18 Tamil Nadu engineering colleges to lose Anna University affiliation Times of India
The number of active Covid-19 cases in Tamil Nadu dropped below the 10,000-mark after 41 days on Sunday.
All roads led to Mamallapuram on Sunday as several chess lovers thronged the coastal town, the Olympiad venue.
A huge signboard of the state highways department on GST Road near Alandur metro station crashed to the ground on Sunday afternoon, leaving two people injured, after an MTC bus smashed into the pillar holding it. The driver and conductor of the bus fled soon after the accident and the passengers escaped unhurt. Police picked up the driver, Raghunath, later in the night.
US naval ship Charles Drew docked at Larsen & Toubro's shipyard at Kattupalli in Chennai on Sunday for undertaking repairs and allied services, in the first such voyage to India by an American vessel.
Chennai, Aug 7: Indian chess legend Viswanathan Anand was on Sunday elected deputy president of FIDE, the sports world governing body, while incumbent president Arkady Dvorkovich was re-elected for a second term. Five-time world champion Anand was part of Dvorkovichs team. Dvorkovich received 157 votes as against 16 by his rival Andrii Baryshpolets while the  The post Vishy Anand elected deputy chief of chess federation appeared first on The Shillong Times .
The twelfth day of the 44th FIDE Chess Olympiad commences and the heat of the tournament continues with countries battling it out on the floor.
Stuti Suranas day begins and ends in the kitchen amid flours and flavours.
Just as the year ended and we found a semblance of normalcy, the second wave hit. With it came chaos, confusion, frustration and helplessness.
Regular coffee is pass, and so are lattes and frappes. The heady aroma of a fresh brew is no more just another cuppa, but a thing of trial and triumph for the palate.
After award of the project, the private sector will make an investment of around 782.58 crore for the Chennai MMLP. Bids for the Nagpur and Bengaluru MMLPs are expected to close soon too, Prakash Gaur, the chief executive of National Highways Logistics Management Ltd (NHLML), told ET. Gaur said bids for the MMLP in Bengaluru will close next, followed by Nagpur.
Around 75% of the basic data has already been submitted to the Tamil Nadu Road Sector Project
Road data for 23,000 km of Tamil Nadu roads getting ready The Hindu
There will be no further degradation of wetlands declared as Ramsar sites, says Deepak Srivastava, TN State Wetland Authority member secretary
US Navy Ship (USNS) Charles Drew arrived at L&T's Shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai on Sunday for undertaking repairs and allied services, adding a new dimension to the India-US strategic partnership, officials said.
Legendary Indian chess player Viswanathan Anand has been elected as the deputy president of International Chess Federation (FIDE). FIDE is the Chesss world governing body. Elections for the top posts of International Chess Federation (FIDE) were held at Chennai hotels omn Sunday. JFive-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was nominated by incumbent president Arkady Vladimirovich  The post Viswanathan Anand elected as deputy president of International Chess Federation appeared first on NORTHEAST NOW .
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A motorcyclist was seriously injured after an MTC bus crashed into a huge sign board near Alandur Metro station on G.S.T. Road in Chennai
India 'B' played out a 2-2 draw against Azerbaijan in the 9th round of the open section, while India 'A' and 'C' teams registered identical 3-1 wins in the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Chennai, on Sunday.
Irai Anbu visits the sites of various projects being implemented by the Highways Department to prevent flooding in Chennai
D Gukesh saw his winning streak come to a halt after he drew his top board game against Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
It will undergo maintenance activities at L&Ts Shipyard in Chennai for 11 days
Tamil Nadu govt seeks inputs from public to bring legislation against online gaming Times of India
The Kalaignar Memorial International Marathon held in Chennai on Sunday attracted 43,231 runners from 10 countries and 18 States of India
They say the alternative spots earmarked by the Greater Chennai Corporation have hygiene and safety issues
Police suspect that a gas leak from the LPG cylinder in the van may have caused the accident
Pranav is the 27th Grandmaster from Tamil Nadu, a list which includes the legendary Viswanathan Anand and teen sensations D Gukesh and R Praggnanandhaa among others.
