhere. Today three structures (built in the 1950s) house the shops. “But this place is going to be much more than just shopping,” Aishwarya is quick to add. She has plans to hold farmers’ markets, pop-up events, music and theatre events. She points to the small amphitheatre getting its finishing touches. At the far end, there will be container cafés. “There will be plenty more,” promises Aishwarya’s brother Aditya Pathy too, who is immensely proud of the way Aishwarya has given shape to what they had envisioned as a family.

“As cities grow, community spaces are getting harder to come by. It would have been only too easy to give it up to glass and concrete. What differentiates this site is that it retains that history. The buildings are of different vintages and from different time periods. We can see that in the materials used in the structures, the plans and so on...” says Aditya who has also spent many happy days at the mills when they were functioning. He feels it is particularly significant for his family to open up this place as Coimbatore is a fulcrum of textiles mills and Lakshmi Mills holds a proud position as an old and important centre.

Aishwarya also has plans for a museum. “We want to have photos, old machinery parts, may be a record of the names of people who worked here, and fragments of fabric woven here. Architecturally, explains Aishwarya, there were challenges. Cable and exhaust trenches had to be filled with gravel before the flooring was laid. The condition of the walls were fine, but the existing lime plaster had to be replaced with cement plaster; the existing roof with its north lights and its original trusses were retained...

In keeping with environmental concerns and responsibility, Aditya made sure an effective rainwater harvesting system was implemented. Two diesel tank pits were converted into collection tanks and 32 percolation pits were created to collect the roof and surface run off water to recharge the underground system.

“The existing building is very robust with 380mm wall thickness. The brickwork is sturdy with heavy MS roof sections. We have worked with the existing plinth. It works beautifully and we want this place to grow organically. The east side compound wall along the parking area has a colourful depiction of the story of textiles from farm to fabric. The original vertically adjustable MS windows, which are no longer manufactured, have been retained on the wall with the graffiti,” she points out.

Also original are the plaques. Beautifully orange with rust they read ‘Weaving, Preparatory Sizing and Warping, 1950’, ‘Baling Press and Packing 1953’ and ‘Cloth and Yarn Godown, 1950’. One can almost visualise the employees trooping in and making their way to their places inside. Any of them who visits here will surely recognise the sequence of windows and the north lights. A granite slab outside has a brief history of the mills inscribed on it.

The Lakshmi Mills urban centre on Avinashi Road is open from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm



 

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Coimbatore to host 3-day food festival from Jan.10

For the fifth year, the Coimbatore District Hoteliers Association will organise “Taste of Coimbatore”, a food festival, here from January 10 to 12.

With 140 stalls spread over 4.5 acres near the Codissia Trade Fair Complex, visitors can have a full course meal by just spending approximately ₹150 a person, say the organisers.

“The quantity and the price will be less (at the event) compared to the rates in the hotels. We want the visitors to taste different kinds of foods from various stalls,” said R. Balachander, chairman of the event.

Nearly 125 of the 140 counters will be food stalls. The hotels and restaurants will mainly serve their signature dishes.


“The stalls come for brand promotion. Last year, about 100 brands that took part in the festival registered a total business of ₹5 crore,” he said.

The stalls will offer juices, snacks, organic food, different cuisines, fast food, and regular vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Only a few stalls will have take away counters, he said.

The food festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on all the three days and counters will be open for entry tickets from 1 p.m. at the venue. The entry ticket is ₹120 per head for all those aged above 12 years. Tickets can also be booked online on Book My Show or purchased at the hotels.

Music concerts

"This year, we want to offer entertainment and food. On all the three days there will be music concerts. On the first day, it will be Stephen Devassy, on the second day, Anuradha Sriram and on the last day, Diwakar and team. Traditional cultural performances such as Silambattam and Oyilattam will also be held on the ground,” Mr. Balachander said.

Milky Mist has organised a demonstration by Chef Damu on all the three days and visitors can interact with him too.

There will be stalls selling alternative packing materials.
 

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வால்பாறையில் உள்ள சுற்றுலாத் தளங்களை மேம்படுத்த அதிகாரிகள் விரைவில் ஆய்வு செய்ய உள்ளனா்.

