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Operate more buses to Yercaud Foothills

The Tamil Nadu Consumer Vigilance Council has urged the Salem Division of Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation (TNSTC) to operate more buses from the new integrated bus stand to Yercaud foothills and Kannankurichi during the peak hours.

People are finding it difficult to travel to Yercaud foothills and Kannankurichi as the number of bus services to these places is less, Council Chairman S. Selvam said at the consumers meeting organised by the TNSTC’s Salem Division here recently.

He also complained that the limited stop service were operated as ordinary service and the vehicles were being stopped at all the stops.


Lack of Drainage Facilities

Lack of drainage facilities has made the lives of residents on Sooramangalam Main Road in Ward 25 in Salem miserable.

Lack of drainage facilities has irked the residents of Soormanagalam Main Road in Ward 25.

The road serving an important connectivity between Leigh Bazar and Three Roads has been neglected for long. It is witnessing heavy traffic of lorries carrying paddy to the rice mills and other grains to oil mills situated along the road.

But the residents and shop and mill owners complain that the road often gets damaged as there was no drainage facility.

The sewage water remains stagnated along the road. Many have no other option but to let the sewage on the road.

The situation gets worsened in rainy season. Rainwater with sewage inundate the road causing severe hardship to road users and residents as well.

The people in the area say that they have been urging the administration to provide drainage facilities along the road, which will not only ensure healthy environment but also a stable road.

Source and Pic Courtesy: THE HINDU

New Botanical Garden in Kolli Hills

Tourists at the flower show organised at the newly-established botanical garden in Kolli Hills on Sunday. The show was organised as part of the Valvil Ori festival. —

The State Government will continue to initiate efforts for the development of people in Kolli Hills and to promote tourism activities, State Agriculture Minister Veerapandi S. Arumugam has said.

He was speaking after inaugurating the two-day Valvil Ori festival and a flower show in Kolli Hills on Sunday.

The minister also inaugurated the newly-established botanical garden, Rose Garden, Children’s park, and various facilities created for the tourists.

He laid the foundation stone for various development works to be carried out in Kolli Hills at a cost of Rs. 3.60 crore.

The minister said a number of programmes were being implemented for the welfare of the tribal people in the State.

People should take advantage of these programmes to enhance their quality of life.

Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare S. Gandhiselvan and Deputy Speaker of State Assembly V.P. Duraisamy also spoke.

Welfare assistance to the tune of Rs. 90 lakh was distributed to beneficiaries during the function.

Collector U. Sagayam presided. Tamil Nadu Agricultural Labourers and Farmers Welfare Board Chairman K.P. Ramalingam, District Revenue Officer K. Shanthi and senior officials were present.

The district administration conducted Pookolam and flower arrangement competitions as part of the festival.

On Sunday, tourists were allowed to visit Aakasa Ganga waterfall, as well as two other waterfalls, that had been improved as part of the tourism promotional activities being undertaken.


Officers Reviewed Development works in Salem

Secretary of Municipal Administration and Water Supply Niranjan Mardi (left) inspecting the site identified for the establishment of a modern compost yarn at Chettichavadi, near Salem, on Saturday. —

Secretary of Municipal Administration and Water Supply Niranjan Mardi on Saturday reviewed the progress of various development programmes being carried out by the Salem Corporation and municipalities in Salem and Namakkal districts.

Interacting with the Commissioners, engineers and senior officials of urban local bodies located in the two districts at a meeting held here, he asked them to speed up the implementation of the development programmes. The local administrations should take steps to ensure quality during the execution of the development works, he said.

Later, Mr. Mardi inspected the construction of apartment buildings under the Integrated Housing and Slum Development programme at Chinnammapalayam here. The Corporation is constructing 172 houses under the programme.

He also visited the site selected for the construction of a modern compost yard under the solid waste management programme of the corporation at Chettichavadi.

He inspected the construction of a modern crematorium at Kakayan burial ground, overhead tanks built under the Added Area Water Supply scheme and the second phase of the Tirumanimutharu river project. Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited Phanindra Reddy, Director of Municipal Administration P. Senthilkumar, Corporation Commissioner K.S. Palanisamy and senior officials accompanied him during the inspection.


Salem Witnessed Solar Eclipse

A boy watching the solar eclipse through a telescope in Salem on Wednesday. 

A large number of students and people in Salem witnessed the solar eclipse on Wednesday.

