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City is ODF: GHMC

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The Hindu        17.08.2017  

City is ODF: GHMC

Based on the undertakings given by the corporators from different wards, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has declared the city of Hyderabad as Open Defecation Free (ODF).

The preliminary announcement that all the 150 wards of the city were ODF, came on Wednesday, on which the GHMC Commissioner has invited objections, complaints, and suggestions, if any, to be submitted in written form before August 28.

Under the Swachh Survekshan Mission initiative of the central government, the GHMC had begun to construct individual and public toilets wherever necessary.

A total of 1975 individual household latrines were constructed, apart from 384 public and community toilets. Wherever space was a problem community toilets were built, and where the location is under dispute, pre-fabricated toilets were installed.

Of the 384 public/community toilets, 135 were built in Build-Operate-Transfer mode, 109 were pre-fabricated, 46 were by Sulabh, 17 were She e-Toilets, and 20 were community toilets.

In addition to these, 44 community toilets are under construction under the BOT mode, and tenders have been called for 25 more.

Twenty-five She e-Toilets too are under progress, a statement from the corporation said.

Besides, the GHMC has convinced about 295 fuel stations and 390 hotels and restaurant owners to open the toilets on their premises for use by general public.

Several awareness programmes are being conducted at circle and zonal levels for arresting open urination, besides display of posters at the public toilets, open defecation/urination spots to sensitise the public. In a few cases where people are not utilising the toilets despite availability, they are being garlanded and fines are being levied. A total of 225 such instances were fined, and an amount of Rs. 38,120 has been collected since April, 2016, the statement said.


Civic body gears up for reclamation of dumping yard through biomining

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The Hindu    17.08.2017  

Civic body gears up for reclamation of dumping yard through biomining

Vijayawada Municipal Corporation invites proposals to remediate the site

To end the woes of thousands of people living in the residential colonies around the vast municipal solid waste (MSW) dump yard in Ajith Singh Nagar, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is finally gearing up to transform the place into a public park.

The site adjoining the colonies of Ajith Singh Nagar, Santhi Nagar and Vambey Colony has become a hindrance to the local development besides troubling dwellers in various ways since 2007. It also has an abandoned power generation plant that failed to sustain.

The municipal corporation has recently called on national level companies to come up with proposals to remediate the site through the bio-mining process under design, build and operate model.

The Municipal Commissioner in 2016 announced that the dumping yard site would be turned into a park as per the instructions of the CM and with the cooperation of the Central government.

The VMC took up the project as part of the vision of the Central and the State governments for Swachh cities intending to take up modern and scientific methods of solid waste management and disposal. In two years, the VMC wants to excavate all the unprocessed solid waste using advanced equipment and retrieve compostable and recyclable material by segregating, sorting, storing and finally selling it.

The civic body expects at least 90% reclamation of the site from which generation of reusable and recoverable material is possible.

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday (Aug 16) to receive queries regarding the project.

The VMC will stop receiving the proposals on August 30 and open them on September 1.


GVMC wards up from 72 to 81

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The Hindu        17.08.2017 

GVMC wards up from 72 to 81

An aerial view of Bheemunipatnam, which has been merged in the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK  

Population as per 2011 Census after merger of Anakapalle, Bheemili put at 18,81,686

In what is seen as the first step towards holding the much-delayed elections to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, the State government has issued a GO fixing the number of wards at 81.

GO issued

The GO issued on Wednesday by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department takes the population of GVMC according to 2011 census and those of Anakapalle, Bheemunipatnam and five gram panchayats merged in GVMC together for fixing the wards at 81. GVMC presently comprises 72 wards.

As per 2011 census, the population of GVMC is 17,30,320, Anakapalle 86,612, Bheemunipatnam 54,865 and five gram panchayats 9,889 taking the total to 18,81,686.

Based on a proposal submitted by the Commissioner, GVMC, the GO fixes 63 wards for the first 10,00,000 population and 18 for the remaining at the rate of 50,000 for each ward.

“With the GO issued, wards have to be formed by considering the natural and geographical boundaries,” said sources in GVMC.

“Further instructions will come from the Director (Municipal Administration) based on which we will go ahead,” Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan said.

However, the fixing of boundaries by following the due process after the government issues orders will take a few months. After that reservation of wards has to be done. All this will take a few months of time, says former MLA Tyanala Vijaya Kumar who was a corporator before being elected to the Assembly.

Elections were last held in 2007 after forming GVMC merging the outskirts and taking the number of wards from 50 to 72.

In July 2013, the government issued orders merging Anakapalle, Bheemunipatnam and the 10 gram panchayats in GVMC.

Cases filed in High Court opposing the merger of Bheemunipatnam are still pending. However, elections were held to the five panchayats in Bheemili mandal following a court order.


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