கோவை மாவட்டத்தில் சுற்றுலா மேம்பாட்டுத் திட்டத்தின்கீழ் ஒருங்கிணைந்த சுற்றுலா வளா்ச்சிப் பணிக்காக மருதமலை,பேரூா், ஆனைமலை, ஆழியாறு, வால்பாறை உள்ளிட்ட 5 இடங்கள் தோ்வு செய்யப்பட்டுள்ளன. இப்பகுதிகளில் உள்ள சுற்றுலாத் தளங்களில் பல்வேறு வளா்ச்சிப் பணிகளை மேற்கொண்டு அதிக அளவில் சுற்றுலாப் பயணிகள் வந்து செல்லும் வகையில் பல்வேறு திட்டங்களை செயல்படுத்த சுற்றுலாத் துறை முடிவு செய்துள்ளது.

அதன்படி, வால்பாறை பகுதியில் உள்ள நல்லமுடி காட்சி முனை, கூழாங்கல் ஆறு, சோலையாறு அணை, நீராறு அணை உள்ளிட்ட பகுதிகளை மேம்படுத்தத் திட்டமிடப்பட்டுள்ளது.

இதுதொடா்பாக மாவட்ட சுற்றுலா அலுவலா் அரவிந்தகுமாா் கூறியதாவது:

வால்பாறை சுற்றுலாவை மேம்படுத்த சுற்றுலாத் துறை சீரிய முயற்சி எடுத்துள்ளது. இதன்படி விரைவில் எனது தலைமையில் சுற்றுலா மேம்பாட்டு கமிட்டியில் உள்ளவா்கள் வால்பாறை பகுதியில் உள்ள சுற்றுலாத் தளங்களை நேரில் ஆய்வு செய்து மாவட்ட ஆட்சியரிடம் ஆய்வு அறிக்கை சமா்பிக்க உள்ளோம் என்றாா்.

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Same news for two decades. I will be happy if they are not developing. In the name of development we ruined Nilgiris. Valpariai is very beautiful in its present state. Better leave as it is.
three hill station which I like most in TN are Valparai, Manjolai and Meghamalai.

Ooty, Coonoor, Kotagiri, Kodaikanal Yercaud, and Yelagiri got spoiled because of development and tourist activity. Rest other hill stations like Kollimalai, Pachamalai and Javadhu hills are small and exploited with incessant mining and deforestation.
 

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Chennai may not host TNPL matches this year

The fifth edition will also see Coimbatore and Salem join as new venues, alongside Dindigul and Tirunelveli.

For the first time in five years, Chennai is unlikely to host any matches of the Tamil Nadu Premier League this year, as the association is planning to raze down and rebuild the pavilion structure after the completion of the IPL in May.

The fifth edition will also see Coimbatore and Salem join as new venues, alongside Dindigul and Tirunelveli. The Salem Cricket Foundation Stadium was recently inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapadi K. Palanisamy.

In the lead up to the 2011 World Cup, all the stands, barring the MCC terrace and Pavilion Terrace, were reconstructed at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Since then the TNCA had issues with the sealing of three new stands and renewal of its lease.

The lease was finally renewed late last year and last week, a portion of the MCC gym was razed down to give the necessary setback space which should pave way for reopening the three stands ahead of the IPL that beings in March.

Final at Tirunelveli?
It is understood Tirunelveli will host the final with Dindigul and Coimbatore possibly hosting the playoff matches.

The players draft for the fifth edition of the TNPL will be held on February 20 in Chennai. With each team retaining a maximum of three players, the eight teams will have a lot on their plates on Thursday. A team is allowed a maximum of 19 players in the squad.

Name change
Of the eight teams, two teams have changed their names and bases for this year. Tuti Patriots, which won the inaugural edition in 2016 will henceforth be called Salem Spartans, while I Dream Karaikudi Kaalai has requested permission to change its name as Tirupur Tamizhans.

This year the plan is to conduct TNPL matches from Wednesday to Sunday at a particular venue with the weekends playing host to double-headers before the bandwagon moves to another venue.

https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.thehindu.com/sport/cricket/chennai-may-not-host-tnpl-matches-this-year/article30830849.ece/amp/
 

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Coimbatore District Cricket Association gears up to host the upcoming TNPL

There will be more matches in the city promises Coimbatore District Cricket Association’s president D Lakshminarayanaswamy as the city gears up to host the upcoming season of TNPL.

“Coimbatore is starved of quality entertainment in sports,” says D. Lakshminarayanaswamy, Managing Trustee of SNR Sons Charitable Trust. We are at the newly inaugurated turf wicket cricket grounds of Coimbatore District Cricket Association at Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Sciences.

