QChennai: ‘Misleading Info on Water Supply Creating Scare’ & More

1. ‘Misleading Information on Water Supply Creating a Scare’

Municipal Administration and Water Supply Minister S P Velumani on Monday alleged that misleading information on drinking water supply was being disseminated, creating a scare among residents.

Participating in a review meeting on the water supply in local bodies across the State on Monday, Velumani said work on supplying drinking water has started on a war-footing at an estimated cost of Rs 625 crore in all the urban and rural local bodies in the State. Water supply is being augmented by digging bore-wells and supplying water by tanker lorries, he said. However, he added that the quantity of drinking water supplied to residents of all urban and rural local bodies in the State has reduced to 7,300 million litres a day (MLD) owing to extremely poor storage in reservoirs.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Mercury Touches 41 Degrees in Chennai

Public has been advised not to expose themselves to direct sunlight between 11 am and 4 pm to avoid sunstroke, it said.

A severe heat wave condition is likely to prevail in isolated pockets in three districts of Tamil Nadu for another two days, said Meteorological Department officials on Sunday. The temperature can go up to 41 degrees Celsius on Monday and Tuesday, they said. “Severe heat wave” condition is likely in pockets in Tiruvallur, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai districts while parts of nine other districts, including Chennai, Kancheepuram and Cuddalore, will witness heat wave, the Regional Meteorological Centre said.

Public has been advised not to expose themselves to direct sunlight between 11 am and 4 pm to avoid sunstroke, it said.  Officials also said till Monday, light to moderate rain is likely to occur at isolated places over Erode, Coimbatore, the Nilgiris, Salem, Theni, Dindigul, Kanniyakumari, Sivaganga and Pudukottai districts.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Corporation Raids 1,831 Shops for Banned Plastics

Representational image.

The Greater Chennai Corporation on Monday started raids on commercial establishments to check violations of the ban on single-use plastics and collected over Rs 2.1 lakh as fines across the city. As many as 1,831 businesses were covered in the raids on Monday and the civic officials seized 832 kg of banned plastics in 15 zones of the city and imposed a fine on 175 shops, sources said.

The largest number of violations were reported in the Royapuram zone. “As many as 64 shops were raided on Monday in Royapuram and 310 kg of banned plastics was seized. Violations were detected in 23 establishments. The fine amount was Rs 38,400,” an official said. The largest number of shops were raided in the Adyar zone. But the plastics seized in the zone was just 30.3 kg. Just 16 shops were found in violation of the ban in this zone.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Domestic Workers Seek Revised Minimum Wage

The protest was staged on the occasion of International Domestic Workers Day. Representational image.

Domestic workers and members from Centre for Women’s Development and Research (CWDR) staged a demonstration here on Sunday demanding revision of minimum wages and ratification of International Labour Organisation’s (ILO) 2011 convention on domestic workers. The protest was staged on the occasion of International Domestic Workers Day.

At present, the government has fixed the minimum wage at `37 per hour for full time work (8 hours). Even if they work for 28 days a month, they will get on an average only `1,036 from one household, as most domestic workers work only an hour finishing a few chores. The low pay pushes domestic workers to work at many houses, to earn a decent living.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. HC Exploring Ways to Curb Reckless Driving

Appoints amicus curiae, asks govt to revert back by July 1.  

The Madras High Court on Monday took up a case suo motu in order to examine the ways and means to prevent reckless driving of motor vehicles and also to ensure that those who indulge in such practices do not get away from the clutches of the law.

Justice N Anand Venkatesh decided to take up the issue after observing that a Constitutional court could not shut its eyes to hundreds of lives being lost due to rash and negligent driving of vehicles. He expressed his desire to pass a comprehensive and practically viable order which could bring down such incidents considerably. The judge asked Additional Public Prosecutor M Mohamed Riyaz to submit answers to four specific questions.

(Source: The Hindu)

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