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 #9025  by Admin
 March 21st, 2013, 12:51 pm
World Forestry Day, observed on March 21 every year should move beyond just planting saplings. It is for each individual to shoulder the responsibility and be sensitive to trees and forests

Madurai’s reference as ‘Kadambavanam’ remains only in books. The Kadamba forest has given way to a congested town. In places where trees stood, tall buildings have come up. Forests that were untouched have been encroached upon by human population. Records at the District Forest Office indicate that Madurai’s green cover today is 11 per cent, much below the national green cover of 20 per cent. The ideal forest cover requirement for any geographical area is stated to be 33 per cent. So, is this a wakeup call for the Temple Town?

“Madurai division has 38,000 hectares of reserved forest while the district’s green cover stands at an alarming 381 Sq.Km. “Urban forestry must go beyond just planting saplings. Some method to maintain and look after the planted trees should be devised,” warns A.S. Marimuthu, the District Forest Officer. He says of the total number of saplings planted, hardly 20 per cent grow to become trees. ”Any development activity on the roads starts with felling of trees and we lose a further 10 per cent of these grown trees. There are no provisions to ensure replanting of trees,” he points out.

Under the Urban forestry programme, the department plants trees within the corporation limits every year. “But most saplings either get cut or eaten by stray cattle as people steal the tree guards and sell it off,” says Mr.Marimuthu. As an example, he cites the area behind Madurai Kamaraj University where the department has managed to create green cover with the support of the residents.

It is mandatory to water and maintain a sapling at least for three years given the scarce rainfall. The forest department’s nursery maintained by Vadipatti-based women self-help group, sells about 10,000 to 15,000 saplings in a year to individuals apart from giving out for mass and free plantations on various occasions. This year the department’s target is to plant 81,500 saplings. “Neem and Pungai varieties grow well under Madurai’s climate conditions,’ says Mr.Marimuthu.

“Maintenance of social forestry can be given to NGOs so that every planted tree can be protected. At least one tree should be planted every 100 sq.ft. Unused agricultural lands should not be converted into real estate. Instead some variety of trees can be grown that will generate income for the farmer,” notes Francis Xavier, an Environmentalist.

“School children should be sensitized. Every student should be given the responsibility of maintaining a tree on the roadside. Separate herbal gardens should be grown and Shola forests should be conserved and expanded on naked slopes,” he adds.

Dr. D. Stephen, Assistant Professor in Botany, The American College, who is currently working on the conservation of forest patches behind Alagar hills, says, “The Shola forests unique to western ghats are a separate ecosystem. If a single tree is destroyed, the entire thicket vanishes gradually.”

Reserve forests under Madurai division include semi evergreen forests at Sirumalai, Kizhuvamalai and Vavuthumalai and Dry deciduous forest ranges at Sholavandan and Usilampatti (Elumalai, Sulapuram, Nalluthevanpatti, viralipatti, Kulasekerankottai, Vikiramanagalam).

Under the aegis of Tamil Nadu Afforestation Programme, the department has motivated villagers on the forest fringes to take up alternative jobs and sources of livelihood instead of trespassing into reserve forest area. Forest committees comprising villagers were formed in villages bordering reserve forests to monitor illegal activities.

“Over the years, awareness level has gone up among public,” says Marimuthu. “In Madurai district, grazing of cattle, fire and illicit felling are the main causes for forest degradation. Illicit felling has reduced considerably but cattle grazing and agricultural activities inside reserve forests continue to be major threats.”

The department has also implemented Tamil Nadu Bio diversity project that concentrates on creating green cover on private waste lands. So far, the year old project has been implemented in 10 villages in Usilampatti area. Both long and short rotation trees have been planted and the beneficiary can harvest the trees after six and 15 years respectively.

As far as reserve forests are concerned, re-growth of wild trees is never ensured once they are destroyed and hence certain species have become endangered. “We are trying to revive those species through tissue culture,” says Dr.Stephen and adds, “We are yet to develop a monitoring system to ensure sustenance of seeds germinated under lab conditions in the wild.”


Madurai Green, an NGO working for nearly two decades has planted over six lakh saplings so far. “We maintain the saplings by roping in young volunteers, residents’ welfare associations and education institutions and that’s how nearly 40 per cent of our plants survive to become trees,” says Project Coordinator, N. Chidambaram. “Parts of Gomathipuram, Railar Nagar and Paravai are green today because of people’s cooperation. In Paravai, the residents of two main streets take care of the 200 neem and pungai trees we planted.”