The facility, approved by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and the BCCI, will host the upcoming edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) matches, a first for Coimbatore. The ground has five centre wickets and a 73-metre boundary line as per international standards. The ground with G2 Bermuda grass is maintained with treated water from the institutions. “It needs a lot of watering. We wanted to ensure that we don’t use up the ground water, not even a drop of it,” he says.

There is a pavilion for the teams, rooms for umpires, third umpires, match referees, and other officials. A temporary pavilion for nearly 10,000 spectators is coming up. Work is progressing at a good pace to ready the ground in time for the TNPL.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is keen to develop cricket outside Chennai, says Lakshminarayanaswamy adding that the TNPL inauguration ceremony will be held here. The first seven matches are scheduled to be played here. The flood lights, camera stands, and so on are getting ready. “We have prepared sporting wickets and three board matches have already been played here,” he says. There was rain during one of the matches and to the relief of the organisers, the water completely drained out as the rainwater harvesting systems are in place.

The matches were held after the BCCI cleared the ground as being suitable. A little away is the nets complex with six turf wickets. “This will ensure that even while a match is going on, other teams can have their practice sessions. The complex is used by over 50 youngsters every day for training. The space is also used for selections of district teams (from under-14 to senior categories).”

Former Indian wicket keeper, Kiran More has given a positive feedback to the facility. He was here recently to select teams for Gulf Oil. “Kiran More selected 15 members from a crowd of 600. After the selection, he commented that it is one of the finest facilities he has seen in the country,” he says.

Lakshminarayanaswamy who is also the president of the Coimbatore District Cricket Association says they want to see more cricket here in the coming years. Board matches, Ranji trophy... are all on the anvil. “We want to give a fillip to women’s cricket. We already have about 15 to 20 girls, mostly from the neighbouring schools, who train here at the nets regularly. Our vision is to create a woman’s cricket league. With the Indian women's team doing well abroad, girls are inspired. We identify and coach talent in a scientific manner.”

It took them six months of intense work to develop the facility. “N. Srinivasan, former ICC Chairman inaugurated it and the first question he asked was if we could host an IPL match here. We want to have one IPL match every year. As the space is within the city, it is easy for the crowds.” Lakshminarayanaswamy likens the maintenance of the ground to raising a child. He says the ground requires constant care.

Many industrialists from Coimbatore chipped in with funds. “Other sporting associations should tap into CSRs and get funds to host sporting events. Also, develop infrastructure as it is important to prepare the students for the national and state level. There is enough and more opportunities in sport, be it table tennis, shuttle, badminton, hockey, football or kabaddi. We want to work on it.”

Public support is important, he insists. “We are looking forward to the TNPL matches. We want the people to have a good time. Parents are keen now to encourage their children in sports. Students should continue playing sports, beyond their college days to keep themselves fit. There is a career in sports too. Not just in playing, but also in sports management, coaching...”

https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/coimbatore-district-cricket-association-gears-up-to-host-the-upcoming-tnpl/article31089763.ece/amp/

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Simply developed a ground and believing to host even IPL. We cannot call it a stadium fully. Why CDCA not taking initiative to build a new full-fledged stadium in Coimbatore to host even international matches?
There is enough land to build and develop a stadium at codissia cricket grounds, which can be a good spot to have a stadium with all infrastructure available. We like to see a big cricket stadium in Coimbatore and to host international matches.
 

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Coimbatore District Cricket Association gears up to host the upcoming TNPL

There will be more matches in the city promises Coimbatore District Cricket Association’s president D Lakshminarayanaswamy as the city gears up to host the upcoming season of TNPL.

“Coimbatore is starved of quality entertainment in sports,” says D. Lakshminarayanaswamy, Managing Trustee of SNR Sons Charitable Trust. We are at the newly inaugurated turf wicket cricket grounds of Coimbatore District Cricket Association at Sri Ramakrishna College of Arts and Sciences.

The facility, approved by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association and the BCCI, will host the upcoming edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) matches, a first for Coimbatore. The ground has five centre wickets and a 73-metre boundary line as per international standards. The ground with G2 Bermuda grass is maintained with treated water from the institutions. “It needs a lot of watering. We wanted to ensure that we don’t use up the ground water, not even a drop of it,” he says.

There is a pavilion for the teams, rooms for umpires, third umpires, match referees, and other officials. A temporary pavilion for nearly 10,000 spectators is coming up. Work is progressing at a good pace to ready the ground in time for the TNPL.

