Chennai Buzz: Mild tremors in city | Heavy penalties for plastic use | Turtle conservation zone…and more

WEEKLY NEWS ROUND UP FROM CHENNAI

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Flowers are wrapped in plastic covers at a local shop in Thiruverkadu.

Up to 1 lakh penalty for violating plastic ban

The Tamil Nadu Government has introduced a bill in the assembly, amending the municipal laws to impose penalty  for violating the plastic ban. The penalty will be anywhere between Rs 100 to Rs 1 lakh depending, on the establishments and the frequency.

Stocking, selling, carrying and distributing banned plastic items will invite a penalty of Rs 25,000 for first time violators, Rs.50000 for the second time and Rs 1 lakh for the third time offenders, post which the business licence will be cancelled. Small  commercial vendors will be imposed a fine of Rs.100,Rs.200 and Rs.300 for the first, second and third times respectively.
Meanwhile, various sightings of banned plastic usage has been reported from various corners of the city.
Source: The Times of India | Citizen Matters Chennai

Maximum fare in Metro down as Phase I becomes operational

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The entire 45-km stretch of Phase 1 of Chennai Metro became operational last Sunday, with the inauguration of AG DMS-Washermanpet route. Chennai metro offered free rides to commuters till Thursday which saw over 7.3 lakhs passengers experiencing the ride.

Barely a day after services began on the route, trains were delayed for over six hours on Monday due to tripping of overhead electricity cable at Saidapet-Little Mount station. A device called section insulator, which helps in separation of two electrical feeds while allowing the Pantograph (an apparatus mounted on the roof of the train) to pass, did not function at Saidapet station resulting in a technical glitch.

With completion of this phase, the maximum fare between two farthest points stands reduced from Rs.70 to Rs. 60. The contract for last mile connectivity to provide share car and auto services to all 32 stations has been issued and services is expected to begin in a few months.

Source: The Times of India | The New Indian Express | The Hindu

Mild tremors felt in Chennai

Residents of Besant Nagar, Adyar and Porur experienced mild tremors from an earthquake early this week. The quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale hit the Bay of Bengal region. The epicentre was 10 km below sea level and was about 600 km away from the Chennai coast. Seismologists consider this a rare occurrence as the quake had originated close to a seismic ridge which is not prone to earthquakes.

Meanwhile another earthquake of 4.5 magnitude on the Richter scale struck the Bay of Bengal near the Andamans, about 1,200 km from Chennai, the next day.

Source: The New Indian Express | The Hindu

Turtle conservation zone planned

To protect turtles during the nesting and hatching season, a turtle conservation zone will soon be planned between December and April every year. The decision was taken during a joint meeting convened by the Wild Life Warden and attended by various departments of the government and NGOs.

It has also been decided that strict action will be taken against resorts functioning beyond 11 pm during this season. The Chennai Corporation has been instructed to switch off street lights between 11.00 p.m. and 5.00 a.m.

The Tamil Nadu Forest Department is planning to set up another hatchery in Pulicat, where there has been an increase in nesting activity of Olive Ridleys this year.

Source: The Hindu

Monumental national flag at Chennai Central

The first monumental flag for the Chennai division of Southern Railway was hoisted at 100 feet height at the Central station. As per the order of the Railway Ministry, as many as 75 major stations across India will get such monumental flags.

Source: The Times of India

[Compiled by Sandhya Raju]


1 Comment

  1. 15 lakhs for the monumental national flag? That too for another 75 nos at different stations? Respect, no problem, but spending money like this is insane. If I were the General Manager, I would have spent that 15 lakhs for CCTV camera inside the coaches, fire extinguishers inside the coaches, one CCTV camera cost 2000 rupees, with alexa support, fix one camera in one compartment and 25 CCTV cameras cost 50,0000, buy DVR for 10,000, and hard disk for 10,000, 70,000 rupees the whole train can be CCTV ready. 15 lakhs x 75 nos , how many coaches, how many railway stations can the CCTV be fixed? Think again.

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