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Namma Toilet puts students’ health at risk in Pazhayapettai

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The Hindu     24.08.2016  

Namma Toilet puts students’ health at risk in Pazhayapettai

Unhygienic:Open drain of Namma Toilet carrying human excreta abutting the wall of the noon-meal kitchen of Municipality Government Middle School in Pazhayapettai, Krishnagiri.- Photo: N. Bashkaran

Clumps of human excreta float along the open drain abutting the Municipality run Government Girls Middle School in Pazhayapettai. Above the drain afloat with excreta, overlooks the vent of the noon meal kitchen of the school.

The Namma Toilet of Krishnagiri Municipality is letting out human excreta into the public drain as it is not connected to a septic tank.

For the students of the Municipality Government Girls Middle School in Pazhayapettai, it is a daily ordeal to keep their sights away from the drain that they have to cross for entry into the school. The noon-meal kitchen, which abuts the drain, throws serious concerns of health safety protocols.

Here, the Municipality has not provisioned for septic tanks for Namma Toilets, says Gora, a local auto-driver, who parks his vehicle in the vicinity of the toilet. “The teachers and the staff of the school are tight-lipped because it is a municipality school, and they cannot speak up.”

The plight of Namma Toilet of Krishnagiri has breached the boundaries of mere concerns over sanitation and seems to have crossed over to real concerns of human rights violation.

The Prohibition of Employment of Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Act, 2013, forbids both engagement of manual scavengers and discharge of excreta into public drains.

According to the Act, the local body shall demolish such toilets of individuals. The Act also provides for a fine of Rs.50,000 and one year imprisonment of the first time offender; and Rs.1 lakh fine and two year imprisonment for second time offence. The Act assumes that the violators will be individuals. However, here the local body is the violator.

Invariably, the drain will pollute other storm water drains too, says another person not wanting to be named. It might result in manual scavengers cleaning up these drains at some point.

On the other hand, Namma Toilet on Salem road near the roundabout has remained locked for over months.

“This toilet has remained shut for more than a year,” says a local shop-keeper. While the local body is going around slapping fine for water stagnation in household compounds as part of its anti-dengue drive, the Namma Toilet in Pazhayapettai, barely a couple of 100- meters from the Municipality is posing a health risks.

Speaking to The Hindu , Municipal Commissioner Kannan, said there was a design flaw in Namma Toilets. They were conceived as urinals, and there was no design for defecation.

UGD line

“It was anticipated only as a urinal and it became a failure. However, there is a new proposal to link all government buildings, schools, Municipal buildings, including toilets to the UGD line. Once that is implemented, there is no need for septic tank,” he said.

 

Domestic breeding checkers to take up mosquito control steps

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The Hindu      08.07.2016  

Domestic breeding checkers to take up mosquito control steps

  • Vector-control awareness:K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, addressing a training programme on Thursday. (Below) Samples of larvae kept at the programme.— Photos: C. Venkatachalapathy
    Vector-control awareness:K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore, addressing a training programme on Thursday. (Below) Samples of larvae kept at the programme.— Photos: C. Venkatachalapathy

Workers to visit hotspots where fever, dengue cases were reported

Starting Friday, 745 domestic breeding checkers will be engaged to control mosquito breeding in the Vellore Health Unit Division (HUD). They will cover areas at the block-level, town panchayats, municipalities and Vellore Corporation.

K.S.T. Suresh, Deputy Director of Health Services, Vellore HUD, said 10 mazdoors had been allotted to each block and town panchayat.

“There are a total of 745 domestic breeding checkers, including for Vellore Corporation and municipalities. They will start the mosquito control work from Friday. We are planning to add at least 10 more mazdoors for each block,” he said.

On Thursday, the Department of Public Health, Vellore, conducted an orientation programme for domestic breeding checkers. “We explained the lifecycle of a mosquito and how breeding sources should be destroyed. We also demonstrated how Abate solution should be prepared according to the level of water in a container and how to operate fogging machines,” Mr. Suresh said.

The workers would visit areas, particularly hotspots that have earlier recorded fever cases or dengue, to take up control measures. “In such hotspot villages, one worker would cover a minimum of 50 houses a day. They would also cover areas where fever cases have been reported. They would destroy mosquito breeding sources, undertake fogging, take up mass cleaning measures along with local body workers and water chlorination,” Mr. Suresh said.

The workers would take up fogging measures too. There are 200 mini fogging machines and 150 pulse fogging machines that are hand-held in Vellore HUD, besides one vehicle-mounted fogging machine.

Through an exhibition, the workers got familiarised with various mosquito-breeding sources such as waste broken pots and unused tyres. “We have asked them to remove such unused articles in and around houses. So, when it rains, the larval density will be low and mosquito density will also reduce,” he added.

The workers would also ask residents to scrub and wash water containers once a week. For this, households would be provided with bleaching powder, the official said.

 

Corpn. launches Guinness attempt on litter collection

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The Hindu      02.03.2015  

Corpn. launches Guinness attempt on litter collection

2 lakh people to participate in the mission

Coimbatore Corporation CommissionerK. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) launching waste collection, as part of the Clean City Championship, at Ramanathapuram in the city on Sunday.
Coimbatore Corporation CommissionerK. Vijayakarthikeyan (right) launching waste collection, as part of the Clean City Championship, at Ramanathapuram in the city on Sunday.

The Corporation on Sunday began the campaign to make source segregation of waste a habit for the residents of the city and simultaneously enter the Guinness Book of World Records for involving the highest number of people in such a venture.

Corporation Commissioner K. Vijayakarthikeyan said that the ‘Coimbatore Guinness Championship Campaign’ was a week-long programme in which the residents will have to segregate the domestic waste into three categories - recyclable, non-recyclable and hazardous.

Conservancy workers will collect the waste at their doorsteps. Volunteers will evaluate the effort at both ward and zonal levels of the civic body.

“Within a week, we hope to make segregation a habit. The target is to have two lakh people participate in the litter collection and segregation campaign on March 8. The current record, being held by a Japanese city, was around 1.4 lakh,” he added.

The Corporation was distributing cards to school students for making entries on litter segregation. Campaign organisers said that hundreds of conservancy workers in all the five zones covering 100 wards were being trained in waste segregation and collection. Cash prizes to the tune of Rs. 5 lakh would be given for best-performing conservancy workers.

The Commissioner interacted with workers who, he said, were happy with the recognition that this campaign entailed rather the monetary awards.

The Corporation, non-government organisations, education institutions and business firms conducted an awareness campaign for the past one week in the city on waste management.

 


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