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August 11th, 2011, 11:11 AM
This thread is for discussing issues related to sanitation, waste management, drainage of twin districts.
Sanitation includes cleanliness of land, water & air and hence environmental issues.
As lakes and rivers are part of drinking water sources they are also included here.
August 11th, 2011, 11:14 AM
Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), Kotepura, Ullala | Commissioned
Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Kavoor with 43 MLD | Commissioned
Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Pachchanady with 8.75 MLD | Commissioned
Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Jeppinamogaru with 20 MLD | U/C
Sewage Treatment Plant (STP), Surathkal with 16.75 MLD | U/C.
Solid Waste Treatment Plant, Bajpe | Proposed
Solid Waste Treatment Plant, Alangar, Karinje, Moodabidre | Proposed
Solid Waste Treatment Plant, Kachinadkapadavu, Bantwala, Moodabidre | U/C
Liquid Waste Processing Unit, Ujjire | Rs. 70 lakhs | Approved
Liquid Waste Processing Unit, Kadaba | Rs. 24 lakhs | Approved
Solid Waste Processing Plant. Kadaba | Rs. 13.6 lakhs | Completed
Tumbe II Dam | U/C
Maravoor Dam, water to villages around Kinnigoli | U/C
Solid Waste Management, Mangalore | Proposed
24 hours Water Supply Scheme | Proposed
Lakes Development, DK District | Rs 40 crores | Proposed
Swarna River III stage Drinking Water, Yarlapady dam, Udupi CMC | 350-400 MG, Rs. 3 crores | Proposed
(Baje & Shiroor dams I & II stages with 520 MG are operational)
Drinking Water, Udupi District | Rs 36 crores | Tender Process On
Karkala Taluk Drinking Water NRDWP | Rs. 11.86 crores | Proposed
Lakes Development, Udupi District | Rs 25 crores | Proposed
There are about 15 lakes in and around Mangalore. They are: Gujjar kere, Kavoor kere, Emme kere, Tavare kere, Oni kere, Are kere, Moily kere, Bairady kere, Bajjodi kere, Ombattu kere, Ganganapalla kere, Kudroli kere, Kadekar kere and Kallara Kere. Ganganapalla Kere was filled up a few years ago. -- The Hindu
- 1.5 crore rupees for Someshwara lake development for drinking water and tourism.
- Kumpala Moorukatta lake to developed at the cost of 26 lakh rupees
- Gujjarakere (Rs. 20 lakhs?) and Kavoor lakes (Rs. 1 crore) will be developed with gardens.
Lakes in Dakshin Kannada (http://www.onefivenine.com/india/Places/District/Dakshin-Kannad/Lake)
August 11th, 2011, 11:15 AM
Mangalore, Aug 2 (DHNS): The Common Effluent Treatment Plant (CETP), an undertaking of the Fishmeal and Oil Manufactures Association (FOMA) was inaugurated by Karnataka State Pollution Control Board Chairman A S Sadashiviah at Kotepura in Ullal on Saturday.
Speaking on the occasion, he commended the work of Fishmeal and Oil Manufacturers Association and said that Mangalore has a CETP apart from Bangalore and Doddaballapur. The Common Effluent treatment plant in Ullal is second largest in the State next Bangalore.
Stating that there was a need to improve the way solid waste is disposed in Mangalore, he said the present system of solid waste management was inadequate and there should be a scientific way of disposal of garbage.
The landfill is being objected from those who are residing in the region. Fishmeal industries create pollution on the sea shore, creating problems to the people who reside on the shore. The pollution control board will provide all possible support in the future to set up such treatment plants.
The present plant can treat the water from 14 fish meal industries. The Kotepura plant will treat six lakh litres of effluent a day and this is designed to treat 30,000 litres per hour. The absence of common treatment plant had been a matter of concern in the region as people had to bear the stench from these fish meal industries.
He said “waste should be converted into wealth and used for producing energy like foreign countries. Singapore based company is working towards producing energy from the waste. He said that production of electricity from waste is successfully practiced in Salem and Pune. Similar initiatives should be taken up in Bangalore, Mangalore, Mysore in the future.”
As coastal eco system is very sensitive , there is a need to take precautionary measures to prevent oil spills on the coast, he added.
The Association members pooled in Rs 2.5 crore to set up the plant. MLA U T Khader, Association President M Shawkath Showry were present.
August 11th, 2011, 11:16 AM
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August 31st, 2011, 11:24 AM
SPIC AND SPAN: Students of SDM Law College and volunteers of Amritanandamayi Trust cleaning the railway station in Mangalore on Sunday.
‘We must not wait for others to clean the public places'
The citizens of Mangalore, including 150 students of SDM Law College here and 25 followers of Mata Amritanandamayi, participated in “Amala Bharata”, a cleaning initiative, in the city on Sunday.
They cleaned the area in front of the Mangalore Central Railway Station till Wenlock Hospital.
Jeevaraj Sorake, past president, Mata Amritanadamayi Seva Samiti, told The Hindu that people must not wait for others to clean up public places such as bus-stands and toilets. Youth must participate in cleaning public places.
Dr. Sorake said that in India, unlike the West, personal hygiene was good but public places were unhygienic, creating an impression that Indians were not clean.
“We are ridiculed for it,” he said.
He said Indians called the country “motherland” yet people spit and threw garbage in public places. “We don't behave that way when we go abroad,” he said.
He said the station in-charge railway official joined the volunteers. Further, more spots within the station would be cleaned in the coming days. The garbage consisted of plastic cups, he said.
Sudhakar Rao, a working professional, who participated in the cleanliness drive, said the group cleaned the area from the Railway Station to Wenlock Hospital.
The maximum dirt was near the RMS office.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2408368.ece)
What is more important is proper waste disposal plan. Without dustbins and toilets a place (most of the time footpath) will become dirt in no time. Clean free toilets in every 300 meters (i.e. every busstop) is important. Otherwise autodrivers and others use footpath for everything. As I said earlier inspite of Khyberpass having toilet it is not used by many as they don't want to pay anything for using it.
September 7th, 2011, 08:04 AM
The ongoing work to lay the new 363-km sewer network with sewage treatment plants, wet wells, manholes, and pump houses in the city was expected to be over by April end next. It was taken up under the Asian Development Bank loan.
Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) is implementing the project for Mangalore City Corporation under a scheme called Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project (KUDCEMP).
K.T. Maninarayana, Superintending Engineer, KUIDFC, Mangalore, told The Hindu that the new sewer networks criss-crossing the city had been laid to a length of 350 km, with only 13 km lines pending to be laid. He said that the new sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Jeppinamogaru with 20 MLD (million litres per day) processing capacity and at Surathkal having 16.75 MLD processing capacity were expected to be completed this year end.
The new STP at Kavoor with 43 MLD capacity had been completed and handed over to the Mangalore City Corporation.
The new STP at Pachchanady and a tertiary treatment plant at Pilikula having 8.75 MLD capacity were being operated on a trial basis now.
Mr. Maninarayana said that about 300 houses in Pachchanady area had been given house connections to the sewer network for operating the STP at Panchchanady on a trial basis.
He said of the 22 new wet wells, eight had been commissioned and the remaining were in various stages of completion. “All works will be completed by April end, 2012,” he said.
Mr. Maninarayana said that if all works were to be completed, the Southern Railway would have to clear five proposals relating to land issues. “They are in advanced stages of getting approvals,” he said.
Creating new sewage infrastructure, now at a cost of about Rs. 200 crore was not an easy task for the KUIDFC. Although works commenced in 2003, in reality it took off only in 2007 because of various issues. The corporation had to face some court cases relating to land acquisition. A case went up to the Supreme Court in which the corporation won. The government terminated the contracts of five major contractors in 2006 as they failed to perform. “Hence works actually began in 2007,” he said.
The Superintending Engineer said that geographical features of the land structure here were very tricky.
“Many places having loose soil with water and rock came in the way of laying the networks. A case in point is Malemar and Bangra Kulur areas,” he said.
The expertise of the National Institute of Technology – Karnataka, Surathkal, was used for resolving the problem, he said. In reality, the contractors got only four months of working from January to April as it rained for the remaining months, Mr. Maninarayana said.
He said that once all the works were completed, the contractors would have a year as defect liability period for rectifying the faults.
Mr. Maninarayana said that once all the works were completed, except in some dense areas like Kunjathbail, Baikampady, and Chitrapura, the other dense areas in the jurisdiction of the corporation would be covered with sewer networks. But 25 to 30 per cent of the areas in the limits of the corporation would be left out.
They were not thickly populated, he said.
September 7th, 2011, 03:01 PM
If you expected that the State government's denotification 1,998 acres of land to be acquired for Phase II of Mangalore Special Economic Zone Project will reduce quantity of water required for industries under the project to a great extent, you will be disappointed.
According to Ramachandra Bhandarkar, Public Relations Officer, Mangalore Special Economic Zone Ltd., total water required for the project, including phase I and phase II has been estimated at 45 MGD (million gallon a day). Of that 37 MGD is specifically required for phase I which is under progress. National Environment Engineering Institute, which conducted environment impact assessment study of the MSEZ in 2007-08, made the estimation, he says.
Mr. Bhandarkar says: “Phase I of the project is sector-specific for petrochemical industries which are typically water intensive industries. Hence the bulk of water demand pertains to Phase I.”
He says the Union Ministry of Environment and Forest in April 2008 approved the company to source 37 MGD of water for Phase I. Going by this, the post denotification demand for water by the project as a whole will come down by only about eight MGD.
He says that water demand (37 MGD) for Phase I is proposed to be met by building two barrages each across the Netravathi and the Gurupur, and treated water from three sewage treatment plants (STPs) of Mangalore City Corporation (MCC). He says the State Water Resources Department in 2007 had allowed the company to lift 15 MGD of water during 90 summer days from the two rivers. As there will be enough water in the rivers during non-summer months, sourcing 15 MGD of water will not be an issue.
Mr. Bhandarkar says 18 MGD of treated water can be sourced from three STPs – at Kavoor, Bajal (Jeppinamogaru), and Surathkal – of MCC. He says MSEZL and the MCC will form a company for the operation and maintenance of three STPs.
K.T. Maninarayana, Superintendent Engineer, Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), Mangalore (who is in-charge for constructing STPs), says the three STPs, respectively, have the processing capacity of 9.6 MGD, 4.4 MGD, and 3.6 MGD water – a total of 17.6 MGD of water.
He says the STP at Kavoor has been completed while the rest will be completed by this December end.
Meanwhile, a September 17, 2007 order of the State Water Resources Department, a copy of which is with The Hindu, has permitted the MSEZ Ltd. to lift 15 MGD water (by constructing four barrages) from the two rivers up to five years from the date of the order.
According to it, the permission to lift water will expire in September 2012.
Mr. Bhandarkar says the company will apply for the renewal of the permission.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2428835.ece)
September 7th, 2011, 06:59 PM
Although new sewer infrastructure facilities in the city were expected to be ready in seven months, Mangalore City Corporation has not yet come out with a policy on providing house connection. Official machinery and councillors were not clear who should provide the house connection whether the civic body or house owners. KUIDFC authorities suggest that trained plumbers should provide the house connection. Otherwise manholes would be damaged. The corporation has not yet come out with a policy on maintaining the new infrastructure. There was ambiguity, said sources.
September 9th, 2011, 03:16 PM
Link to a old report on "The Hindu" is below.
Bids invited for new solid waste management scheme (http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=50420903&postcount=2541)
Bids invited for new solid waste management scheme (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article83031.ece)
The city corporation wants to retain the 120 metallic solid waste bins even after implementing the three-package system in Mangalore.
I prefer to have waste collection sheds with parking facility for garbage trucks. The land can be acquired by TDR? TDR has to be made more attractive for creating other public facilities also. Premium TDR should be cancelled. Greenbuildings should have more TDR.
September 11th, 2011, 10:35 AM
September 24th, 2011, 01:03 PM
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-- Udayavani 24th September 2011 page 12
September 24th, 2011, 01:04 PM
Those who tip the government about unauthorised debris dumping and those polluting water bodies will get cash reward of up to Rs. 10,000, according to Dakshina Kannada in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar.
On the sidelines of a meeting organised by the district administration with builders and engineers here on Monday, Mr. Palemar said people could pass on the information to his office.
Earlier, the incentive announced was Rs. 1,000 but a complaint had not been received.
A helpline would be announced soon for the purpose, he said.
When a press photographer informed Mr. Palemar that he had given to the Mangalore City Corporation authorities even photographs and video CDs of debris dumping in unauthorised places, the minister asked him to submit the details to his office.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2469470.ece)
September 25th, 2011, 12:28 PM
Rs. 7.04 crores by state government and Rs. 4.76 crores by central government under NRDWP (National Rural Drinking Water Project). To be implemented in this year.
Pamboor: Village Health and Sanitation Training Camp held (http://www.bellevision.com/index.php?action=topnews&type=2790)
September 28th, 2011, 11:31 AM
A strong case has been made by a bureaucrat for the implementation of round-the-clock water supply for the city even as elected representatives were not in favour of it.
The council of Mangalore City Corporation is yet to take a decision on the issue. The council postponed twice an agenda on the subject placed in its meetings.
But K.N. Vijay Prakash, who recently demitted office as the Commissioner of MCC, has written to Mayor Praveen a few days before his departure from the civic body and stated that the proposal was “in the interest of the corporation”.
Mr. Vijay Prakash in his letter of September 16, a copy of which is available with The Hindu, said that although the civic body did not know the exact quantity of “non-revenue water” supplied in the city, about 50 per cent of treated water supplied was not being “utilised properly”.
Mr. Vijay Prakash has handed over the charge to the new Commissioner on September 22.
He said that leakage in old water supply pipeline networks in the city had increased after new water supply pipes were laid under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project (KUDCEMP) and connected to old networks. The letter said that at present water supply in the city was not managed scientifically for lack of trained technical staff and ineffective supervision of low-level staff.
The former Commissioner said that the present staff strength in the corporation was not enough for taking up “preventive maintenance” of water supply infrastructure facilities created under the KUDCEMP at a cost of Rs. 105 crore.
There was a need to have a proper operation and maintenance system to preserve the infrastructure facilities. Otherwise, there was a possibility of expensive electrical and machines getting damaged resulting in problems in water supply and revenue loss to the corporation.
The letter said that with the existing staff strength, it was not possible for the corporation to increase its water supply network and supply water round the clock to all 60 wards. Mr. Vijay Prakash said the corporation could ask the operator who would be selected for managing round-the-clock water supply to bear the complete investment required for it.
The letter has mentioned about the quantity of water now being supplied to the city, water required for each person, feasibility study for 24 X 7 done by an agency appointed by Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC), a study tour by a team led by Mayor to Hubli-Dharwad and meetings conducted to deliberate upon the proposal.
Meanwhile, to a question at a press conference here on Tuesday spokesperson of the district unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) K. Monappa Bhandary said the corporation would not go for 24 X 7 water supply under PPP model.
Instead, it would supply water round the clock on its own. The Mayor was present at the press conference.
Chairperson of the Standing Committee for Town Planning and Improvement Premananda Shetty said that if the civic body adopted PPP model the minimum water tariff would go up to Rs. 178 up to 8,000 kilo litres. Now the corporation charged Rs. 65 up to 25,000 kilo litres.
But they were not clear why the council was not taking any decision on the proposal.
October 2nd, 2011, 08:28 AM
* Adequate time had been given to it to pay Rs. 1.6 crore: Mayor
The Council of Mangalore City Corporation in its meeting on Friday decided to suspend water supply to areas under the Ullal Town Municipality from Padil, unless the municipality paid Rs. 1.6 crore water bill due to the corporation in seven days.
But the Opposition Congress councillors told the Mayor Praveen that the decision was not fair. They said that the municipality might be facing some problems in paying the water bill the corporation. A final decision should be taken after consulting the municipality, they said. But the Mayor did not agree with them.
The Mayor said that the municipality had been given enough time to pay the dues. But it was not paid. There was no point in giving more time to it.
An agenda note on the subject placed at the meeting said that the corporation was supplying water to areas under the municipality since January 1, 2010. It had supplied 32,96,200 kilo litres of water till August 31, 2011 to it. Its total bill till August stood at Rs. 1.70 crore as Rs. five per a kilo litre. Earlier on December 28, 2010 the municipality had paid Rs. 10 lakh to the corporation as water bill. Hence the balance stood at Rs. 1.60 crore.
It said that earlier the corporation had written to the municipality on December 31, 2010 to pay the balance bill. Later the corporation council in its January 31, 2011 meeting had resolved that the corporation and the municipality should sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) according to which the municipality should be charged Rs. six per a kl of water. According to the proposed MoU, the municipality should pay the monthly bill regularly and also pay Rs. five lakh per month till it cleared the dues.
The Commissioner of the corporation on September 19, 2011 wrote to the municipality to sign the MoU with the former before September 30. The letter said that it would be given a deadline for paying the dues, if not the corporation would suspend water supply.
The agenda note said that the municipality had failed to respond to the letter from the Commissioner.
Former Mayor M. Shankar Bhat said that the municipality should pay at least half of the dues to the corporation in a week. Otherwise, the water supply should be suspended.
Councillors cutting across party lines told the Mayor that streetlight maintenance system in many areas was not proper. The Commissioner Harish Kumar said that he would look into it.
Leader of the Opposition in the council Lancelot Pinto opposed the move of the corporation to seek the help of builders to construct storm water drains and footpaths in the city. He said that when many builders have built buildings by violating rules and regulations, the corporation should not have sought their help. He questioned the Mayor for keeping away other councillors from the meeting he had with builders.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2503424.ece)
October 2nd, 2011, 08:29 AM
ಪರಿಸರ ಶುಚಿಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಸೂಚನೆ
ಮಂಗಳೂರು, ಸೆ. ೩೦: ಮನೆ ಆವರಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆದಿರುವ ಹುಲ್ಲು ಪೊದೆಗಳನ್ನು ಶುಚಿಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಸೂಚಿಸಿದೆ.
ನಗರದ ಖಾಲಿ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಪರೀತ ಹುಲ್ಲುಗಳು ಪಸರಿಸಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದು ಸಾಂಕ್ರಾಮಿಕ ರೋಗಗಳು ಹರಡುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಗಳಿವೆ ಎಂದು ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಹೇಳಿದೆ.
ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಆರೋಗ್ಯದ ಹಿತದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ಆಯಾ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳ ಮಾಲಕರೇ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬೆಳೆದಿರುವ ಹುಲ್ಲು ಪೊದೆಗಳನ್ನು ತೆಗೆಯಲು ತುರ್ತಾಗಿ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಂಡು ನಗರದ ನೈರ್ಮಲೀಕರಣದ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ಪಾಲಿಕೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಹಕರಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಆಯುಕ್ತರು ಪ್ರಕಟಣೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
-- ಉದಯವಾಣಿ, ಅಕ್ಟೋಬರ್ ೧, ೨೦೧೧
The City Corporation has requested to dispose of grass and bushes in house premises. It has told that there are extra growth of grasses in many empty places and may spread diseases. The corporation has requested public to remove grass and bushes themselves.
In Bengaluru, the administration used to close lakes earlier giving reason that they spread infectious diseases by becoming dwelling places for mosquitoes. Later they changed their stand and started rebuilding lakes. For me, without having indept knowledge on this subject, grass and bushes seems to be a part of greenery having a contribution towards cleaning air. If grass is the reason for spread of diseases then why are they part of land scaping? Whether trimmed grass does not spread diseases? Whether trees do not spread diseases? In fact the corporation workers cut off grasses which people use for medicines also. On the other hand these workers do not care to cut branches of plants spreading out to footpath from compound walls hindering pedestrians movement.
October 2nd, 2011, 08:32 AM
MANGALORE: Minister for Environment, Ports and Inland Fishing Krishna J Palemar has made yet another green statement, that too in style. Palemar, in an attempt to set an example and re-affirm his commitment to check pollution, purchased a Reva-i electric car here recently.
Of milky-white hue, this battery-powered car, for now will be used for his personal trips within the city. But he has also been playing with the idea of using an environment-friendly car to attend public programmes.
Reva-i car was launched eight months ago by Mahindra Reva Electric Vehicles Limited (MREVL). Unlike other diesel/petrol guzzling vehicles, Reva-i can travel over 80 kilometres on a single charge, with the cost per kilometre being just 40 paisa. Featuring a top speed of 80 km per hour and a modest acceleration of 0-40 km in seven seconds,� Reva-i is suitable for most journeys within the city.
The car weighing about 250 kg can be squeezed into any narrow parking lot. Its high performance engine, automatic drive, safety features, zero emission and noise free ride makes it the perfect city car.
“With a subsidy up to `1 lakh on the micro-car, Reva will not pinch even the middle class,” said Palemar’s son and entrepreneur Pradeep Kumar Palemar.
Palemar’s earlier green initiatives, included refusing flowers wrapped in plastic and replacing plastic bags with environment-friendly bags in temples. With Reva-i, Palemar’s fleet of cars has increased to five.
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Whether car run through electricity is environmentally friendly or not depends upon whether it is using electricity generated by burning fossil fuel or not. If the car uses electricity generated through renewal means like solar or wind it can be considered as a green car. Otherwise car will keep only the area in which it runs clean but pollute the environment somewhere else where the fossil fuel based plant is located. So, as long as fossil fuel is the source of energy this type of car is also a pollutant car. But, as car is small it has potential to reduce pressure on busy roads.
October 7th, 2011, 06:22 AM
Storage capacity of Baje and Shiroor dams together is 520 million gallons of water
Udupi had 236 public water taps, but now there are nine public taps in Malpe
The Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) intends to take up the third stage of Swarna River Drinking Water Project to cater to the increasing water demand in the city.
A vented dam will be built at Yarlapady, about 24 km from Udupi, at an estimated cost of Rs. 3 crore. This dam would have a storage capacity of 350 to 400 million gallons of water. The survey work for the dam is yet to be done.
CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak told The Hindu that the intention was to meet increasing demand for water in a growing city and to meet any shortfall during the summer.
The population of the city was about 1.25 lakh and there were 30,000 households, including apartments. The CMC had provided water connection to 19,350 households and 1,830 commercial connections to shops, hotels, and businesses establishments.
In 2004, the city had 236 public water taps, but now there were only nine public taps in Malpe region. The CMC would remove these public water taps by the end of October.
Mr. Nayak said the intention behind removing public taps was to stop water wastage and proliferation of diseases such as malaria due to water stagnation. “We want to provide pure and good quality water to all houses ,” he said.
Under the pro-poor policy of the CMC, free drinking water connection was given to houses of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, to families with BPL cards and to those having houses on three cents of land provided by the Government. These houses only had to pay the monthly water bill.
“We are building an overhead tank in Manipal to supply water to areas such as Manjushri Nagar, Manchikumeri, Dashrath Nagar, Trishanku Nagar, and Duglipadavu,” Mr. Nayak said.
The CMC was providing water to the neighbouring villages of Ambalpady, Kadekar, Yembattu Badagabettu, Hirebettu, and Ontibettu.
At present, drinking water is supplied to the city from the first and second Stages of Swarna River at Baje and Shiroor , respectively. The first stage dam was built in 1971 at a cost of Rs. 25 lakh, while the second stage dam was built in 2004.
The second stage works included laying of 650 km of water pipelines, building of two 25 lakh litres Ground Level Storage Reservoirs (GLSRs) in Manipal and building of a water treatment plant. The cost of second stage was Rs. 60 crore.
The storage capacity of the Baje and Shiroor dams taken together is 520 million gallons of water. The capacity of water treatment plant of first stage is 9 million litres a day while that of the water treatment plant of the second stage is 27.4 million litres a day.
October 22nd, 2011, 06:21 AM
October 24th, 2011, 06:57 AM
Ujire Rs. 7 lakhs, Kadaba Rs. 24 lakhs units will be coming up within next six months.
October 27th, 2011, 05:55 AM
October 29th, 2011, 07:29 AM
Mangalore City Corporation council has refused to fall in line with the State government's recent directive asking civic bodies to increase water tariff.
The council of the corporation in its meeting on Wednesday declined to follow the State government's circular to this effect.
Cutting across party lines the councillors said the State Government could not take unilateral decision to this effect with regard to all city corporations without consulting the respective councils.
If the directive was implemented, there would be a steep rise in the tariff, they said.
Regarding the stand of the council on Wednesday, whip in the council Sudhir Shetty Kannur told The Hindu that there was no need to increase water tariff in the city. The source of water (Thumbe vented dam) to the city was not far away when compared to source of water to other cities such as Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum. Mangalore had other sources of water for supply. Cost of maintaining water infrastructure differed from one city to another.
The Commissioner Harish Kumar said that works on filling up potholes on main roads in 60 wards would commence within a week.
‘Government should have taken corporations into confidence'
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2575883.ece)
November 13th, 2011, 09:49 AM
* Mangalore: MCC, Udupi Municipality Adjudged Best in Solid Waste Management
Daijiworld Media Network – Mangalore (SP)
Mangalore, Nov 12: At the international conference on solid waste management organized at Jadavpur University campus, Kolkata, both Mangalore City Corporation and Udupi Municipality bagged top awards. The conference was held from November 9 to 11. Mangalore City Corporation has shared the first prize with Mysore City Corporation.
Awards were given in the categories of city corporations, municipalities having population of one to three lac, municipalities with less than one lac population, and town municipalities. The awards were decided on the basis of points scored by each of the contesting local administration, for the functioning style in garbage disposal.
Apart from Mangalore and Udupi, Kundapur and Puttur town municipalities also bagged the awards. The awards were handed over by union minister for urban development, Saugata Roy, at the valedictory function held on November 11. Vice-chancellor of Jadavpur University, Dr P N Ghosh, convener of the conference, Dr S N Ghosh, and others were present.
Out of 172 essays presented on solid waste disposal at the conference, 17 were chosen for awards. Out of them, two are from Karnataka. They went to Subrahmanya, environment engineer of Udupi municipality, and an environmental engineer from Mysore city.
City mayor, Pravin, deputy mayor, Geeta Nayak, chairman of health standing committee, Navinchandra, health officer, Dr Manjaiah Shetty, environmental engineers, Madhu S Manohar and Manohar Shetty, received the award.
On behalf of Udupi municipality, which has been adjudged the best among the municipalities with a population of between one to three lacs, municipal president, Kiran Kumar, municipal commissioner, Gokuldas Nayak, and environmental engineer, Subrahmanya, received the award.
Mangaluru has good plan for Liquid Waste Management and Solid Waste Management (although plans like waste collection from houses is not implemented so far.) except for metal boxes; these boxes should also be replaced by waste sheds having enough space for trucks for loading waste. But, Air Waste Management (thank me for coining a new phrase) is not good. The solution is to have a good plan of mass transportation systems like BRTS, Commuter trains, Metrorail, Bus Transportation Hub, satellite bus stops, TTMCs, etc. First of all bans on buses should go and there should be a few bans on pollutant personal vehicles.
As posted earlier by forumers already, there is a plan to replace Mangaluru street lights with CFL. What about CFL waste management? Whether there is any plan other than current electronic waste management for this? - Is CFL a threat or a boon to the environment?
November 20th, 2011, 01:13 PM
Environmental testing lab One Earth Enviro will open an environmental testing laboratory at Baikampady near here on November 14. District in-charge minister J Krishna Palemar will inaugurate the lab while Karnataka State Pollution Control Board senior environmental officer C D Kumar will be the guest. The lab will be well equipped to carry out testing and analysis of routine environmental parameters required under the statutory guidelines.
As sanitation is related to environment all environment related things could be posted here.
November 21st, 2011, 04:03 PM
Smart card for water bills soon
MANGALORE, November 21, 2011 (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2644914.ece)
MCC will issue the cards to 100 consumers on Mahatma Gandhi Road
The smart card will be the size of any ATM card
A consumer need not pay any money for the card
In its attempt to introduce smart cards for water billing, the Mangalore City Corporation has planned to experiment it by issuing 100 cards to 100 consumers on Mahatma Gandhi Road shortly.
K.S. Linge Gowda, Assistant Executive Engineer (Water Supply) in the corporation, told The Hindu that a smart card of the size of any ATM card would have water connection and water supply data of a consumer stored in it, including the sequence number of water connection, name and address of the consumer, water consumed by the consumer in six months and the bills issued, and the water meter number.
He said details of data stored in the card would not be accessible to the consumer.
A consumer could only read the sequence number printed on the card.
A consumer now need not pay any money for the card. The corporation would issue the card after uploading the data. A consumer would have to present it to the meter reader, who would issue the bill with a handheld device at the doorstep. Process
Mr. Gowda said once smart cards were issued to consumers of a ward or locality there was no need to insert the previously stored data of consumers to the handheld device as being done now.
The GPRS enabled hand-held device would have a radio frequency reader. Once the meter reader swiped the smart card to the device, the display screen on the device would flash the data of the consumer and the contact would be established with the main server at the city corporation. Then the meter reader would enter the actual meter reading and the bill would be generated on the spot and issued to a consumer. The device would transmit a short message (SMS) to the consumer on his or her mobile phone giving details about the amount and last date for payment.
Mr. Gowda said a consumer would get an SMS immediately after making the payment, if water meter was changed and if their addresses had been changed.
The bills for the 100 consumers on M.G. Road for November issued in December or for December issued in January would be based on smart cards, he said.
November 27th, 2011, 06:35 AM
The three-package solid waste management proposal, which has been pending for the past two years, appears to be getting final touches with the Mangalore City Corporation selecting two companies to handle waste.
But implementation of the scheme is subject to the approval of the corporation's council and the State government.
Sources in the corporation toldThe Hinduthat while one company would collect solid waste from all the wards and transport it to Pachchanady, the other would operate and maintain the sanitary landfill site and compost plant.
Approval to select the two companies would be placed at the city corporation council's meeting on November 29. If the council approved it, the proposal would be sent to the government for approval, they said.
The sources said that Anthony Waste Handling Cell Pvt. Ltd., Mumbai, had been selected to collect solid waste from all the 60 wards divided as north and south zones in two packages and transport it to Pachchanady.
IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure & Services Ltd., Delhi, had been chosen for operation and maintenance of the sanitary landfill site and compost plant at Pachchanady as a package, the sources said.
The Mumbai-based company had quoted Rs. 3,201 for collecting and transporting a tonne of solid waste from the north zone comprising 29 wards and Rs. 2,051 for handling a tonne of solid waste in the south zone comprising 31 wards. The Delhi-based company had quoted Rs. 238 per tonne for operation and maintenance at Panchchanady. The sources said that eight contractors in eight packages were handling solid waste in the city.
Their contract term would end in September 2012.
The corporation was collecting solid waste management cess while accepting property tax for 2011-12 even as implementation of the scheme was pending.
Mayor Praveen had gone on record in a meeting of the council that if the scheme was not implemented in the current financial year, the civic body would adjust the cess collected during the year while collecting property tax for 2012-13.
The sources said that the scheme had prescribed compulsory installation of global positioning system in the vehicles transporting solid waste from wards to the dumping yard at Pachchanady.
The company selected would have to take up door-to-door collection of waste. In addition, it would have to take up sweeping of streets, removing weeds and cleaning road dividers.
Other features of the scheme were elimination of multiple handling of solid waste and compulsory cleaning of beaches at Surathkal, Mukka, Tannirbavi and Kasba Bengre.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2662244.ece)
November 27th, 2011, 06:38 AM
* It will be beautified at a cost of Rs. 1 crore
J. Krishna Palemar, Dakshina Kannada in-charge Minister, launching Kavoor Lake beautification work in Mangalore on Saturday. — Photo: R. Eswarraj The sprawling Kavoor Lake, one of the biggest lung spaces of the city, is set to become a picnic spot at a cost of Rs. 1 crore.
Under the plan, silt will be removed, sewer lines leading to it will be diverted, and a bund will be built. Local people could go fishing with the district administration's help. It is expected to help recharge the water table in the region.
The lake, which in its pristine glory, was spread over 15 acres of land. But now, it has been reduced to only eight acres because of encroachments and a road that has come on a portion of it.
This information was given by district in-charge Minister J. Krishna Palemar, who laid the foundation stone for the project to beautify the lake on Saturday.
The Minister said that this was among the 132 lakes taken up for beautification in the district. Of the lakes, 10 were under the jurisdiction of the Mangalore City Corporation. The Kavoor and Karinja lakes would be developed by the Department of Minor Irrigation.
About the Kavoor Lake, he said: “We want to develop it. We cannot allow any further encroachments.” He said nothing could be done about the road that had come up on a part of the lake. He asked the MCC officials to shift the sewage lines.
Mr. Palemar said the government was committed to protecting lakes and a draft of the proposed Bill on the development of lakes was ready. It would lay guidelines for prevention of encroachments, besides protecting lakes. The government would go in for public-private partnership model for the development of lakes. The next session of the Legislature would take up the Bill for discussion.
The Lake Development Authority and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board would ensure that lakes were not encroached upon and kept free from pollution.
Unlike the situation in Dakshina Kannada, the problem with lakes in Mysore and Bangalore was acute as sewage was being let into them.
He directed Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda to complete the survey of lakes in the district
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2664681.ece)
More important than beautification is the lake will increase ground water level and water could be used for domestic use during water shortage.
November 27th, 2011, 06:47 AM
November 27th, 2011, 06:51 AM
Uderground water level going down bacause all waet lands & water bodies (honda, gundi, kere) are filled with soil (as a part of beautification programme by villagers?) Anyway they should use MNREGA funds judiciously for recovering lost water bodies.
December 1st, 2011, 02:24 PM
Udupi, Nov 26, DHNS
The multi-village drinking water scheme introduced with an aim to put an end to the drinking water scarcities in the drought-hit areas of the district seems to be at halt as the contractors involved have failed to implement the project within the prescribed time limit.
The scheme was initially introduced in two places of the district. Hebri and Nitte in Karkala taluk were chosen to execute the project in the initial phase. Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Prabhakar Sharma informed Deccan Herald that the first phase of the project seems to have been fragmented as a result of the lackadaisical behaviour of the contractors engaged in the project. Since the contractors have not done their job, Zilla Panchayat has recommended the chief engineer to rescind the tender and the contractors are made to pay the penalty.
The multi village drinking water scheme at Nitte is taken up at a cost of Rs 246 lakhs and the fund earmarked for the project at Hebri is nearly Rs 250 lakhs. “The project was supposed to get over by this time and the blue print for the second phase of the scheme should have been planned by now,” Sharma informed.
The CEO said the other option is to permit contractors to extend the time sought by them. Contractors of both the project have come up with the demand for additional time.
However, the demand for extension of time is approved with certain conditions. “I had visited the project site at Nitte last week and held talks with the contractor Prabhakar Bhat. He has sought time up till March end for completing the project. I will shortly visit the project site at Hebri,” he added.
“I also held talks with ZP Chief Engineer and he has informed that time has been extended to both the contractors till March end with certain conditions and warning against their failure to execute the work within the given time. The work will be reinstated by next week” he said. Some parts in the district face acute shortage of groundwater during summer. When surplus drinking water facilities exist in neighbouring areas, multi village drinking water scheme is the best available option to substitute the loss of groundwater collapse in the region. It would be better if the project is executed at the earliest as the rain has stopped paving way to the dry hot weather. On the other hand, the people in the region have to wait for the outcome of the Multi Village Drinking water scheme until the commencement of summer season owing to the recklessness of the contractors.
MCC to coduct survey of water connections (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2671049.ece)
December 2nd, 2011, 07:53 PM
You can soon apply online for a new water connection
The Hindu An SMS alert sent by Mangalore City Corporation for making water bill payment in Mangalore. Photo:R.Eswarraj
The MCC's website is expected to be made functional shortly
People in the city may be able to file online applications with Mangalore City Corporation for water supply connections as the civic body has created a website www.mccwatersupply.com. The website is expected to be made functional shortly.
Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar K. told The Hindu that the civic body had been testing it before making it functional officially. “Once, it is made functional we should not face any problem and get complaints from people,” he said.
A senior official in the water supply section at the corporation said that for new connections, applicants need to download application form in PDF format from the homepage, fill it, and submit it physically to the corporation office with documents required. If not, they could scan the documents required and attach them while submitting the application online.
A senior official would be empowered at this stage to approve water supply connection and inform the applicants within two days about water connection fee payable ranging from Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 8,000 based on the nature of the connection sought.
Once payment was received and challan submitted to the corporation, work order would be generated, based on which applicants could go ahead and get water connection through the corporation authorised plumbers whose list would be uploaded on the portal.
The official said it had been planned to issue the work order within two days.
The official said using the portal, the civic body had begun sending SMS alerts to some consumers now on trial basis acknowledging the receipt of water charges. SMS alerts would be sent if they changed water meters.
The portal would have tariff details and important telephone numbers of employees of the water supply department, the official said.
Consumers would have to register with the portal for using its services, he said.
December 3rd, 2011, 12:03 PM
Restoration works are going on for Gujjarakere near Jeppu Market and Yemmekere near Mangaladevi. These two lakes may serve as ground water recharging waterbodies and also track coming around them would be useful for joggers and walkers. They will also have garden surrounding them. I am not sure whether Kavoor lake works are going on or not.
December 3rd, 2011, 12:20 PM
Udupi, Dec 2, DHNS
A power point presentation on generating power using solid waste was held in City Municipal Corporation general body meeting on Tuesday.
Manipal Energy and Infrastructure Limited CEO Rammohan informed that the waste comprising organic and inorganic are used and the segregation is done automatically through the process. The solid waste raw materials are put into waste speed bugger and later into blue tower for undergoing pyrolysis procedure. In this procedure, the reaction between silicon beads and waste will take place through the hot flow of sin gas treatment.
During this reaction, lot of contamination is found following which the ingredients are run through scrubbing unit. The outcome is fuel through which the power is generated directly. The by product of the process is ashes that can be used for cement plants to manufacture ash moulds besides as fertilisers, he added.
“The pyrolysis treatment is where the high temperature gas is formed. The machine is equipped with dry heater to dry the wet wastes. The investment for generating one mega watt power is as many as Rs 12 crores and about 60 tones of wastes can be used.
Nothing is done manually and everything is controlled through machines. The plant holds the capacity up to using as many as 100 tones of waste,” Rammohan informed.The house is yet to give its approval to the company. Udupi city generates waste up to 60 tones per day.
The issues that were discussed during the meeting included the deplorable conditions of the roads and its repair in the backdrop of forthcoming “Paryaya”. Member M R Nayak expressed concerns over the condition of bad roads. He said “Paryaya” celebrations would start from Balaipadai-Kinnimulki road and the stretch is in a worst condition. The time is very short and the work should be taken at war phase.
MLA Raghupathy Bhat said the funds were not released for repairing roads following which the work was delayed.
A sum of Rs 1.10 crore is released for the purpose and the work will commence shortly, he added. As many as Rs 19.85 crore is released under Appendix-C programme for Udupi constituency. He informed that Rs 65 lakh is released for renovating the stretch extending to Parkala and Rs 2 crore has been released for repairing Peramapalli roads.
Bhat informed that the Chief Minister has assured to release Rs 1 crore for “Paryaya” celebrations and it will be released shortly. Responding to a query from Congress member Jayanand, Bhat informed plans have been chalked out to construct flats for homeless at Manipal, Kodankur and Beedengudde areas. However, the proposal is in the initial phase. No government land is available to build houses for the needy. Purchasing the private lands proves costly, he opined.
December 10th, 2011, 07:39 AM
* ‘There is no trustworthy mechanism to check it now'
Chairman of the city-based Karnataka Fisheries Development Corporation Nithin Kumar on Thursday made a strong case for constitution of a joint committee to monitor release of effluents into the sea.
Inaugurating a three-day workshop to hold a dialogue on managing Karnataka's fisheries here, he said there was no trustworthy mechanism at present to check the quality or quantity of effluents discharged by industries.
The workshop is being organised by the College of Fisheries and Dakshin Foundation, a Bangalore-based NGO working in coastal areas. Mr. Kumar said while obtaining permission to discharge effluents into the sea, various guidelines were given. But nobody was sure whether the guidelines were followed. People, fishermen in particular, were not aware if effluents were treated before letting into the sea.
Pointing out that pollutants adversely affected the fisheries sector, Mr. Kumar sought that a committee with representatives from industry, government and fishermen community was constituted to check the quality of effluents being released.
He demanded that more fishing harbours be constructed in order to decongest the Mangalore and Malpe harbours and exports be promoted on a bigger scale.
The dialogue is being organised to understand the region-specific problems in shifting to sustainable fishing. Dean of the College K.M. Shankar pointed out that experts had concluded that fish resources in the ocean could dry up by 2050 if the present trend of overexploitation continued. Deep sea eco-system, which was a major system, was being disturbed and rejuvenating it would be a tall order. He called for bottom-up policy-making to ensure sustainable fisheries.
Ramachandra Bhatta, professor and head of the Department of Fisheries Economics, which is hosting the event, said the situation called for co-management of fisheries involving all stake-holders – the government, fishermen and researchers. The policies in place were not acceptable to fishermen, and hence, difficult to implement.
Aarthi Sridhar of Dakshin Foundation said involvement of communities was essential in the process of policy making in order make them enforceable. She gave the example of how ban on fishing shark was imposed merely by issuing a notification without event consulting fishermen. Similar, problems were there in the ban on catching lobsters, mesh-sizes, fishing zones. It was irony that industries and ports were being allowed where fishing had been banned to protect marine waters and resources. The decisions had adversely affected the livelihood of fishermen, she added.
Fishermen from Goa, Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada districts are participating in the workshop.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2700867.ece)
December 14th, 2011, 05:01 AM
December 15th, 2011, 02:42 PM
* Vidyadayini High School, Surathkal and ZP Model Higher Primary School, Katipalla are nodal schools
As a part of the project ''Promotion of water, sanitation and hygiene education and water quality monitoring in Mangalore City'', water quality testing laboratories are being jointly established by BASF, UN-Habitat and The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in eight schools in Mangalore.
According to a press release, the groundwork for water laboratories at two nodal schools - Vidyadayini High School, Surathkal and Zilla Panchayat Model Higher Primary School, Katipalla, 7th Block is completed.
BASF Mangalore Works Senior General Manager Purandar Shetty inaugurated the water laboratories in the presence of senior officials of BASF, UN-Habitat, TERI, Management of Vidyadayini School and the students on Wednesday. “The new water testing laboratories will enable students and teachers to test drinking water quality in strategic locations and selected communities in the cities of Mangalore and Surathkal,” said Shetty in his inaugural address.
The laboratories are equipped with glassware, reagents, apparatus, laboratory equipment and resource materials on water education. These will enable students to analyze the physical and chemical aspects of water, track impurities as well as acquire skills on how to purify water. “The aim is to bring about behavioral change among young students regarding water use,” Shetty added.
“With the expertise of TERI and the specially designed water quality testing kit, the schools will be well-equipped to examine the quality of drinking water. Several awareness generation activities will also be conducted throughout the duration of the project,” said Ranjana Saikia, Director, Educating Youth for Sustainable Development, TERI. Dr Pradip Nandi, Chief Technical Advisor, Water for Asian Cities Programme, United Nations Human Settlements Programme spoke.
The BASF, in partnership with UN-HABITAT, launched the Water Education project in May, 2011. The project is funded by BASF Social Foundation and TERI is chosen as the implementation partner. Targeting 5,000 students from 25 schools in Mangalore, the project aims at focusing on water education, handling water responsibly and equipping schools and students to test water quality in schools as well as communities in the nearby vicinity over the next two years.
Out of the 25 schools, eight schools will be equipped with “water laboratories” to facilitate water quality monitoring and two schools will have “water classrooms” to educate students on water cycle and water conservation methods.
Specially trained teachers will train students throughout the project duration.
December 15th, 2011, 02:44 PM
* Mangalore shares first prize along with Mysore at international conference
Mangalore City Corporation has been presented with an excellence award for the first position in solid waste management in the second international conference on solid waste management organised by Jadavpur University, Kolkata, last month, according to Mayor Praveen.
The Mayor told presspersons here on Wednesday that the Centre for Quality Management System at the university had organised the conference on “solid waste management and exhibition on municipal services, urban development, public works, and clean technology” from November 9 to 11 in Kolkata.
Mangalore City Corporation had shared the first position in receiving the award with Mysore City Corporation, he said.
Chairman of the conference Sadhan K. Ghosh and a professor at the university said that Mangalore and Mysore City Corporation had shared the first position among the three city corporations in the category of tier II city civic bodies having more than three-lakh population and assessed for their solid waste management. The third civic body assessed was Durgapur City Corporation.
Mr. Ghosh said a team of the centre had visited Mangalore in October for assessing its solid waste management system. Mangalore and Mysore City Corporations were chosen for the first position based on cer tain criteria of assessment. He said that the team members were in Mangalore for three days. Mangalore city was much cleaner when compared with many other tier II cities.
Mangalore City Corporation had bagged second position for solid waste management in the first international conference on solid waste management in 2009, he said.
He said that a biogas plant had become operational in city and some roads had been concreted.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2716862.ece)
December 15th, 2011, 02:47 PM
* Effluents from plant polluting water, they say
Residents of Kukkehalli in Udupi taluk have urged the district administration to take action against the alleged pollution caused by a fishmeal plant in the village.
Ramachandra Bhat, a resident of Kukkehalli village, told presspersons that the fishmeal plant at Punachuru area of the village, which started functioning a month ago, was causing pollution. The effluent from the plant was released in the nearby Madisal rivulet. There was a vented dam nearby against the rivulet. Whenever the sluice gates of the vented dam were closed, the polluted water flowed backwards. This had not only created water pollution, but contaminated the nearby wells. Even agriculture and dairy farming in the village had been affected.
Although it had been decided at the gram sabha of the gram panchayat not to allow the plant, yet the plant had become operational. He had approached the High Court on this issue.
Despite elected representatives, including Higher Education Minister V.S. Acharya and local MLA Lalaji Mendon, assuring the people that the plant would not be allowed to function, the people were now suffering the ill-effects of pollution.
Though the members of the village submitted a memorandum to Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju on September 20, action had not been taken to stop the plant. The authorities should take action to shutdown the fishmeal plant, Mr. Bhat said.
Satyanath Hegde said it was a puzzle as to how a fishmeal plant could be allowed 20 km from the seashore in the backwaters.
Residents of the village Prasad Hegde, Sitaram Udupa and Durgadas Shetty were present.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2714033.ece)
December 17th, 2011, 07:31 AM
Kannada daily 'Prajavani' has reported MSEZ is laying pipeline to take water from Shamboor Dam. Will this result in decrease of water flow to Tumbe dam during summer?
December 18th, 2011, 12:45 PM
December 18th, 2011, 12:47 PM
December 18th, 2011, 12:49 PM
December 22nd, 2011, 07:41 AM
December 22nd, 2011, 07:43 AM
Udupi: Udupi City Municipal Council has been awarded the top award at the International Conference on Solid Waste Management-2011 at Jadavpur University campus, Kolkata.
Speaking on the occasion the Chairman of International Conference on Solid Waste Management (Icon SWM-2011) Prof Sadhan K Gosh today said the Centre has proposed to introduce a number of schemes for solid waste management from 2013 to 2018 for people's safety.
Udupi was chosen from among 62 city municipalities which participated in the competition in the event that took place from November 9 to 11.
Udupi CMC was adjudged the best. Based on the available documentations, awards were given in the categories of city corporations, municipalities with a population of one to three lakhs and municipalities with less than one lakh population, he said.
M'lore: Commerce Dept of St Agnes College Holds Community Awareness Campaign on Solid Waste Management (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=124339)
December 25th, 2011, 02:46 PM
Naina J A, Mangalore, Dec 22, DHNS:
The zilla panchayat engineering division of Dakshina Kannada has proposed to draw more water from the River Nethravathi. It is for supplying drinking water to 176 villages in Dakshina Kannada using surface water from other rivers such as the Payaswini in Sullia and the Gowri Hole in Bellare along with Nethravathi. The authorities have already submitted 30 surface water schemes to the State government.
The Vision 2020 document which was submitted to the CM says “Though Dakshina Kannada receives on an average 4,200 to 4,400 mm rainfall, the people of the district continue to suffer from severe shortage of water during summer. Hence, there is a need for permanent water supply schemes to draw water from the rivers by building vented dams.”
It had proposed lifting surface water for 30 schemes by building vented dams as water level in many borewells supplying water to villages decrease in summer. It was creating water scarcity. The proposal is awaiting the final clearance from the government. Jack wells would be built upstream of vented dams. Water from jack wells would be lifted and treated before pumping to overhead tanks from where it would be supplied to existing network of pipelines in villages.
The total project cost is Rs 44681 lakh. The surface water schemes for Mangalore is three at the cost of Rs 6050 lakh, Bantwal—9 at the cost of Rs 11040 lakh, Puttur—8 at the cost of 19091 lakh, Sullia—4 at the ocst of Rs 400 lakh and Belthangady—6 at the cost of Rs 8,100 lakh.
Now the Nethravathi supplies water to Mangalore city, Mulky, Ullal and villages under Thumbe, Pudu and Adyar Gram Panchayats between the city and Thumbe. In addition, Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL) draws water from the river.
The proposed schemes are— Konaje and surrounding areas to supply waterfrom Nethravathi to Belma, Amblamogaru, Harekala, Kotekar, Manjanady, Munnur, Someshwar, Talapady and Kinya at the cost of Rs 4,300 lakh.
Golthamajalu and four villages to supply water to Narikombu, Shambhur, Golthamajalu, Amtoor, Balthila at the cost of Rs 1000 lakh.
Sarapady and 13 villages (Rs 2000 lakh), Sangabettu and 16 villages to draw water from Phalguni and Nethravathi (Rs 2000 lakh), Mani and three villages (Rs 650 lakh), Naringana and nine surrounding villages (Rs 1,400 lakh), Kolnadu and four villages (Rs 1965 lakh), Sajeepamunnur and four villages (Rs 1000 lakh), Kariyangala and three villages (Rs 500 lakh), Alike and three villages (Rs 525 lakh), Pucchamogaru and seven villages (Rs 1250 lakh), Jalsoor and three villages by drawing water from stream (Rs 100 lakh), Bellare Kottige by drawing water from Gowrihole (Rs 100 lakh), Ajjavara and three villages by drawing water from Payaswni (Rs 100 lakh), Sampaje and surrounding villages (Rs 100 lakh), Ulaibettu and three villages minor irrigation project (Rs 500 lakh), 34 Nekkiladi and three villages (Rs 1331 lakh), Savanoor and three villages (Rs 1200 lakh), Kedambadi and Keyyur (Rs 1030 lakh), Uppinangady and nine villages (Rs 3,500 lakh), Kadaba and 13 villages (Rs 4000 lakh), Koila and five villages (Rs 3,500 lakh), Kaniyur and four villages (Rs 3,500 lakh), Narimogaru and Shanthigodu (Rs 1030 lakh), Neriya and surrounding villages (Rs 800 lakh), Shishila and surrounding villahes (Rs 1600 lakh), Charmadi and surrounding five villages (Rs 1,200 lakh), Laila and surrounding six villages (Rs 1,500 lakh), Ilanthila and three villages (Rs 1000 lakh), and Aladangadi and 11 villages (Rs 2,000 lakh).
