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Greens ready for zero-waste project

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The Hindu       05.12.2017  

Greens ready for zero-waste project

51 local bodies in district form Haritha Karma Senas

Supporting the district administration’s zero-waste project, 51 local bodies in the district have formed Haritha Karma Sena, a group of green technicians, for the collection, segregation and disposal of non-degradable waste.

According to Suchitwa Mission officials, 48 grama panchayats and 12 block panchayats, which were short-listed for the project, have formed Haritha Karma Senas and finalised their proposals for setting up Material Recovery Facilities (MRFs) for the segregation and disposal of non-degradable waste.

“Though a few local bodies are facing opposition to the setting up of MRFs because of the ignorance of the people, most of them are successfully proceeding with the project,” said C. Kabani, District Coordinator of Suchitwa Mission. Haritha Karma Senas are ready in all the selected grama panchayats to begin the work, she said.

The panchayats will make a monthly payment of Rs. 15,000 to each Haritha Karma Sena member.

Service charge

This will be in addition to the service charge of Rs. 40 collected from each of the households benefiting from their service. Till now, Kudumbasree members under the Haritha Sena have been providing the service.

Vadakara municipal authorities said they selected the members to the Karma Sena by conducting an interview under the leadership of their standing committee on health.

Door-to-door collection

According to the agreements finalised in the municipal limit, the members will be given a fixed monthly payment and a service charge up to Rs. 50 from the households.

Door-to-door waste collection service will be offered twice a week and the collected waste will be brought to the MRFs for segregation.

The MRFs will be handling all the shredding and baling and disposing work in a scientific way sticking to the parameters fixed by the Suchitwa Mission.

All the block panchayats have been asked to invest at least Rs. 31 lakh to set up MRFs. The cost of mini MRF units in grama panchayats will be below Rs. 7 lakh.

In Kozhikode district, the total cost for the zero-waste project is estimated at Rs. 70.43 crore.

The amount will be mainly used for setting up MRFs and training the Karma Sena members.

Rs. 70.43-crore project

Haritha Karma Sena will collect and dispose of non-degradable waste

Sena worker will get a monthly payment of Rs. 15,000 from panchayat

Material Recovery Facilities will be set up in all panchayats


State to release 50 % funds for Smart City project promptly

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The Hindu       04.12.2017  

State to release 50 % funds for Smart City project promptly

District in-charge Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi participatingin the ground-breaking ceremony for the constructionof roads under the Smart City project in Belagavion Sunday.P.K. Badiger  

Minister: There will be no delays in releasing money

The State government will promptly release its share of 50 % of the total funds earmarked for the Smart City project in Belagavi, district in-charge Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi said here on Sunday.

He was speaking at the ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of roads under the project. A sum of Rs. 1,000 crore will be spent for the city under various schemes of the project. Half of this will come from the Union government and the rest from the State government. “We will release money in phases and there will be no delays,” he said. The State government is committed to developing Belagavi. “We are very proud of our works taken up in the city,” he said.

He described as far from truth allegations by BJP leader B.S. Yeddyurappa that the Congress government had neglected North Karnataka, especially Belagavi. “This is among his many lies. The BJP will never come to power in Karnataka, leave alone South India. People will see through its false promises and divisive policies,” he said. “I will quit public life if the Congress wins less than 10 of the 18 Assembly seats in Belagavi district,” Mr. Jarkiholi said. He expressed the confidence that the party would win 14 seats in the district. He clarified that there was no discontent among the Jarkiholi clan, and that his brothers Satish Jarkiholi and Lakhan Jarkiholi were getting along well with each other. “We are all together,” he added.


Don’t charge for parking, MCC tells business establishments

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The Hindu      28.11.2017  

Don’t charge for parking, MCC tells business establishments

A resolution on ending parking fee was passed by the Standing Committee on Town Planning on March 6, and the council passed a resolution on May 5 backing the proposal.FILE PHOTO  

Order applies even to hospitals which charge for visitors and attendants of patients

Vehicle owners can breathe easy as the Mysore City Corporation (MCC) has passed an order making it mandatory for business establishments such as malls to stop collecting parking fee. The order applies even to hospitals which charge parking fee to attendants of patients and visitors.

Acting on complaints from the public about some commercial establishments collecting “exorbitant” parking fee, particularly some malls, the Standing Committee on Town Planning of MCC has proposed to make parking of vehicles free in basements in those establishments.

Pople used to park their vehicles along the side of the roads around such places to avoid paying a parking fee, causing traffic menace. This was another reason for proposing free parking.

Standing Committee president Nandeesh Pretham said a resolution on ending parking fee was passed by the committee on March 6 this year and the council subsequently passed a resolution on May 5, backing the proposal. MCC Commissioner G. Jagadeesha passed an order in this regard on November 20 to provide free parking (if any fee was being charged now) to the visitors with immediate effect.

Mr. Preetham, who had convened a meeting of the committee here on Monday, said the order has come into effect and all the establishments have to obey the diktat. “Whichever commercial establishment has taken building licences from the MCC, they are bound to obey the rule. The MCC can act against such establishments if they flout the order,” he said, adding that basements are not meant for trade if the purpose for which the licence was taken was for providing parking.

At places in Ittigegud near Mysore Racecourse, police have put up no-parking signs to avoid traffic snarls as visitors to a mall used to park their vehicles around the place to avoid paying a parking fee.

There have been instances of police slapping fines on the vehicle owners for flouting the no-parking rule.

Mr. Preetham said he will also ensure that commercial establishments which have converted their basements into “trade” centres change them to “parking lots” if permission had been taken for the purpose.


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