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Blame game eclipses civic issues in Patiala 16.12.2017 The Tribune
With Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh staying away from campaigning on his home turf, his wife Preneet Kaur and Cabinet Minister Brahm Mohindra have been busy wooing voters. Both are assuring the electorate that all promises made by the Congress ahead of the Vidhan Sabha polls would be fulfilled, besides overall development of the district. Ex-minister Surjit Singh Rakhra has been holding the fort for the SAD, while another former minister Daljit Singh Cheema and BJP leaders Vijay Sampla, Prabhat Jha and Rajinder Bhandari have visited Patiala to canvass for party candidates. From the AAP camp, Bhagwant Mann spared a day for party candidates. Campaigning has revolved around allegations and counter-allegations, even as civic issues such as encroachments, erratic water supply, poor roads and absence of a sewage treatment plant have taken a back seat. The SAD-BJP alliance has accused the Congress of misusing police to threaten its candidates and failing to fulfil promises after forming the government. AAP ...
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State okays master plan for Srikakulam 16.12.2017 Hindu: National
Collector says govt. will spend ₹400 crore under AMRUT scheme
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STP battle leaves officials in a bind 15.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Confusion reigns among officials a day after the government said it would relax rules making sewage treatment plants compulsory for apartment complexes. Minister K J George announced the suspension of the penalty clause on Thursday, but officials said they would have to follow contrary instructions from the National Green Tribunal. George, who handles the Bengaluru development and town planning portfolios, said contentious rules on STPs would be amended soon, and the BBMP would pass a resolution adopting them. Following a hue and cry over retrospective implementation of the STP rule, George said it would only be implemented prospectively. Older apartments, represented by the Bangalore Apartments Federation (BAF), had taken to the streets to oppose mandatory STPs for them. Apartment complexes with 20 houses or less, which have already linked their sewers to underground drainage, are exempted from installing compulsory STPs, George said. About 50+ blocks Reiterating what DH reported on December 14, BWSSB ...
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Bhendi Bazaar: A model makeover 15.12.2017 DNA: Opinion
Bohri Mohalla is a nugget of heritage and culture nestled in the crowded market area of Bhendi Bazaar. If you have ever visited this neighbourhood and not devoured the succulent kebabs and tikkas of Haji Tikka Corner, your trip to this part of the city would be considered incomplete. Established in 1989, it is currently owned by Abdul Samad Qureshi, who is suffering a customer loss of nearly 50 per cent, thanks to the redevelopment project. Bhendi Bazaar, spread over a 16.5-acre land comprising more than 250 buildings, is undergoing one of the biggest redevelopment projects in India. The project which is being carried out by Saifee Burhani Upliftment Trust (SBUT) has divided Bhendi Bazaar in nine clusters. Located in the heart of south Mumbai, Bhendi Bazaar is a shopper’s paradise. From carpets to hardware and antique pieces, the place has something to offer everyone. For the less-initiated, the Bhendibazaar gharana is one of the vocal gharanas of Indian classical music, which originated in Bhendi Bazaar ...
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No sewage treatment plants for old apartments in Bengaluru 15.12.2017
BENGALURU: In a move which could provide relief to thousands of flat dwellers, the BWSSB on Thursday withdrew its retrospective rule for installation of sewage treatment plant (STP) in old apartment complexes. BWSSB had initially made it mandatory to install STPs in apartment complexes with 20 or more flats. Following an uproar, it amended the rule in April and increased it to 50 or more flats. However those residing in older apartment complexes opposed the retrospective rule citing lack of space and the huge costs involved. They wanted the BWSSB to drop the rule. The issue also became the main topic for discussion at the special council meet at the BBMP recently with corporators cutting across party lines demanding water board to drop this retrospective rule. BBMP Mayor Sampath Raj too said that any rule should not burden citizens. In a meeting chaired by Bengaluru Development Minister K. J. George and Home Minister Ramalinga Reddy, the water board suspended the retrospective rule with immediate ...