December 25th, 2011, 02:52 PM
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January 29th, 2012, 01:32 PM
January 31st, 2012, 03:52 AM
MANGALORE: After going online to provide water connections to consumers and issuing smart cards to select consumers, the water supply department of Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) has now set its eyes on fixing automatic meter reading (AMR) devices to connections under commercial and non-domestic categories. The civic body is planning to float an e-tender for AMR devices to cover around 5,500 connections in the aforesaid categories of consumers during the week.Premanand Shetty, chairperson of town planning and development standing committee, told TOI here on Monday that MCC has already approved a resolution to this effect in the general meeting of the council.
"The corporation earns a major chunk of water revenue from the above category of consumers," Shetty said, adding that the civic body will take up a drive to cover domestic consumers after the completion of AMR project.K S Linge Gowda, assistant executive engineer (water supply department) said MCC had studied the tender floated by Bangalore Jalamandali for AMR devices. Stating that rate for each meter in Jalamandali's tender was on the higher side, Gowda said this document has been provided to civic body's consultant for comparison. "We expect the cost to come down as per our consultant's idea of competitive-bidding process," he said.The advantage of going in for AMR devices, according to Shetty, is that it will give MCC a correct fix on exact quantity of water consumed by users under commercial and non-domestic categories. "Since they contribute a major share of the water revenue, we have decided to elicit experts' opinion before floating the tender," Shetty said.
Once this venture is successful, we will shift our focus to users under domestic category, he noted.Gowda said a Germany company, which has installed this kind of devices in Mumbai, has invited them for a live demonstration of their product. "The devices are capable of reading meters in 100-metre radius. The data generated is uploaded on to MCC servers and bills are generated and SMS alerts sent to consumers," he said, adding that the meter readers need not go in person to read meters.
February 3rd, 2012, 12:42 PM
Cameras will keep an eye on compost plant
Plans afoot to install three cameras at the site in Pachchanady
Mangalore City Corporation will install three closed-circuit television cameras at Pachchanady to monitor the functioning of its compost plant and the sanitary landfill site, according to its Commissioner Harish Kumar K.
A camera would be installed at the plant to monitor the operation of the compost machine, the second one near the weighbridge on the premises of the plant, and the third at the sanitary land fill site, he told The Hindu.
Mr. Kumar said that the facility would be installed in such a way that the functioning of the plant and the site could be monitored from the corporation's office in Lalbagh.
The CCTV would have a 15-day back up of the footages. Later, the footages would be transferred to compact discs to be preserved.
The Commissioner said the CCTV cameras would be installed as it was not possible for the corporation to appoint staff at the plant and the site to monitor its functioning on a regular basis.
Madhu V. Manohar, Environment Engineer at the corporation in-charge of the plant and the site, said installing the camera and associated facilities would take a fortnight or a month. Telephone facility at the plant office was yet to be installed for enabling the monitoring at the head office at Lalbagh. Till then, the back up facility would be maintained at the plant office.
MANURE FOR SALE
Mr. Manohar said the corporation would now start selling vermi compost manufactured at its vermi compost pits in the premises of the compost plant.
The Standing Committee for Public Health, Education and Social Justice at the corporation had fixed Rs. 10 per kg. Those interested would have to make the payment at the corporation's Lalbagh office before purchasing it.
He said the corporation was mainly using vegetable and fruits waste and other biodegradable waste such as grass for making vermi compost.
There were 68 pits with each 15 metres long, 1.5 metres wide, and a metre deep. Each pit could store bio-waste of up to15 -20 tonnes at a time.
Mr. Manohar said the plant produced windrow compost from other solid waste processed.
It was being sold at Rs. 1.30 per kg. Windrow compost was “spicy” when compared to vermi compost.
As of now, “only one person purchases it as manure for coffee plants. It is not on regular basis,” he said.
February 4th, 2012, 07:36 AM
The power generated will be usedat the plant and in Urwa market
The “Nisargruna” biomethanation plant set up by Mangalore City Corporation using the technology developed by Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), Mumbai, near Urwa Market here has begun functioning.
Environment Engineer at the corporation Madhu S. Manohar told The Hindu that the corporation had planned to use the energy (methane gas) produced at the plant to operate a generator.
The generator in turn would supply power to Urwa Market and operating machines at the plant.
He said the plan was to achieve self-sufficiency in power supply in operating the plant and supplying power to the market.
Mr. Manohar said the plant had been set up for reducing the quantity of bio-waste being transported to the corporation's compost plant at Pachchanady and instead use the waste to generate energy. With this, the corporation would achieve the twin objective of saving the cost of transporting the biowaste to the compost plant and reduce volume of waste being lifted from the market.
The biomethanation plant which started functioning in the last week of November 2011 had the capacity to process up to two tonnes of biowaste a day.
The two tonnes of bio waste could produce between 100-160 cubic metres of methane gas. It could produce up to 200 units of power, Mr. Manohar said.
“The plant produced 261 cubic metres of methane gas from November last week to first week of January,” Mr. Manohar said.
He said its operation had to be stopped later as its main digestion doom developed a snag. It was rectified and it started functioning a few days ago.
The plant had been set up by Wipro Eco Energy under the guidance and technology provided by Sharad Kale, Professor, Homi Bhabha National Institute, and Head, Pesticide Residues and Soil Science section Nuclear Agriculture and Biotechnology Division, BARC.
Mr. Manohar said the kitchen waste from some hotels, vegetable and green waste from Mannagudda, Boluru, and Derebail South-West wards were shifted to the plant for producing the gas.
The engineer said it took three months for the plant to reach its full capacity as bio-waste had to be fed in the quantity prescribed in phases.
For example, there would be no feeding of waste for the first fortnight after beginning the operation. In the next fortnight, 500 kg of waste could be fed. Between 31 days and 45 days, the quantity could be scaled up to 750 kg. Later, it could be increased to 1,000 kg, 1,500 kg, and up to two tonness for the 90th day in phases.
He said now the two motors, a compressor, and a mixer at the plant were being operated by using power supplied by Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd.
Mr. Manohar said the corporation council had approved the purchase of a generator.
Professor Kale told The Hindu that “Biogas generated in any biomethanation plant is a mixture of methane and carbon dioxide.
The biogas generated in Nisargruna process contains more percentage of methane than the conventional process.
Since the percentage of methane is higher, the flame would be better, and calorific value higher in case of biogas generated in the plant.”
The Hindu (http://www.eai.in/360/news/pages/3343)
February 4th, 2012, 09:00 AM
MANGALORE: Public taps will be passe in Mangalore city soon. Alarmed by the growing misuse of this facility for personal use such as washing of vehicles, tapping into the main line and using it for watering plantations, the water supply department of Mangalore City Corporation on Wednesday started a drive to disconnect 1,485 public taps across the city.
These taps will be disconnected in a phased manner to reduce inconvenience to genuine users of the facility.
MCC made a start by disconnecting 60 such public taps on the first day in the central business district areas of the city.
K S Linge Gowda, assistant executive engineer (water supply department) told TOI here that misuse of these public taps was causing problem to users residing in elevated areas, who had to put up with inconsistent water supply and drop in pressure in the water running through the main lines connecting their respective units.
Acknowledging that this move would cause inconvenience to some genuine beneficiaries of the public tap system, especially households dependent on it for their daily use, Linge Gowda said the department will expedite the process of issuing individual metered water supply to such households in a one day.
"Such beneficiaries can avail the connection either under the general category or under Jala Bhagya scheme meant for the urban poor," he explained.
The applications submitted by beneficiaries for new connection will be processed in one day, he said, adding that based on the challan the new consumer could obtain individual household connection from the main line with the help of a professional plumber. This, he said, would ensure that more number of consumers joined the list of people paying and using the water and bring about greater sense of awareness on judicious use of precious water resources.
February 4th, 2012, 09:04 AM
6. Soubhagya Sanjeevini:
Soubhagya Sanjeevini, a project for harnessing the water resources of the region, is the brainchild of the veteran experimental agriculturist and leader of this region Sri A. G. Kodgi. The state government has shown keen interest in studying this concept and the Department of Irrigation has expressed its willingness to undertake the study. However due to differing opinions in this regard, there are several misconceptions concerning this project and it has been variously labelled as ‘river diversion’, ‘river joining’, ‘river interlinking’ etc and concern has been expressed too that this project may give rise to conflict with neighbouring states. Hence Coastal Development Authority plans to initiate discussion on this subject and study the practicality of implementing the project.
Coastal Development Authority (http://www.kkap.org/projects.html)
February 5th, 2012, 02:19 PM
Udupi: Use of UPCL Fly Ash for Highway Widening Incenses People (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=128889)
DC inspects land for cement firm in Padubidri (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/224410/dc-inspects-land-cement-firm.html)
If the flyash contains hazardous elements like mercury, arsenic then if these components are used for making cement then they will be in cement also. So, if we use it for building and then demolish them after the end of their life and use the relics for filling land then again the hazardous elements go into ground and water. So, my question is how do they ensure the cement manufactured is free of hazardous elements.
February 8th, 2012, 12:56 PM
MANGALORE: Laila gram panchayat, which is in news for its achievements in total sanitation, is set to become a role model for Karnataka. 'Safety-feel free', low-cost sanitary napkins manufactured by Isiri Self-Help Group (SHG) of the panchayat, will soon be made available to all girls studying in class 7 and 8 in Dakshina Kannada district. Thanks to the novel initiative taken by the district unit of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), as many as 10,250 girls in 126 government schools will get a set of sanitary napkins free. This is a part of awareness programme on sanitation.
The district unit of SSA has received an approval from the state unit, and an order has already been placed with Isiri SHG to supply 10,250 packets of five pieces each. Inspired by this, the state unit of SSA has also decided to include the novel programme in the state government's 'Kishori Project', which is aimed at educating girls on sanitation while they attain puberty.
Laila GP president Prakash Shetty told STOI that they have plans to set up another unit to increase the production of napkins. "Presently, we have a small unit where only seven trained women can work to produce 350-450 napkins a day. We have already written to Nabard to sanction funds to open a bigger unit to increase the production to meet increasing demand," he added.
SSA deputy project co-ordinator N Shivaprakash said Dakshina Kannada is the first district to initiate the novel programme of distributing napkins among the girls. "This programme is not part of the Kishori Project. We took initiative to purchase napkins from Laila GP using Rs 1.23 lakh, which is the balance amount of other SSA projects. State government is also inspired by the proposal and they have plans to include this idea in Kishori Project from the next academic year," he said, adding that all girls of classes 7 and 8 will be distributed napkins free throughout the year from next year.
Laila GP had set up the unit at a cost of Rs 7.33 lakh, wherein Rs 4.33 lakh was funded by Nabard. Women from Isiri SHG had undergone training in manufacturing napkins at Kaveri Matha Trust in Piriyapatna. Napkins are made using cotton derived from cellulose fibres.
February 8th, 2012, 12:58 PM
February 8th, 2012, 12:59 PM
February 12th, 2012, 01:43 PM
* They will be implemented in Bantwal taluk
The State government recently approved six more multi-village water supply projects for Dakshina Kannada, according to Chief Executive Officer of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat K.N. Vijay Prakash.
He told The Hindu on Friday that these were among the 43 multi-village water supply projects proposed for the district. The six projects would come up in Bantwal taluk.
One multi-village water supply project is being implemented to provide water to 17 villages under Kinnigoli gram panchayat, according to Executive Engineer of the panchayat S.L. Sathyanarayana.
He said it was not part of the 43 projects proposed. This project would cost Rs. 16.8 crore. Water for this project would be lifted from the Shambhavi river by constructing a jack well on the riverbed. The six projects approved recently would provide water to 54 habitations of Bantwal taluk. Water from the Nethravati would be lifted for the purpose.
The projects would cover villages under the jurisdiction of Sajeepamunnur, Karopady, Narikombu, Mani, Sangabettu, and Sarapady gram panchayats. The total cost of the projects had been estimated at Rs. 124 crore. The objective of the projects was to supply clean water to people in villages. It had been found that water being supplied in some of these villages from bore-wells had excess iron content. Hence, the source of water was being changed, he said.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said jack wells would be built on the riverbed for drawing water. Water from the jack wells would be lifted and treated before pumping either to overhead tanks or vast ground-level water reservoirs from where it would be supplied to villages.
He said the panchayat would maintain the water supply infrastructure for a year. Later, it would be transferred to the village water supply and sanitation committees.
Sajeepa Mooda, Sajeepa Nadu and Thumbe villages would get water from the Rs. 10-crore water supply project under Sajeepamunnur gram panchayat. Kanyana, Kolnadu, Vitla Padnur villages would be covered under the Rs. 19.85-crore project in the limits of Karopady gram panchayat, he said.
The Rs. 4-crore project in the jurisdiction of Narikombu gram panchayat would supply water to Goltamajalu and Balthila villages. Kadeshwalya, Ananthady and Veerakambha villages would get water from the Rs. 18-crore project in the jurisdiction of Mani gram panchayat, he said. The Executive Engineer said that Chennaithodi, Kukkipadi, Panjikallu and Rayi villages would get water from the Rs. 15-crore project in the limits of Sangabettu gram panchayat. Another Rs. 15-crore project would cover Navoor, Uli, Badagakajekar, Kavala Padur and Pilathabettu villages in the jurisdiction of Sarapady gram panchayat.
* Six projects will provide water to 54 habitations in Bantwal taluk
* Water provided in some of the villages has excess iron content
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2881829.ece)
I think Kinnigoli multi-village water supply project is in final stages of completion. Waiting for latest news.
Mismanagement is the reason for filariasis in Mangalore (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2822779.ece)
February 12th, 2012, 01:59 PM
* We will take steps to clean the island soon: MLA
After effects: Liquor bottles and other garbage strewn around St. Mary's Island near Udupi on Friday.
Five days after the controversial Spring Zouk Island Festival ended on St. Mary's Island, the area is strewn with empty liquor bottles, foils used for taking drugs, used condoms, plastic bottles, syringes, and other garbage, giving the beautiful and enchanting island, 6 km from here, a dirty look.
The event was jointly organised by the district administration, Department of Tourism and 3W Concepts, a private firm, from February 3 to 5 to “promote tourism”. It featured Western music and local folk music and dance.
The campout festival came under severe criticism from the Opposition Congress and the Janata Dal (Secular)for the use of drugs and the free flow of alcohol and alleged obscenities. They called it a “rave party” and said that it exposed the double standards of the Bharatiya Janata Party, which projected itself as the “custodian” of Indian culture.
In the wake of the controversy it generated, it was expected that the authorities would take immediate steps to remove every trace of the festival. However, journalists, who went to cover a programme held by the Congress at the island, saw garbage strewn at different places.
Even the decorative clothing used for the festival has not been removed. Three generators, four halogen lamps, a deep freezer and arecanut poles are still there. The deep freezer gave a stinking smell. At some places, synthetic garbage bins were seen burnt. Some bins still had the plates used during the festival.
Raghupati Bhat, MLA, who has been roundly criticised by the Opposition for being involved with the festival, told presspersons that he had no role in the event except for inaugurating it. “We will take steps to ensure that the island is cleaned as quickly as possible,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Congress arranged a programme on Friday to “purify” the island by performing a “homa”. Congress leaders Pramod Madhwaraj and Ramesh Kanchan were present.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2881399.ece)
Stopping this type of parties in Karnataka alone is not enough. Same should be done wherever it is happening including Goa and Kerala also irrespective of parties ruling there.
February 14th, 2012, 04:57 AM
MCC is all at sea while handling solid waste
Everything is wrong with the solid waste management process in the city, say experts
A few days after joining the State Cabinet and taking over as Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister, Mangalore North MLA J. Krishna Palemar inaugurated, in August 2008, a Rs. 15.88-crore compost plant at Pachchanady, Vamanjoor, promising that “each batch of waste” collected from the city would be put through a 35-day process.
He struck a high note by saying the compost generated could be used as manure and the non-degradable substances would be recycled. But garbage mound at dumping yard continued to swell suggesting that things were not going as planned.
In January 2010, the then Deputy Commissioner V. Ponnuraj hit the nail on the head saying garbage management had gone wrong.
At a time when the city was preparing to handle 120 tonnes a day, Mangalore was generating 200 tonnes already, he pointed out, highlighting the need for segregation into biodegradable and non-biodegradable waste at source. The design capacity of the compost plant is 120 tonnes a day.
Two years after those comments from Mr. Ponnuraj, the city is still making half-hearted attempts at garbage collections from doors, let alone ensuring segregation at source.
After toying with the idea for a couple of years, the MCC has selected two private firms – one to collect segregated solid waste, the other to operate and maintain the sanitary landfill site and compost plant. The cost concerns have hit the project, according to the MCC sources.
V. Jagannatha, Professor, HUDCO Chair at the Mysore-based State Institute for Urban Development, had gone on record in 2010 that the city corporations spend Rs. 950 on managing one tonne of waste.
However, the private company chosen to collect the garbage has quoted three times over.
The other company wants an additional Rs. 238 a tonne for processing the garbage at the compost plant.
In 2009, the Mangalore City Corporation spent Rs. 9.88 crore for garbage management (or Rs. 1,350 a tonne) with more than one-third of it going to staff salary, according to the draft estimates by the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad.
The college, which has prepared a draft sanitation plan for Mangalore, found the following: staff requires proper training on solid waste handling and collection, waste is not being segregated at source, vehicles collecting waste do not have segregated compartments, sanitary workers are not provided with any protective equipment posing health hazards, bio-medical waste from smaller hospitals finds its way into municipal waste, and that there is illegal disposal of waste into the sea which will cause “serious public health and environmental issues.”
On the whole, little has changed in the last four years of the Bharatiya Janata Party rule. Worse, the regional Lok Adalat on environmental issues, constituted by the Supreme Court, has been critical of corporation's failure to cap the garbage disposed at Pachchanady.
Even as visitors perceive Mangalore as a clean city, it has miles to go though it does sell small quantities of compost manure. By Mr. Jagannatha's 2010 account, Pune was earning around Rs. 14 crore a year from waste. Will the corporation emulate it? One has to wait and see.http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2891154.ece
February 14th, 2012, 04:58 AM
ADB loan helped corporation augment water supply
Until three years ago, several parts of the city received water only for a couple of hours a day, activists say. But the situation has improved now for different reasons.
President of the Nagarika Hitarakshana Samithi G. Hanumanth Kamath told The Hindu that water supply and distribution had improved in the last three years and wastage has reduced because of the new water supply lines installed with funds from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan.
The Centre availed a Rs. 306-crore loan in 2001 for the improvement of underground drainage system and water supply. The Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) approved the loan in 2003 and the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) began works in 2004 under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project (KUDCEMP). Of this, Rs. 108 crore had been allocated for the upgrade of water supply. Under the project, old water supply lines were replaced with pipelines made of High Density Polyethylene.
Mr. Kamath said the old pipelines were made of iron and had rusted, causing problems in the flow of water, and resulting in leakage. The city requires around 85 million litres per day (MLD) for domestic use and 30 MLD for industrial use. Around three years ago, Mr. Kamath estimates that the water wastage amounted to around 40 to 45 per cent. This had come down to around 15 to 20 MLD in the present. Both the Congress and the BJP agree that water supply and distribution had greatly improved because of the ADB-funded infrastructure.
However, one controversial proposal that raised hackles in the council was the attempt to set up a 24x7 water supply system. However, the proposal was dropped because the water tariffs would have more than doubled even for the lowest consumption slab.
The BJP councillor from Court ward Ranganath C. Kini told The Hindu : “Just because you can get 24-hour supply, does not mean you use any amount of water.”http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article2891150.ece
February 18th, 2012, 01:09 PM
MANGALORE: Corporators, cutting across political lines, blamed officials for not ensuring proper supply of drinking water at a special meeting of Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) held here on Friday.
Members from BJP, the ruling party, Congress, JD(S) and CPI(M) alleged that water supply was being disrupted frequently in their respective wards. Earlier, member from Congress Lancelot Pinto had raised objection to MCC's decision to disconnect public taps in the city. "Many poor families, who live in rented houses in the city, use public taps for their daily water requirement. The city corporation officials should make alternative arrangements for those families, who use public taps, before disconnecting it," he demanded.
Members Mariamma, Vijayakumar Shetty, Nagendra, Harinath, Abdul Azeez, Shashidhar Hegde and others too criticized officials for not ensuring proper water supply. Commissioner Harish Kumar said that the city corporation would have to disconnect the public taps and fix meters to all water supply connections to qualify for getting a Rs 2,000 crore grant under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM).
"There should be no public taps, no illegal water supply connections and 24x7 water supply should be ensured to all connections, which have meters compulsorily as per the norms of JNNURM. Hence, the city corporation will have to continue the drive against public taps and illegal water supply connections. However, we will disconnect those public taps, which is being used by many poor families, only after providing legal connections to all of them," he said.
Harish said that there is no scarcity of water in the city, but due to the shifting process and other technical reasons supply was being disrupted in some areas.
"A special meet in this regard will be convened by the mayor soon," he added.
No ban on mobiles in MCC
Should members be allowed to use mobile phones inside the council hall or not? The matter came for discussion in the house when former mayor K Ashraf demanded that use of mobile phones should be banned inside the house.
Ashraf urged mayor Praveen to pass a ruling banning use of mobile phone in the house. However, when many opposed his demand, the mayor said, "Let members use mobile phones, but should go out of the house if they want to make or receive calls."
February 24th, 2012, 07:31 AM
Mangalore, Feb 21, 2012, DHNS:
Proposes to build 781 vented dams at Rs. 73.34 cr
To solve the water crisis in the district an Action Plan to construct 781 vented dams, at the cost of Rs 73.34 crores has been prepared. The proposal will be sent to the government soon, said ZP CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash at the DK ZP Project Committee meeting held at Netravati Hall in ZP on Tuesday.
The bore wells, which are 500 feet deep, have shortage of water. In case more importance is given to multi-village drinking water scheme and vented dam construction, the water crisis can be sorted out. The ZP Engineering department officials should work toward this, said the CEO.
Responding to this ZP Executive Engineer Sathyanarayan said that six projects in Bantwal taluk have received permission. A proposal for Alike drinking water project has been submitted, he said.
ZP Member Santosh Kumar Rai Boliyur said that the water shortage in the district is severe. The Multi-village scheme has to be kicked off soon.
As many as 118 schools in Dakshina Kannda district lack playgrounds and 523 schools lack compound walls said Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan Project Officer Shivaprakash.
As many as 1,210 classrooms in the district need minor repairs and 714 need major repairs. In case SSA receives a fund of Rs three crore, it can take up the repair work, he said and added that it is better to repair the buildings than demolishing them. The SSA can take up repairs in case the school authorities attest that the school is 15 years old, he said.
ZP Memebr Santosh Kumar Boliyur said that all primary schools should compulsorily have compound walls as it adds to the safety of the children. Let SSA prepare an Action Plan regarding the funds it needs, he advised. Responding to this DK ZP CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash said that all schools should have playgrounds and compound walls. The work can be taken up under the MGNREGS scheme. The Gram Panchayat Officials have to pay special attention to this, he said.
All houses in Dakshina Kannada district will have toilets by March 31, assured the Executive Officers of five Taluk Panchayats. Irritated by assurances, the CEO said that previously the EOs had promised to finish the work by December 31. However, looking at the course of work it looks like the EOs are planning to extend the deadline, he said and added that disciplinary actions will be taken in case the procrastination attitude continues.
“Ask the Gram Panchayat Project Development Officials to take up the work at the local level. Along with construction of toilets measures have to be taken to see to it that they are maintained well. There is a need to maintain hygiene especially in the Government school toilets. The School Head Teachers along with SDMC should look into this,” advised the CEO.
The MCC has given permission to demolish the Post Metric Hostel at Urwa Wellspete, which is in a poor state. Before demolishing the hostel, the experts from NITK have to submit a report along with the sketch of the building. The building will be demolished through the Nimriti Kendra, said District Social Welfare Officer Arun Furtado.
He also informed that a district-level workshop will be held giving information regarding the provisions in education and health department.
There was also a complaint from the Education Standing committee President that the Potholes in Mudabidri area have not been filled. Responding to this the officials concerned replied that the work of filling the potholes has started.
All wetlands are getting filled up. What else will happen?
Mayor offers 'Ganga Pooja'
MANGALORE: Recent development in the assembly - that of porngate -- cast its shadow on the tradition of offering bagina to Nethravathi river at Mangalore City Corporation's vented dam at Thumbay near here on Tuesday. Mayor Praveen and his deputy Geetha Nayak, along with other corporators and officials, performed 'Ganga Pooja', a task usually performed by Dakshina Kannada district minister. The pooja is offered to seek blessings for copious water storage at the dam.
With chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda having officially said he would be in charge of the district following Krishna Palemar quitting the cabinet in the wake of porngate, the task of offering pooja fell on Praveen, given the CM's preoccupation with preparing the state budget. Mayors in the past have assisted the respective district ministers in this task and have played second fiddle in the annual ritual with attention riveted on the ministers.
Geetha Nayak attached a philosophical chord to the rituals by stating that this tradition is in line with the tendency of Indians to see the almighty in all forms, and worship the elements seeking prosperity for all.
Underscoring the need to conserve water -- given the fact that underground water table dips with each passing year -- she advocated the need to make water conservation mandatory and start lessons on water conservation for schoolchildren.
Leader of the opposition Lancelot Pinto, recalling the water scarcity that gripped the city in the early part of the last decade, said the situation has improved since then. "The city can tide over the worst summer with least disruption in water supply to all 60 wards as well as Ullal TMC and Mulki TP, if officials of water supply department and those manning the pump house at Thumbay are alert in discharging their duties and plug leakages," he said.
The Mayor said MCC is committed to providing water to Ullal and Mulki in addition to the residents coming under corporation limits and the water stored at the dam should last till the onset of monsoon. Commissioner Harish Kumar said the civic body is aiming to meet the expectations of the people with regard to health, water supply and education. They would strive to ensure that dam water is equitably distributed to all stakeholders through the summer, he added.
February 24th, 2012, 07:32 AM
Mangalore, Feb 21, 2012, DHNS:
Mangalore Mayor Praveen offered ‘Ganga pooja’ to river Nethravathi at Thumbe vented dam on Tuesday.
A partial view of the spot where the work on the vented dam is under progress. Speaking at the sidelines of the programme, Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board (KUWSDB) Executive Engineer L N Anand said that the new vented dam, which is under construction at Thumbe is likely to be completed by December 2013.
The height of the new vented dam will be 12 metres. The cost of the vented dam has almost double from the original estimated cost of Rs 40 crores. Now it is expected to cost Rs 79.5 crores.
“The cost has been revised because the height of the dam has been increased. Further increase in the grade of concrete mixture from lean mix to rich grade and in the tender premium too have contributed to the cost hike. The new vented dam is coming up on the downstream of the existing dam at Thumbe,” he said.
He said that owing to shortage of labourers, the work is getting delayed. Materials for the construction of the dam are ready.
Once the new vented dam is complete, then even if there was zero inflow in the river water stored in the dam in a given year, there would be enough water for supply for five months to the city.
“The existing dam can store water for three months with zero inflow. The storage capacity of the new vented dam is 14.75 million cubic metre. The capacity of the existing dam is 4.89 million cubic metre.
It will have automatic sluice gates and will regulate water at optimum level even during rainy season. There are 134 piers in the existing dam while the new dam will have 31 piers.
He said that the Geologist from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd will certify the foundation of the dam. The third party inspection on the quality of the dam will be carried out by the Indian Register of Shipping.
The State Government has released Rs eight crore for the vented dam so far.
The Mangalore City Corporation will release Rs three crore for the vented dam next week.
Speaking after offering Ganga pooja, Deputy Mayor Geetha Nayak said that worshipping nature is integral part of Indian culture. There is a need to create awareness on conservation of water among students.
Opposition Leader Lancelot Pinto, former mayor Shashidhar Hegde and others spoke. MCC Commissioner Dr Harish, Joint Commissioner Shrikant Rao and others were present.
New vented dam may be ready by 2013
MANGALORE: The augmented water supply for the city, which the new vented dam at Thumbay is expected to bring about, is likely to be in place by December 2013. While the existing vented dam has a storage capacity of 4.89 million cubic metres (mcm), the new vented dam, that is being constructed 50 metres downstream from the existing dam, will take the storage up to 14.74 mcm. This would meet the city's water requirements for five months with zero inflow.
The existing storage capacity of 4.89 mcm helps Mangalore City Corporation (MCC), which uses this water storage reservoir as its primary source of drinking water, for three months. The new dam will give the civic body a cushion of two months in meeting its water supply requirements to domestic and commercial users in the worst-case scenario of prolonged summer which can be accentuated by a delay in the onset of monsoon.
LN Anand, executive engineer of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Drainage Board, in an informal chat with reporters on the sidelines of Ganga Pooja, said the scarcity of labour has slowed down the dam construction work. "There is no shortage of material or finances," he said, adding that the non-availability of labour is pushing deadlines set for completing the dam.
Handled by Rithwik Projects Ltd and Swapna Constructions in a joint venture, the new vented dam will rise 12 metres from the foundation with water storage pegged at 7 metres. "The worst flood recorded in this part is 11.79 metres in 1974, and the height of the dam has been factored keeping in mind the history of the area," he said, adding that the new vented dam will have 30 vents of 10 metre width each, and they will have electrically-operated mechanical gates.
Observing that utmost care has been taken at the construction stage, Anand said: "Torsteel Research Foundation of India has vetted the dam design, while geologists from Karnataka Power Corporation Ltd will certify the foundation quality. Indian Register of Shipping are carrying out third-party inspection of materials used." The board has sent a revised estimate of Rs 79.5 crore to MCC for approval.
Strange! If sufficient finance is available to pay current labour charges then why there is labour problem? Labour charges will always go on increasing. If work is not completed now then in future you cann't even issue a statement like "sufficient finance is available"!
This work is subcontracted through tender so the subcontractor has to take care of increased labour cost while submitting the tender itself. The subcontractor cann't come up with excuses later.
February 28th, 2012, 11:48 AM
* 43 vented dam works are inadequate
* Out of 13 lakes only 2 are completed so far although Rs.382 lakhs is already released
* Produces waste of 20-25 tonnes
* Out of this 2-3 tonnes are vegetable waste
* A plan is already prepared to produce earthworm fertilizer using vegetable waste
* Rs. 51 lakhs will be spent for this project
* 8 acres dumping yard at Bannur Nekkila will be expanded at a cost of Rs. 29 lakhs
- Vijaya Karnataka
March 1st, 2012, 07:50 AM
Mangalore, Feb 29, 2012, DHNS:
‘ZP members should have power to sanction projects’
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat general body meeting witnessed heated discussions between the ruling BJP and opposition Congress members over the drinking water crisis that has already cropped up in various parts of the district.
However, on Wednesday, the House failed to arrive at any concensus over the matter and almost every discussion took political face making it a prestige issue for both the ruling as well as opposition parties.
The Congress members raising the issue said that the State government talks of huge statistics running in crores, but in the villages water supply has become a major cause of concern.
The opposition members who disliked the tone of the opposition held the officials responsible for the same. This led to prolonged altercation between the two factions, who resorted into irrrelevant arguments, diviating from the actual issue.
Congress Member M S Mohommad suggested that though the Government has formed Task Force to Combat drinking water problem in the taluks, the power of utilising the funds vests in the hands of the MLA. He said that the Zilla Panchayat members should have the power to sanction the projects because the ZP members can do the job more judiciously.
“The Gram Sabhas have started and we have no option but to attend these meets. MLAs do not have to face the people. It is we who have to answer them. Since we have no answers for the questions of the people, let MLAs come and reply them,” he said and added that government must release funds to dig at least five bore wells each in all the 35 constituencies of the ZP. Though this suggestion was welcomed by all the members irrespective of the party, soon the Congress members said that they are facing problems mainly due to lethargic attitude of the State government. The mudslinging went on for long, without any fruitful out come on drinking water crisis.
Social Security Schemes
With regard to the issue of delay in distribution of various Social Security Scehmes to beneficiaries, the House decided to convene a meeting with the Deputy Commissioner within next 10 days and evolve solutions for the same. Members said that beneficiaries of various schemes such as widow pension, pension for elderly, disabled pension etc have not been reaching the beneficiaries on time.
Koraga welfare schemes
CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash said that Additional Commissioners have been appointed as nodal officers to see the implementation of various welfare schemes for the Koragas.
“Our focus is on prevention of school drop out cases in the community and accordingly the education department, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan and Women and Child Welfare department have been asked to work in this direction,” he said
March 4th, 2012, 12:53 PM
46 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ ಒಳಚರಂಡಿ ಯೋಜನೆ
ಮೂಡಬಿದಿರೆ: ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ನಗರ ನೀರು ಸರಬರಾಜು ಮತ್ತು ಒಳಚರಂಡಿ ಮಂಡಳಿಯಿಂದ ಪಟ್ಟಣಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಚರಂಡಿ ಯೋಜನೆ ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಲು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ 46 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ ಅಂದಾಜು ಪಟ್ಟಿ ತಯಾರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಶಾಸಕ, ವಿಧಾನ ಸಭಾ ವಿಪಕ್ಷೀಯ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಸಚೇತಕ ಕೆ. ಅಭಯಚಂದ್ರ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಮಂಡಳಿಯ 2011-12ನೇ ಸಾಲಿನ ಕ್ರಿಯಾ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 16 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಮೊತ್ತವನ್ನು ಮೀಸಲಿರಿಸಿರುವುದಾಗಿ ನಗರಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಚಿವ ಎಸ್*. ಸುರೇಶ್* ಕುಮಾರ್* ಅವರು ತಮಗೆ ಪತ್ರದ ಮೂಲಕ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ ಎಂದು ಅಭಯಚಂದ್ರ ಅವರು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಮಂಡಳಿಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಪುರಸಭಾ ಕಚೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿಸ್ಕೃತವಾದ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದ್ದು ಯೋಜನೆಯಡಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿರುವ (ವಿವಿಧ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯಗಳ ಐದು ಮಲಿನ ನೀರಿನ ಶುದ್ಧೀಕರಣ ಘಟಕಗಳು, ಕೊಳಚೆ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಣಾ ಬಾವಿಗಳು, ಸೆಪ್ಟಿಕ್* ಟ್ಯಾಂಕ್*ಗಳು) ಘಟಕಗಳಿಗೆ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿರುವ ಜಮೀನುಗಳನ್ನು ಪುರಸಭೆಯು ಮಂಡಳಿಗೆ ಹಸ್ತಾಂತರಿಸಲು ಕ್ರಮಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಅಂದಾಜು ವೆಚ್ಚಕ್ಕೆ ಪುರಸಭೆಯ ಠರಾವನ್ನು ನೀಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ; ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ನಿಯಮಾನುಸಾರ ಸರಕಾರದಿಂದ ಆಡಳಿತಾತ್ಮಕ ಅನುಮೋದನೆ ಪಡೆಯುವ ಮುನ್ನವೇ ಅಂದಾಜು ವೆಚ್ಚಕ್ಕೆ ಪುರಸಭೆಯು ಠರಾವು ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ ಎನ್ನುವುದನ್ನೂ ಈ ಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೂಚಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅವರು ವಿವರಿಸಿದರು.
March 4th, 2012, 12:56 PM
Dakshina Kannada has become the first district in the State to be chosen for the Nirmal Gram Puraskar instituted by the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation.
K.N. Vijay Prakash, Chief Executive Officer, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, told The Hindu that they got an official e-mail from the Ministry in this regard on Wednesday. The award carries a purse of Rs. 50 lakh.
Nirmal Gram Puraskar is being given at the gram panchayat, taluk and district levels as an incentive to eradicate open defecation in villages. It was instituted in 2003.
Besides, the Ministry has chosen Mangalore and Sullia taluks for its block-level puraskar. Each of them will get a cash award of Rs. 20 lakh.
In 2009, Belthangady, Puttur and Bantwal taluks in the district had received the taluk-level Nirmal Gram Puraskars. Between 2007 and 2009, all the 203 gram panchayats in the district had received the gram panchayat-level puraskar.
P. Shivashankar, who had served as Deputy Secretary and CEO of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat between May 2006 and May 2011, said Dakshina Kannada was the first district in the State to get the puraskar.
A senior official in the zilla panchayat said the Government had laid down guidelines for spending the award money. It should be used for solid waste management and upgrading sanitation facilities.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/article2952477.ece)
M'lore's garbage based powerplant still in gestation stages - TNIE
March 4th, 2012, 12:57 PM
March 12th, 2012, 11:55 AM
* Rs 24.6-crore water supply and UDG project for Kukke Subramanya
* Sanction of Rs 8.06 crore for drinking water project and Rs 17 crore for underground drain works in Kukke Subramanya,
March 14th, 2012, 07:58 AM
tudents and volunteers cleaning the ‘Vanitha Vana’ park at Hathill in Mangalore on Thursday when International Women’s Day was observed. Photo: R. Eswarraj
A number of people, including students, enthusiastically participated in the cleaning of Vanitavana, a women's park in Hathill, on the occasion of International Women's Day on Thursday.
The programme was organised by Rokosato Yiene, Catherine Kune, and Vittal Betagiri, social work students who were interning with Citizen's Forum for Mangalore Development.
Located atop the hill and sometimes hard to find, the park has been developed rather haphazardly. Jogging/ walking tracks have been created by laying inter-lock tiles; but lampposts only have the pillars, the lamps are yet to be fixed. Similarly, there is a large circle in the centre of the park, but its purpose is unclear. Benches have been placed across the park, but the dead leaves on ground have not been cleared and several trees have crashed.
Students and several other people enthusiastically swept the ground, kicking up a lot of dust and gathered up the leaves and put them into baskets, which were taken away by two park staff and placed outside the park gate in a heap.
Gathering up a handful of leaves, Deepika Suvarna of Roshni Nilaya said the park was considered an isolated place, but it need not be if girls or women came in groups. She said that it was good that the park had been set up as otherwise, some builder would have built an apartment on the vacant land.
Student of St. Aloysius College Matthew Ma Hanah said that people need to understand each other and work for each other. Each person should make such an attempt, he said.
He suggested that there should be signboards guiding visitors as the park was in an isolated place.
The former Deputy Mayor Geeta Nayak said the Mangalore City Corporation had set aside Rs. 15 lakh for the development of the park and that a library and toilets were necessary. Artist Dinesh Holla said the park needs property security to keep the anti-social elements at bay.
Prabha Kudva, who manages the trust that looks after Gandhi Park in Mannagudda, said it was risky for women to go to the park without an escort.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article2977234.ece)
E-waste drive loses moment - TOI
March 14th, 2012, 08:04 AM
* Vijayaprakash asked officials to use unutilised funds
Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash said that if the authorities fail to respond to the complaints on shortage of drinking water and take measure to solve the problem, then PDOs in Gram Panchayats would be held responsible. The officials should ensure that there is no shortage of drinking water in the district.
Speaking at the monthly Karnataka Development Programmes review meeting here on Monday, he said that he has received complaints from the public that none are responding to calls at a few gram panchayats in Mangalore and Belthangady taluks.
To a request for providing title deeds for all the 1,119 Koraga families by the district administration, Additional DC A Dayanand said that a team has been constituted to conduct survey of 306 families to distribute title deeds. As many as 25 files pertaining to Koraga families have been disposed. Once all the files are disposed, a proposal will be sent to the government to distribute title deeds.
On earmarking government land for burial ground and for solid waste management, he said that he had convened a meeting of revenue inspectors and EOs. However, none had turned up at the meeting. Those officials who represented EOs at the meeting did not speak about any complaint related to land for solid waste units. Dayanand promised to look into problems pertaining to social security schemes, RTCs of schools and anganwadi centres.
The CEO said that a sum of Rs 245 lakh is remaining unused under Ashraya scheme. If the fund are returned, then there are possibilities of the government not releasing funds next year. Hence, all the unused funds must be utilised before March 31.
Chief Planning Officer Mohammed Nazeer said under Ashraya scheme, about 87 lakh is remaining unused in Bantwal taluk, Rs 75 lakh in Belthangady taluk, Rs 51 lakh in Puttur taluk, Rs 50 lakh in Mangalore taluk and Rs 69 lakh in Sullia taluk.
Like Kukke Subrahmanya, even Kateel is a place of religious importance. The construction of a public toilet which commenced in Kateel three years ago has not been completed yet, said Standing Committee President Eshwar Kateel.
Though the government had released Rs one crore for the construction of Yathri Nivas in Kateel, the work is yet to be started.
Zilla Panchayat Vice-President Dhanalakshmi Janardhan said that the engineering division should not heed to any pressure from outsiders while widening roads in the district. The width of the road should be 12.5 metre.
Those who have encroached the road, should be evicted, she added.
The official informed the meeting that the government has given administrative approval for the construction of 65 vented dams in the district, of which, 51 vented dams have received technical approval as well. The work on 22 vented dams has already started. Kateel said that five vented dams constructed across river Nandini in Kateel have not been maintained properly by the authorities.
Zilla Panchayat Deputy Secretary Shivarame Gowda, Project Director Seethamma, Standing Committee President Naveen Kumar Menala and others were present.
Helpline for students
Zilla Panchayat President K T Shailaja Bhat suggested that helpline should be set up to help those students who reach late during second PUC and SSLC examination due to traffic jam. Special coaching is given for the students in government schools to see to it that Dakshina Kannada does not lag behind in SSLC results, said CEO Dr Vijayaprakash.
March 18th, 2012, 08:21 AM
March 20th, 2012, 01:55 PM
Mangalore, Mar 17, 2012, DHNS :
* Solid, liquid waste management units on anvil in Kadaba, Ujire GPs
The government has sanctioned Rs 7.50 crore for the construction work related to the safety of Malavoor vented dam, informed Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat President K T Shailaja Bhat.
Speaking to media persons on Saturday, she said that under the first phase, a sum of Rs 10.50 crore was released for the work related to supplying drinking water facility to Malavoor and 10 other villages. The State government had approved 288 different projects worth Rs 10 crore in the five taluks of the district for this fiscal year (2011-12), informed the President.
Shailaja Bhat assured that the ZP would finish 188 road repair works with a cost of Rs 3. 15 crores by March end. Along with this, 73 ZP projects will be finished in this month with a cost of Rs 1 crore. She said that Shiradi Ghat road repair work has been completed with the cost of Rs 5 crores.
Vision Document- 2020
Speaking to media persons, Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Dr K N Vijayaprakash said that the State government will be releasing Rs 2558 crores for Â‘Vision Document- 2020 plan which is being implemented in the district. He said that ZP will start different projects step by step according to the available funds.
Vijayaprakash said that the process is in progress to build solid and liquid waste management units in Kadaba and Ujire Gram Panchayats of the district. He said that, in Bajpe Gram Panchayat, a unit is being built to convert waste into gas and in Subramanya Gram Panchayat, electricity will be produced using liquid and solid waste.
He said that the low cost sanitary napkin distribution project of the district administration has found great success and the project would be a part of Sarva Shikshana Abhiyan (SSA) from next fiscal year. Â“ZP has a plan to attach burning facility in all ladies toilets in the district. We are waiting for the guideline,Â” he added.
March 20th, 2012, 01:56 PM
Mangalore, Mar 19, 2012, DHNS :
Produced power can illuminate 150 streetlights and lift water
If everything goes as per the plan, then Subrahmanya Gram Panchayat will start generating electricity using degradable waste from April end.
Electricity is a biggest problem in most of the rural areas. The villagers face lot of problem due to frequent failure of power. Vagaries of monsoon leave several rural villages without power for days together. Apart from this, the Gram Panchayats have to earmark 40 per cent of their fund for paying the electricity bill. Hence to empower the Gram Panchayats, Zilla Panchayat has chalked out plan to start generating electricity from waste in Subrahmanya. Based on the success of this project, the Zilla Panchayat will expand the plan to other gram panchayats.
“The unit for generating electricity is under construction. The unit is being installed at a cost of Rs 35 lakh. It can use 300 kg waste daily. The bio gas generated from the unit can be converted into electricity using generator and converter. It can generate 15kv electricity daily,” Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash said Deccan Herald.
The generated electricity can light 150 streetlights in four main roads of the village. It can also be used for pumping water during day time. Slurry can be converted into manure, he added.
He said “majority of the funds received by the Gram Panchayat is used for paying the electricity bill and the salary of the Gram Panchayat employees. Once the unit starts functioning, the Gram Panchayat can save Rs 35 lakh within five years.”
He said “the funds available with the gram panchayat, Nirmal Gram Puraskar can be utilised for the bio gas unit. The union government also provides subsidy for unconventional sources of energy. In fact, over 10 lakh devotees visit Subrahmanya every month. If the Deputy Commissioner confirms the number of devotees, then the Energy department will provide Rs 15 lakh for the unit.”
“The solid waste management unit is getting ready near Subrahmanya temple at the cost of Rs 20 lakh. The unit will be inaugurated in April. The Gram Panchayat gets annual grant of Rs eight lakh for electricity. With the completion of the unit, we can solve the problems related to electricity to some extent. The unit will also provide employment to 12 persons. Plastic wastes will be segregated from the remaining waste collected in the Gram Panchayat jurisdiction,” said Subrahmanya Gram Panchayat President Bhaskar Poojary.
The SC/ST hostel in Bajpe uses bio gas for preparing meals using the biodegradable waste. The hostel has 35 students. With three kg waste, bio gas is produced which can be used for two hours in a day. Similar, bio gas plants will be set up at Baddandadka school, Halepete school in Ujire, Laila Karnori Anganwadi, Somrnadu anganwadi in Panjikallu Gram Panchayat, Daddalakadur anganwadi.
“There is a need to encourage students to take up alternative sources of energy. If schools have such units, then students will be motivated and encouraged to set up similar units at home,” said CEO.
March 20th, 2012, 01:59 PM
Mangalore, Mar 17, 2012 :
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayaprakash has directed the taluk panchayat EO to initiate measures to construct toilets beside the National Highway to help the tourists and pilgrims who visit Dakshina Kannada district.
Speaking at water and sanitation committee meeting, he said that workers should be deployed to clean the toilets. Housing facility should be provided for them nearby.
He urged all the EO to prepare action plan for the construction of solid waste management units in the taluk and submit the same to the Zilla Panchayat by April 15.
Why only on National Highways? Why not on State Highways, MDRs and other roads? Whether toilets are constructed along SH-88? Each busstop and busshelter should have a toilet free or paid. But, remember that poor people like bus conductor or autodriver don't want to spend daily 4 to 5 rupees for toilets. 5 x 30 = 150 per month will be a big amount to them compared to their salary. If our footpaths need to be clean we require good free toilets which is maintained well. The problem with the government is it allocates only construction cost but not maintenance cost.
March 20th, 2012, 02:00 PM
March 20th, 2012, 02:03 PM
Jaideep Shenoy, TNN Mar 18, 2012, 04.30AM IST
MANGALORE: Mangaluru Vidhansabha Kshetrada Matadarara Rakshana Vedike, an apolitical grouping of citizens, has come forward to supply water to 13 villages in Mangalore assembly constituency facing drinking water issues.
The constituency comprises of 24 villages and one town municipal council. However, the water scarcity is acute in 13 villages like Natekal, Badyar, Renjadi, Madani Nagar, Adu, and Thiplepadavu.The office of the Vedike will be formally inaugurated at PM D'Souza Complex, Kapikad, Thokkottu on Sunday.
Vedike has already started the work on providing water to the villagers since Tuesday. It has identified 100 points in the villages where cisterns of 5,000-litre capacity will be set up. They will be filled using water tankers, hired by the Vedike, as per a pre-drawn schedule with a provision for emergency refilling as well.
Rahim Uchil, spokesperson of the Vedike, had recently told reporters that the gesture of providing potable water to the villagers is the result of forethought of Abdul Razzaq Harekala, chairman of Hydrose Haji Charitable Trust (Bangalore).
"The water scarcity in the villages during summer has to be felt to be believed," Rahim said, adding that gram panchayats are not financially empowered to deal with such crisis.
Former Zila Parishat member Abdul Aziz Malar said the typical geographical make of the parched villages is laterite soil, which makes percolation of water difficult. "Rampant sinking of borewells has affected the underground water table in the region," he said, adding that the only solution is to go in for a multi-village drinking water scheme with budgetary support from the state government. "Water can be sourced from Thumbay," he said.
Another ex-ZP member Vinay Naik said Vedike's office will also serve as a focal point to help the villagers with any assistance they might require in obtaining benefits of various government schemes."Besides water, roads, drainage and other civic amenities too feature on the agenda of Vedike," Vinay said, adding that it will also enlist support of Mangalore MLA UT Khader for its initiatives.
Good work without any doubt.
Earlier somebody had written how the local government violated its own advertisement policy (may be still a draft) of not allowing banners causing inconvenience to public by erecting banners in wrong places during Youth Festival. Now, let me add this charity organization also to the same list. The utter non-sense was for Anna Hazare movement, they also banners were put at places to create enough inconvenience to public. Shouldn't they find a better way of communication in this era of technology? Anna Hazare movement fizzled out as the many people who participated had more interested in show off rather than focus on actual needs of people.
March 23rd, 2012, 01:03 PM
A veterinary college in Puttur; Rani Abbakka Bhavan at Ullal
A grant of Rs. 146 crore to Mangalore City Corporation for round-the-clock water supply announced by Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda in the 2012-13 Budget has brought the proposal to the fore again.
The corporation had kept the proposal aside after the council of the civic body failed to take a decision on going ahead with it. The council had twice postponed an agenda to this effect without any debate. In his budget speech, Mr. Gowda said that bulk water supply for Mangalore city had been augmented under a project assisted by the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Water distribution network in the city continued to be inadequate. The current intermittent water supply system would be converted into 24x7 system through public-private-partnership (PPP) mode at a cost of Rs. 146 crore. The work was expected to begin in 2012-13.
A veterinary college for Puttur, a hotel management institute for the city, an oceanarium, and a Janapada Loka for Pilikula are some of the proposals announced by Mr. Gowda for Dakshina Kannada in the budget. In addition, he announced setting up of a Jain Vidya Peetha in Mangalore University and constructing Rani Abbakka Bhawan in Ullal.
Mr. Gowda announced a proposal to bring arecanut under e-tendering system in the APMCs for selling the produce.
The veterinary college proposed to be built in Puttur was first of its kind in the undivided Dakshina Kannada. Though Dakshina Kannada and Uudpi have hotel management institutes set up by the private sector, the one announced by the Chief Minister was the first in the government sector. The Chief Minister announced that a Janapada Loka will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 5 crore at Pilikula Nisargadhama. In addition, an Oceanarium of international standard would be constructed at Pilikula under PPP mode.