Students gathered on Salem Steel Plant premises, Pulikuthi Street in Gugai, Don Bosco Anbu Illam, CSI Polytechnic College and Tiruvagoundanur Bypass to watch the rare cosmic event. The Tamil Nadu Science Forum and the CSI Polytechnic College had made arrangements for the people to watch the celestial event through telescope and special glasses.

The organisers distributed special glasses made by the forum to view the eclipse. Barring a few places where cloud overcast disappointed people, the partial eclipse was visible at majority of the places in the district.

The forum had also taken the opportunity to dispel superstitions associated with eclipses and present the youths with the facts related to the event. The solar eclipse was a natural phenomenon and there was nothing supernatural attached to the event, organisers told the students.


RO plant for Corporation

The Canara Bank has donated a reverse osmosis plant worth Rs. 50,000 to the Salem Corporation here on Wednesday.

The plant will be installed in the Corporation’s main office. Bank’s Assistant General Manager Lakshmipathi Kumar handed over the plant to Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini.

Deputy Mayor C. Panneerselvam and Corporation Commissioner K.S. Palanisamy were present.


Institute for Speech Impaired

The State Government in association with a non-governmental organisation is running a special training institute at the Corporation Primary School located in Arunachala Aasari Street here for the benefit of hearing and speech impaired children.

Parents can admit children aged below three years in the institute, which provides training free of cost.

The objective of the initiative is to identify children with hearing and speech impairment and provide early intervention. This would ensure maximum development of the child’s potential.

The children will be given hearing aid free of cost through the government and special teachers will conduct the training. A sum of Rs. 10 will be given as travel allowance per day to the students.

Salem district administration has asked the parents to utilise the opportunity to admit the children in the institute. More information can be obtained by dialling phone numbers: 0427-2415242, 962656178


Corporation Team for Water Distribution Problems

Salem Corporation has formed a team to sort out problems in its drinking water distribution network in the city.

The team, comprising officials from the civic body, Tamil Nadu Water Supply and Drainage Board and elected representatives, will conduct inspections in different parts of the city and initiate action to solve the water supply problems.

The first meeting of the team was held here on Tuesday. Mayor J. Rekha Priyadarshini, Deputy Mayor C. Panneerselvam, Corporation Commissioner K.S. Palanisamy, senior officials and councillors attended the meeting.

The civic body would identify wards that were having severe problems in the water distribution network.

Officials would initiate immediate efforts to sort out the problems and ensure uniform supply of water, Mr. Palanisamy said after attending the meeting. The civic officials also decided to plug all the leaks in the distribution pipelines immediately.

Concerted efforts would be taken to check illegal tapping of water from the drinking water pipelines in the city.

Stern action would be initiated against those tapping water illegally, officials said.

The civic body had taken these efforts following sharp criticism from the councillors including the members of the ruling party over the continuing problems in the water distribution network.

Councillors, speaking in the council meeting held on Monday, pointed out that a number of parts in the city were getting water supply only once a week. But the civic body had promised to supply water once in three days.

They also demanded action against those tapping water illegally from the civic body’s pipelines.


Traffic Near Old BS

Traffic is disturbed due to the new bridge construction accross thirumanimuthar river near old bus stand.

Pic Courtesy: Dinakaran

IAS Coching in Salem

The Periyar Institute of Administrative Studies (PERIAS), an institute established by Periyar University, has invited applications for admissions to the coaching programme designed for those aspiring to appear for the civil services preliminary examination scheduled to be held in May 2010. 

Experts in different fields will conduct classes. Students who are pursuing higher education in the university or its affiliated colleges can also apply for the coaching programme.

The classes will be held on Saturdays and Sundays between 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Candidates will be selected for the coaching programme on the basis of their performance in a written test.

The test will be conducted on every Sunday at 4.p.m. An interview will also be conducted as a part of the selection process.

The institute will collect Rs. 7,000 as course fee at the time of admission.

The application forms can be obtained from the university in person or by post by paying Rs. 100 through a demand draft drawn in favour of The Registrar, Periyar University.

The application forms can also be downloaded from Those who download the application from the website should pay the application cost at the time of submission of the forms.

The issue of application forms will begin on July 7. The last date for submission of the filled-in forms is August 7.

The institute has also planned to conduct coaching programmes for examinations conducted by different agencies including Tamil Nadu Public Service Commission and Staff Selection Commission in the near future. It has also planned to offer career oriented training programmes for the youth and job fairs.