1,300 tons of fertilizer arrive in Ramanathapuram


About 1,300 metric tons of fertilizer have arrived here in Ramanathapuram, Agriculture Department officials said on Saturday.

This follows the review meeting that Transport Minister Raja Kannappan had with Collector Shankarlal Kumawat at Collectorate Friday.

When reporters reported the shortage of fertilizers in the district, the minister said action had been taken and would reach the respective companies within 24 hours.

Officials said on Saturday they had received an additional 350 tonnes of fertilizer and would be available at all designated primary agricultural cooperative societies and private dealer stores.

The minister said farmers had no fear of the fertilizer shortage and the government had made elaborate arrangements. Due to the rains there was some delay, but from now on there would be no such problems, Kannappan said.

When the bad condition of the buses operated by the TNSTC was reported, he said the state government would soon be getting 2,500 new buses. Outside of Chennai, other districts would get their fair share of replacing old and worn out vehicles.

Blaming the previous AIADMK regime, he said poor maintenance and poor administration had led to a deplorable situation. He assured that the DMK government would put the house in order.

Officials, he said, identified 42 points in Ramanathapuram district, which reported problems with waterlogging and flooding. The public has been ordered to move to the rescue centers. So far, around 600 people have been in the centers. As the water flowed, they could move to their homes. Permanent measures would be taken to address congestion problems.

To a question, he said that by the next fiscal year, the city of Ramanathapuram would get a new bus stop. “We are in the process of identifying the site of the new facility,” he said.


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