He announced Rs. 1 crore for setting up Jain Vidya Peetha at the university and Rs. 2 crore for building Rani Abbakka Bhavan at Ullal. He said that he would request the Centre and GIZ-IS, a German government agency, to provide financial assistance for setting up a high tech multi-skill development centre in Mangalore.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3197482.ece)
March 23rd, 2012, 01:04 PM
Sandhya C D’Souza, Mangalore, Mar 22, 2012, DHNS :
Cases of manual scavenging will be treated under Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989.
With an aim to eradicate manual scavenging completely from the State, the Karnataka Government has issued strict orders that only machines should be used to clean soak pits, septic tanks and manual labour should not be employed for the work.
According to a circular issued to Zilla Panchayats in State by Karnataka Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Principal Secretary Amitha Prasad, every taluk in the State has been directed to buy four sucking machines of 1000 litre capacity or two sucking machines of 3,000 litre capacity.
However, no special funds have been allotted to buy these machines. The sucking machines have to be purchased from the 13th Finance Commission (Untied grants to Gram Panchayat, Taluk Panchayat and Zilla Panchayat) and self generated revenue of the GP, TP and ZP.
A district-level committee has been formed with regard to the purchase of these machines.
The committee will be headed by Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer. District Accounts Officer, Social Welfare Officer, Health and Family Welfare Officer, Executive Officer of the Taluk will be the members and Zilla Panchayat Deputy Secretary will be the convener.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Planning Officer Mohammed Nazeer said that the machines have to be purchased by end of June. “In case of cleaning soak pits before the purchase of the machines, RDPR department has directed to rent the machines available in the municipality and Corporation to do the work. The purchase of the machines could also be done through an e-tender,” he says.
He also adds that the 3,000 litre trailer mounted sucking machine costs Rs 6.75 lakh. However, there is a need to buy a 40 HP tractor for easy transportation of the machine. Hence the total cost of the machine and tractor would be Rs 12 lakh each, he says.
According to The employment of Manual Scavengers and Construction of Dry Latrines (Prohibition) Central Act 1993 and Karnataka Act in 1997, carrying excreta on head has been banned and the people who are in this profession and are affected are being offered compensation.
A circular by Rural Development and Panchayat Raj (RDPR) Principal Secretary Amitha Prasad points out that cases of manual scavenging are still seen in some parts of the state, violating the law.
In such a case, if a person dies while involved in manual scavenging and if he is a Gram Panchayat worker, then his family has to be given a compensation of Rs 1 lakh within 48 hours of his death.
In case a labourer has been hired by a contractor for this work, then the contractor should take the responsibility and offer the compensation amount.
The agency should ensure that the family has received the compensation amount in the stipulated time.
A case under Prevention of Atrocities Act, 1989, will be filed against the person who appoints people for manual scavenging.
According to a reliable source, this immediate move against manual scavenging is taken by the government in response to a Public Interest Litigation filed against the government on the issue.
March 28th, 2012, 07:13 AM
MANGALORE: The Rs 138-crore proposal for a 24x7 uninterrupted water supply system mooted by the city corporation seems to be the only solace for judicious use of existing water resource in a city where pipelines are leaking like a sieve.
The proposal aims at supplying water round the clock, plus plugging the leak using sensors. The system will monitor the amount of water pumped from the Thumbay pumping station to the end user thereby eliminating wastage, after rehabilitating the pipelines.
When the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) commenced water pipeline work under the Asian Development Bank funded Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project in the city in 2004, water leakage was estimated at 38%.
The project never went as planned as the fund component for water supply was reduced from Rs 135 crore to Rs 98 crore which excluded the rehabilitation of old pipelines in the city.
As old pipelines cannot withstand the force from the new pipeline, they started leaking. Most of the water is lost on the way to the city itself, thanks to the Port Connectivity Project of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI).
Old water pipelines are buried under the road from Thumbay due to want of land and there are leaks all along.
"With the corporation not shifting water lines, we did not have any other option to complete the project,'' said an NHAI engineer. However, the corporation claimed that NHAI did not give land to lay the new pipeline.
In the city itself, there are major leaks at three places, two places at Bikkarnakatte and one at Nanthoor. City roads were concretized under the Rs 100 crore project, without shifting utilities, resulting in all the concrete roads being cut everyday after detecting leaks. Another Rs 100 crore may be needed to address this problem in the long run.
On Monday, thousands of gallons of water went waste as 18 MGD (million gallons per day) pipeline burst at Bendorewell flooding shops. The reason cited was weak pipeline. The cast iron pipeline was put in 1972 and has an estimated life of 50 years.
March 28th, 2012, 07:14 AM
MANGALORE: Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) will regulate water consumption following depletion in the Thumbay dam, which meets the needs of the city as well as Ullal, Mulky and few villages in Bantwal taluk.
The water level on Monday was 8.8ft against a maximum of 13ft. It's the lowest recorded on March 26 since the dam was commissioned in 1993. The level has been below 10 feet only thrice - in 2003 (9.9ft), 2004 (8.11ft) and in 2005 (9.9ft). In 2011, the water level on March 26 was 12ft.
The dam was overflowing on the same day in 2006 and 2009. Lack of inflow, excessive consumption and evaporation are said to be the main reasons for the decrease in the level. Officials said the water level reduces by an average of 4 inches every day.
Mayor Gulzaar Banu, who visited the dam on Monday, said upstream dams of the AMR power project and MRPL check the inflow of water into the Thumbay dam. Former mayor M Shashidhar Hegde said that deputy commissioner NS Channappa Gowda should intervene and make arrangements for water supply. "Water supply to all industrial units should be stopped immediately," he added.
MCC commissioner Harish Kumar said people should use water very judiciously. "Alternative arrangements will be made, if required, to supply water to all residents from 200 borewells using tankers," he added.
About 2 million gallons per day were pumped from the dam to Mangalore Chemicals and Fertilisers (MCF) for industrial use. However, the supply has been cut down to 5 kilolitres per day only for drinking purpose, he said. He added that water supply hours will be reduced
March 28th, 2012, 07:17 AM
Mangalore, March 26 2012, DHNS:
* Mangalore likely to be in trouble
Mangalore city, which depends on river Netravati and Thumbe vented dam for its water needs, is now likely to head towards shortage of water, if the catchment areas of river Netravati fails to receive rainfall in the next few days.
Speaking to presspersons during her visit to the dam on Monday, Mayor Gulzar Baanu said that the situation might not be comfortable this year. The water storage level at Thumbe dam is decreasing alarmingly. With the inflow of water reaching the zero level, the water storage on Monday stood at 8.9 feet against full storage capacity of 13 feet, thus forcing Mangalore City Corporation to take preventive measures to avoid any acute shortage scenario.
In fact, the Thumbe dam was full and was overflowing when the previous Mayor Praveen and Deputy Mayor Geetha Nayak offered Ganga Pooja on February 21. The storage of water stood at 12.8 feet on March 1. However, the water started decreasing due to evaporation as well.
She requested people to cooperate with the City Corporation in steps that it might be forced to take in the days to come.
She said “do not waste water and minimise the use of water till the situation becomes normal.” The Corporation is doing all it can to supply water, she added.
Mangalore had witnessed water crisis in 2003 when the water level at Thumbe had dipped to 3.3 feet.
No water to MCF
Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Dr Harish said water can be supplied for 45 days even with zero inflow to the dam. “With the rationalisation of water, the MCC will see that there was no acute shortage of water.”
“The MCC will reduce the supply of water to the industries. Accordingly, the supply of water to MCF has already been suspended. The MCF is given 5,000 litre water daily for drinking water purpose. The MCF was getting 2 MGD water daily when the dam had enough water.
In wake of decline in water level, supply of water to Ullal and Mulki has also been reduced. Ullal was receiving 2.5 MLD water earlier but now it has been reduced to 1 MLD on alternative days. Similarly, Mulki will now receive 0.5 MLD as against 1 MLD on alternative days.
“If the catchment area gets rainfall, then the entire scenario will change. Nevertheless, in case water shortage continues, we will still be prepared,” he added.
The Corporation supplies water to Gram Panchayats which is situated between Thumbe and Padil. “We have stopped the supply of water. In fact, we have written to the Zilla Panchayat to take over the maintenance of water supply to Adyar, Pudu and Thumbe Gram Panchayats.
The supply of water to these villages is incurring additional burden of Rs one crore to the City Corporation. These villages were getting 2 MGD water daily from Thumbe.”
Commissioner said adding that if the situation warranted, then the Deputy Commissioner might ask all upstream weirs including MRPL’s at Sarapady, AMR to release surplus stored water to avert drinking water crisis in the City. In case of adverse situation, we will make use of 200 borewells in the City corporation limits. Measures will also be taken to supply water through tankers.”
About 145 to 150 MLD water is pumped daily from Thumbe.
‘Use water judiciously’
Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda has called upon Mangalore citizens to go for judicious use of water. The farmers have been asked not to lift water from rivers for irrigation purpose, informed a press release.
Water level at Thumbe from 1993 till date
March 28th, 2012, 07:20 AM
* Mismanagement, unscientific distribution of water are the reasons, say sources
With the depletion of water storage to a scary level in the Thumbe vented dam — the only source of drinking water to the city, — the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) has resorted to what it calls “rationing” of water. The corporation is now supplying water on alternate days in all areas in the city.
According to some accounts, mismanagement, lack of vision, and alleged unscientific distribution of water have caused the present crisis. As against the full reservoir level of 13 ft, the water-level was 12.2 ft as on March 14. How did it come down suddenly to 8.9 ft within the next 12 days is the question raised by all. The previous lowest level recorded since 1993 was 8.11 ft in 2004.
The crisis appears greater when taken into account the fact that water cannot be lifted once the level falls to 3 ft (dead storage level). Besides, it is common knowledge that as the water level goes down, the quantity available for use also keeps reducing.
One reason for the crisis, being offered by a source in the corporation is mismanagement. In its excitement to show that it could supply potable water round the clock, it drew more water than required without thinking about the depleting quantity of water in the Thumbe dam.
The source claimed that the corporation doubled the pumping capacity at Thumbe dam more than a year ago by adding two pumps to the existing two. It went up to 160 MLD (million litres per day) from 80 MLD. The corporation has put all the four pumps to maximum use since then.
In summer 2011 too, the source said it pumped 150 MLD. What saved the city from a crisis then was high inflow caused by unseasonable rains in the catchment areas. On March 26, last year the water level was 12 ft.
This explanation is not accepted by all. RTI activist Sundar Rao does not think that the corporation had doubled the quantity of water lifted without completing the second vented dam to hold more water. He points out that nothing major has happened upstream that could have altered the situation dramatically this year. “I do not know what caused the crisis,” he said.
Though one would like to know when the inflow came to zero level, the equipment to measure the inflow is simply not there at the dam.
However, when the new dam is ready, the corporation hopes to store water that will take care of water needs of Mangalore for 90 days after the inflow has stopped.
K.N. Vijay Prakash, Chief Executive Officer of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, who wrote to the then Mayor Praveen while demitting office as MCC Commissioner, had said that although the civic body did not know the exact quantity of “non-revenue water” supplied to the city, around 50 per cent of treated water supplied was not being “utilised properly”.
The letter said that at present, water supply in the city was not managed scientifically for lack of trained technical staff and ineffective supervision .
Hanumanth G. Kamath of Nagarika Hitarakshana Vedike blames the crisis on the failure to close public taps and “irresponsible” behaviour of ruling and opposition parties who danced to the tunes of officials and to “40 per cent leakage” of water due to connecting old and new pipes.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3250678.ece)
March 28th, 2012, 07:24 AM
Elected representatives from Mangalore region have hardly made an effort to bring water to the city from Lakhya Dam which is not in use in Kudremukh, said some officials in the Mangalore City Corporation.
Lakhya Dam, built by the Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd. (KIOCL), could stand as the major alternative source of drinking water to the city after Netravathi, they said.
It was not proper on part of the civic body to entirely depend on Netravathi when consumption of water was increasing in city because of development, they said. An official said that since the dam was on a higher plane than Mangalore, water can be supplied to the city through gravitation pull. The corporation need not depend on the existing supply line laid out by the company from Kudremukh to Panambur for the supply. It could lay a new pipeline via Karkala, Moodbidri to reach Vamanjoor. The former Mayor M. Shankar Bhat, during whose tenure a move to approach the Supreme Court was initiated, told The Hindu that the city corporation had impleaded in a petition before the court with regard to drawing water from Lakhya dam.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3249591.ece)
March 28th, 2012, 07:26 AM
Mangalore City Corporation will make use of all the 200 borewells in its jurisdiction for supplying water to the city in view of the scarcity, said Commissioner of the corporation Harish Kumar K.
The Commissioner, who accompanied Mayor Gulzaar Banu to the Thumbe vented dam on Monday, told presspersons that as the corporation was depending on the Netravathi, it would not use water from all borewells as of now. He said that the storage at the dam was enough for 45 days; if water from the dam was pumped round the clock with zero inflow in the river.
The Mayor said the scarcity was mainly because of the nature's fury and partly “man-made”. However, she did not explain what “man-made” meant.
Ms. Banu said the issue would be taken up with the Deputy Commissioner who had the powers to ask the authorities of Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL) and AMR Power Project at Shambhoor to release water from their vented dams to Thumbe dam.
The former Mayor M. Shankar Bhat speaking to The Hindu attributed the scarcity to consumption going up, leakage in networks, and illegal water supply connections.
He said it was time the city corporation and the district administration disconnected illegal connections not only within the city but along the pipeline from Thumbe to Padil, he said. On his part, the Commissioner said the two MGD (million gallons per day) pipeline from Thumbe which supplied water to gram panchayats between Thumbe and Padil was maintained by the corporation. The civic body spent Rs. 1 crore annually for its maintenance. The corporation has written to the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat to take over the pipeline and maintain it.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3250682.ece)
March 28th, 2012, 07:27 AM
Water supply to Mangalore city is almost entirely sourced from the vented dam in Thumbe, apart from borewells and wells used by people. However, the present “water crisis” is a wake up call to ensure that the administration establishes systems to protect and replenish ground water.
Commissioner of the Mangalore City Corporation Harish Kumar said that five tanks were being developed in two MLA constituencies under the State-wide scheme to repair tanks. Through the scheme, Rs. 5 crore had been sanctioned for each constituency. Assistant Executive Engineer K.S. Lingegowda said that the five tanks that were in the process of being rejuvenated were Gujjarkere and Emmekere near Jeppu, Bairadykere in Padil, and Palemarkere and Karmbistan in Jeppinamogaru.
In the revised Comprehensive Development Plan for Mangalore city, Rain Water Harvesting (RWH) has been made mandatory for new certain kinds of buildings.
Mangalore Urban Development Authority Chairperson S. Ramesh said that since 2009, installation of rain water harvesting systems had been made mandatory for all commercial buildings and residential apartments. However, it was the city corporation which had to enforce it, he said.
An official in the Town Planning section said that there was a view that rain water harvesting was not necessary in this region because the water table was generally high in this region.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3249593.ece)
March 30th, 2012, 09:18 AM
March 31st, 2012, 01:13 PM
The 2012-13 budget of Mangalore City Corporation presented by Mayor Gulzaar Banu at the council on Friday, in the absence of BJP councillors, promises constructing bus shelters at identified places here in cooperation with donors on BOT (build, operate and transfer) basis.
The budget has reserved Rs. 3 crore for new vented dam which was under construction at Thumbe for supplying drinking water to the city and its outskirts.
It has proposed to issue free birth certificates to the first child of couples from the below poverty line families. These the couples will also be issued with a baby kit.
The budget like last year again promises “making efforts” to construct a multi-level car parking facility at Hampankatta for parking 600 cars.
The Mayor presented a Rs. 12.07-lakh surplus budget. The budget document estimated the total receipts at Rs. 228.39 crore and expenditure at Rs. 228.27 crore.
BJP walks out
Ms. Banu presented the budget after the BJP councillors walked out of the meeting after opposing it.
Earlier, the Mayor asked Shantha R., a BJP councillor and a member of the Standing Committee for Taxation, Finance and Appeals to present the budget. But she declined stating that it should be referred back to the committee for revision.
The BJP councillors are in a majority in the Council which has 60 elected councillors. Of the 40 BJP councillors, 35 were elected and five were nominated.
The BJP councillors submitted a letter to the Mayor objecting to her presiding over the meeting as a matter of her election was before courts.
It said that the Mayor did not enjoy majority in the council. Hence she should not conduct the meeting.
The letter requested the Mayor to postpone the budget meeting.
In another letter which had 35 signatories, the BJP councillors requested the Mayor to refer the budget for a review by the Standing Committee for Taxation, Finance, and Appeals.
In the discussions over the budget, Harish, an independent councillor, said that on the expenditure front it had reserved only 22 per cent of the receipts that were for development works. Hence, it could not be called as development oriented. Of the total receipts, only 40.83 per cent revenue came from the corporation's sources and the rest from the Government. Hence, the corporation had to depend on the Government, he said.
S. Appi, a Congress member, said that instead of providing baby kits the civic body should deposit some amount in the name of the baby.
The meeting agreed to increase the grants to BPL families for repairing houses from Rs. 15,000 a family mentioned in the budget to Rs. 20,000 per family.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3265421.ece)
Rs. 3 crores is for what when the cost has gone up from Rs. 40 crores to Rs. 80 crores?
March 31st, 2012, 01:15 PM
The Coast Guard on Tuesday carried out an exercise to check the preparedness of various stakeholders in tackling a possible oil spill in the sea.
The exercise was conducted by involving the New Mangalore Port Trust, the Mangalore Refinery and Petrochemicals Limited (MRPL), Indian Oil Corporation Ltd., Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd. Mangalore Special Economic Zone Ltd., and the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board.
The exercise was conducted as per the District Oil Spill Disaster Contingency Plan devised by the Karnataka unit of the Indian Coast Guard. The Coast Guard deployed its specialised pollution response vessel “Samudra Prahari”, which had been sent from its Regional Headquarters, Western Region, in Mumbai. The NMPT made use of its two tugs “Suvarna” and “Subadra” for the exercise. According to Rajmani Sharma, Commander, Coast Guard, Karnataka, the Coast Guard would coordinate with all the stakeholders to quickly respond to the oil spill and prevent it from reaching the shore. This was the first time that such an exercise was being carried out on the Karnataka Coast, Mr. Sharma said.
A team of presspersons were taken on the “Samudra Prahari” to view the exercise. The mock drill started with a Coast Guard surveillance boat noticing an oil spill around 10 nautical miles from the New Mangalore Port. The “Samudra Prahari” vessel and the NMPT tugs moved towards the location of the oil spill. The exercise went on for nearly three hours.
Commandant Jagat Bir Singh Virk, who heads the Pollution Control Response Team for the West Coast, said the strategy of tackling oil spill would be worked out after analysing various factors, including the type of oil, extent of the oil spill, and the direction of the wind. The 95-metre-long Samudra Prahari vessel, he said, provided different modes of controlling the oil spill.
One of the modes include spraying of oil spill dispersant (OSD) from an equipment fitted on either side of the vessel. The OSD would disintegrate oil on the water surface and facilitate natural oil dissipation, Mr. Virk said. As much as 50 tonnes of OSD could be stocked in the vessel.
This vessel was recently involved in preventing the oil spill from m.v. Rak carrier along the Mumbai Coast which saved 24 persons in August 2011, Mr. Virk said.
Rajender S. Sapal, Karnataka District Operation Officer of Coast Guards, said that such an exercise would be conducted on a regular basis along the Karnataka Coast, which was a busiest shipping lane on the Arabian Sea.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3253964.ece)
March 31st, 2012, 01:16 PM
MANGALORE: With corporation authorities opening two bottom valves of MRPL weir, the water level at the Thumbe vented dam, the major source of drinking water to the city, is rising. On Friday, the water level at the low lift pumping station stood at 9.5 ft as against 8.7 ft recorded on Thursday recording an increase of 10 inches.
Meanwhile, corporation authorities have decided to change the timings of water supply from eight hours to 12 hours on alternative days after many upper reaches of the city experienced water shortage. Pumping station personnel said though water was being pumped for eight hours till Thursday, the water pressure dropped as many houses have sumps. "By the time pressure builds to take water supply to the higher areas after sumps are filled, the pumping stops,'' a source said.
Some areas are now being supplied water through tankers. Also, gate valves are being put at many places so that equal distribution of water is done. The gate valves are used typically in areas of high undulation to shut water to one area and supply to the other. Assistant executive engineer (water supply) K S Linge Gowda said water rationing plans were being drawn up every hour depending upon the water level at Thumbe, so that all residents get water. As of now only 86 MLD is being supplied to the whole city as against double the quantity in normal times.
On the other hand, MRPL authorities said their situation was also precarious as far as refinery operations were concerned. The plant has five days storage required for safety operations and mitigate emergency as tonnes of hydrocarbons and naptha are lying in the 120 storage tanks. MRPL needs 20 MLD to conduct bare minimum plant operations barring the township. "If MCC had addressed the leak at Thumbe dam, due to which 20 MLD is being lost per day (it is being reverse pumped now), situation could have been better,'' said MRPL official. He stressed that MRPL had repaired the dam four times.
The weir storage, if MRPL draws water at 20 MLD (now allowed to draw half the quantity by MCC) and lets out equal amount of water to Thumbe simultaneously, the storage may barely sufficient for a fortnight.
March 31st, 2012, 01:17 PM
Mangalore, March 29:
A Mangalore-based private hospital has initiated the process of creating value from waste. Aimed at creating energy from kitchen waste, the pilot project is likely to help save around Rs 25,000 a month in fuel consumption.
Rotary Club of Mangalore, in association with Fr Muller Charitable Institutions, has set up biogas plant in the hospital premises of the institutions to covert 300 kg of biodegradable solid waste into biogas everyday.
Speaking on the sidelines of the launch of this project, Mr Prakash Kalbavi from Rotary Club, who co-ordinated the implementation of this project in Fr Muller Hospital premises, said the plant is established at a cost of Rs 5 lakh.
It has a capacity to convert 300 kg of kitchen waste into 14 kg of biogas (methane). This is used by the institute as an alternate source of energy for cooking in its canteen.
Biogas, which is tapped in a balloon with neoprene membrane, is compressed and connected to a burner in the kitchen.
At present, the canteen requires around four to five cylinders of LPG a day. The biogas plant will meet the requirements of around one-and-a-half cylinders, he said.
Asked about the calorific value of this gas, Mr Kalbavi said it is little less than the regular LPG. 'This means the cooking may take slightly longer time, but the cost saving is enormous,' he said.
To a query on the economic viability of the plant, he said the commercial rate for 14 kg of this gas is around Rs 1,035. On an average, this works out to around Rs 31,000 a month.
The plant consumes around Rs 60 worth electricity every day, and requires about 200 litres of water to flush the garbage into bio-digester. One person is required to sort the garbage and load, and his cost is taken as Rs 4,000 a month.
Still there will be a saving of around Rs 25,000. The entire investment on the plant can be recovered in 20 months, he added.
Business Line (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/article3257351.ece?homepage=true&ref=wl_home)
March 31st, 2012, 01:18 PM
Published: Friday, Mar 30, 2012, 12:26 IST | Updated: Friday, Mar 30, 2012, 12:27 IST
By M Raghuram | Place: Mangalore | Agency: DNA
The state has come a long way in controlling incidences of malaria and other vector-borne diseases, having met with success in districts such as Bellary,Udupi, Davanagere, Chitradurga, Bijapur and Raichur, but Bangalore Urban and Mangalore still appear to be problem areas.
In these two districts, mosquito breeding appears to be perennial and the people get bitten by a vector-carrying mosquitoes any time of the year.That is the reason why Bangalore has malaria cases anytime of the year and Mangalore is still the topper for a different set of reasons. In both cities, the spread of malaria is more a social problem than medical.
Mangalore has become an endemic region for malaria and other vector-bound infections due to two reasons. First, the availability of perennial freshwater sources provides scope for breeding. Second, the monsoons lead to formation of seasonal waterbodies, which are ideal for breeding.
In Bangalore, the city-based field station of National Institute Malaria Research (NIMR) has observed that care should be taken while storing water for household consumption.
'We have issued a directive to the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to make an appeal to all the residents to install airtight lids on their water tanks. There are lakhs of overhead water tanks in Bangalore, which were not closed or covered with corrugated sheets, which provide space for mosquitoes to lay eggs. One of the recommendations of the national malaria control programme was to stop the breeding of mosquitoes. Once they lay eggs the rest of their life cycle was difficult to control,' SK Ghosh, scientist at the NIMR field station in Bangalore, told DNA.
The NIMR has also sent advisory to the BBMP to advise the ward committees to monitor the mosquito breeding spots and destroy them. It has also advised the BBMP to introduce guppy fishes into the water bodies such as open tanks, dug wells and large uncovered tanks.
However, the BBMP malaria control cell officials said it is not the overhead tanks that help breed mosquitoes, but blame it on storage of water in drums and vessels inside the homes, especially in areas that get irregular water
'According to our findings, the overhead tanks were not the culprits, water in these tanks develop a mid-day temperature of not less than 34 degrees centigrade, which destroys the mosquito eggs and early stages of pupa,' NM Lokesh nodal officer of malaria cell of the BBMP told DNA. But, he said, the drums and other large vessels used to stock water in slums and areas, that get water once in five or six days, the residents often stock water in vessels that are not closed securely and they help breed mosquitoes, he added.
As long as there are unregulated water storage habits or conditions that lead to it, breeding of mosquitoes cannot be stopped effectively.
Dr BS Kakkilaya, a malaria expert, says the malaria parasite has the great ability to escape human defences - the immune system, and can survive within the host for years without harming them. And this is one reason why a vaccine against malaria may not be effective, as say against polio, small pox etc - diseases that have no vectors and induce strong immune response, he added.
Mosquitoes are ubiquitous and more adaptable than human beings. They breed profusely in stagnant water and are difficult to control, once they develop wings and start flying. It was therefore better to control them from laying eggs, he pointed out.
March 31st, 2012, 01:21 PM
Tumbe Water: What you need to know
Pumping capacity ..................................... 160.00 MLD*
Water lifted ............................................. 150.00 MLD**
Ullal Town Muncipality ................................. 002.50 MLD**
Mulky Town Panchayat ................................ 001.00 MLD**
Mangalore Chemicals & Fertilizers ................... 009.00 MLD**
UPCL ......................................................... 001.00 MLD
Ruchi Soya ................................................. 000.25 MLD
NMPT ........................................................ 000.25 MLD
UB ............................................................ 000.50 MLD
Strides ...................................................... 000.25 MLD
Gram Panchayats between Padil & Tumber ........ 009.00 MLD
Total ......................................................... 023.75 MLD
Water consumbed by others ........................... 126.25 MLD
(including hotels &
other commercial establishments)
*MLD = Million Litres per Day
** reduced considerably owing to crisis
Source: Mangalore City Corporation -- The Hindu
March 31st, 2012, 01:28 PM
Sewage water from manholes surrounding the lake enters the water body
Despite Mangalore City Corporation developing the Gujjara Kere, an old lake at Jeppu at an estimated cost of Rs. 2.26 crore for the past two years, the lake does not have clean fresh water.
Aquatic weeds, mainly water hyacinth, have grown again. It was mainly because the sewage water from leaking manholes surrounding the lake enters the water body, said P. Nemu Kottari, secretary, Gujjara Kere Tirtha Samrakshana Vedike, an action committee formed by residents of Jeppu to fight for the lake's development. Untreated wastewater from some drains also flow into the lake, he said.
Mr. Kottari said that if there was clean water in the lake, it could be supplied to many wards in the south of the city during summer. Storing water in it helped recharge groundwater. The corporation began the works after the vedike pressed for it as the lake had not been developed for 50 years. If the flow of sewage water to the water body was checked regularly the lake would have clean water, he said.
K.R. Chandrashekar, Professor, Department of Applied Botany, Mangalore University, said the sewage water contained organic substances and heavy metal contents on which water hyacinth thrived. Water hyacinth had the special ability to absorb heavy metal contents.
The development works so far implemented included removal of weeds and constructing retaining walls on all the four sides of the tank and strengthening the bunds, said Naresh Shenoy, Assistant Executive Engineer (development cell), in the corporation. He said the corporation was yet to lay interlocks around the lake and weeds in it would be removed once again. Another Assistant Executive Engineer in the corporation who supported Mr. Kottari's view said the lake had the maximum capacity to store 66,500 cubic metres of water. In summer, the lake could store water up to two metres and during rainy season up to four metres.
He said that although treated water could not be supplied from the lake, storing water in it would help recharge groundwater in about 3-km radius of the lake.
G. Rajashekar, Executive Engineer (development cell) in the corporation, said the civic body had invited bids to reconstruct 15 manholes around the lake and replace the existing sewage pipeline networks at an estimated cost of Rs. 23 lakh.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3253961.ece)
When I asked a person working there he told that it will require two months. So, by the end of April 2012 it is expected to be completed. But, the current status as shown in picture may not indicate that.
April 1st, 2012, 08:56 AM
‘Water-level in Thumbe dam has gone up slightly'
The water-level in the Thumbe vented dam has increased slightly after MRPL opened the gate of its dam at Sarapdy, Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar said amid much commotion during the corporation council meeting here on Saturday.
Replying to councillors' demand that they be updated about the position of water in the dam, Mr. Kumar said that during an inspection on March 27, the water level was 8.2 feet but had since increased to 9.1 feet. The corporation had reduced the quantity of water being supplied to people as a measure of rationing supply. He said that water was being released for 18 hours instead of 24 hours, Mr. Kumar said.
Councillor Shankar Bhat of the Bharatiya Janata Party said that he along with others made efforts to get the State government's approval to a proposal to source water to the city from Lakya dam, but the case was now in court.
Replying to this, Mr. Kumar said that in 2008, KIOLC told that it was ready to hand over the dam to the city corporation.
However, there were apprehensions that KIOCL would use a portion of water thus sourced for commercial purposes violating the Wildlife Protection Act. The MCC would take appropriate action in this regard, he said. Before the council began a discussion on the water crisis in the city, a heated debate broke out between members of the BJP and the Congress over presentation of the budget.
While the ruling BJP councillors challenged the legality of the Mayor presenting the budget, Congress councillors argued that there was no other recourse. Several councillors of the BJP sought clarity on Sections 168 and 169 of the Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976, which pertain to the presentation of the budget and the procedure of the corporation. Mr. Kumar said the rules stated that the president of the Standing Committee on Finance and Taxation must present the budget within a time-frame.
Former mayor Shashidhar Hegde, however, pointed out that the committee did not have a president, and therefore the Mayor had presented the budget. Mr. Kumar conceded that he had a point and added that the law was not drafted to confront or contingencies that may arise after it had been implemented.
Water-level in the dam has increased to 9.1 ft from 8.2 ft recorded on March 27
MCC meet witness a debate between BJP and Congress councillors over budget presentation
April 3rd, 2012, 07:19 AM
MANGALORE: The city's dicey drinking water situation almost got buried under crass politicking in the general monthly meeting of the Mangalore City Corporation here on Saturday.
The BJP, which is in majority in the 60-member house, tried to score brownie points with mayor Gulzaar Banu of the Congress for her reported statement that the water stored at Thumbe vented dam was sufficient for two months. BJP members alleged that the statement was misleading.
Amid the chaos that the BJP created and the staunch defence mounted by the Congress in support of Gulzaar Banu, the voice of reason came from commissioner Harish Kumar, who following persistent demands by corporators on either side, explained the factual position.
Harish said barring 2004, when the city reeled under acute water scarcity, the corporation has been placed comfortably on drinking water front due to copious water storage at Thumbe. With catchment areas of the Nethravathi and Kumaradhara receiving rains during summer over the years, the city did not have to face water crisis, he said.
However, this year, there has been no rains in the catchment areas after November 2011, he said, adding unscheduled release of water from AMR weir upstream from Thumbe in January, and lack of humidity which hastened surface water evaporation only precipitated the water crisis further. The sign of looming water shortage was first noticed on March 23 when the water storage level at Thumbe went below 9 feet against the maximum storage level of 13 feet, he said. This also prompted the civic body to report the situation to the deputy commissioner and also appeal to the people through the media about the situation urging all concerned to use water judiciously.
Harish said a media briefing by N Yogish Bhat, deputy speaker of the state Assembly, on the possibilities of water at Thumbe lasting for 9 days on Sunday was done based on official inputs given that water was depleting at the rate of 4-5 inches per day. "We had to go in for water rationing to tide over the situation," he said.
The corporation has cut down on water that was being pumped at 36 MGD to 24 MGD to counter the situation. It has also stopped supplying water for industrial use. Officials have been instructed to keep vigil on use of water for construction purpose.
The corporation is also supplying water to Mulki town panchayat and Ullal town municipal council on alternate days. A letter has been sent to the ZP to take care of the needs of four panchayats en route Thumbe and the city. They use 2MGD of water.
Furore over water shortage in City (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/238613/furore-over-water-shortage-city.html)
April 3rd, 2012, 07:22 AM
Mangalore, Apr 2, 2012, DH News Service:
The proposal of pumping water to Mangalore City from Lakya dam may soon be a reality, thereby solving the water crisis in the City Corporation limits.
Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat has informed that the Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Limited (KIOCL) Managing Director has written a letter to the Mangalore City Corporation on March 23, 2012 agreeing to supply six MGD water from Lakya Dam to the MCC.
“The issue was raised in the Assembly on March 30 and the proposal is likely to get the State government’s nod,” said Bhat.
Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a programme in the city on Monday, the Deputy Speaker said that with the KIOCL agreeing to supply six MGD water from the Lakya dam, the drinking water could be drawn to Mangalore through the company’s 67 km pipeline using gravitation force.
“There are no hurdles to pass the proposal now and we are hopeful that the Government will approve the proposal soon,” he said.
Speaking about the issue of drawing Lakya dam water which is before the Supreme Court now, Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Dr Harish Kumar said that the MCC is impleading the judgement.
The path has been made smooth for the MCC now for two reasons. One, that the KIOCL has agreed to supply six MGD water without any prior conditions and second, is the severe shortage of drinking water faced by the MCC this year
“We have already prepared a technical report on availability of water in Mangalore which would be produced before the Court which would help in bringing the judgement in the MCC’s favour,” he informed.
MCC to bank on tankers for water supply (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/239083/mcc-bank-tankers-water-supply.html)
April 3rd, 2012, 08:35 AM
How come Mangalore is facing water shortage this summer?
April 5th, 2012, 11:21 AM
April 5th, 2012, 04:29 PM
How come Mangalore is facing water shortage this summer?
Water shortage was there every year but this year it is a bit more but dont know why
April 8th, 2012, 07:17 AM
* Although the work commenced in 2003, it took off only in 2007
The State Government has extended the deadline till this year end for completing the laying of the 363-km sewer network and associated facilities under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan in the city.
Mangalore will have to wait longer to connect the sewer line of their houses to the network laid by the Government. The associated facilities comprise constructing sewage treatment plants, wet wells, manholes, and pump houses.
The works being implemented by the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) for the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) under the scheme called Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project (KUDCEMP) should had been completed by March, 2012. Although works commenced in 2003, in reality it took off only in 2007 because of various issues. The Government terminated the contracts of five major contractors in 2006 as they failed to perform.
The Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation Harish Kumar K. told The Hindu on Wednesday that an empowered committee of the Government headed by Additional Chief Secretary K. Jairaj has extended the deadline for completing all works till December, 2012.
He said that according to the KUIDFC, sewer network to 8.5-km length was yet to be completed in the city. To complete 2.5-km length sewer network, land was required, he said.
"We will address the land acquisition issue. The required land will be handed over to KUIDFC," Mr. Kumar said.
Another senior official of KUIDFC, Mangalore, told The Hindu on Wednesday that the new sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Jeppinamogaru with 20 MLD (million litres per day) processing capacity and at Surathkal having 16.75 MLD processing capacity were in advanced stages of completion.
Of the 22 new wet wells, eight have been commissioned and the remaining were in various stages of completion.
He said that an issue relating to laying the network in the land belonging to Southern Railways at Kulshekara had not been addressed yet. The official said that once all the works were completed, the contractors would have a year as defect liability period for rectifying the faults.
Earlier while speaking to The Hindu K.T. Maninarayana, Superintending Engineer, KUIDFC, Mangalore, had gone on record that the new STP at Kavoor with 43 MLD capacity had been completed and handed over to the Mangalore City Corporation. Another new STP at Pachchanady and a tertiary treatment plant at Pilikula having 8.75 MLD capacity were being operated on a trial basis after giving connection to about 300 houses in Pachchanady area, he said.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3284060.ece)
April 8th, 2012, 07:19 AM
It may not be only profit of Rs. 1000 crores. The maintenance & operational costs like regular desilting works needed should also be counted.
Whether these canals could be used as waterways?
The project is also listed under Coastal Development Authority. Whether CDA is the implementation agency for this project?
April 8th, 2012, 07:20 AM
Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Zilla Panchayat S.A. Prabhakar Sharma said on Thursday that steps had been taken to deal with any problem of drinking water shortage in the district.
Mr. Sharma told The Hindu that Rs. 14 crore had been spent by the zilla panchayat for providing drinking water in the district. 'Jala Seva Kendras' had been opened at the offices of all the three taluk panchayats in the district to deal with any problem related to drinking water immediately.
If there was any drinking water shortage in any place, the gram panchayats had been directed to pass a resolution and send the same to the Deputy Commissioner. The Deputy Commissioner would then direct the tahsildar concerned to immediately inspect the area and water would be provided through water tankers.
There was no shortage of funds to deal with any drinking water problem in the district, Mr. Sharma said.
Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju said there were about six villages in the district where water was being provided through water tankers.
But only certain colonies in these villages were suffering from water shortage. Hence drinking water was being made available to them through water tankers. However, other sources of water were available in these villages, he said.
Udupi Zilla Panchayat president Katapady Shankar Poojary said there was no drinking water problem in the district so far. "If such a problem arises, we along with the district administration would together deal with it", he said.
* Rs.14 crore spent on water supply, says CEO
* Water supplied through tankers in six villages
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3286482.ece)
April 8th, 2012, 07:21 AM
Water crisis: DK seeks Rs 2 Cr
TNN Apr 4, 2012, 05.48AM IST
MANGALORE: Depleting water level at Thumbe vented dam, main source of drinking water to the city, has forced the Mangalore City Corporation to reduce water supplied to Mulky and Ullal respectively. While 83 villages in Dakshina Kannada are facing drinking water shortage of varying levels, the problem is acute in Kolnad, Naringana, Vogga and Pajeer in Bantwal and Mangalore taluks, according to deputy commissioner N S Channappa Gowda.
Interacting with chief minister D V Sadananda Gowda over video-conferencing held by the CM with all DCs on Tuesday, the DC said water was being supplied to the villages using water tankers. "Lack of rains in the coastal district is also having a bearing on yield in borewells dug up for the purpose," DC said, urging CM to release Rs 2 crore to help the administration tide over the crisis and supply drinking water to the affected villages. CM assured to do the needful.
On implementation of Sakala in Puttur, one of the five taluks where Karnataka Guarantee of Services to Citizens Act, 2011 was implemented as a pilot project, DC said 4,758 out of 5,540 applications received in Puttur were disposed of last month. In the district wise roll out on Monday, DC said 726 out of 1,511 applications received since the launch had been disposed of and the district would strive to be number one in implementing the act in the state.
The district has taken steps to implement the government's directive on providing nutritious food to children in anganwadis , the DC said .
CM promises Rs 2 crore for DK to ease water crisis (http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=38267:cm-promises-rs-2-crore-for-dk-to-ease-water-crisis-&catid=57:news-stories&Itemid=18)
ZP sends action plan to solve drinking water woes in DK
Mangalore, Apr 4, 2012, DHNS :
Union government has selected Dakshina Kannada for PEAIS award
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer Dr K N Vijayprakash said that Zilla Panchayat has sent an Action Plan of Rs 73.36 crore to solve drinking water problems.
The situation is critical in ten Gram Panchayats including areas like Vagga, Kolnadu and Pajeeru.
During a chat with news persons after the video conference held by Chief Minister Sadananda Gowda, Dr K N Vijayparakash said that Union government has selected Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat for 'Panchayat Empowerment and Accountability Incentive Scheme' (PEAIS) award for the year 2010-11.
He said that the award includes Rs 25 lakh cash reward and Dakshina Kannada is the only district in the state to get this honour. The award is being given considering the transparency, planning committee meetings and actions plans of the Zilla Panchayat.
With regard to supply of nutritious food to Anganwadi children, the Chief Executive Officer said that a Committee has been formed to look into the supply of nutritional food as 855 kids are found to be suffering due to malnutrition problem across 2,102 anganwadi centres of the district.
"We are providing egg and milk for kids. After two or three months an evaluation process will be conducted jointly by Health Department and Women and Child Welfare Departments to access the progress in health condition of these children," he informed.
Discussion on water woes
Earlier during Chief Minister's video conference, water problems of the district were discussed in detail. The video conference was at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mangalore.
Answering to various questions shot by the Chief Minister with regard to water supply scenario in the district, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Channappa Gowda said that some places in Bantwal and Mangalore Taluk Panchayats are facing water scarcity and steps have been taken to supply water to these regions using tankers. He said that problem also exists in Mulki and Ullal areas.
DC demands rupees two crore
Keeping forth a demand for Rs two crore, the Deputy Commissioner said that the funds will be used to take preventive measures as it is seen that bore wells are drying up in many areas in the district.
With regard to performance of various departments under Sakala programme, the Deputy Commissioner said that Zilla Panchayat has disposed 4,500 applications out of 5,700 applications received under Sakala scheme within a month in Puttur taluk.
Meanwhile the district administration has settled 726 applications out of 1,511.
April 8th, 2012, 07:28 AM
Water shortage was there every year but this year it is a bit more but dont know why
It is raising temperature which is drying up all water sources. Sea is also getting dried up and getting converted to clouds and we are expecting rain soon.
The temperature is raising as we are becoming more industrialized and becoming rich with cars, refrigerators, etc.
Another reason is Netravati dam may be filled with silts and may not be able to hold more water and many of deep water spots of river are filled with sand as reported by Udayavani.
Also many dams are built across Netravati river and water is not flowing down easily to Tumbe now.
Another thing is all across district all ponds and small lakes which used to recharge ground water have been levelled off.
Rs 50 Lakh Released for Drinking Water Problems in DK (http://www.mangalorean.com/news.php?newstype=local&newsid=309003)
Udupi: Residents protest over disconnection of water (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/240429/residents-protest-over-disconnection-water.html)
April 9th, 2012, 09:09 AM
Even as the talks of diverting the lifeline river Nethravati from west to east by some politicians have been going on, engineers and thinktanks of Mangalore have managed to go around a major roadblock in the way of fetching Bhadra river water from the hills of Kudremukh about 143 km from the city.
For this, the Mangalore City Corporation will not have to lay any new pipeline or pumping machinery to bring this water to the city. Instead, it will fall back on gravity and the 35-year-old iron ore slurry pipe laid from Kudremukh to Kulur in Mangalore, which now is in a state of disuse after mining in Kudremukh stopped in 2005.
“The pipeline can be used to connect the water source on top of the hill and transport the water with the help of the gravity to Mangalore,” Harish Kumar, Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation, told DNA. “We have been working on this idea for a while, and if everything goes as planned, Mangalore should get water from Lakya next summer,” said MLA of Mangalore South, N Yogish Bhat.
Former mayor K Diwakar who had mooted the idea in 2005, said, “Earlier there was no response from councillors or officials since there was practically no cost involved.This meant no tenders, contracts or financial transactions. Now that there are talks of diverting the Nethravati river, these people have woken up.”
“The KIOCL, which is already reeling under a crisis as they do not have a captive mining site, did not shirk away from its part of corporate social commitment. It immediately agreed to the proposal,” said mayor, Gulzar Banu.
If the silt that has formed over the last 35 years can be removed and the dam is restored to its original depth, it could become a model water supply scheme.Students of NIT-K Surathkal have taken silt samples and are analysing it for possible commercial use, a KIOCL official said.
April 10th, 2012, 07:19 AM
Mangalore, Apr 10: The proposal to draw water from Lakya dam built by Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd for meeting the needs of the city, which was hanging fire since long, seems to be moving on the right direction. At a meeting held at the office of the district commissioner here on Monday April 9, it was decided to seek diversion of one MGD of water on a daily basis from the dam for drinking water purposes.
The above dam had been built for pumping iron ore mined at Kudremukh mountains through a pipeline, after mixing it with water, to the pelletization plant of the company functioning at Panambur, by using gravitational force. After its lease expired, the company has not been conducting mining activity at Kudremukh, and hence, the dam built by it has become useless, but for meeting limited water needs of the company at Panambur.
The meeting was convened specifically to discuss the issue threadbare and arrive at a decision, in view of the dwindling water resources in the city. The meeting was attended among others, by deputy speaker in the state assembly, N Yogish Bhat, deputy commissioner, Dr N S Channappa Gowda, officials of the city corporation, as well as some officials of Kudremukh Iron Ore Company Ltd.
The district administration officially requested the company to release one MGD of water at present, to meet water needs of the city. This water will be drawn by interlinking the company’s pipeline to the water treatment plant of the city from Panambur. At present, 2.3 MGD of water is being supplied to the company’s unit at Panambur every day. The meeting also discussed the practicability of bringing 6 MGD of water from Lakya dam every day to the city, by making full use of the pipeline capacity. However, this might take time, as court permission and other procedures may be needed to be followed for the same.
In the meanwhile, moderate rainfall being received in the catchment areas of River Netravati since a couple of days, has given rise to a hope that water situation woes will not become grimmer during the remaining period before the onset of monsoon.
April 10th, 2012, 07:34 AM
Three CCTV cams in place to check illegal vehicles dumping waste
In the backdrop of increase in illegal entry of vehicles from outside the Mangalore City Corporation jurisdiction to dump solid wastes, medical waste in the dumping yard, Mangalore City Corporation has installed three Closed Circuit Television cameras (CCTV cameras) at Pachchanady dumping yard to monitor the functioning of its compost plant and sanitary landfill site.
The camera has been installed at the plant to monitor the operation of the compost plant, near the weighbridge on the premises of the plant and the one at the sanitary land fill site.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Environmental Engineer and in charge of the plant and the site Madhu said measures will be taken to monitor the functioning of the dumping yard by sitting at the Mangalore City Corporation using online facility and the CCTVs. “In fact, the CCTVs will be connected to the computer at the site, which will be given link to the Mangalore City Corporation website, so that even the public can view it, at any time.”
The CCTVs have been installed to increase the efficiency and to check how many vehicles enter the dumping yard to dump the waste. The CCTVs have a 15-day back up of the footages. Later, the footages would be transferred to compact discs and preserved.
“We can also note down the registration numbers of the trucks which enter dumping yard illegally and then initiate action against the culprits,” he said.
He said the Corporation has taken measure to sell vermi compost manufactured, at its vermi compost plant.
The Standing Committee for Public Health, Education and Social Justice
of the MCC had fixed Rs 10 per kg of vermi compost. Those interested to buy will have to make the payment at the Corporation’s Lalbagh office before purchasing it.
“Biodegradable waste is used for making vermi composts. There are 68 pits in the compost unit. The compost manufacturing was started in four pits in 2010. Now we are manufacturing it in 42 pits.
Each pit is 15 metres long, 1.5 metres wide. Each pit can store 15 to 20 tonnes of compost,” he said. A planter from Chikmagalur is purchasing windrow compost produced from other solid waste processed at the plant. The manure is used for coffee plants.
“He purchases 100 tonnes , 50 tonnes at a time but not on regular basis,” he said adding that the ambitious three package solid waste management scheme of the MCC is awaiting approval from the government.
Once it is approved, then the compost plant will be handed over to the contractor for maintenance. The contractor can take measures to sell the manure.http://www.deccanherald.com/images/logo.jpg (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/240872/cameras-guard-dump-yard.html)
April 11th, 2012, 09:40 AM
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April 11th, 2012, 12:37 PM
Government has agreed for 6 projects out of 30 projects to supply drinking water to 176 villages of DK
Remaining are under perusal of project approval comittee
Rs.14 crores project to supply drinking water to Narikomby, Goltimajalu & Baltila villages
Rs.18 crores project to supply drinking water to Mani, Kadeshalwya & Anantadi & Veerakambha villages
Rs.15 crores project to supply drinking water to Sangabettu, Chennaittodi, Kukkipadi, Panjikallu & Rayi villages
Rs.15 crores project to supply drinking water to Sarapadi, Navooru, Uli, Badaga Kajekaru, Kavala Paduru & Pilatabettu villages
Rs.10 crores project to supply drinking water to Sajipa Munnuru, Sajipa Mooda, Sajipa Nadu & Manchi villages
Rs.19.85 crores project to supply drinking water to Karopadi, Kanyana, Kolnadu & Vitla Padnuru villages
Zilla Panchayat has requested DPR from Enginnering Department
Earlier, Zilla Panchayat had prepared a proposal costing Rs. 446.81 crores for all 176 villages
Out of 3 projects of Rs. 60.50 crores for Mangaluru Taluk for 21 villages, 9 projects of Rs. 110.40 crores for Bantwala Taluk of 61 villages, 8 projects of Rs. 190.91 crores for Puttur Taluk of 45 villages, 4 projects of Rs. 4 crores for Sulya Taluk of 15 villages and 34 projects of Rs. 81 crores for Belthangadi Taluk of 34 villages only 6 projects of Bantwala Taluk have reached commissioning stage.
Vented dams will be constructed and then water will be supplied to villages through jackwells.
-- Udayavani (http://www.udayavani.com)
April 11th, 2012, 12:38 PM
FOR BETTER HYGIENE: Girls toilet with an incinerator for disposing sanitary napkins at the government school in Kasba Bengre in Mangalore. Photo: R. Eswarraj
The DDPI said it had been decided that every girls' toilet to be built in the coming year would have at least one napkin-disposal unit.
A girls' toilet complex with nine toilets and with an inbuilt sanitary napkin disposal unit was inaugurated in the Government Higher Primary School in Kasaba Bengre here on Monday.
K.N. Vijay Prakash, Chief Executive Officer of Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat, inaugurated the complex.
He told The Hindu that the disposal unit had been set up in the school on a pilot basis and that it would be installed in eight more schools in Dakshina Kannada. It was built out of funds sourced from Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. He was trying to get a similar facility in at least 100 schools and hostels (together) of girls during the year 2012-13, he said.
The school is the first in Mangalore city to get a toilet for girls with a sanitary napkin disposal unit, said Moses Jayashekhar, Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI).
Of the nine toilets in the new complex, one is equipped with the disposal system. It is equipped with a window with a sliding shutter that can be used to dispose of used napkins. The napkins go down a chute, which has a grill at the bottom. There is space below the grill so that the collected napkins can be burnt. The chute has a chimney at the top.
The toilet complex has a toilet for children with disabilities. It is more spacious than the other toilets and has a wide entrance with a sliding door through which a wheelchair can be brought in.
There are three bars to clutch on to, near the European white commode in the toilet meant for these children. Both the toilets are built along a ramp and have tiles on the floor.
