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Corporation to endorse sewerage DPR bid

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The Hindu      28.12.2017  

Corporation to endorse sewerage DPR bid

The Kozhikode City Corporation Council, at its meeting on Thursday, is likely to approve the quotation of Ram Biologicals, one of the two bidders to prepare a detailed project report (DPR) for setting up a Rs. 106-crore sewerage system in the city.

The project is being implemented under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (Amrut) of the Ministry of Urban Development.

Previously, following instructions from the Amrut director, the Suchitwa Mission of the State government had obtained bids from two empanelled consultants Ultratech Environmental Consultancy and Laboratory and Ram Biologicals.

Ram Biologicals had quoted 1.46 % while Ultratech 1.60 % of the amount when the financial bid was opened in the office of the Superintending Engineer on December 16. Subsequently, the Amrut Core Committee selected Ram Biologicals.

At present, the city does not have a proper sewerage network. Sewage disposal is done with the help of septic tanks. However, these usually become unserviceable during the rainy season as the urban area has a high water table.

The project has been considered taking into account aspects such as the Arabian Sea in the west, the Cannoly Canal in the east, the Kallayi River in the south, and the Corporation boundary in the north.

Officials said that the Amrut project included decentralised, networked underground sewerage systems, including augmentation of existing sewerage systems and sewage treatment plants. The rehabilitation of old sewerage system and treatment plants and the recycling of water for beneficial purposes and the reuse of waste water are part of the project.

Thus, a faecal sludge management that involved cleaning, transportation and treatment in a cost-effective manner will be put in place. Further, the mechanical and biological cleaning of sewers and septic tanks will be done, they said.

 

GIS mapping to help increase revenue in ULBs

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The Hindu       28.12.2017  

GIS mapping to help increase revenue in ULBs

Urban Local Bodies in the State eligible for grants under AMRUT

By bringing in under-assessed and unassessed properties into its purview with utilisation of satellite property mapping technology, the Department of Municipal Administration is expecting at least a 25% rise in property tax revenue this financial year in the 72 Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) across Telangana.

Highlights and honours

Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration (CDMA) T.K. Sreedevi said on Wednesday that the increase in revenue would happen without increasing the tax rates. “This is being done without increasing the tax rates, but concentrating on the under-assessed and unassessed properties in municipal areas. We will utilise Geographic Information System (GIS) and satellite mapping technology to ensure all properties are assessed. Already, there was a 14% increase in tax collection amounting to Rs. 42 crore over the base rate so far,” she explained.

Highlighting the Department’s achievements over this year, she said that the Skoch medal was awarded for taking 23 municipal services online. “Land registry can now be done through satellite mapping, while complaint redressal and ease of doing business have been simplified,” she told a media briefing.

Ms. Sreedevi claimed that the emphasis on online services at citizen service centres across ULBs had eliminated the need for middlemen. This was aided by mobile applications like Citizen Buddy, she said.

She took pride in the fact that most ULBs are ready to be declared Open Defecation Free, according to the wishes of the Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao and Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Construction of ‘She’ toilets and public toilets through the involvement of self-help groups paid dividends, the director added. “We had a brainstorming session with ULBs about our short-term and long-term priorities as an exercise before going ahead with implementation of plans," said Ms. Sreedevi.

Resource efficiency

Besides, ULBs were also provided the necessary expertise and guidance for reducing wasteful expenditure as well as energy saving. “Almost 3.35 lakh LED lights have been installed, converting it from conventional lightning in 36 ULBs. With another 20,000 street-lights to be retrofit, all ULBs would be equipped with energy efficient streetlights,” she quipped.

The CDMA said ULBs in the State had become eligible for grants under the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) scheme and the 14th Finance Commission due to adherence to audits and efficient financial performance coupled with service-level benchmarks, issuance of certificates and sanitation.

Skill development

The Department was equally focused on providing skill development training to the unemployed urban youth, she said. While emphasis would be on providing soft skills for the IT/ITES industries, it would also train youth to get jobs in the manufacturing sector.

In this light, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the National Small Scale Industries Corporation, said Ms. Sreedevi.

Also, making use of the Centre’s Credit Linked Subsidy Scheme, the CDMA has been trying to dovetail the banks and other financial institutions to provide loans and promote self housing for the low and middle income families with annual income up to Rs. 18 lakh, she concluded.

Emphasis on online services at citizen service centres across ULBs eliminated the need for middlemen. This was aided by mobile applications like Citizen Buddy.

T.K. Sreedevi

Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration

 

GHMC makes compost units mandatory

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The Hindu       27.12.2017

GHMC makes compost units mandatory

For establishments generating more than 50 kg waste daily

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has, on Tuesday, issued orders making it mandatory for hotels and restaurants in the city generating bulk waste, to establish a compost unit inside their premises.

Citing the Soli Waste Management Rules, 2016, issued by the union government, the corporation has asked the hotels and restaurants generating more than 50 kilograms of waste per day to set up compost units.

This will make the bulk generators responsible for waste segregation and storage of organic waste at source point. A compost unit may be set up in area ranging anywhere between 40 to 200 square yards, and does not require power, a press statement from GHMC said.

The Swachh bharat Mission, in its guidelines, mentioned the requirements for the units based on the size of the establishments, it said.

Recently, orders were issued by the Director, Municipal Administration, asking the all the municipal commissioners in Telangana State, including that of GHMC, to identify the bulk waste generators, and take necessary action.

They were also given instructions for collection of user charges towards recovering the cost.

In the order however, bulk generators are defined as users which generate over 100 kg of waste per day from a single premises. Majority of the big hotels, restaurants and function halls fall in that category, but few are complying with the norms.

The orders from the Municipal Administration directorate came in view of the Union government’s ‘Swachh Survekshan-2018’, which mandates certain documentation and implementation of reforms for scoring good marks.

Strict compliance

Previously, a circular too was issued with a slew of instructions for strict compliance with the regulations.

The circular asked the municipal commissioners to see that all bulk generators do waste segregation inside their premises, and have on-site processing units for the organic waste.

Voluntary declaration

Officials have informed that about 90 to 100 bulk waste generators including hotels, restaurants, function halls, big complexes, hospitals, and malls have been identified in GHMC limits, through voluntary declaration.

 


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