New Delhi, Aug 07: Providing a huge boost to Make in India' and Aatmanirbharta in Defence', US Navy Ship (USNS) Charles Drew arrived at L&T's Shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai on Sunday for undertaking repairs and allied services. This is the first
As part of the ever-expanding bilateral defence and military ties, a US Navy warship has docked in India for the first time for repairs and allied services.USNS Charles Drew, a cargo ship, arrived at the L&T shipyard at Kattupalli, Chennai for the 11-day repair work on Sunday. The development comes at a time when India and China are locked in the over two-year-long military confrontation in eastern Ladakh, which has shown no signs of de-escalation till now.
For the first time ever, the US navy ship Charles Drew on Sunday arrived at Larsen and Toubro shipyard at Kattupalli in Chennai for repairs. Indian ministry of defence called this move a 'major boost to Make in India' initiative.
Akasa has announced a total of five routes, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Bengaluru, and Chennai
Chennai: The power-packed Day 1 of MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2022 Round 3 witnessed the IDEMITSU Honda SK 69 racing teams ace rider Rajiv Sethu stamping his dominance in the PS165cc category. Making the most of his second-place start on grid, Rajiv continued to maintain his momentum to garner the top  The post Incredible win by ace rider Rajiv Sethu in race 1 Pro-Stock 165cc of Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Rd 3 appeared first on Pragativadi .
Chennai: As day 2 of 2022 MRF MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship Round 3 came to a close today, 20 next-gen millennial riders shined through on track with their power-packed performances. Todays race of the IDEMITSU Honda Talent Cup NSF250R witnessed Punes Sarthak Chavan once again rising to victory with a massive lead  The post 2022 IDEMITSU Honda India Talent Cup: Sarthak Chavan & Raheesh Khatri continue to reign appeared first on Pragativadi .
Accident The 30 feet high sign board near Alandur metro station, which gives directions for those coming from Tambaram, fell directly on a person travelling on a two-wheeler and the driver of a mini truck. TNM Staff Giant sign board in Chennai falls on two people after bus rams into it The pillar holding up a giant steel sign board near Chennais Alandur came crashing down on Sunday, August 7, injuring two people. The board collapsed after a government bus rammed into it. The driver and conductor of the bus reportedly fled the spot. The two injured have been admitted to the Rajiv Gandhi General Hospital (RGGH). They have been identified as Shanmugasundaram from Pudukottai and Sathyanarayanan, who works as a driver. The approximately 30 feet high pillar sign board, which gives directions for those coming from Tambaram, fell directly on Shanmugasundaram who was travelling on a two-wheeler and Sathyanarayanan, who was driving a mini truck which overturned after he applied a sudden brake. While Shanmugasundaram was grievously injured, Sathyanarayanan sustained mild injuries. Visuals from the site of the accident show the two-wheeler completely crushed under the heavy steel pillar. The pillar completely blocked the road for a while before it was cleared. Visuals also show that the sign board itself had crashed down onto the opposite side of the road. The accident appears to have been caused by a government bus heading towards Koyambedu from Perangalathur, which lost control and rammed into the giant sign board. Eyewitnesses say the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into the base of the sign board, which was close to the pavement. The traffic police personnel who arrived at the spot have launched an investigation to ascertain the circumstances leading to the accident. Eyewitnesses also informed the police that the bus was overspeeding and the accident occurred when the driver was trying to negotiate at a curve.
Two passengers alighted suburban train at Saidapet leaving behind their bag containing gold jewellery worth 5 lakh and RPF, upon being informed, swung into action and found the bag in the train at Guindy station
Chennai, Aug 7 (IANS)Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) will conduct a public hearing in Chennai on August 22, regarding the hike in power tariff proposed by the power utility,
3 critical as signboard falls on vehicles in Chennai
The elections took place during the FIDE General Assembly in Chennai, held alongside the Chess Olympiad, one of FIDE's flagship events.
