• Sun, Dec 16, 2018
  • Q and A: ‘Govt should stop importing sand’
    After organising back to back protests to increase the supply of sand and the number of quarries across the State, the president of Tamil Nadu Sand Lorry Owners Federation, Sella Rasamani, talks to DT...
    Q and A: ‘Govt should stop importing sand’
    Tell us about the ongoing crisis…We are unhappy with the current pricing system of the government. After the government has taken over the supply of sand across the State, one unit of sand is being sold at Rs 20,000. The lorry owners’ association wanted the government to stop importing river sand from Malaysia. Our riverbeds are filled with excess sand which can be supplied for construction purposes. Owing to the scarcity of sand, nearly 1.5 lakh workers belonging to this industry have no jobs and are finding it hard to earn a living.What is the current scenario?The builders are heavily dependent upon the Manufactured-sand for construction purposes. The unauthorised manufacturers of M-sand are also supplying sand to the market. It has no binding force and a majority of the construction works are carried out using M-sand now. The...
  • Sewer leak from public toilet on Lang’s Garden Road causes health hazard Sewer leak from public toilet on Lang’s Garden Road causes health hazard

    Updated: Dec, 15, 201807:51 AM

    Chennai’s woes with inadequate and poorly maintained public toilets is a well-documented issue. The number of toilets proportional to the population is vastly less than ideal.

  • Reporter’s Diary: When doctors find #MeToo funny Reporter’s Diary: When doctors find #MeToo funny

    At an event organised by a team of doctors who wanted to create awareness about a particular disease, the presence of only women reporters at the event became a matter of discussion

  • Citizen Connect: It’s high stench as Park-Central path turns open urinal Citizen Connect: It’s high stench as Park-Central path turns open urinal

    The pathway connecting Chennai Central and Park railway station is a real test of one’s olfactory endurance. Only the very strong ones can pass over to the other side without pinching the nostrils...

  • Citizen Connect: Stagnant water in Jamalia subway source of misery for Perambur residents Citizen Connect: Stagnant water in Jamalia subway source of misery for Perambur residents

    Stagnant rainwater in Jamalia subway is making life tough for those who have to use the subway that connects AA Road with A Rahim Street. Residents near Perambur railway station are in trouble as they...

  • Reporter's Diary: #MeToo makes Margazhi safer for young performers Reporter's Diary: #MeToo makes Margazhi safer for young performers

    Updated: Dec, 12, 201812:08 PM

    #MeToo movement which exposed predators among several renowned musicians and teachers makes this Margazhi safer.

  • Q and A:Christmas with universal message for IMH Inmates Q and A:Christmas with universal message for IMH Inmates

    Since time immemorial, the Institute of Mental Health in the city has been celebrating just two festivals — Pongal and Christmas — every year without fail.

  • Citizen Connect: Wells on lake bed: Madambakkam residents unhappy over PWD’s status report in HC Citizen Connect: Wells on lake bed: Madambakkam residents unhappy over PWD’s status report in HC

    The residents of Madambakkam are a worried lot. The residents, who are engaged in a legal battle with its town panchayat after it started sinking wells on the lake bed, are unhappy over the status...

  • Reporter's Diary: When kids find kidnapping to be a solution for family problems Reporter's Diary: When kids find kidnapping to be a solution for family problems

    Kidnapping is one crime that the city police deals with in all seriousness, especially when it comes to children. The kids, however, seem to be equally frivolous when it comes to using kidnapping as...

  • Citizen Connect: Dust, bad roads and open drains outside hosp irk residents Citizen Connect: Dust, bad roads and open drains outside hosp irk residents

    Updated: Dec, 11, 201808:37 AM

    The bad condition of the road outside St Thomas Hospital, which caters to several people in and around St Thomas Mount, is giving visitors a harrowing time. From dusty and bumpy roads to smelly...