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STP: Govt. to suspend penalty clause for existing apartments 15.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
Rule to be applicable only to apartment complexes with over 50 units built after January 2016
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Buildings with 20 flats get STP relief 14.12.2017 Deccan Herald - News
Following protests by apartment dwellers, the government on Thursday agreed to relax the rule on sewage treatment plants (STPs) for complexes with less than 20 units by scrapping the retrospective clause. The relaxation, however, does not apply to apartment complexes with 50 and more units. At a meeting with representatives of the Federation of Apartment Associations Bengaluru (FAAB), Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said an order on setting up STPs would be relaxed for existing apartments that have less than 20 flats. George told reporters that the order would be suspended temporarily. "However STPs are mandatory for apartments in areas not connected to the underground drainage network," he said. The federation noted that building and maintaining STPs in old apartments with less than 20 flats was not viable due to the high cost of installation and operation. They said they do not have any objection if the rule is prospective. The government had issued an order making STPs compulsory for ...
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Centre to soon sanction sewage treatment units along Ganga tributaries 14.12.2017 Business Standard: Economy & Policy
The government is expected to sanction sewage treatment plants (STPs) along some tributaries of the Ganga -- Hindon, Ramganga, Gomti and Kali (East) -- by the end of this month. Also, a 20 million litres a day (MLD) common effluent treatment plant (CETP) in Kanpur."All the STPs in the main rivers under the Namami Gange Mission have already been sanctioned. Now, STPs along the polluted tributaries, also responsible for much of the industrial waste that flows into the river, are being sanctioned," said U P Singh, secretary, water resources.Singh took charge as secretary in the ministry earlier this month; till then, he was director-general of the National Mission for Clean Ganga.He said the Kali and Ramganga rivers were dotted with industrial units making leather, pulp & paper and sugar. In all, 1,109 'Gross Polluting Industries' have been identified so far, of which around 300 have been closed. The majority of these industries are leather manufacturers in and around Kanpur.On the ..
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BJP to protest against STP norm for apartments 13.12.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
To hold a dharna in Freedom Park on Saturday
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Clean Narmada 13.12.2017 Central Chronicle » Editorial
The Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mr.Shivraj Singh Chouhan committed to Narmada River has declared his... more »
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Corporators quiz BWSSB chief over STP rules, Cauvery water 13.12.2017
BENGALURU: Cutting across party affiliations, corporators targeted BWSSB Chairman Tushar Girinath and the latter had to face a barrage of questions. Their main question was on the retrospective Sewage Treatment Plant for apartment complexes with 50 or more flats.   Members registered their opposition to the proposal and demanded that BWSSB should take back the retrospective clause.  Former chairman of taxation and finance Gunashekar questioned, "Of the total 1300-1400 MLD water supplied to the city, more than 30-40 percent gets leaked. Has the board reduced this percentage, if so what is the progress." Further, he questioned if it is possible for the BWSSB to supply water 24x7. BJP leader and leader of the opposition at BBMP Padmanabha Reddy sought to know the status of Yethinahole project and wanted to know when will 110 villages get Cauvery water. BWSSB also came under fire for digging up newly-laid roads. In his reply to the questions raised by corporators, Tushar Girinath ...
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Cleaning Yamuna: NGT asks DJB for Phase II plan 13.12.2017 Hindu: News
The National Green Tribunal (NGT), on Tuesday, directed the Delhi Jal Board (DJB) and the National Mission for Clean Ganga (NMCG) to submit its action plan with respect to Phase II of the Yamuna clea...
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Give info on Phase-II of Yamuna cleaning by tomorrow: NGT to DJB 12.12.2017 All Current Affairs Stories
The green panel had said that pollution in the Yamuna was of serious concern as it was highly contaminated by industrial effluents and sewage.
