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Centre to clean Ganga stretch in Varanasi, spruce up ghats 23.10.2017 The Tribune
Tribune News Service New Delhi, October 22 The Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation Ministry has gone full tilt to clean the Ganga stretch in Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of PM Narendra Modi, and spruce up ghats in the city, inviting frowns in political circles in the process. This, at a time when UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has upped the ante in favour of religioius-mythical symbols associated with Lord Ram this Diwali in the temple city of Ayodhya, about 200 km from Varanasi. In a move that apparently lacks a natural flow, the ministry has issued a communiqué, saying: “All who have been enjoying ghats at Varanasi will soon also bask in the pollution-free waters of the Ganges flowing by the spiritual city.” “Under Namami Gange programme, an all-encompassing approach has been employed to arrest pollution flowing into the river and ensure clean ghats. From sewage treatment plants to ghats’ improvement to river surface cleaning, several steps in a time-bound manner ...
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Norms on use of STPs in TTPs out 23.10.2017

Hyderabad: The Union power ministry has circulated draft guidelines to the state government for its proposed scheme to use treated sewage water in thermal power plants (TPPs). According to the norms, thermal power plants can use treated water from sewage treatment plants (STPs) located within a 50-km radius.

The power ministry has suggested the TPPs to tie up with the local municipal body for the usage of treated sewage water. It suggested competitive bidding to build STPs either through the Public-Private Partnership or Engineering Procurement and Construction mode. It said work should be divided in two parts.

Part A includes raw sewage supply system from source to the STP and till the tertiary treatment plant , which will be paid for by the local body, and Part B includes the TTP, water pumping station, conveying pipeline up to point of delivery the cost of which will be borne by the TPP.

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Rains fail Nagole driving test centre 23.10.2017
Hyderabad: The Nagole RTA driving test centre, said to be the best in the country with 12 tracks to test drivers, was inundated due to the heavy rain earlier this month and overflowing drains. Tracks 6 to 12 were completely under water but the Road Transport Authority staff cleared the other tracks to hold driving tests. An RTA staffer said the water had entered even in the office room. "Water overflowed from a nala from the north and rain water from the south," he said. Before residential colonies came up around the RTA office, it had never faced such a situation. Back in 2011, officials proposed to install drainage lines to overcome waterlogging but the proposal got stuck in red tape. About 300 motorists take the driving test here every day, and the number goes up during holidays. The Nagole RTA can conduct 600 tests a day, but is affected by a staff crunch. The land belonged to the police, and, before 2002, was used to store seized vehicles. The initiatives of former RTA officials C.L.N. ...
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No emergency team during rains at Secunderabad Cantonment Board areas 23.10.2017
Hyderabad: Areas under the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) are deprived of emergency response services during heavy downpours. This monsoon season, the city has been overwhelmed by the rains. Waterlogged streets and colonies, inundated roads, and the overflowing of drains have been common occurrences over the past few months. During the time of trouble, residents of the areas within the limits of the SCB have been left to handle the situation by themselves, with no immediate help from the authorities. The SCB is not equipped with emergency response teams that can be deployed to provide relief measures as soon as locals call for help. Neither does it have a centralised mechanism to receive calls round-the-clock and pass on information to the relevant officials and teams so that they may respond with the necessary tools and equipment. Nagubandi Venkata Ramana, a resident of Malani Enclave in Trimulgherry, says that the SCB has failed to provide its residents basic amenities. "I have registered ...
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Hyderabad: 120 lakes on the verge of annihilation 23.10.2017
Hyderabad: The fisheries department has prepared a list of 120 lakes which it deems to be most vulnerable to witness environmental disaster along the lines of the incidents recorded in tanks over the past few months. The department plans to submit this to the Pollution Control Board (PCB), in order for it to begin conducting preliminary tests and initiate action to mitigate troublesome conditions before the occurrence of another mass-scale fish mortality. Dr C. Suvarna, commissioner, fishieries, said, "At department level we do not have the facilities to look into the conditions of lakes. We are trying to get the PCB on board to closely monitor all vulnerable tanks across the state." This year, the department has experienced a major setback with over six cases of fish mortality being reported in the past month — highest from the Edulabad lake. The causes of these incidents have most prominently been industrial pollution and urban pollution from sewage and dump yards, and this has forced ...
