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Civic body gears up for reclamation of dumping yard through biomining

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The Hindu    17.08.2017  

Civic body gears up for reclamation of dumping yard through biomining

Vijayawada Municipal Corporation invites proposals to remediate the site

To end the woes of thousands of people living in the residential colonies around the vast municipal solid waste (MSW) dump yard in Ajith Singh Nagar, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is finally gearing up to transform the place into a public park.

The site adjoining the colonies of Ajith Singh Nagar, Santhi Nagar and Vambey Colony has become a hindrance to the local development besides troubling dwellers in various ways since 2007. It also has an abandoned power generation plant that failed to sustain.

The municipal corporation has recently called on national level companies to come up with proposals to remediate the site through the bio-mining process under design, build and operate model.

The Municipal Commissioner in 2016 announced that the dumping yard site would be turned into a park as per the instructions of the CM and with the cooperation of the Central government.

The VMC took up the project as part of the vision of the Central and the State governments for Swachh cities intending to take up modern and scientific methods of solid waste management and disposal. In two years, the VMC wants to excavate all the unprocessed solid waste using advanced equipment and retrieve compostable and recyclable material by segregating, sorting, storing and finally selling it.

The civic body expects at least 90% reclamation of the site from which generation of reusable and recoverable material is possible.

A pre-bid meeting will be held on Wednesday (Aug 16) to receive queries regarding the project.

The VMC will stop receiving the proposals on August 30 and open them on September 1.


GVMC wards up from 72 to 81

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The Hindu        17.08.2017 

GVMC wards up from 72 to 81

An aerial view of Bheemunipatnam, which has been merged in the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.K.R. DeepakK_R_DEEPAK  

Population as per 2011 Census after merger of Anakapalle, Bheemili put at 18,81,686

In what is seen as the first step towards holding the much-delayed elections to the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation, the State government has issued a GO fixing the number of wards at 81.

GO issued

The GO issued on Wednesday by the Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department takes the population of GVMC according to 2011 census and those of Anakapalle, Bheemunipatnam and five gram panchayats merged in GVMC together for fixing the wards at 81. GVMC presently comprises 72 wards.

As per 2011 census, the population of GVMC is 17,30,320, Anakapalle 86,612, Bheemunipatnam 54,865 and five gram panchayats 9,889 taking the total to 18,81,686.

Based on a proposal submitted by the Commissioner, GVMC, the GO fixes 63 wards for the first 10,00,000 population and 18 for the remaining at the rate of 50,000 for each ward.

“With the GO issued, wards have to be formed by considering the natural and geographical boundaries,” said sources in GVMC.

“Further instructions will come from the Director (Municipal Administration) based on which we will go ahead,” Municipal Commissioner M Hari Narayanan said.

However, the fixing of boundaries by following the due process after the government issues orders will take a few months. After that reservation of wards has to be done. All this will take a few months of time, says former MLA Tyanala Vijaya Kumar who was a corporator before being elected to the Assembly.

Elections were last held in 2007 after forming GVMC merging the outskirts and taking the number of wards from 50 to 72.

In July 2013, the government issued orders merging Anakapalle, Bheemunipatnam and the 10 gram panchayats in GVMC.

Cases filed in High Court opposing the merger of Bheemunipatnam are still pending. However, elections were held to the five panchayats in Bheemili mandal following a court order.


Corpn to collect data on high-rises

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The Hindu        17.08.2017 

Corpn to collect data on high-rises

The measure will help the civic body to crack down on violations more effectively

The Corporation is set for a detailed data collection exercise on high-rise buildings in the city that have more than four storeys.

The local body has in recent years been receiving several complaints regarding flats constructed in violation of the original building permit that it had granted.

These complaints have mostly come from customers struggling to get TC numbers and other public utility connections due to the violations committed by the real estate companies.

The decision regarding data collection was taken at a steering committee meeting held earlier this week. According to officials here, the data will enable the Corporation to crack down more effectively on violations.

“We have been constantly receiving complaints from several customers who had bought individual units in various flats in the city. The real estate companies usually get building permit citing certain number of floors and a certain parking area, but later carry out the construction violating these conditions. In such cases, TC numbers cannot be provided. But, the issue here is that, it is the customers who suffer, rather than the real estate company, as they would have got all the money in advance,” Mayor V.K. Prashanth said.

Lack of monitoring

The lack of a system to constantly monitor whether the building permit conditions were being followed in construction and at later stages also needs to be addressed, he said.

According to Town Planning Committee Standing Committee Chairman R. Satheesh Kumar, the Corporation is insisting on flats having facilities for waste management and rainwater harvesting and safety measures including proper setback, before providing occupancy certificates.

“In case of such violations, we are unable to provide TC number, because of which we cannot do building tax assessment also. One way is to regularise them with an ‘Unauthorised’ TC number, with a tax three times a high as the normal rates. We will look into all the violations during the data collection and take the necessary action after that. Though we have records of all building permits issued from here, we do not have separate data on high-rises. The data collection will be done on a zonal basis,” he said.

  • Local body has in recent years been receiving complaints
  • Plaints are from customers struggling to get TC numbers

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