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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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