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New SDMC mayor vows clean-up

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The Times of India      20.05.2017  

New SDMC mayor vows clean-up

| Updated: May 20, 2017, 02.22 AM IST
NEW DELHI: Kamaljeet Sehrawat was elected mayor of the south corporation on Friday. Addressing the newly-constituted House, she said that sanitation and e-governance would be her focus areas. She assured that latest techniques would be adopted to make the capital garbage-free.

Sehrawat said that digitisation would help weed out corruption and malpractice in various departments. "We will ensure that the steps taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi under Swachh Bharat Abhiyan are implemented and Delhi is made garbage-free. The south corporation has already installed compactors in its central zone and the same will be replicated across all wards. Also, our main focus will be on e-governance—majority of services will be available online so that people do not have to make rounds of the municipal offices," she said.

Sehrawat had won from Dwarka B ward by a record margin of over 9,000 votes. The 44-year-old former vice-president of Delhi BJP unit also emphasised the need for a "coordination" among the political parties for a "cleaner and greener" Delhi.
"Both ruling and opposition parties should work together to achieve our target. We have been elected by the people and we must fulfil our promises," added Sehrawat. "Sanitation would be a focus area and we are going to improve our garbage management system by bringing in more mechanised sweepers. Our plan is to take more eco-friendly measures by enhancing capacity of waste-to-energy plants.

Earlier, Preety Agarwal, who was elected mayor of the north corporation on Thursday, announced that sanitation would be her "top priority" too. The east corporation will elect its mayor on Monday.

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The post of mayor is filled on a rotational basis, with the first year being reserved for women, the second is for "open" category, the third year for reserved category and the remaining two years are for "open" category, again.

Sehrawat said that the corporation will reach out to public through social media. "We have relaunched our website, and soon we will connect it with Facebook and Twitter," she added.
 

GHMC clean-up initiative to revive Katora Houz

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The Hindu        18.05.2017 

GHMC clean-up initiative to revive Katora Houz

For clean Hyderabad:Workers removing water hyacinth from Katora Houz inside Golconda Fort, in the city on Wednesday.K.V.S. GiriK.V.S. GIRI  

The 450-year-old royal swimming pool has been turned into sewerage tank

Katora Houz, the 450-year-old royal swimming pool inside the Golconda Fort, which had become an eyesore, is being cleaned up by the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC). Tourists and visitors to the fort were put off by the foul odour and the water hyacinth infestation which had completely covered the centuries-old man-made lake.

On Wednesday afternoon, workers drafted by a contractor were busy collecting the water hyacinth using an electrical rake which pulls in the weed to one side. “We have carried out a bathymetric study of the four-acre lake. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) asked us not to use heavy equipment and hence we are using this electrical rake. It will take us about 10 to 12 days to clean up the vegetation inside this lake which has a rock and limestone flooring,” said G. Padma of Padma Clean Environs, which is carrying out the clean-up work.

Diverting sewerage

The lake, which is networked with medieval-era underground clay pipelines and used to have a functioning fountain in the middle, has been transformed into a sewerage tank by the water board officials and local residents. Remnants of the 609mm iron pipes dumping sewerage into the lake can be still seen in multiple places within the lake. “We are looking into the issue of sewerage being let out into the lake. We are thinking of a solution to divert the sewerage of the surrounding areas to the main line,” said a GHMC official. The lake clean-up is part of the GHMC’s Urban Malaria Scheme.

The bathymetric mapping (the water body’s structure is revealed using an ultrasonic device) revealed the aquatic life of the lake as well as the structure of the lake. “For a few yards from the gateway, it is a flat ground. The deeper portion of the lake is knee-deep water. We are using this specially created equipment which does not involve heavy machinery,” said Ms. Padma pointing to a plough-like device rigged to a wire drawn from one shore of the lake.

“We used to play in the lake. The water used to be clean as only rain water used to collect here. The lake became bad about two decades ago and its state has been deteriorating. Earlier, there were agricultural fields behind the lake and the water was used for watering the fields. Now it is a residential area. The population in the fort area also has increased and that’s why the lake is in such a bad state,” said S. Nizamuddin, a 71-year-old resident who lives beside the lake.

 

Corpn. begins removal of accumulated garbage

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The Hindu        18.05.2017   

Corpn. begins removal of accumulated garbage

The civic administration of Kochi marshalled 23 lorries on Wednesday to clear the refuse that had piled up on the streets following the delay in choosing the agencies for clearing the waste.

Though the district administration had offered to step in to get lorries for clearing the garbage, the corporation could manage the day with its own fleet of vehicles and the ones provided by the contractor. On the day, 84 loads of garbage were removed, claimed V.K. Minimol, Chairperson of the Health Standing Committee of the corporation. She said all the piled up waste would be cleared by Thursday.

 
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