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GHMC compensation to RTC unfulfilled

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The Hindu         03.01.2018  

GHMC compensation to RTC unfulfilled

TSRTC buses parked at the Rani Gunj bus station in Secunderabad.K.V.S. GIRI  

Transport corporation had incurred a loss of Rs. 340 crore till November this financial year

Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao’s directions to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), over recompensation to the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation (TSRTC) for suffering losses, have remained mere words. For, the civic body, struggling to garner funds for its own projects, has not paid a penny as compensation for the past two years.

This financial year, upto November, the transport corporation incurred losses of Rs. 340 crore for its city operations, which is Rs. 31 crore less than the same accumulated for the corresponding period last year. This was revealed by Transport Minister P.Mahender Reddy after a review meeting. Of the losses, Rs. 260 crore was incurred from 29 depots in the city.

Sources at GHMC said RTC was compensated only for the first year after the orders came. A total of Rs. 337 crore, considerably a big amount for the civic body to part with, were transferred to the TSRTC for 2015-16.

While issuing the directions, Mr. Rao had drawn comparisons with cities such as New York, London, Barcelona and Paris, where urban local bodies handled transportation along with gas, power, and water supply sectors.

However, during 2016-17, when TSRTC sought to shift the losses incurred on urban transportation to GHMC, the same was not fulfilled. After a discussion, the standing committee resolved that it was beyond GHMC’s means to pay the RTC.

“We wrote to the State government expressing our inability to compensate RTC. The issue is still unresolved,” informed a senior official.

The civic body is yet to receive Rs. 400 crore due to it from the government in the form of transfer duties, grants, property tax on government buildings and professional tax compensations. The amount includes about Rs. 170 crore from Finance Commission allocations last year, after payment of Rs. 100 crore. While Rs. .200 crore worth stamp duties accrued to GHMC during the first quarter, only Rs. 50 crore has been paid so far.

Of the non-plan grants, only Rs. 9.33 crore of the first quarter has been paid. Earlier, the GHMC received non-plan grants on quarterly basis. However, of late, the amount is being disbursed in instalments, with no specific time duration, officials said.

This year, it has earned a revenue of Rs. 380 crore from building permissions up to December, up from last year’s Rs. 272 crore in the same month. By the year-end, the revenue is expected to cross Rs. 600 crore. Officials attribute it to speedier application processing, thanks to online permissions. Road cutting permissions have garnered Rs. 100 crore.


30% area of parking space should be concrete free: Maharashtra Government

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The Times of India        26.12.2017  

30% area of parking space should be concrete free: Maharashtra Government

| TNN | Dec 26, 2017, 20:13 IST
MUMBAI: The state government has assured that it will consider issuing directives regarding allotting 30% of ground area for water percolation, out of the parking space allocated within the housing society's premises while constructing building structure. Due to concretization, there is little scope for rain water to percolate in the surface which leads to water logging and subsequent rise in temperature level.

A study by a Congress MLC Anant Gadgil, who is an architect by profession, has claimed that about 10 lakh sq ft land has been covered either by tiles of paver blocks within the society premise.

"Most of the housing societies in the city have parking space covered with cement concrete or paver blocks leading to water logging during monsoon and subsequent increase in the temperature as well. The government should prohibit covering parking space as whole and should instruct authorities to compel housing societies for maintaining at least 30% of the parking space with soil and not cover with cement so that rain water could percolate," explained Gadgil.

"While constructing a building with parking space of a 5000 sq ft area, at least 1500 sq ft should be left open without covering with cement out of the 3,500 sq ft plot allotted to the parking space,"
demanded MLC.

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Reacting to the demand environment minister Ramdas Kadam has assured that the government will consider issuing directives regarding alloting 30% open space out of the entire parking lot.

Minister has also said that the government will consider changing the pollution under control (PUC) norms such a way that the pollution of emission from the vehicle smoke should not cross the limit of PM 2.5 (particulate matter). Gadgil has claimed that the pollution level in the city has increased the the pollution level of the Mumbai has increased, PM 2.5 in the air is giving rise to health risks to brain, heart and lungs.
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Corporation’s passenger boat conducts trial run

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The Hindu       06.12.2017 

Corporation’s passenger boat conducts trial run

Fort Queen, the passenger boat that the Kochi Corporation is planning to introduce in the Vypeen-Fort Kochi sector, conducting a trial run on Tuesday.  

KSINC has been contracted to operate the service

Fort Queen, the passenger boat of the Kochi Corporation, began trial runs in the Kochi waters on Tuesday.

Officials of the Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation (KSINC), which has been contracted for managing the service, successfully operated the boat for close to four hours.

The boat will cover the 300-metre-long Vypeen-Fort Kochi sector in less than five minutes. However, one lap would require around 20 minutes to complete as time has to be allotted for completing the passenger movement in and out of the vessel. The vessel has a seating capacity of 100 passengers, said Cyril V. Abraham, the commercial manager of KSINC.

The boat is expected to operate 54 trips a day.

The civic authorities are planning the formal launch of the boat service on Thursday.

The Congress-led civic administration had come under fire for the delay in launching the service. The service has been planned as an alternative facility for the jankar service which will be suspended for the construction of the mooring facility for the Roll On-Roll Off service of the Kochi Corporation.

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