“Kadamba trees are found only as small patches in the forests. And, to revive them, we have been planting 1000 Kadamba and Marutham trees annually for the past three years. These are native trees to the region and both have medicinal value,” he says. “It’s said that the Vaigai banks were full of Neer Marutham trees in the past. Native trees don’t need much protection and maintenance as they adapt to the temperature and that’s why Rani Mangammal planted tamarind trees on the road sides. These days, we find only the gulmohar trees which are just ornamental plants and need care and protection.”

The NGO also conducts tree walk in collaboration with DHAN Foundation, a monthly initiative to know and learn about trees. “In the last 10 tree walks, we have got participants from various professions. Even home makers and children are enthusiastic in knowing about the flora and fauna. At this rate, we are sure to bring a positive change,” says Chidambaram, who is determined to make Madurai greener in the coming years.


A youth friends’ group called ‘Naanal Nanbargal Kuzhu’ has transformed a vacant ground behind HIG Colony into a cool shady place. With over 30 Iluppai, Vembu and Pungai trees, the site near Shenbaga Thottam, a residential colony is now a pleasant sight. Tamil Dasan a volunteer, says, “Earlier, the ground was full of thorny bushes and people used to dump garbage and plastic waste. Thirty boys in our group cleaned the site and planted trees, fenced them and maintained. Now, the children in the colony have planted flowering shrubs and Thinai pul. Every day, one person takes the charge to water the plants.”

Forest facts

Total reserve forest area in Madurai Division: 38,000 hectares including 11,000 hectares of the Giant squirrel sanctuary near Sriviliputtur and the eastern and western slopes of Sirumalai hills. Thick forest cover is found on Vasimalaiyan peak (1439 feet) at Elumalai near Usilampatti, the highest in the district and also on Kannadi Parai at Sirumalai (1390 feet), the second highest peak.

Endemic species to the region is Kudhuppi, Kadamba and Marutham

Endangered species are Kongu Ilavam, Kurinji and Kunguliam.

Other common trees in the region are Aelampaalai, Ala maram, Alingil, Arasa maram, Ayani pala (found only in Alagar hills), Illupai, kanjaram, konnai, Mamaram, Manjanathi or Nuna maram, Mayirkondrai, Naval, Nirkadambu, Peru maram, Pungamaram and Vedpalai

Wildlife – Indian gaur, deer, wild boar, wild dog (Sirumalai), sloth bear (Uthappanaickanur), porcupine, monkeys, wild Asian elephants (Elumalai) ... epage=true
 #9134  by shyamnath
 April 2nd, 2013, 12:25 pm
THENI: The first wildlife census carried out in Megamalai wildlife sanctuary since its formation last year has revealed interesting aspects about the thriving wildlife in the 40,000 hectares of forest lands. The highlight of the findings is the spotting of a tigress with a cub. Signs spread across the sanctuary also point to the presence of leopards. The findings confirm that grizzled squirrels are no longer the monopoly of Srivilliputhur sanctuary, as they could be seen in good numbers in Megamalai.

Census volunteers found the tigress in Upper Manalaru region in Chinnamanaur range. The discovery cheered the wildlife lovers who were campaigning for the creation of the sanctuary. "The thriving wildlife and tigress with a cub is a sign of a healthy forest. It kindles hope for the revival of the River Vaigai since a healthy forest can ensure water supply to the river which is the lifeline of five districts down south," said C P Rajkumar of Vaigai Association for Nature and Mountain Ranges (VANAM), the partnering NGO for the census.

A large number of herbivores like sambar deer, spotted deer, mouse deer and barking deer were found across the entire sanctuary during the census. Elephants, including a single tusker, are also among the finds. Sloth bears and wild dogs were also spotted directly by the volunteers.

Altogether, 43 transects were created in the sanctuary which is divided into six ranges like Varusanadu, Chinnamanur, Kandamanur, Megamalai, Cumbum and Kudalur. As many as 56 volunteers, along with forest officials, had combed the sanctuary to enumerate the wildlife between March 23 and 24. R Venkatasamy, wildlife warden said that they had used range finder, compass and GPS to find out the angle and spot of the sightings and to record the findings. "The census was very satisfactory and the data classification is in process and after that the exact number of animals can be ascertained," he said.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF) assisted the wildlife officers and volunteers to make the census operations more scientific. WWF members were involved in studying the topography of the sanctuary and mapping the transects for the census. D Boominathan, landscape coordinator of Western Ghats - Nilgiris Programme said that they used various techniques as the census was being done for the first time. "To be on the safer side, we studied carnivores' signs like pug marks, rake and scratch marks and carcasses for kill signs. Dung count was used to study elephant distribution and one day was dedicated for beat survey to study the distribution of species and abundance of them, especially with herbivores. The modern gadgets used in census were helpful to make accurate measurements of wildlife," he said.

