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E-waste collection centres in each ward

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The New Indian Express       15.04.2017 

E-waste collection centres in each ward

BENGALURU: The Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) will soon issue guidelines to manufacturers of electronic products to set up e-waste collection centres in wards or zones across the state. Residents dropping off electronic products will get a nominal amount. 

Last year, a study conducted by Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India said Bengaluru is sitting on an ‘e-waste bomb’.

KSPCB issued a circular to government offices asking them to comply with the E-Waste Management Rules, 2016, wherein bulk consumers have to maintain records of e-waste generated by them and to dispose the same to authorised collection centres.

Moving forward, KSPCB will issue guidelines to manufacturers to set up e-waste centres where individuals, organisation and others can drop old electronic goods. 

Lakshman, KSPCB chairman, said the board will issue guidelines to all manufacturers and recylers of e-waste from next month. “We are writing letters to these centres asking them to shut if they do not have their own recyling units attached.

This means these units can’t trade e-waste to other agencies, but have to make a facility to dispose and reuse if any. These centres will pay money to customers who come to deposit e-waste,” said Lakshman. 

As KSPCB does not have authenticated data of e-waste generated in the state, as per the direction of Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), KSPCB will conduct a survey on e-waste generated. This survey is expected to help estimate the number of e-waste collection centres required in the state.  

KSPCB will be fixing a rate for empanelled vendors to pick up medical waste from hospitals and nursing homes. “It will be `4.5 per bed per month,” Lakshman said.

 

All set for GPS tracking of water tankers

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The Hindu      14.04.2017 

All set for GPS tracking of water tankers

Going hi-tech:An official showing the tracking of water tankers through the Global Positioning System being introduced by the GVMC in Visakhapatnam. (Right) GPS device fitted in a tanker.C.V. SubrahmanyamC.V.Subrahmanyam  

GVMC says it will ensure timely delivery of water at the designated points

To ensure prompt supply of water by tankers and to cut down on any unnecessary cost, the GVMC is introducing the Global Positioning System (GPS) on them.

Mandatory

Installing GPS has been made mandatory from April 1 for all the tankers making it part of the tender document.

While 60 tankers make 460 trips daily to the areas that require supply in the year, in summer the number of trips is increased by 170 using another 30 tankers.

So far GPS has been fixed on 32 of the 60 tankers, it was learnt. GVMC intends to fix them to all tankers by April 17.

The ones for which the GPS has already been fixed will be made operational by then.

While Rs. 4 crore is spent on the supply by tankers in the year, for the tankers in summer Rs. 84.7 lakh is spent.


While the basic purpose of introducing GPS is to track vehicles, it is the number of trips made that is important and to prevent any false claims being made, say sources in GVMC.

Besides, when a tanker starts its trip, is idle or moving and the timely delivery of water at the designated points and when the trip ends also can be ensured by monitoring through GPS.

Supply by tankers is more in Zones I, V and VI with the merged 32 panchayats and Gajuwaka area falling under it.

Wards One to six that include Madhurawada and Endada and more than 50 per cent of wards 55, 56 and 57 in Gajuwaka and in Vepagunta and Pendurti areas of Zone VI are covered by tankers.

Initially there was some resistance but it was insisted that the contractor should install the GPS device.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu is also insisting on introducing GPS on all water tankers all over the State.

 

NMMC files FIRs against 344 illegal structures in 3 months

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The Hindu     14.04.2017  

NMMC files FIRs against 344 illegal structures in 3 months

Officials said that if offenders do not respond to notices, then an FIR is filed and the structure can be demolished.File photo  

Action follows HC orders to initiate criminal proceedings in such cases

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has registered FIRs against 344 illegal structures in Navi Mumbai following a Bombay High Court order to initiate criminal proceedings against builders and developers responsible for illegal constructions encroachments.

The NMMC had registered 95 cases from April 2016 to January 1, 2017, while 344 case were registered in just the last three months. Of these, 174 cases were registered in the last ten days with various police stations. Deputy Municipal Commissioner (encroachment), NMMC, Amberish Patnigere, said, “Cases were registered even in the previous year, but this time, there is a clear rise in the number because of the High Court orders. We will continue to register the FIRs when we do not get a response from the respective party after we serve a notice,” Mr. Patnigere said.

The FIRs were registered as per Sections 53 (power to require removal of unauthorised development) and 54 (power to stop unauthorised development) of the Maharashtra Regional Town Planning Act. “As per the law, when we get to know of an illegal construction or encroachment, we inspect the place and verify the illegality. Later, we serve those responsible a notice as per which within 32 days, the party has to present themselves. They have to pay the penalty and regularise the structure if that is possible, or demolish the structure. If there is no response, after 32 days, we can demolish the structure. Demolishing the structure is one part, while registering the FIR is a procedure for the criminal offence,” Mr. Patnigere said.


“After the FIR, we arrest the respective people, and the offence being bailable, they get bailed out. We file a charge sheet within 90 days, after which the trial starts,” Senior Police Inspector Rajendra Galande from the APMC Police Station said.

The highest number of cases are against structures in Vashi ward, with 104 cases registered with the Vashi and APMC police stations. This is followed by Nerul with 56 cases, Ghansoli with 44 and and Airoli with 45 cases. Thirty cases have been registered in Koparkhairne ward, 29 in Turbhe, and 36 in Belapur.

If convicted, offenders will face imprisonment from one month to three years, and a fine of Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 5,000. In case of a continuing offence, they may face an additional daily fine up to Rs. 200.

 


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