Nagaland produces India’s first bamboo toilet

Nagaland produces India’s first bamboo toilet

The two prototype bamboo toilets recently inaugurated by Nagaland Governor P.B.  Acharya are an outcome of a five-day training on “bamboo toilets for private use and for the community” jointly organised by Nagaland Bamboo Development Agency (NBDA) and South Asia Bamboo Foundation (SABF) in partnership with Building Material Technology Promotion Council (BMTPC), Ministry of Urban Development & Poverty Alleviation, held from May 12-16.  Read more>>>


NGT slams states on municipal solid waste, warns of fines

National Green Tribunal has come down heavily on states for not complying with its orders on municipal solid waste management and gave them three weeks to submit status reports on the issue while warning them of slapping hefty fines.  Read more>>>


Localities outside BBMP limits add to garbage chaos in Bangalore

Recent spatial data analysis carried out by the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) and BBMP Restructuring Committee has shown the ever-burgeoning urban sprawl in the places beyond the BBMP limits, especially in the south-east parts of the city. Most of these new urbanised areas still governed by gram panchayats do not have any system of door-to-door garbage collection or disposal mechanism. N.S. Ramakanth, member of the expert committee on solid waste management, said that there was neither any study nor any audit of garbage generated in these localities. “More posh the apartment, more is the quantity of garbage generated, we have found,” he said. Read more>>>


Sanitation workers will now take ‘Selfie with Cleaned-out garbage’ to ensure efficiency in Noida

Noida Authority is leaving no stone unturned to make the ‘Clean Noida Campaign’, a success. Now, the sanitation workers will click the selfie after cleaning the garbage and upload the pictures on the mobile application, Noida Citizen Charter, which will be accessed by the authority officials to keep a tab on the work done by workers.  Read more>>>


Poor infrastructure may dash Kolhapur’s smart city dream

Two glaring reasons may see Kolhapur out of the reckoning in the Smart Cities project owing to lack of basic infrastructure and its poor financial health.  Kolhapur Municipal Corporation (KMC) has drafted the smart city plan (SCP) for the first phase of the competition. The plan has projected Kalammawadi Direct Pipeline Project for regular and clean drinking water supply, sewage treatment plants at Kasba Bawda and Dudhali and waste-to-energy project for processing solid waste. The KMC has included 50 suggestions from citizens while drafting the plan that emphasizes public participation in the process.  Read more >>>


1,041 schools across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar get sanitation facilities

Tata Consultancy Services completed building sanitation facilities for girl students in 1000 schools across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar States as a part of Prime Minister’s Clean India Initiative. Under the 1st phase of this sanitation initiative, TCS has successfully implemented building girls toilets in about 1041 schools spread across Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Bihar TCS had earmarked a budget of Rs 100 Crore for building dedicated sanitation facilities for girls in selected schools.  Read more >>>


Industrial waste dumping stops, saplings ‘sprout’ at Sirvoi quarries

Following TOI’s July 13 report on the blatant dumping of industrial waste, some of it believed to be hazardous, in abandoned lateritic stone quarries at Peddamoll, Sirvoi in Quepem, the illegal activity has not only stopped, but the contractor involved has also tidied up the spot and planted saplings on it.  Read more >>>


Only 10% of toilet-building target met, 4 years left as funding dries up

Of more than 110 million rural households without toilets across India in 2012, the government has been able to assist 11 million households in building toilets. That means, nearly 99 million households need toilets over the next four years, if the government is to meet the target set by the Swacch Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Campaign) by October 2, 2019. Read more >>>


Swapna Srushti Horizon unveils Selan Eco Fast Toilet in Ahmedabad

Swapna Srushti Horizon Pvt. Ltd., the Bhavnagar-based flagship company of real estate major Sheth Construction Group, on Thursday rolled out Selan Eco Fast Toilet. The modular toilets designed by a team of technocrats, the modular product is based on the technology of pre-stressed concrete, used in mass quantity production and ensures durability. Read more >>>


BMC plans 72 plots for garbage processing in Development Plan

For the first time in all these years, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) will mark at least 72 plots in the city for garbage processing and segregation centres in the new Draft Development Plan. The new DP will have three such centres in each ward to help process garbage at source before sending it to the dumping ground. The city has 32 such centres at present.  Read more >>


Akkayyapalem residents angst

Residents of Akkayyapalem are irked with officials of the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) for their failure to respond to various civic issues dogging this locality. Residents pointed out that drainages in the area are by and large uncovered and indiscriminate dumping of waste into drainage canals is leading to health issues for people staying in the area.  Read more >>


Where are the Swachh Ambassadors of Telangana?

The whole of Hyderabad city has been turned into a dump yard with no one available to collect the garbage. From Kundanbagh to Tolichowki to Mehidipatnam to Charminar to Tarnaka to Secunderabad – the twin cities are drowning in heaps of waste. The sanitation workers are clear with their agenda – they demand regularising pay, providing housing and health cards, just like employees from every other sector. Putting them aside, we wonder, where have all the Swachch Telangana ambassadors suddenly vanished. Read more >>


Village in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara becomes free of open defecation

“No one defecates in the open now in Gadarwada village of Chhindwara. Even if someone tries to do so mistakenly, a team of ‘commandos’ forces him to abandon the act by continuously blowing whistles. This has become possible with the efforts of villagers and district administration under the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan,” a Public Relations department official said. Read more >>>


How biomedical waste gets freely tossed about in Ranchi

Jharkhand State Pollution Control Board (JSPCB) chairman A.K. Mishra said setting up biomedical waste treatment plants wasn’t part of the board’s job description and blamed the state chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) for not adopting a more proactive, and therefore responsible, role by convincing medical units to dispose of waste they create. Read more >>>


Land scarcity hits ambitious urban waste disposal plan in Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand state is ready with its 30-year waste management action plan for disposing of solid waste but its Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) do not have the space to execute the ambitious scientific waste disposal plan.  Land is required for setting up a modern secured landfill and a compost facility in all the ULBs. Till date only five ULBs — Dehradun, Haridwar, Roorkee, Lalkuan and Rudrapur — have found out adequate land to initiate the plan. Read more >>>


Coal India challenges JSPL’s waste disposal at Chattisgarh mines

Coal India Ltd (CIL) has moved the Delhi high court against Jindal Steel and Power Ltd (JSPL) for dumping waste generated from its power plants into the Gare Palma IV/1 mine in Chhattisgarh. CIL is the present custodian of the mine. Read more >>>

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