QChennai: Sterlite’s Closure Scalds Industries Downstream

Here is your roundup of the top stories from Chennai. 

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With raw materials like sulphuric and phosphoric acids in short supply, several companies have stopped production. Image used for representational purposes.
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1. Sterlite Closure Affects Fertiliser manufacturers & Other Industries

Fertiliser manufacturers and other downstream industries that source their raw materials including sulphuric acid and phosphoric acid from Vedanta Ltd’s copper smelter – Sterlite Copper in Thoothukudi – claim they are in choppy waters following the closure of the unit.

Representatives of companies who are dependent on Sterlite Copper for acids, fly ash and copper slag said that this would soon impact battery manufacturers, detergent makers, cement plants and the abrasive industry, among others. A few firms have already halted their production even as they scout for a new source of raw material.

(Source: The Hindu)

2. Sri Lankan Tamil Man and Sons Found Dead

It is suspected that Rahman’s estrangement from his wife, Anusha, may have played a role in the death.
It is suspected that Rahman’s estrangement from his wife, Anusha, may have played a role in the death.
(Photo Courtesy: iStock)

It was the smell that reportedly alerted neighbours that something was amiss on Tuesday. Concerned, they broke down the doors of the Maduravoyal residence and found Habib Rahman and his two sons — both younger than six — dead. It is suspected that Rahman’s estrangement from his wife, Anusha, may have played a role in their death. Police said that the 38-year-old Sri Lankan Tamil man, who had lived in Chennai for some years, worked for a catering unit. Two years ago, his wife moved to Sri Lanka. Rahman had reportedly tried to reconcile with his wife but in vain.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

3. Don’t Blow Up Protests Against Green Corridor, CM Urges DMK

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palanisamy.
(Photo Courtesy: Twitter/ChennaiUngalKaiyil)

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami urged the DMK in the Assembly on Tuesday not to magnify protests against Chennai-Salem green corridor, as according to him only a few were opposing the project. He informed the House that work on broadening several highway projects would commence soon.

Initially, DMK MLA T Udhaya Suriyan (Sankarapuram) charged that the police were taking action against those opposing the project. Intervening, Palaniswami contended that the majority was in favour the project.

(Source: The Hindu)

4. Putting Passengers At Risk, Railway Diverts 630 Trackmen for Other Duties

While Southern Railway is reeling under shortage of workers and employees at every level, such a move affects track maintenance resulting in increased risk of train operations.
While Southern Railway is reeling under shortage of workers and employees at every level, such a move affects track maintenance resulting in increased risk of train operations.
(Photo: iStock)

The Southern Railway has told the Chennai division to withdraw a section of trackmen who had been diverted for other duties and direct them to report in their respective gangs immediately. The division seems to have diverted nearly 630 trackmen for other duties, putting train operations at risk. A section of trackmen in the Chennai division is not being engaged in their duties for various reasons. While many are allegedly assigned to do household works of higher officials, some of them have been assigned office work on the recommendation of railway employees unions, sources said.

(Source: The New Indian Express)

5. Work On for Bypass on OMR

Kelambakkam village and Thiruporur town will be connected to road; land being acquired for project.  
Kelambakkam village and Thiruporur town will be connected to road; land being acquired for project.  
(Photo Courtesy: Website/NHAI)

Work to create bypasses for Kelambakkam village and Thiruporur town on Rajiv Gandhi Salai has begun at a cost of Rs 243 crore. The six-lane wide roads are part of the proposal to widen the IT Corridor from Siruseri to Mamallapuram as part of phase II expansion.

Sources at the Tamil Nadu Road Development Company (TNRDC), which manages the road, explained that the work for both bypasses had started simultaneously and were expected to be completed in two years. “Land acquisition for widening phase II is on at a cost of Rs 465 crore and the lands for the bypasses are included in that,” an official explained.

(Source: The Hindu)

6. Avadi HVF Now Has Biggest Solar Power Plant in City

Will cut power bills of factories; benefit residential localities. 
Will cut power bills of factories; benefit residential localities. 
(File Photo: IANS)

The commissioning of the 16 mega watt (MW) solar power plant at the Heavy Vehicle Factory at Avadi has created a record: the facility is now the biggest solar power plant in the city.

The project, which was recently inaugurated by Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, was executed by Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) for the Heavy Vehicle Factory (HVF) and Engine Factory (EFA). The solar power plant has been connected to the grid of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) and is spread over 80 acres of land.

(Source: The Hindu)

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