The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association is keen to develop cricket outside Chennai, says Lakshminarayanaswamy adding that the TNPL inauguration ceremony will be held here. The first seven matches are scheduled to be played here. The flood lights, camera stands, and so on are getting ready. “We have prepared sporting wickets and three board matches have already been played here,” he says. There was rain during one of the matches and to the relief of the organisers, the water completely drained out as the rainwater harvesting systems are in place.

The matches were held after the BCCI cleared the ground as being suitable. A little away is the nets complex with six turf wickets. “This will ensure that even while a match is going on, other teams can have their practice sessions. The complex is used by over 50 youngsters every day for training. The space is also used for selections of district teams (from under-14 to senior categories).”

Former Indian wicket keeper, Kiran More has given a positive feedback to the facility. He was here recently to select teams for Gulf Oil. “Kiran More selected 15 members from a crowd of 600. After the selection, he commented that it is one of the finest facilities he has seen in the country,” he says.

Lakshminarayanaswamy who is also the president of the Coimbatore District Cricket Association says they want to see more cricket here in the coming years. Board matches, Ranji trophy... are all on the anvil. “We want to give a fillip to women’s cricket. We already have about 15 to 20 girls, mostly from the neighbouring schools, who train here at the nets regularly. Our vision is to create a woman’s cricket league. With the Indian women's team doing well abroad, girls are inspired. We identify and coach talent in a scientific manner.”

It took them six months of intense work to develop the facility. “N. Srinivasan, former ICC Chairman inaugurated it and the first question he asked was if we could host an IPL match here. We want to have one IPL match every year. As the space is within the city, it is easy for the crowds.” Lakshminarayanaswamy likens the maintenance of the ground to raising a child. He says the ground requires constant care.

Many industrialists from Coimbatore chipped in with funds. “Other sporting associations should tap into CSRs and get funds to host sporting events. Also, develop infrastructure as it is important to prepare the students for the national and state level. There is enough and more opportunities in sport, be it table tennis, shuttle, badminton, hockey, football or kabaddi. We want to work on it.”

Public support is important, he insists. “We are looking forward to the TNPL matches. We want the people to have a good time. Parents are keen now to encourage their children in sports. Students should continue playing sports, beyond their college days to keep themselves fit. There is a career in sports too. Not just in playing, but also in sports management, coaching...”

https://www.google.co.in/amp/s/www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/coimbatore-district-cricket-association-gears-up-to-host-the-upcoming-tnpl/article31089763.ece/amp/

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Simply developed a ground and believing to host even IPL. We cannot call it a stadium fully. Why CDCA not taking initiative to build a new full-fledged stadium in Coimbatore to host even international matches?
There is enough land to build and develop a stadium at codissia cricket grounds, which can be a good spot to have a stadium with all infrastructure available. We like to see a big cricket stadium in Coimbatore and to host international matches.

As mentioned earlier to build good cricket stadium minimum 15 to 20 acres land needed. Either CDCA or TNCA should request government to allot land on lease or someone should purchase the land and build stadium with multipurpose use. This TNPL league success at Coimbatore will be crucial to make cricket association to think for stadium at Coimbatore as we have every facilities in the city. And TNPL inaguration is in CBE for sure some big players will be here on inaguration and live on Star Sports. Can 10,000 spectator seats filled on a weekday in the evening, as TNPL starts on June 10th on Wednesday till 14th June (Sunday). And Coimbatore is industrial city for sure they will have good number of local sponsors.

CDCA:
Contact# 63809-43877 or e-mail: [email protected]
 

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Valparai boat house construction in full swing; expected to be open for public use in a few months


Coimbatore: The construction of the Valparai boat house is being underway in full swing and the project is expected to be completed in a few months.

Valparai is a tourist destination and the weather here and the streams, waterfalls and breathtaking tea estates are a major attraction to thousands of tourists from TN, Kerala, Karnataka, Pondicherry and other countries. To give a boost to the economy of the place the people had been requesting for a boat house and a botanical garden in Valparai for a very long time.

The Valparai MLA Kasthuri Vasu took efforts for the construction of a botanical garden at the PAP campus and a boat house near the New Bus stand


The setup of the boat house is being undertaken in full swing currently.

Informing this, MLA Kasthuri Vasu said, "The boat house construction work will be completed in a few months and will be open for public use. The people and the traders of Valparai have expressed that their long time wish has come true due to this and they are extremely happy about it."

 
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