QChennai: Treated Water to Help City’s Water Crisis & More

1. Treated Waste Water to Augment Supply in Chennai Soon

The capacity of the plants would be scaled up to 260 mld depending on future needs and availability of water resources. Representative image only.

The city will get another source of water supply within a year to address the growing needs of residents and bridge the gap during years of scanty rainfall. Chennai Metrowater is all set to start work to use tertiary treated waste water for city supply by this month-end or early May, said officials.

Considered to be a major leap forward in terms of use of reclaimed water, the water agency has sought the support of IIT-Madras for the approval of the design of the tertiary treatment plants to be installed in Nesapakkam and Perungudi. The institution will also be roped in to check the quality of the treated water.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Housing Department Gets Two More Weeks to Give Report on Illegal Constructions in Chennai

the State is making efforts to submit the ATR by this week itself as NGT has sought compliance or else it will secure the presence of Housing and Urban development secretary and Greater Chennai Corporation Commissioner by issuing arrest warrants.

National Green Tribunal has given a fresh two-week deadline to the state Housing department to submit an action taken report (ATR) on the allegation that illegal construction of Ramaniyam Ocean Dew Apartment is affecting the free flow of water from Narayanapuram Lake to Pallikaranai Marshland by blocking waterways.

The new time limit was granted by National Green Tribunal Principal Bench after the State failed to submit an ATR by 2 April 2019, as directed by the tribunal. The petitioner had alleged that there was no solid waste management, rain water harvesting, solar energy harvesting and other necessary features needed for safety of a high-rise building with 15 floors.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Chennai-Salem Expressway Important, Will Be Built in Due Course: Nitin Gadkari

Only last week did the Madras High Court quash the land acquisition done by the state government for the project.

Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari was campaigning for the AIADMK candidate in Salem on Sunday, and said that the Chennai-Salem Green Express Highway will be built in due course of time.

Calling the controversial project, which has currently been stayed by the Madras High Court, the most important development project in the region, the minister said, “Today the matter is in court. The High Court has given a stay for it. But still, it is very important for the development of this area. Our Chief Minister is constantly pursuing this subject... I’m expecting that in due course of time, with discussion with the farmers, we will resolve the issues and we will fulfil your dream of making of Green Express Highway between Chennai and Salem.”

(Source: The News Minute)

Also Read: Salem-Chennai Corridor Project: HC Stops Land Acquisition Process

4. Chennai GPO Now Serves as a Passport Seva Kendra

Chennai General Post Office now has a passport seva kendra and gets a steady flow of applicants from north Chennai.

Chennai General Post Office now has a passport seva kendra and gets a steady flow of applicants from north Chennai. On an average, about 40 residents visit the GPO to process their applications for passports. Postal officials have been trained to verify the documents, capture photographs and process the applications.

Following a memorandum of understanding between the Department of Posts and the Ministry of External Affairs, 29 post offices now have passport seva kendras across the State. Of this, eight are in Chennai city region.

(Source: The Hindu)

5. Pa Ranjith, Casteless Collective Release Song ‘Thalaivaa’ as a Tribute to Dr BR Ambedkar

Thalaivaa is a tribute to the leader who worked tirelessly to champion the rights of the Dalits, Dr BR Ambedkar.

Commemorating the birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar, the Casteless Collective has released a song as a tribute to the leader. Pa Ranjith’s Neelam Cultural Centre and the Casteless Collective have been at the forefront of breaking the social narrative which has been controlled by people of dominant castes in the performing arts domain in Tamil Nadu.

Latest in their efforts is the song Thalaivaa, which has been composed as a tribute to the leader who worked tirelessly to champion the rights of the Dalits, Dr BR Ambedkar. The 5:08-minute long Tamil song has been written by Chetpet Ramesh and sung by Muthu. Composed by Tenma, the song describes the divide in society based on religion and caste.

(Source: The News Minute)

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