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Storm water drains ineffective as rain leaves city under water

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The Hindu        18.09.2017  

Storm water drains ineffective as rain leaves city under water

Roadways turn waterways:Stadium Junction (left) and Mavoor Road (right), two main points in Kozhikode city where storm water drains were set up, were left inundated in the rain on Sunday.S. Ramesh KurupS_RAMESHKURUP  

Rs. 15-crore project was expected to solve problem of constant waterlogging in the heart of the city

The much hyped storm water drainage system set up in Kozhikode over a year ago seems to have had little effect, going by the flooding witnessed in the heart of the city, following heavy rain on Saturday and Sunday. Mavoor Road and Stadium Junction, two main points where storm water drains were set up, were left inundated in the rain.

Traffic hit

Traffic was disrupted across the city due to heavy rain and flooding. People were seen wading through water overflowing from drains.

The Rs. 15-crore storm water drain project was expected solve the constant waterlogging in the heart of the city.

Waterlogging in the mofussil bus stand junction has always been a headache for the Kozhikode Corporation and the traffic police for decades. The storm water drain project was executed specifically to solve this problem.

The 50-year-old drainage system in the city was unable to handle the volume of water during the monsoon. New pipelines, designed in consultation with the Centre for Water Resources Development and Management, with enough capacity to accommodate the water, were laid under the roads as part of the project.

Road work

It took the Kerala Sustainable Urban Development Project (KSUDP) almost two years to dig up half of Mavoor Road and several other roads in the city to implant pipes that could carry the rainwater straight to Connolly Canal. The junction was partially blocked in April 2016 for almost a month to construct the connection between the separate pipelines.

The drainage system has been connected to the existing drain under the Nayanar Flyover so that water could be discharged into the Connolly Canal near Arayadathupalam.

Work on the storm water drain was completed by the end of 2016, but parts of the city continued to be flooded, during the onset of monsoon in June.

Mayor Thottathil Raveendran had clarified at the time that the corporation was in the process of clearing the silt from the drains and that it would be opened into the Connolly Canal the next day. “Soon the drain will be functional and there will be no more waterlogging on Mavoor Road,” the Mayor had said.

However, the situation continues to be the same three months later.


Rs. 800-crore work to be completed by December

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The Hindu          05.09.2017 

Rs. 800-crore work to be completed by December

Delay was because we followed due process: George

As parts of the city drown during the rain, the much-touted Rs. 800-crore work on reinforcing stormwater drains, which was expected to be completed before this monsoon, will now be completed by December. Bengaluru Development Minister K.J. George on Sunday attributed the delay to the time taken to get all approvals under ‘due process’.

RCC drains

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had tendered 408 works to construct reinforced cement concrete (RCC) drains of 192 km at a cost of Rs. 800 crore after the July 2016 floods. On Sunday, BBMP officials admitted that work started as late as May.

Mr. George announced that an additional Rs. 300 crore proposal would be placed before the Cabinet on Monday. Once these works are completed, citizens would not have to worry about the aftermath of rains.

Currently, tenders for 70 works for flood damage correction have been approved under the Chief Minister’s grant.

This includes for repair and construction of drains in areas, which suffered the brunt of rains this year, he said.

On August 5, a review by Mr. George revealed that only 54.66% of the works had begun and just 5.3% had been completed.

Robot excavators

The BBMP has submitted a Rs. 2 crore proposal to get robot multi-purpose excavators for dredging and cleaning of drains. “With the use of such machines, we will be able to complete dredging in vast stretches quickly,” said Mr. Prasad.


Streetlights, overflowing drains, most reported civic problems

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The Hindu       04.08.2017  

Streetlights, overflowing drains, most reported civic problems

Half the problems reported were from four districts in the State

Non-functioning streetlights across the urban local bodies (ULBs) have turned out to be the most annoying issue for the city dwellers. A majority of the grievances reported to the local bodies through call centres or directly to the municipal administration department using the integrated web portal and the mobile application were about them.

According to the reports on the Municipal Administration Grievance Dashboard, the department received 63,273 complaints from the ULBs in the 13 districts from January 1 to Wednesday (August 2) and 96% of the complaints had been solved. Of the grievances reported in the last seven months, 11,585 were about streetlights. Most of the traditional streetlights had been replaced with LED bulbs across the State as part of the energy saving initiative.

Poor drainage system, dumping of debris and garbage on public places also turned troublesome for the public. About 9,000 complaints each had been reported during the last seven months. Regarding garbage, 5,129 complaints were made. Next on the list were poor drinking water, the absence of sanitation staff and overflowing underground drainages. The reports revealed that half the problems reported were from just four districts — East Godavari, Kadapa, Kurnool and West Godavari — indicating that most of the problems were occurring at the ULBs other than municipal corporations.

In East Godavari alone, 10,098 complaints had been reported so far this year. In the last one month, the majority of the 8,467 complaints were over streetlights followed by open drains, UGD and drinking water. However, only 81% of the complaints had been resolved so far. On Wednesday, about 171 complaints had been received.


Manual sweeping machines, power sprayers for GVMC

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The Hindu         04.08.2017  

Manual sweeping machines, power sprayers for GVMC

Collector Pravin Kumar and GVMC Commissioner M Hari Narayanan at the inauguration of manual sweeping machines and power sprayers in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.  

Collector and GVMC Special Officer Pravin Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated manual sweeping machines and power sprayers. Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan was present.

The German-made machines are aimed at improving sanitation and reducing workers’ grind.

The 20 machines and 10 sprayers will be distributed all over the city with emphasis on the core area comprising Zones 2, 3 and 4.

The machines will be used on important, end-to-end roads. While manual sweeping with broom covers one km of road in an hour, the machines can cover three to four km.

The sprayers have better reach and can also be used for aerial spraying. In phases, more machines and sprayers will be acquired, it was learnt.

Additional Commissioner (General) G V V S Murthi and Chief Medial Officer (Health) A Hemanth participated.


TUFIDA approves Rs 500 crore loan for infrastructure projects in Telangana urban local bodies

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The New Indian Express          04.06.2017  

TUFIDA approves Rs 500 crore loan for infrastructure projects in Telangana urban local bodies

HYDERABAD: The 11th board meeting of the Telangana Urban Finance and Infrastructure Development Corporation (TUFIDC) on Saturday approved borrowing of Rs 500 crore loan from Vijaya Bank for taking up infrastructure projects in various urban local bodies (ULBs) in the state.

The meeting was attended by chairman Viplav Kumar, vice chairman and managing director and secretary of Municipal Administration and Urban Development department Navin Mittal, director of Municipal Administration TK Sridevi, DTCP director K Anand Babu and Public Health engineer-in-chief C Dhan Singh.

The board decided to constitute a project development and management consultancy division to assist ULBs in the preparation of detailed reports for various infrastructure projects.

Secretary Navin Mittal suggested that ASCI should be asked to study the existing organisational chart and recommend a robust institutional structure for TUFIDC. He also observed that TUFIDC should be made nodal agency for taking up infrastructure works in ULBs under public private partnership.

Navin asked officials to formulate guidelines for disbursement of loans to ULBs by studying existing guidelines in HUDCO and other agencies. TUFIDC should have a long term partnership with reputed institutions such as ASCI, ESCI and IIIT for strengthening the capacity building of ULBs and TUFIDC, he added.

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