TAMIL NADU

Around the City

Sharp showers

TIRUCHI: After a lull of about a week, parts of Tiruchi city and surrounding areas experienced sharp showers on Saturday night. Accompanied by thunder and lightning, the rain lashed for about two hours. The sky was intermittently overcast throughout the day.

Traffic restored

Traffic on the Tiruchi-Thanjavur Highway was restored on Saturday over a week after a temporary causeway was washed away in floods at Asoor near Thuvakudi.

The causeway was laid adjacent to a minor bridge under construction on the Highway. The causeway was breached due to heavy discharge from the tanks that surplussed in the region on November 23. Traffic on the Tiruchi-Thajavur section was diverted via Keeranur and Pudukottai due to the breach.

The causeway has now been reinforced with sandbags and gravel enabling the resumption of traffic on either side of the road. Police, however, restricted movement of heavy vehicles over the causeway. Heavy vehicles were allowed alternately on either side of the highway.

The resumption of traffic on the busy highway brought a sigh of relief to commuters and students.

Seminar

Under the auspices of the Department of Economics of St. Joseph's College here, a two-day UGC-sponsored national seminar on `World Services Trade' will be held from Sunday.

Addressing presspersons here on Saturday, principal Rev. R. Rajarthinam said the seminar would address the impact of inclusion of services in the WTO, particularly on the developing nations.

The recommendations of the seminar would be forwarded to the Union Ministry of Finance and the Planning Commission.

The Head of Department of Economics, J. A. Arul Chellakumar, said eminent economists from different parts of the country, including M. V. Srinivas Gowda from University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore, B. M. Jani from the Sowrashtra University, Rajkot and Azith Kumar Paul from Bolugart College, Calcutta would participate in the seminar.

Power bill pay date extended

The last date for payment of low-tension (LT) power consumption charges for November has been extended from December 15 to December 30.

An official release from the Superintending Engineer (in-charge), Tiruchi Electricity Distribution Circle (Metro), M. Sundaram, here on Saturday, said the extension was in the wake of the floods and torrential rain in the city.

Pointing out that the TNEB assessors could not record the metre reading for the period ended November in many marooned areas owing to floods, the release also appealed to the consumers to remit the last bill amount towards current consumption on or before the extended date.

Disconnection of power supply for defaulters would be effected on December 31, the release added.

Mettur level

The water level at the Mettur dam stood at 120.20 feet today.

The inflow was 10,871 cusecs and the outflow, 10,023 cusecs. — Staff Reporter.