aharashtra aims big on non-conventional energy
Maharashtra government has formulated the first comprehensive policy on renewable energy and has aimed to produce 14,400 megawatt (MW) power through non-conventional sources. The state has for the first time considered utilizing industrial waste to generate energy and plans to produce 7,500 MW solar energy. The state policy is in line with the Centre’s goal of producing 175 gigawatt electricity using renewable energy resources by 2022. Maharashtra is aiming to achieve the target in next five years; beginning with the current 6,700 MW installed capacity of non-conventional power projects. Read more>>>
NID graduate designs economical toilets for Swachh Abhiyan
A graduate of National Institute of Design (NID) has developed cost-effective toilets that will give impetus to the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Mamta Gautam has designed toilets which are also ideal for areas with water shortage. The toilet seats come with a whirlpool technology and thus take less water to flush. Gautam, who graduated from NID in ceremics and design in 2008, said: “This is a strategy at a cluster level. I have redesigned the running projects of Thangarh cluster with added features and efficiency.” Read more>>>
Bio-toilets planned in Thane’s crowded areas
Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) is planning to install bio-toilets at busy junctions and market places across Thane. These toilets, an initiative by the government’s Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, will help in minimizing the generation of solid waste.
A civic official said, “Each of these toilets will have a tank at the bottom where the waste will be collected. At particular intervals, the tanks will be infused with certain parasites that will digest the solid waste. The remaining liquid waste will be flushed into the drainage lines. Areas with higher population traffic will be given bio-toilets that have tanks with higher retaining capacity.” Read more>>>
Udyog Vihar parking plot turns into landfill
A four-acre piece of land in Udyog Vihar Phase V is being used as a dumping ground for garbage. This prime piece of real estate was supposed to be a multi-level parking facility, the foundation stone for which was laid by CM Om Prakash Chautala in 2004.
But the project has been long forgotten, and the area is now home to stray animals and industrial waste, despite the severe crunch of parking space in Udyog Vihar. Read more>>>
Six projects to treat waste water in Delhi
As part of its plan to decentralize waste water treatment, Delhi Jal Board will take up six projects on pilot basis for treating waste water at site and supplying it to residents for non-potable purposes. DJB has identified six areas for setting up the system. These include Gautampuri near Aali Gaon, Aya Nagar village, Sai Nagar, Kair Village, Sonia Vihar A-Block and Begam Vihar B-Block. The plants should be set up within six months at an estimated cost of Rs 95.32 crore. Read more>>>
After Railways, Airports Authority of India takes off on ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’
Airports Authority of India (AAI) has also decided to survey the cleanliness at its airports by asking the users and has also institutionalised a best maintained airport award. “About 80 per cent weightage directly or indirectly is being given to cleanliness in the award and the rest 20 per cent is to surprise visits by senior officials, who will focus on cleanliness at airports during their checks,” said a senior AAI official, who did not want to be identified. Read more>>>
Not on the Right Clean Track
The Railways official says that they are taking series of measures to ensure cleanliness, but it requires huge amount of time. Railways is also introducing cleaning machines and intensive cleaning at night to intensify cleanliness. Even CCTV cameras are being installed at stations to monitor the level of cleanliness. Read more>>>
Swachh Abhiyan to be in school curriculum in Rajasthan
Prime minister Narendra Modi’s ambitious programme Swachh Bharat Abhiyan is set to become a part of curriculum in the Rajasthan textbooks.
Education minister Vasudev Devnani has asked the Rajasthan Pustakalaya Mandal, a body which revises the course content in state textbooks, to prepare course content on Swachh Bharat Abhiyan to spread awareness about this mega scheme. Read more>>>
NGT notice to Vrindavan over waste disposal site
The current practice of dumping municipal solid waste in front of Tatia Sthan on the Yamuna flood plain has reached such an alarming state that in many places the river has been pushed as far as 300-400 meters away from the ghats. Due to this, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) asked state government & Mathura administration to give details of work that has been done in identifying landfill sites for solid waste management within three weeks. Read more>>>
Srinagar civic body all set to convert waste into electricity
Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) is all set to start the project of scientifically converting its largest dumping site into electricity generation unit by using latest technologies to turn waste into energy. It collects more than 380 metric tonnes (MT) of solid waste every day from 68 wards of the city which is dumped at Achen. “This project will help us to generate 4-5 megawatts of electricity which can prove helpful for the city and will also save the land,”said Sanitation Officer of the SMC Manzoor Ahmad Turray. Read more>>>
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