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North civic body declares itself open defecation-free

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The Hindu     03.01.2018  

North civic body declares itself open defecation-free

North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal (centre) said that keeping the toilets clean needs concerted effort.Special Arrangement  

There are 314 Community Toilet Complexes, says Mayor Preety Agarwal

The first day of 2018 brought good news to the residents of north Delhi with the North Delhi Municipal Corporation declaring all 104 wards under its jurisdiction open defecation-free.

“The North Corporation has been declared open defecation-free since December 31, 2017. Our area has adequate number of community and public toilets as per the yardstick of Swachh Bharat Mission,” said North Delhi Mayor Preety Agarwal.

Ms. Agarwal added that there are 314 Community Toilet Complexes (CTCs), with 3,508 seats for men and 3, 232 seats for women.

Apart from these, there are a total of 2,063 seats for men and 3,256 seats for women available in public toilets, including the ones at petrol pumps, restaurants, metro stations and Delhi Development Authority (DDA) markets falling in the areas under the civic body’s jurisdiction.

“Our job does not end here, we have also issued instructions to public and private agencies in our area to allow the general public to use their washrooms. We also have ample number of urinals in crowded areas and are constructing new ones from time to time,” Ms. Agarwal said.

‘Maintaining cleanliness’

The Mayor added that though the toilets have been constructed, keeping them clean and maintaining them is a process that needs to be carried out by both the civic body and the people. “All the toilets have been uploaded on Google Maps, using which people can locate their closest toilets,” she said.

North Corporation commissioner Madhup Vyas said that all the officials of the corporation have an important role to play in achieving this target. “We have not only constructed new toilets but also undertaken mass public movement for stoppage of open defecation and beautifying public places,” Vyas said.

He also stressed upon the need of waste segregation at source. “We have been moving forward with our campaign of Roko Toko Seeti Bajao , to encourage public participation,” he said.


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.


Corporation to revitalise waste management schemes

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The Hindu     03.01.2018  

Corporation to revitalise waste management schemes

The City Corporation will integrate the Ayyankali Employment Guarantee Scheme with the Haritha Keralam project to revitalise its waste management and sanitation programmes.

Those hired through the employment guarantee scheme will be deployed for cleaning up of drains and canals, planting of saplings and to promote organic vegetable farming.

They will be used in the other waste management activities of the local body too. On Monday, a meeting chaired by the Mayor discussed steps to ensure a minimum of 100 days’ work to adult members of families in the Corporation area, who are ready to do unskilled labour. A campaign to issue labour cards will be carried out from January 5 to 15, with the co-operation of all the ward councillors, to attract more workers to the scheme.

One member from each family can apply for the scheme. Applicants should attach their photograph, bankpass book, Aadhaar card and ration card to the application.

Projects of Rs. 5.71 crore have been sanctioned under the project now.

The labour estimate for the next year is being prepared as per the new guidelines.

As per the current estimates, the Corporation has utilised 91.14% of the funds and created 22,327 work days.

Women will be given priority in the scheme.


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