The DDPI said it had been decided that every girls' toilet to be built in the coming year would have at least one napkin-disposal unit.
He said that napkins were being provided free to girls out of funds in the Sahrva Shiksha Abhiyan. Attempts were being made to see if napkins could be procured from a separate fund.
The school (at Bengre) has 500 students out of which 262 are girls.
Juliet B Pinto, Head Mistress, Government Higher Primary School, Kasaba Bengre, expressed her happiness about the new facility.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3300049.ece)
April 11th, 2012, 12:39 PM
TNN Apr 8, 2012, 05.51AM IST
MANGALORE: Mangalore City Corporation has drawn up alternative plans to ensure equitable distribution of water to all 60 wards in view of depleting inflow to Thumbe vented dam, which is the main source of water.
Accordingly, the city has been divided into three zones - A, B, and C. While residents in zone A and B will get water supply on alternate day, those in zone C will get water supply on days when water is not supplied to zones A and B.
Zone A includes ward 22, 24, 29, 30, 31, 33, 34 and wards 38-59; zone B includes wards 1-12 of Surathkal and ward 60 (Bengre) and zone C - wards 13-21 and wards 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 32, 35, 36, and 37.
In case of problems in water supply, residents may contact M Ramesh, executive engineer, MCC (water supply) or KS Linge Gowda, assistant executive engineer on 9880174836 and 9449555511, a press release states.
Residents of wards getting water supply from Thumbe to Panambur main line may also contact Shafique Ahmed (9448549786), residents of wards 22, 29, 30-36, 38, 41-44 can contact KC Ganapathi (9448391585); wards 20, 21, 23-28 and 37 can call Richard D'Souza (9448549167), wards 39, 40, 45-59 can call Nithyananda (9141314108), wards 12-10 can talk to Raghupal (9448254274), wards 6-11 can discuss their water issues with Abdul Khader (9448216005) and wards 1-5 and 60 can contact Krishna Murthy Reddy (9741635737).
The water level at Thumbe reservoir on Saturday was 9.4 feet against the maximum storage level of 13 feet. It stood at 9.5 feet on Friday.
The city corporation has already reduced water supplied to Mulki town panchayat at Ullal Town Municipality. These cities are now getting water once in two days. The district administration too has reacted proactively to the situation by directing all upstream weirs to release water and ensure that there is no shortage.
April 11th, 2012, 12:51 PM
The residents of around 250 households of Kambalpadavu, Kairangala and its neighbouring areas in Bantwal taluk have raised concern over depletion of groundwater because of overexploitation of water by private water suppliers. The residents plan to stage a day-long protest in front of the office of the Deputy Commissioner here on April 16.
“Groundwater is the main source of water for our areas. Increase in quantity of extraction of groundwater has led to drying up of many of our open wells and borewells,” said B. Shivarama Shetty, a resident of Kambalapadavu, at a press conference here on Tuesday.
Mr. Shetty said that groundwater was increasingly pumped and then sold to various clients, including a well-known IT major in Konaje. Those involved in the business of selling water were trying to stall a project of Karnataka Industrial Area Development Board (KIADB) to supply water from (Netravathi) Thumbe vented dam to the IT Park at Kambalapadavu.
Mr. Shetty said the terrain of Kambalapadavu and neighbouring areas has been conducive for percolation of water. “Our area is known for its abundant availability of groundwater. Overexploitation is a cause of worry as more IT firms are coming up in the park. The district administration is doing little to prevent overexploitation of groundwater,” he alleged.
Mr. Shetty said residents had been fighting against this problem since 2009. On a complaint, Senior Geologist from the Mines and Geology Department submitted a report in March 2009 expressing concern over drying up of open wells and borewells because of over exploitation of ground water by three persons in Ermadi in Kairangala and selling it through tankers.
Gangadhar Devinagar, a resident of Navagrama near Kamabalapadau, said that depletion of ground water has led to a drastic decrease in the output of water from a borewell laid by the village panchayat a few years ago. “We are forced to rely on water supplied by panchayat for 40 minutes once in three days,” he said.
Senior geologist E. Shekarappa told The Hindu on Tuesday that Kairangala was among the very few villages in Dakshina Kannada that had been identified as areas where groundwater had been overexploited. He said steps taken to recharge the groundwater had not yielded results.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3303403.ece)
April 11th, 2012, 01:33 PM
Mangalore, April 10, 2012, DHNS:
‘` 147 crore allocation to city for water issues in state budget was a plan proposed by World Bank two years ago’
Cities like Hubli, Dharwad and Shimoga are experiencing the effects of privatisation of water and Mangalore city will not be able to protect itself from the negative effects for long, said Kshitiraj Urs of Karnataka People’s Campaign for Right to Water.
He was speaking at the discussion on water issues organised by Citizens’ Forum for Mangalore Development at School of Social Work Roshni Nilaya on Tuesday.
“Corporate giants have turned their eyes to India to exploit the water resources. Their efforts to make money from water failed in South America and Africa due to public protest. They have found India as a safe abode for the execution of their plans,”he said adding that Karnataka government took the first step in India to embrace privatisation of water supply.
“Government cannot wash away its hands saying water is a private matter. It is Government’s duty to make sure that adequate water is provided to each and every citizen,” he said.
Speaking on the acute increase in water cost, he said that in Hubli-Dharwad, people are paying ten times more the tariff, when compared to what they paid before privatisation of water. In most of the places, he said, privatization of water happened because of the unholy nexus between the corporate giants and the bureaucrats, keeping elected representatives away.
“In one city, the Deputy Commissioner who was also the Corporation Commissioner waited till the elected council was dissolved to sign the agreement with a French company using his executive powers. This might happen in Mangalore too”, he warned.
He said that the Karnataka Water Policy and National Water Policy are formulated according to the World Bank directions to help the corporate giants.
“Even the 11th five-year plan is not formulated by the cabinet, or elected representatives, but it is done by a private firm known as Price Water House Coopers, which has many Multi-National Companies as its clients. The World Water Summit organised in Bangalore was also organised with an agenda to help these companies”, he said and added that the Rs 147 crores allocation to Mangalore for water issues in the state budget is the plan that World Bank proposed two years ago.
He said that only way to overcome the impending crisis is to mobilize public against it. “In Mysore, they have privatised water supply, but the decision was withdrawn by the Chief Minister some days ago, which is a good move,” he said.
MSEZ Colony: Borewell issue creates drift (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/240625/borewell-issue-creates-drift.html)
Villagers to protest on April 16 (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/241130/villagers-protest-april-16.html)
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April 11th, 2012, 02:12 PM
ನೀರಿನ ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ ತಡೆಗೆ
# ನೀರೂ ಲಭ್ಯ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳ ಆದಾಯಕ್ಕೂ ದಾರಿ
# ನೀರಿನ ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ ತಡೆಗೆ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ
* ಸಂತೋಷ್* ಬೊಳ್ಳೆಟ್ಟು | Apr 11, 2012
ಉಡುಪಿ : ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಕರಾವಳಿ ಭಾಗ ದಲ್ಲೂ ತಲೆದೋರಲು ಅಂತರ್ಜಲ ಮಟ್ಟ ಕುಸಿದಿರುವುದರ ಜತೆಗೆ ನೀರಿನ ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ, ದುಂದುವೆಚ್ಚವೂ ಕಾರಣ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯಾಡಳಿತ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿವೆ. ನೀರಿನ ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ/ದುಂದುವೆಚ್ಚಕ್ಕೆ ಕಡಿವಾಣ ಹಾಕಲು ಪಣ ತೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಕೆಲವು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳು ಮೀಟರ್*ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಜಾರಿಗೆ ತರುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಕೆಲವು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳು ಶೇ.100ರಷ್ಟು ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿವೆ.
ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಇದ್ದ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡ ಪ್ರಕರಣಗಳು ನಗರಸಭೆ, ಪುರಸಭೆ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳನ್ನು ಜಾಗೃತವನ್ನಾಗಿ ಸಿವೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಎ.ಜಿ.ಕೊಡ್ಗಿ ಅವರ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆಯ ಮೂರನೇ ಹಣಕಾಸು ಆಯೋಗವು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯಾಡಳಿತ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯಗೊಳಿಸುವು ದರಿಂದ ನೀರಿನ ದುಂದುವೆಚ್ಚವನ್ನು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಿಸಬಹುದು ಎಂದು ಶಿಫಾರಸ್ಸು ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಈ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಸರಕಾರ ನಿರ್ದೇಶನ ನೀಡಿದೆ.
ಮೀಟರ್* ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ನೀರಿಲ್ಲ
ಹಲವಾರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್*ಗಳು ನೀರಿನ ಸಂಪರ್ಕಕ್ಕೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಂದ ಅರ್ಜಿ ಬಂದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯ ವಿಚಾರವನ್ನು ಮನದಟ್ಟು ಮಾಡುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಕಾರ್ಕಳ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಸಾಣೂರು ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ ಒಟ್ಟು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳ ಶೇ.100ರಷ್ಟು ಪಂಚಾಯತ್*ಗಳು ನೀರಿನ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಶೇ.100 ಸಾಧನೆ ಮಾಡಿವೆ. 65ರಿಂದ 75 ಶೇ. ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗಶಃ ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ನಡೆದಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಸಲು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳು ಹಿಂದೇಟು ಹಾಕುವುದು ಸರಿಯಲ್ಲ. ನೀರಿನ ದರ ತುಂಬಾ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇರಲಿ. ಆದರೆ ನೀರಿನ ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ ತಪ್ಪಿಸಲು ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಗತ್ಯ. ಉದಾಹರಣೆಗೆ ಕುಂದಾಪುರ ಪಟ್ಟಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಗೆ ಮೊದಲು (2007-08) ನೀರಿನ ಕೊರತೆ ಇತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ ಇದು ನಿಜವಾದ ಕೊರತೆಯಲ್ಲ. ದುರ್ಬಳಕೆ ಆಗುತ್ತಿತ್ತು. ಮೀಟರ್* ಹಾಕಿದಅನಂತರ(2009-10) ಪಕ್ಕದ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಿಗೂ ನೀಡುವಷ್ಟು ನೀರು.
ಉಳಿಯಿತು. ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ,
ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಬೃಹತ್* ನಗರಪಾಲಿಕೆಗಳಿಗೂ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯನ್ನು ಸಮ ರ್ಪಕವಾಗಿ ಅಳವಡಿಸು ವಂತೆ ಸೂಚಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಂತೆಯೇ ಕೊಳವೆ ಬಾವಿ ಬದಲು ತೆರೆದ ಬಾವಿಗಳನ್ನು ತೋಡಲು ನಿರ್ದೇಶಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಾವೇರಿ ನದಿಯಿಂದ ಬಳಕೆಗೆ ತೆಗೆಯುವ ನೀರಲ್ಲಿ ಸುಮಾರು ಶೇ.40ರಷ್ಟು ಪೋಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಅದನ್ನು ಸರಿಪಡಿಸಲು ಕೂಡ ಆಯೋಗ ಶಿಫಾರಸ್ಸು ಮಾಡಿದೆ. ಯಾವ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಎಷ್ಟು ಜನರಿದ್ದಾರೆ, ಎಷ್ಟು ನೀರಿನ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಇದೆ, ನೀರಿನ ಮೂಲವೇನು, ದುಂದುವೆಚ್ಚ ಆಗುತ್ತಿದೆಯೇ ಎಂಬಿತ್ಯಾದಿ ವಿವರವಾದ ಮಾಹಿತಿ - ಅಂಕಿಅಂಶಗಳನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯಾಡಳಿತಗಳು ಆಗಾಗ್ಗೆ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದರೆ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಯೋಜನೆ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲು ಸಹಾಯಕವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಆದ್ಯತೆ ನೀಡುವಂತೆಯೂ ಆಯೋಗ ಶಿಫಾರಸ್ಸು ಮಾಡಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಮೂರನೇ ಹಣಕಾಸು ಆಯೋಗ ವರದಿ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನ ಕಾರ್ಯಪಡೆಯ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಎ.ಜಿ.ಕೊಡ್ಗಿ ಅವರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಹೊಳೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಣ್ಣ ಸಣ್ಣ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳನ್ನು ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಅದರಿಂದ ಹಲವಾರು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಿಗೆ ನೀರು ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಮಹತ್ವದ "ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆ'ಯನ್ವಯ ನಿಟ್ಟೆ ಮತ್ತು ಹೆಬ್ರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಕುಂದಾಪುರದಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂರು ಮತ್ತು ಉಡುಪಿ ತಾಲೂಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ 8 ಕಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಯೋಜನೆ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಪಂಚಾಯತ್*ನಿಂದ ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಕಾರ್ಕಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತೆ 10 ಯೋಜನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೇಡಿಕೆ ಇದೆ ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ಮೂಲಗಳು ತಿಳಿಸಿವೆ.
ನೀರಿನ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಜನರಿಂದ ಉತ್ತಮ ಪ್ರತಿಕ್ರಿಯೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿರುವುದು ತಿಳಿದು ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಿಲ್* ವಸೂಲಾತಿ ಶೇ.98ರಷ್ಟಿದೆ. ಉಡುಪಿ ನಗರಸಭೆಯ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗ ಇರುವುದು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ನಲ್ಲಿನೀರು ಎರಡು ಕಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತ್ರ. ಉಳಿದೆಡೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಿನ ಬಿಲ್* ವಸೂಲಾತಿ ಶೇ.97ರಷ್ಟಿದೆ.
ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳು ನೀರಿನ ದುಂದುವೆಚ್ಚವನ್ನು ತಡೆಯಲು ಮತ್ತು ತಮ್ಮ ಆದಾಯವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಅನುವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಕುಡಿ ಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಪಕ ವಾಗಿ ನಿಭಾಯಿಸಬಹುದು. ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ರಿಗೆ ಹೊರೆಯಾಗದಂತೆ ದರ ವಿಧಿಸಬೇಕು. ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ನೀರು ಪೂರೈಕೆಯನ್ನು ಖಾತರಿಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಿಗೆ ನಿರ್ದೇಶ ನೀಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಮೊದಲ ಆದ್ಯತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪರಿಹರಿಸಲು ಸೂಚಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ಕಟಪಾಡಿ ಶಂಕರ ಪೂಜಾರಿ
April 11th, 2012, 02:14 PM
ನೆಕ್ಕಿಲಾಡಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ
* Udayavani | Apr 10, 2012
ಪುತ್ತೂರು : ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರದ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ನೇತ್ರಾವತಿ ಮತ್ತು ಅದರ ಉಪ ನದಿಗಳ ನೀರಿನ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಣಾ ಮೂಲದ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸುವ ಕಾರ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ತೊಡಗಿದ್ದು, ಪುತ್ತೂರು ನಗರ ನೀರು ಸರಬರಾಜು ಯೋಜನೆಯ 34ನೇ ನೆಕ್ಕಿಲಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಕುಮಾರಧಾರಾ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಂಗಳವಾರ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ತಂಡ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಿತು.
ಪುತ್ತೂರು ಪುರಸಭೆಯು 34ನೇ ನೆಕ್ಕಿಲಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಹಲಗೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮತ್ತು ನೀರು ಸೋರಿ ಹೋಗದಂತೆ ಮರಳು ತುಂಬಿದ ಚೀಲವನ್ನು ಇರಿಸಿ ನೀರಿನ ಮಟ್ಟವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸಿದೆ. ಈ ಮೂಲಕ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ನಗರ ನೀರು ಸರಬರಾಜಿನ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಗೆ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯಾಗದಂತೆ ನೋಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಕುಮಾರಧಾರಾ ನದಿಯು ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೇತ್ರಾವತಿಯನ್ನು ಸಂಗಮಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಈ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರು ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ನೇತ್ರಾವತಿ ನದಿಗೆ ಕುಮಾರಧಾರಾ ನದಿಯಿಂದ ಸೇರುವ ನೀರಿನ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ ಎಂಬ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ತಂಡ ಬಂದಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಮೂಲಗಳು ತಿಳಿಸಿವೆ. ಈ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಅಳವಡಿಸಲಾದ ಹಲಗೆಗಳನ್ನು ಮತ್ತು ಮರಳಿನ ಚೀಲಗಳನ್ನು ತೆರವುಗೊಳಿಸಿದಲ್ಲಿ ಇದು ಪುತ್ತೂರು ನಗರ ನೀರು ಸರಬರಾಜು ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಗೆ ತೊಂದರೆ ನೀಡಲಿದೆ.
ದ.ಕ. ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಡಳಿತ ಪುರಸಭೆಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿಕೂಲವಾಗುವಂತಹ ಯಾವುದೇ ತೀರ್ಮಾನ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಲ್ಲಿ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ಪುರಸಭೆ ಅದನ್ನು ವಿರೋಧಿಸಲಿದೆ. ಒಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರದ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಗಂಭೀರವಾಗಿ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ತುಂಬೆ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಿನ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುವ ಸಾಧ್ಯತೆಗಳ ಕುರಿತು ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ಚಿಂತನೆಗಳನ್ನು ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
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April 12th, 2012, 09:49 AM
Water shortage was there every year but this year it is a bit more but dont know why
Better to utilize the rain water fully and have the storage during rainy season by implementing rain water harvesting system,which otherwise flows into Sea:ohno:
April 13th, 2012, 02:26 PM
Water from two hydel projects released: MCC Commissioner (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3307122.ece)
Water shortage: Mangalore refinery and petrochemicals limited shuts down phase II&III units (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Water-shortage-Mangalore-refinery-and-petrochemicals-limited-shuts-down-phase-IIIII-units/articleshow/12639269.cms)
April 13th, 2012, 02:27 PM
Mangaluru: ‘Do not privatise water’ (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/241647/do-not-privatise-water.html)
April 13th, 2012, 02:33 PM
April 13th, 2012, 02:34 PM
April 13th, 2012, 02:40 PM
An amount of Rs. 12.74 crore had been spent for implementing development works under the Suvarna Gramodaya Yojane in the select 52 villages of the district in 2011-12.
Udupi Zilla Panchayat president Katapady Shankar Poojary said on Wednesday that the Zilla Panchayat is giving priority to solving drinking water problem in rural areas.
Mr. Poojary told presspersons here that there had been no complaint from any gram panchayat to the zilla panchayat regarding any drinking water problem so far.
This was because the gram panchayats were solving water problems at their own level.
Under the Multi-Village Drinking Water Scheme, the zilla panchayat had submitted a proposal to the Government of Rs. 45.5 crore for drinking water in areas coming under villages such as Amasebail, Machatu, Rattady, Nada, Senapura, Badakere, Hadavu, Yedthare, Shiroor, Byndoor, and Paduvari in Kundapur taluk.
While another proposal of Rs. 53.13 crore had been submitted for providing drinking water in Tenkanidiyur, Kallianpur, Uppoor, Havanje, Brahmavar, Kaadur, Hanehalli, Heggunje, Yedthady, Barkur, Hejmady, Nadpal, Padebettu, Nandikur, Palimar, Manipur, Marne, Kurkalu, Yenagudde, Moodabettu, Kote, and Mattu. A proposal for providing drinking water for Karkala taluk had been drawn up.
An action plan of Rs. 38.95 crore had been drawn up for 257 roadworks in the district. As many as 100 fishermen had been given financial assistance of Rs. 30 lakh for upgrading their country boats into mechanised ones.
An amount of Rs. 12.74 crore had been spent for implementing development works under the Suvarna Gramodaya Yojane in the select 52 villages of the district in 2011-12.
Toilets had been built and provided to 78,176 families in the district at a cost of Rs. 8.34 crore.
As many as 209 works had been undertaken under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme in the district at a cost of Rs. 2.54 crore in 2011-12. An amount of Rs. 3.26 crore had been spent for rural watershed development under the Western Ghats Development Project, Mr. Poojary said.
Zilla panchayat vice-president Jyoti S. Shetty, chairman of ZP Standing Committee on Social Justice Upendra Nayak, Chairman of ZP Standing Committee on Education and Health Babu Shetty, CEO of Zilla Panchayat S.A. Prabhakar Sharma, Deputy Secretary Pranesh Rao, and Chief Accounts Officer Thimappa were present.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3306939.ece)
April 15th, 2012, 07:09 AM
The district authorities have sought Rs. 1.9 crore from the State Government to make arrangements for the shortage of drinking water faced by 275 habitations in Dakshina Kannada.
According to a release, Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda told a review meeting that of the 275 affected habitations, 90 were in Mangalore taluk and 74 in Bantwal taluk. Tankers were used to supply around 1.12 lakh litres of water to 31 habitations in Mangalore taluk, while 30,000 litres of water was being supplied every day to 13 habitations in Bantwal taluk. He sought immediate release of Rs. 2 crore to make arrangements for water supply, the release said.
Deputy Speaker N. Yogish Bhat chaired the meeting. Nalin Kumar Kateel, MP, zilla panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.N. Vijay Prakash, and Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar participated in the meeting. Mr. Prakash told The Hindu that the State Government had released about Rs. 1.3 crore to carry out measures for providing drinking water. He said the gram panchayat could spend Rs. 2 lakh to supply water through tankers to places where measures for providing water could not be carried out. Mr. Prakash said that 26 villages had been benefited by the Malavoor and Kinnigoli multi-village schemes related to water supply. Proposal had been sent for sanction of Rs. 351 crore for 32 multi-village schemes which would cover 176 villages. The release quoted Mr. Kumar as saying that the corporation had been supplying 24 million gallons of water every day as against the normal 38 million gallons. From Tuesday, Mulky and Surathkal would be receiving water provided by the Kudremukh Iron Ore Corporation Limited, the release said.
April 16th, 2012, 09:13 AM
April 17th, 2012, 08:16 PM
MANGALORE: The water situation appears comfortable with the level in Thumbe vented dam going up to 9.8 ft on Tuesday, with district administration directing Disha Power Corporation Ltd authorities at Hosmata in Kutrupady village of Puttur taluk, to release water a few days back.
On Thursday last, the water level went down to 8.2 ft raising concerns of water supply to the city. Deputy commissioner NS Channappa Gowda told TOI that they had requested Disha Power project to release its waters from its mini hydel project.
City corporation assistant executive engineer KS Linge Gowda said the project dam site, 100 mts in width and three ft in height, had waters up to three kms from its water containment area. The project site lies between Kadaba and Subrahmanya, a catchment area of Western Ghats.
Gowda said Disha had released 160 million gallons of water (MGD) on Thursday last and the water level had started rising at the Thumbe Vented dam from Sunday night. Gowda said the present levels of water in the vented dam were sufficient to supply 15-20 MGD of water to the residents on alternative days till month end.
Gowda said the main area of concern was the rapid evaporation levels at the vented dam as the water table in the area between Subrahmanya and Bantwal had not recharged due to insufficient rains.
The rate of evaporation rate when water level is above 9 ft at Thumbe is about two inches per day and rises to three to four inches when the water level falls below 8 ft due to sand getting heated up.
April 25th, 2012, 03:24 PM
Puttur, April 24, 2012, DHNS:
It is not a dump yard space allotted by the local governing body but this open space at Bottatharu SC Colony in Puttur is slowly becoming a dump yard due to lack of scientific waste disposal method in place.
The strong smell emanating from the garbage is a nuisance to the residents of the colony and now the residents fear the spread of contagious diseases in the region.
The SC colony has more than 20 houses and the TMC had put up a dustbin in the colony. However, the garbage dumped inside the bin has not been removed for the last one month.
The bin is overflowing and one can see garbage littered everywhere around the bin. The litter outside the bin makes the space look like a dump yard.
The waste generated at homes are dumped in the spot and the residents have asked the authorities to take necessary steps to clear the space. However, this has not yielded any result so far.
Now, with the area receiving rains, the matter has gone from bad to worse.
The colony residents said “the garbage from the bin has not been cleared for the last one and half months. When we ask the civic workers to clear it they ask us to complain with the Puttur TMC.”
The residents say that the only solution to this menace is to have a permanent and new site to dispose garbage.
A TMC member alleged that the monsoon is fast approaching. However, the TMC has not taken any measure to clean the drains in its jurisdiction. The sewage water is seen flowing on the road. The officials are not responding to the woes of the people.
The colony residents said “the TMC president Kamala Anand hails from Dalit community. She has a responsibility to solve the problems related to dumping of the garbage. The TMC should initiate measure to see that contagious diseases do not spread in the region.”
April 25th, 2012, 09:06 PM
May 2nd, 2012, 07:07 AM
ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಗೆ ಸ್ವಯಂ ಚಾಲಿತ ಯಂತ್ರ
ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಯ ಯಂತ್ರ.
ರಾಕೇಶ್* ಕುಂಜೂರು | May 01, 2012
ಕರಾವಳಿಯ ಯುವ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞರು ಶೋಧಿಸಿದ ಘಟಕ ಬೆಳಪುವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಲೋಕಾರ್ಪಣೆಗೆ ಸಿದ್ಧತೆ
ಕಾಪು: ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡು ಬರುವ ನಿತ್ಯ ದ*ುರ್ವಾಸನೆ, ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಗೆ ಪರದಾಟ, ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್* ನಿಷೇಧ ಆದೇಶವನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಪಕವಾಗಿ ಅನುಷ್ಟಾನಕ್ಕೆ ತರಲಾಗದೇ ಅವಹೇಳನಕ್ಕೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ, ಪರಿಸರ ನೈರ್ಮಲ್ಯವನ್ನು ಕಾಪಾಡಲಾಗದೇ ಪರದಾಡುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನು ದೂರಮಾಡಿ ಅದಕ್ಕೊಂದು ಒಂದು ಸೂಕ್ತ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಒದಗಿಸ ಬಲ್ಲ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಯಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಕರಾವಳಿಯ ಯುವ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞರಿಬ್ಬರು ನೂತನ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಸಂಶೋದಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ನೂತನ ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಘಟಕದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಯ ರೇಖಾ ದೃಷ್ಯ.
ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಯುವ ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರ್*ಗಳಾದ ಅಲೆವೂರಿನ ನಿದೀಶ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಪುವಿನ ಅಭಿಮಾನ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಇವರುಗಳು ಜಂಟಿಯಾಗಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಭಾಗದ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಗಾಗಿ ಸ್ವಯಂ ಚಾಲಿತ ಯಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದು ಇದು ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ವಿನೂತನ ಯೋಜನೆಯಾಗಿ ಗುರುತಿಸಲ್ಪಟ್ಟಿದೆ. ನೂತನ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಅವಿಷ್ಕಾರಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ಈ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಘಟಕವನ್ನು ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಬಾರಿಗೆ ಬೆಳಪು ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಎ. 2ರಂದು ಲೋಕಾರ್ಪಣೆಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಸಿದ್ಧತೆಗಳನ್ನು ನಡೆಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಈ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಘಟಕವು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕವಾಗಿ ಕಂಡು ಬರುವ ಘನ ಮತ್ತು ಒಣ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಸೂಕ್ತ ಮಾರ್ಗೋಪಾಯವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಕಡಿಮೆ ಸ್ಥಳಾವಕಾಶದಲ್ಲಿ, ಅತೀ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಖರ್ಚಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕಸಗಳನ್ನು ಸಮರ್ಪಕವಾಗಿ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಸಾಮರ್ಥಯವಿರುವ ಈ ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಘಟಕದ ಸ್ಥಾಪನೆಯು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯಾಡಳಿತ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಶಾಶ್ವತವಾದ ಮುಕ್ತಿಯನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಸಹಕಾರಿಯಾಗಲಿದೆ.
ಯಂತ್ರದೊಳಗೆ ಹೋಗಲು ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿರುವ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್* ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳು.
ಕಡಿಮೆ ಖರ್ಚು, ಕಡಿಮೆ ಸ್ಥಳಾವಕಾಶ : ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಉತ್ಪತ್ತಿಯಾಗುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಕಡಿಮೆ ಅವದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡಬಲ್ಲಂತಹ ಸಾಮರ್ಥ್ಯವಿರುವ 30x60 ಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ಥಾಪಿಸ ಬಹುದಾಗಿರುವ ಈ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಘಟಕದ ಅಂದಾಜು ಮೌಲ್ಯ 5 ರಿಂದ 6 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ಗಳಾಗಿದೆ. ಕಡಿಮೆ ಆದಾಯವಿರುವ ಗ್ರಾ. ಪಂ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ದೊರಕುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಈ ಘಟಕದ ಮೂಲಕವಾಗಿ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡಬಹುದಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವಿರುವಲ್ಲಿ ಇದಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಾಮರ್ಥಯದ ಯಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಘಟಕವು ದಿನವೊಂದಕ್ಕೆ 3 ರಿಂದ 5 ಟನ್*ಗಳಷ್ಟು ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಸಾಮರ್ಥಯವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿದೆ.
ಪೌಡರ್* ಗೊಬ್ಬರಕ್ಕೆ, ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್* ಮಾರಾಟಕ್ಕೆ : ಈ ಯಂತ್ರದ ಮೂಲಕ ನಗರ ಸಭೆ, ಪುರಸಭೆ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅನುಕೂಲವಾಗುವ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡಿಮೆ ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಕಸ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ದೊರಕುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್* ವಸ್ತುಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸಿ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಪುಡಿ ಪುಡಿ ಮಾಡಿ ಪೌಡರ್* ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪೌಷ್ಟಿಕ ಗೊಬ್ಬರವನ್ನಾಗಿ ಪರಿವರ್ತಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸಿದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬರುವ ಪೌಡರ್*ನ್ನು ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕ ಗೊಬ್ಬರವನ್ನಾಗಿಸಿ ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಉಪಯುಕ್ತವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್* ವಸ್ತುಗಳನ್ನು ಬ್ಲಾಕ್* ಮಾಡಿ (ಅಚ್ಚು ತಯಾರಿಸಿ) ಮರು ಬಳಕೆಗಾಗಿ ಕಂಪೆನಿಗೆ ಮಾರಾಟ ಮಾಡಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ. ಮಾತ್ರವಲ್ಲದೇ ಇದರಿಂದ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲವನ್ನು ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಪಡಿಸಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ನೀಡಿದಂತಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ರಾಜ್ಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಥಮ, ಮುಂದೆ ದೇಶಾದ್ಯಂತ ವಿಸ್ತರಣೆಗೆ ಸಿದ್ಧತೆ : ಗಾಮೀಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಗೆ ಈ ಘಟಕ ಸಹಕಾರಿಯಾಗಲಿದೆ. ದೈನಂದಿನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಅವಕಾಶವಿರುವ ಈ ಘಟಕವು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಬೆಳಪು ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಥಮವಾಗಿ ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ನಗರ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಿಗೆ ಮೊಬೈಲ್* ಘಟಕಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಈ ಯಂತ್ರವನ್ನು ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸುವ ಯೋಜನೆಯಿದ್ದು, ಮುಂದೆ ದೇಶದಾದ್ಯಂತ ಈ ಘಟಕವನ್ನು ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸ ಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಇರಾದೆ ಈ ಘಟಕದ ಸ್ಥಾಪಕರದ್ದಾಗಿದೆ.
ಬೆಳಪು ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕ ಪರೀಕ್ಷೆ : ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಯದ್ದೇ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಈ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಯುವ ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರ್*ಗಳು ಮುಂದೆ ಬಂದಿರುವುದು ಶ್ಲಾಘನೀಯವಾಗಿದೆ. ದೀರ್ಘ*ವಾದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಅವದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಕ್ತಿ ನೀಡುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಇದಾಗಿದ್ದು ಶಾಸಕರ ನಿದಿ, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ನಿದಿ ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ನಿದಿಯನ್ನು ಬಳಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು ಅನುಷ್ಟಾನಿಸ ಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಬೆಳಪು ಗ್ರಾ. ಪಂ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ದೇವಿಪ್ರಸಾದ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಗ್ರಾಮಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯೊಂದಿಗೆ ಗ್ರಾಮ ನೈರ್ಮಲ್ಯಕ್ಕೂ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಒತ್ತು ನೀಡ ಬೇಕಾಗಿದ್ದು, ನೈರ್ಮಲ್ಯದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯಿಂದಾಗಿ ಇಂದು ಹಲವಾರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್*ಗಳು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಕೋಪ-ತಾಪಗಳಿಗೆ ಗುರಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮವನ್ನು ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಮುಕ್ತವನ್ನಾಗಿಸುವುದರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಒಮ್ಮೆ ಬಳಸಿದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ಮರು ಬಳಸಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಡುವ ಈ ಘಟಕವು ಅಂದಂದಿನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಅಂದೇ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಸಾಮರ್ಥಯವನ್ನೂ ಹೊಂದಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಅವರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಫಾರಿನ್* ಆಸೆ ಬಿಟ್ಟ ಹುಟ್ಟೂರ ಸಾಧಕರು : ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವಯಂ ಚಾಲಿತ ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಗೆ ಸುವರ್ಣಾವಕಾಶವನ್ನು ಕಲ್ಪಿಸಿಕೊಟ್ಟಿರುವ ಯುವ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞರಿಬ್ಬರೂ ವಿದ್ಯೆ-ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಅರಸಿ ವಿದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿದ್ದವರು. ಐಟಿ-ಬಿಟಿಯಂತಹ ಕಂಪೆನಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಉನ್ನತ ಉದ್ಯೋಗಿಗಳೂ ಆಗಿದ್ದರು. ಅಲೆವೂರು ನಿದೀಶ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿಯವರು (ಬಿ. ಇ) ತಮ್ಮಲ್ಲಿದ್ದ ಪರಿಸರ ಪ್ರೇಮದ ವ್ಯಾಮೋಹದಿಂದಾಗಿ ಈ ಮಹತ್ಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಕೈ ಹಾಕಿದ್ದು, ಮುಂದೆ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಕಾಪುವಿನ ಅಭಿಮಾನ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ (ಬಿ.ಇ., ಎಂ.ಬಿ.ಎ) ಕೈಜೋಡಿಸಿದರು. ಇವರಿಬ್ಬರ ಈ ಪರಿಸರ ಪ್ರೇಮಿ ಸಂಶೋಧನಾ ಸಾಧನೆಗೆ ದೇಶ-ವಿದೇಶಗಳಿಂದ ಹಲವು ಪ್ರಶಸ್ತಿಗಳು ಲಭ್ಯವಾಗಿದ್ದು,ಈ ಯಂತ್ರದ ಕುರಿತಾಗಿ ಯು.ಎನ್*.ಎ. ನಲ್ಲೂ ಪ್ರಾಯೋಗಿಕ ಪ್ರಾತ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮುಂದೆ ಈ ಸಾಧನವನ್ನು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಆಧುನಿಕತೆ ಮತ್ತು ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದೊಂದಿಗೆ ಎಲ್ಲೆಡೆಗೆ ವಿಸ್ತರಿಸಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಹಂಬಲವಿದ್ದು, ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ನಾಗರಿಕರು, ಅದಿಕಾರಿಗಳು, ಜನಪ್ರತಿನಿದಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ಸಮಾಜದ ಬೆಂಬಲದ ಅಗತ್ಯತೆಯಿದೆ ಎಂದು ನಿದೀಶ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಮತ್ತು ಅಭಿಮಾನ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಉದಯವಾಣಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
Where are they going to put up manufacturing plant of this machine?
May 3rd, 2012, 07:12 AM
Naina J A, Mangalore, May 1 2012, DHNS:
A tank which was once irrigating acres of paddy fields, arecanut and coconut plantations has been lying in a neglected state for the last several years. Now with the State government’s ambitious plan of lake development programme, the tank has received a fresh lease of life.
The work on development of Doddamane kere in Innoli of Pavoor Gram Panchayat is being taken up at an estimated cost of Rs 25 lakh, by the Zilla Panchayat engineering division.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, Mangalore taluk Panchayat Member Mohammed Monu said the tank was in a neglected condition. It was filled with water only during monsoon.
However, the tank was getting dried during summer. As a result, the tank was of no use to the residents of Innoli. “I had submitted a proposal on the development of the tank 10 years ago when I was Pavoor Gram Panchayat President. However, the proposal began gathering dust over the years. Now with the State government’s initiative, we have taken up the work.”
The tank is in the government land and it has a RTC, which records it as a tank itself. The tank is more than 100 years old and is situated in 23 cents land. Now, the work on removing the silt and constructing the retaining wall from the bottom of the tank has been completed. The work was started two months ago. In fact, the silt had filled more than half of the tank. Now, we will take up the work on constructing a bund around the tank. The retaining walls have been constructed using the boulders,” he said. The newly developed tank is also welcoming few birds.
The water from the tank will be utilised for agriculture purpose and not for drinking. In fact, for supplying drinking water, a huge open well was dug recently, which supplies water to whole of Pavoor Gram Panchayat including Killur, Malar, Akshara Nagara, Innoli and so on. The water in the well never goes dry even if one pumps it for 24 hours in a day, it is said. The water-level in the well remains the same throughout the year. There are many agriculture lands in Innoli which have remained uncultivated owing to lack of water. A field is situated next to the tank itself. “We want the residents to use the water to revive the agriculture in the region,” he said.
Baptist D’Silva, a resident of Innoli said: “I was born in 1958. Our family was using the water from the tank for cultivating paddy. In fact, the water from the tank used to overflow to these paddy fields.”
A villager said, “it was good that the tank was rejuvenated. Now the authorities have to complete the work of constructing bund around the tank. Otherwise, there are all possibilities of school children getting inside the tank, out of curiosity.”
May 3rd, 2012, 10:46 AM
Belapu (Udupi district), 02 May 2012: The state government has long back instructed villages to implement the waste management system of the waste produced in the houses at the Grama Panchayath level itself and for this purpose rupees 4 lakhs has been allotted to each Grama. Also the government has taken in writing from the Grama Panchayath Presidents that this amount will be spent only for the cleanliness of the Grama.
Accordingly now all the Gramas should have been clean and beautiful. But in reality this instruction from the government has never been implemented at all. The reason is that, the government has given instruction but never specified how the waste management system is to be implemented and the Grama Panchayath Office Bearers also do not know how it is done either. Therefore even today the waste is being dumped into the road side, gutters and public places, which gets rotten and smells.
But there is a exception here. Though it is late, Belapu Grama Panchayath of Udupi Taluk has developed its own waste management system and now it is getting inaugurated. For the first time in the state this system is getting implemented in Belapu Grama, for which rupees 6 lakhs has been spent. It will also be the source of income in the future days. The person behind this is Belapu Grama Panchayath President Deviprasad Shetty.
So far the waste produced from about 800 houses, market – shop - hotels in this Grama was being collected and was buried in the jungle. This was commercially expensive and also there was no proper cooperation from the people for this.
The electrically run machine which has been developed now, can separate maximum 5 ton waste per day and sort it out. Plastics, metal and glass materials have to be manually separated, other home wastes will be cut into small one inch size pieces by this machine. This output can be directly sold to the usage of the lands of the farmers, can be auctioned or can be packed in bags as compost fertilizer and sold in market. The income earned from this can be spent for the cleanliness of the Grama, says Grama Panchayath President Deviprasad Shetty of Belapu Grama which has received awards in state – national level for the cleanliness.
This has been the hi-tech dream of the Techie’s! The Techie’s of Udupi district Nidhi Shetty Alevoor and Abhiman Shetty Kaup who are employed abroad and dream of the development of the villages of our country have designed these machines. The operation of this electrically run machine is simple and can be operated by a single person.
This technology has won in the national level competition ‘take care take charge’ and was also exhibited in the United Nation’s program which was participated by 8 nations and received appreciation. Now it is implemented for the first time in Belapu Grama, will be demonstrated before the Ministers – Officers by the Udupi Deputy commissioner in Bangalore Adalat. If this technology gets approved, then there is possibilities of recommending it to all the Grama’s of the state.
Belapu is a small Grama and the required 5 ton waste per day is not being produced here. But to the other Grama’s which produce more than 5 ton waste per day, this machine will be very useful. In this was Belapu Grama Panchayath is a role model to other Grama Panchayaths.
More pictures at Bellevision (http://www.bellevision.com/belle/index.php?action=topnews&type=3821)
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May 6th, 2012, 08:42 AM
Executive Engineer of the panchayat S.L. Sathyanarayana said here on Monday that 35 mini-drinking water supply projects completed by the engineering division of the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat during 2011-12 were awaiting electricity connections.
Stating this at the monthly meeting of the Karnataka Development Programme Review Committee, Mr. Sathyanarayana said that 18 mini-drinking water supply projects in the district were in various stages of completion. They also needed power connections. Hence, 53 mini-drinking water supply projects needed power supply, he said.
Mangalore Electricity Supply Company Ltd. wanted the panchayat to deposit the actual estimated cost of energising each project. But a recent circular issued by the Rural Development and Panchayat Raj Department prevented the panchayat from depositing the money. Hence, there was a problem in getting power connections, he said.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that according to the earlier order of the government, the panchayat should deposit Rs. 1 lakh with Mescom for power connection to each mini-drinking water supply project. If it was a piped water supply project, the amount to be deposited would be Rs. 2 lakh for each project. But later the government issued a circular which enabled the panchayat to pay the actual cost to get power connection to each project. In a recent circular on April 2, 2012, the RDPR Department had asked the panchayat to stick to its earlier order. According to this circular, the panchayat could not pay the actual estimated cost to Mescom.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that the actual estimated cost of energising 53 projects according to Mescom was Rs. 128.61 lakh. According to the earlier order of the government, the panchayat would have to pay only Rs. 53 lakh for energising them. The panchayat could pay the difference amount of Rs. 74.61 to Mescom. But the recent circular prevented it from doing so.
Replying to this, an official of the Mescom said that Mescom had not received the recent circular issued by the RDPR Department.
The Chief Executive Officer of the panchayat K.N. Vijay Prakash said that the panchayat would write to the RDPR Department over this issue. He directed the executive engineers and the zilla panchayat to find out a mutual solution to the problem.
President of the panchayat K.T. Shailaja Bhat presided over the meeting.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3323444.ece)
May 6th, 2012, 08:44 AM
Work on a tank to harvest rainwater on the Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat office premises in Mangalore is nearing completion. Photo: R. Eswarraj
The Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat is all set to harvest rainwater at its main building at Kottara this season.
The panchayat has almost completed work on the facilities to store 1.20 lakh litres of rainwater from the 2,465-sq metre roof of the building.
Executive engineer of the panchayat S.L. Sathyanarayana told The Hindu that pipelines and filters to harvest rainwater from the roof had been fixed.
Work on two underground tanks to store rainwater was nearing completion, Mr. Sathyanarayana said.
Once they were ready, the panchayat would be ready to harvest rainwater.
While one tank could store water up to one lakh litres, the other could harvest up to 20,000 litres, he said.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that the employees at the panchayat building used 10,000 litres of water daily. At this rate, the panchayat needed three lakh litres of water a month.
In reality, three lakh litres of water was not required as there would be at least four Sundays in a month.
Sources in the administrative section of the panchayat said that there were 10 departments (with sub-offices) with around 400 employees. In addition, there would be 200 visitors daily.
Hence, the harvested rainwater would come in handy during summer.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that 1.20 lakh litres of rainwater was enough for 12 days. Water stored during this monsoon would be judiciously utilised next summer. It would supplement the water supplied by the Mangalore City Corporation.
The panchayat would construct two more underground storage tanks, each having a capacity to store up to 75,000 litres during 2012-13.
There would be four storage tanks which could hold rainwater up to three lakh litres, he said.
Three lakh litres of water was enough to meet the demand in April and May, he added.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that the total cost of the project had been estimated at Rs. 20 lakh.
Rainwater harvesting was one of the components under the National Rural Drinking Water Project.
During 2012-13, the panchayat would build roof water harvesting facilities in government buildings if the authorities came forward. But the facilities should be maintained by the departments concerned.
Authorities in charge of primary health centre buildings, government schools, gram panchayats, and other government buildings could come forward to make use of this benefit, he said.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3327103.ece)
Taluk-level meetings to be held for tackling drinking water problem (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3390205.ece)
No drought, but Dakshina Kannada still gets aid (http://ibnlive.in.com/news/no-drought-but-dakshina-kannada-still-gets-aid/249708-60-115.html)
May 8th, 2012, 09:50 AM
Chief Minister slams officials for tardy progress on roads, Thumbe Dam
Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda on Sunday said the problems of drinking water in summer in the districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, and Uttara Kannada would be tackled by building check dams across the rivers.
The Chief Minister said he was ready to allocate funds for this project. “Don't worry about funds,” he said.
Mr. Gowda wanted a master plan for the construction of check dams over the west-flowing rivers ready by January so that it could be implemented next financial year. The project would lead to improvement of water table besides providing drinking water. He hoped that the shortage of water faced by the region during summer would be a thing of the past.
Mr. Sadananda Gowda said he would hold a special meeting in this regard during the forthcoming session of the legislature and the deputy commissioners of the three districts would be asked to attend it.
He wanted officials to ensure that all major roads were improved in the district by December-January. He asked the legislators to hold a meeting in this regard every month. The district was getting about Rs. 200 crore for the development of roads under various schemes. He wanted officials to remember that they were working for the improvement of the “Chief Minister's district”.
He said he would give more funds to take up urgent work on solving drinking water problems if the task forces headed by legislators demanded.
Mr. Gowda expressed his displeasure over the tardy progress of construction of the larger vented dam at Thumbe. “I am not satisfied,” he said. He pointed out that only eight of 16 vents had been completed and asked Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda and Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation Harish Kumar K. to inspect the progress every week. If necessary, the contract could be terminated and fresh agency fixed to complete it, he said. He was unhappy with the work of the local officer in charge of the project.
Mr. Kumar urged the Chief Minister to grant two-thirds of the estimated cost of the project (Rs. 75 crore) as the corporation could not bear more than one-third of the cost.
The Chief Minister asked the legislators and zilla panchayat members to hold special meetings regarding progress of road work between Mani and Mysore. He threatened to terminate the contractor if work did not progress at the required pace.
He asked the Public Works Department to complete the works such as Tulu Bhavan, Mini Vidhana Soudhas in the district and Rangamandira in Mangalore in time.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3393559.ece)
‘Terminate contract if no progress on vented dam by May 31’ (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/247464/terminate-contract-no-progress-vented.html)
'Accord importance to water supply in urban areas' (http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/industry-and-economy/government-and-policy/article3396884.ece)
May 9th, 2012, 06:17 AM
MANGALORE: Coastal districts of Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada have no major irrigation projects unlike Krishna and Cauvery basin regions. This is despite the fact that nature has blessed the coastal districts with 13 west-flowing rivers, which at the height of monsoons discharge 2,000 TMC water to Arabian Sea.
On the other hand, rivers in Krishna basin discharge 1,200 TMC and Cauvery basin 800 TMC to Bay of Bengal.Striving to tap this quantum of water through 'Paschimavahini' project is none other CM DV Sadananda Gowda. According to a back of the envelope calculation made by deputy speaker N Yogish Bhat, only 2.5% of the 2,000 TMC of water is being used at present. "This presents us with an opportunity to construct series of check dams along the west-flowing rivers and tap their potential," Bhat told TOI.The chief minister at an official review meeting here on Sunday instructed officials of minor irrigation department to undertake comprehensive survey of places where the check dams can be constructed. "This has to be completed before the end of forthcoming monsoon so that work on thedams can be taken up shortly thereafter.
Such check dams will recharge underground water level," he said.Assuring the officials that funds will not become a hindrance for executing the project, CM said, "We have allocated Rs 10,500 crore for major irrigation projects in this year's budget and not all the money is likely to be spent due to land acquisition and other process. A portion of this allocation can be used for check dams." "The check dams will recharge wells and borewells in the region and this will mean lesser dependence on rivers during peak of summer when coastal districts face acute drinking water shortage," Bhat said.
May 11th, 2012, 06:35 AM
3.75 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ 10 ಕೆರೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಚಾಲನೆ
ಗುರುವಾಯನಕೆರೆಯ ಸುಣ್ಣದ ಕೆರೆಯ ಹೂಳೆತ್ತುವ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ.
Udayavani | May 10, 2012
ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ : ತಾಲೂಕಿನ 10 ಕೆರೆಗಳ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗಾಗಿ ಸರಕಾರದಿಂದ 3.75 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಅನುದಾನ ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿದ್ದು ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ.
ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಕೆರೆಗಳ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಕಾರ್ಯ ನಡೆಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಅಂತರ್ಜಲ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುವ, ಕೃಷಿ ನೀರಾವರಿ ಸೌಕರ್ಯ ಒದಗಿಸಲು ಸರಕಾರ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಿದೆ.
ಪಾರೆಂಕಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಬಂಗೇರಕಟ್ಟೆ ಕೆರೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ 30 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಕುವೆಟ್ಟು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಸುಣ್ಣದಕೆರೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಚಾರ್ಮಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಪೆರ್ನಾಲ್*ಕೆರೆ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ವೇಣೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಅಜಿಲಕೆರೆಗೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಬಡಗಕಾರಂದೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಅಳದಂಗಡಿ ಉಲ್ಪೆಕೆರೆಗೆ 30 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಕಾಶಿಪಟ್ಣ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಅಪೆìಟಿಕೆರೆಗೆ 25 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ನಾರಾವಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ನೂಜೋಡಿ ಕೆರೆಗೆ 20 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಬಡಕೋಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಹಿರಿಂಬಿ ಕೆರೆಗೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಪಿಲ್ಯ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಪಿಲ್ಯಗುತ್ತು ಕೆರೆಗೆ 20 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಎಂದು ಒಟ್ಟು 3.75 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿದೆ.
ಬಂಗೇರಕಟ್ಟೆ ಕೆರೆ, ಸುಣ್ಣದಕೆರೆ, ಪೆರ್ನಾಲ್*ಕೆರೆ, ಅಜಿಲಕೆರೆ, ಉಲ್ಪೆಕೆರೆ ಸೇರಿದಂತೆ 6 ಕೆರೆಗೆಳ ಹೂಳೆತ್ತುವ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಆರಂಭಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ನಾರಾವಿಯ ನೂಜೋಡಿ ಕೆರೆಯ 20 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ.ಗಳ ಟೆಂಡರ್* ಹಾಗೂ ಪಿಲ್ಯದ ಪಿಲ್ಯಕೆರೆಗೆ ಮಂಜೂರಾದ 20 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ.ಗಳ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿಯ ಟೆಂಡರ್* ವಹಿಸಿಕೊಳ್ಳಲು ಯಾವುದೇ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆದಾರರು ಟೆಂಡರ್* ಹಾಕಲಿಲ್ಲ.
