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Govt slams proposal for user charge on garbage collection

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The Hindu        03.01.2018  

Govt slams proposal for user charge on garbage collection

Households could be charged between Rs. 50 and Rs. 200 per month.File photo  

‘No logic in levying fee for solid waste management’

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government has objected to the joint proposal of the civic bodies to levy “user charge” on residential units and temples among others for door-to-door garbage collection, an official said.

The three municipal corporations, the New Delhi Municipal Council and the Delhi Cantonment Board had approached the Delhi Urban Development Department with a proposal for introducing “user charge” — ranging from Rs. 50 to Rs. 200 per month — for domestic waste generators depending on the category of the locality.

The proposal also includes levying user charge of Rs. 2,000 for collecting garbage from clinics, dispensaries and other places.

In a written comment on the proposal to Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain said there is no logic in levying user charge for solid waste management, and added that house tax is collected mainly for this purpose.

‘Obligatory functions’

He said collection of garbage is covered under the “obligatory functions” according to the provisions under Section 42 of Delhi Municipal Corporation Act (66 of 1957).

“Charitable and religious institutions, including temples and dharamsalas need to be exempted from payment of user fee. Residential units in colonies falling in categories C to H prescribed for property tax categorisation should be exempted from the user fee,” Mr. Jain said.

‘Fees too high’

“In case of individual doctors’ clinics, dispensaries, the user fee of Rs. 2,000 is too high and should be limited to Rs. 100,” he added.

The Minister added that in some cases, the proposed user fee would be higher than the property tax being paid by the owner. Currently, garbage collection is outsourced to various contractors who collect waste from ‘ dhalaos ’ or dumps.

The South Delhi Municipal Corporation has been made the nodal agency for the proposal.

 

North civic body declares itself open defecation-free

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The Hindu     03.01.2018  

North civic body declares itself open defecation-free

North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal (centre) said that keeping the toilets clean needs concerted effort.Special Arrangement  

There are 314 Community Toilet Complexes, says Mayor Preety Agarwal

The first day of 2018 brought good news to the residents of north Delhi with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation declaring all 104 wards under its jurisdiction open defecation-free.

“The North Corporation has been declared open defecation-free since December 31, 2017. Our area has adequate number of community and public toilets as per the yardstick of Swachh Bharat Mission,” said North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal.

Ms. Agarwal added that there are 314 Community Toilet Complexes (CTCs), with 3,508 seats for men and 3, 232 seats for women.

Apart from these, there are a total of 2,063 seats for men and 3,256 seats for women available in public toilets, including the ones at petrol pumps, restaurants, metro stations and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) markets falling in the areas under the civic body’s jurisdiction.

“Our job does not end here, we have also issued instructions to public and private agencies in our area to allow the general public to use their washrooms. We also have ample number of urinals in crowded areas and are constructing new ones from time to time,” Ms. Agarwal said.

‘Maintaining cleanliness’

The Mayor added that though the toilets have been constructed, keeping them clean and maintaining them is a process that needs to be carried out by both the civic body and the people. “All the toilets have been uploaded on Google Maps, using which people can locate their closest toilets,” she said.

North Corporation commissioner Madhup Vyas said that all the officials of the corporation have an important role to play in achieving this target. “We have not only constructed new toilets but also undertaken mass public movement for stoppage of open defecation and beautifying public places,” Vyas said.

He also stressed upon the need of waste segregation at source. “We have been moving forward with our campaign of Roko Toko Seeti Bajao , to encourage public participation,” he said.

 

Waste transformed the lives of these women

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The Hindu       28.12.2017  

Waste transformed the lives of these women

Several DWCCs in the city are managed by women.  

A number of DWCCs in the city are managed by women

From being waste pickers whose work went unrecognised to becoming waste managers, women have quietly been etching an unusual success story in Bengaluru. A sizeable number of the 181 dry waste collection centres (DWCCs) in the city are managed by women, who were mostly waste pickers earlier.

The lives of these women — such as Subbamma, who went from worrying about her next meal to becoming a guide of sorts for local residents about waste segregation, and Geetha, who overcame initial challenges to successfully lead a team of eight men — have been transformational.

Nalini Shekar from Hasiru Dala, an organisation that helps these waste pickers, said nearly 30% of the DWCCs under them are managed by women. It was this organisation that pushed the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to issue identity cards to waste pickers and allowed them to manage the DWCCs that were set up across the city.

Once the women gain confidence, the memorandum of understanding and work orders are transferred to their name. Their journey and relationship with waste has been remarkable, so much so that many of them are now leading “respectable lives” by their own account. Overdraft facility has been extended to the savings bank accounts of these women. “The overdraft facility of up to Rs. 1 lakh helps these women manage the centre much better, as it helps cover the running cost of the centre. So far, 10 women have utilised this facility,” said Ms. Shekar.

 

App to locate public toilets planned

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The Hindu     27.12.2017 

App to locate public toilets planned

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) wants to utilise the data it recently gathered during the public toilet survey in the city to build an app to locate public toilets.

The BBMP had geo-tagged locations of public toilets built by it, but not of toilets built and run by NGOs and private players and those in petrol stations. During the survey, the civic body acquired geo-tagged data of all such toilets in the city, which will be mapped on the app, said Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner, Health, BBMP.

 

 

Focus on toilet infrastructure to improve city’s ‘swachh’ ranking

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The Hindu       27.12.2017  

Focus on toilet infrastructure to improve city’s ‘swachh’ ranking


BBMP opts for steel structures; nearly 2,500 community toilets, 3,500 household toilets being put up

In a bid to improve Bengaluru’s Swachh Bharat rankings, the civic administration is finally focussing on filling the gap in toilet infrastructure. But in a hurry to meet the March 31, 2018 Swachh Sarvekshan deadline, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has opted for a quick-fix solution and begun work to put up nearly 2,500 community toilets and 3,500 household toilets using mountable steel structures instead of building permanent ones.

Bengaluru ranked 210 in the recent Swachh Bharat rankings, a steep drop from 38 the previous year. One of the many reasons for the drop in rankings was that the evaluation procedure had earmarked 600 marks or 30% of the total 2,000 for making the city open defecation-free. Bengaluru scored a zero in the category, as no part of the city was declared open defecation-free.

The BBMP recently conducted a survey of toilets in the city to fill gaps in infrastructure as the first step towards declaring the city open defecation-free. The survey revealed that migrant labourers, especially construction workers and children in slum pockets, were the most prone to open defecation.

However, based on findings of the report and certification by heads of all government schools in the particular wards, the BBMP council recently adopted a resolution declaring 109 of the 198 wards open defecation-free. All these are in the core city. The BBMP will have to issue a public notification declaring these wards as open defecation-free, following which people can submit objections, which needs to be addressed before the wards are finally declared open defecation-free.

Sarfaraz Khan, Joint Commissioner, Health, BBMP, said the survey revealed that over 3,500 households did not have toilets and there was a need for 2,500 community and public toilets. “Swachh Bharat programme provides subsidy to build toilets, which we are using and have already begun work to build these toilets,” he said. A household toilet costs Rs. 14,000 for which the Union government provides most of the subsidy, and a community toilet costs Rs. 94,000, of which the Union government bears Rs. 54,000 and the rest the civic body and the State government pitch in, he said.

The BBMP has opted for a toilet from Tata Steel, a mountable steel toilet that can be installed in just two days. The model of the toilet and the vendor are both empanelled by Swachh Bharat Mission, sources said. Mr. Khan said individual households still had the option to opt for concrete structures.

 
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