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Pod taxi on track, BBMP floats global tenders

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The Times of India        17.05.2017 

Pod taxi on track, BBMP floats global tenders

| | Updated: May 17, 2017, 07.29 AM IST
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BENGALURU: Urban experts and civic activists might be skeptical about the proposed pod taxi project for five city stretches, but a confident BBMP is going ahead with it. The civic body has floated tenders and invited expressions of interest for the experimental project from eligible firms (national and international) handling cable car systems in urban areas.

Pod taxi or Personal Rapid Transit (PRT) is a public transport mode in which small automated driverless vehicles run along a network of overhead cables. Two to four passengers can be accommodated in each pod. Pods usually run on electricity.

Pod taxis, according to BBMP's requirements in the tender, should be solar powered, easy to operate and able to carry 15,000 people in an hour at a maximum speed of 100km per hour. The pro ject is titled "Cable Car Method Under Personal Rapid Transport System" for Bengaluru city, according to a copy of the tender dated May 15, 2017. Fastest mode of transport?

Once operational, pod taxis will be the fastest mode of transport in Bengaluru with a maximum speed of 100km per hour and usual speed of 60kmph to 70kmph. The maximum speed of Namma Metro, so far the fastest, is 90km per hour but the trains usually run at a speed of 40 kmph to 50 kmph.

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"We are examining the project under public private partnership mod el where the in frastructure needed such as cable car guide rails, corresponding stations and other structures are to be pro vided by the operators. The scheme of execution will be design, build, finance, operate and transfer. The revenue model will be expressed in the EOI between BBMP and the interested parties," said a senior BBMP official.

The civic body has set June first week as deadline for firms to bid for the project.

Corp in door-to-door campaign for source segregation of waste

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The Times of India        23.05.2017   

Corp in door-to-door campaign for source segregation of waste

| Updated: May 16, 2017, 12.12 AM IST
Chennai: Corporation officials have been knocking on apartment doors across the city to make people aware of source segregation, urging them to practise it and carrying out demonstrations. On Monday, civic officials campaigned in more than 400 homes in Ambattur, asking residents to segregate wet waste from dry waste.

This is part of the ongoing efforts of the Greater Chennai Corporation to implement the mandate of the revised solid waste management rules released by the environment ministry in 2016 and the Swachh Bharat Mission.

TOI had first reported the initiative in March which had resulted in 3% of the total waste in the city being recycled. "It's important for us to rope in students for this initiative, so we are campaigning in schools and colleges apart from spreading awareness in slums and gated communities," said a senior health official of the corporation.

"After we cover our drive across the entire city, top officials may consider how to make this mandatory and maybe even impose penalties," the official added.

On an average, more than 5000 metric tonnes of garbage is dumped every day in the landfills in Kodungaiyur and Perungudi. To reduce this load and eventually close these toxic dumping grounds, composting pits and biogas plants have come up across the city in the corporation's vacant lands, burial grounds and near Amma Canteens to contain garbage within neighbourhoods that are generating it and not let waste go to the landfills.

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The biodegradable waste is fed into compost yards to be converted into manure or in biogas plants which turns it into cooking gas for the budget canteens.

In this year's fiscal budget, the corporation has also allotted Rs 10 crore for the first phase of work on a modern solid waste management plant.

City corporation to rope in private firms for sponsoring household toilets

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The Times of India         16.05.2017  

City corporation to rope in private firms for sponsoring household toilets

| Updated: May 16, 2017, 08.04 AM IST
Madurai: A month after the district administration declared Madurai as open-defecation free, the city corporation has now started taking steps to construct household toilets in the wards by roping in private companies to sponsor them.

A special meeting convened by corporation commissioner, Sandeep Nanduri along with officials on Monday passed a resolution in this regard planning for 505 household toilets at a cost of Rs 65 lakh.

According to officials, the civic body in order to eliminate open defecation in city areas was taking efforts to construct individual toilets for all households with state and central government subsidies under Swachh Bharat. But the works have been delayed and private players like Arokia Welfare Trust, HCL, Fenner, Swatha Wash have come forward to take them up. So, a resolution permitting them to undertake the works was passed in the meeting.

The corporation also passed resolutions giving its nod to carry out new school building construction at a cost of Rs 23.82 lakh at Velliveedhiyar Primary School in ward 12, new metal road laying at Doak Nagar Main Road at Rs 35 lakh, pipe laying for underground drainage at Rs 42.20 lakh from 50 feet road in Kulamangalam Main Road to Ayyanarkoil Street and to construct a small bridge at Rs 49.50 lakh to carry commodities to Manalur pumping station.

The meeting also discussed sending the work proposals like renovating Royagopuram and shifting shops from Puthumandapam to Kunnurchathiram area at Rs 6.48 crore to get the permission of municipal administration commissioner.

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The civic body has discussed a proposal on upgrading the urban primary health centres into urban community health centres functioning 24 hours.

Under National Health Mission, these upgraded centres will get buildings and facilities at Rs 1.50 crore. In the first phase, corporation has received Rs 45 lakh which will be utilised on the upgradation of urban primary health centres at Sellur, Ansari Nagar and K Pudur.

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