TN Rains 2022 As the Bhavanisagar reservoir reached 102 feet as against its maximum level of 105 feet, the water resources department released 25,863 cusecs of water into the Bhavani river. IANS Twitter/sanjayweather_c The delta districts of Tamil Nadu are on high alert after the Bhavanisagar reservoir released 1.89 lakhs cusecs of water, starting from Friday, August 5. Officials from the state's water resource department told IANS that of the 1.89 lakh cusecs of water released from the Bhavanisagar reservoir, 59,661 cusecs were released into the Cauvery river and 1.29 lakh cusecs into the Kollidam river. Tiruchi, Thanjavur, and Karur are on high alert and the district administrations have warned locals to stay alert over the possibility of rising water levels in these rivers which may lead to houses being inundated. As the Bhavanisagar reservoir reached 102 feet as against its maximum level of 105 feet, the water resources department released 25,863 cusecs of water into the Bhavani river on Saturday. Water released into Bhavani generally traverses through the river for some time and later joins the Cauvery. The department officials told IANS that the water level will increase once the water released from the Bhavanisagar reservoir reaches the Upper Anicut. Tiruchi district collector M Pradeep Kumar told IANS that the district administration, police, and fire and rescue department are geared up and are on alert. The district authorities have already deployed personnel in 27 vulnerable spots in Tiruchi district and flood inputs are shared with them every hour. More than 300 people have been evacuated and moved to camps in Srirangam, Manachanallur, and Lalgudi and 159 new shelters will be formed soon, the district authorities said. Karur district collector Prabhu Shankar also said that more than 150 families have been evacuated and accommodated at safe relief camps. Meanwhile, one shutter of the Cheruthoni dam of Idukki reservoir in Kerala was raised by 70 centimetres on Sunday to discharge excess water from the dam after the water level reached 2384.10 feet in the morning, and three more shutters of the Mullaperiyar Dam, managed by the Tamil Nadu government, was increased on Sunday. Watch this week on Let Me Explain: What the Enjoy Enjaami controversy is about
Every year, national handloom day 2022 is celebrated on this day i.e. on the 7th of August. On this day, the work of encouraging Indian local handloom is also done. Initiatives are also being taken to take Indian brands and khadi to the world. The purpose of celebrating this day is to strengthen the handloom industry financially and to present it as a brand in the world. Khadi sarees, suits, scarves or kurtas and shirts made of handloom are quite comfortable and are still the first choice of many people today. History of Handlooms: In the year 1905, Lord Curzon announced the partition of Bengal, then on this day the Swadeshi Movement was started with a great public meeting at townhall in Kolkata. National Handloom Day is celebrated on the 7th of August every year in memory of this by the Government of India. On August 7, 2015, the Prime Minister (Narendra Modi) started this day. He had then also announced to take the weavers forward, beginning this day on the Centenary Corridor of the College of Madras in Chennai. Since then, this day is being celebrated every year. August 7, 2022, i.e. today the 8th Handloom Day is being celebrated. Handloom is the heritage of India: Handloom is the heritage of India, so it also has a lot of egos. Kalamkari of Andhra Pradesh, Bandhani of Gujarat, Kanjeevaram of Tamil Nadu and Paithani of Maharashtra are some of the handlooms which are being made from handloom i.e. hand-work. It takes a long time. That is why the handloom industry is said to be an essential part of India's cultural heritage. It is also a means of the employment of a large number of people. Only 70% of women work in this area. The trend of handloom: Many celebrities have come forward to promote the trend of Handloom and make it a brand. Many actresses have been seen promoting this by wearing handloom clothes, saris. When this day was first started in the year 2015, the 'I Wear Handloom' campaign was started on social media by Textiles Minister Smriti Irani. The purpose of which was to popularize handloom fabrics and to help the weaving community. After which many types of campaigns were run regarding handloom. The trend of 'Hashtag Saree Twitter' on Twitter also became quite popular. Woman's body found floating in Sarpa river, police investigating First rider-driver training institute inaugurated by Honda India Foundation at Karnal Unique calf in MP, crowd of people thronging to see
Starting Sunday, Akasa Air will offer weekly flights between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Progressively adding cities and routes to its network, the airline has already announced a total of five routes alongfive cities, including Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Kochi, Bengaluru and Chennai.
