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Domestic breeding checkers to take up mosquito control steps

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The Hindu      08.07.2016  

Domestic breeding checkers to take up mosquito control steps

  • Vector-control awareness:K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, addressing a training programme on Thursday. (Below) Samples of larvae kept at the programme.— Photos: C. Venkatachalapathy
    Vector-control awareness:K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, addressing a training programme on Thursday. (Below) Samples of larvae kept at the programme.— Photos: C. Venkatachalapathy

Workers to visit hotspots where fever, dengue cases were reported

Starting Friday, 745 domestic breeding checkers will be engaged to control mosquito breeding in the Vellore Health Unit Division (HUD). They will cover areas at the block-level, town panchayats, municipalities and Vellore Corporation.

K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore HUD, said 10 mazdoors had been allotted to each block and town panchayat.

“There are a total of 745 domestic breeding checkers, including for Vellore Corporation and municipalities. They will start the mosquito control work from Friday. We are planning to add at least 10 more mazdoors for each block,” he said.

On Thursday, the Department of Public Health, Vellore, conducted an orientation programme for domestic breeding checkers. “We explained the lifecycle of a mosquito and how breeding sources should be destroyed. We also demonstrated how Abate solution should be prepared according to the level of water in a container and how to operate fogging machines,” Mr. Suresh said.

The workers would visit areas, particularly hotspots that have earlier recorded fever cases or dengue, to take up control measures. “In such hotspot villages, one worker would cover a minimum of 50 houses a day. They would also cover areas where fever cases have been reported. They would destroy mosquito breeding sources, undertake fogging, take up mass cleaning measures along with local body workers and water chlorination,” Mr. Suresh said.

The workers would take up fogging measures too. There are 200 mini fogging machines and 150 pulse fogging machines that are hand-held in Vellore HUD, besides one vehicle-mounted fogging machine.

Through an exhibition, the workers got familiarised with various mosquito-breeding sources such as waste broken pots and unused tyres. “We have asked them to remove such unused articles in and around houses. So, when it rains, the larval density will be low and mosquito density will also reduce,” he added.

The workers would also ask residents to scrub and wash water containers once a week. For this, households would be provided with bleaching powder, the official said.

 

Corpn. launches Guinness attempt on litter collection

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The Hindu      02.03.2015  

Corpn. launches Guinness attempt on litter collection

2 lakh people to participate in the mission

Coimbatore Corporation CommissionerK. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) launching waste collection, as part of the Clean City Championship, at Ramanathapuram in the city on Sunday.
Coimbatore Corporation CommissionerK. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) launching waste collection, as part of the Clean City Championship, at Ramanathapuram in the city on Sunday.

The Corporation on Sunday began the campaign to make source segregation of waste a habit for the residents of the city and simultaneously enter the Guinness Book of World Records for involving the highest number of people in such a venture.

Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the ‘Coimbatore Guinness Championship Campaign’ was a week-long programme in which the residents will have to segregate the domestic waste into three categories - recyclable, non-recyclable and hazardous.

Conservancy workers will collect the waste at their doorsteps. Volunteers will evaluate the effort at both ward and zonal levels of the civic body.

“Within a week, we hope to make segregation a habit. The target is to have two lakh people participate in the litter collection and segregation campaign on March 8. The current record, being held by a Japanese city, was around 1.4 lakh,” he added.

The Corporation was distributing cards to school students for making entries on litter segregation. Campaign organisers said that hundreds of conservancy workers in all the five zones covering 100 wards were being trained in waste segregation and collection. Cash prizes to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh would be given for best-performing conservancy workers.

The Commissioner interacted with workers who, he said, were happy with the recognition that this campaign entailed rather the monetary awards.

The Corporation, non-government organisations, education institutions and business firms conducted an awareness campaign for the past one week in the city on waste management.

 

Garbage disposal goes hi-tech

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The Hindu      19.02.2015 

Garbage disposal goes hi-tech

Sensor-fitted collection bins for Arcot municipality residents

Deep collection bins for organic and inorganic waste being installed at Arcot Municipality for better solid waste management. —Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy
Deep collection bins for organic and inorganic waste being installed at Arcot Municipality for better solid waste management. —Photo: C. Venkatachalapathy

Soon, residents of Arcot Municipality will get to dispose household waste in sensor-fitted deep collection bins.

This underground waste management system is GPS-enabled and sends alert to specially-designed trucks when the waste reaches 90 per cent of the bin capacity.

With this technology from Latvia-based Green World Group (GWG), which is involved in developing eco-friendly waste management solutions, garbage disposal and collection is all set to go hi-tech in the municipality.

In fact, officials said that this was the first time that such a system was being implemented in India.

Latvia, Finland, Sweden, Germany, France and Norway have adopted this system of garbage disposal and collection.

The municipality generates nearly 25 tonnes of waste per day. Under this project, it plans to install deep collection bins in 60 places, mainly residential localities, in three phases. In the first phase, bins will be placed in 20 places.

The Rs.3-crore-project has been taken up under the Self Sufficiency Scheme.

Funds

“We are pooling Rs. 33 lakh as public share. Of this, Rs. 20 lakh has been handed over to the district administration. While Rs. 45 lakh is being provided from the MLA fund, Arakkonam MP G. Hari has allotted Rs. 15 lakh from MP Local Area Development Scheme,” Arcot MLA R. Srinivasan said.

3 colour-coded bins

Three colour-coded bins – green for degradable waste, blue for plastics and yellow for dry waste - will be installed at identified spots. Only 40 per cent of each bin is placed above the surface level, while the remaining is underground.

There will be one large bin of three tonne capacity and two smaller ones 1.3 tonnes capacity each, said Gokulkrishnan J., director-Technical Supports and Operation, EcoGarb, which is a partner of GWG and is implementing the project. Representatives from GWG and EcoGarb were on a visit to Arcot last week.

Bags of durable materials

The bins that are made of linear low-density polyethylene contain lifting bags made of durable materials in which the waste is kept.

As of now, two specially-designed trucks are being readied for removing waste from the bins, he said, adding, “The driver will receive information through GPS when the waste reaches 90 per cent of bin capacity. The truck has a compactor and crane. The crane will lift the bag and empty it.”

This will be networked to a central monitoring system at the municipality office. Cameras will also be installed at the spots.

This system will pave way for an odour-free environment. “We are also installing solar-powered lights at these spots so that it is properly lit,” R. Purushotaman, chairman of the municipality said.

To start with, the bins have been installed at Devi Nagar First Cross (ward no 3) and Vellore Main Road (ward 14).

Officials said they will create awareness among the public on primary segregation of garbage and disposal into these bins.

Mr. Srinivasan further said that sthey are planning to deploy one women SHG member at each of the locations to inform the public for at least a month.

Once all the bins are put in place, the municipality might also do away with the regular garbage bins, officials said.

The newsystem is GPS-enabled and sends alert to specially-designed trucks when waste reaches 90 per cent of the bin capacity

 


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