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No centralised emergency service due to limited funds 23.10.2017
Hyderabad: While the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) lacks a centralised mechanism consisting of a dedicated helpline and emergency response teams for each of its eight wards, elected representatives are trying to do their bit to attend to residents" woes. According to J. Ramakrishna, vice-president of the SCB, locals contact the elected representatives of their respective wards whenever they face problems such as waterlogging; the representatives then initiate steps to have choked drains and manholes cleared. "This work is outsourced to an external agency," he says. "The paucity of funds and manpower poses a major challenge for the SCB to offer centralised emergency services that are easily accessible to the public in time of need. We have decided to procure equipment such as electric pump sets to drain water out of flooded homes in residential colonies. Each ward member is trying his best to attend to the woes of locals during heavy downpours," he adds. Pointing out ...
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Telangana turns to consultants to make TMDP 23.10.2017
Hyderabad: The TS municipal administration and urban development department is increasingly turning to consultants to prepare reports. The latest task to be handed over to consultants is a part of the work to prepare the Telangana Municipal Development Project (TMDP), which will be part of the report "Telangana 2014 — The first decade". The TMDP will contain the status of the department in 2014 and 2017 and how the government improved infrastructure facilities in the last three years and the status of work in urban local bodies. For the preparation of master plans in 20 urban local bodies, the department is again turning to a consultant. The job of preparing the detailed project report (DPR) for stormwater and underground drainage in 72 urban local bodies, development of integrated urban land registry, climate change studies, urban green environment project have all been handed over to consultants. An official said each consultant will be paid a minimum of Rs 1 ...
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Tamil Nadu: Storing drinking water? Residents told to pay fine 22.10.2017
Chennai: Kancheepuram district collector P. Ponniah and public health officials on Saturday earned the wrath of residents during their anti-dengue drive to 12 residential localities. It all started with the officials fining the public a sum of Rs 500 for storing drinking water informing residents that storing water will breed dengue mosquitoes.  The residents shot back at block development officer Jerome Anand insisting they are not fools to store water unnecessarily. "You officials fail to give the daily supply of water and that"s the reason, the homemakers stock drinking water," said residents of Moovarasampet in St Thomas Mount block. At one point the residents complained to the collector seeking action against the municipal officials for not repairing the drinking water pipelines and not fumigating their locality. Only after collector assured action and ordered the block development officer to address the civic issues, the public pacified. There were also heated arguments in ...
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Solar power must for big buildings 22.10.2017 DNA: Top News
The sunny state of Rajasthan tends to tilt the clear skies in its favour, charging urban development with solar power.The unified building bylaws implemented in the state make harnessing solar power an essential component for large mansions and public spaces.The bylaws have also attempted to address the issue of water scarcity by making water recycling mandatory at all development projects.The bylaws applicable across the state also grant five per cent additional construction area for ‘green buildings.’ Now, hospitals, hotels, hostels, lodges, community centres and even residential buildings proposed on plots of more than 500 square metres will be required to make provision for solar infrastructure to light up public spaces and corridors. “Such measures have been adopted in several countries, we too need to move in the direction. It might come as an additional expense but is much needed,” says Divya Pandya, promoter of a private architect firm. The developer’s too have welcomed the decision as necessary ...
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Why the city may not be ready for rain 22.10.2017 Hindu: News
Citing non-completion of projects, residents and activists say they have reason to fear water logging; Corporation officials claim things are under control
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Balanagar project moves at snail's pace 22.10.2017
Hyderabad: The Balanagar flyover project, whose foundation-stone was laid two months ago, is making a slow progress. Pipelines and cables are yet to be shifted. The land acquisition process is still going on with officials convincing shop-owners to part with their properties. With soil investigation being conducted, it will take more time before construction works begin. The deadline for the project is 18 months.  Madhavaram Krishna Rao, Kukatpally MLA, demanded proper co-ordination between the GHMC, HMWS&SB, TRANSCO, RTC and the traffic police for a smooth progress. "I was requested to ensure co-ordination between all the departments. Accordingly, a meeting was also organised" he said. "We have written to all departments to submit their proposals for shifting pipelines and cables. With the precast technology available, the work can be completed in one and a half years time.The total cost of the six-lane flyover will be nearly Rs 400 ...
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What BBMP learnt from rain havoc... 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
BBMP Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad has listed these lessons that the Palike has learnt from what the city suffered this season. He has assured to take proper precautionary measures before the next big rain strikes Bengaluru so that no lives are lost. * Less capacity of storm water drains: The storm water drains built in the city does not have the capacity to sustain heavy rainfall. The capacity has to be increased in consultation with the concerned engineers. * Removal of SWD encroachments: The biggest lesson that the civic body has learnt is about not taking any legal action against encroachers of the drains. The best example is the case of Kurubarahalli, where rains claimed four lives in a single night. While two people were washed away, two others were killed as the compound wall collapsed on them. All the houses were built on land that encroached on drains. * De-silting of drains: Water overflowed from the drains due to silt accumulation. De-silting work has to be undertaken before the onset of ...