Governance The stakeholders consultation meeting will be held on August 11, 2022 and separate time slots will be given for organizations that are interested in making a representation. TNM Staff With Tamil Nadu reporting at least 20 deaths across the state due to losses suffered because of playing online rummy, the Tamil Nadu government has decided to get inputs and hold consultations with the stakeholders regarding a ban and regulating online games. In a press statement issued by the Home, Prohibition and Excise Department, the Government of Tamil Nadu says that leaders from political parties, psychologists and social activists have brought to the attention of the government the ill effects of addiction to online games and gambling. Earlier, a four-member committee led by former Madras High Court Justice K Chandru was constituted by the Tamil government to look into issues related to online gaming and submit a report. The Justice Chandru Committed had submitted its report and recommended ban on online games as these games do not involve any skill and it only leads to addiction. The four-member panel had also recommended that the Tamil Nadu government should take all efforts to ensure that a law against online games is enacted at a national level by mounting pressure on the Union government. Read: TN committed to banning online gambling: Law Minister in Assembly It is in this backdrop that the Tamil Nadu government has decided to get inputs from all the stakeholders. General public, Parents, Teachers, Students, Youth, Psychologists, Social Activists, Online Gaming Service Providers have been invited to have their say on the proposed legislation on online games. The stakeholders consultation meeting will be held on August 11, 2022 and separate time slots will be given for organizations that are interested in making a representation. Of the total 20 deaths due to online gambling, Chennai has reported seven; eight people died of suicide in Coimbatore, Salem, Tirupur and Namakkal districts; four deaths in Tirupattur; and one in Vellore, Tuticorin and Dharmapuri each. If you are aware of anyone facing mental health issues or feeling suicidal, please provide help. Here are some helpline numbers of suicide-prevention organisations that can offer emotional support to individuals and families. Tamil Nadu State health department's suicide helpline: 104 Sneha Suicide Prevention Centre - 044-24640050 (listed as the sole suicide prevention helpline in Tamil Nadu) Andhra Pradesh Life Suicide Prevention: 78930 78930 Roshni: 9166202000, 9127848584 Karnataka Sahai (24-hour): 080 65000111, 080 65000222 Kerala Maithri: 0484 2540530 Chaithram: 0484 2361161 Both are 24-hour helpline numbers. Telangana State government's suicide prevention (tollfree): 104 Roshni: 040 66202000, 6620200 SEVA: 09441778290, 040 27504682 (between 9 am and 7 pm) Aasara offers support to individuals and families during an emotional crisis, for those dealing with mental health issues and suicidal ideation, and to those undergoing trauma after the suicide of a loved one. 24x7 Helpline: 9820466726 Watch this week on Let Me Explain: What the Enjoy Enjaami controversy is about
Karunanidhi death anniversary: M K Stalin leads rally in Chennai The Indian Express
Anjuna police have arrested a taxi driver for allegedly molesting a woman tourist from Chennai. DySP, Mapusa, Jivba Dalvi said that on Friday night, the tourist, from Chennai, landed at Goa International Airport, Dabolim, and boarded a shared cab to Anjuna.
