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Drive for clean Thoothukudi

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The Hindu           21.06.2017  

Drive for clean Thoothukudi

Campaign:Volunteers distributing pamphlets on Tuesday asking residents to segregate waste at source.Photo: N.Rajesh  

Segregation of waste to take place at source

The Thoothukudi Corporation launched ‘Clean Thoothukudi’ for disposal of garbage in an organised manner, its Commissioner and Special Officer Alby John Varghese said here on Tuesday.

The exercise would take off in the west zone. Residents of all the wards would be educated on segregation of biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at source before disposal. Such a habit needs to be cultivated right from the houses. Pamphlets to create awareness of segregation and disposal were being given to households, who should be more responsible in disposal of waste.

He said that while sanitary workers would collect dry waste such as plastics, glass material, papers and other non biodegradable waste on Wednesdays, they would collect waste like food waste and other biodegradable waste on other days.

About 220 tonnes of waste was generated in the corporation limit daily. The dry waste would be recycled for use.

From biodegradable waste, bio-gas energy could be generated. Organic manure could be generated from waste and methane gas would be a by-product from biodegradable waste.

There were two projects and collection of such biodegradable waste would meet the needs of these projects, he said.


Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

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The Hindu         21.04.2017

Municipality to set up mobile toilets at five locations

The municipal administration of Krishnagiri is on the verge of finalising on the mobile toilet model that would soon replace the existing pay-to-use toilet at Krishnagiri new bus stand. The model once finalised, will ring in new free-of-cost, water efficient mobile toilets in five different locations within Krishnagiri municipality by the first week of May.

“For now, we have proposed to set up the toilets in the new bus stand, old bus stand, coronation ground, Krishnagiri government hospital and the municipality park,” says Municipal Commissioner Kannan.

The toilet is being estimated at Rs. 72,000 per unit. The municipality has been assured of funds from the MLA’s local area development fund. Each unit envisions four urinals for men, and four toilets for women. “We have drawn from the experiences of other toilets in bus stands, where half covered toilets are of little to no use.”

The portable toilet model will be made of stainless steel frame and fibre sheet, with intermittent transparent sheet on the roof to allow natural light. The portable toilets will, however, be fully covered so that they are not rendered useless during rains.

To make the toilets more cost-effective in terms of lighting and drainage, the toilets will be set up, wherever possible, under the lighting provided by an existing street light and will be set up over the existing drainage channel. “For instance, the mobile toilet will be set up on the drainage platform at Krishnagiri government hospital, which at present does not have a proper toilet facility for visitors and outpatients,” says the Commissioner. Since, most of the drains are linked under the underground drainage system, this would be more cost-effective, he says.

However, once the first five toilet units are put in place, the toilets will be set up in 20 other locations within the municipality limit.

The model will be finalised by this week, and they are planned in such a way that they are easily portable, when the space will have to make way for a new construction.


Three urban primary health centres to be upgraded

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The Hindu      06.04.2017  

Three urban primary health centres to be upgraded

Three urban primary health centres (UPHCs) in corporation limits will be upgraded to 30-bedded centres at a cost of Rs. 1.50 crore each.

As per the Urban Health Care Delivery Model, one UPHC should be established for a population of 50,000. As per the Census 2011, the population in corporation limit is 8.25 lakh and 16 UPHCs were already functioning in the city limits. Recently, new buildings were established for six centres, while 10 existing centres were renovated.

Under the model, one 30-bedded Upgraded Primary Health Centre can be established for a population of 2.5 lakh.

Based on the Census 2011, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare sanctioned Rs. 4.50 crore for upgrading the existing UPHCs in Kumarasamipatti, Anna Hospital and one in Annathanapatti.

Funds were sanctioned from the National Urban Health Mission and 10 per cent of the cost was released for each centre for initiating the work.

Officials said that the upgraded centre will have adequate facilities where surgeries can be performed. Tender process will be initiated and work will begin soon. Funds will be released by the Centre in each stage, they added.


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