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ZP meet discusses agriculture, water supply

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Source : The Hindu Date : 08.06.2009

ZP meet discusses agriculture, water supply

Special Correspondent

GUNTUR: First-ever Zilla Parishad general body meeting after formation of new Government in the State on Sunday seriously discussed about drinking water pollution in Mangalagiri and several other small villages in the district and took to task the Rural Water Supply officials for not reacting to the several complaints from people.

The meeting chaired by ZP Chairperson Kuchipudi Vijaya and attended by Ministers Gade Venkata Reddy and Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao, was attended by all newly attended MLAs and MLCs in Guntur district with grand welcome accorded to all members by the Zilla Parishad.

General body meeting of the Zilla Parishad witnessed some heated debate over pollution emanating from a major hospital in Mangalagiri, which was allegedly polluting water. The Mangalagiri MPP and other people’s representatives brought a bottle of polluted water and demanded immediate action from the Zilla Parishad. Minister for Technical Education Mopidevi Venkata Ramana Rao took to task the RWS officials for lack of reaction and wanted them to resolve the issue at the earliest. “Will you react after another Bholakpur happens in Mangalagiri?" questioned the Minister.

The in-charge District Collector Kanti Lal Dande also promised a mandal-level survey of all drinking water sources and promised cleansing of all tanks and filter beds to provide clean drinking water to people.

Other major issues discussed at the meeting included agriculture and sand reach lease. Cutting across the political lines, all people’s representatives led by K.S. Lakshmana Rao demanded storing a buffer of fertilizer ahead of the forthcoming khariff season. The District Collector promised to store 55,000 mt of fertilizer as buffer and streamline the distribution.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 14:02

Underground sewerage project

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Source : The Business Line Date : 24.03.2009

Underground sewerage project

Kolkata, March 23

Subhash Projects and Marketing Ltd has signed a Rs 525.79-crore contract for an underground sewerage project for the Mira Bhayandar Municipal Corporation of Maharashtra, according to a company press release. The contract includes installation as well as operation and maintenance for five years after commissioning. The project would provide underground sewerage facilities in the 24 sq km area of the municipality within 30 months. It would involve laying and commissioning 107 km of sewer lines, construction of 10 pumping stations and 10 sewage treatment plants. The project has a completion deadline of August 2011, the release states. - Our Bureau

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 13:31

Mangalore tops in urban malaria cases

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Source : The Business Line Date : 05.03.2009

Mangalore tops in urban malaria cases

Our Bureau

Mangalore, March 4

The share of Mangalore in the reported cases of urban malaria in Karnataka stood at 64 per cent in 2008, according to Mr M. Madan Gopal, Secretary of Department of Health and Family Welfare, Karnataka.

Addressing presspersons here on Wednesday, he said that this was followed by Gulbarga at 25 per cent, Bellary at 4 per cent, Udupi and Hubli-Dharwad at 3 per cent each, and Hospet at 1 per cent.

He said that 94 per cent of cases of malaria in Mangalore were reported from the core Mangalore town itself. As many as 11 areas in the town have been classified as high-risk areas.

Last year, nearly 50 per cent of the budget allocated to control urban malaria was spent on Mangalore itself.

Construction sites, abandoned open wells and overhead tanks in buildings are some of the breeding grounds for mosquitoes leading to the spread of malaria in the region.

Construction activities in the town have led to the increase in the number of migrant workers coming to the city.

In some of the cases, these workers reside at the construction sites. Some of these sites lack basic facilities leading to the increase in the cases of malaria.

Last year, 50 building contractors were penalised for not taking steps to control the breeding of mosquitoes.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 June 2009 13:24

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