Team Ariyippu thrilled with response to film at Locarno Film Festival Chennai: The team of director Mahesh Narayanans Malayalam film, Ariyippu, featuring actors Kunchacko Boban and Divya Prabha in the lead is thrilled with the reception their film has got at the Locarno Film Festival where it premiered on August 4. Taking to Instagram,  The post Team Ariyippu thrilled with response to film at Locarno Film Festival appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
Madras: A priest who sexually abused minors has been exposed. He was doing such a thing by trapping their family members in his words by talking about the shadow of the soul on the minors. Priests also performed puja at the temple at Maduraivoyal in Chennai. Reports say that the minor girl has also been sexually assaulted several times by the priest of the Gangai Amman temple in Madurvoyal. The priest has been identified as Chandrashekhar (55). On the pretext of performing puja, the priest detained the minor in the temple. The priest had also misbehaved with the minor several times. When the case came to light, another person came forward, he informed that his family had come in contact with the priest in the year 2018. Then the priest said that his minor daughter had the shadow of the soul on her, which she would have to worship to release. On the pretext of performing puja, the priest stopped the minor and his mother, who was studying in the 11th standard, in the temple for 15 days. In the meantime, he sexually abused the minor by asking her to perform several pujas and threatening her not to tell anyone about it. When the minor told the family about this act happening to her, the father also started assaulting the priest Chandrashekhar, who had done the heinous act with his daughter. He was then admitted to the hospital. In the 2018 case, a case was registered under the POCSO Act against the priest Chandrashekhar on the complaint of other parents. After this, the police reached the hospital to arrest the accused priest. But as soon as the news of the arrival of the police came, the accused priest fled from the hospital. 27-year-old girl raped by Inspector! consumed poison... This actress assaulted by reputed stockbroker in hotel room, on pretext of giving work 'Husband used to make dirty videos with wife,' when she opened his laptop...
These four years in continuation with the political shift after Narendra Modi took charge in 2014, point to the countrys transformation.
The Chennai police have started a programme to offer driver training to at least 15 youngsters caught in conflict with the law.
However, the vendors arent happy with the location, and complain that not many people visit Ramakrishna Nagar.
TNPCB chairperson M Jayanthi and member secretary R Kannan had visited several localities in Tiruvottiyur and Manali areas where complaints of LPG odour were reported.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission (TNERC) on Saturday announced public hearings for Tangedcos proposal to increase tariff.
The Greater Chennai Corporation will be holding its 33rd mega vaccination camp in 2,000 locations on Sunday.
Inspector S Venkatesh Kumar, a 1999-batch officer, was on cloud nine as he became chief minister M K Staling for close to four hours on Saturday, taking salutes from police officers and members of other uniformed forces, while parading in a decorated open jeep.
Chief minister M K Stalin on Saturday reiterated his demand for establishing a Supreme Court bench in Chennai and allowing Tamil to be practised in the Madras high court.
The vacancies at State Human Rights Commission will be filled
Chennai, Aug 6: Chemplast Sanmar Ltd, the flagship company of Sanmar Group, has reported Rs 41 crore profit after tax (PAT) for the quarter ending June 30, 2022, the company said on Saturday. The city-based company engaged in producing speciality paste PVC (polyvinyl-chloride) had reported Rs 29 crore PAT during the corresponding quarter previous year. Total revenues during the quarter under review grew to Rs 1,411 crore from Rs 960 crore registered in the same period last year, a company  The post Chemplast Sanmar reports Q1 PAT at Rs 41 crore appeared first on Jammu Kashmir Latest News | Tourism | Breaking News J&K .
Chennai boy now World No. 20 in live ratings; India 1 battles to retain lead in womens section
Teenaged Grandmaster D Gukesh shocked world number 5 Fabiano Caruana as India 'B' pulled off a superb 3-1 win over number 2 seeds USA in the eighth round of the Open section of the 44th Chess Olympiad in Mamallapuram, Chennai on Saturday.
State-owned Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) on Saturday posted a 20 per cent rise in net profit to Rs 392 crore for the first quarter of the current financial year, helped by a decline in bad loans. The Chennai-based lender had
Two minibuses will be operated from each of the five Chennai Metro Rail stations of Government Estate, Guindy, Little Mount, Shenoy Nagar and Chennai Airport
In Asia, stealth-guided missile destroyer INS Chennai and guided missile frigate INS Betwa are visiting Muscat while patrol vessel INS Saryu is sailing to Singapore. For Africa, the Navy is sending INS Trikand, a Talwar-class frigate to Mombasa in Kenya while patrol vessel INS Sumedha is visiting Perth in Australia.
