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City is ODF: GHMC

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The Hindu        17.08.2017  

City is ODF: GHMC

Based on the undertakings given by the corporators from different wards, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has declared the city of Hyderabad as Open Defecation Free (ODF).

The preliminary announcement that all the 150 wards of the city were ODF, came on Wednesday, on which the GHMC Commissioner has invited objections, complaints, and suggestions, if any, to be submitted in written form before August 28.

Under the Swachh Survekshan Mission initiative of the central government, the GHMC had begun to construct individual and public toilets wherever necessary.

A total of 1975 individual household latrines were constructed, apart from 384 public and community toilets. Wherever space was a problem community toilets were built, and where the location is under dispute, pre-fabricated toilets were installed.

Of the 384 public/community toilets, 135 were built in Build-Operate-Transfer mode, 109 were pre-fabricated, 46 were by Sulabh, 17 were She e-Toilets, and 20 were community toilets.

In addition to these, 44 community toilets are under construction under the BOT mode, and tenders have been called for 25 more.

Twenty-five She e-Toilets too are under progress, a statement from the corporation said.

Besides, the GHMC has convinced about 295 fuel stations and 390 hotels and restaurant owners to open the toilets on their premises for use by general public.

Several awareness programmes are being conducted at circle and zonal levels for arresting open urination, besides display of posters at the public toilets, open defecation/urination spots to sensitise the public. In a few cases where people are not utilising the toilets despite availability, they are being garlanded and fines are being levied. A total of 225 such instances were fined, and an amount of Rs. 38,120 has been collected since April, 2016, the statement said.


Civic body gears up for reclamation of dumping yard through biomining

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The Hindu    17.08.2017  

Civic body gears up for reclamation of dumping yard through biomining

Vijayawada Municipal Corporation invites proposals to remediate the site

To end the woes of thousands of people living in the residential colonies around the vast municipal solid waste (MSW) dump yard in Ajith Singh Nagar, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is finally gearing up to transform the place into a public park.

The site adjoining the colonies of Ajith Singh Nagar, Santhi Nagar and Vambey Colony has become a hindrance to the local development besides troubling dwellers in various ways since 2007. It also has an abandoned power generation plant that failed to sustain.

The municipal corporation has recently called on national level companies to come up with proposals to remediate the site through the bio-mining process under design, build and operate model.

The Municipal Commissioner in 2016 announced that the dumping yard site would be turned into a park as per the instructions of the CM and with the cooperation of the Central government.

The VMC took up the project as part of the vision of the Central and the State governments for Swachh cities intending to take up modern and scientific methods of solid waste management and disposal. In two years, the VMC wants to excavate all the unprocessed solid waste using advanced equipment and retrieve compostable and recyclable material by segregating, sorting, storing and finally selling it.

The civic body expects at least 90% reclamation of the site from which generation of reusable and recoverable material is possible.

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday (Aug 16) to receive queries regarding the project.

The VMC will stop receiving the proposals on August 30 and open them on September 1.


Civic body plans steps to stop fleecing of customers

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The Hindu        10.08.2017  

Civic body plans steps to stop fleecing of customers

Corporation health wing to conduct inspections at malls

The health wing of the Kochi Corporation, in association with the Legal Metrology Department, will conduct inspections at malls and shopping complexes to find out if customers are charged over and above the Maximum Retail Price (MRP) for packaged food products.

The decision of the civic body to crack down on traders who fleece customers was announced by Mayor Soumini Jain on Wednesday.

“After the joint inspections, the civic body will follow them up,” she said. Deputy Mayor T.J. Vinod and councillors V.P. Chandran and Antony Painuthara said cinema hall owners had been exploiting customers.

Mr. Vinod pointed out that some theatre managements had indiscriminately hiked ticket rates after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST).

“Post-GST, the civic bodies have no role in controlling pricing, as taxes are paid online, and tickets need not be stamped by them. This has resulted in huge financial loss on account of entertainment tax. Annually, the Kochi Corporation loses around Rs. 14 crore. It should be compensated,” Mr. Vinod said.

Ms. Jain said the issue would be brought to the notice of the State government.

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