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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.”


Air pollution complaints to BMC rose 63% in 2016

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The Times of India        13.04.2017  

Air pollution complaints to BMC rose 63% in 2016

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MUMBAI: A 63% increase in the number of air pollution complaints received by the BMC was observed in 2016 compared to the previous year. In fact, in January and December 2016 the recorded Air Quality Index (AQI) was higher than in previous years. Incidentally, last January a fire broke out in the Deonar dumping ground which went on for almost a week.

A civic white paper released by the NGO Praja stated that in 2015, the BMC received 94 air pollution complaints while in 2016 it went up to 153. On the other hand, complaints registered owing to pollution due to chemical effluents in 2015 stood at 33, while in 2016 it went up to 51.

Milind Mhaske project director at the NGO Praja said, "These figures are from complaints made to BMC on their helpline 1916 and also those registered with them on their website. The figures clearly indicate people today are waking up to the problem of pollution and it's important the authorities take cognizance of it."

Neha Parkhi, programme officer from System of Air Quality Forecasting and Research project said, "Even we have started getting more queries on air pollution."

"Today, the situation is such that in case of a blaze at the dump, parts of the city far from the dump also get enveloped in smoke. The smell of garbage burning definitely does not go unnoticed," said Kala Suresh, who lives off the Ghatkopar-Mankhurd Link Road.
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