"Spotting a tiger with her cub is a very positive sign that the breeding is happening in the forest," he added.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes ... -sanctuary
 #9244  by joshua_2020
 April 12th, 2013, 10:40 am
Madurai City Population With Newly added Areas As per 2011

Total Area 147.99

Madurai 1019604
Aanayur 62827
Avaniapuram 90873
Tpk 50303
Harveypatty 9256
Thirunagar 16876
Vilangudi 30286
Melamadai 43413
Uthangudi 7509
Vandiyur 27784
Kannanendal 29573
Naganakulam 22929
Thirupalai 18141
Chindamani 5140
ChinaAnupanadi 24850
Iravathanallur 7200
Pudhukulam 1723

Thiyagarajar Colony 965(2001)

Total 1471217

I cant find Thiyagarajar Colony's 2011 population. ... slcode=002 ... slcode=007 ... slcode=006

 #9245  by joshua_2020
 April 12th, 2013, 10:49 am
^^ Anyway dont compare some smaller towns with our city... :thumbup: ( Gateway of S.Tn and N.Tn,Educational Hub,etc having less than 9lac population. :lol:)
 #9246  by Sundar
 April 12th, 2013, 11:01 am
joshua_2020 wrote:
Total 1471217
You can post this info in Madurai Projects thread. But not the next one :P
 #9248  by Sundar
 April 12th, 2013, 11:26 am
joshua_2020 wrote:^^ Already posted in Madurai - Miscellaneous Discussions thread. :thumbup:
I mean in AAM
 #9401  by Sundar
 May 16th, 2013, 5:06 pm
Erected last year, it has remained little noticed

Chief Minister Jayalalithaa’s announcement in the Assembly on Tuesday with regard to installing a statue for Mother Tamil at Madurai on the lines of the Statue of Liberty in New York has turned the spotlight on a little known replica of the statue at Palkalai Nagar near Nagamalai Pudukottai here.

Though perched atop a building on the main road leading to Theni and Munnar, the replica has gone largely unnoticed by the residents of Madurai except for those who commute through the locality regularly.

Approximately six feet tall, the replica is mounted on a 10-foot pedestal constructed on the terrace of the building housing the Madurai branch office of the International Tamil University (ITU), headquartered at Maryland in the United States. It had been sculpted with brick and mortar by ‘Sirpi’ Selvam, a sculptor from Bodinayakanur in Theni district.

When contacted, ITU branch manager E. Anusuya said the replica is the result of their founder-chancellor S. Selvin Kumar’s thirst to do things which others had not done before. “He had installed the Statue of Liberty at Madurai in September 2012 and a bronze statue of Saint Poet Thiruvalluvar at Maryland in the United States about three years ago,” she said. A former history lecturer at Madurai Kamaraj University, Mr. Kumar had taken voluntary retirement in 1989 to move to the United States. He founded ITU and entered into tie-ups with many south Indian universities, including Madurai Kamaraj University here, to operate study centres of their distance education programmes in the US. “Our founder has a liking for artefacts. During a visit to Bodinaickanur in 2012, he wanted to know if it was possible to create a replica of the Statue of Liberty. ‘Sirpi’ Selvam took up the challenge and created this statue within 15 days, assisted by just three labourers and at an unbelievable cost of around Rs. 50,000,” Ms. Anusuya added. ... 719734.ece
 #9410  by Sundar
 May 18th, 2013, 10:19 am
பக்கி எங்க ஏறி எப்படி நிக்குது பாரு :bash:

Mikes broken and bottles thrown at Madurai Corporation Council meeting

The decorum of the Madurai Corporation suffered a severe damage at the Council meeting here on Friday with the Councillors creating unruly scenes.

The members of the ruling AIADMK donned the role of ruffians and pushed the opposition party members out of the Council hall at the Corporation building. Mikes were broken, bottles were used as missiles, and eatable were hurled all around, and the elected representatives were seen standing on the chairs and benches.