While so much attention is focused on Commonwealth Games and cricket, spectacular things are happening at the Chess Olympiad in Chennai. Just tuned it to see Indias Dommaraju Gukesh, 16, take down USAs Fabiano Caruana,...
The price of 10 gram of 22 carat gold is available at Rs 47,250 with a decline of Rs 400 in India while the price of 10 gram of 24 carat of gold can be purchased for Rs 51,550 with a
The Greater Chennai Police has detained 244 persons under the Goondas Act since January 1 this year
IT Raid The Income Tax department stated that unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 26 crore along with gold jewellery exceeding Rs 3 crore were also seized. TNM Staff The Income Tax department has found around Rs 200 crore worth of undisclosed income in the recent I-T raids conducted on the premises of Tamil movie producers, distributors, and financiers. The Central Board of Direct Taxes released a statement on Saturday, August 6, stating that undisclosed income exceeding Rs 200 crore had been detected during the searches and unaccounted cash amounting to Rs 26 crore along with gold jewellery exceeding Rs 3 crore have been seized. On August 2, the Income Tax department conducted raids on multiple locations connected with film financier and producer GN Anbu Chezhiyan, and prominent producers including Kalaipuli S Thanu, Gnanavelraja, SR Prabu. Financier GN Anbu Chezhiyan's residence in Nungambakkam and Gopuram Cinema offices in Chennai and Madurai were raided for the third time. Sakthi film factory's Sakthivel, Singam-2 producer Prince picture's Lakshman, Sathya Jothi Thiyagarajans residences were also raided. More than 40 premises located in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore, and Vellore were raided by I-T sleuths. In a press release, the I-T department noted that during the search operations, the I-T officials found several incriminating documents and digital evidence that are linked to the unaccounted cash transactions and investments. Secret and hidden premises have also been unearthed during the search, the statement added.The searches in the case of film financiers have revealed documents like promissory notes etc., relating to unaccounted cash loans, which were advanced to various film production houses and others. In the cases of film production houses, evidence reveals tax evasion, as the actual amounts realised from the release of the films are much more than the amounts shown in the regular books of account. The unaccounted income so generated by them is deployed for undisclosed investments as well as for various undisclosed payments, the statement said. The investigation is still going on. It may be noted that the I-T department officials had raided the properties of Anbu Chezhiyan and seized around Rs 77 crore in February 2020. This raid was conducted after the release of actor Vijays Bigil, and both the actor and producer Kalapathi Agoram of the film had come under the I-T scanner.
Chennai: Actor Prakash Raj on Saturday announced that his Prakash Raj Foundation has donated a free ambulance for the poor in memory of late Kannada actor Puneeth Rajkumar. Taking to Twitter, Prakash, who originally comes from the Kannada film industry but is an integral part of several other industries such as Tamil and Telugu, said: Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .
New Delhi: The income-tax department has detected undisclosed income of more than Rs 200 crore after it recently raided some film producers, distributors and financiers in Tamil Nadu, the CBDT said on Saturday. The searches were launched on August 2 and about 40 premises of the entities, which have not been identified, were covered in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore and Vellore. The department claimed to have seized Rs 26 crore undisclosed cash and gold jewellery of more than Rs 3 crore during the raids. So far, the search operation has resulted in the detection of undisclosed income of more than Rs 200 crore, the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) said in a statement. It said that the department seized a number of documents, digital devices relating to unaccounted cash transactions and investments even as secret and hidden premises have been unearthed. In the case of film production houses, tax evasion has been found as the actual amounts realised from the release of the films are much more than the amounts shown in the regular books of account, it said. The unaccounted income so generated by them is deployed for undisclosed investments as well as for various undisclosed payments, the CBDT said. The Board is the administrative authority for the department. In the case of film distributors, the statement said, seized documents indicate the collection of unaccounted cash from theatres. As per the evidence, the distributors have formed syndicates and have systematically suppressed the theatre collections, resulting in the suppression of actual income, it alleged. So far, the search operation has resulted in the detection of undisclosed income of more than Rs 200 crore, the CBDT said.
