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SDMC to install 100 water ATMs

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The Times of India       19.07.2017  

SDMC to install 100 water ATMs

NEW DELHI: After NDMC, South Delhi Municipal Corporation has initiated a project to install 100 water ATMs and 100 mobile toilet vans across its area.

The move has come after LG Anil Baijal held a meeting with the civic bodies last month and directed them to ensure that water ATMs are installed across Delhi at the earliest and are maintained properly.

Senior officials claimed that the tender has been floated and once installed, people can get chilled filtered water for just Rs 2 (250ml). "Paper glasses will be available at every water ATM. If someone wants to fill their bottle, they will have to pay Rs 5 per litre," a senior official said.

As a pilot project, SDMC had installed its first water ATM in Defence Colony Market last month. "The response was good and we decided to expand the services across our jurisdiction. In Defence Colony Market, every day about 300 glasses of water are sold. Once these ATMs are installed, people will not have to buy packaged bottle any more," he said.

The machine will have a capacity of 5,000 litres of RO water along with a provision for dumping paper glasses. As per the tender, every vendor has to ensure that glasses and any other kind of waste accumulated near the ATMs are cleared on a daily basis.

SDMC has identified 20-25 points in four zones — central, south, Najafgarh and west — for the installation and the tendering process. "The space for placing water ATMs will be provided by SDMC," added the senior official.

GVMC to take up rainwater harvesting in a big way

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The Hindu         06.07.2017  

GVMC to take up rainwater harvesting in a big way

Apartments, commercial buildings to be given 45 days time to set up RWHS

Appealing to citizens to take up rainwater harvesting, Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan has said rainwater harvesting structures (RWHS) will be enforced in buildings under semi-bulk category water connection.

About 4500 to 5000 apartment complexes and commercial buildings come under the category and they must have RWHS, he told reporters here. They would be given one month to 45 days time to do it.

"With urbanisation and laying of cement and concrete roads, previous layers will be reduced increasing the necessity for conservation. We are trying our best to make up for it by raising greenery," he said.

Besides, resident welfare associations and colony associations, particularly VUDA colonies, should come forward to take up rainwater harvesting, he said. While GVMC was taking up plantation under "Vanam-Manam" programme of the State government, residents and RWAS should also come forward and participate, he said. If residents inform zone commissioners, they would participate. It would also help them avoid duplication.

While 150 additional field staff were taken to fight mosquito menace, residents passing on information about fever in the neighbourhood would help zero in on affected areas and take up anti-larvae operations, Mr Hari Narayanan said.

Tenders would be called for more fogging vehicles too.

De-silting of most of the drains was completed ahead of rains and the city was the first to do so in the entire State. The coming up of private structures was being monitored in view of the danger they faced and recently 10 families were evacuated.

Dilapidated houses were proposed to be reconstructed, particularly in the One Town area, and at Chilakapeta 68 families would be covered under the “Housing for All” scheme.


Water Board ready to spend Rs. 100 crore to provide water

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The Hindu        09.06.2017   

Water Board ready to spend Rs. 100 crore to provide water

Construction of silt chambers made mandatory

Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply & Sewerage Board (HMWSSB) is ready to spend even Rs. 100 crore to provide regular drinking piped water supply to un-served areas like slums in the core city, said Managing Director M. Dana Kishore.

At a meeting with his senior officials in the Board head office, he was surprised that there were many un-served areas and dependent on tankers supply. Henceforth, new water supply lines would be laid in such areas and tankers supply would be halted, he said on Wednesday.

Initially, alternate day supply would be started and in short span, the decision of the Government to provide daily water supply would also be started, he affirmed and called for reduction of supply through tankers in the coming six months as these should be for commercial purposes only.

Mr. Kishore was confident that regular complaints of pollution, sewerage overflows, chokages should be reduced drastically with the introduction of Jetting Machines (mini air-tech).

It would also bring down the operations and maintenance expenditure once the managers concerned chalk out a daily programme for using these machines in small lanes only and a log book should be maintained on movement of these vehicles.

The MD reiterated that construction of silt chambers was mandatory for new water supply/sewerage connections and wanted at least 40 silt chambers per month in each division.

And, those already constructed should be geo-tagged within a few days.

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