- The Expert Appraisal Committee of the Environment Ministry gives a green signal to the economic corridor — the Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) — between Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
- The committee has granted Environmental Clearance for the development of this corridor.
- The greenfield highway project will be implemented by the National Highways Authority of India.
- It is a part of Bharatmala Pariyojna.
- The project will start in Dabaspet in Karnataka and end near Devarapalli village in Tamil Nadu-Karnataka border.
- The highway will run in two States — 134.94 km in Karnataka and 45.02 km in Tamil Nadu.
- NHAI said that the new highway will be providing better, fast, safe and smooth connectivity for the commuters between the two States.
- The NHAI said that accident rates will be under control due to enhanced road safety measures.
- “Development of the proposed project road will boost the local agriculture and enable farmers to realise better value for their products as well as attract more investment to that region,” NHAI said.
- The estimated cost of the project is INR 756.68 crore.
- NHAI informed the committee that 12,111 trees will be felled for the project while 206 persons will be affected with regard to property and other structures.
Plant three times you cut
- “Proponent (NHAI) shall plant 36, 333 trees of native species (three times of 12,111 tree to be cut) on either side along with the shrub plantation and grass carpeting in the median of the proposed alignment. Effort should be made to plant local fruit trees and Ficus species on both sides of the alignment,” the committee said.
2. Kerala temple case
- The State government will abide by the SC verdict in the royal family case.
- The Supreme Court’s has has put an end to a nine-year-old dispute.
- The Supreme Court has upheld the right of the erstwhile royal family of Travancore in the administration and management of the centuries-old Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple.
- Devaswom Minister Kadakampally Surendran said the Kerala government is duty-bound and it will implement the verdict.
- He also said that the state government would not go in appeal against the verdict.
Happy Royal Family
- Aswathy Tirunal Gouri Lakshmi Bayi, Pooyam Tirunal Gouri Parvathy Bayi and Adithya Varma of the royal family of erstwhile Travancore are the happiest among all over the much-awaited ruling.
- “No one can claim credit for this. It is a victory of the Lord and a blessing from him to his devotees. The temple wealth belongs to the Lord and not the royal family. We are thankful to all those who stood by us and waited for so long,” said Pooyam Tirunal Gouri Parvathy Bayi.
- The Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple gained worldwide attention following the unearthing of huge treasures in its underground vaults.
- “It is considered as the wealthiest temple in the world. The devotees wanted the temple to be managed by the erstwhile royal family. The Supreme Court ruling has come as desired by the devotees,” said the former Director General of National Museum, C.V. Ananda Bose.