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Kanchi village has water surplus even in May

DC | Pramila Krishnan | June 06, 2014, 05.06 am IST
Kancheepuram: Nugumbal, a nondescript village in Cheyyur taluk, in Kancheepuram district, receives many visitors from countries like the US, UK and France. Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and other well-known Indian dignitaries have stepped into this village to know about the successful watershed management by the Nugumbal villagers.
Even during peak summer days, several ponds and wells in this village hold surplus water. Farmers here plan for their third crop in May unlike their cousins in other villages who are unable to cultivate any crop because of water shortage in summer.The watershed management project funded by NABARD (National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development) and Tamil Nadu government and facilitated by Chennai-based National Agro Foundation, a voluntary research organisation, has improved the water table in Nugumbal.

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Naturalists oppose new power plant at Cheyyur

Times of India. Page 5

TIMES NEWS NETWORK

Chennai: The Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and the Madras Naturalists’ Society (MNS) have released a study that contests the claims of an environment ministry report that cleared the proposed 4,000MW power plant at Cheyyur off East Coast Road near Chennai.

While giving clearance to the project in September 2013, the ministry said the presence of migratory birds was negligible in the area and there were no reserved forests, mangroves or estuaries.

The latest study by independent experts said that the area has more than 36 migratory bird species, eight of them endangered. Besides, it is a feedingcum-breeding ground for fish and has an estuary, it said.

The report has raised concerns of acidic emissions and air pollution from the power plant, and advised the ministry to shift the location of the power plant to another area.

Ravi Chellam of the Bombay Natural History Society, part of the study team, said, “We are not against the power plant. But it should not be given environmental clearance based on incorrect data and claims” .