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GHMC’s new circles to be established by June 1

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The Hindu            26.05.2017   

GHMC’s new circles to be established by June 1

Decentralising power:Administrative building of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation.FILE PHOTO  

There will be one circle officer per 2.65 lakh population

Months after the reorganisation of circles in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Administration (GHMC) was formally approved by the State Government, the new circles will finally be established by June 1.

Based on the recommendations of an expert committee taking the 2011 census figures into consideration, a proposal was submitted to the GHMC’s Standing Committee to approve increasing the circles from 18 to 30 last year. The Standing Committee had cleared the proposal and sent it to the State Government which approved it.

The GHMC has finally issued orders instructing the higher officials to establish the new circle offices. The revised administrative structure will be at the rate of one circle officer per 2.65 lakhs. In erstwhile MCH area comprising of 15 circle offices and there used to be one circle officer per 2.25 lakhs. Zonal offices will also be reorganised at the rate of one office for every six new circle offices to be established. The 30 circles are Kapra, Uppal, Hayathnagar, L.B. Nagar, Saroornagar, Malakpet, Santhoshnagar, Chandrayangutta, Charminar, Falaknuma, Rajendranagar, Mehdipatnam, Karwan, Goshamahal, Musheerabad, Amberpet, Khairathabad, Jubilee Hills, Yousufguda, Serilingampally, Chandanagar, Patancheruvu, Moosapet, Kukatpally, Qutbullapur, Gajularamaram, Alwal, Malkajgiri, Secunderabad and Begumpet.

The Zonal Commissioners of the five zones were asked to ensure that the new circles start functioning by June 2 in the newly designated places.

Zonal offices will also be reorganised at the rate of one office for every six new circle offices to be established.


Segregated waste collection from June 5

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The Hindu        26.05.2017   

Segregated waste collection from June 5

Change in method:A file photo of a worker engaged in segregating waste.  

Plastic bags to be supplied to residents for doing it

The VMC will begin collecting segregated garbage from households from June 5 in the city.

Municipal Commissioner J. Nivas, who inspected door-to-door garbage collection in the 54th division of the city on Thursday, asked the authorities to make arrangements for collecting wet garbage and dry garbage separately from the households.

He directed them to replace the two-colour dustbin system with plastic bags and supply the bags to residents so that garbage is segregated at the beginning stage in the households.

Mr. Nivas also said NGOs must be roped in to create awareness among the civic staff and the public regarding segregation of the waste on a daily basis.


to be revived

He also told them to revive vermicomposting plants located at various areas and make use of them.

He asked the sanitation staff to collect the wet garbage, which would be largely generated at rythu bazaars and residential colonies, and dump it at the composting pits.

Though the VMC had made attempts to collect dry and wet garbage separately, non-cooperation of the public and lack of awareness among sanitation workers had failed the initiative.

Mr. Nivas also inspected the LBS Stadium in Ajith Singh Nagar. On finding the stadium in a poor condition, he asked the sports wing authorities to take up repair work and make the stadium useful for people.


MCC unlikely to meet ‘Swachh’ target on individual toilets

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The Hindu          26.05.2017   

MCC unlikely to meet ‘Swachh’ target on individual toilets

Lack of space for constructing toilets in households of beneficiaries is cited as reason for non-completion

The ‘Swachh’ target of constructing 425 individual toilets in the limits of Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) is unlikely to be achieved. Mysuru lost crucial marks in this parameter (individual toilets) since it failed to complete the construction in time, thus losing out in overall marks.

MCC authorities claim to have built 350 toilets so far and are finding it difficult to build the remaining 75 for a strange reason — lack of space in the households.

When MCC did a survey at households that lacked toilets, the house owners had expressed their readiness to have one. When the MCC authorities were ready to build them, lack of space was the hindrance.

Lack of space

This was confirmed to The Hindu by MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha, who is now planning to write to the Union Ministry of Urban Development and urge it to consider 350 toilets as the target. “Where can we build toilets when there is no space in their households?” he asked.

The beneficiaries had given their consent for the toilets and accordingly the list was prepared for construction.

“The technical problem is that there is no space in their homes for the toilets,” he said. The Commissioner said Mysuru will surely get the marks set aside for individual toilets in the next survey since MCC has fulfilled its tasks.

CSR funds

To a question on how Mysuru can claim to be “open defecation-free” when some households still lack individual toilets, he said: “The parameters were different and cannot be compared. We have community toilets as well. Mysuru is already an open defecation-free city.”

MCC managed to get funds under Corporate Social Responsibility for the construction of individual toilets. “J.K. Tyres came forward to fund the construction of a few toilets while some were built by us,” he said.

Mr. Jagadeesha said he has prepared a proposal for presentation to the Directorate of Municipal Administration on the MCC’s plan to open a Project Implementation Unit for Swachh Bharat initiatives, including tenders.


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