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Streetlights, overflowing drains, most reported civic problems

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The Hindu       04.08.2017  

Streetlights, overflowing drains, most reported civic problems

Half the problems reported were from four districts in the State

Non-functioning streetlights across the urban local bodies (ULBs) have turned out to be the most annoying issue for the city dwellers. A majority of the grievances reported to the local bodies through call centres or directly to the municipal administration department using the integrated web portal and the mobile application were about them.

According to the reports on the Municipal Administration Grievance Dashboard, the department received 63,273 complaints from the ULBs in the 13 districts from January 1 to Wednesday (August 2) and 96% of the complaints had been solved. Of the grievances reported in the last seven months, 11,585 were about streetlights. Most of the traditional streetlights had been replaced with LED bulbs across the State as part of the energy saving initiative.

Poor drainage system, dumping of debris and garbage on public places also turned troublesome for the public. About 9,000 complaints each had been reported during the last seven months. Regarding garbage, 5,129 complaints were made. Next on the list were poor drinking water, the absence of sanitation staff and overflowing underground drainages. The reports revealed that half the problems reported were from just four districts — East Godavari, Kadapa, Kurnool and West Godavari — indicating that most of the problems were occurring at the ULBs other than municipal corporations.

In East Godavari alone, 10,098 complaints had been reported so far this year. In the last one month, the majority of the 8,467 complaints were over streetlights followed by open drains, UGD and drinking water. However, only 81% of the complaints had been resolved so far. On Wednesday, about 171 complaints had been received.

 

Manual sweeping machines, power sprayers for GVMC

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The Hindu         04.08.2017  

Manual sweeping machines, power sprayers for GVMC

Collector Pravin Kumar and GVMC Commissioner M Hari Narayanan at the inauguration of manual sweeping machines and power sprayers in Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.  

Collector and GVMC Special Officer Pravin Kumar on Wednesday inaugurated manual sweeping machines and power sprayers. Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan was present.

The German-made machines are aimed at improving sanitation and reducing workers’ grind.

The 20 machines and 10 sprayers will be distributed all over the city with emphasis on the core area comprising Zones 2, 3 and 4.

The machines will be used on important, end-to-end roads. While manual sweeping with broom covers one km of road in an hour, the machines can cover three to four km.

The sprayers have better reach and can also be used for aerial spraying. In phases, more machines and sprayers will be acquired, it was learnt.

Additional Commissioner (General) G V V S Murthi and Chief Medial Officer (Health) A Hemanth participated.

 

DDA to float tenders for 3 smart cities

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The Times of India       22.07.2017

DDA to float tenders for 3 smart cities

NEW DELHI: Delhi Development Authority (DDA) will float the tenders for developing three integrated sub-cities in Dwarka, Narela and Rohini next month and the work for Yamuna river front development will start by October 2.

The housing and urban affairs (HUA) ministry set these timeslines for DDA on Friday. It was also decided that all the three sub-cities will have the features of smart cities including round the clock water and electricity supply, 100% treatment of both solid and liquid waste, rainwater harvesting and smart lighting, to name a few. These sub-cities would be developed better than any city developed by private players in the National Capital Region, sources said.

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"DDA will invite bids in the second week of August. The authority has proposed to develop integrated cities with smart features on available vacant lands at Dwarka (200 hectares), Narela (218 hectares) and Rohini (259 hectares)," a HUA ministry official said. He added that the developers will be selected by October. The decisions were taken at a meeting chaired by HUA secretary Durga Shanker Mishra and DDA vice-chairman Uday Pratap Singh besides other senior officials.

DDA has assured the ministry to start Yamuna bank development works over 500 acres along Old Railway Bridge-ITO barrage stretch October 2. It was also decided that the road between Indira Gandhi International Airport and Connaught Place will be developed to global standards by March 2020. Final drawings for this will be approved by December. One of the four alignments proposed by the consultant will be finalised early next month.
 


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