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Corporation drops move to acquire more land for Pumpwell bus stand project

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The Hindu          21.07.2017 

Corporation drops move to acquire more land for Pumpwell bus stand project

The concept plan of the proposed bus stand at Pumpwell in Mangaluru.  

Project consultant has said that there is no need for land now, says standing committee chairman

An uncertainty over whether to acquire an additional 11.59 acres for the proposed bus stand project at Pumpwell in addition to the 7.23 acres available now appears to have ended for the time being with a decision-making committee of Mangaluru City Corporation (MCC) dropping the move.

The Standing Committee for Town Planning and Improvement in its meeting on July 18 decided not to acquire additional land. The council in its meeting on June 30, 2009, had resolved to acquire the additional land in the second phase.

A corporation official said the Land Acquisition Officer had asked the corporation to initially deposit Rs. 19 crore for acquiring the land. The corporation had not deposited the amount as there was no money. Hence, the proposal had come to a standstill.

Chairman of the standing committee, Abdul Rauf, said the project consultant had informed that there was no need for the land now. According to an estimate, about Rs. 40 crore was required to acquire the land, and the civic body did not have it at present.

According to Keshava, councillor, Maroli ward, compensation would have to be given to about 60 persons. He said that as the corporation had “reserved” its decision on acquiring land, property owners were not getting licences from the corporation and the Mangaluru Urban Development Authority (MUDA) for building new houses. They were unable to sell their properties. A clarity was needed on whether the corporation required the additional land or not for the project.

Mr. Rauf said the project design was being prepared taking into account the extent of the land available now (7.23 acre).

Premananda Shetty, BJP councillor, said the committee has taken a hasty decision. Considering the growth of the city, the matter should have been discussed in the council, MLAs and officials. When the project was conceptualised five years ago, it had been discussed to develop the Pumpwell area as a transportation hub. The corporation required land for the visionary project.


DDA starts process to draft next master plan

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The Times of India       21.07.2017

DDA starts process to draft next master plan

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority has started the process to prepare the Master Plan for Delhi's development till 2041. For this, the land-owning agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

A proposal in this regard was approved in the authority meeting, chaired by LG Anil Baijal, on Thursday.

DDA officials said that NIUA has been given 48-months to prepare the guiding framework of planning and growth of Delhi till 2041. "Before drafting the MPD-2041, they (NIUA) will carry out quantitative analysis of various factors like rate of migration, population growth, existing infrastructure, transportations and propose plans keeping in mind the advancement in technology," said a senior DDA official.

Sources said that MPD-2041 has to be notified before the present MPD-2021 expires. "The data collected by NIUA would be overlaid on a GIS platform to understand the linkages across various developmental themes in the city. The quantitative understanding will be complemented by a qualitative understanding of the issues through stakeholder consultations with government agencies, academia, sector experts, community groups and civil society organisations," said a DDA official.

Training for ‘Freedom from Waste’

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The Hindu         20.07.2017  

Training for ‘Freedom from Waste’

State programme to be launched on August 15

The local self-governing bodies have a major role to play in the implementation of ‘Freedom from Waste’, a programme of the Haritha Keralam Mission and being implemented by Suchitwa Mission aiming at sustainable waste management in the State.

A major focus of the programme is source-level waste management with the support of local bodies and residents.

The training phase of the project in Kozhikode district starts on Thursday at Nalanda Auditorium in the city where Mayor Thottathil Raveendran will inaugurate it. The presidents of all the grama panchayats in the district and Haritha Keralam resource persons from all local bodies will take part in the training session.

Extensive training to the representatives from grama panchayats will be given in separate sessions to be held at Nadapuram Grama Panchayat Auditorium (July 24), Kozhikode Town Hall (July 25) and at EMS Memorial Town Hall in Koyilandy (July 26).

The local bodies will hold an internal meeting to discuss the implementation of the project on July 22 and ward sanitation committee meetings will be held on July 24. Regional meetings and ward-level meetings will be held in local bodies from July 27 to 31.

The training is being carried out by resource persons from the Kerala Institute of Local Administration. The plan is to ensure two resource persons for every 50 residences in a ward to ensure comprehensive sanitation and waste management.

The ‘Freedom from Waste’ programme will be officially launched in the State on August 15.


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