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Civic bodies consciously converted Delhi into an urban slum, says HC

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The Hindu     03.06.2017   

Civic bodies consciously converted Delhi into an urban slum, says HC

Urban slumGarbage clogs a drain outside the World Health Organization office at Indraprastha on Friday.Shiv Kumar Pushpakar  

Municipal commissioners directed to be present before the court on next date of hearing on June 21

The municipal corporations have reduced the Swachh Bharat campaign to a “complete nought” by their “inaction and apathy” to clean up the city, the Delhi High Court said on Friday while asking the municipal commissioners why contempt action must not be initiated against them.

A Bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar directed the commissioners to be present before it on the next date of hearing on June 21, making it clear that no plea for exemption would be entertained.

‘Not moved a step’

Delhi, which once had the largest per capita forests, “has been consciously converted into an urban slum”, the court observed, adding that as per the provisions of the Delhi Municipal Corporation (DMC) Act, the “prime responsibility for the wilful and contumacious conduct [of the three MCDs] rests in the Commissioners”.

The court said it was “shocking” that despite the concerns it had raised regarding solid waste collection and disposal in the past and recently on May 31, the corporations “have not moved a single step”.

‘Delhi has to live’

The court said it was passing the orders for the “cause of the city” as “Delhi has to live”.

“Some urgency should have been shown,” the Bench said, adding that it was “unfortunate” that even the law laid down by the Supreme Court to provide a clean environment for people “have fallen on deaf ears”.

“They [corporations] are in complete breach of rights of the citizens under the Constitution, apart from provisions of the DMC Act, civil laws and Constitutional duties,” the court said.

“Apart from the concerns of health, environment and right to life of the citizens of Delhi, we are also concerned about the wilful violation and disobedience of orders of the courts,” it added.

‘Complete apathy’

The order came after a TV channel’s video showed that garbage was not being collected and disposed of from several Delhi colonies for days on end.

The Bench added that the material placed before it “reflects complete apathy and inability” of the civic bodies.

It also said that the corporations’ inaction would have a direct impact on the health of Delhiites and an “irreversible effect” on the environment.

Give news report to PMO

“Right to a clean environment cannot be compromised,” it said, issuing notice to the MCD commissioners to show cause why contempt of court action not be taken against them. The court also directed that its orders and the news video reports be placed before the Prime Minister’s Office so that the Swachh Bharat campaign can be implemented in spirit.

The Bench said the orders and video reports also be placed before Lieutenant-Governor Anil Baijal so that he can “ensure the needful is done” for collection and disposal of solid waste.

The court also came down heavily on the corporations for “ruthlessly and callously” permitting compounding and regularisation of unplanned and unauthorised colonies without ensuring increase or improvement in civic amenities like sewage and water lines. The Bench said that existing garbage dumps did not have the capacity to cope with the garbage generated, which is why waste was flowing on to the roads.

It noted that conversion of residential property for commercial activity, as well as setting up of clinics and markets, was being permitted without providing for more parking or increasing width of roads.

They [civic bodies] are in complete breach of rights of the citizens under the Constitution

Delhi High COurt


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.


GWMC to set up faecal sludge treatment plant

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The New Indian Express        04.06.2017  

GWMC to set up faecal sludge treatment plant

WARANGAL: In order to over come the problem of untreated sewage, the Greater Warangal Municipal Corporation(GWMC) with the help of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is setting up a  Faecal Sludge Treatment Plant (FSTP) at Ammavaaripeta area on the city outskirts at a cost of `1.2 crore. 

The plant has been entrusted to Bengaluru based company Tide Technocrats, an environmental and sustainable consulting organisation and also empaneled consultant for Swacch Bharat Mission. The plant being set up on 2 acres of land provided by the corporation would clean 16,000 litres of  sludge everyday. 

Plant to be based on thermal technology According to Administrative Staff College of India(ASCI), project monitoring unit coordinator Rajmohan Reddy, the corporation is keen to construct a FSTP to treat the faecal sludge so that water could be reused for watering plants and the sludge for fertiliser. The treatment plant would also prevent unauthorised dumping of faecal waste, he added.

“Unlike other FSTP plants which are based on biotechnology, this particular plant would be based on thermal technology. This is for the first time in the country, a thermal-based FSTP is being set up by a civic body. This one is much better than bio-based FSTPs as it does not emit any bad smell and the bio waste could be utilised as fertiliser,” he said.

According to him, the bio-charred compost generated   through the plant could be used as soil fertiliser. “We are planning to use the compost in the park being developed adjacent to the FSTP. Once it is successfully utilised, it would be sold to farmers in the future. 

About 200 kg of compost would generate everyday. Through the sale of compost, the corporation could also earn a good revenue,” he pointed out. Even the treated water would be utilised to water plants in corporation’s nurseries and parks, he added. “This would save lot of ground water for the corporation,” he said. Tide Technocrats, which is executing the project, is procuring the thermal container from US.  

The company would be taking care of the plant for a period of one year and after that the corporation has to make arrangement for its maintenance.  

“We have requested  Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to provide maintenance for a period of five years instead of one year. Let’s see what they say,”  Rajmohan Reddy said. The maintenance of the plant would cost corporation `8 lakh per annum.

Kadiyam lays the foundation
The foundation for the FSTP plant was laid by deputy chief minister Kadiyam Srihari on the occasion of State formation day.  The officials are planning to operate the plant from August 15. Once this plant starts functioning successfully, the corporation would set up two more such plants in the city. “If this plant yields good results such plants would be set up in other cities and towns in the state,” Rajmohan Reddy said.

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