May 11th, 2012, 06:39 AM
ದ.ಕ., ಉಡುಪಿಗೆ ಮಹತ್ವಪೂರ್ಣ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿ
ಮನೋಹರ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್* | May 10, 2012
ಮಂಗಳೂರು : ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನದಿಗಳ ನೀರಿನ ಪರಿಣಾಮಕಾರಿ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಮಹಾ ಯೋಜನೆಯೊಂದು (ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್* ಪ್ಲಾನ್*) ಕ್ಷಿಪ್ರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಕರಾವಳಿಯ ಈ ಉಭಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಭೌಗೋಳಿಕವಾಗಿ 8.44 ಲಕ್ಷ ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್* ಭೂಪ್ರದೇಶವಿದ್ದು ಪ್ರಸ್ತುತ ಕೃಷಿಕಾರ್ಯದ ಸಾಗುವಳಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ 2.68 ಲಕ್ಷ ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್*. ಈ ಮಹಾ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು 'ಪಶ್ಚಿಮದ ಕಡೆಗೆ ಹರಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ನದಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತು ತೊರೆಗಳ ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸಲು ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು/ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂಗಳ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮತ್ತು ನದೀ ದಂಡೆ (ದಡ) ರಕ್ಷಣಾ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ' ಎಂದು ಸರಕಾರಿ ದಾಖಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಉಲ್ಲೇಖೀಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಮುಂಗಡಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿಯೂ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಅನುದಾನವನ್ನು ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಹೀಗೆ ಯೋಜನೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳಿಲ್ಲದೆ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದೆಂದು ನಿರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.
ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡದ ಗಡಿಗಳು: ಪೂರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮಘಟ್ಟ, ಪಶ್ಚಿಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಅರಬೀ ಸಮುದ್ರ, ದಕ್ಷಿಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇರಳ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಮತ್ತು ಉತ್ತರದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆ.
ಉಪನದಿಗಳ ಸಹಿತ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ನದಿಗಳು: ನೇತ್ರಾವತಿ, ಕುಮಾರಧಾರಾ, ಶಾಂಭವಿ, ನಂದಿನಿ, ಗೌರಿಹೊಳೆ, ಫಲ್ಗುಣಿ (ಗುರುಪುರ). ಈ ನದಿಗಳೆಲ್ಲ ಅರಬೀ ಸಮುದ್ರವನ್ನು ಸೇರುತ್ತವೆ.
ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಜೂನ್*ನಿಂದ ಸೆಪ್ಟಂಬರ್* ವರೆಗಿನ ಮುಂಗಾರು ಮಳೆ ನಿರ್ಣಾಯಕವಾದ ಸಂದರ್ಭ. ಆದರೆ, ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಭೌಗೋಳಿಕ ಸ್ವರೂಪದಿಂದಾಗಿ ಈ ನೀರು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಈ ನೀರನ್ನು ಗರಿಷ್ಠ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಸಲು ಮಹಾಯೋಜನೆ ಸಿದ್ಧವಾಗಿದೆ, ಕಾರ್ಯಾರಂಭಗೊಂಡಿದೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರ, ವಿಶೇಷವಾಗಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಉತ್ಸುಕರಾಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗೆ ಅವರ ಕಳೆದ ಬಾರಿಯ ಭೇಟಿಯ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲೂ ಅವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಕಳಕಳಿಯನ್ನು ತೋರ್ಪಡಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ದ.ಕ.ದಲ್ಲಿ ನದಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿನ ಗರಿಷ್ಠ ನೀರಿನ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಹೀಗಿದೆ- ನೇತ್ರಾವತಿ: 457.46 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ, ಗುರುಪುರ: 121.89, ಶಾಂಭವಿ: 43.84, ಪಾವಂಜೆ: 29.07, ನೇತ್ರಾವತಿಯ ಪೂರಕ ಪ್ರದೇಶ: 4.95. ಒಟ್ಟು: 1239.69 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ. ಆದರೆ, ಬಹುಪಾಲು ನೀರು ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ; ಅರಬೀ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಪಾಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಈ ನೀರನ್ನು ಕೃಷಿಗೆ-ಅಂದರೆ ನೀರಾವರಿಗೆ ಬೃಹತ್* ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮತ್ತು ಬೃಹತ್* ಸಂಗ್ರಹಾಗಾರಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಹಿಡಿದಿಡುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಅಧ್ಯಯನ ನಡೆದಿತ್ತು. ಆದರೆ, ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಇಂಗುವಿಕೆಯ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಅಥವಾ ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಗುಣಲಕ್ಷಣಗಳು ಈ ಚಿಂತನೆಗೆ ಪೂರಕವಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ, ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಧ್ಯಮ ಮತ್ತು ಸಣ್ಣ ಗಾತ್ರದ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಯಿತು. ಭಾರೀ ನೆರೆಯ ಸಂದರ್ಭದಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಕಿರು ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳು ಮುಳುಗುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಕಿಂಡಿಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರೆನೀರು ಹೊರ ಹೋಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮರದ ಶಟರ್*ಗಳನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಸಿ ನೀರಿನ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಮೂಲಕ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾದ, ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿ ಮಳೆ ನೀರು ಮುಂದೆ ಕೃಷಿಕಾರ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಉಭಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲೂ ಇದೇ ಪರಿಕಲ್ಪನೆ. ಈ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಂತರ್ಜಲದ ಮಟ್ಟ ಏರಿಕೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ನಿರಂತರ ಪೂರೈಕೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರನ್ನು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕಿಸುವ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳು ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಉಪ್ಪು ಹಿನ್ನೀರು ನದಿಗಳಿಗೆ ನುಗ್ಗುವುದನ್ನು ತಡೆಯುತ್ತದೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿಯನ್ನು ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರಿನಿಂದ ರಕ್ಷಿಸುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬ ಆಶಯವೂ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
ಸಮಗ್ರ ಮಹಾಯೋಜನೆಯ ಅಂದಾಜು ವೆಚ್ಚ 374.56 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ನದೀ ದಂಡೆ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಯ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 134.26 ಕಿ.ಮೀ. ಪ್ರದೇಶವಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲ ಹಂತದಲ್ಲಿ ಉಭಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 118 ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈ ಪೈಕಿ 110 ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು, 8 ಉಪ್ಪುನೀರು ತಡೆಯೋಜನೆ. 50.82 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿದೆ. ದ.ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ 32, ಉಡುಪಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 48 ಯೋಜನೆ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
ಒಟ್ಟು 1239.69 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ ನೀರಿನ ಪೈಕಿ ಬಹುಪಾಲು ಉಭಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗಬೇಕೆಂಬ ಮಹತ್ವಾಕಾಂಕ್ಷೆಯ ಯೋಜನೆ ಇದಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಾಸ್ತಾವಿತ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 202 ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂ/ ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರು ತಡೆ ಯೋಜನೆ ಈ ನದಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದಿದೆ. 28 ಯೋಜನೆ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಹೊಸ 19 ಯೋಜನೆ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿಯಾಗಿ 463 ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂ ಮತ್ತು 15 ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರು ತಡೆ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ 12.4 ಸಾವಿರ ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್*ಗೆ ನೀರುಣಿಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಪಶ್ಚಿಮಕ್ಕೆ ಹರಿಯುವ ನದಿಗಳ ಕುರಿತಾದ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಅಧಿಕೃತ ಹೆಸರು ದಾಖಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ, ಪ್ರಗತಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲನಾ ಸಭೆ- ಪತ್ರಿಕಾ ವರದಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿದು ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿ ಎಂದೇ ಉಲ್ಲೇಖವಾಗುತ್ತಾ ಈಗ 'ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿ' ಎಂದಾಗಿದೆ !
May 12th, 2012, 05:30 AM
ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿ: ಅಂತರ್ಜಲಕ್ಕೆ ವರದಾನ
ಮನೋಹರ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್* | May 11, 2012
ಮಂಗಳೂರು : ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮಾಭಿಮುಖವಾಗಿ ಹರಿಯುವ ನದಿಗಳು, ತೊರೆಗಳ ಗರಿಷ್ಠ ನೀರನ್ನು ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ಬಳಸುವ ಮಹತ್ವಾಕಾಂಕ್ಷಿ ಯೋಜನೆ 'ಪಶ್ಚಿಮ ವಾಹಿನಿ'. ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಕಾರ್ಯಾರಂಭಗೊಂಡ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನದಿಗಳಿಗೆ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್*ಡ್ಯಾಂ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮತ್ತು ಉಪ್ಪುನೀರು ತಡೆ ಅಂತರ್ಗತಗೊಂಡಿದೆ.
ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಮೂರು ತಾಲೂಕುಗಳ ಭೌಗೋಳಿಕ ಪ್ರದೇಶ 3,57,500 ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್*. ಈ ಪೈಕಿ 94489 ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್* ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿ. ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ನದಿಗಳ ನೀರಿನ ಗರಿಷ್ಠ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ: ವಾರಾಹಿ- 119.79 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ, ಸೀತಾನದಿ- 103.94, ಸ್ವರ್ಣಾ-96.11, ಉದ್ಯಾವರ (ಸೂಡ, ಶಿರ್ವ)- 67.88, ಕೊಲ್ಲೂರು (ಸೌಪರ್ಣಿಕಾ)- 58.12, ಚಕ್ರಾ- 51.58, ಮಡಿಸಾಲು-34.42, ಎಡಮಾವು-15.35, ಉಪ್ಪುಂದ-13.37, ಸಂಕದಗುಂಡಿ- 8.11, ಕುಂಬಾರಹೊಳೆ-6.05, ಬೈಂದೂರು-2.15, ಸ್ವರ್ಣಾ-ಮೂಲ್ಕಿ ಉಪಪ್ರದೇಶ- 5.61 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ.
ಸದ್ಯ ವಾರಾಹಿ ನೀರಾವರಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 13.65 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ ನೀರು ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 4.61 ಟಿಎಂಸಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚುವರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗಲಿದೆ.
4 ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್* ಪ್ರದೇಶ
ನೂತನವಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಗೊಳ್ಳಲಿರುವ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂಗಳು ಮಳೆಯ ನೀರನ್ನು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಲಿವೆ. ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರು ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳು ಹೆಸರೇ ಸೂಚಿಸುವಂತೆ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ಉಪ್ಪು ಹಿನ್ನೀರು ನದಿ ಅಥವಾ ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿಗೆ ನುಗ್ಗುವುದನ್ನು ತಡೆಗಟ್ಟುತ್ತದೆ.
ಈ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಕಾರ್ಯವು ಕನಿಷ್ಠ 4 ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್* ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟು ಪ್ರದೇಶವನ್ನು ಹೊಂದಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂಗಳ ಎತ್ತರ: 1.5 ಮೀ. ನಿಂದ 3.5 ಮೀ. ಉಭಯ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿ ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಂಡಾಗ 17909 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ 11374 ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್* ಅಚ್ಚುಕಟ್ಟು ಪ್ರದೇಶ ನೀರಾವರಿಯ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಗೆ ಬರಲಿದೆ.
ನದೀ ದಂಡೆಗಳ (ದಡ) ರಕ್ಷಣೆ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪೂರಕ ಭಾಗವಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಪ್ರತೀ ವರ್ಷ ಭಾರೀ ನೆರೆಯಿಂದಾಗಿ ನದೀ ತೀರಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊರೆತದ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಉಂಟಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ತನ್ಮೂಲಕ ಫಲವತ್ತಾದ ಜಮೀನು, ಸಂಪರ್ಕಜಾಲ, ಐತಿಹಾಸಿಕ ತಾಣಗಳಿಗೆ ಹಾನಿ ಉಂಟಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ, ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜನನಿಬಿಡ ಹಳ್ಳಿಗಳ ನದೀ ತೀರ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಗೆ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಅರಣ್ಯನಾಶ, ಗಣಿಗಾರಿಕೆ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳಿಂದ ಹೂಳಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ನದೀ ಪಾತ್ರಗಳೇ ಬದಲಾಗುತ್ತಾ ನೈಸರ್ಗಿಕ ಪ್ರಕೋಪಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಾರಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೂ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕಂಡು ಹಿಡಿಯಲು ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿ ಗಮನಹರಿಸಿದೆ.
ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನೆರೆ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳಿಂದ ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಉಂಟಾಗುವ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಪರಿಹಾರವೇ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಮೂಲ ಉದ್ದೇಶವೆಂದು ಕಿರು ನೀರಾವರಿ ಸಹಿತ ಸಂಬಂಧಿತ ಇಲಾಖೆಗಳು ತಮ್ಮ ಯೋಜನಾ ವರದಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಉಲ್ಲೇಖೀಸಿವೆ. ನದೀ ತೀರದ ರಕ್ಷಣೆಗೆ ಶಿಲಾಮಯ ರಚನೆಗಳ ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕ ವಿವರಗಳನ್ನು ನೀಡಿವೆ.
ಆದರೆ, ದ.ಕನ್ನಡ ಮತ್ತು ಉಡುಪಿಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಗೊಂಡಿರುವ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು, ಉಪ್ಪು ನೀರು ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ರೈತರಿಂದ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ದೂರುಗಳು ಕೇಳಿ ಬರುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಸಮರ್ಪಕವಾದ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ಕಾರ್ಯ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಅನ್ನುವುದೇ ಈ ದೂರುಗಳ ಸಾರಾಂಶ. ದುರಸ್ತಿ ಕಾರ್ಯವೂ ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯದೇ ರೈತರಿಗೆ ಸಾಕಷ್ಟು ತೊಂದರೆಗಳಾಗಿವೆ. ಕೃತಕ ನೆರೆ ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ನಿದರ್ಶನ.
ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಕರಾವಳಿಯ ಮೂರು ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಈ ಬಾರಿಯ ಮುಂಗಡಪತ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಆದ್ಯತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಲಾ 10 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ನೀಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಇದು ಮುಂದುವರಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಯೋಜನೆಯಾದ್ದರಿಂದ ಸಂಪನ್ಮೂಲಕ್ಕೆ ಕೊರತೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಯೋಜನೆ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣವಾಗಿ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನವಾದಾಗ ದ.ಕನ್ನಡ-ಉಡುಪಿ-ಉ.ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿ ವಿಸ್ತಾರವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಅಂತರ್ಜಲದ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಅತ್ಯಧಿಕವಾಗಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚಲಿದೆ, ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೆ ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಪರಿಹಾರ ದೊರೆಯಲಿದೆ ಅನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು. ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯೂ ಕಿರುದಾರಿಗಳ ಮೂಲಕ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಯಾಗಲಿದೆ ಅನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ.
ಈ ಎಲ್ಲ ಆಶಯಗಳೂ ಈಡೇರುವುದೇ ? ಕಾದು ನೋಡಬೇಕು.
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ಕರಾವಳಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಳೆ ನೀರು 'ವ್ಯರ್ಥವಾಗಿ' ಸಮುದ್ರ ಪಾಲಾಗುವುದನ್ನು ತಡೆಗಟ್ಟಲು ಪಶ್ಚಿಮವಾಹಿನಿಯೊಂದೇ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಅನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ ನೀರಾವರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯವರು. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಎಷ್ಟು ಮಳೆ ಸುರಿದರೂ, ನೀರು ಕೂಡಲೇ ಇಂಗಿ ಬಿಡುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ವಾತಾವರಣ, ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಗುಣ ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾರಣ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್*ಡ್ಯಾಂಗಳು ಸೂಕ್ತ ಅನ್ನುತ್ತಾರೆ. ದ.ಕನ್ನಡದಲ್ಲಿ 289, ಉಡುಪಿಯಲ್ಲಿ 174 ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಲಿದೆ.
May 12th, 2012, 05:35 AM
Akshatha M, May 12, 2012 :
After seven months of taking charge as the Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner, Dr Harish Kumar in an interview with City Herald speaks about the challenges ahead, plans and programmes for the development of the MCC and the solutions to be drawn for the burning issues.
* It has been two years since the talks are on regarding the implementation of Solid Waste Management project in the city. Will the project be realised sooner?
We had submitted the proposal of the SWM project to the Urban Development Department four months ago, but have not yet received any response. According to the sources, the government most likely will not accept the proposal, though we have a hope that it will approve at least the single bidder’s third package. With the chances of the project implementation turning bleak, we have decided to wait till this month end and take further steps.
* In case if the proposal is not accepted, then what would be the next plan of action by the MCC?
If the government does not approve the proposal, then we shall look for other alternative ways for solid waste management. The current proposal consists of various factors including house to house waste collection, avoid the use of bins in public places, segregation of waste, mechanical lifting of waste etc. However, in the alternative method, we should give emphasis on cost cutting which means we will have to a avoid a few aspects including the mechanised lifting of wastes.
The term of present contractors will end on May 30 following which we will decide on the next course of action.
We will insist the government either to approve or reject the sent proposal so that the MCC can implement alternative plans.
* Despite the MCC initiating door-to-door waste collection with a bang, the initiative seems to be not going well in the city. What are the blockades for this system?
At present, we are collecting door-to-door waste from 35 wards in the city. With the term of the present contractors ending, they are not showing interest in door-to-door waste collection.
Hence, we have decided to make things clear in the next tender so that door-to door waste is collected appropriately. There are plans to pair two wards each and allocate each pair of ward to different contractors after June.
* What is the progress of the pipeline laying work for UGD in the city?
The pipeline work should have completed by March 2012. But we could not meet the deadline due to the problem in land encroachment in a few areas including the places where the NH construction work and railway tracks have been laid.
As far as the private land acquisition is concerned, there has been opposition from a few land owners to give small pieces of land for the purpose. However, I have already begun to talk to the owners in person and convince them which seems to be working out in a few areas.
We will sort out the problems and ensure that the work will be completed by this year end.
*Any plans to solve water distribution problem in the city which seems to be worsening every passing year?
Though there is no considerable water source shortage in the city, the problem is with the distribution. In order to solve the problem, the MCC is thinking to change the water networks as the old networks are haphazardly laid in many places.
The government’s plan to implement 24X7 water supply to the city in partnership with the private players too is facing opposition.
However, the project could be implemented with a few amendments where the ultimate decision making and controlling power is laid in the hands of the MCC.
* The women’s park in the city which was opened at Hathill with much fan fair, seems to have not been taken well by the women. Has the MCC come up with any plans to revive the park?
A sum of Rs 21 lakh has been reserved for the development and maintenance of Vanitha Vana. Though the money is nowhere enough for taking up the developmental work, the MCC is planning to open a swimming pool adjacent to the park so that the area would have the crowd. As the area where the park exists is isolated, the women’s safety is a matter of concern.
We have received suggestions that a woman security guard should be deployed in the park, but then the question of her safety arises.
* What alternative methods have been taken up to meet the staff shortage in MCC?
At present, the MCC has 48 per cent of vacant posts. As the government has not yet called for filling the posts, we have called for the retired government employees to fill the vacancies.
With it, a few posts will be filled in a near future.
* Have you taken any initiatives to tackle corruption and bring transparency in the system?
On the first hand, the City Corporation has fixed CCTV cameras on two water supply tankers and a JCB to monitor their work. We would also introduce e-attendance system using bio-metric card, which is currently undergoing trial phase.
All the information and the live videos will be uploaded in the MCC website so that citizens can keep a watch on the activities taking place in the MCC.
May 15th, 2012, 07:57 AM
ರಾಶಿ ಬಿದ್ದಿರುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಸ್ತುಗಳು
ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ: ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್* ಯಾರ್ಡ್* ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿಲ್ಲ
Udayavani | May 14, 2012
ಪುತ್ತೂರು : ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಪ್ರಮುಖ ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಪಟ್ಟಣ ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ನಗರವಾದರೂ ನಗರ ನೈರ್ಮಲ್ಯ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗೆ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ. ಯಾಕೆಂದರೆ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗೆ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಸ್ತುಗಳನ್ನು ಹಾಕಲು ಇನ್ನು ಕೂಡಾ ಕಂದಾಯ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್* ಯಾರ್ಡ್* ಮಂಜೂರು ಮಾಡಿಲ್ಲ.
ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್* ಯಾರ್ಡ್* ಮಂಜೂರುಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದರೂ, ಹಿರೆಬಂಡಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ನಿಂದ ಆಕ್ಷೇಪ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಪ್ರದೇಶವನ್ನು ಕೈ ಬಿಡಲಾಯಿತು. ಈಗ ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ಕುಮಾರಧಾರಾ ಸೇತುವೆಯ ಬಳಿಯ ಅಡ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಶಿ ಹಾಕಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ರಾಶಿಹಾಕಲಾದ ಕಸಕಡ್ಡಿಗಳನ್ನು ಬೆಂಕಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಸುಡುತ್ತಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಪರಿಸರದಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಯು ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ ಉಂಟಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್* ಯಾರ್ಡ್* ಮಾಡಲು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಸ್ಥಳ ಗುರುತಿಸಲಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಕಂದಾಯ ಇಲಾಖೆಯಿಂದ ಪೂರಕ ಸಹಕಾರ ದೊರಕದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಸ್ತುಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಮಾಡುವುದೇ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗೆ ದೊಡ್ಡ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರತಿ ದಿನ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾಗುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ಈಗ ಹಾಕುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪರಿಸರ ಕೂಡಾ ಸೂಕ್ತವಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೂ ಇದನ್ನು ಬಳಕೆ ಮಾಡದೆ ಅನ್ಯ ಮಾರ್ಗವಿಲ್ಲ.
ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗೆ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್*ಯಾರ್ಡ್* ಮಂಜೂರು ಮಾಡುವ ಕುರಿತಂತೆ ಕಂದಾಯ ಇಲಾಖೆಯು ತನ್ನ ನಿಧಾನ ನೀತಿಯನ್ನು ದೂರೀಕರಿಸಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ತಾ.ಪಂ. ಮತ್ತು ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಉಪ್ಪಿನಂಗಡಿ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ಗೆ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್* ಯಾರ್ಡ್* ಮಂಜೂರುಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತೆ ಕಂದಾಯ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಮೇಲೆ ಒತ್ತಡ ತರಬೇಕಾಗಿದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲದಿದ್ದರೆ ವರ್ಷ ಕಳೆದಂತೆ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ಆಡಳಿತಕ್ಕೆ ತಲೆನೋವಾದೀತು ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ತಲೆದೋರೀತು.
May 15th, 2012, 07:59 AM
ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಬಿಸಾಡಿದ ಟೆಂಪೊ ಮೇಲೆ ದಂಡ (http://www.udayavani.com/news/147345L15-%E0%B2%A4-%E0%B2%AF-%E0%B2%9C-%E0%B2%AF-%E0%B2%AC-%E0%B2%B8-%E0%B2%A1-%E0%B2%A6-%E0%B2%9F--%E0%B2%AA--%E0%B2%AE-%E0%B2%B2--%E0%B2%A6-%E0%B2%A1.html)
Consumer Forum asks MCC to repair drain, pay Rs. 25,000 (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3417010.ece)
May 19th, 2012, 03:44 PM
May 19th, 2012, 03:45 PM
ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇಗೆ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಸಮಯಮಿತಿ ನಿಗದಿ
Udayavani | May 18, 2012
ಮಂಗಳೂರು: ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ ನಗರಸಭೆ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜೂ. 15ರ ಒಳಗಾಗಿ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇಯನ್ನು ವೈಜ್ಞಾನಿಕವಾಗಿ ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸಿದ ಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಆರಂಭಿಸದಿದ್ದರೆ ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯನ್ನು ಅಮಾನತುಗೊಳಿಸುವುದಾಗಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಡಾ| ಎನ್*. ಎಸ್*. ಚನ್ನಪ್ಪ ಗೌಡ ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರ ಕಚೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ನಗರ-ಸ್ಥಳೀಯಾಡಳಿತ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳ ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ಪ್ರಗತಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲನಾ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆ ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು.
ಎಲ್ಲ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳು ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇಗೆ ಆದ್ಯತೆ ನೀಡಬೇಕು. ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇ ಕಾರ್ಯ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯನ್ನು ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ ಮಂಡಳಿಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಖುದ್ದಾಗಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿ ವರದಿ ನೀಡಬೇಕು ಹಾಗೂ ಕಾನೂನು ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಸೂಚಿಸಿದರು. ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳದ ಒಟ್ಟು23 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇವಲ 18 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತ್ರ ಮನೆಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಕಸ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂದಿನ 20 ದಿನಗಳೊಳಗಾಗಿ ಕಸ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದಾಗಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಭರವಸೆ ನೀಡಿದರು.
ಮೂಡಬಿದಿರೆಯಲ್ಲಿ 23 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ 20 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಸ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಲಾಗತ್ತಿದೆ. ಉಳಿದ 3 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಿಂದ ಜೂ. 1ರಿಂದ ಕಸ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದರು. ಲ್ಯಾಂಡ್* ಫಿಲ್ಲಿಂಗ್* ಸೈಟ್* ಆಗಸ್ಟ್* ವೇಳೆಗೆ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಸೂಚಿಸಿದರು. ಪುತ್ತೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ 18 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕಸ ಸಂಗ್ರಹವಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, 9 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳು ಬಾಕಿ ಇವೆ. ಸುಳ್ಯದಲ್ಲೂ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಇದೆ. ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿ ಜಾಸ್ತಿ ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲ ಮನೆಯ ಕಸ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಅಸಾಧ್ಯ ಎಂದು ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದಾಗ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಪೂರಕವಾದ ದಾಖಲೆ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿ ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ತೊಕ್ಕೊಟ್ಟು ಸರ್ಕಲ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಸ ತೆಗೆಯದೆ ಕಸದ ರಾಶಿ ಬಿದ್ದಿರುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕಾರಣ ಕೇಳಿದ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲೂ ಕಸ ಎತ್ತುವ ಕೆಲಸ ಸಮರ್ಪಕವಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಅಸಮಾಧಾನ ವ್ಯಕ್ತಪಡಿಸಿದರು. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ನಗರ ಸ್ಥಳೀಯಾಡಳಿತ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಶೌಚಗುಂಡಿ ಶುಚಿ ಮಾಡುವ ಯಂತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಗ್ರಾಂ.ಪಂ.ಗಳಿಗೆ ಈ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಪತ್ರ ಬರೆದು ಶೌಚ ಗುಂಡಿಗಳ ಶುಚಿತ್ವಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾನವರನ್ನು ಬಳಸಬಾರದು ಎಂದು ಕಟ್ಟುನಿಟ್ಟಾಗಿ ತಿಳಿಸಬೇಕು ಮತ್ತು ಯಂತ್ರಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸಲು ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಬೇಕೆಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರ ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರಿಗೆ ಸೂಚಿಸಿದರು.
ವಾಜಪೇಯಿ ನಗರವಸತಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಮತ್ತಷ್ಟು ಪರಿಣಾಮಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅವರನ್ನು ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನ ಹಾಗೂ ಪಾಲಿಕೆಯ ಆರೋಗ್ಯ ವಿಭಾಗದಲ್ಲೂ ಕರ್ತವ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸುವಂತೆ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಿ ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ವಾಜಪೇಯಿ ವಸತಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಗತಿ ದಾಖಲಿಸದಿದ್ದರೆ ಸಂಬಂಧಿತ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳನ್ನು ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿಯುತರನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಾಡಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಈ ಸಂಬಂಧ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಲೀಡ್* ಬ್ಯಾಂಕ್* ಮ್ಯಾನೇಜರ್* ಜೊತೆ ಚರ್ಚಿಸಿ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳಿ ಎಂದರು.
ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ನಗರಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಯೋಜನಾ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ತಾಕತ್* ರಾವ್* ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.
June 3rd, 2012, 05:05 AM
Gracy Machado, president of Udyavara Gram Panchayat, said here on Friday that the people of Udayavara village were facing a lot of hardship because of the pollution from three fishmeal companies located there.
Ms. Machado told presspersons that air and water pollution because of fishmeal plants had affected the health of people including children. The gram panchayat had repeatedly urged these fishmeal companies to install anti-pollution devices such as effluent treatment plants and smell treatment equipments.
Though the fishmeal companies had installed these devices, their capacity was low. Hence these devices had failed to control pollution. “Proper devices should be installed so that pollution was fully controlled,” she said.
Ms. Machado said that though the gram panchayat had cancelled licences, the higher authorities always sided with the fishmeal plants and allowed them to function superseding the decision of the panchayat.
The Executive Officer of Udupi Taluk Panchayat was always supporting the fishmeal plants without bothering about the plight of the people in Udyavara. The Panchayat Development Officers (PDOs) merely carried out the orders given by the higher officials.
She said that though the Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju had given stern warning to fishmeal plants and directed them to take all measures to control pollution, there had been no change in the situation on the ground. The local Kaup MLA Lalaji Mendon too was least bothered about the plight of the people.
The gram panchayat had given numerous representations to politicians, the zilla panchayat, taluk panchayat and other officials, but no action had been forthcoming. Besides violating the laws relating to air and water pollution, one fishmeal plant had even violated the Coastal Regulation Zone (CRZ) norms, she said.
“We are not against the fishmeal plants, but they should take pollution-control measures. They should ensure that air and water were not polluted. The health of people should not be affected,” Ms. Machado said.
Gram panchayat members Bhaskar Kotian and Vijaykumar Udyavara, members of Gram Samrakshana Samiti Pratap Kumar and Mohan Salian were present.
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3482855.ece)
June 4th, 2012, 06:03 AM
Three-package solid waste management proposal in limbo
MANGALORE, June 4, 2012 (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3488638.ece)
It was mooted by the Mangalore City Corporation in January 2010
The more than two-and-a-half-year-old three-package solid waste management proposal of the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) is in limbo. The State Government has neither rejected nor approved it, according to sources.
The sources told The Hindu that after the proposal was mooted in January 2010, it had seen many ups and downs because of the changes suggested to it by the Government. Finally, on February 15, 2012, the civic body sent a list of two bidders selected for handling solid waste in the city in three packages, to the Directorate of Municipal Administration (DMA) for approval. Even three-and-half months after its submission, the directorate was yet to approve it.
The validity of rates quoted by the bidders for handling solid waste ended on May 31, 2012, the sources said.
The corporation started collecting solid waste management cess along with property tax for 2011-12 though the proposal was not implemented. The corporation had selected Anthony Waste Handling Cell Pvt. Ltd. of Mumbai to collect solid waste from 60 wards divided as north and south zones in two packages and transport it to the dumping yard Pachchanady. It had chosen IL and FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services Ltd. of Delhi to operate and maintain the sanitary landfill site and compost plant at Pachchanady as a package, the sources said.
The Mumbai-based company had quoted Rs. 3,201 for collecting and transporting a tonne of solid waste from north zone comprising 29 wards. Originally, the corporation estimated the cost at Rs. 1,711 per tonne. The company had quoted Rs. 2,051 for handling a tonne of solid waste in south zone comprising 31 wards, while the cost estimated by the corporation was Rs. 1,160 a tonne. In these cases, the company quoted 87 per cent above the original estimation, the sources said.
The Delhi-based company had quoted Rs. 238 a tonne for operation and maintenance at Panchchanady. The cost estimated by the corporation was Rs. 248 a tonne. In this case, the company quoted about four per cent below the original estimation, the sources said.
The sources said that eight contractors were handling solid waste in the city in eight packages. Their contract term would end in August 2012. Through the three-package scheme, the corporation hoped for proper implementation of door-to-door collection of solid waste in a professional manner.
The sources said that under the proposed scheme, it was mandatory to install global positioning system equipment in vehicles transporting solid waste from wards to the dumping yard at Pachchanady. The company selected would have to sweep streets, remove weeds and clean road dividers. Other features of the scheme were elimination of multiple handling of solid waste and compulsory cleaning of beaches at Surathkal, Mukka, Tannirbavi, and Kasba Bengre.
June 7th, 2012, 06:12 AM
ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ರೂ.25 ಲಕ್ಷ
Udayavani | Jun 06, 2012
ಸುಳ್ಯ : ಸಣ್ಣ ನೀರಾವರಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಡಿಕಾನದಿಂದ ಕುದ್ರೆಪಾಯ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಮೀನು ಸಂರಕ್ಷಣೆಗಾಗಿ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ರೂ. 25 ಲಕ್ಷ ಅನುದಾನ ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಗೊಂಡು ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ.
ಕಲ್ಲುಗುಂಡಿಯಾಗಿ ಕುದ್ರೆಪಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗುವವರಿಗೆ 10 ಕಿ.ಮಿ. ಕ್ರಮಿಸಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇದೀಗ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಂ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗುವುದರಿಂದ ಕುದ್ರೆಪಾಯಕ್ಕೆ 3 ಕಿ.ಮಿ. ದಾರಿ, 8 ಅಡಿ ಅಗಲವಿರುವ ಈ ವೆಂಟೆಡ್* ಡ್ಯಾಮ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಲಘು ವಾಹನಗಳಿಗೂ ಸಂಚರಿಸಲು ಅವಕಾಶವಿದೆ.
June 10th, 2012, 08:15 AM
June 23rd, 2012, 04:05 PM
ಪುರಸಭೆ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆ: 96 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ಅಂದಾಜು ಪಟ್ಟಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಕೆ
Udayavani | Jun 21, 2012
ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ : ಪುರಸಭೆ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಂದಿನ ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೈದು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಅವಧಿಗೆ ಪೂರಕ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಸರಬರಾಜು 96 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ ಅಂದಾಜು ಪಟ್ಟಿಗೆ ಪುರಸಭೆಯ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಪ್ಪಿಗೆ ಸೂಚಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.
ಪುರಸಭಾ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ದಿನೇಶ ಭಂಡಾರಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜೂ. 21ರಂದು ನಡೆದ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಯುಡಬುÉಎಸ್* ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್* ಶೋಭಲಕ್ಷಿ$¾à ಅವರು ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಯೋಜನೆ ಅಂದಾಜು ಪಟ್ಟಿಯನ್ನು ಸಭೆಗೆ ಮಂಡಿಸಿದರು.
ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾದ ತಿದ್ದುಪಡಿ, ವಿಸ್ತರಣೆ, ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ವಿವರಣೆ ನೀಡಿದರು. ಇದರಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರ ಶೇ.75 ಮತ್ತು ಪುರಸಭೆ ಶೇ.25 ಪಾಲು ಅನುದಾನ ನೀಡುವುದಾಗಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವಿಸಿದರು.
ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು, ಮನೆ ರಿಪೇರಿ, ಗ್ಯಾಸ್* ಸಂಪರ್ಕ, ಶೌಚಾಲಯ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಉದ್ದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಶೇ.22.75 ನಿಧಿ, ಶೇ.7.25 ನಿಧಿ, ಶೇ.3 ನಿಧಿ ಬಳಕೆಯ ಫಲಾನುಭವಿ ಆಯ್ಕೆಯ ವಿಚಾರವನ್ನು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀಡಲಾಯಿತು.
ಬಂಟ್ವಾಳ ಪೇಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸ್ವರ್ಣೋದ್ಯಮಿ ಒಬ್ಬರು ಪಾರ್ಕಿಂಗ್* ಸ್ಥಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಇತರ ವಾಹನಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಲುಗಡೆ ಮಾಡದಂತೆ ನೋ ಪಾರ್ಕಿಂಗ್* ಬೋರ್ಡ್* ಹಾಕಿ ಅತಿಕ್ರಮಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ತೆಗೆಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾಪಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.
ಬಿ.ಸಿ.ರೋಡು ಕೈಕಂಬದಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹುಮಹಡಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಮಾಲಕರು ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಸ್ಥಳವನ್ನು ಅತಿಕ್ರಮಿಸಿ ತಡೆ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿ ಸಂಕೋಲೆ ಹಾಕಿ ಅವರಿಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದಂತೆ ಪಾರ್ಕಿಂಗ್* ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇದನ್ನು ತೆರವು ಮಾಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಆಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದರು. ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಉಪಯೋಗದ ಅತಿಕ್ರಮಗಳನ್ನು ತೆರವಿಗೆ ಕ್ರಮಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುವುದಾಗಿ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಣಯಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.
ಪ್ರಮುಖ ವಿಚಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಬುಡಾ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಎ. ಗೋವಿಂದ ಪ್ರಭು ನಿರ್ಣಯಗಳನ್ನು ಮಂಡಿಸಿದರು.
ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ ಜಾನಕಿ ಗೋಪಾಲ್*, ಸ್ಥಾಯಿ ಸಮಿತಿ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ ವಸಂತಿ ಗಂಗಾಧರ್* ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.
ಸದಸ್ಯರಾದ ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ ಆಳ್ವ, ಮಹಮ್ಮದ್* ನಂದರಬೆಟ್ಟು, ಮಹಮ್ಮದ್* ಶರೀಫ್*, ರಿಯಾಜ್* ಹುಸೈನ್*, ದೇವದಾಸ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ, ಸುರೇಶ್* ಕುಲಾಲ್*, ಗೋಪಾಲ ಸುವರ್ಣ, ಮಾಲತಿ ಗಣೇಶ್*, ಅಮಿನಾಭಿಶೇಖ್* ಸಹಿತ ಇತರ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯ ನೀಡಿದರು. ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಆರ್*.ವಿ. ಜತ್ತನ್ನ ಸ್ವಾಗತಿಸಿ, ವಂದಿಸಿದರು.
ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ನಿವಾರಣೆಗೆ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ತಡೆ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ
ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಬಿ.ಸಿ. ರೋಡಿನ ಪರ್ಯಾಯ ರಸ್ತೆ, ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿ ಚರಂಡಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ವಿಳಂಬದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಒಂದು ವಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿ ಸೂಕ್ತ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಸೂಚಿಸದಿದ್ದರೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಹೆದ್ದಾರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸರಣಿ ಧರಣಿ ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಸರ್ವಾನುಮತದಿಂದ ತೀರ್ಮಾನಿಸಲಾಯಿತು.
ಸರ್ವ ಪಕ್ಷ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸುವುದು. ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಡಳಿತದ ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಮನವರಿಕೆ ಮಾಡುವುದು ಎಂಬ ನಿರ್ಣಯ ಮಾಡಲಾಯಿತು.
ಎಸ್*ಎಸ್*ಎಲ್*ಸಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯಕ್ಕೆ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಬಂದ ವಿದ್ಯಾರ್ಥಿನಿ, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಮತ್ತು ಕನ್ನಡ ಮಾಧ್ಯಮದಲ್ಲಿ ಪುರಸಭಾ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯ ಪ್ರಥಮ ಸ್ಥಾನ ಪಡೆದ ಇಬ್ಬರನ್ನು ಪುರಸಭೆಯ ವತಿಯಿಂದ ಸಮ್ಮಾನಿಸಲು ಸಭೆ ಅನುಮೋದಿಸಿತು.
June 23rd, 2012, 04:08 PM
Studies had pointed out that coloured carry bags were more dangerous and carrying food items in them was not advisable.
Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) may involve self-help groups (SHGs) in the city to promote production and use of biodegradable bags to bring down the use of polythene carry bags.
Joint Commissioner K. Srikanth Rao told The Hindu that there were 348 SHGs in the city some of which could be asked to produce biodegradable bags using cloth, paper and other material so that they were sold to retail traders in and around the city.
Successful in Madikeri
He said that a similar exercise had succeeded in Madikeri where he was Commissioner earlier, and the ban on carry bags had been implemented effectively.
Mr. Rao said grocers in Madikeri would purchase biodegradable bags at a cost of Rs. 6.50. They charged Rs. 10 per bag but would refund the money if the customers returned it.
He said that he would discuss this with Commissioner Harish Kumar K. and attempt to implement the project after obtaining approval from the MCC Council. An attempt would be made to place the subject on the agenda at the regular meeting of the council in July. Mr. Rao said SHGs would be identified and asked to produce carry bags post-Council approval. Once the bags were ready, shops would be asked to sell only biodegradable bags.
“If this could be done in Madikeri, why not in Mangalore?” he said.
He said that the ban was successfully implemented in Madikeri except in fish markets where black carry bags were used.
Studies had pointed out that coloured carry bags were more dangerous and carrying food items in them was not advisable, he said.
Environment Engineer of MCC Madhu S. Manohar said that bylaws were being prepared to give more structured framework to the fight against use of plastic products. Use of plastic carry bags was banned under the Plastic Waste Management and Handling Rules 2011.
He said its use had continued despite several raids conducted by MCC officials. A committee headed by the Commissioner had held two meetings to consider proposals to implement the ban. One of the proposals was to fix rates for various sizes of carry bags. It was also working on the bylaws.
June 25th, 2012, 06:00 AM
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has sent 36 more multi-village water supply scheme proposals for the approval of the State Government, according to K.N. Vijay Prakash, Chief Executive Officer of the panchayat.
Of the 36 proposals sent, five were in Mangalore taluk, three in Bantwal taluk, eight in Puttur taluk, 13 in Sullia taluk, and seven in Belthangady taluk.
He told The Hindu that this was in addition to six multi-village water supply schemes sent earlier and approved by the Government early this year, he said.
The six schemes approved would cover villages under the jurisdiction of Sajeepamunnur, Karopady, Narikombu, Mani, Sangabettu, and Sarapady Gram Panchayat in Bantwal taluk.
Mr. Prakash said the cost of 42 (six plus 36) multi-village water supply schemes had been estimated at Rs. 575 crore.
They would cover 216 villages and 2,182 habitations. The district had 3,592 habitations.
S.L. Sathyanarayana, Executive Engineer of the panchayat, said that water from the Netravathi, the Kumaradhara, the Phalguni, the Payaswini, and the Shambhavi and other local rivers would be lifted for supplying water under the schemes.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that five schemes proposed in Mangalore taluk would cover Konaje and nearby 10 villages; Puchamogaru and seven villages; Ulaibettu and three villages; Kolnadu and four villages and Shirthady and nine villages.
Three more proposals in Bantwal taluk (in addition to six schemes sanctioned early this year) would cover Alike and nearby two villages; Naringana and nine villages and Kariyangala and three villages.
The eight projects proposed in Puttur taluk would cover 34 Nekkilady and four more nearby villages; Kadaba and 12 other villages; Kaniyoor and four more villages; Kedambady and Keyur village; Koila and five more villages; Narimograu and four more villages; Savanur and four more villages; Uppinangady and nine more villages.
The seven projects proposed in Belthangady taluk would cover Neriya, Shishila, Charmadi, Laila, Ilanthila, Aladangady, Barya and villages close them.
The 13 schemes proposed in Sullia taluk would cover Jalsoor, Bellare, Ajjavara, Sampaje, Mandekolu, Panja, Balpa, Guthigar, Kollamogru, Aivernad, Amaramudnur, Edamangala and Ubaradkka-Mittur villages.
The Executive Engineer said the scheme had proposed building vented dams across the rivers wherever necessary and supplying water from them to villages.
In case there were any vented dams built by Minor Irrigation Department close to the villages identified for supplying surface water, water from it would be utilised.
* Six multi-village schemes were approved earlier
* Total cost of the projects put at Rs. 575 crore
Multi-village scheme Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat has framed an action plan for Rs 525 crore for multi-village drinking water scheme. The panchayat would submit proposals seeking additional grants of Rs 23 crore with the state government for construction of roads and solid waste management, KT Shailaja Bhat, president said here on Saturday. -- TOI (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Multi-village-scheme/speednewsbytopic/keyid-1112469.cms)
June 26th, 2012, 01:00 PM
Gujjarakere, Morgan Gate and Yemmekere, Mangaladevi lake works are not yet complete. Only wall construction work is over for Gujjarakere and half done for Yemmekere.
Bairadykere, Padil has also got wall on two sides. The other two sides will remain as such without wall I think as the lake is fringed by coconut/arecanut orchard on those sides.
Only Bairadykere is filled with water now. Both Gujjarakere and Yemmekere are full of weeds.
Nothing is going on for Kavoorkere. I don't think they will touch Jeppupatna-kere now itself as NH-66 widening works are going on.
No idea on other lake rejuvenation activities.
June 28th, 2012, 09:58 AM
MCC to take up survey of water connections from Monday
The Hindu (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3580202.ece)
It is undertaken to identify illegal water connections. The survey would throw light on how many houses did not have underground drainage (sewage) connections.
Mangalore City Corporation will take up a three-month survey of water supply and sewage connections in its jurisdiction from July 2, according to K.S. Linge Gowda, Assistant Executive Engineer (water supply), at the civic body.
The survey work had been outsourced to Infotech Technology, Mangalore, he told The Hindu.
Its workers would visit each house and commercial establishments in 25 revenue wards and 14 revenue blocks (village) during the three months, he said.
Mr. Gowda said that before taking up the survey the civic body would distribute handbills in the city and issue an advertisement to create awareness. The surveyors will carry identity cards.
The Assistant Executive Engineer said he was requesting people to show the surveyors a proof of door number, latest water bill, and latest electricity bill and receipt of the property tax paid.
It is undertaken to identify illegal water connections. The survey would throw light on how many houses did not have underground drainage (sewage) connections.
He said the data secured through the survey would help know the actual requirements as against the storage capacity of the new vented dam, which was under construction at Thumbe. The civic body has proposed to introduce round-the-clock water supply. Hence the survey would help in planning after assessing the demand and the quantity of water available for supply.
Mr. Gowda said according to the official data there were 75,000 registered water connections. But it was estimated that the city had about 1.60 lakh properties. There was a mismatch in the registered connections and the total number of properties.
The Assistant Executive Engineer said that people who had availed illegal water connections would be given 10 days to get them regularised by furnishing relevant documents. If they failed to do so the civic would initiate legal action against them.
July 5th, 2012, 05:45 AM
The 22 west flowing river garlanding programme, Paschima Vahini, which has been on the cards since 2001 has again picked up momentum with the chief minister DV Sadananada Gowda clearing administrative hurdles and directing the department to go ahead with the plan.
The chief minister, who is now caught in an intense game of power, has sent N Yogish Bhat, deputy speaker with appropriate papers to jump start the project.
According to the project line estimate, it should have started sometime in 2005 at a cost of `100 crore, but due to delays and inflation the project cost has been estimated to be `423 crores (2011 cost). Gowda in the recent budget had made provisions for Rs120 crores.
The project envisages harnessing a total of 1,480 TMC water from 22 West flowing rivers including five major rivers like Nethravati, Sharavati, Chakra, Swarna and Kali.
The minor irrigation department plan made in 2002 had envisaged construction of 707 vented dams which could irrigate 40,189 hectares of agricultural land in three districts which generally use rain water for Khariff and part of Rabi crops.
After the project’s completion, about 20 major towns and cities including Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar, Kundapur, Bhatkal, Honnavar will have no drinking water problems ever, said Bhat.
No drinking water problem if population remains same and no new water guzzling industries come up. Better to have desalination plants for industries in future.
Project to tap river water gets government nod
MANGALORE: Karnataka is all set to tap the potential of west-flowing rivers in its three coastal districts - Dakshina Kannada, Udupi and Uttara Kannada- with the state government according administrative sanction to the 'Paschima Vahini' project.
Deputy speaker N Yogish Bhat said CM had given suitable instructions to utilize funds set aside for major irrigation projects across Karnataka for the project. There are five west-flowing rivers in Dakshina Kannada, 13 in Udupi and five in Uttara Kannada. The total availability of water in these rivers is calculated at 1480tmc.
The department of minor irrigation had prepared a comprehensive study report on these rivers, Yogish Bhat said. At present, 385 vented dams, salt-water check dams and minor dams have been constructed across these rivers and 122 vented dams are under construction that will take the total number of such structures to 507. An additional 193 vented dams have been proposed in the agriculture budget for 2012-13.
The total irrigation command area of all these projects put together will be 40,189.69 hectares for which 20.099 tmc water is being utilized. "A sum of Rs 120 crore is needed to complete the proposed 193 vented dams and the amount has been earmarked in the year's budget," he said.
To realize the full potential of Paschima Vahini project, a total of 707 vented dams and 74 salt water check dams have to be constructed in the three coastal districts at a cost of Rs 423.05 crore. This will enable the utilization of 8.059tmc water and will provide irrigation facility to 23,269 hectares.
Bhat also said CM had directed the authorities concerned to ensure the projects be completed over the next two-years using funds apportioned. "The coastal districts receive an average of 4,420 mm of rainfall during monsoon and Paschima Vahini seeks to take full advantage of the same," he added.
The CM has also accorded administrative sanction to utilize Rs 7 crore for the construction of sistrict Rangamandira. An estimate of Rs 15 crore has been drawn up for the construction. The district administration has Rs 2.90 crore in its kitty by way of funds collected for the purpose and donors have pledged to give Rs 6 crore.
"A request was made to state government to meet the shortfall, which CM has agreed," Bhat said.
July 5th, 2012, 10:47 AM
Vinobha K T, TNN | Jul 5, 2012, 06.16AM IST
MANGALORE: Kodachadri Hills, a holy place attached to Kollur Sri Mookambika Temple, has become a dumping yard for petty shops.
Pilgrims complain that the shops dump waste including plastic bags and bottles on the roads to the hills. TOI had highlighted in its column on the lack of cleanliness in the premises of Kollur temple.
MV Pradeep, a devotee of Kollur temple, said, "Petty shops on the hills sell soft drinks, snacks and other food items, but they never bother about the cleanliness of the surroundings. I have noticed heaps of garbage dumped behind petty shops near the cave shrine of Ganapathi on the hills, Sarvajna Peeta and near the parking lot on top of the hills," he added.
Another devotee Sudhakar Nambiar said the lack of cleanliness was the result of apathy of the government, which showed no interest to form an administrative board for the temple.
The office of the commissioner of Hindu religious endowment had invited applications from interested devotees to form a nine-member board based on High Court's direction on March 20. A notice was also issued on June 19 in this regard. The board will be set up for three years.
When contacted assistant commissioner of Kundapur, Sadashiva Prabhu, who is the in-charge of the temple, said that Kodachadri hills belonged to Hosanagar gram panchayat of Shimoga district. "I don't if those petty shops are legal or illegal. I will bring the issue to the notice of the gram panchayat and the district authorities," he added.