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8 crore saplings to be planted in Narmada catchment area on July 2: Chouhan 12.12.2017 Central Chronicle
Chronicle Reporter, Bhopal Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that 8 crore saplings will be... more »
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Not a single drop of sewerage water would be released in Narmada River 12.12.2017 Central Chronicle
CM Chouhan Performs Bhoomi Poojan of Sewerage Plant Costing Rs. 324 Crore and Water Supply... more »
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NGT directs Himachal hotel to demolish illegal structure 12.12.2017 Hindu: National
Imposes environmental compensation of ₹10 lakh
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Drop retrospective STP rule: Opposition leader Padmanabha Reddy 12.12.2017
BENGALURU: BWSSB's retrospective rule mandating sewage treatment plants (STPs) for apartments with 50 and above units should be withdrawn immediately, demanded BBMP leader of opposition Padmanabha Reddy. At a special council meeting on Monday, Reddy demanded said, "Many realtors have built apartments and already washed their hands of them. If a new rule is imposed on installing STPs in existing apartments, where will they install it? The rule should be taken back." He alleged that it was implemented without consulting apartment owners. He said, "The BWSSB had made rainwater harvesting mandatory, while it could not install a device at its own building." He blamed the BWSSB for flooding in the city recently. "BWSSB water lines pass through storm water drains and they hampered the desilting process as some pipes broke while removing the silt from storm water drains," he said. LED streetlights in 8 months  BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad said that all ...
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HC stays STP rule for old apartments 11.12.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The high court stayed the implementation of the BWSSB regulation that mandates the installation of sewage treatment plants and dual piping systems in existing buildings with 50 or more apartments. Justice A S Bopanna passed the interim order while hearing a batch of petitions filed by the Raheja Residency Apartment Owners apex body and 12 other petitioners, comprising various apartment owners associations in the city. The bench observed that the structural integrity of the buildings has to be taken into account as most of them are nearly 10 to 30 years old. According to the petitioners, the regulation is illegal, arbitrary and unconstitutional. The petition states that the regulation violates the directions issued by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) to the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, wherein it is the responsibility of the urban and local bodies to set up a system for sewage and waste disposal of the local area. The petitioners stated that the BWSSB is passing on this ...
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Yet another protest against sewage plants 9.12.2017 deccanherald.com
The members of Federation of Apartment Associations Bengaluru (FAAB) have organised a silent march on December 16, against the imposition of retrospective Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) in apartments by the BWSSB. More than 500 residents from 218 apartment associations under the federation are expected to participate in the rally from Town Hall to Freedom Park. "We are against the retrospective imposition of STPs in apartments which can be a threat to the buildings and moreover, the National Green Tribunal never ordered to include STPs in old apartments," said S Shivakumar, general secretary, FAAB. Shivakumar also said that most of these old apartment complexes have their sewage lines connected to the existing underground drain and it is the responsibility of the BWSSB to maintain the system. "Among the existing STPs that are maintained by BWSSB, all of them are situated near lakes and they are letting out the treated water into the water body. The water is supposed to be used only for industrial and ...
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NGT panel to inspect hotels in Kullu, Manali 8.12.2017 The Tribune
New Delhi, December 7 The National Green Tribunal today set up a committee to inspect over 1700 hotels, lodges and home stay accommodations in Kullu and Manali . A Bench, headed by NGT chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar, formed the committee comprising senior officers from the state Tourism Department and State Pollution Control Board, scientists from the Shimla Institute of Himalayan Study, the SDM of Kullu and Manali and a representative from the Excise Department. “The committee will start inspection from Monday next week and inspect all hotels, lodges and home stay accommodations. “However, it will proceed first with such hotels which have more than 25 rooms under any category,” the Bench said. The green panel directed the panel to conduct joint inspection and submit a comprehensive report relating to source of water, management of solid waste, sewage treatment plant, source of power and generation of effluents. “In the event of any first category hotel, lodge, accommodation found operating without ...
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