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CRPs to spread word on solid waste segregation in city

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The Hindu        23.11.2017

CRPs to spread word on solid waste segregation in city

GHMC to pay CRP according to performance

GHMC is experimenting with the idea of community resource persons in order to take the solid waste management in the city to next level. The corporation has recently recruited a large number of community resource persons (CRPs) to spread the awareness about the importance of waste segregation among households.

A total of 3,600 CRPs will cover some 15 lakh households in the city and spread the message of waste segregation and against indiscriminate dumping of waste on roads and in storm water drains. Each CRP has to visit 600 households for which she will be paid an honorarium of Rs. 10,000 based on her performance.

Accountability will be ensured by way of paying the remuneration only after the sanitation staff of the area concerned certify the performance of the CRP. The sanitation worker who runs the garbage auto-trolley will have to confirm that more households are handing over the garbage to them rather than throw it on roads, and more are segregating the wet and dry waste than before, GHMC Commissioner B. Janardhan Reddy said.

Large scale recruitment of CRPs followed the success achieved in the first two spells as part of the ‘Swachh Bharat’ campaign. In the first phase, eighty-five CRPs were recruited to cover 52,000 households, and in the second, 153 more were recruited to educate the residents living by the storm water drains not to throw garbage into the drains.


30,000 households to get UGD connections

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The Hindu       23.11.2017 

30,000 households to get UGD connections

An aerial view of the sewage treatment plant near Appu Ghar in Visakahapatnam.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK  

Technical, financial bids approved for Rs. 30-crore project under AMRUT

GVMC is now taking up linking 30,000 more households under Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

The project to provide 30,000 UGD connections under AMRUT, partly funded by the Union government, will be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 30 crore. The technical and financial bids have been approved and the award of work now awaits the nod of the State-level committee.

Presently of the estimated 4.5 lakh households, about 1 lakh are covered under underground drainage network with the three STPs functioning- the 38 MLD capacity STP in One Town, the 25 MLD STP at Appu Ghar and the 13 MLD Mudasarlova STP. However, their total capacity is not being utilised.

All the new connections will be linked to the 108 MLD Narava Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) constructed under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission, sources say. “The Narava STP is presently under trial run and linking the 30,000 UGD connections will make it functional,” Municipal Commissioner M. Hari Narayanan told The Hindu .

The UGD connections have been proposed under the AMRUT, partly sponsored by the Union government, for 2016-17. Manholes, UGD network and STP were completed under the earlier Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM) scheme spending about Rs. 250 crore. The central part of the city was brought under UGD coverage in the JNNURM.

Several parts of the city including Gajuwaka, Malkapuram, Madhurawada and Pendurti are yet to be brought under UGD network. Under AMRUT, proposals worth Rs. 154 crore have been made for the first year and sanctioned. Apart from providing household connections, water supply distribution providing tap connections is proposed for the first year. GVMC has to foot 47 % of the cost proposed for the project as its population is above 10 lakh. The Union government provides 33.33 per cent and 20 % by the State government.


BMC allows terrace access to all building lifts

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The Times of India      21.11.2017  

BMC allows terrace access to all building lifts

MUMBAI: In a first, the BMC has approved a provision to allow lifts to travel right till the common terrace areas of all buildings, in an attempt to improve accessibility for the elderly and differently abled.

According to the BMC's development control regulations (DCR), the lift is an alternate means of vertical access in addition to a staircase. The civic body's building proposal (BP) department had initiated a proposal for allowing lifts till the terrace areas of buildings earlier this month.

The proposal states that the provision is needed for optimal use of terraces as an additional recreational area. Currently, the common terrace of any building can only be accessed by a staircase as there was no clear-cut provision regarding accessibility of common terraces above the top-most floor by lift. While the DCR 1991 did not have such a provision, the draft DCR 2034, which is currently undergoing revisions, has provided for making common terraces available by staircases as well as lifts. It also states that common terraces could be used for an additional recreational green area over and above the mandatory layout open space requirement.

Civic officials said the need for such a provision arose because of increasing demand from newer projects in the past few years. "However, in case of existing buildings, prior certification regarding a building's structural stability must be submitted. The society must also ensure security of premises once a lift is allowed to travel right till the terrace," said an official, adding that external lifts till the terrace area will be permitted too.

Municipal commissioner Ajoy Mehta said while lifts will be allowed to reach the terrace, no construction will be allowed on it.

"A lot of people these days have taken an interest in rooftop gardens. We are allowing this provision to enable them to reach there easily."

Activist Neenu Kewlani, who uses a wheelchair, called it a wonderful decision.

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