July 14th, 2012, 07:49 AM
ಉಳ್ತೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್*ಯಾರ್ಡ್*ಗೆ ವಿರೋಧ
ವಿಕ ಸುದ್ದಿಲೋಕ | Jul 10, 2012, 11.37PM IS
ಕುಂದಾಪುರ: ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಉಳ್ತೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ಘಟಕ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಮುಂದಾದಲ್ಲಿ ನಾವು ನಕ್ಸಲರಾಗಬೇಕಾದೀತು ಎಂದು ತಾಲೂಕು ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಹಿರಿಯ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಕೆದೂರು ಸದಾನಂದ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ಮಂಗಳವಾರ ಜರುಗಿದ ತಾಲೂಕು ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದ ಅವರು ಕಂದಾವರದಲ್ಲಿ ಪುರಸಭೆ ಮಾಡಿರುವ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್*ಯಾರ್ಡ್*ನಿಂದ ಆಗಿರುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಏನು ಎಂಬುವುದು ನಮಗೆ ತಿಳಿದಿದೆ. ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ಘಟಕದ ಆಸುಪಾಸಿನ ಜನರು ಊರು ಬಿಡುವ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಗೆ ಬಂದು ತಲುಪಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಯಾವ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೂ ಉಳ್ತೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್*ಯಾರ್ಡ್ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ. ಸಾಲಿಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಟ್ಟಣ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಉಳ್ತೂರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಡಂಪಿಂಗ್*ಯಾರ್ಡ್ ಮಾಡ ಹೊರಟರೆ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ನೆಟ್ಟಗಿರದು ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟಪಡಿಸಿದರು.
Vijaya Karnataka (http://vijaykarnataka.indiatimes.com/articleshow/14811488.cms)
July 14th, 2012, 08:11 AM
No drinking water problem if population remains same and no new water guzzling industries come up. Better to have desalination plants for industries in future.
Project to tap river water gets government nod
Plant investment cost and running cost of desalination plant is too expensive
July 14th, 2012, 08:31 AM
Plant investment cost and running cost of desalination plant is too expensive
Yes, I know it. But, first priority for water is drinking and irrigation. If enough water is available after fulfilling needs for drinking and irrigation then only industries can use it. Otherwise only option left to them is desalination plants.
July 14th, 2012, 09:25 AM
Revenue Department in Mangalore to identify 147 sites for dumping waste (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3639200.ece)
Deputy Commissioner instructed tahsildars of respective taluks to identify 30 sites, whose proposals were now pending before the Revenue Department, within a fortnight from Friday.
The Revenue Department will identify 147 sites for scientific disposal of solid waste in semi-urban and rural areas in Dakshina Kannada, according to Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda.
At a meeting with the zilla panchayat members here on Friday, Mr. Gowda said that disposal of solid waste was an issue in semi-urban and rural areas.
He instructed tahsildars of respective taluks to identify 30 sites, whose proposals were now pending before the Revenue Department, within a fortnight from Friday.
The 30 sites would be part of the 147 sites to be identified.
The Chief Planning Officer of the panchayat Mohammed Nazir told the Deputy Commissioner that in addition to 30 sites, the panchayat required 117 sites for disposing solid waste.
Mr. Gowda said that wherever the government land was not available, there was a provision to purchase private land. The Government would purchase them by paying three times more than the Government’s guidance value fixed for that area.
Referring to a case, he said that some people near Moodbidri had sometime ago opposed reserving land in their area for disposing solid waste. After they visited a scientific solid waste disposal site at Kundapur, they were convinced about it and agreed to allow for setting up the same model in their locality.
President of the zilla panchayat K.T. Shailaja Bhat had convened a meeting to discuss pending revenue issues with the Revenue Department officials.
The Deputy Commissioner said that a surveyor each would be deputed within 20 days for each taluk to survey land for identifying sites for Ashraya scheme applicants. Devaraj K.S., a member of the zilla panchayat, and two other members told the meeting that people were finding it difficult to get surveyors for their works.
Mr. Gowda said the district had been facing a shortage of 60 surveyors. Hence it was not possible to depute a separate surveyor for each taluk for surveying the land of government schools which did not have RTC (Record to Rights to Tenancy and Crops).
An official told the meeting that 10 sites were required for building hostels for students of backward classes and minorities.
Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat Chief Executive Officer K.N. Vijay Prakash was present.
July 17th, 2012, 06:36 PM
Udupi, July 16, 2012, DHNS:
Udupi CMC has decided to make use of the organic waste collected from the households, for generating electricity. Accordingly, a bio gas unit will come up in the CMC limits.
The CMC has decided to set up a unit in 10 cents land at Beedanagudde on the outskirts of Udupi. As per the proposal, it has been planned to generate 15 kw electricity using two tonne green waste. The generated electricity will be used for lighting 100 to 150 streetlights.
A proposal has been submitted to the government in this regard. Once, the project is implemented, then two tonne organic waste generated in the town will be used for a productive purpose. This will in turn help the CMC to save money in the form of electricity bill. The total cost of the project will be Rs 33 lakh.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, the CMC Environment Officer Subrahmanya said “we have submitted a detailed report to the government. Tender will be invited once the proposal is okayed by the technical committee.
“There is no question of incurring any expenditure. Organic waste will be considered as a resource and also be utilised effectively. Once the unit starts, then it will help the CMC to dispose the waste effectively as well as reduce its expenditure on electricity,” he said.The bio gas unit can be placed on the ground also.
The CMC has decided to go for below the ground unit. The decision on who will maintain the unit is yet to finalised. “We have two options before us, either to be maintained by the CMC or by the contractor.
“The unit will produce gas. One metre cube gas is equal to .45 kg cooking gas. The gas will be converted into electricity using the generator,” he informed.
The population of the Udupi is 1.25 lakh.
On an average about 62 tonne waste is generated in the CMC limits daily.
The garbage is being disposed near Alevoor and the CMC has been utilising a sum of Rs 35 lakh towards the disposal of waste every year. With the novel project, it will help the CMC to dispose the waste scientifically
July 20th, 2012, 06:22 AM
CPI(M) protest against filth in Central Market area (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3660636.ece)
Activists of the Communist Party of India (Marxist) on Thursday staged a demonstration against the Mangalore City Corporation for its apathy towards the upkeep of the road connecting the Central Market and Bunder.
The activists said the garbage in the area was not lifted regularly resulting in a stinking smell engulfing the area. “The MCC is spending lakhs of rupees on health, but doing little to clear garbage. This has left the people at risk of contracting diseases. The Lady Goschen Hospital is on the one end of the road while a commercial complex is on the other end,” said CPI (M) Mangalore City Secretary Sunil Kumar Bajal.
The activists stood at one such stinking place and raised slogans against the apathy of the MCC officers. The CITU’s Dakshina Kannada General Secretary, Vasanta Achary, said the MCC had not given much attention on clearing garbage on the busy road. The corporation had been collecting Rs. 150 from every household but not ensuring regular removal of garbage. The CPI (M) would intensify its agitation demanding proper system of garbage disposal, he said.
There were exchange of words between the activists and the police, who wanted the former to stop their demonstration. The agitators refused to stop and demanded that Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar should come to the spot.
The protesters relented after two officials from the MCC came to the venue and promised immediate action.
July 21st, 2012, 02:19 PM
July 22nd, 2012, 11:01 AM
MANGALORE: Dakshina Kannada district is set to join Chikmagalur in banning the use of plastic.
Minister for higher education and district in-charge CT Ravi during his maiden visit to the district after assuming charge said, plastic carrybags, cups and sheets of any thickness will be banned in the district. "We have no equipment and mechanism to check thickness of the plastic. Hence, we have decided to ban all types of carrybags, including those measuring above 40 microns. I have directed deputy commissioner NS Channappa Gowda to issue a circular in this regard," CT Ravi said.
On possibilities of plastic manufacturers approaching court against the ban, Ravi said that the government is prepared to face any obstacle. It may be recalled that a blanket ban on sale and use of plastic was imposed in Chikmagalur district during Channappa Gowda's tenure as deputy commissioner.
At a meeting of officials and people's representatives, Ravi said that all departments in the district should expedite development work. "It is unfortunate that many departments, including the tourism department, have not achieved progress in development works. A progress review meeting will be held on August 14 and the officials should be ready with the progress reports," he directed.It was brought to the notice of the minister that works taken up by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Limited , including Mani-Mysore road, are going on at snail's pace. In the meeting it was demanded that the contract awarded to the Corporation should be cancelled and fresh tenders should be invited.
The minister took the officials to task and said he would discuss the issues with the managing director of KRDCL.
He said, being the district in-charge minister, he will visit Dakshina Kannada at least twice a month. "Dakshina Kannada is a role model district for me. Though I belong to Chikmagalur, I have always admired the progress achieved by Dakshina Kannada. The responsibility of being the in-charge minister has given me an opportunity to study the growth and development pattern here," he said.
July 22nd, 2012, 11:33 AM
Jaideep Shenoy, TNN | Jul 5, 2012, 06.51PM IST
MANGALORE: He made personal monetary offer to help nab offenders who dumped debris by the roadside in Mangalore City Corporation limits. Later, then minister for environment J Krishna Palemar, backed it up with official order that assured any one informing authorities concerned about such acts in Dakshina Kannada with an enhanced cash award. Yet, there seems to be no end in sight for this practice that continues unabated in DK.
A discerning TOI reader who found vehicle (KA 19 A 8935) dumping debris on the roadside near Kadri Park along NH promptly mailed the photos to the newspaper. Interestingly, the vehicle prominently displayed a banner 'On Mangalore City Corporation Service'. When the attention of MCC Commissioner K Harish Kumar was drawn to this fact, he assured TOI that the civic body would inquire into the matter and take appropriate action.
Palemar rued the fact that people in DK were lukewarm to environmental safety and acts such as one mentioned above only reinforced this perception. "Even when I offered a reward of Rs 1,000 from my personal funds to help catch such offenders, there was no response," Palemar, who was then the district in-charge minister, said. "The situation did not change when I backed my action with an official order and enhanced the reward," he noted.
Stating that would continue his crusade against this practice, Palemar said, "It does not matter that I am no longer a minister, but will take it up with authorities concerned in my capacity as an MLA," adding he has already drawn the attention of the Commissioner and other senior officers of the civic body. Failure to curb this practice will result in 'disaster' in terms of artificial flooding in areas where debris blocks natural flow of storm water, he added.
Srikanth Rao, joint commissioner said there is no prescribed fine in city corporation manuals for those caught dumping debris illegally. "Cost of transporting such debris to proper landfill site is more than fine imposed on offenders," he said adding MCC is thinking of proceeding against offenders under the public nuisance clause of Karnataka Police Act. City police chief Seemant Kumar Singh said similar drive is on in Gujarat and can be tried out here.
July 22nd, 2012, 11:34 AM
Jaideep Shenoy, TNN | Jul 6, 2012, 04.56PM IST
MANGALORE: Haphazard dumping of domestic and bio-medical waste across the city will give all those indulging in such acts their 'three minutes of fame'. Peeved with attitude of section of the citizens dumping waste at places convenient to them instead of waste bins, Mangalore City Corporation has decided to catch such people in action through use of cameras capable of seeing all 360 degrees and then publicize their acts in the media.
Commissioner K Harish Kumar told TOI that civic body ends up getting the blame from the citizens at garbage strewn at various places across the city. "Most often, we find that garbage is thrown at a stone's throw distance from a metal container bins placed by the corporation for their mechanical handling by dumpers deployed by city corporation," he said. It is not just domestic garbage, few institutions also dispose medical waste in the open, he said.
Most such acts take place at night, avers K Srikanth Rao, joint commissioner. Residents of flats dumping waste at a place close to their building rather than the waste bins is something that the City Corporation has taken due note of, he said. Imposing a fine on individual or collective defaulters has not yielded desired results, Srikanth said adding it is better to 'touch' the conscience of such persons by giving wide publicity to their lack of civic sense.
Not disclosing the areas where these cameras will be fixed, their numbers or the date from which the project would get underway, commissioner said, "It is better that people are kept on tenterhooks in this regard." However, Harish hinted that since such complaints are common in residential areas or in places that have medical facilities, these could be the areas where the city corporation first fixes the cameras and monitors their feed centrally.
Reacting to a report in these columns/site on unauthorised dumping of debris by a jeep on MCC service along NH at Kadri, Commissioner Harish said he has directed the engineering section to stop payment to the contractor for one month. City Corporation employs monsoon gangs of five members for each of the 60-wards and provides one vehicle for two wards to clear debris. Contractor concerned has erred here and would be penalised, Harish said.
July 24th, 2012, 12:52 PM
ಆಗಸ್ಟ್*ನಿಂದ ಪ್ರತಿ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯ
ವಿಕ ಸುದ್ದಿಲೋಕ | Jul 23, 2012, 05.00AM IST
- ಬಿ.ರವೀಂದ್ರ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಮಂಗಳೂರು
ಮಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಲೇರಿಯಾ, ಡೆಂಗೆ ಮುಂತಾದ ರೋಗಗಳ ಪ್ರಮಾಣ ಹೆಚ್ಚುತ್ತಿದ್ದು, ಇದರ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ನಗರವನ್ನು ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಸ್ವಚ್ಛವಾಗಿಡಲು ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 1ರಿಂದ ನಗರದ ಪ್ರತಿ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಲು ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದೆ.
ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಸಂಗ್ರಹಕ್ಕೆ ನೀಡಿರುವ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮನೆ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂಬ ನಿಯಮವನ್ನು ಆ. 1ರಿಂದ ಕಟ್ಟುನಿಟ್ಟಿನಿಂದ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಇಡೀ ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಸ್ವಾಸ್ಥ್ಯ ಹಾಗೂ ಶುಚಿತ್ವ ಕಾಪಾಡುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಇದನ್ನು ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ತಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸುವವರಿಗೆ ಪ್ರತಿ ಮನೆಯವರು ತಿಂಗಳಿಗೆ 30 ರೂ. ನೀಡಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆಗಾಗಿ ಮೂರು ಪ್ಯಾಕೇಜ್*ಗಳನ್ನು ರೂಪಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. 60 ವಾರ್ಡ್*ಗಳನ್ನು ಉತ್ತರ ಮತ್ತು ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಎಂಬ ಎರಡು ವಿಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನಾಗಿ ವಿಂಗಡಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಮೊದಲ ಪ್ಯಾಕೇಜ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ಗುಡಿಸುವುದು, ಮನೆ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಿಸುವ ಕಾರ್ಯ, 2ನೇ ಪ್ಯಾಕೇಜ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಬೀಚ್ ಕ್ಲೀನಿಂಗ್ ಮುಂತಾದ ಶುಚಿತ್ವ ಕಾರ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಇವೆರಡು ಪ್ಯಾಕೇಜ್*ಗಳಿಗೆ ಟೆಂಡರ್ ಕರೆಯಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಈ ಟೆಂಡರ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಭಾಗವಹಿಸಿದವರು ಕನಿಷ್ಠ ಮೊತ್ತಕ್ಕಿಂತ ಸುಮಾರು ಶೇ.25ರಷ್ಟು ಹೆಚ್ಚು ದರವನ್ನು ಟೆಂಡರ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಹಾಕಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ಈ ಟೆಂಡರ್*ದಾರರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಡೆಸಲು ರಾಜ್ಯ ನಗರಾಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಇಲಾಖೆ ಕಾರ್ಯದರ್ಶಿ ನೇತೃತ್ವದ ಸಮಿತಿ ರಚಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಶೀಘ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವರು ಮಾತುಕತೆ ನಡೆಸಿ ಟೆಂಡರ್ ವಹಿಸಿಕೊಡಲಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮೂರನೇ ಹಂತದ ಪ್ಯಾಕೇಜ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಲಾದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯವನ್ನು ಗೊಬ್ಬರ ಮಾಡುವ ಕ್ರಿಯೆ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ. ಇದರ ಟೆಂಡರ್ ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಡಸ್ಟ್*ಬಿನ್ ಮುಕ್ತ ನಗರ
ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿರುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಹಾಕುವ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಡಸ್ಟ್*ಬಿನ್*ಗಳನ್ನು ಹಂತ ಹಂತವಾಗಿ ತೆರವುಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಮುಂದೆ ಡಸ್ಟ್*ಬಿನ್ ರಹಿತ ನಗರವನ್ನಾಗಿ ಮಂಗಳೂರನ್ನು ಮಾಡಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸುವ ವಾಹನಗಳಿಗೆ ಜಿಪಿಎಸ್*ನ್ನು ಅಳವಡಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಯಾವ ಪ್ರದೇಶಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ವಾಹನ ಹೋಗಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ.
ಮನೆ, ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಸಂಕೀರ್ಣ, ಮಾಂಸಾಹಾರಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಸಸ್ಯಾಹಾರಿ ಊಟದ ಹೋಟೆಲ್, ಬಾರ್ ಆ್ಯಂಡ್ ರೆಸ್ಟೋರೆಂಟ್ ಮತ್ತು ವಸತಿ ಸಮುಚ್ಚಯ ಹೀಗೆ ನಾನಾ ವಿಭಾಗಗಳನ್ನು ವಿಂಗಡಿಸಿ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಅತ್ಯಂತ ದುರ್ವಾಸನೆಯಿರುವ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳನ್ನು ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕವಾಗಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸುವುದರಿಂದ ಶುಚಿತ್ವಕ್ಕೆ ಇನ್ನಷ್ಟು ಒತ್ತು ನೀಡಿದಂತಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಯೋಜನೆ ಸಿದ್ಧಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಸಹಕಾರ ಅಗತ್ಯ
ಮಂಗಳೂರು ನಗರವನ್ನು ಸ್ವಚ್ಛವಾಗಿಡಲು ಸೂಕ್ತ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನಿರ್ವಹಣಾ ಕ್ರಮ ಅನುಸರಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು. ಆಗಸ್ಟ್ 1ರಿಂದ ಕಡ್ಡಾಯವಾಗಿ ಮನೆ ಮನೆಯಿಂದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ ಮಾಡಲು ಟೆಂಡರ್*ದಾರರಿಗೆ ಆದೇಶಿಸಿದ್ದೇನೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಸಹಕಾರ ಅತ್ಯಗತ್ಯ. ಮುಂದೆ ಹಂತ ಹಂತವಾಗಿ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಡಸ್ಟ್*ಬಿನ್*ಗಳನ್ನು ತೆರವುಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು -ಡಾ. ಹರೀಶ್ ಕುಮಾರ್, ಆಯುಕ್ತರು, ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮಹಾನಗರ ಪಾಲಿಕೆ
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July 24th, 2012, 12:55 PM
ಗುರುವಾಯನಕೆರೆ ಕುಸಿತ ಆರಂಭ
ಗುರುವಾಯನಕೆರೆಯ ಬದಿ ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವುದು.
Udayavani | Jul 23, 2012
ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ: ಕೊನೆಗೂ ನಿಜವಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳ ಅಸಡ್ಡೆ ಬಯಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಜನರ ಆತಂಕ ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿದೆ. ಗುರುವಾಯನಕೆರೆಯ ಬದಿ ಕುಸಿಯಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ.
ಅತಾರ್ಕಿಕವಾಗಿ ಕೆರೆಯ ಹೂಳು ಎತ್ತಿಹಾಕಿ ಕೆರೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ರಾಶಿ ಹಾಕಿದ ಪರಿಣಾಮ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ಪೋಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಅಷ್ಟಲ್ಲದೇ ಬಂದ ದುಡ್ಡನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ತಿಯಾಗಿ ಹೂಳೆತ್ತಲೆಂದೇ ತೆಗೆದಿರಿಸಿ ಕೇವಲ ಬೆರಳೆಣಿಕೆ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಗಿಸಿ ತಿಂದ ಕಾರಣ ಈಗ ಅಡ್ಡಪರಿಣಾಮ ಕಾಣಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ.
ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ಕಟ್ಟದಿದ್ದುದರಿಂದ ಗುರುವಾಯನಕೆರೆಯ ಬದಿ ಕುಸಿಯಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ. ಉಡುಪಿ - ಧರ್ಮಸ್ಥಳ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಬದಿ ಈಗ ಕೆರೆಯ ಕಡೆಯಿಂದ ಕುಸಿಯಲಾರಂಭಿಸಿದೆ. ಇದು ಹೀಗೇ ಮುಂದುವರಿದಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ತೆಗೂ ಅಪಾಯ ತಪ್ಪಿದ್ದಲ್ಲ. ಅಷ್ಟೇ ಅಲ್ಲ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಇನ್ನೊಂದು ಮಗ್ಗುಲಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ಮನೆಗಳಿಗೂ ಅಪಾಯ ಕಟ್ಟಿಟ್ಟ ಬುತ್ತಿ. ಮಗು ಅಳದೇ ತಾಯಿ ಹಾಲು ಕೊಡಲೊಲ್ಲಳು ಎನ್ನುವಂತೆ ಅನಾಹುತ ಆಗದೇ ಸರಕಾರಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಗಮನ ಹರಿಸರು ಎಂದಾಗಿದೆ. ಪ್ರಕೃತ ಇರುವ ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ಅಷ್ಟೇನೂ ಗಟ್ಟಿಯಿಲ್ಲ. ಇದು ಆತಂಕ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಜೂ. 10ರಂದು ಉದಯವಾಣಿ ಈ ಕುರಿತು ವರದಿ ಮಾಡಿತ್ತು. 'ಕೆರೆಯ ಹೂಳನು ಕೆರೆಗೆ ಚೆಲ್ಲಿ ವರವ ಪಡೆದವರಂತೆ ಕಾಣಿರೋ' ಎಂದು ಗುರುವಾಯನಕೆರೆಯ ಹೂಳೆತ್ತಲು 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ ಹೆಕ್ಟೇರ್*ಗಟ್ಟಲೆ ಇರುವ ಕೆರೆಯನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಹೂಳೆತ್ತದೇ ಕೆಲವೇ ಚದರ ಅಡಿ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಣ್ಣು ತೆಗೆದು ಅದನ್ನು ಕೆರೆಯಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ರಾಶಿ ಹಾಕಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಮಳೆ ಬಂದು ಕೆರೆ ತುಂಬಿದಾಗ ಹೂಳು ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೆರೆಯ ಒಡಲಿಗೆ ಸೇರಿಕೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂದು ಪತ್ರಿಕೆ ಎಚ್ಚರಿಸಿತ್ತು.
ಇದು ದಪ್ಪ ಚರ್ಮದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ತಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಯಾರೋ ಹತ್ತೋ ಇಪ್ಪತ್ತೋ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾರೆ ಎಂದಾದಾಗ ಅವರ ಮೇಲೆ ನಿಗಾ ಇಟ್ಟು ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣಕ್ಕೆ ತರಬಯಸುವವರಿಗೂ ಇದು ಪಥ್ಯವಾಗಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಶಾಸಕ ಕೆ. ವಸಂತ ಬಂಗೇರ ಅವರು ಈ ವರದಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಪ್ರತ್ಯೇಕ ಮನವಿಯನ್ನು ಸ್ವತಃ ಮುಖ್ಯಮಂತ್ರಿಗಳ ಕೈಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಟ್ಟಿದ್ದರು. ಆದರೆ ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಎಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಸಮಯ ಇಂತಹ ಸಂಗತಿಗಳ ಕಡೆ ಗಮನ ಹರಿಸಲು. ಉತ್ತರ ಕರ್ನಾಟಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಬರ ಬಂದರೆ ಪರಿಹಾರಕ್ಕೆ ದುಡ್ಡಿಲ್ಲ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಇರುವ ದುಡ್ಡನ್ನು ನೀರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮುಳುಗಿಸಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಎಂತಹ ವಿಪರ್ಯಾಸ.
July 26th, 2012, 01:53 AM
Mangalore: ZP Meeting Focuses on Resolving Water Related Issues (http://www.daijiworld.com/news/news_disp.asp?n_id=144865)
Mangalore, Jul 25: "As Dakshina Kannada is facing less amount of rainfall, ground water is depleting. Hence engineering and irrigation boards should give more importance to solving water related issues," said Dr K N Vijayaprakash, CEO of zilla panchayat at the monthly KDP meeting here on Tuesday Jul 24.
The meeting was presided over by Shailaja Bhat, zilla panchayat president.
Multi-Village Drinking Water Project
Sathyanarayan, executive engineer said that around 42 projects under multi-village drinking water project have been proposed with a budget estimation of Rs 575 crore. In the first stage, a proposal of Rs 254 crore has been prepared and sent to the government for further approval.
Dr Vijayaprakash disregarded the report given by the officials regarding fluoride content in water. "As per the reports submitted by officials, as many as 44 places in the district have fluoride content in water, which is false," he said.
In the meeting, education and health committee president Ishwar Kateel and social welfare committee president Janardhan Gowda stressed on the construction of vented dams. In response to this, officials said that 219 vented dams are to be constructed during this year out of which 82 dams have been completed, 72 are in progress and 28 yet to start.
Officials of the education department said that out of 4,069 students who appeared for board exams, 1459 students have excelled. A discussion with higher authority was also held so that the students are easily admitted for higher studies.
"For the welfare of children, around 41 associations run in the district," said Dr Vijayaprakash. "In case of orphans, they can be admitted to residential schools located in Belthangady and Kapikad," he said.
Dhanalaxmi Janardhan, vice president, Mohammad Nazeer, Sheik Lathif, NC Seethamma and others were present.
July 26th, 2012, 07:05 AM
ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ 5.95 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಮಂಜೂರು
Udayavani | Jul 25, 2012
ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ: ಬೆಳ್ತಂಗಡಿ ತಾಲೂಕಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಕಂ ಬ್ಯಾರೇಜ್* ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾಜಿ ಶಾಸಕ ಕೆ. ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ ಬಂಗೇರ ಅವರ ಮನವಿಯ ಮೇರೆಗೆ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರದ ಸಣ್ಣ ನೀರಾವರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯಿಂದ 10 ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಮತ್ತು ಬ್ಯಾರೇಜ್*ಗೆ 5.95 ಕೋ. ರೂ. ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಗೊಂಡಿದೆ.
ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ನಾಲ್ಕೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಲಿಂಗದೋಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಫಲ್ಗುಣಿ ನದಿಗೆ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ 90 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಮಾಲಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಊರ್ಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 40 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಮಿತ್ತಬಾಗಿಲು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಒಡ್ಡುಕಲ್ಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಓಡಿಲಾ°ಳ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಉಬರಡ್ಕದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಸುಲೇRರಿಮೊಗ್ರು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ವರ್ಪಾಳೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 60 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಶಿಶಿಲ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಹೊಸಕಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟಿಗೆ 60 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಕಾಶಿಪಟ್ಣ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಪುತ್ತಿಲ - ಪಲಾರ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 50 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಶಿಬಾಜೆ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಬೂದನಮಕ್ಕಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕಪಿಲಾ ನದಿಗೆ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಮಾಡಲು 60 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಕುದ್ಯಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಕೋಳಿಯಾರಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 60 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ., ಕಣಿಯೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಪೆರಡಾಲಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ 75 ಲಕ್ಷ ರೂ. ಬಿಡುಗಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಮಾಜಿ ಶಾಸಕ ಕೆ. ಪ್ರಭಾಕರ ಬಂಗೇರ ಹಾಗೂ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ತಾಲೂಕು ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ ಶಾರದಾ ಆರ್*. ರೈ ಪ್ರಕಟನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
July 26th, 2012, 07:07 AM
ಕರಿಂಜೆ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇ ಘಟಕ: ಡಿ.ಸಿ ಭೇಟಿ
Udayavani | Jul 25, 2012
ಮೂಡಬಿದಿರೆ: ಪುರಸಭಾ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯ ಕರಿಂಜೆ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಮಾರಿಂಜ ಗುಡ್ಡದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇವಾರಿ ಘಟಕ ಪ್ರದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ದ.ಕ. ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಡಾ| ಚನ್ನಪ್ಪ ಗೌಡ ಅವರು ಬುಧವಾರ ಅಪರಾಹ್ನ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು.
ಕರಿಂಜೆ ಮಾರಿಂಜ ಗುಡ್ಡ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಘನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇ ಘಟಕ ಸ್ಥಾಪನೆಯಿಂದ ಜನರಿಗೆ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ತಡೆ ಕೋರಿ ಕರಿಂಜೆಯ ಜಯಭಂಡಾರಿ ಅವರು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಹಿತಾಸಕ್ತಿಯಿಂದ 2011ರಲ್ಲಿ ಹೈಕೋರ್ಟ್* ವಿಭಾಗೀಯ ಪೀಠಕ್ಕೆ ಅರ್ಜಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದರು.
ವಿಚಾರಣೆ ಕೈಗೆತ್ತಿಕೊಂಡಿರುವ ನ್ಯಾಯಾಧೀಶರು ಸ್ಥಳ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆಗೈದು ನಾಲ್ಕು ವಾರಗಳ ಒಳಗಾಗಿ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಬೇಕೆಂದು ಪರಿಸರ ಅಭಿಯಂತರು ಹಾಗೂ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರಿಗೆ ಸೂಚನೆ ನೀಡಿದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಸ್ಥಳ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆಗೆ ಆಗಮಿಸಿದ್ದರು.
ಕೃಷಿ ಭೂಮಿಗೆ ಹಾನಿ
ಪರಿಸರದ ಜಗದೀಶ ಸೇರಿಗಾರ ಅವರು ತಮ್ಮ ಕೃಷಿ ಭೂಮಿಗೆ ಮಣ್ಣು ಬಿದ್ದು ಕೆಸರು ತುಂಬಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕೃಷಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ . ಇದೇ ರೀತಿ ಪರಿಸರದ 20 ಮಂದಿ ಕೃಷಿಕರ ಕೃಷಿ ಭೂಮಿ ಹಾಳು ಬಿದ್ದಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರ ಗಮನಕ್ಕೆ ತಂದರು.
ಪುರಸಭಾ ಸದಸ್ಯ ಕೆ. ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜ ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ ಅವರು ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇ ಘಟಕದ ಆವರಣ ಗೋಡೆಯನ್ನು ಕೆಂಪುಕಲ್ಲಿನಿಂದ ಕಟ್ಟಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ಅದು ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಸಿದು ಬೀಳುವ ಅಪಾಯವಿದ್ದು ಅದನ್ನು ಸುಭದ್ರವಾಗಿ ಕಟ್ಟಬೇಕು; ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಘಟಕದಿಂದ ಹರಿಯುವ ನೀರನ್ನು ಕಾಲುವೆ ಮೂಲಕ ನದಿಗೆ ಬಿಡಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರಿಗೆ ಮನವಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದರು.
ಘನತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ವಿಲೇ ಘಟಕವು ಕಳೆದ ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷದಿಂದ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ. ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಗೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ರೀತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗದಂತೆ ಶೀಘ್ರವೇ ಈ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿಯನ್ನು ಪೂರ್ಣಗೊಳಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಆತಂಕ ಬೇಡ ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಪತ್ರಕರ್ತರಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಪುರಸಭಾ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ರತ್ನಾಕರ ದೇವಾಡಿಗ, ಕೋರ್* ಕಮಿಟಿ ಸದಸ್ಯರಾದ ಕೃಷ್ಣರಾಜ ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ, ಜೆರಾಂ ಕ್ರಾಸ್ತ, ಹರೀಶ್* ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ಮಜಲೋಡಿ, ಪರಿಸರ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಣ್*, ಪುರಸಭಾ ಮುಖ್ಯಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ರಾಯಪ್ಪ, ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್* ಪದ್ಮನಾಭ ಕಟೀಲು ಮತ್ತಿತರರು ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.
July 31st, 2012, 05:16 AM
ನಳ್ಳಿನೀರು ಪೋಲು ತಡೆಗೆ ವಿನೂತನ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್*.!
Udayavani | Jul 30, 2012
ಪಡುಬಿದ್ರಿ: ನಳ್ಳಿನೀರಿನ ಪೋಲು ತಡೆಗೆ ಪಡುಬಿದ್ರಿ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್*ನ ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್*ಗಳಿಗೆ ವಿನೂತನ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಕೆಯ ಚಿಂತನೆ ನಡೆಸಲಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ಪಿಡಿಒ ಮಮತಾ ಗಟ್ಟಿ ಅವರು ಜು. 28ರಂದು ಪಡುಬಿದ್ರಿಯ ಬಂಟರ ಭವನದಲ್ಲಿ ನಡೆದ ಗ್ರಾಮಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಳ್ಳಿನೀರು ಸಂಪರ್ಕವಿರುವ ಮನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಮೀಟರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತಾದರೂ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿದ ನೀರಿಗೆ ತಕ್ಕ ಬಿಲ್* ಪಡೆಯದೆ ಮಾಸಿಕ 50 ರೂ. ಮಾತ್ರ ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಇನ್ನು ಹಾಗೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಕಂಪ್ಯೂಟರ್*ಗೆ ಸಾಫ್ಟ್ವೇರ್* ಅಳವಡಿಸಿದ ಬಳಿಕ ದರ ನಿಗದಿಪಡಿಸಿ ಉಯೋಗಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ ತಕ್ಕಂತೆ ಹಣ ಸ್ವೀಕಾರ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ. ಇದರಿಂದ ನೀರು ಪೋಲಾಗುವುದನ್ನು ತಡೆಗಟ್ಟಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ. ಮನೆ ಡೋರ್* ನಂಬರ್* ಹಾಕಿದ ಕೂಡಲೇ ಅವರು ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಿದ ನೀರಿನ ಮಾಪನ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ. ಅದರಂತೆ ಬಿಲ್* ಪಡೆಯಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದವರು ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ಚುನಾವಣೆ ಬಹಿಷ್ಕಾರ ಸಹಿತ ಹಲವು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆ, ಮನವಿಗಳನ್ನು ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದರೂ ಬೇಂಗ್ರೆ ರಸ್ತೆಯ ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿಗೆ ಏನೂ ಕ್ರಮಕೈಗೊಂಡಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ನಿವೃತ್ತ ಮುಖ್ಯೋಪಾಧ್ಯಾಯ ರಾಮಕೃಷ್ಣ ರಾವ್* ಹೇಳಿದರು. ಮುಂದಿನ ಕ್ರಿಯಾಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ರಸ್ತೆ ಡಾಮರೀಕರಣ ನಡೆಸುವುದಾಗಿ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಭರವಸೆ ನೀಡಲಾಯಿತು. ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಗ್ರಾಮಕರಣಿಕರಿಂದಲೇ ನೀಡಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದ ಸಂತತಿ ನಕ್ಷೆಯು ನ್ಯಾಯಾಲಯದಿಂದ ಪಡೆಯಲು ಸರಕಾರ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಿದ್ದಕ್ಕೆ, ಅದನ್ನು ಬದಲಾಯಿಸಿ ಈ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಕ್ರಮವನ್ನೇ ಅನುಸರಿಸುವಂತೆ ಮನವಿ ಮಾಡಲು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ರಸ್ತೆಯಾಗಿರುವ ಪದ್ರ-ಕೋಡªಬ್ಬು ದೈವಸ್ಥಾನ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಖಾಸಗಿಯವರೊಬ್ಬರು ಸ್ವಂತದ್ದೆಂದು ಹೇಳಿಕೊಂಡು ಬರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ರಮಾಕಾಂತ ದೇವಾಡಿಗ ಪ್ರಶ್ನಿಸಿದರು. ಈ ರಸ್ತೆಯನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ರಸ್ತೆಯಾಗಿ ಘೋಷಿಸಲು ದಾಖಲೆ ಸಹಿತ ಜಿಲ್ಲಾಧಿಕಾರಿಗೆ ಮನವಿ ಸಲ್ಲಿಸಿದ್ದಾಗಿ ಪಿಡಿಒ ಮಮತಾ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಕಂಚಿನಡ್ಕ ಶಾಲಾ ವಠಾರದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾತ್ರಿ ವೇಳೆ ಕೆಲವರ ಹಾವಳಿ ಮಿತಿಮೀರುತ್ತಿರುವ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ದೂರುಗಳು ಬಂದಿದ್ದು ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪೊಲೀಸರಿಗೆ ದೂರು ನೀಡಲು ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಲಾಯಿತು. ಉದ್ಯೋಗ ಖಾತ್ರಿ, ದಾರಿದೀಪ, ಚರಂಡಿ, ರಸ್ತೆ ದುರಸ್ತಿ, ಮೆಸ್ಕಾಂ, ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಇನ್ನಿತರ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗಳ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚರ್ಚೆ ನಡೆಯಿತು.
ಗ್ರಾಪಂ. ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ ವಿಜಯಲಕ್ಷಿ ¾à ಆಚಾರ್ಯ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷತೆ ವಹಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಸಮಾಜ ಕಲ್ಯಾಣ ಇಲಾಖಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಗವಿಯಪ್ಪ ನೋಡಲ್* ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿದ್ದರು. ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಸದಸ್ಯೆ ಗೀತಾಂಜಲಿ ಎಂ. ಸುವರ್ಣ, ತಾಪಂ. ಸದಸ್ಯೆ ಅಮಿತಾ ಎಸ್*. ಪೂಜಾರಿ, ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷೆ ಸೇವಂತಿ ಸದಾಶಿವ್*, ವಿವಿಧ ಇಲಾಖಾಧಿಕಾರಿಯವರು ಉಪಸ್ಥಿತರಿದ್ದರು.
August 7th, 2012, 10:05 AM
Corporation to take up 24x7 water supply on its own (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3733313.ece)
The corporation would determine the water tariff, collect bills and would be the sole owner of the infrastructure. It would invite bids to hire an agency to manage the facilities.
Mangalore City Corporation has decided to drop its earlier plan to tie up with a private partner to supply water round-the-clock to its 60 wards.
Commissioner Harish Kumar K. told The Hindu that the corporation would undertake the project on its own. He said the civic body will mobilise funds from either the nationalised banks or other funding agencies.
The Commissioner said the council’s approval would be sought for the new proposal.
Earlier, the corporation had mooted 24x7 water supply proposal under the ‘public private partnership’ (PPP) model. The council had deferred decision on the proposal. Some organisations had opposed the PPP model terming it an indirect privatisation of water supply. As per the earlier proposal, the private agency would have to invest funds for creating additional infrastructure required for the supply.
Mr. Kumar said that under the revised proposal, the corporation would pump in money to build the pipeline network and create additional facilities.
A senior engineer in the corporation told The Hindu that the civic body might require about Rs. 180 crore to set up the infrastructure.
The corporation would determine the water tariff, collect bills and would be the sole owner of the infrastructure. It would invite bids to hire an agency to manage the facilities.
The Commissioner said that a new vented dam, which was under construction at Thumbe, would have to be commissioned for supplying nonstop water to the city.
Although an agenda on the PPP model was placed thrice before the meetings of the council — on July 29, 2011; August 30, 2011; and on April 26, 2012 — it was put off without any debate. The officials placed the agenda again in the meeting of the council on July 31, 2012. The Mayor had postponed last month’s meeting after the July 28 attack on students at a house in Padil rocked the meeting.
Without referring to any model, the former Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda had announced a Rs. 146-crore grant to the Mangalore City Corporation in 2012-13 budget to implement the water supply project. The Secretary of the Urban Development Department had written to the Commissioner of the corporation to get the nod of the council for implementing the proposal.
Mr. Kumar told The Hindu that the letter to him from the Secretary was in connection with the PPP model as this model was doing the rounds. So far, the budgetary allocation had not been made, he said.
The then Commissioner of the corporation K.N. Vijay Prakash in his September 16, 2011, letter to the then Mayor Praveen had said that although the civic body did not know the exact quantity of “non-revenue water” supplied in the city, about 50 per cent of treated water supplied was not being ‘utilised properly’.
The letter said that with the existing staff strength, it was not possible for the corporation to increase its water supply network and supply nonstop water to all its 60 wards. Mr. Prakash said the corporation could ask the operator who would be selected for managing the water supply to bear the complete investment required for it. He said that at present water supply in the city was not managed scientifically for lack of trained technical staff and ineffective supervision of workers at the lower rung.
August 11th, 2012, 09:28 PM
Dakshina Kannada gets Rs 325.85 crore for drinking water schemes (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Dakshina-Kannada-gets-Rs-325-85-crore-for-drinking-water-schemes/articleshow/15450157.cms)
MANGALORE: The state government has sanctioned Rs 325.85 crore for the implementation of long pending multi-village drinking water scheme in five taluks of Dakshina Kannada district, KT Shailaja Bhat, president, Dakshina Kannada Zilla Panchayat said here on Saturday. The Zilla panchayat had submitted various demands to the chief minister to sanction the multi-village drinking water scheme for Dakshina Kannada district.
A decision to this effect was taken at the state level planning committee on drinking water. The government accordingly has accorded administrative sanction for Rs 86 crore for three projects in Mangalore taluk, Rs 173.85-crore for eight projects in Bantwal taluk, Rs 19 crore for six projects in Sullia taluk, Rs 23 crore for projects in Puttur taluk and Rs 24 crore for two projects in Belthangady taluk. This will help address drinking water scarcity in DK.
August 13th, 2012, 05:01 AM
‘ಆದ್ಯತೆ ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪುತ್ತೂರಿಗೆ ಒಳಚರಂಡಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ'
ಪುತ್ತೂರು: ಆದ್ಯತೆಯ ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ನಗರಕ್ಕೆ ಒಳಚರಂಡಿ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆಯನ್ನು ಒದಗಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ ನಗರ ಮೂಲಸೌಕರ್ಯ ಅಭಿವದ್ಧಿ ಮತ್ತು ಹಣಕಾಸು ನಿಗಮದ ಆಡಳಿತ ನಿರ್ದೇಶಕ ಹರ್ಷ ಗುಪ್ತಾ ಹೇಳಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಭಾನುವಾರ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ನಗರದ ನಾನಾ ಅಭಿವದ್ಧಿ ಕಾರ್ಯಗಳ ಸಮಗ್ರ ಪರಿಶೀಲನೆ ನಡೆಸಿದ ಅವರು ಸುದ್ದಿಗಾರರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಮಾತನಾಡಿದರು.
ಎಡಿಬಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯಡಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾದ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ಕಟ್ಟಡ,ವಾಣಿಜ್ಯ ಸಂಕೀರ್ಣಗಳನ್ನು ರಿ-ಡಿಸೈನ್ ಮಾಡಬೇಕಾಗಿದ್ದು ಈ ಕೋಟ್ಯಂತರ ರೂಪಾಯಿ ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಗೊಂಡ ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳನ್ನು ಜನೋಪಯೋಗಿಯಾಗಿ ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಪುತ್ತೂರು ನಗರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊಸತಾದ ಟೌನ್ ಶಿಪ್*ಗಳ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದ್ದು ಖಾಸಗಿ ಸಹಭಾಗಿತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಅವುಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲು ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಅವರು ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ಪುತ್ತೂರು ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ಲಾನರಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥ ಎಸ್.ಕೆ.ಆನಂದ ಅವರೊಂದಿಗೆ ಹರ್ಷಗುಪ್ತಾ ಚರ್ಚೆ ನಡೆಸಿದರು. ಪುತ್ತೂರು ಬಾಲವನಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಅವರು ತಾವು ಸಹಾಯಕ ಆಯುಕ್ತರಾಗಿದ್ದ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿದ ಈಜುಕೊಳವನ್ನು ವೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿದರು.
August 13th, 2012, 12:23 PM
Panel approves survey for water schemes (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3761696.ece)
20 multi-village schemes to cost Rs. 326 crore
The State-Level Scheme Sanctioning Committee approved preliminary/ detailed survey for taking up 20 multi-village water supply schemes at a cost of Rs. 325.85 crore in Dakshina Kannada, said president of the zilla panchayat K.T. Shailaja Bhat. The 20 schemes were spread in five taluks.
The schemes would alleviate drinking water problem in villages, she said in a press release. Of these schemes, three were in Mangalore taluk, eight in Bantwal, six in Sullia, one in Puttur and two in Belthangady, Ms. Bhat said.
Executive Engineer of the panchayat S.L. Sathyanarayana told The Hindu that the three schemes in Mangalore taluk would cost Rs. 86 crore. Of the three, one scheme would cover Kuppepadavu and eight more villages, another would cover Ulaibettu and three more villages, and the third one would cover Ullal and 123 habitations.
The eight schemes approved in Bantwal taluk would cover villages under the jurisdiction of Sajeepamunnur, Karopady, Narikombu, Mani, Sangabettu, Sarapady, Kurnad and Alike gram panchayats, he said. The schemes would cost Rs. 173.85 crore.
The six schemes in Sullia would be taken up at an estimated cost of Rs. 19 crore. They would cover Balpa and 11 habitations; Guthigar and 12 habitations; Sampaje and 58 habitations; Bellare and nine habitations; Ajjavara and other 24 villages; and Jalsoor and 19 other villages.
Mr. Sathyanarayana said that a scheme in Puttur taluk would supply water to Uppinangady and 11 other villages, and it would cost Rs. 23 crore.
The two schemes proposed at Belthangady taluk would cost Rs. 24 crore. They would supply water to Neriya and four more villages and Laila and five other villages.
The Executive Engineer said the Netravathi, the Phalguni, the Kumaradhara, and the Payaswini were the main sources of water. Water would be lifted either from the nearest vented dams or from digging jack wells on the river bed. Preliminary/ detailed surveys would make it clear.
August 15th, 2012, 09:19 AM
Nine years on, the project of laying of 360-km sewer network and associated facilities in the city still requires 3.57 acres of land for its completion. The project has been taken up under the Asian Development Bank (ADB) loan.
In addition, there are two court cases to be settled and three issues pending to be cleared by the Southern Railway for completing the project as a whole, according to a senior government official.
According to the extended deadline, the works under the scheme called Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project (KUDCEMP) should be over by December, 2012. Although works commenced in 2003, in reality it took off only in 2007. The Government terminated five contracts of major players in 2006 as they failed to perform.
Harish Kumar K, Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation who is now also the Deputy Project Director of the project, told The Hindu that the Revenue Department was expected to issue the final notification for acquiring 3.37 acres shortly. He said the corporation had sent a proposal to the department for issuing the preliminary notification for acquiring the remaining land.
The Commissioner said there was delay in acquiring 3.57 acres because earlier it had been thought of laying the network in those locations under the “right of way” provision. Under this provision, the corporation could only lay the pipelines but it would not be the owner of those stretches of land. Later, it was decided to acquire the land to own it.
The Commissioner said that of 360 km sewer network, 352.5 km network had been laid. The remaining 7.5 km network was fragmented at different locations. It needed land at different locations for completing. The land (3.57 acres) was required in villages such as Surathkal, Idya, Attavar, Kavoor, Boloor, Kodialbail, Kadri, Kulai, Hosabettu, Alape, Katipalla. Derebail and Bajal.
M. Yashwantaraju, Executive Engineer, KUDCEMP, said that the new sewage treatment plants (STPs) at Jeppinamogaru with 20 MLD (million litres per day) processing capacity and at Surathkal having 16.75 MLD processing capacity were in advanced stages of completion.
The new STP at Kavoor with 43 MLD capacity had been completed and handed over to the Mangalore City Corporation. Another new STP at Pachchanady and a tertiary treatment plant at Pilikula having 8.75 MLD capacity had been completed.
Of 22 sewage pumping stations, eight had been commissioned, seven had been completed and another seven were on the verge of completing.
Mr. Yashwantaraju said that the total cost of the project had been estimated at Rs. 214 crores. In that Rs. 187 crore had been spent so far.
August 16th, 2012, 07:28 AM
Higher Education and Dakshina Kannada in-charge Minister in-charge C.T. Ravi on Tuesday instructed officials of the Department of Minor Irrigation to conduct a survey within a month to assess if tanks had been encroached upon in the district and clear encroachments if any within a month.
Presiding over the meeting of Karnataka Development Programme Review Committee, the Minister suggested the officials dig trenches around the tanks wherever needed to prevent encroachments in future.
Stressing on the need to preserve water bodies in the district he instructed officials to ensure that they, particularly tanks, were not polluted.
Commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation Harish Kumar K. told the meeting that Bairady kere, near Padil, had been encroached upon.
While discussing the proposed multi-village water supply schemes in the district, the Minister instructed zilla panchayat engineers to take up the schemes after a thorough assessment as they should not become a burden later from the point of view of maintenance. He said that many gram panchayats would not be able to maintain them if the cost of maintenance was high. The Minister said the infrastructure of the schemes should not remain as “fossils” later for lack of maintenance.
Mr. Ravi said those projects should not be taken up for helping contractors as they involved huge money. He said that large irrigation schemes were not the solution to drinking water problems always.
The Minister said he would convene a separate meeting to discuss aspects relating to water conservation, water supply, and solid waste management in the district.
Mr. Ravi said that bus service to Mangalore Airport at Kenjar from the city, which was stopped a year ago, would be resumed.
The Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation would be asked to ply either a mini bus or a normal bus to the airport.
The Minister instructed the KSRTC officials to ply buses to rural areas without incurring loss.
U.T. Khader, MLA, said the KSRTC should not focus only on commercial gain but should concentrate on service as well.
To a question, Mr. Ravi said he would discuss with Transport Minister R Ashok the proposal to operate KSRTC city buses in Mangalore.
He claimed that he was not aware of the proposal mooted earlier.
August 17th, 2012, 06:41 AM
ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆ 355 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ
ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆ 355 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ
Udayavani | Aug 16, 2012
ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿ: ದಕ್ಷಿಣ ಕನ್ನಡ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಗ್ರಾಮೀಣ ಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಿನ ಕೊರತೆ ನೀಗಿಸುವ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ 355 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ 20 ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆ ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿದ್ದು, ಶೀಘ್ರದಲ್ಲೇ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಳವೂರು ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ಪ್ರಗತಿಯಲ್ಲಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯತ್* ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಾಹಣಾಧಿಕಾರಿ ಡಾ| ವಿಜಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್* ಹೇಳಿದರು.
ಅವರು ಗುರುವಾರ ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿಯ 17 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 16.8 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಕೊಲ್ಲೂರು ಗುಡ್ಡೆ ಹಾಗೂ ಬಳಕುಂಜೆ ನದಿಯ ಪಕ್ಕ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಬಾವಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣ ಜಾಕ್*ವೆಲ್* ಪ್ರದೇಶಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಸಂದರ್ಭ ಸುದ್ದಿಗಾರರಿಗೆ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ನೀಡಿದರು.
ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿನ 74 ಕಿ.ಮೀ. ಪೈಪ್*ಲೈನ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ 68 ಕಿ.ಮೀ. ಪೈಪಲೈನ್* ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ನಡೆದಿದ್ದು, ನವಂಬರ್*ನಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರು ಸರಬರಾಜು ಆಗಬೇಕು ಎಂದು ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್*ಗ*ಳಿಗೆ ಸೂಚಿಸಿದರು.
