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DDA starts process to draft next master plan

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The Times of India       21.07.2017

DDA starts process to draft next master plan

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NEW DELHI: The Delhi Development Authority has started the process to prepare the Master Plan for Delhi's development till 2041. For this, the land-owning agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA).

A proposal in this regard was approved in the authority meeting, chaired by LG Anil Baijal, on Thursday.

DDA officials said that NIUA has been given 48-months to prepare the guiding framework of planning and growth of Delhi till 2041. "Before drafting the MPD-2041, they (NIUA) will carry out quantitative analysis of various factors like rate of migration, population growth, existing infrastructure, transportations and propose plans keeping in mind the advancement in technology," said a senior DDA official.

Sources said that MPD-2041 has to be notified before the present MPD-2021 expires. "The data collected by NIUA would be overlaid on a GIS platform to understand the linkages across various developmental themes in the city. The quantitative understanding will be complemented by a qualitative understanding of the issues through stakeholder consultations with government agencies, academia, sector experts, community groups and civil society organisations," said a DDA official.

Training for ‘Freedom from Waste’

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The Hindu         20.07.2017  

Training for ‘Freedom from Waste’

State programme to be launched on August 15

The local self-governing bodies have a major role to play in the implementation of ‘Freedom from Waste’, a programme of the Haritha Keralam Mission and being implemented by Suchitwa Mission aiming at sustainable waste management in the State.

A major focus of the programme is source-level waste management with the support of local bodies and residents.

The training phase of the project in Kozhikode district starts on Thursday at Nalanda Auditorium in the city where Mayor Thottathil Raveendran will inaugurate it. The presidents of all the grama panchayats in the district and Haritha Keralam resource persons from all local bodies will take part in the training session.

Extensive training to the representatives from grama panchayats will be given in separate sessions to be held at Nadapuram Grama Panchayat Auditorium (July 24), Kozhikode Town Hall (July 25) and at EMS Memorial Town Hall in Koyilandy (July 26).

The local bodies will hold an internal meeting to discuss the implementation of the project on July 22 and ward sanitation committee meetings will be held on July 24. Regional meetings and ward-level meetings will be held in local bodies from July 27 to 31.

The training is being carried out by resource persons from the Kerala Institute of Local Administration. The plan is to ensure two resource persons for every 50 residences in a ward to ensure comprehensive sanitation and waste management.

The ‘Freedom from Waste’ programme will be officially launched in the State on August 15.


Make 110 municipalities poster-free: CM

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The Hindu      20.07.2017  

Make 110 municipalities poster-free: CM

Officials make a presentation on their initiatives at a review meeting

The Municipal Administration department’s efforts to make cities and towns more liveable seem to have been paying dividends. The poster-free city initiative, enrolment in schools and the Anganwadi - Pre-school initiative were some of the successful activities of the department.

Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu held a review meeting on Wednesday wherein the municipal administration department officials had made a presentation on their initiatives.

Enrolment of students in schools was a significant achievement with 1,25,521 students enrolling this year in the primary schools as against 1,14,107 during the last academic year. Similarly, the number touched 1,44,716 from 1,34,595 in the upper primary schools. And, in high schools, it had increased from 36,011 to 57,124. The students enrolling into English medium schools also increased significantly. Only 32% students enrolled in Telugu medium this year compared to 58% last year, they said.

The officials said the “Poster-Free Initiative” was implemented in many districts to remove posters, beautify the walls and create public awareness and ownership. The walls of public and institutions in particular had been painted with relevant and conceptual pictures. The programme was implemented successfully on the main roads in cities like Vijayawada, Nandyal, Anantapur, Kurnool, Nellore and Rajamahendravaram. Students, women’s groups, NGOs, municipal staff, voluntary organisations, artists and painters were involved in the poster-free city activity, they said.

Responding to it, Mr. Naidu asked them to make all the 110 municipalities poster-free. He suggested them to take up painting of walls on the main roads in all towns and cities reflecting Telugu culture and tradition. Mere colouring would not suffice. It was necessary that the paintings speak about local history and culture, he said.

Happy Sundays

The Anganwadi – Preschool Initiative had also been launched in all districts. The Chief Minister was told that 1,016 preschools had been opened and around 92,000 textbooks distributed.

With the success of the ‘Happy Sundays’ event in cities such as Vijayawada, the State government had chalked out plans to extend the programme in all the 110 municipalities from coming Sunday. Street events are being organised on Sundays where the citizens get an opportunity to reclaim their streets, connect with their community and celebrate Sunday in their own way.

Mr. Naidu said the government was only a facilitator in the Happy Sundays event.


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