It all began when the DMK Councillors entered the Council hall, wearing black shirts as they have been doing for several months. Mayor V.V.Rajan Chellappa, who had by then started talking about drinking water scarcity, objected to the DMK members wearing black shirts and asked them to leave the hall.

When the DMK members chose to sit on their seats ignoring his order, the ruling party Councillors threw water bottles at them. Suddenly, there were many objects flying in the air. A couple of furious members got on their chairs and tables, shouting at the Opposition members to go out of the Council hall.

At this stage, the Mayor asked the police to evict the DMK members from the hall. However, the DMK Councillors refused to leave the place, and that resulted in a complete pandemonium.

“Black shirts are not permitted (inside the hall) and the police can do their duty. Disruption to the Council proceedings will not be allowed,” an angry Mayor said.

For a few minutes, the Council meeting turned into a free-for-all, with the members shouting and throwing whatever they could lay their hands on, even as the woman Councillors watched the happenings with anxiety.

With objects being thrown all around, the police evicted the DMK Councillors, and then the discussion on the water problem continued.

Just as Mr.Rajan Chellappa was about to reply to a question, DMK Councillor M.Kannan came back to the hall in search of his mobile phone.

But he was immediately sent out of the hall, and the Mayor suspended him for the next two Council meetings for breaking mikes. ... 726414.ece
 #9449  by madurakarenda
 May 29th, 2013, 8:53 am
Vehicles deck up in Madurai with unique body art
MADURAI: Luxury buses from across the country queue up in front of this workshop in Madurai to get attractive images like those of magnificent horses, dance forms and cute babies painted over them. The workshop, aptly named Varnam, is one of the three facilities in India providing computer-aided graphical designs on vehicle. All one needs to do is feed in the image to be painted to the computer and fill the four paint boxes, and the rest will be taken care by the imported painting machine.

During the recent launch of guided tours by Madurai Sightseeing Company, its two tourist vans embossed with beautiful artworks and graphics stole everyone's heart. Varnam Autographics carried out the designing works on these vehicles at their factory in Kodimangalam village near Tiruvedagam. Only Bangalore and Chennai have a similar facility for this unique vehicle body design.

In Madurai, this service is stewarded by two brothers who had originally started with a small sticker shop in Goripalayam in 1998. "We are first-generation businessmen and when we looked for business ventures, the sticker shop appeared ideal because it had tremendous scope with increasing vehicles but there were few players," narrated S K Saravanan, one among the brothers.

The sticker business took a new turn seven years ago when the brothers got a painting order for 80 buses from Ford. "The company wanted some creative designs on their buses and we tried the art works with spray guns. As 80 buses spotted 80 designs we started looking out for some mechanism to create uniform patterns. We found the technology is available only at a few places and we ordered one machine one-and-a-half years back," Saravanan said referring to the import of electro-dot processing machine from Japan. The technology is most advanced and the paint used for the purpose is eco-friendly and costlier.

According to Saravanan, there are only 67 such machines across the world and three in India. They have ordered the lengthiest of these, three considering the demand for art works on larger vehicles like trucks and buses.

The rare vehicle design is now catching up. "When we launched the Sightseeing Company, we wanted the vehicles to be eye-catching like the ones in London and Singapore. We started looking out for artists who can come out with good graphic designs. It was then we learnt about Varnam Autographics in Madurai," said S Sundar of Madurai Sightseeing Company.

The two brothers have come a long way since their sticker business days. It was Saravanan's brother S K Anand who started the sticker shop. "I was working with TVS then and Anand started the sticker shop. The stigma attached to stickers shop was quite depressing those days," said Saravanan. "Even getting marriage proposals were difficult when I quit my job at TVS to join my brother. The business slowly picked up and our education really helped us to look towards new technology and creativity," he added. "Our family supported us tremendously. We are looking towards new technologies available in this field," Saravanan added.

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes ... o-brothers
^^ Great to know about the enterprising spirit of these guys and Madurai to be one of the three locations in India for such a business. :)

Wish these guys do great business! :thumbup:
 #9497  by madurakarenda
 June 6th, 2013, 10:46 am
என்ன டா பொழுது போகுதே ஒன்னும் ஆகலையேன்னு பாத்தேன்... நடந்துருச்சு...


 #9501  by Sundar
 June 6th, 2013, 2:05 pm
madurakarenda wrote:என்ன டா பொழுது போகுதே ஒன்னும் ஆகலையேன்னு பாத்தேன்... நடந்துருச்சு...


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