896 ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು
ದ.ಕ. ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀರಿನ ಮೂಲ ಹೆಚ್ಚಿಸುವ ಸಲುವಾಗಿ 76.5 ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ 896 ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಲಿದೆ. ಇದಕ್ಕೆ ಸರಕಾರದ ಮಂಜೂರಾತಿ ಬಾಕಿ ಇದೆ ಎಂದರು.
ರೈತ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಕೇಂದ್ರ
ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿ ಪರಿಸರದಲ್ಲಿ ರೈತರು ಹೆಚ್ಚಿನ ಸಂಖ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಇದ್ದು ಇಲ್ಲಿ ರೈತಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿದೆ. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮೂಲ್ಕಿಯ ರೈತ ಸಂಪರ್ಕ ಕೇಂದ್ರವನ್ನು ಕಿನ್ನಿಗೋಳಿಗೆ ಸ್ಥಳಾಂತರಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಕೆಮ್ರಾಲ್* ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ನ ಬೆೈಲಗುತ್ತುವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಜಿ.ಪಂ.ನಿಂದ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾದ ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ನಾಶವಾಗಿ ಕೃಷಿಭೂಮಿಗೆ ನೀರು ನುಗ್ಗಿ ಬೆಳೆ ಹಾನಿಯಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ತಡೆಗೋಡೆ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಶೀಘ್ರದಲ್ಲಿ ಯೋಜನೆ ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದರು.
ಕಟೀಲು ಹಾಗೂ ಸಂಕಲಕರಿಯದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಿದ್ದರೂ, ಹಲಗೆ ಹಾಕದೆ ವ್ಯರ್ಥವಾಗಿದೆ ಎಂದು ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಸದಸ್ಯ ಈಶ್ವರ ಕಟೀಲು ಗಮನ ಸೆಳೆದರು. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಕ್ರಮ ತೆಗೆದುಕೊಳ್ಳಲಾಗುವುದು ಎಂದು ಡಾ| ವಿಜಯ ಪ್ರಕಾಶ್* ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಹಿರಿಯ ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್* ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ, ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್*ಗಳಾದ ಷಣ್ಮುಗಂ, ವಿಶ್ವನಾಥ ಪೂಜಾರಿ, ಪ್ರಶಾಂತ್*, ನಝೀರ್*, ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಸದಸ್ಯೆ ಆಶಾ ಆರ್*. ಸುವರ್ಣ ಮತ್ತಿತತರರಿದ್ದರು.
August 25th, 2012, 03:52 PM
Jaideep Shenoy, TNN Aug 23, 2012, 12.31AM IST
MANGALORE: Wastebins dotting here could soon become relics if a move mooted by the Mangalore City Corporation to usher in 100% door-to-door collection of garbage takes off. Ahead of finalising fresh tenders for garbage collection, the corporation has decided to lay a premium on door-to-door collection with segregation at source and is toying with a pilot project to provide waste bins to households in select wards.
The civic body currently uses six contractors to lift nearly 200 tonnes of garbage generated each day in 60 wards. Divided into eight packages, tenders awarded to the six contractors will end this month end, necessitating fresh bids.
MCC is making a move to kickstart door-to-door collection. While this process in currently on in select wards such as Gandhinagar, Mannagudda, Central Market and Kudroli, MCC authorities in conjunction with contractors have rolled this out in areas such as Bolar, Subashnagar, Attavar, Sutterpete, Jeppu and Padav. Contractors have employed Tempos here for door-to-door collection and the corporation has started removing waste bins from these areas.
The state government has approved the third among three packages for maintenance of landfill site and compost plant at Pachchanady near here with IL&FS bagging the tender at its quote of Rs 238/tonnes of waste handled there.
A high-level team comprising the commissioner, department of municipal administration, chief engineer, urban development department and commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation has been set up to negotiate with bidders of the first two packages as they have quoted nearly 23% above tender rates.
I doubt whether they are going to remove those metal boxes from footpaths.
August 25th, 2012, 03:53 PM
Published Date: 18 Aug, 2012 (9:37 AM)
Report by Michael Rodrigues
Team Mangalorean Udupi
Udupi: The Consumer Forum organized a public interaction with Udupi City municipality president, at Sathya Moorthy Auditorium of CMC here on August 17. Interacting with the public, the president of Udupi City Municipality Kiran Kumar said that use of plastic carry bags will be completely banned in the city limits from September 1, 2012.
When asked about the Disposal of Waste which is not being done suitably, leading to unhealthy atmosphere, Kumar responded that all measures will be undertaken in disposing the waste. He also said that the Town municipality had taken the measures in disposing the waste but due to the rise in number of apartments, residents are still using plastic for garbage which is causing difficulties in disposing. He also said once we implement the ban on plastic starting September 1, and the violators penalized then the problems should be tackled.
Further briefing on the plans of handling the solid waste, the government has already earmarked Rs 75 lakh to Rs 80 lakh. Most of the time the waste is thrown on either side of the roads instead of handing over to the SHGs members who come for door-to-door collection. Each house will be given two waste buckets to segregate the dry and wet waste. There are also plans to collect waste free of cost from the houses and only commercial set-ups will be charged. However, at present, a nominal amount is charged by the waste collectors. Door-to-door collection of waste will be strictly introduced. “We collected as many as 315 kgs of plastic recently when we raided the shops and other outlets. The CMC has plans to set up waste energy plants to make use of solid and wet waste,” he said.
" Lack of rainfall and absence of mechanised desilting work in the Baje dam, areas here have been hit with water shortage. The House has approached court against government’s decision of not going for mechanised desilting of tanks and ponds.“We had already written to the Deputy Commissioner during October and March demanding for mechanised desilting of the Swarna River in catchment area ", Kumar added.
The CMC will take precautionary measures once the capacity of the inner flow of Swarna River reduces in the catchment area. “Although we may not be in a position to provide 24 hours water supply during May, we will see that there will be no shortage of water to the people in the city,” he added.
When asked about what measures would be taken against dearth of drinking water in the town since the town is faced with drinking water problem, he replied, "Baje Dam needs to be dredged, this has caused problem, we weren't aware of that earlier. In the last 5 days, water level has receded completely. We can overcome this only through dredging that area. But the law doesn't permit mechanized dredging process. Hence we have appealed to the court through the Ministers for availing permission from the court for introducing mechanized dredging".
Replying to another query over several manhole openings in the middle of the roads, Kiran Kumar said that measures will be taken to reduce the problems created due to those manhole openings in the middle of the roads. He also assured to take strict measures over the lack of maintenance of public toilets especially in government and also in service bus stops. He said the company in charge will be penalised if hygiene and cleanliness in the area is not maintained.
Bharathi Chandrashekar, Vice President of the Town Municipality, Standing Committee President Prabhakar Poojary, Consumer Forum President P Ravindra Nayak and Damodar Ithal, the convener were present during the meet.
August 26th, 2012, 08:05 AM
Mangalore, Aug 25, 2012, DHNS
Casting away the apprehension of people towards the proposed 24X7 water supply system for Mangalore City Corporation, State Minister for Urban Development S Suresh Kumar on Saturday, clarified that the government would ensure the 24X7 water scheme without privatising the water resource.
Speaking at the review meeting of the Mangalore City Corporation, he assured the people that there was nothing to worry about the water tariff system as the State government is very clear about not selling the water for money. “We will not allow to sell water in the name of tariff. The system will be implemented without any privatisation as the MCC would be entrusted with the responsibility to fund and monitor the water supply,” he said.
When the issue of solid waste management was raised at the meeting, the Minister said that solution will be drawn to the SWM problem at a meeting with the MCC Commissioner and Urban Development Secretary in Bangalore on August 28. “Bangalore has set a bad precedent in managing the waste. Hence, we should be very cautious in implementing the SWM project in Mangalore by not repeating the mistakes that have happened earlier.
We will clear the file of SWM for MCC by September,” he assured.
On bringing MCC under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, he said he has already discussed the matter with Central Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy. “We will continue our effort for the same,” stated Suresh Kumar. He also informed that direction was given to the Infrastructure Development Department to allot fund for constructing railway over bridges in the city limits.
District minister reviews work
District-in-Charge Minister C T Ravi who was in the city on Saturday, too convened a review meeting of the MCC. He expressed his concern over the pace at which the city is developing.
“Looking at the way in which Mangalore is developing, it appears that the administration has no capacity to handle the development speed. MCC, MUDA and the district administration should jointly work to maintain the pace of development,” he insisted.
He flayed the MCC officials for not carrying out the developmental work effectively and for not furnishing the appropriate details. Observing the delay in the process of renewing the trade licences, he fixed September end as the deadline to recover all the pending tax amount. “File cases against those who have not renewed the licences even after issuing notices,” he ordered the Revenue Inspector.
Ravi was astonished to know that the MCC had taken up an additional work of Rs 21 crore than the fixed target in the year 2011-12. “Carrying out the work more than 25 per cent of the fixed target will create problems. No developmental work is possible without settling contractors’ bills within three months of completion of the work,” he said. Raising concern over the presence of malaria and dengue diseases, he asked the MCC Commissioner to involve college students in implementing programmes to curb the diseases.
Review meet at MUDA
Later, presiding over the review meeting at Mangalore Urban Development Authority (MUDA), Ravi emphasised on the need to develop oxygen zones as the city witnesses quick growth.
“MUDA should ensure that parks are developed in every residential layout. The development of 30 storeyed apartments is not a good sign for a city,” he said.
Deputy Speaker N Yogish Bhat, MP Nalin Kumar Kateel, Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda, MCC Commissioner Dr K Harish Kumar were present.
August 27th, 2012, 03:28 PM
"To ensure regular supply of water next summer, the municipality would be taking up mechanical removal of silt near the Baje dam" said K. Raghupati Bhat, Udupi MLA
K. Raghupati Bhat, Udupi MLA, said on Saturday that the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) was planning to take up the third stage work of Swarna River Drinking Water Scheme to provide more drinking water to the city.
He was speaking at the ‘Jago Shasak Jago’, an interaction programme, organised by the Udupi Consumers’ Forum here on Saturday.
To a question by trustee of the forum U.L. Kamath, Mr. Bhat said under the third stage works, a third dam would be built on the Swarna river at Yennehole in Udupi district. That would take care of all future drinking water needs of the city, he said. It was not possible to increase the height of the second stage dam constructed at Shiroor as the areas behind it would get flooded. Already the municipality was providing round-the-clock drinking water to the city, he said.
Water to Shanti Nagar
Benedict Naronha, an advocate, contested Mr. Bhat’s statement and said that the Shanti Nagar area in the city was not getting round-the-clock water supply despite being in a low-lying area. The water pipelines were of a substandard quality, he said.
Mr. Bhat said that lack of water supply to Shanti Nagar was due to a technical problem, which would be set right shortly. To ensure regular supply of water next summer, the municipality would be taking up mechanical removal of silt near the Baje dam, he said.
To a question by Lakshmi Bai, Mr. Bhat said the present taluk office would be shifted to the Old Deputy Commissioner’s Office premises shortly.
A mini Vidhan Soudha on the lines of the District Offices Complex would be constructed on the present taluk office premises. A Land Tribunal was already functioning there, but it did not have a head. The Assistant Commissioner of Kundapur Sub-Division was holding additional charge as head of the Land Tribunal.
When president of Railway Yatri Sangha R.L. Dias said that autorickshaw operators were charging Rs. 150 to Udupi and Rs. 100 to Manipal from the railway station, Mr. Bhat said that autorickshaws had to compulsorily use the flag meters and action can be initiated against them for excess charge, he said.
To a complaint by T. Angara that there was no provision for solid waste management in Kediyoor village and that the roads were in poor shape there, Mr. Bhat said that State Government had released Rs. 10 crore for rural roads in Udupi Assembly constituency. The roads in Kediyoor would be included in it.
The Udupi City Municipal Council was planning to install a plant to generate power using solid waste by pyrolysis method. This plant would require 100 tonnes of waste daily. Udupi city was generating 60 tonnes of waste daily. Hence the waste from neighbouring villages from Saligrama to Katapady would be required for it, solving the garbage problem in these villages, Mr. Bhat said.
August 27th, 2012, 03:35 PM
By Alfie D'Souza, Illinois [ Published Date: August 27, 2012 ]
As the saying goes, "People in glass houses shouldn't throw stones?" What it actually means is that we shouldn't criticize or find faults of other people when you yourself have faults and weaknesses. You wouldn't want someone throwing a stone back at your glass would you ? The concept is that if you live in a glass house and throw rocks at your neighbours, you could damage your own home. We have to be careful how we behave and take action against others, because in trying to harm or sleuth others you could bring trouble on yourself. This quote compares well to character of our officials at Mangalore City Corporation.
Open Manholes and Potholes Treacherous in Commuters Life
A Pathetic Scene Behind MCC Building
It is nice to note that our City officials are doing a good job in raiding shops looking for owners whether they bear trade licences, raid hotels and restaurants to check on hygiene conditions , visit new construction sites to check on the living and sanitary conditions of the labourers, raid on illegal slaughter houses etc; etc; My compliments to the City crew for a job well done. But in the same time our City officials should also take care of the pile of problems that the City is facing, first. When we look around the City one can find that many problems are unattended by the officials- like garbage system, sanitary conditions of the garbage collectors, trucks hauling garbage openly, dirty public toilets, stagnant water ponds, dilapidated streets, poor conditions of drainage system and much more.
With incessant rains that lashed the City and marooned some localities, the risk of infectious disease stares large at the residents. Water-logging led to accumulation of garbage in many areas besides filth meandering along the drains, lending an open invitation to various diseases, whose risk rise manifolds during monsoon. Strewn garbage mixed with water-logging means..Malaria, Dengue and other vector borne diseases. The drains are sometimes choked and mosquitoes breed in this water. Garbage that flows with rain water gets scattered all over, as the pot holed roads get filled with filthy rain water.
A Stagnant Situation Behind MCC Offices
Those who have a weak immune system may fall prey to microbes that roam freely in the air during monsoon. Garbage heaps rot more than usual in rains, which catalyses growth of diseases causing virus and bacteria. Stagnant water collected in drains or open ponds give scope for mosquitoes to breed, thereby spreading malaria. The city officials have been checking for sanitary conditions and areas where stagnant water is stored around the city in order to prevent breeding of mosquitoes, but they haven't checked their own premises where stagnant water has been collecting, right behind their MCC offices. Other than chances of giving scope for the mosquitoes to breed, the messy stagnant water area has been also creating lot of hassles and inconveniences for MCC clients to park their vehicles.(check out the pictures below)
A Garbage Collector in the middle of Trash--a Sad Scene
No Hand Gloves. No Safety Clothing-- That's Okay According to MCC Standards
Now coming to the working and health conditions of the garbage collectors who work for MCC. Garbage contains every type of hazardous material imaginable, from battery acid to bleach, from pesticides to hypodermic needles, from human waste to animal carcasses, from broken glass to light bulbs, even radioactive waste material could be found in normal residential trash from time to time. The potential for injury, infection, poisoning, burns or respiratory damage is high and unavoidable in many cases. Sanitary workers should wear long pants or long covered clothing, long sleeves, work gloves and heavy work boots in all weather to combat the danger and avoid injury. But when we look at the working conditions of the MCC garbage collectors, they are not provided with any of the above protective clothing or other work related equipments. It is indeed a pathetic scene to look at these workers in that conditions.
When I asked one of the male garbage collector about the work and the working conditions, he replied, " Sir, please don't mention my name in your news. I like the job, but I really don't like the working conditions. Look at me, I am wearing sandals. I have so many cuts and bruises on my feet. I can't afford to buy shoes, and the City people are not providing us shoes, nor they are worried about our safety and health conditions. I have been lifting heavy basketful of trash repeatedly for the last few months and lately I have developed severe back pain. Some person told me that I may get hernia by all that constant lifting, but I pray to God daily that I don't get hernia. I tried to explain my situation to the concerned people, but seems like no one cares".
No safety shoes, Sorry ! MCC can't afford to spend more money
"These days there is lot of garbage due to population increase in Mangalore. I work so hard, and toil extra hours, but my wages are the same. I can't complain, because of the fear that I may lose my job. I have to feed my wife and kids. I only wish my employer will understand my, and also my colleagues work situations, and take really good care of us. Thank you, Sir for enquiring about me. But please Sir, don't mention my name". Poor guy, was worried so much that I would put his name in this article. Name or no name, the MCC should be aware of their drawbacks in taking care of their employees, and I hope they take care of these sanitary workers as soon as possible, before something worse happens to them.
Garbage collecting workers never know what hazardous materials and foraging animals they may come across in the course of their duty. There are countless ways to be injured on that job and all manner of toxic materials in the thrash that garbage collectors carry and transport everyday. Even the open garbage trucks hauling the waste through the City streets are potential of citing health hazards. Trash could also be filled with vermin such as rats and mice, cockroaches and other foraging pests. Birds, raccoons and stray dogs are seen dip into the trash whenever possible for a quick and easy meal. Contact with all these kinds of pests can cause various diseases like rat-bite fever, skin lesions and flu-like symptoms. I have seen the MCC garbage collectors without proper footwear walking on all these waste materials, few of the workers even had wounds on their feet, wrapped by torn cloth. How could our City officials put these workers in such harsh and unsafely conditions. Indeed a sad situation!
Garbage Waiting To Be Picked Up, Since.......??
Rotten Garbage, A Threat In Spreading Various Diseases. Got Malaria ! Got Dengue !
Outside the glitz and glamour of this upcoming city, lies the dirty picture- the filthy public toilets. Most unhygienic, no proper tap or water, no latch on the door, stained toilet bowl, dirty remains on sink, cigarette butts strewn all over, paan/gutka chew stains on the walls/floors, and above all the unbearable stench. This is just a glimpse of the pathetic state of our city public toilets. Those daring to enter this hell-hole, you have to pay Rs 1-3 depending on the usage. In providing a service common man desperately seeks, public toilets, our City fares very poorly indeed. These toilets which are very poorly maintained, seems like the corporation authorities do not so far think that this is a priority.
Then we have problems with pedestrians not having proper footpaths. It is learned that during the upgrade and concreting of city roads, many of the footpaths have disappeared. Because of this, commuters are seen walking on the streets, where chances are they could get hit by moving vehicles. Mangalore has seen many accidents and deaths in the past due to people walking on the roads. And still MCC is ignoring about this hazard. The MCC were suppose to reconstruct these footpaths, but nothing has been materialized until now. Some of the pedestrians way are too dangerous, with pot-holed footpaths or they are simply dilapidated. It is high time that the City officials look into this situation by taking care of the footpaths, thereby helping the pedestrians to walk safely.
A Mosquito Breeding Place at the MCC Backyard
Other problem the City needs to really worry and come up with safety measures is, while they undertake road and drainage repair works in the City. Whenever road repairs or drainage repairs is going on, the city entities and contractors involved in that project should warn the public of hazards through proper safety or caution signs- but this is very much lacking in Mangalore. The callous approach of the City corporation administration regarding road repair has resulted in many road accidents, injuries and deaths. And even though many accidents resulting in severe injuries have taken place through such road hazards, has the City Corporation learned from its terrible mistakes? What action has it taken to ensure that such homicide-by-neglect does not occur? Are some of the questions yet to be answered and rectified by the city authorities, until then more lives will be lost??
I think Mangaloreans should compel the City officials and other civic agencies to accept responsibilities for the fundamental right to life and to provide a hazard- less atmosphere, rather than be dazzled by announcements of fancy and expensive beautification schemes of City upgrading; and all that hoopla of raiding business and eatery establishments. It is high time that the Mangalore Corporation look at building a people-friendly city. The City must set right walking spaces, erect proper hazard signs near construction/ repair zones, provide clean toilets, take care of the garbage situation, provide necessary work equipment and clothing for the garbage collectors, get rid of all those stagnant culverts and ponds--thereby enabling all citizens- old, young, and the infirm to lead a healthy and safe life in Mangalore. It doesn't take much money, but it needs a lot of political will and enforced accountability. Let's hope for a better and clean Mangalore City, suppose to be the Coastal Pride of Karnataka, and the best educational hub in the nation.
August 27th, 2012, 04:47 PM
Delhi firm to maintain Pachchanady plant (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3827003.ece)
The contract-winning company should sweep streets, remove weeds, clean the medians and beaches at Surathkal, Mukka, Tannirbavi, and Kasba Bengrehttp://www.thehindu.com/multimedia/dynamic/01190/26MN_PACHCHANADY_1190938f.jpg
IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services Ltd has been asked to provide details regarding manpower and machines it would deploy at Pachchanady plant.
The State Government has approved a package of the three-package solid waste management scheme of Mangalore City Corporation. The civic body had proposed the scheme more than two-and-a-half-years ago.
The Government issued an order on August 23, 2012 approving the package of operation and maintenance of the sanitary landfill site and compost plant at Pachchanady, Commissioner of the corporation Harish Kumar K. told The Hindu.
The civic body had chosen IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services Ltd., Delhi, for the operation and maintenance package. Following the Government’s approval the corporation issued the “letter of acceptance” (of the bid) to the company on Saturday (August 25), Mr. Kumar said.
The Delhi-based company had quoted Rs. 238 a tonne for operation and maintenance. The cost estimated by the corporation was Rs. 248 a tonne. In this case, the company quoted about four per cent lower than the original estimation, he said.
Environment Engineer at the corporation Manjunath R. Shetty said the company had been given 10 days to submit its “mobilisation chart” (detailed action plan) to the civic body.
The chart would provide details regarding manpower and machines it would deploy at Pachchanady and funds it would invest now.
The other two packages awaiting the government’s approval are collection and transportation of solid waste from 60 wards divided as south and north to Pachchanady, Mr. Shetty said.
The corporation has selected Anthony Waste Handling Cell Pvt. Ltd. Mumbai, who had quoted Rs. 3,201 and Rs. 2,051 for collecting and transporting a tonne of solid waste from north (29 wards) and south zone (31 wards) respectively. The corporation had estimated the cost to be Rs. 1,711 and Rs. 1,160 a tonne respectively. The Commissioner said that currently eight contractors were handling solid waste in the city in eight packages.
As their original contract ended a month ago the term had been extended for four months taking recourse to a provision in the law.
Mr. Kumar said if the Government did not approve the pending two packages soon the civic body would again invite bids for the handling of solid waste from 60 wards.
GPS a must
Mr. Shetty said that under the three-package scheme, it was mandatory to install global positioning system equipment in vehicles transporting waste from wards to the plant site.
The contract-winning company should sweep streets, remove weeds, clean the medians and beaches at Surathkal, Mukka, Tannirbavi, and Kasba Bengre.
Keywords: MCC, solid waste management, IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure and Services
August 27th, 2012, 05:05 PM
Shettar promises 24/7 water supply for Mangaloreans (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3823542.ece)
A decision will be taken soon to complete work on second vented dam across the Netravathi
Round-the-clock water supply, musical fountain at Kadri Park, more powers to corporation, these were some of the measures promised by Chief Minister Jagadish Shettar on Saturday on his maiden visit to Mangalore after assuming the office.
Inaugurating the Council Hall of Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) renovated at a cost of Rs. 1 crore, Mr. Shettar said a decision would be taken soon to ensure completion of the second vented dam across the Netravathi river to store more water for its drinking water needs.
He was responding to a demand made by former Mayor Shashidhar Hegde earlier that the vented dam should be completed within one year. Mr. Hegde said the city required 36 million gallon litres per day (MGD) as against 17 MGD when the existing Thumbe dam was constructed. Mr. Shettar and Urban Development Minister S. Suresh Kumar said that the government had already accorded permission to launch 24x7 water supply in Mangalore. Mr. Shettar said eight wards in Hubli-Dharwad and parts of Gulbarga were getting round-the-clock water and Mangalore councillors had visited Hubli-Dharwad to see how it functioned. He said when water is supplied 24x7, it would actually lead to conservation of water and bring down the water bill.
Mr. Suresh Kumar ruled out any attempts to privatise water distribution completely. Only management of water distribution could be outsourced while the Government would completely retain the powers to fix the water tariff.
The Chief Minister also laid the foundation for renovation of Kadri Park which he said will get a musical fountain. He laid the foundation for Ambedkar Bhavan at a cost of Rs. 4 crore.
Agreeing that there was a lot of delay in Government approving the resolutions passed by Corporations, he said he would favourably consider the demand for empowering Corporations to pass resolutions and implement projects valued up to Rs. 2 crore and empowering Commissioners to take up projects valued up to Rs. 10 lakh. This would eliminate time lost in correspondence.
Interacting with councillors later, Mr. Kumar agreed that the promise of dust bin-free city had remained unfulfilled for four years. He assured the councillors that the tender package – pending at the Government level – would be cleared by September. He promised to initiate measures to fill up vacancies in the Corporation.
August 28th, 2012, 08:47 AM
Corporation to supply water 24x7 on its own (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-karnataka/article3830143.ece)
MCC may tap World Bank, State Government for funds
The council of Mangalore City Corporation at its meeting on Monday approved the civic body’s proposal of going for round-the-clock water supply in its wards on its own.
The council dropped an earlier proposal of entrusting the round-the-clock water supply to a private agency by asking it to invest funds required for the supply.
The House decided that loans and internal accruals would be the main sources of funding for the corporation. It resolved that water should be supplied round-the-clock without hiking the tariff. The council decided that the corporation should maintain the infrastructure.
Corporation commissioner Harish Kumar K. told the council that Hubli-Dharwad Municipal Corporation had adopted round-the-clock water supply in eight wards on a pilot basis by availing loan from the World Bank and from grants from the State Government. It was now planning to extend the same to all its wards. The same model could be adopted in Mangalore. Mangalore City Corporation would be able to repay Rs. 5 crore to Rs. 6 crore annually as loan instalment from its own fund.
September 3rd, 2012, 01:18 PM
MANGALORE: This coastal city is decades ahead of Bangalore on garbage clearance and needn't lose sleep over handling of solid waste at least until year 2035.
It generates nearly 200 tonnes of waste daily which is taken to the compost plant at Pachchanady, 10km from here, for processing. The waste that cannot be converted is shifted to an adjacent landfill site, designed to handle waste generated up till 2035. The compost plant and landfill site are spread over 77.93 acres of land, of which 25.4 acres is earmarked for handling waste generated over the next 25 years from 2010 onwards.
The scientific landfill site project has been taken up under the Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project and 6 acres of land is used in the first phase of six years that started in December 2010. The second phase is of a three-year duration, the third phase six years, and the fourth and final phases together account for 10 years. This plan could come under pressure only if city boundaries grow.
Deputy commissioner N S Channappa Gowda told TOI urban local bodies in Dakshina Kannada district have their landfills. "Barring the Moodbidri town municipal council, landfill sites have been provided at Puttur and Bantwal municipal councils, and Sullia, Belthangady and Mulki town panchayats," he said. The DC said the problem in Moodbidri landfill will be resolved soon. Mangalore City Corporation commissioner K Harish Kumar said 140 of the 200 tonnes received at the compost plant is converted to manure using the win-row system and 25 tonnes using the vermi-composting.
Tenka Mijar to get most sceintific solid waste mangement unit. -- Hosadigantha 29-08-2012 page 3.
Liquid waste treatment unit at Kadaba built at a cost of Rs. 24 lakhs is ready for inauguration. Treated water could be used for agriculture and other purposes. Kadaba already has a solid waste treatment unit prducing organic fertilizer from waste. -- Hodadigantha 03-09-2012 page 3.
September 6th, 2012, 10:09 PM
Mangalore, Sep 6: Owing to heavy downpours of rainfall during the past couple of days and improper drain facilities, the roads outside City Center Mall have been flooded.
Traffic and pedestrians are finding it difficult to move around which is inturn causing chaos on the streets outside the mall.
Authorities negligence is what the public are concerned about. The rainwater infrastructure in the city is not sufficient and as a result the low-lying areas get inundated.
The place needs proper attention in terms of water drains and free flow of rain water.
September 7th, 2012, 08:05 AM
Vinobha K T, TNN | Sep 4, 2012, 05.29AM IST
MANGALORE: For years Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) has been mulling introducing door-to-door garbage collection. But residents are yet to see the benefits of the scheme. Irregular garbage clearance has left parts of the city reeking and posing a threat to health of residents.
The dismal site of garbage being dumped near Bunts Hostel Circle, where the bin was removed a fortnight ago and an overflowing bin at Karangalpady are testimony to the apathy of the corporation. A garbage bin kept near Bunts Hostel Circle vanished a few days ago leaving residents in the area with no option but to dump garbage at the site where the bin was placed. Now, the entire area reeks.
Local residents want alternative arrangements to dispose waste. "What should we do with the waste produced in our houses? Let the corporation find a solution before removing garbage bins. We are tax payers and it is the corporation's responsibility to provide us basic facilities," Ramakrishna Shenoy, a resident of Bunts Hostel area told The Times of India .
"It is distressing to see garbage dumped on roadside near Bunts Hostel circle. The corporation should have made alternative arrangements before removing the dust bin from the area," said Mohammed Zubair, a businessman.
The foul smell near the bin at Karangalpady-Jail road stretch is not only a nuisance, but also poses the danger of spreading diseases. Stray dogs have strewn waste on to the road making it difficult for pedestrians to walk. Residents say MCC has not taken the initiative to clean the area. "I am not able to sit here because of the stink. Corporation authorities do not remove the garbage regularly. Their truck comes once or twice a week. So garbage piles up for 3 - 4 days," said Kiran Rai, a businessman near Karangalpadi.
September 13th, 2012, 05:09 AM
TNN | Sep 12, 2012, 05.47AM IST
MANGALORE: The city's rapid vertical growth in the last decade is putting a great deal of pressure on its basic infrastructure, especially underground drainage (UGD). While efforts to provide UGD network to more areas of the city under the Asian Development Bank assisted Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environmental Management Project is likely to fructify by the end of this year, there are many areas that are yet bereft of this facility.
Keeping this in mind, the Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) authorities have initiated a move that necessitates all new residential multi-storey projects with 25 or more dwelling units to go in for independent sewage treatment plants (STP) of their own.
STP is mandatory for projects coming up in those areas which do not have UGD network. With this move, the civic body hopes to ease the pressure on the existing UGD network and prevent overflow in the network.
MCC commissioner K Harish Kumar told TOI that there is some amount of resistance among the builders to this move by the civic body, which has made it a building licensing condition.
The move initiated sometime last month is gradually growing on the builders, he said, adding that objection of the builders is to paying UGD cess that is also collected as part of the license and the need to invest separately for a STP.
Incidentally, the issue of overflowing manholes figured prominently at the monthly council meeting held on August 27 with Congress corporator Mamatha Shenoy highlighting the near collapse of the UGD network in ward no: 44 in Bunder which comprises the bustling Car Street area. "This is an area where many flats are coming up," Mamatha told TOI, adding her ward is part of the UGD network which is more than three decades old.
Harish said the tertiary treated water from STPs that new flats as per above norms will set up can be safely let out to the nearest storm water drains.
"We are insisting that project developers go in for this kind of STP system," he said, adding the secondary treatment will not suffice, for it would have to be connected to the UGD network.
The corporation in the long term cannot provide UGD network to every nook and corner and STPs are the way out, he added.
Letting out treated water from STPs to storm water drains may overload them. First of all, there should be proper storm water drains.
September 13th, 2012, 05:10 AM
TNN | Sep 12, 2012, 05.51AM IST
UDUPI: The Udupi CMC will compulsorily ban the use and sale of plastic items such as carry bags, cups, soup bowls, ice-cream cups, sachets, packets within its limits as per Plastic Waste (Management and Handling) Rules, 2011 from Saturday.
City municipal authorities will undertake inspection for the sale of these items from Saturday and action will be taken against business establishments found to be in possession of such items, Gokuldas Naik, city municipal commissioner stated. The official requested all traders, hotel owners, citizens and others concerned to cooperate with the civic body, adding that CMC will undertake a publicity campaign to create greater awareness among all concerned.
Gokuldas Naik appealed to people to switch over to alternatives to plastic such as paper cups, paper covers, poly cloth, paper plates, paper table covering, clothe bags, jute bags, steel cups, steel plates and the like. "This is the only way the city can be free from the ill effects of plastic and the environmental hazards created by them in the long run," Naik said, adding that this can be achieved with active cooperation of all stakeholders concerned.
ಐಸ್*ಕ್ರೀಂ ಕಪ್ ಸಹಿತ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಬಳಕೆ ನಿಷೇಧ (http://vijaykarnataka.indiatimes.com/articlelist/10780292.cms)
September 13th, 2012, 05:11 AM
Stanley Pinto, TNN | Sep 12, 2012, 07.53PM IST
MANGALORE: While metros are getting increasingly plastic polluted small towns here are showing the way to be environment friendly. The Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC) last month decided to ban plastic carry bags from September 15 in the Temple Town, Moodabidri Town Municipality Council (TMC) will also join the league from the same date to make the Jain Kashi plastic free by banning plastic carry bags.
Moodabidri TMC president Ratnakar Devadiga says that he wants to Jain Kashi of the South to be a model and environment friendly town. About six months back, the TMC removed all garbage bins giving stress on door to door collection and to discourage people from throwing all types of garbage in the bins. We have to take a first step. If somebody had done it a decade back, it would have been controlled by now,'' he said.
The meeting of traders and townsfolk on Monday though did not elicit a favourable response from traders, the TMC is adamant to go ahead. The traders urged the TMC to give them some more time to exhaust their stock and also ban plastic manufacturing totally. But Devadiga has told them firmly that it had to start somewhere and this was the opportune moment.
As of now, the TMC removed garbage bins in the town to give impetus to door to door collection drive. Devadiga said the drive has been a success, he said adding that hotels have been told to segregate organic and non-organic waste at collection point itself. Those who don't segregate, their waste is not collected and penalty has been imposed. People are falling in line as they also understand the purpose behind it,'' Devadiga noted.
The waste so collected is being given to individuals like Soans farm, PK Thomas, a TMC member and Shivaraj Rai, a farmer, for composting it.
The town has a dumping site at Marinjagudde where it has about five acres of land, which Devadiga says will suffice for the town's requirement for another two decades.
September 13th, 2012, 05:16 AM
ಕುಳಾಯಿ: ಮೀನುಗಳ ಸಾವು (http://www.udayavani.com/news/187269L15-%E0%B2%95-%E0%B2%B3-%E0%B2%AF---%E0%B2%AE-%E0%B2%A8-%E0%B2%97%E0%B2%B3-%E0%B2%B8-%E0%B2%B5-.html)
ಕಳೆದ ಒಂದು ವಾರದಿಂದ ಸತ್ತ ಮೀನುಗಳು ದಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುತ್ತಿವೆ.
Udayavani | Sep 10, 2012
ಸುರತ್ಕಲ್*: ಚಿತ್ರಾಪುರ ಕುಳಾಯಿ ಸಮುದ್ರ ತೀರದಲ್ಲಿ ಸತ್ತ ಮೀನುಗಳು ದಡ ಸೇರುತ್ತಿದ್ದು ಸೋಮವಾರ ಪರಿಸರ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ ಹಾಗೂ ಮಂಗಳೂರು ಮೀನುಗಾರಿಕಾ ವಿ.ವಿ.ಯ ಜಲ ಪರಿಸರ ನಿರ್ವಹಣೆ ವಿಭಾಗದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿ ಗಂಗಾಧರ ಗೌಡ ಸ್ಥಳಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿ ಪರಿಶೀಲಿಸಿದರು.
ಕಳೆದ ಒಂದು ವಾರದಿಂದ ಸತ್ತ ಮೀನುಗಳು ದಡದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಂಡುಬರುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಸೂಕ್ತವಾಗಿ ತಪಾಸಣೆ ಮಾಡಿದ ಬಳಿಕ ಕಾರಣ ತಿಳಿಯಲಿದೆ. ತತ್*ಕ್ಷಣ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ನೀರನ್ನು ಪರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಿ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯದ ಅಂಶವಿದೆಯೆ ಅಥವಾ ಬೇರೆ ಕಾರಣಗಳಿಂದ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಸಾವನ್ನಪ್ಪುತ್ತಿವೆಯೆ ಎಂದು ಪರೀಕ್ಷಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು ಗಂಗಾಧರ ಗೌಡ ಉದಯವಾಣಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು.
ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ನದಿ ನೀರು ಸಮುದ್ರ ಸೇರುವಾಗ ಆಗುವ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯದಿಂದ ಕೆಲವು ಬಾರಿ ಸಹಜವಾಗಿ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಸಾಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಅಂತಹ ಯಾವುದೇ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಹೀಗಾಗಿ ಬೃಹತ್* ಕಂಪೆನಿಗಳ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನೀರಿನಿಂದಲೇ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಸಾಯುತ್ತಿವೆ; ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಕ್ರಮ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳುತ್ತಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂದು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯರು ದೂರಿದರು.
ಪಣಂಬೂರು - ಸಸಿಹಿತ್ಲು
ಕಡಲ ಕಿನಾರೆಗೆ ಅರೆಜೀವದ ಮೀನುಗಳು (http://www.udayavani.com/news/187287L15-%E0%B2%95%E0%B2%A1%E0%B2%B2-%E0%B2%95-%E0%B2%A8-%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%97--%E0%B2%85%E0%B2%B0-%E0%B2%9C-%E0%B2%B5%E0%B2%A6-%E0%B2%AE-%E0%B2%A8-%E0%B2%97%E0%B2%B3-.html)
ಕಾರಣ ನಿಗೂಢ; ಆತಂಕದ ಸ್ಥಿತಿ
ಪರಿಸರ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ ಮಂಡಳಿ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಂದ ನೀರಿನ ಮಾದರಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹ...
ಮನೋಹರ ಪ್ರಸಾದ್* | Sep 10, 2012
ಮಂಗಳೂರು: ಮಂಗಳೂರಿನ ಪಣಂಬೂರಿನ ಸಸಿಹಿತ್ಲು ವರೆಗಿನ ಕಡಲ ಕಿನಾರೆಯ ಅಲ್ಲಲ್ಲಿ ಅರೆಜೀವಾವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಬಂದು ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿರುವ ವಿದ್ಯಮಾನ ಕಳೆದ ಒಂದು ವಾರದಿಂದ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಕೊಡ್ಡೆ, ಕಲ್ಲೂರು ಮತ್ತು ಕಾಣೆ ಜಾತಿಯ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಮಾತ್ರ ಹೀಗೆ ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿರುವುದು ಗಮನಾರ್ಹ. ಭೂತಾಯಿ ಮೀನು ಕಂಡು ಬಂದಿದ್ದರೂ ಅದು ಗಣನೀಯ ಪ್ರಮಾಣದಲ್ಲಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ.
ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ, ಮಳೆಗಾಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಕಡಲಲ್ಲಿ ಈ ಘಟನೆಯನ್ನು ಹೋಲುವ ಪ್ರಕರಣಗಳು ನಡೆಯುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಅದು ಒಂದು ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದೇ ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ಸೀಮಿತವಾಗಿರುತ್ತದೆ. ಈ ಪ್ರಕ್ರಿಯೆಯನ್ನು ಸ್ಥಳೀಯವಾಗಿ ತುಳುವಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಪಯ್*ನೀರ್* ಎಂಬುದಾಗಿ ಕರೆಯುತ್ತಾರೆ. ನದಿನೀರಿನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ, ಕೊಳಚೆ, ಕೊಳಕು ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಸಮುದ್ರ ಸೇರುವಾಗ ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಉಂಟಾಗುವ ದಿಢೀರ್* ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯದಿಂದ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಸಾಯುವುದೇ ಈ ಘಟನೆ. ಗರಿಷ್ಠ 300 ಮೀ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯೊಳಗೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಇದು ಕಂಡುಬರುತ್ತದೆ.
ಆದರೆ, ಈಗ ಪಣಂಬೂರು- ಸಸಿಹಿತ್ಲುವರೆಗಿನ ಕನಿಷ್ಠ 6-7 ಕಿ.ಮೀ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಅರೆಜೀವಾವಸ್ಥೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ದಡಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದು ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿವೆ; ಅದು ಕೂಡಾ ಒಂದು ವಾರದಿಂದ.
ಇಂತಹಾ ಪ್ರಕರಣವನ್ನು ಈ ಹಿಂದೆಂದೂ ಕಂಡಿಲ್ಲ ಎಂಬುದು ಮೀನುಗಾರರ ಸಮುದಾಯದ ಕಳವಳದ ಸಾರಾಂಶ.
ಸೋಮವಾರ ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆ ಈ ಮಾಹಿತಿಯನ್ನು ಪಣಂಬೂರು ಬೀಚ್* ಅಭಿವೃದ್ಧಿ ಸಂಸ್ಥೆಯ ಸಿಇಒ ಯತೀಶ್* ಬೈಕಂಪಾಡಿ ಅವರು ಶಾಸಕ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಪಾಲೆಮಾರ್* (ಪರಿಸರ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಮಾಜಿ ಸಚಿವರು) ಅವರ ಗಮನಕ್ಕೆ ತಂದರು. ಶಾಸಕರು ತತ್*ಕ್ಷಣ ಪರಿಸರ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ ನಿಯಂತ್ರಣ ಮಂಡಳಿಯ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಗೆ ತಿಳಿಸಿದರು. ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ಸ್ಥಳಕ್ಕೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಮೀನುಗಾರಿಕಾ ಕಾಲೇಜಿನ ತಜ್ಞರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವನ್ನು ಪಡೆಯಲಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಇಲಾಖೆಯವರು ಮೀನು ಮತ್ತು ನೀರಿನ ಸ್ಯಾಂಪಲ್*ಗ*ಳನ್ನು ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿಸಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಇದರ ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ವಿಶ್ಲೇಷಣೆ ಆರಂಭವಾಗಿದೆ. ಒಂದೆರಡು ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಫಲಿತಾಂಶ ದೊರೆಯಬಹುದು.
ದಡಕ್ಕೆ ಬಂದು ಬೀಳುವ ಮೀನುಗಳನ್ನು ಅನೇಕ ಮಂದಿ ಸಂಗ್ರಹಿ, ಆಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗುತ್ತಿದ್ದಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ, ಈ ಮೀನುಗಳನ್ನು ಆಹಾರಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಬಳಸುವುದು ಸರಿಯೇ ಎಂಬ ಜಿಜ್ಞಾಸೆಯೂ ನಡೆಯುತ್ತಿದೆ. ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯಗಳಿಂದ ಉಂಟಾದ ರಾಸಾಯನಿಕ ದುಷ್ಪರಿಣಾಮಗಳಿಂದ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಸಾಯುತ್ತಿದ್ದರೆ ಆಹಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಬಳಕೆ ಅಪೇಕ್ಷಿತವಲ್ಲ. ಸೋಮವಾರ ಕಡಲ ಕಿನಾರೆಗೆ ಭೇಟಿ ನೀಡಿದಾಗ ಗರುಡ, ಗಿಡುಗ ಇತ್ಯಾದಿ ಹಕ್ಕಿಗಳು ಮತ್ಸ ಭೋಜನ ನಿರತವಾಗಿದ್ದುದು ಕಂಡುಬಂತು. ಕಿನಾರೆಗೆ ಬಂದು ಬೀಳುವ ಮೀನಗಳ ರಾಶಿ ಈ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕೆ ಮೇಲ್ನೋಟಕ್ಕೆ ಕಾಣಿಸುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.
ಈಗ ಬಂದು ಬೀಳುತ್ತಿರುವ ನಿರ್ದಿಷ್ಟ ಜಾತಿಯ ಮೀನುಗಳು ಹೆಚ್ಚಾಗಿ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ತಳದಲ್ಲೇ ಇರುತ್ತವೆ. ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಸಮುದ್ರದ ತಳಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲೇ ಮಾಲಿನ್ಯ ಸಂಭವಿಸಿರಬಹುದೆಂಬ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯವೂ ಇಲ್ಲಿ ಕೇಳಿಬಂತು.
Natural phenomenon affected 'sensitive' fish (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Natural-phenomenon-affected-sensitive-fish/articleshow/16360645.cms)
TNN | Sep 12, 2012, 05.50AM IST
MANGALORE: Even as instances of carnivorous varieties of fish coming ashore in near dying state between Baikampady and Sasihithlu coast is on the decline, experts have more or less zeroed in on churning of the sea bottom as plausible cause for the phenomenon. Authorities of College of Fisheries, department of fisheries, and Karnataka State Pollution Control Board visited the areas on Monday and based their conclusion on findings of preliminary tests.
Gangadhar Gowda, head of the department of aquatic environment management, College of Fisheries told TOI that croaker and ladyfish, that thrive near the sea bottom were the worst affected. According to analysis of water samples collected from the sea, natural parameters such as dissolved oxygen, ammonia and other nutrients collected are normal. "While dissolved oxygen content is good, ammonia is in the usual range for sea water," he said.
Even the tests carried out on the fish indicate they were healthy. "Gills were red and there was no sign of decomposition," he said barring traces of blackish mud from sea bottom in their intestines, both varieties of fish showed no signs of parasitic infections or any other forms of poisoning.
The other possibility is that Kaane, which is generally an estuarine fish could have found the sea conditions slightly hard to handle, he opined. "The analysis of the fish samples indicate they were in a state of shock," he said, adding that the anoxic conditions created by turgid sea could have resulted in present condition of these varieties of fish. "Some fish varieties are extremely sensitive to natural conditions around them and react that way," he said.
N Lakshman, environment officer, KSPCB said the board is testing two water samples collected from various places where these phenomenon came to light at its lab here and a few have been sent to Mysore for other tests. Lakshman too echoed Gangadhar Gowda's views that the fish found along the Baikampady coast were health and any toxin would have affected larger varieties of fish.
September 14th, 2012, 09:13 AM
MCC wants apartments to process organic waste (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/MCC-wants-apartments-to-process-organic-waste/articleshow/16391615.cms)
MANGALORE: At a time when an apartment block in Jayanagar 4th Block, Bangalore, is segregating waste into eight different categories, Mangalore City Corporation is mulling making it mandatory for flats to handle organic waste at source. This comes close on the heels of an yet-to-be officially codified directive of MCC that has made sewage treatment plants must for all new residential projects with more than 25 dwelling units.
This new step would mean project developers would now have to factor setting up a bio-gas plant as well for future residential projects. While the proposed policy is in its infancy stage, environmental officers of MCC have started going round major residential flats in select areas creating awareness on the need to segregate waste at source . This step will also make the city ready for the time when two of the three packages pertaining to solid waste management gets official nod for implementation even as the government has cleared the third package pertaining to compost plant/landfill site at Pachchanady. The stop-gap arrangement for which MCC is inviting tenders shortly till such time that two packages are officially cleared entails door-to-door collection of waste segregated at source.
K Harish Kumar, MCC commissioner, said segregation of waste into organic and inorganic is being tried out in two wards on a pilot basis. "It is an attempt at zero waste management," he said, adding if organic waste is utilised locally, it will benefit the community in terms of biogas that can be used for various purposes. Converting organic waste to gas is any day cheaper compared to transporting it to landfill.
This idea will be placed before the council for its approval; commissioner told TOI, adding that while it would have been prudent for each of the 60 wards in the city to have their own biogas plants, non-availability of land to do so is a major hindrance. At present, MCC's only biogas plant set up with assistance from Bhaba Atomic Research Centre.
September 14th, 2012, 09:15 AM
College mulls paper recycling unit (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/College-mulls-paper-recycling-unit/articleshow/16391609.cms)
MANGALORE: While solid waste management (SWM) has become a big issue in metropolitan cities like Bangalore, the department of commerce of the city-based St Agnes College is planning to setup a paper recycling unit on its campus to create awareness about the issue.
The paper re-cycling unit will be set up at an estimate cost of Re 4 lakh. Assistant professor of the department Devi Prabha Alva told TOI that the college has already approached people for donating money.
"The unit will be set up by the end of the year. Students have started collecting old newspapers and waste papers from the campus and around it," she added.
To create awareness on mismanagement of waste and its harmful effects, the college has initiated several drives in the past two years. According to Prabha Alva, the college aims at making students socially responsible by organizing such drives. Student of the college go around the city to collect plastic bags and other plastic waste on a regular basis.
According to her, books and notepads produced by the recycling unit will be given to students participating in various seminars and workshops conducted by the college for free.
The college also plans to sell notebooks made in the unit and the money collected thus will be utilized for conducting awareness programmes on solid waste managements in rural areas of the state. As part of such drives students have conducted classes on making paper and clothes bags for several villagers and members of self-help groups. The college also sells paper and cloth bags made by students for the past few years.
September 14th, 2012, 01:02 PM
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ಲಾನ್: 7ನೇ ಸಭೆಯೂ ವಿಫಲ!
ವಿಕ ಸುದ್ದಿಲೋಕ | Sep 13, 2012, 05.00AM IST
- ಬಂಡೀಮಠ ಶಿವರಾಮ ಆಚಾರ್ಯ
ಮೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯನ್ನೊಳಗೊಂಡ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರದಲ್ಲಿ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿರುವ ಬಹುಮಹಡಿಗಳ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಂಸ್ಕರಣಾ ಘಟಕದ 1.40ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ಲಾನ್*ಗೆ ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ ರೂಪುರೇಷೆ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರದ ಉನ್ನತಿ ಸಭಾಂಗಣದಲ್ಲಿ ಸೋಮವಾರ ನಡೆದ ಸಭೆ ವಿಫಲವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಒಂದೊಂದು ರಾಜಕೀಯ ಪಕ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಡಿತವಿರುವ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿಯ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರಲ್ಲಿ ಒಮ್ಮತವಿಲ್ಲದ ಹಿನ್ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಏಳನೇ ಸಭೆಯೂ ಕೂಡ ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟ ನಿರ್ಧಾರ ಕೈಗೊಳ್ಳಲು ವಿಫಲವಾಗಿದ್ದು ಯೋಜನೆ ನನೆಗುದಿಗೆ ಬಿದ್ದಿದೆ.
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರದ ವಾರಂಬಳ್ಳಿ, ಚಾಂತಾರು, ಹಂದಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿಗಳ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಬಹುಮಹಡಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳು ತಲೆ ಎತ್ತುತ್ತಿವೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿನ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಪ್ರತಿ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಸಭೆಯಲ್ಲೂ ಪ್ರತಿಧ್ವನಿಸುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರಿಂದ ಚರ್ಚೆ, ಪ್ರತಿಭಟನೆಗೂ ಕಾರಣವಾಗುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಉಡುಪಿ ಶಾಸಕ ಕೆ. ರಘುಪತಿ ಭಟ್ ವಿಶೇಷ ಮುತುವರ್ಜಿ ವಹಿಸಿ, ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷದ ಹಿಂದೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಮೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಮುಖ್ಯಸ್ಥರ, ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಚರಂಡಿಯ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಇರುವ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಮಾಲೀಕರ ಸಭೆ ಕರೆದು ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಜಲ ಸಂಸ್ಕರಣಾ ಘಟಕದ ಹೊಸ ಯೋಜನೆ ರೂಪಿಸಿದ್ದರು. ಈ ನಿಟ್ಟಿನಲ್ಲಿ ರಚಿಸಿದ ಸಮಿತಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಶಾಸಕರು, ಜಿಲ್ಲಾ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಮುಖ್ಯ ಕಾರ್ಯನಿರ್ವಣಾಧಿಕಾರಿ, ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಇರುವ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಮಾಲೀಕರು ಸದಸ್ಯರಾಗಿದ್ದು ಇದುವರೆಗೆ ಆರು ಸಭೆಗಳು ನಡೆದಿವೆ.