Disaster management In places where the tetrapod blocks have been laid, the waves merely touch the top of the seawall, and seawater does not seep into their houses like it did in the past, Chellanam residents say. Maria Teresa Raju Tetrapod seawall under construction in the Chellanam region. Pic: Krishna Kumar With 40% of the first phase of the tetrapod seawall project completed in the Chellanam grama panchayat of Keralas Kochi, residents are experiencing the first calm monsoon in several years. In places where the tetrapod blocks have been laid, the waves merely touch the top of the seawall, and seawater does not seep into their houses like it did in the past, residents note with relief apparent in their faces. Over the years, the dredging activities of the Cochin Port Authority and the construction of the Chellanam harbour had stripped the coast of its sandy beach, leaving the area residents battered by sea erosion. It was in June this year that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had inaugurated the Rs 344-crore tetrapod project. The first phase of the project extends for 7.5 km, from Chellanam harbour in the south to Puthenthode near Kannamaly in the north. The project, which will cover a 10 km shoreline in two phases, has been designed based on the studies conducted by the Chennai-based national Centre for Coastal Research. The construction is undertaken by the Uralungal Labour Contract Co-operative Society under the supervision of the Anti-Sea Erosion Management Unit of the Irrigation Department. Till now, 20,235 tetrapods and 3,50,323 metric tonnes of granite have been used in the construction. In addition to the approximately 2-km stretch across which tetrapods have been installed, other areas where granite has been unloaded in preparation of the seawall construction are also enjoying relief from the rough sea this monsoon. Pious Alby K A, ward member from Kandakkadavu South where the construction of the seawall has been completed along half the coast so far, says the tetrapod seawall has prevented the sea from entering the areas that it had raged through last year. Around 20 houses here had faced severe damages during the last monsoon. Pious lives a mere 15 metres away from the seawall, of which 80% of work has been completed. After cyclone Tauktae hit in May last year, life here was miserable. My family was considering moving. The tetrapod seawall now offers us safety, he says. Mariamma Kurishinkal, Chairperson of the Chellanam Kochi Janakiyavedi, confirms that sea has not entered the land in stretches where the tetrapod seawall has been built. According to her son Pious KG, they have been facing the rage of the sea for nine years now. This is the first time since then that their house, which stands at a distance of less than 70 metres from the seawall, has not been battered, he says. In the Velankanny area of Chellanam, around 50% of the project has been completed so far, says Joseph Jithu, an area resident. Just a hundred metres away from his house, granite pieces have been stacked as part of the seawall construction. Tetrapods will arrive next. Velankanny is one region that the sea has not spared for the past several monsoons. In comparison, this year has been one of great relief, Jithu says. However, he is not ready to believe predictions about the tetrapod seawalls life with eyes closed though. Tetrapods are completely new to us. We will have to wait and watch to see if they will provide lasting safety. K K Krishnakumar, member from Maruvakkad ward, says the project offers protection for the life and property of the people of Chellanam. For the project to be truly effective, it should stretch across the shoreline of Chellanam grama panchayat and extend to Beach Road in Fort Kochi, he says. Chellanam Bazar, which falls in his ward, has been sanctioned six breakwaters in the project. The construction of these breakwaters will begin once the rough season is over. Seawall impact or calmer monsoon? Chellanam ward hasnt been covered in the first phase of the tetrapod seawall project. However, ward member Beena Martin informs that it is expected to extend to Chellanam in the coming phases. While no sea incursion was felt in areas where the tetrapod seawall has been built, the water that entered residential areas in her ward was caused by tidal flow and not the angry sea, Beena says, while observing that the monsoon this year has been calm compared to previous years. Advocate Thushar Nirmal Sarathy of the Chellanam Kochi Janakiyavedi is of the opinion that the relief felt across places where the tetrapod seawall construction has been initiated has more to do with