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Make 110 municipalities poster-free: CM

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The Hindu      20.07.2017  

Make 110 municipalities poster-free: CM

Officials make a presentation on their initiatives at a review meeting

The Municipal Administration department’s efforts to make cities and towns more liveable seem to have been paying dividends. The poster-free city initiative, enrolment in schools and the Anganwadi - Pre-school initiative were some of the successful activities of the department.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu held a review meeting on Wednesday wherein the municipal administration department officials had made a presentation on their initiatives.

Enrolment of students in schools was a significant achievement with 1,25,521 students enrolling this year in the primary schools as against 1,14,107 during the last academic year. Similarly, the number touched 1,44,716 from 1,34,595 in the upper primary schools. And, in high schools, it had increased from 36,011 to 57,124. The students enrolling into English medium schools also increased significantly. Only 32% students enrolled in Telugu medium this year compared to 58% last year, they said.

The officials said the “Poster-Free Initiative” was implemented in many districts to remove posters, beautify the walls and create public awareness and ownership. The walls of public and institutions in particular had been painted with relevant and conceptual pictures. The programme was implemented successfully on the main roads in cities like Vijayawada, Nandyal, Anantapur, Kurnool, Nellore and Rajamahendravaram. Students, women’s groups, NGOs, municipal staff, voluntary organisations, artists and painters were involved in the poster-free city activity, they said.

Responding to it, Mr. Naidu asked them to make all the 110 municipalities poster-free. He suggested them to take up painting of walls on the main roads in all towns and cities reflecting Telugu culture and tradition. Mere colouring would not suffice. It was necessary that the paintings speak about local history and culture, he said.

Happy Sundays

The Anganwadi – Preschool Initiative had also been launched in all districts. The Chief Minister was told that 1,016 preschools had been opened and around 92,000 textbooks distributed.

With the success of the ‘Happy Sundays’ event in cities such as Vijayawada, the State government had chalked out plans to extend the programme in all the 110 municipalities from coming Sunday. Street events are being organised on Sundays where the citizens get an opportunity to reclaim their streets, connect with their community and celebrate Sunday in their own way.

Mr. Naidu said the government was only a facilitator in the Happy Sundays event.


GWMC to set up faecal sludge treatment plant

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The New Indian Express        04.06.2017  

GWMC to set up faecal sludge treatment plant

WARANGAL: In order to over come the problem of untreated sewage, the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation(GWMC) with the help of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is setting up a  Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) at Ammavaaripeta area on the city outskirts at a cost of `1.2 crore. 

The plant has been entrusted to Bengaluru based company Tide Technocrats, an environmental and sustainable consulting organisation and also empaneled consultant for Swacch Bharat Mission. The plant being set up on 2 acres of land provided by the corporation would clean 16,000 litres of  sludge everyday. 

Plant to be based on thermal technology According to Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI), project monitoring unit coordinator Rajmohan Reddy, the corporation is keen to construct a FSTP to treat the faecal sludge so that water could be reused for watering plants and the sludge for fertiliser. The treatment plant would also prevent unauthorised dumping of faecal waste, he added.

“Unlike other FSTP plants which are based on biotechnology, this particular plant would be based on thermal technology. This is for the first time in the country, a thermal-based FSTP is being set up by a civic body. This one is much better than bio-based FSTPs as it does not emit any bad smell and the bio waste could be utilised as fertiliser,” he said.

According to him, the bio-charred compost generated   through the plant could be used as soil fertiliser. “We are planning to use the compost in the park being developed adjacent to the FSTP. Once it is successfully utilised, it would be sold to farmers in the future. 

About 200 kg of compost would generate everyday. Through the sale of compost, the corporation could also earn a good revenue,” he pointed out. Even the treated water would be utilised to water plants in corporation’s nurseries and parks, he added. “This would save lot of ground water for the corporation,” he said. Tide Technocrats, which is executing the project, is procuring the thermal container from US.  

The company would be taking care of the plant for a period of one year and after that the corporation has to make arrangement for its maintenance.  

“We have requested  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide maintenance for a period of five years instead of one year. Let’s see what they say,”  Rajmohan Reddy said. The maintenance of the plant would cost corporation `8 lakh per annum.

Kadiyam lays the foundation
The foundation for the FSTP plant was laid by deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari on the occasion of State formation day.  The officials are planning to operate the plant from August 15. Once this plant starts functioning successfully, the corporation would set up two more such plants in the city. “If this plant yields good results such plants would be set up in other cities and towns in the state,” Rajmohan Reddy said.

NMMC removes concrete blocks around 4,000 trees

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The Hindu        03.05.2017    

NMMC removes concrete blocks around 4,000 trees

Breathing space:Concrete blocks around trees in other nodes in Navi Mumbai will be removed within 10 days.File Photo  

Law prohibits construction within one-metre radius of trees

Fearing a notice from the National Green Tribunal, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has removed concrete structures within the one-metre radius of 4,000 trees on footpaths in eight nodes

Recorders from the city engineering department said as of April 28, around 4,000 trees between Vashi and Airoli were deconcretised. Concrete structures around trees in other nodes will be removed within 10 days.

Violation of NGT rules

Mohan Dagaonkar, City Engineer NMMC, “As National Green Tribunal rules prohibit construction within the one-metre radius of trees, we have started deconcretising trees on footpaths. The officials concerned in each ward have been asked to submit reports on completion of work. We have also left one-metre space around new saplings planted on stretches laid with paver blocks.” NGT guidelines state that a minimum area of 1.25 m x 1.25 m around the trees should not be cemented and roads should not be widened till the trunks of trees. Roots of trees planted on asphalted roads die gradually and increases the chances of trees toppling during a storm.

Arati Chauhan, a green activist from Nerul whose online petition drawing attention to the decreasing green cover in the city has been signed by 590 people, said, “It is heartening to see deconcretisation work has begun. Trees planted on roads are surrounded by tar and they should always be deconcretised.”

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