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A flood of lessons 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Flash floods, record rains, deaths and miseries unprecedented in scale, Bengalureans have seen them all. A dramatic weather change played havoc on the roads and in their homes alike. Now, when the monsoon fades away, isn't it time to ask what went so horribly wrong. Why, despite warning, the authorities were caught so unprepared. Armed with a hundred telemetric rain gauges spread across the city, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) insists it had delivered regular, location-specific rain alerts through its Whatsapp group 'Be Ready Bengaluru.' That group has BBMP ward-level engineers, corporators, joint commissioners of the Palike, BMTC, BWSSB, traffic police and fire forces. Warnings ignored But, as one looks back, such forecasts made no difference to Bengalureans. Over a dozen people died, hundreds of localities were flooded for days. Roads are in a mess, drains clogged and in total disrepair. The message is clear: Despite giant strides in technology, the country's IT hub has ...
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A flood of lessons 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
Flash floods, record rains, deaths and miseries unprecedented in scale, Bengalureans have seen them all. A dramatic weather change played havoc on the roads and in their homes alike. Now, when the monsoon fades away, isn't it time to ask what went so horribly wrong. Why, despite warning, the authorities were caught so unprepared. Armed with a hundred telemetric rain gauges spread across the city, the Karnataka State Natural Disaster Monitoring Centre (KSNDMC) insists it had delivered regular, location-specific rain alerts through its Whatsapp group 'Be Ready Bengaluru.' That group has BBMP ward-level engineers, corporators, joint commissioners of the Palike, BMTC, BWSSB, traffic police and fire forces. Warnings ignored But, as one looks back, such forecasts made no difference to Bengalureans. Over a dozen people died, hundreds of localities were flooded for days. Roads are in a mess, drains clogged and in total disrepair. The message is clear: Despite giant strides in technology, the country's IT hub has ...
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Citizens demand quick remedial action, early warning systems 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The rains this time around wreaked havoc in the city, and in certain extreme cases resulted in the loss of innocent lives. There has been a lot of discussion on the severity of rains particularly in the last two months, which effectively brought the city to its knees. Heres what a cross-section of people feel should be done to avoid a repeat of the disaster next year. The enormity of the problem comes to the fore while interacting with people living in low lying areas that bore the brunt of the rain damage. B N Ratnakar from HSR layout says that the rains this time around were quite extreme and the city was ill prepared for it. He attributes it to the flaws of civic agencies such as the BBMP and BWSSB. The technical flaws, he says, are plenty: Faulty routing of storm water, lack of proper de-silting of drains prior to the rains, excessive accumulation of garbage in the form of plastic and non-biodegradable items such as thermocol and construction material. Ratnakar feels a comprehensive assessment of the ...
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Waste weir near Varthur lake breaches, water flowing out 21.10.2017 deccanherald.com
The waste weir near the lake in Varthur has breached, leading to draining of the water from the lake. According to officials from the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), the breach, which occurred two weeks ago, was caused due to heavy and incessant rain over the past few weeks. "Water pressure increased due to heavy and continuous rain," said P N Nayak, engineer member, BDA. He added that the bund and other structures near the lake are around 40 years old and the rain aggravated the situation. Villagers, however, suspect it was the handiwork of officials of the minor irrigation department. "Villagers believe the breach will help the irrigation department since water can now flow towards the pipelines laid for the Kolar water project," said Jagadish Reddy Nagappa, a designated lake warden. He added that the water has receded to around 25% near the village and is flowing downstream. The villagers are worried since they use this water for their crops. Nayak said this will not affect farmers. The flow is ...
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Clean chit 21.10.2017 Hindu: Crafts
Temples are using technology to keep the surroundings spotless
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Minister reviews Chhath preparations 21.10.2017 BusinessLine - People
Opposition BJP demands high-level meeting to ensure better arrangements
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‘Nirmal Ganga’ a reality for Varanasi soon: govt 21.10.2017 National News – The Navhind Times
NEW DELHI: With new sewage treatment plants coming up, the dream of Varanasi residents and visitors to have a ‘Nirmal Ganga’ (clean Ganga) will soon become a reality, the Water Resources Ministry said on Friday. Varanasi, the parliamentary constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, currently generates an estimated 300 million litres per day (MLD) of ...
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Pending projects leave city at risk 21.10.2017 Hindu: Chennai
Preparedness for northeast monsoon has been compromised by unfinished work
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