this years weak monsoon than with the seawalls effectiveness. When the monsoon lashed the eastern parts of the state in 2018, the coastal regions did not face severe rains. This was why fisherfolk were able to engage in rescue operations then. The monsoon this year is similar to the one in 2018 it is not very severe along the coast, he says. Joseph PL, a Kandakkadavu resident, agrees that the sea is not as rough as it has been during the past monsoons. While acknowledging that this could have contributed to the calm in areas where the tetrapod seawall has been built, he hopes that the ferocity of waves due to depressions too can be reduced by a strong seawall. Krishnakumar recollects how Tauktae had lashed across the shore last year. We have been lucky enough not to have any cyclones or depressions this year. Had there been a similar cyclone this year, the sea would have entered peoples houses in several places, despite the seawall, says the Maruvakkad ward member. There are points where seawall construction had to be paused because of sea incursions during construction. Even there, much seawater has not entered the land, he points out. But a temporary relief is not enough. Residents point out the need for regular maintenance of the seawall. Joseph PL points out that the continuous waves that lash out on the seawall will smoothen the granite and eat into the tetrapods concrete. Our estimate is that this wall will have to be repaired in the next four to five years, says the Kandakkadavu resident. Besides, not everyone has received the benefits of the new seawall. Prince, a Janakiyavedi activist from Cochin Corporations Manassery division, says that the seawater had flooded several parts of his locality despite the relatively weak monsoon. His house, barely 1.5 metres away from the old seawall, had to be leak-proofed four times, even as the sea continued to beat down on it. Another activist from the Saude division, Matilda, also says that the seawater had entered her neighbourhood on Thursday. Concerned that this would repeat in the coming days, she laments that their plight is constantly ignored when discussing Chellanams sea erosion. Breakwaters for beach replenishment Besides, breakwaters are crucial in supporting the seas natural sand depositing along the coast. The seawall will last longer and become an effective deterrent of the angry sea only if it is supplemented with breakwaters at regular intervals. The residents have no doubt that beach replenishment is the lone sustainable solution for their plight. Breakwaters are essential to prevent further sand erosion from beneath the sea wall, says Prince. The government has decided to construct breakwaters in Chellanam Bazar and Puthenthode based on a scientific study of the Chellanam coast. But the residents here are of the opinion that breakwaters are essential across the entire coast, Pious Alby points out. Janakiyavedi activists also strongly advocate for the Port to deposit the sand it dredges along the Chellanam shoreline to facilitate beach replenishment. Protests demanding the same too are still underway, says Pious KG. The dredged sand that is dumped in the deep sea is causing damage to fishing equipment, including nets. If it were to be deposited along the shore, it would help ensure replenishment of the beach. Krishnakumar too agrees that depositing sand along the shore will reduce the strength of the waves, which in turn will ensure longer life for the seawall. The waves can be tamed only with the reconstruction of the beach, duly aided by breakwaters, he says. Pious Alby, however, is sceptical of the practicality of depositing sand dredged by the Port along the coast. Logistical issues are sure to come up as the Port transports the dredged sand on large ships, which cannot approach the shore, he points out. Protection from sea is not enough While Chellanam residents heave a sigh of relief as the tetrapod seawall construction progresses, the population largely constituted by fisherfolk says that the rough seas have kept them from practising their trade for a while now, pushing several households into dire financial straits. Prince points out that the repeated expenses spent on repairing their houses and the lack of employment due to the rough seas has put several fishermen like himself in financial difficulties. The fisherfolk now lack a strong leadership to face the middlemens lobby, he says. According to Pious Alby and Jithu, the middle men who buy fish from the fishermen are the ones making the most off the trade, often leaving the latter with pittance for hours of labour. 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