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Published: 12th December 2015 05:46 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th December 2015 05:46 AM   |  A+A-

Road repair works in full swing

Chennai: The State Highways Department has restored a considerable number of roads to ensure uninterrupted traffic. As on December 11, the Highways Department has fixed 97 road breaches. Restoration is being done on wet patches using wet mix macadam (WMM).

certificate camp for medicos

Chennai: Medical, paramedical and dental students who have lost their educational certificates to the floods can apply for duplicates at the special camps to be conducted by the Directorate of Medical Education (DME), a statement from Director of Medical Education said.

Toll-free Travel on NH Till Dec 18

Chennai:  The National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) has extended the waiver of toll fee for vehicles plying on National Highways in the State till December 18. According to NHAI Regional Officer V Chinna Reddy, the waiver came into effect on December 4 till 11 in Tamil Nadu, against the backdrop of heavy rains and floods.  “It has been extended till December 18,” he said. There are about 46 toll plazas across the State, recording a collection of over Rs 4 crore everyday, he added. Moreover, vehicles ferrying flood relief materials to Tamil Nadu from other States would also be exempted from toll fee, the official pointed out.           

Probe Reasons for Floods: Vaiko

Chennai: The People’s Welfare Front (PWF) comprising the MDMK, VCK and Left parties, on Friday, demanded an inquiry to ascertain the cause of the recent floods in State, to prevent a similar occurrence in future.  An inquiry commission headed by a sitting judge of the Madras High Court should be constituted to go into the reasons for the floods, they demanded. The Front also wanted the government to find out the exact number of deaths due to the floods and provide Rs 10 lakh as compensation to the families of the victims. The leaders claimed that several employees of DLF had died in the floods, but the management was concealing the number.

B’luru Team Disinfects Affected Areas

Chennai:  EM1, a microbial solution manufactured by a Japanese firm, was sprayed on the banks of the Cooum in Aminjikarai and pockets of TP Chathiram, by a private company from Bengaluru. The team from Bengaluru, armed with 50 litres of EM1 solution, arrived in the city and disinfected some of the areas along with volunteers from Prakash Ambedkar Narpanimandram and Republican Trade Union of India(RTUI), one of the oldest trade unions founded by BR Ambedkar. RTUI office-bearer R Anbuvendan told ‘Express’ that the solution was effective in reducing the stink besides dissolving solid waste in stagnant water. The team explained the practical uses of the solution to the people and had already used 25 litres to disinfect areas including the market and public toilets. EM1 was used to clean up the Ulsoor lake in Bengaluru.            

PMK Seeks Compensation for All

Chennai: PMK founder S Ramadoss on Friday alleged that the authorities were refusing to include families living in first floor houses to the list of flood-affected people, and demanded that all those affected by floods should be provided relief. He said those families which had lost their articles and furniture should be given compensation and demanded that officials issue acknowledgement slips once they assessed the damage.  Tamil Maanila Congress leader GK Vasan urged the State government to ensure there was no political or individual interference in the assessment of flood damage and people be assisted to get back to normal life. As construction workers, fishermen and unorganised workers had lost their livelihood, the government should provide Rs 5,000 to them. Time should be extended for MSME to pay their installments, he added. 

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