The Chennai City yesterday

The City Wrap : A quick recap of what happened in our city the last two days.



RAMESWARAM: Over 3,000 Tamil Nadu fishermen were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu, a fishermen association leader said today. – The Times of India

The fishermen had ventured into the sea in 564 boats and were fishing off Katchatheevu islet when the Lankan Naval personnel came to the spot past midnight and allegedly chased them away at gun-point, Tamil Nadu Mechanised Boats Fishermen Association president P Sesuraja said here.

The Lankan navy personnel also warned the fishermen from Rameswaram not to poach fish near Katchatheevu and snapped the nets of ten boats, Assistant Director of Fisheries A Manikandan said.

Instances as such had also taken place very frequently in the past.

Sixteen Tamil Nadu fishermen were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy for allegedly fishing in their territorial waters and two mechanised boats used by them impounded. They were arrested by the Lankan Navy on separate occasions on July 5th and July 8th on charges of crossing the international maritime boundary line (IMBL) and poaching in the island nation’s waters. Twelve fishermen were from Rameswaram and the rest from nearby Mandapam. (The New Indian Express)

That was the first incident of arrest after the fishing ban period ended on June 14. On June 28, more than 2,500 fishermen from this island town were allegedly chased away by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were fishing near Katchatheevu.


The Centre has cleared two mega projects for Tamil Nadu giving a boost to waste management in the State.

An Expert Appraisal Committee (EAC) of Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change have given its nod for setting up of Integrated Common Hazardous Waste Treatment Storage and Disposal Facility at SIPCOT at Gummidipoondi as well as setting up of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal in Ennore.

The Tamil Nadu Waste Management Association, which came up with the Proposal, has planned to collect, store, treat and dispose hazardous waste from the industries located in eight districts – Erode, Coimbatore, Namakkal, Karur, Salem, Udhagamandalam, Dindigul and Dharmapuri. It was proposed to establish the facility on a 50 acre land inside the SIPCOT premises at a cost of Rs. 25 crore.

There was no need to hold a public hearing for the project as it was to come up on a 66-acre plot in the SIPCOT complex, it said.

TNWML should allocate about 33% of land for greenbelt development, mandated in the ministry’s guidelines, and 9 crore for Environment Management Plan.

Earlier on April 30, Indian Oil Corporation released a report saying “More than 92% of the work on the Ennore LNG import terminal is over. The dry run for the facility is expected to be conducted in August 2018 and likely to be ready for commissioning in October 2018.” (4Traders)

The proposal had drawn strong opposition from various quarters including the MLA of Kangayam taluk. “The continuous discharge of untreated effluents in vacant lands and water carrying channels by the textile and leather processing units had already poisoned the soil and ground water in the district.

Farmers are migrating to urban areas in search of better jobs. The establishment of a hazardous waste treatment and disposal facility would further damage the environment in Perundurai, Ingur and the neighbouring areas,” people claimed in a petition submitted to the district administration here on July 28, 2010.



One person was killed and 17 others injured when a building collapsed at a construction site in Chennai on Saturday. Five of them have suffered head injuries.

The incident took place around 7.15 pm yesterday, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan, who visited the s

pot near Kanthanchavadi, told reporters.

“Unfortunately, one person identified as Bablu died. Twenty-seven people have been rescued and are undergoing treatment as in-patients at hospitals,” he said. (The Economics Time)

The four-storey under construction building was on MGR Salai in Perungudi. All the injured were rushed to government hospital at Saidapet and a corporate hospital at Perungudi. At least 10 ambulances rushed to the spot, after news spread in the evening.

Fire and rescue service personnel from Guindy, Raj Bhavan, Saidapet, Tiruvanmiyur and Adyar also reached accident spot. Around 30 firemen were deployed in rescue work, and they started clearing the crashed scaffolding, besides evacuating people living nearby.

Later in the night, the NDRF and the SDRF arrived with specialised cutting and rescue equipment.

The police said that they would be registering a case. (The Hindu)


CM’s circular to STC on produce

By Aindrisha Mitra

July 23, 2018.

Chennai: CM Palaniswami’s order to the transport corporation comes as a relief to the traders on strike who can move crops in government-run buses free of cost but without disturbing the passengers, The Indian Express reports.


The strike was conducted earlier this week demanding reduction of diesel price, toll price etc. (The Hindu)

The step is in immediate response to a  press release by the  All India Metro Transport Congress on July 18 which scheduled the  strike on July 20  after which it has been lifted.




TN Village sees light for first time

By Aindrisha Mitra

July 23, 2018

Chennai: Electricity Minister P. Thangamani inaugurated a project in Krishnagiri district that provided electricity for the first time to about 80 families in a tribal village.

At the wake of 100% electrification drive nationwide with the PM’s Saubhagya scheme, Bettamugilalam is one of the ten villages to receive power connection this year , The New Indian Express reports.



“We’ve been sending representatives for a long time to sanction the power deal,” says a member of the Bettamugilalam panchayat according to whom the project crossed several deadlines before due to negligence.  The Irula Community which resides in the village had threatened previously to boycott the Tamil Nadu Elections in 2016 due to the persistent delay in electrification.

A sum of about 10 lakh has been invested in implementing the project finally after a decade.