QChennai: Water Crisis to End Soon, Tuna Fishing Harbour Coming Up

1. Chennai’s Water Crisis Likely to Ease from September

Sluice gates of Mettur dam will be opened on Tuesday to cater to the irrigation and drinking water needs of Cauvery delta districts.

The water crisis in the city may begin to ease from September. Two major sources of its drinking water supply are awaiting their share of inflows from waterbodies upstream to boost their storage.

Torrential rainfall in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh is likely to push up storage in Veeranam tank, in Cuddalore district, and the Kandaleru reservoir, in Andhra Pradesh, which are nearly dry now. With the Mettur dam fast filling up and discharge likely to increase in a few days, the Veeranam tank is expected to receive inflows in 10 days, according to the Water Resources Department.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Chennai Couple Kill Themselves While in Police Vehicle

The couple was rushed to the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital where they died on Sunday morning. The CMBT police have filed a case and a probe is on.

A man and a woman who were in an extramarital affair allegedly killed themselves by consuming poison after the police caught them on Saturday night. The victims were identified as R Jayakumar (42) and G Kavitha Mani (33), both natives of Puliampatti village in Erode district. The police said, “Jayakumar and Kavitha Mani were working together in a textile company near their village. While both of them are separately married and have children, they had been in love for over two years.”

On 22 July the duo, who went to the company,  did not return home. Their families lodged missing complaints with the Nambiyur police. The police investigation revealed that the duo had boarded a train to Chennai. While they were travelling in the police vehicle to their native place, they consumed poison which they had kept hidden.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Video: Elderly TN Couple Bravely Fends off Armed Robbers with Plastic Chairs

Seventy-year-old Shanmugavel, a resident of Kalyanipuram in Kadaiyam, is sitting at a table at the entrance of his house when a masked intruder is seen slowly sneaking up behind him. As the unknowing elderly man reaches out to pick up a piece of paper kept in front of him, the intruder pulls him back with a piece of cloth around his neck, trying to choke him. Caught in a deadly grip, Shanmugavel struggles to get free as the door of the house opens and his wife, 65-year-old Senthamarai, comes out running.

Over the next 45 seconds, the elderly couple shows tremendous bravery. The couple is relentless and both Shanmugavel and his wife bring one chair after another upon him, even breaking a plastic green stool on his head.

(Source: The News Minute)

4. Insurance Firm to Pay Rs 1.51 Crore to Kin of Accident Victims

The tribunal presided by S Umamaheswari, directed that the insurance firm is liable to pay a compensation of Rs 1.5 crore totally, to petitioners.

Thirteen years after five city residents died in a car accident near Acharrapakkam while travelling to Tiruvannamalai from Pallikaranai, a Motor Accident Claims Tribunal directed an insurance firm to pay a compensation of Rs 1.51 crore to the family members of the deceased.

M Gayathri, a resident of Pallikaranai, along with two other survivors of the accident, submitted that she was travelling with her family and friends in a TATA Sumo van on 25 December 2006, when the driver lost control of the vehicle which fell into a pit.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Tuna Fishing Harbour Coming Soon in Chennai

In a move that will bring cheer among the fishing community, the state government is fast tracking a proposal to build a standalone ‘Tuna Fishing Harbour’ at Tiruvottriyur Kuppam, near Ennore here,  with a net fish handling capacity of 69,000 tonnes per annum.

Department of Fisheries, which is executing the flagship project, has already obtained Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) approval and is awaiting State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) clearance before commencing the work. Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board conducted the public hearing a few weeks back.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

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