ಚಾಂತಾರು 17, ವಾರಂಬಳ್ಳಿ ಮೂರು ಮತ್ತು ಹಂದಾಡಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಒಂದು ಬಹುಮಹಡಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡವಿದ್ದು, ಬೆಳೆಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ನಗರಕ್ಕೆ ಪೂರಕವಾಗುವಂತೆ ಪ್ರತಿ ಕಟ್ಟಡ, ಆಸ್ಪತ್ರೆ, ಹೋಟೆಲ್ ಮಾಲೀಕರು ಹಣ ಭರಿಸಿ 1.40ಕೋಟಿ ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದಲ್ಲಿ ನೂತನ ತಂತ್ರಜ್ಞಾನದಿಂದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಜಲ ಸಂಸ್ಕೃಣಾ ಘಟಕ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣಕ್ಕೆ ಸರಕಾರಿ ಇಲಾಖೆಯ ಉನ್ನತ ಮಟ್ಟದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳಿಂದ ಮಾಸ್ಟರ್ ಪ್ಲಾನ್ ಸಿದ್ಧಪಡಿಸಲಾಗಿತ್ತು.
ಅತಿ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಆದಾಯ ಪಡೆಯುವ ಚಾಂತಾರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನೀರನ್ನು ವಾರಂಬಳ್ಳಿ, ಹಂದಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಮೂಲಕ ಮಾಬುಕಳ ನದಿಗೆ ಬಿಡುವುದಕ್ಕೆ ವಿರೋಧ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ. 3 ಕಿ. ಮೀ. ದೂರದ ಕಷಿ ಕೇಂದ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ನೀರು ಹರಿಯುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಿ ಎನ್ನುವ ಕೆಲವರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಅತೀ ಎತ್ತರ ಪ್ರದೇಶ ಮತ್ತು ತಾಂತ್ರಿಕವಾಗಿ ನೀರು ಹರಿಯುವಂತೆ ಮಾಡಲು ಈಗಿನ ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಹತ್ತು ಪಟ್ಟು ಹಣ ವ್ಯಯವಾಗಲಿದೆ ಎನ್ನುವ ನೆಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಆ ಯೋಜನೆ ಜಾರಿಯೂ ಕೂಡ ಅಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಹೊಸ ಯೋಜನೆಯೊಂದು ರೂಪು ಪಡೆದು ಮಾದರಿ ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳು ರೂಪುಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಾದ ಬ್ರಹ್ಮಾವರದಲ್ಲಿ ಜನನಾಯಕರು, ಕಟ್ಟಡ ಮಾಲಿಕರು ಮತ್ತು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿಗಳ ನಡುವಿನ ಶೀತಲ ಸಮರದಿಂದಾಗಿ ಜನರು ಮೂಗು ಮುಚ್ಚಿ ತಿರುಗಾಡುವುದು ಮಾತ್ರ ಮುಂದುವರಿಯುವಂತಾಗಿದೆ.
* ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಟ್ಟಡ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸುವಾಗ ಕಾನೂನು ಸರಿಯಾಗಿ ಪಾಲಿಸಬೇಕು. ಯಾವುದೋ ಮಾರ್ಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಪರವಾನಗಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಅಧಿಕಾರಿಗಳು ವರ್ಗಾವಣೆಯಾಗಿ ಹೋಗುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.ನ ಸದಸ್ಯರು ಜನನಾಯಕರು ಜನರಿಂದ ಕೆಟ್ಟ ಮಾತು ಕೇಳ ಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
-ಸುಧೀರ್ ಕುಮಾರ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ, ಉಪಾಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಹಂದಾಡಿ ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.
* ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ. ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿರುವ ಕಟ್ಟಡಗಳ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ನೀರು ವಿಲೇವಾರಿಗೆ ಸೂಕ್ತ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಲೀಕರಿಂದ ಮಾಡಿಸಲಾಗುವುದು. ಕಲುಷಿತ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ವಿರುದ್ಧ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರು ಪ್ರತಿಭಟಿಸಿದರೆ ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಅಭಿಪ್ರಾಯಕ್ಕೆ ಮಾನ್ಯತೆ ನೀಡಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
-ಎಸ್. ನಾರಾಯಣ್, ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ವಾರಂಬಳ್ಳಿ ಗ್ರಾ. ಪಂ.
* ಗ್ರಾಮದ ಬೆಳವಣಿಗೆ ದೃಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ಹಿಂದಿನ ಅವಧಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ನೀಡಿದ ಪರವಾನಗಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಕೆಲವು ಕಟ್ಟಡ ನಿರ್ಮಾಣವಾಗಿದೆ,. ಮುಂದಿನ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ನಗರಾಭಿವದ್ಧಿ ಪ್ರಾಧಿಕಾರದ ಪರವಾನಗಿ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ನಾವು ಅನುಮತಿ ನೀಡುವುದಿಲ್ಲ .
-ಜಯಂತಿ ವಾಸುದೇವ್, ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಚಾಂತಾರು ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ.
* ಸರಕಾರಿ ಮಟ್ಟದಲ್ಲಿ ಆಗದ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಸಹಭಾಗಿತ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ, ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕ ಹಿತದಷ್ಟಿಯಿಂದ ಜಾರಿಗೆ ಯತ್ನಿಸಿದೆ. ಜನರಿಗೆ ಬೇಡವಾದರೆ ನನಗೆ ಬೇಡ. ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ ಮಟ್ಟದ ರಾಜಕೀಯ ನಾನು ಮಾಡುವುದಿಲ್ಲ . ನನ್ನ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯಲ್ಲಿನ ಅಭಿವದ್ಧಿಯೇ ನನ್ನ ಧ್ಯೇಯ.
-ಕೆ. ರಘುಪತಿ ಭಟ್, ಶಾಸಕರು, ಉಡುಪಿ.
* ಇದು ಕೇವಲ ಗ್ರಾಮ ಪಂಚಾಯಿತಿ, ಜನಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯಲ್ಲ. ಬಿಲ್ಡರ್ಸ್*ಗಳಿಗೂ ಜವಾಬ್ದಾರಿ ಬೇಕು. ಕಟ್ಟಡ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಿ ಐದು ವರ್ಷ ಉತ್ತಮವಾಗಿ ನಿರ್ವಹಿಸಿದ ಬಳಿಕ ಮಾರಾಟ ಮಾಡುವಂತಹ ಕಾನೂನು ಜಾರಿಗೆ ಬರಬೇಕು.
-ಹೇರೂರು ಉಮೇಶ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ , ಸದಸ್ಯರು, ಚಾಂತಾರು ಗ್ರಾ.ಪಂ.
September 14th, 2012, 01:05 PM
Sandhya C D'Souza Mangalore: Sept 14, 2012 DH News Service
Kadaba village in Puttur taluk will soon be a model for achieving sanitation standards as the village is probably the first in the State to have a Liquid Waste Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) at Gram Panchayat level.
Kadaba village was earlier a victim of poor waste water management. Waste water from hotels, complexes used to flow in rain water gutters and fields creating sludge and spreading stench.
As a solution, it was decided to set up a Liquid Waste Sewage Treatment Plant in November 2011. The plant is now complete and has started functioning since the first week of September.
Speaking to Deccan Herald, DK Zilla Panchayat CEO Dr K N Vijayprakash said that the STP has been designed for a total load of 50,000 litres considering the future load as well. However, at present 24,000 litres is being purified per day.
The plant was set up at a cost of Rs 24 lakh and was funded by the Malenadu Abhivradhi Mandali. The civil work was undertaken up the ZP Engineering department, he said.
The CEO further adds that the water is treated using eco-friendly measures. The treated water is fit for recycling back to the toilet flush, gardening and also for horticulture crops. Presently, a sample of the treated water has been sent for purity test.
There are plans to charge a nominal fee to hotels and complexes which pump the kitchen and other waste water to the STP plant for purification. The money will be used for the maintenance of the plant, he adds.
"I am happy that this plant has come up in our village. The environment has become clean and healthy. Now we can strive to make our village a model in the state," says Kadaba Gram Panchayat President Neelavathi Shivram.
How it works
The plant has different cavities such as Bar Screen Chamber which will trap all unwanted waste. From here, the water is sent to two primary sedimentation tanks via the distribution chamber. The settable solids are allowed to settle in the bottom of these chambers.
'Beneficial Micro Organisim (BEO)' solution is added to digest the organics through autolysis. The water is sent to secondary chamber for further cleansing. The sludge filter removes most of the suspended solids. The filtered water is stored in a tank from where it can be pumped for irrigation purposes.
Ujire GP is next
The next liquid waste sewage treatment plant will be set up in Ujire Gram Panchayat. A sum of Rs 70 lakhs has been approved for the project. The work is likely to start in October. Liquid waste STP plant will also be set up in Kurnad Gram Panchayat and Golithamajalu Gram Panchayat.
The estimated cost for Kurnad plant will be Rs 40 lakhs. A proposal has been sent to the Malenadu Abhivradhi Mandali and Karnataka State Water Supply and Sanitation Mission for funds. The project cost is currently being estimated in Golithamajalu GP, said CEO Vijayprakash.
International coastal cleanup day to be held on September 15 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/International-coastal-cleanup-day-to-be-held-on-September-15/articleshow/16384196.cms)
Minister unhappy with tardy mosquito control measures (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/article3884680.ece)
September 16th, 2012, 06:02 AM
ಗೊಂದಲಗಳ ಮಧ್ಯೆ ಉಡುಪಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ನಿಷೇಧ ಜಾರಿ
ವಿಕ ಸುದ್ದಿಲೋಕ | Sep 15, 2012, 07.36PM IST
- ಬಾಲಕೃಷ್ಣ ಶಿಬಾರ್ಲ ಉಡುಪಿ
ಉಡುಪಿ ನಗರವನ್ನು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಮುಕ್ತಗೊಳಿಸಲು ಸೆ.15ರಿಂದ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ನಿಷೇಧ ಜಾರಿಗೊಳಿಸುವಂತಹ ಕ್ರಾಂತಿಕಾರಿ ನಿರ್ಧಾರಕ್ಕೆ ನಗರಸಭೆ ಮುಂದಾಗಿರುವುದು ಸ್ವಾಗತಾರ್ಹವಾದರೂ, ಕೆಲವೊಂದು ಗೊಂದಲಗಳಿಂದ ನಾಗರಿಕರಿನ್ನೂ ಮುಕ್ತರಾಗಿಲ್ಲ.
ಈ ಮೊದಲು ನಗರದಲ್ಲಿ 40 ಮೈಕ್ರಾನ್*ಗಿಂತ ಕಡಿಮೆ ತೂಕದ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಕ್ಯಾರಿಬ್ಯಾಗ್*ಗಳಿಗೆ ನಿಷೇಧ ಇದ್ದರೂ ಅದನ್ನು ಯಾರೂ ಗಂಭೀರವಾಗಿ ಸ್ವೀಕರಿಸಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಈ ಕಾರಣಕ್ಕಾಗಿ ಶನಿವಾರದಿಂದ ಎಲ್ಲ ನಮೂನೆಯ ತೂಕದ ಕ್ಯಾರಿಬ್ಯಾಗ್*ಗಳಿಗೂ ನಿರ್ಬಂಧ ಜಾರಿಗೆ ಬರಲಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಕೆಲವೇ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ವಸ್ತುಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಿ ಹಲವು ಉಳಿಯುವುದರಿಂದ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಮುಕ್ತವಾಗುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಸಾರ್ವಜನಿಕರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ.
ಸಾಮಾನ್ಯವಾಗಿ ಬಳಸುವ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತೊಟ್ಟೆಗಳ ಜತೆಗೆ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಲೋಟ, ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಸೂಪ್ ಬೌಲ್, ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಐಸ್*ಕ್ರೀಂ ಕಪ್, ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಟೇಬಲ್ ಹಾಸುಗಳ ಮಾರಾಟ-ಬಳಕೆಗೂ ನಿರ್ಬಂಧ ವಿಧಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಮಳಿಗೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಕೊಡುವ ವರ್ಣರಂಜಿತ ಕ್ಯಾರಿ ಬ್ಯಾಗುಗಳು, ಹೋಟೆಲ್*ಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಆಹಾರ ಒದಗಿಸುವ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಕ್ಯಾರೇಜ್*ಗಳಿಗೂ ನಿಷೇಧ ಹೇರಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಆದರೆ ಪಾಲಿ ಕ್ಲಾತ್, ಪಾಲಿ ಪ್ರೊಪಿಲಿನ್(ಬಟ್ಟೆ ತುಂಬುವ ಕವರ್), ಕೈಯಿಲ್ಲದ ಗ್ರೋಸರಿಗೆ(ಕಡ್ಲೆ, ಸಕ್ಕರೆ, ಬೇಳೆ ಕಟ್ಟಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ ಅಥವಾ ಸ್ಟೆಪ್ಲರ್ ಹಾಕಲಾಗುತ್ತದೆ) ನಿಷೇಧವಿಲ್ಲ.
ಹೊರಗಿನ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ದಾಳಿ!
ಬಹುರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳ ಪಾನೀಯ ಬಾಟಲಿಗಳು ಉಡುಪಿಗೆ ಬರುವುದು ನಿಲ್ಲುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಚಾಕಲೇಟ್, ಬಿಸ್ಕೆಟ್ ಪ್ಯಾಕೆಟ್*ಗಳೂ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್. ಬೆಳಗ್ಗೆದ್ದು ಹಲ್ಲುಜ್ಜುವ ಬ್ರೆಸ್ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್. ಬಕೆಟ್, ತಂಬಿಗೆಗಳು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್. ಹಾಲು ಬರುವುದೂ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತೊಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ. ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಬೇಡ ಎಂದು ಸಹಿ ಹಾಕಿದ ಪೆನ್ ಕೂಡಾ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ, ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಹೊದಿಕೆಗಳು ಬದಲಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ!
ಹೀಗಿರುವಾಗ ಸಂಪೂರ್ಣ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ನಿಷೇಧ ಶ್ಲೋಗನ್ ಪರಿಣಾಮಕಾರಿ ಹೇಗಾದೀತು? ಒಂದಷ್ಟು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತೊಟ್ಟೆಗಳು, ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಗ್ಲಾಸ್*ಗಳು ಮಾತ್ರ ಕಡಿಮೆಯಾದಾಕ್ಷಣ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಮುಕ್ತವಾಗುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ ಎಂಬ ಗಂಭೀರ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆಯನ್ನು ನಾಗರಿಕರನೇಕರು ಎತ್ತತೊಡಗಿದ್ದಾರೆ.
ಮೀನು ಒಯ್ಯುವುದು ಹೇಗೆ?
ತರಕಾರಿ, ದಿನಸಿ ಸಾಮಗ್ರಿ, ಬಟ್ಟೆಗಳನ್ನು ಪೇಪರ್ (ಪೇಪರ್ ತಯಾರಿಗೆ ಮರ ಕಡಿಬೇಕು !) ಮತ್ತು ಬಟ್ಟೆಚೀಲದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಯ್ಯಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ಮೀನು ಹಾಗೆ ಒಯ್ಯಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ? ಮಡಿಕೇರಿಯಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಿದಾಗ ಈ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಬಂದರೂ ಪೇಪರಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀನು ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಕೊಡುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಅಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀನಿನ ಬಳಕೆ ಕಡಿಮೆ ಇರುವುದರಿಂದ ದೊಡ್ಡ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗಿಲ್ಲ. ಕರಾವಳಿ ಪ್ರದೇಶದ ಆರ್ಥಿಕ ಪರಿಸ್ಥಿತಿಯನ್ನೇ ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸುವಷ್ಟು ದೊಡ್ಡ ವ್ಯವಹಾರ ಕ್ಷೇತ್ರವಾಗಿ ಮೀನು ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆ ಬೆಳೆದಿದೆ. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಶೇ.80ಕ್ಕೂ ಅಧಿಕ ಮೀನು ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುವುದು ಇದೇ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ. ಸ್ವಂತ ವಾಹನ ಇರುವವರು ಹೇಗೋ ಸಂಬಾಳಿಸಿಕೊಂಡು ಹೋಗಬಹುದು. ಆದರೆ ಮೀನು ತಿನ್ನುವ ಎಲ್ಲರಲ್ಲೂ ವಾಹನ ಇರುವುದಿಲ್ಲವಲ್ಲ. ಬಸ್ಸಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಮೀನು ಒಯ್ಯುವರಿಗೆ ಈ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಕಾಡುತ್ತಿದೆ.
ಸೂಕ್ತ ಪರ್ಯಾಯ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಬೇಕು
ಹಾಗೆಂದು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ನಿಷೇಧ ಬೇಡವೆಂದೇನಲ್ಲ. ನಿಷೇಧಿಸದಿದ್ದರೆ ಮುಂದಿನ ಪೀಳಿಗೆಗೆ ನಾವು ಎಲ್ಲವನ್ನು ಹಾಳು ಮಾಡಿ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಮಾತ್ರ ಬಿಟ್ಟು ಹೋಗಬೇಕಾಗುತ್ತದೆ. ಆದರೆ ನಿಷೇಧಿಸುವಾಗ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಸರಿಯಾದ ಪರ್ಯಾಯ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಡಿಕೊಂಡು ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಬೇಕು. ಅಲ್ಲದೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್*ಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಬೇಕು. ನಗರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೊರಗಿನಿಂದ ಬರುವಂತಹ ಎಲ್ಲ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಉತ್ಪನ್ನಗಳಿಗೂ ಇಂತಹುದೇ ನಿಯಮಾವಳಿ ರೂಪಿಸಬೇಕು ಎಂಬುದು ನಾಗರಿಕರ ಆಗ್ರಹ.
ಐಸ್*ಕ್ರೀಂ ಕಪ್*ಗಳಿಗೆ ಪರ್ಯಾಯ ವ್ಯವಸ್ಥೆ ಮಾಡುವಾಗ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳಿಗೆ ಮಾಡಬೇಕು. ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ, ಅಂತಾರಾಷ್ಟ್ರೀಯ ಬ್ರಾಂಡ್*ನ ಐಸ್*ಕ್ರೀಂಗಳು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಪ್ಯಾಕೆಟ್*ನಲ್ಲೇ ಬರುವುದು, ಸ್ಥಳೀಯವಾದುದು ಮಾತ್ರ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ರಹಿತವಾಗಿರುವುದು ಸರಿಯಾದ ಕ್ರಮವಾಗುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಅದು ತಾರತಮ್ಯವನ್ನಷ್ಟೆ ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಬಲ್ಲುದು ಎಂಬುದು ಉಡುಪಿಯ ಐಸ್*ಕ್ರೀಂ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಸ್ತರ ಅನಿಸಿಕೆಯಾಗಿದೆ.
* ನಾವು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತೊಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಾರುಕಟ್ಟೆಯಿಂದ ಮೀನು ತರುತ್ತೇವೆ. ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತೊಟ್ಟೆ ನಿಷೇಧವಾದರೆ ಹಾಟ್*ಬಾಕ್ಸ್ ಕೊಂಡೋಗಬಹುದು. 50 ರೂಪಾಯಿಯ ಮೀನಿಗೆ 250 ರೂಪಾಯಿಯ ಹಾಟ್ ಬಾಕ್ಸಾ? ಎಂಬ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಬಂದರೂ ಕೆಲವು ವರ್ಷ ಬಳಸಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗಿರುವುದರಿಂದ ತೊಂದ್ರೆ ಇಲ್ಲ. ಆದರೆ ಹಾಟ್*ಬಾಕ್ಸ್ ಕೂಡಾ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್*ನಿಂದ ಕೂಡಿರುತ್ತದೆ ಎಂಬುದು ಮಾತ್ರ ಸತ್ಯ.
-ಶೋಭಾ ಜಿ. ಅಮೀನ್, ಗೃಹಿಣಿ, ಅಂಬಾಗಿಲು
ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್*ನಷ್ಟೆ ಪರಿಣಾಮಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿ ಬಳಕೆಯಾಗುವ ವಸ್ತು ಬಾರದಿದ್ದರೆ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ನಿಷೇಧದಿಂದ ತ್ಯಾಜ್ಯ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ನಿಲ್ಲುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಅಂಗಡಿಗಳಿಂದ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ವಸ್ತು ತರಬಹುದು. ಆದ್ರೆ ಎಲ್ಲ ಕಡೆ ಇದು ಸಾಧ್ಯವೇ? ತೀರ ಅಗತ್ಯ ಇರುವ ಕಡೆ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಬಳಸಲು ಅವಕಾಶ ಕೊಡಬೇಕು. ಶೋಕಿಗಾಗಿ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ತಂಪು ಪಾನಿಯಗಳಿಗೆ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಬಾಟಲಿ ಇದೆ, ಆದರೆ ಊಟಕ್ಕೆ ಬೇಕಾದ ಅವಶ್ಯ ವಸ್ತು ಒಯ್ಯಲು ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಇಲ್ಲ ! ಇದು ಯಾವ ನ್ಯಾಯ ಎಂಬುದನ್ನು ಪರಿಸರದ ಕಾಳಜಿ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡೇ ನಾನು ಕೇಳುತ್ತಿದ್ದೇನೆ.
-ಗುರುರಾಜ ಸನಿಲ್, ಉಡುಪಿ-ಪುತ್ತೂರು
ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ಉತ್ಪಾದನೆ ಕಂಪನಿಗಳನ್ನು ನಿಷೇಧಿಸಲಿ. ಅದು ಆಗದಿದ್ದರೆ ಉಡುಪಿಗೆ ಯಾವುದೇ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್*ಯುಕ್ತ ವಸ್ತುಗಳು ಬಾರದಂತೆ ನಿರ್ಬಂಧಿಸಲಿ. ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಹೋದರೆ ಕುಡಿತ ಕೆಟ್ಟದು ಎಂದು ಬೋಧನೆ ಮಾಡುತ್ತಾ ಮದ್ಯ ಪೂರೈಸಿದಂತಾಗುತ್ತದೆ.
-ಕೇಶವ ಉಡುಪಿ, ವ್ಯಾಪಾರಸ್ಥರು.
ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ತೊಟ್ಟೆಗಳ ನಿಷೇಧದಿಂದ ಮೀನು ಒಯ್ಯಲು ಸ್ವಲ್ಪ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಆಗುತ್ತದೆ ನಿಜ. ಆದರೆ ನೈಲನ್ ಚೀಲಗಳನ್ನು ಬಳಸುವ ಮೂಲಕ ಅದಕ್ಕೆ ಪರಿಹಾರ ಕಂಡುಕೊಳ್ಳಬಹುದು. ನೈಲನ್ ಚೀಲ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ಕಾದರೂ ತೊಳೆದು ಮತ್ತೆ ಬಳಸಬಹುದಾದುದರಿಂದ ತೊಂದ್ರೆ ಇಲ್ಲ.
-ಹಿರಿಯಣ್ಣ ಟಿ. ಕಿದಿಯೂರು, ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು, ಮೀನುಗಾರರ ಸಂಘ ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷ ಉಡುಪಿ
ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ದೇಶಾದ್ಯಂತ ನಿಷೇಧವಾದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಅದು ಉಡುಪಿಯಲ್ಲೂ ಪರಿಣಾಮಕಾರಿಯಾಗಿ ಜಾರಿಯಾಗಲು ಸಾಧ್ಯ. ಇಲ್ಲದೆ ಹೋದರೆ ಉಡುಪಿ ನಗರ ವ್ಯಾಪ್ತಿಯ ಹೊರಭಾಗದಲ್ಲಿ ಪ್ಲಾಸ್ಟಿಕ್ ವ್ಯಾಪಾರ ಭರ್ಜರಿಯಾಗಿ ನಡೆಯಲಿದೆ.
-ರಮೇಶ್ ಶೆಟ್ಟಿ, ಉಡುಪಿ, ಅಟೋಮೊಬೈಲ್ ಎಂಜಿನಿಯರ್
September 21st, 2012, 06:26 PM
Move to set up solid waste unit at Padavu draws flak (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Move-to-set-up-solid-waste-unit-at-Padavu-draws-flak/articleshow/16490125.cms)
MANGALORE: The Bantwal Town Municipality's decision to set up a solid waste disposal unit at Padavu in Kanchinakda village of Sajipanadu gram panchayat, has drawn flak from various sections of the society.
An action committee comprising MLA UT Khader has already been formed to fight against the movement. Action committee warned that they will never allow the town municipality to set up the unit.
Action committee president Mullinka Venkateshwara Bhat said the committee will fight apolitically against Bantwal town municipality's decision to set up a sold waste disposal unit at Padavu.
"We have already complained several times against the proposal. Sajipanadu gram panchayat too is against the unit. However, the town municipality has ignored gram panchayat's objection," he said adding that the action committee will continue its fight against the move.
September 23rd, 2012, 04:20 AM
The Paschima Vahini project to link 22 west flowing rivers has gathered momentum with the state government dusting off the plan after 11 years.
According to sources in the minor irrigation department, the proposal has been renewed after former chief minister DV Sadananda Gowda asked the government to go ahead with the plan before he resigned from the post. N Yogish Bhat, chairman of the state petitions committee, has now been provided with the required papers to initiate action.
The project, prepared in 2001, was supposed to have begun in 2005. The project would have cost Rs100 crore in 2005 but due to the delay and inflation, it would have cost Rs423 crore in 2011. Initial provisions were made at `120 crore, sources said.
The project envisaged to harness a total of 1480 TMC water from 22 west flowing rivers, including five major rivers—Netravati, Sharavathi, Chakra, Swarna and Kali.
In 2002, the minor irrigation department envisaged to construct 707 vented dams which could irrigate 40,189 hectares of agricultural land in three districts which are usually use rain water for kharif and and part of rabi crops. But with the construction of the dams, the districts can use augmented water supply to reap 3rd and 4th crops in a year. Once the project is implemented, about 20 towns and cities, including Mangalore, Udupi, Karwar, Kundapur, Bhatkal, Honnavar, will have no drinking water problems, according to Bhat.
The project has been revived against the background of a controversy over another plan for lifting water from Nethravati river near Yettanaholay area in western ghats. Nethravati river is the only drinking water source for Mangalore city. The people of Dakshina Kannada district have been opposing the Yettinaholay project, saying it will dry out the only water source for Mangalore and other parts of the district which survives on the river. Yettinaholay project will get water to Tumkur, Chikkaballapur, Doddaballapur and Bangalore urban and rural districts. Dakshina Kannada district and Mangalore city will get an additional drinking and irrigation water source if the Paschima Vahini project comes into being.
September 26th, 2012, 07:25 AM
Mangalore corporation mulls bylaw to counter plastic menace (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-09-24/mangalore/34060914_1_plastic-bags-plastic-waste-bylaw)
MANGALORE: Even as Dakshina Kannada readies itself for a total ban on plastic bags, cups and covers from November 1 this year, Mangalore City Corporation here is planning to arm itself with a bylaw for plastic waste management and handling. As per the bye-law no plastic carry bag shall be used as means of advertisement of any product or trade. The draft will come for approval in this month's council meeting.
As per the draft, MCC will levy a pollution cost of Rs 500 on retailers issuing plastic carry bags to consumers for free or selling it without authorization. Trading licences of retailers will be cancelled for the second offense. The bylaw was drafted following a decision taken by the state's plastic waste advisory committee earlier this year, which wanted city corporations to enact bylaws for including plastic waste management and handling rules 2011.
The ratified bylaw will be sent to the government for approval and its implementation will follow once the government gives the go ahead, said K Harish Kumar, commissioner, MCC. "The civic body will also implement a decision that the district administration may take with regard to ban on plastic. The bylaw is the result of Supreme Court directives to urban local bodies with regard to solid waste management," he added.
The draft states no retailers can make available carry bag free of cost to consumers and shall not be used as a means of advertisement of any product or trade.
Pollution cost will be collected for effective control of use/sale/distribution of unauthorised carry bags and/or issuance of free plastic carry bags. The bylaw proposes different sale prices for carry bags ranging from Re 1 to Rs 5 depending on the size, Harish Kumar pointed out.
Deputy commissioner NS Channappa Gowda said it is the intent of the minister for higher education CT Ravi, who is also the district in-charge to root out plastic bags. Ravi described plastic as modern day demons.
"While it is not possible to totally ban plastics, the first step in this direction will come by banning sale of plastic bags, covers and cups," DC said adding administration will take series of step to create awareness among all stakeholders prior to that.
September 26th, 2012, 07:41 AM
Mangalore to have transparent system of waste management (http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/mangalore-to-have-transparent-system-of-waste-management/article3937493.ece)
Contractors have to upload pictures of the spot on Internet
Corporation buying 40 cellphones for contractors
Door-to-door collection to be made mandatory
Mangalore City Corporation will soon adopt a technology to monitor on-line whether its contractors have cleared solid waste from cement bins and metal containers in the city daily, according to the Commissioner of the corporation Harish Kumar K.
People will be able to see the work of contractors by logging on to a website, he told The Hindu .
This mobile-based technology had been implemented by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation. Mangalore City Corporation would emulate it, he said.
The term of eight contractors assigned the solid waste collection and transportation from 60 wards in the city expired last month. He said that as the Commissioner enjoyed the powers to continue the contract for four more months, the civic body had continued to engage them. It invited fresh bids on September 15 for selecting new eight contractors with October 15 being the last date for submitting bids.
Mr. Kumar said that the technology would be adopted to monitor the work of eight new contractors.
Manjunath R. Shetty, Environment Engineer at the corporation, said there were 600 bins and containers in the city. The contractors would be given away cell phones from the corporation which they should use for taking the photographs of the bins and containers daily. Immediately after clearing a bin the contractor should click its photograph and press an option in the pre-loaded software in the cell phone. The picture would get uploaded in a website (which could be linked to the city corporation’s website) within 10 seconds with the date, time and location of the bin or container.
On the other hand, the website would have a map of the city with the locations (which are called geo reference stations) of bins and containers and black spots (places minus bins and containers where people daily dump solid waste).
A green icon would appear on the location where a bin or the container had been cleared.
If not there would a red icon indicating that it had not been cleared. It would be mandatory for the contractor to upload the photograph of bins and metals which had not been cleared daily. Photographs of such bins would be recorded in red icons.
Mr. Shetty said the corporation would purchase 40 mobiles for distributing for contractors. He said this technology had been adopted by Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) in Jayanagar ward on a pilot basis.
The Commissioner said the door-to-door collection of solid waste would be made mandatory for the new contractors.
October 4th, 2012, 11:18 AM
Dakshina Kannada district leads the way in waste management (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Dakshina-Kannada-district-leads-the-way-in-waste-management/articleshow/16662250.cms)
MANGALORE: Gram panchayats in Dakshina Kannada district, which bagged the Nirmal Gram Award of the central government, will show the way in handling garbage. An eco-friendly organic solid waste disposal system will be in place in 30 out of 203 gram panchayats in the district soon.
Laila, Kolnadu, Golthamajalu, Mannabettu and Kadaba gram panchayats have already successfully introduced the organic solid waste disposal system.
Zilla panchayat president KT Shailaja Bhat, whose tenure will end on Saturday, said that the eco-friendly organic solid waste disposal units will convert wet waste into organic manure. "Landfill technique will be used to dispose waste in 173 gram panchayats where the organic solid waste system is not in place" she said.
Shailaja said that more emphasis will be given to construct plastic soudhas in all villages in the district.
"Dry waste will be stored in plastic soudhas. Out of 203 gram panchayats, 125 have already submitted action plans to construct plastic soudhas and work is in progress at many places," she said adding that the move is aimed at maintaining hygiene in all the gram panchayats in Dakshina Kannada district.
A circular directing gram panchayats to follow 25 guidelines with regard to maintenance of cleanliness has already been sent to all gram panchayats, she said adding that committees to ensure cleanliness have already been formed in all gram panchayats.
October 7th, 2012, 07:54 AM
User fee in three slabs suggested; RFID and GPS to be adopted to monitor the system
In its effort to segregate organic waste from solid waste at source, the Mangalore City Corporation has planned to collect waste from hotels, bar and restaurants and non-vegetarian stalls separately by imposing user fee on owners. It will use radio frequency identification devices (RFID) to monitor the collection of waste through trucks fitted with Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment, according to its Commissioner Harish Kumar K.
As a first step to this effect, the corporation officials conducted a meeting with the owners on Thursday. None opposed the corporation’s move. Some participants suggested that the civic body could fix slabs of monthly user fee to be collected. A participant suggested that the corporation could fix the slabs of Rs. 600, Rs. 900, and Rs. 1,800.
Mr. Kumar told The Hindu that the corporation would use at least nine vehicles to collect the waste. Of the vehicles, three would be exclusively used to collect non-vegetarian waste.
He said that vegetarian waste would be used for manufacturing vermi-compost at Pachchanady. A private party had approached the corporation to extract fat and oil from non-vegetarian waste. About seven tons of non-vegetarian waste was being generated in the city daily.
Mr. Kumar said that the civic body would collect the waste at no-loss no-profit basis.
Madhu S. Manohar, an Environment Engineer at the corporation, said there were 681 licensed hotels, 320 canteens, 206 juice centres, 154 lodges, 131 fast food counters, and 63 bar and restaurants (totally 1,555) in the city. They generated about 26 tons of waste daily.
Manjunath R. Shetty, also Environment Engineer at the civic body, said that there were 295 licensed non-vegetarian stalls, 180 chicken stalls, 52 mutton stalls, 39 beef stalls, and 24 pork stalls (totally 590) in the city.
Referring to RFID, Mr. Manohar said that a device with a chip would be fitted in each of the establishments. It would connect software of the corporation through a reading meter and an antenna at the city corporation building. Each vehicle would have a reading meter.
After collecting the waste from a hotel or a canteen, the corporation staff in the vehicle would record it using the reading meter.
When the meter was taken near the device with chip fitted in the hotel or a canteen the data got transmitted to software in the city corporation building.
Date, time, and venue of the waste collected got recorded in the website of the corporation. The website would show whether the waste had been collected or not. The movement of the vehicles which would be allotted selected routes would be monitored through the GPS equipment.
Mr. Manohar said that users’ fee would not be new to the owners as they were already paying it to some private parties who transported organic waste produced at their establishments.
October 9th, 2012, 05:43 AM
ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಮರುಜೀವ?
ಉಡುಪಿ: 200 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ವೆಚ್ಚದ 28 ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ರವಾನೆ
*ಸಂತೋಷ್* ಬೊಳ್ಳೆಟ್ಟು | Oct 08, 2012
ಉಡುಪಿ: ಕರಾವಳಿ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯನ್ನು ಶಾಶ್ವತವಾಗಿ ಪರಿಹರಿಸಬಹುದಾದ 'ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆ'(ಮಲ್ಟಿ ವಿಲೇಜ್* ವಾಟರ್* ಪ್ರಾಜೆಕ್ಟ್)ಯ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಹುಟ್ಟಿಕೊಂಡಿದೆ. ಕಾರಣ, ಈ ಬಾರಿ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯಿಂದ ಒಟ್ಟು 200 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಅಂದಾಜು ವೆಚ್ಚದ 28 ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆಗಳನ್ನು ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿಕೊಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಈ ಪೈಕಿ ಕೆಲವಾದರೂ ಮಂಜೂರಾಗಿ ಒಂದು ವರ್ಷದ ಅನಂತರವಾದರೂ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಬವಣೆಯನ್ನು ನೀಗಿಸೀತು ಎಂಬ ಆಶಾಭಾವನೆ ವ್ಯಕ್ತವಾಗಿದೆ.
ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಸರಕಾರದ ಶೇ.75 ಹಾಗೂ ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರದ ಶೇ.25 ಅನುದಾನದಿಂದ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಗೊಳ್ಳುವ 'ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆ'ಗೆ ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಗೆ ಇತ್ತೀಚಿನ ವರ್ಷಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಯಾವುದೇ ಮಂಜೂರಾತಿ ದೊರೆತಿರಲಿಲ್ಲ. ಹಾಗಾಗಿ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆಯಡಿ ಕೆಲವು ಯೋಜನೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಬೇಕಾದಷ್ಟು ಅನುದಾನವಿದ್ದರೂ ಯೋಜನೆ ಮಂಜೂರಾಗದೆ ತೊಂದರೆಯಾಗಿತ್ತು. ಇದರ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಚರ್ಚೆಗಳು ನಡೆದ ಪರಿಣಾಮ ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿದ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆಗಳು ಹಾಗೂ ಹೊಸ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆಗಳು ಸೇರಿ ಒಟ್ಟು 28 ಯೋಜನೆಗಳ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆಗಳನ್ನು ರಾಜ್ಯ ಸರಕಾರಕ್ಕೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಿಕೊಡಲಾಗಿದೆ. ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಸಮಿತಿಯಿಂದ ಕೇಂದ್ರಕ್ಕೆ ಹೋಗಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿಂದ ಮಂಜೂರಾತಿ ಪಡೆದುಕೊಂಡು ಬರಬೇಕಿದೆ.
ಲಭ್ಯವಿರುವ ಹೊಳೆಗಳಿಗೆ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಕಟ್ಟಿ ಅಲ್ಲಿಯೇ ನೀರು ಶುದ್ದೀಕರಣ ಘಟಕ, ಜಾಕ್*ವೆಲ್* ಮಾಡಿ ನೀರು ಪೂರೈಸುವ ಯೋಜನೆ ಇದು. ಇದರಿಂದ ಉಪ್ಪುನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯೂ ಎದುರಾಗದು. ಅಂತರ್ಜಲ ಕುಸಿಯುತ್ತಿರುವ ಈ ದಿನಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಇಂತಹ ಯೋಜನೆ ಹೆಚ್ಚು ಪ್ರಚಲಿತಕ್ಕೆ ಬರುತ್ತಿದೆ. ಈಗಾಗಲೇ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು ಇರುವ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲೂ ಈ ಯೋಜನೆಯನ್ನು ಕಾರ್ಯಗತಗೊಳಿಸಬಹುದಾಗಿದೆ.
ಎಲ್ಲಿ - ಎಷ್ಟು?
ಕುಂದಾಪುರ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಅಮಾಸೆಬೈಲಿನ 3 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 13.40 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಯೋಜನೆ, ಮೊಳಹಳ್ಳಿ, ಹಾರ್ದಳ್ಳಿ ಮಂಡಳ್ಳಿ ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 10ಕೋ.ರೂ, ಕಾಳವಾರದ 5 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 8 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಹೊಂಬಾಡಿ, ಮಂಡಾಡಿ, ಬಳ್ಕೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 8 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಕಾವ್ರಾಡಿ, ಅಂಪಾರಿನ ಮೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 15 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಯೋಜನೆ, ಅಲೂರಿನ ಎರಡು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 6 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಹಕ್ಲಾಡಿಯ ಮೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 8 ಕೋ.ರೂ, ಚಿತ್ತೂರಿನ ಮೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 9 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ವಂಡ್ಸೆಗೆ 4 ಕೋ.ರೂ.ಯೋಜನೆ, ಕಾಲೊ¤àಡಿಗೆ 5.50 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ಉಡುಪಿ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಮಣಿಪುರ, ಬೆಳ್ಳೆ, ಕೋಟೆ ಮತ್ತು ಕಟಪಾಡಿಯ 8 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 10 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಹೆಜಮಾಡಿ , ಪಡುಬಿದ್ರಿ, ಫ*ಲಿಮಾರಿನ 5 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 8.50 ಕೋ.ರೂ., 80 ಬಡಗುಬೆಟ್ಟು , ಆತ್ರಾಡಿ, ಬೊಮ್ಮರಬೆಟ್ಟು , ಕೊಡಿಬೆಟ್ಟಿನ 7 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 12 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಯೋಜನೆ, ಪೆರ್ಡೂರು, ಬೈರಂಪಳ್ಳಿಯ 4 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 5 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ತೆಂಕನಿಡಿಯೂರು, ಕಲ್ಯಾಣಪುರ, ಹಾವಂಜೆ, ಉಪ್ಪೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 9 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಚಾಂತಾರು, ವಾರಂಬಳ್ಳಿ, ಹಾರಾಡಿ, ಹಂದಾಡಿ, ಕುಂಜಾಲು, ಚೇರ್ಕಾಡಿಯ 11 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 12 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಯೋಜನೆ, ಕಡೂರು, ಹನೇಹಳ್ಳಿ, ಬಾಕೂìರು, ಯಡ್ತಾಡಿ, ವಡ್ಡರ್ಸೆ ಮತ್ತು ಶಿರಿಯಾರದ 12 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 12 ಕೋ.ರೂ.,, ಹೆಗ್ಗುಂಜೆ, ಬಿಲ್ಲಾಡಿ ಮತ್ತು ಹಾವರ್ಸೆಯ 7 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 5 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
ಕಾರ್ಕಳ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಶಿರ್ಲಾಲಿನ 3 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 5.10 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಬೆಳ್ಮಣ್ಣಿನ ಮೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 4.22 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಬೋಳದ ಎರಡು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 3.23 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಪಳ್ಳಿಯ 3 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 4.50 ಕೋ.ರೂ, ಇನ್ನಾ ಗ್ರಾಮಕ್ಕೆ 3.14 ಕೋ.ರೂ, ಮುಂಡ್ಕೂರಿನ ಎರಡು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 2.67 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಯರ್ಲಪಾಡಿ, ನೀರೆ, ಬೈಲೂರು, ಕುಕ್ಕುಂದೂರು ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 6.50 ಕೋ.ರೂ, ಕಡ್ತಲದ 3 ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ 5.20 ಕೋ.ರೂ., ಮಾಳಕ್ಕೆ 1.50 ಕೋ.ರೂ, ಮುಡಾರು ಮತ್ತು ಮಿಯಾರಿಗೆ 4.50 ಕೋ.ರೂ. ಯೋಜನೆಯ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವನೆ ಕಳುಹಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ.
'ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆಗೆ ಅನುದಾನದ ಕೊರತೆ ಇಲ್ಲ' ಎಂಬುದಾಗಿ ಬಹುತೇಕ ಎಲ್ಲಾ ಜನಪ್ರತಿನಿಧಿಗಳು ಸ್ಪಷ್ಟಪಡಿಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಈ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಚರ್ಚೆಯನ್ನೂ ನಡೆಸುತ್ತಾರೆ. ಆದರೆ ಇದೇ ಹುರುಪು, ಬದ್ಧತೆ ಯೋಜನೆ ಸಾಕಾರಗೊಳ್ಳುವವರೆಗೂ ಮುಂದುವರೆದರೆ ಮಾತ್ರ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಗೆ ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಪರಿಹಾರ ದೊರಕೀತು.
ಕಾರ್ಕಳ: ಮತ್ತೆ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ
ಕಾರ್ಕಳ ತಾಲೂಕಿನ ಹೆಬ್ರಿ ಮತ್ತು ನಿಟ್ಟೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಹಲವು ವರ್ಷಗಳ ಹಿಂದೆ ಆರಂಭಗೊಂಡಿದ್ದ ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆ ಕುಂಟುತ್ತಾ ತೆವಳುತ್ತಾ ಸಾಗಿದ್ದು ವಿಪರ್ಯಾಸ. ಹೆಬ್ರಿಯ ಯೋಜನೆ ಇತ್ತೀಚೆಗಷ್ಟೇ ಮೊದಲನೆ ಹಂತ ಮುಗಿದಿದೆ. ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಇಂಜಿನಿಯರಿಂಗ್* ವಿಭಾಗದ ಮಾಹಿತಿ ಪ್ರಕಾರ ನಿಟ್ಟೆಯ ಯೋಜನೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆದಾರರ ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷ್ಯದಿಂದಾಗಿ ಹಿನ್ನೆಡೆಯಾಗಿದೆ. ಗುತ್ತಿಗೆದಾರರನ್ನು ಬದಲಿಸಿ ಕಾಮಗಾರಿ ನಡೆಸಲು ನಿರ್ಧರಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಇವೆರಡೂ ಯೋಜನೆಗಳು ಹಲವು ವರ್ಷಗಳಿಂದ ನಿರ್ಲಕ್ಷ್ಯಕ್ಕೊಳಗಾಗಿದ್ದವು.
ನಿರಂತರ ಪ್ರಯತ್ನ, ವಿವಿಧ ಸಭೆಗಳಲ್ಲಿ ಸತತ ಪ್ರಸ್ತಾವದಿಂದ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯಲ್ಲಿ ಮಹತ್ವದ ಮತ್ತು ತೀರಾ ಅಗತ್ಯದ ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಯೋಜನೆ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಕ್ಕೆ ಮತ್ತೆ ಚಾಲನೆ ದೊರೆಯುವ ನಿರೀಕ್ಷೆ ಇಟ್ಟುಕೊಂಡಿದ್ದೇವೆ. ಇಲ್ಲಿನ ಉಪ್ಪುನೀರಿನಿಂದಾಗಿ ಉಂಟಾಗಿರುವ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಸಮಸ್ಯೆಯ ಜತೆಗೆ, ನೀರೇ ಇಲ್ಲದ ಗ್ರಾಮಗಳಿಗೆ ಶಾಶ್ವತ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರು ಒದಗಿಸುವುದು ಇದರಿಂದ ಸಾಧ್ಯವಾಗಲಿದೆ-
-ಕಟಪಾಡಿ ಶಂಕರ ಪೂಜಾರಿ, ಉಡುಪಿ ಜಿ.ಪಂ. ಅಧ್ಯಕ್ಷರು.
ಈ ಹಿಂದೆ ಜಿಲ್ಲೆಯ ಹಲವೆಡೆ ಕಿಂಡಿ ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟು, ಕಿರು ಅಣೆಕಟ್ಟುಗಳನ್ನು ನಿರ್ಮಿಸಲಾಗಿದೆ. ಇವು ಕೃಷಿಗೆ ನೀರು ಒದಗಿಸುವಲ್ಲಿ ಯಶಸ್ವಿಯಾಗಿವೆ. ಆದರೆ ಈ ಪ್ರದೇಶದಲ್ಲಿ ಶುದ್ಧ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಸಮಸ್ಯೆ ಇದೆ. ಇಂತಹ ಸ್ಥಳಗಳಲ್ಲೇ ಬಹುಗ್ರಾಮ ಕುಡಿಯುವ ನೀರಿನ ಯೋಜನೆ ಅನುಷ್ಠಾನಗೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕಿದೆ.
-ಜಯಪ್ರಕಾಶ್* ಹೆಗ್ಡೆ, ಸಂಸದರು.
October 10th, 2012, 12:50 PM
ANGALORE: In a move to streamline segregation of waste at source, the Mangalore City Corporation will float separate tenders to collect waste from various eateries. The 1,555 eateries - licensed hotels, canteens, juice centres, fast-food counters and bars and restaurants as well as 590 stalls - non-vegetarian stalls and shops produce over 30 tonnes of organic waste daily.
A major hazard of not segregating this waste at source is that it attracts scavenging animals at the landfill site at Pachchanady. The new arrangement will also use radio frequency identification devices (RFID) to monitor collection of waste using trucks fitted with GPS equipment, MCC commissioner K Harish Kumar told TOI.
Vegetarian and non-vegetarian waste will be collected separately and a user fee levied on owners of eateries and stalls. The civic body, following a recent meeting with owners, assured them it would revert with the proposed user fee. Harish Kumar said the MCC intends to use at least nine vehicles exclusively to collect waste generated from these places and three would exclusively for non-vegetarian waste.
Veg waste will be converted into manure
The vegetarian waste collected in Mangalore will be routed to MCC's vermicomposting plant at Pachchanady, the seven tonnes of non-vegetarian waste may be handed over to a private company from Maharashtra which plans to extract fat and oil from it. "We intend to lease out land near the landfill to the company for up to five years," MCC commissioner K Harish Kumar told TOI.
Vegetable waste from two wards of Mannagudda area will be used locally at the biogas plant there, he said. Similar waste from other wards will land up at the vermicomposting plant with a capacity to process 25 tonnes of waste. The waste collection will be on a no-loss no-profit basis and is in addition to the solid waste management collection the civic body does daily across 60 wards.
October 24th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Mangalore, Oct 5: A presentation by Goldwin Fernandes on plastics(confining to polyolefin’s, PE and PP) in comparison with other packaging material at the City Corporation, was held here on Thursday October 4, in the presence of the MCC environmental engineer Manjunath Shetty , pollution control officer Laxman and the task force.
Addressing the MCC officers, Fernandes explained and clarified certain facts and misconceptions about conventional plastic before moving on to biodegradable plastic and its comparison with paper bags, non-woven PP and cloth bags.
Generally the negatives of plastic bags are highlighted and compared with positives of paper bags and cloth. But Fernandes put forward facts, figures and scientific proof on how the positives of using plastic bags, especially environment friendly oxo- biodegradable and compostable plastic bags outweigh the positives of using paper bags or cloth bags.
Many life cycle analyses of plastic bags in comparison with other materials were cited. The presentation showed that resources used and emissions generated for the manufacture of plastic bags were far less as compared to the manufacture of other materials. Plastics are also safer, cheaper and more economical than paper bags. Plastics are safe for use in agriculture, medicine and food industry as they are certified food grade as per Indian standards specifications.
He showed as per Boustead report that if all plastic bags were replaced by paper bags there would be a drastic increase in greenhouse gases and environment pollution. Speaking on biodegradable plastic he said that the two main biodegradable plastics used are oxo-biodegradable which are to be tested as per ASTM D6954-04 and compostable (hydro-biodegradable) as per ASTM D6400. He said both these are certified and proven.
He said that service life of the bag can be set for oxo-biodegradable after which it will degrade and biodegrade leaving no harmful residue. The degraded fragments are not plastic but are like materials similar to natures waste and nature’s processes act on it and biodegrade them. Oxo-biodegradable material is safe for contact with food.
Fernandes said that fermenting corn or sugarcane gives lactic acid which when polymerized gives PLA which is used in the manufacture of compostable bags .The life of the bags is about one year and it is fully compostable.
During the general interaction the pollution control showed the test report which was received from CIPET. It showed that the non-woven bags which were being passed off as cloth bags were in fact plastic bags made of polypropylene. The recent 2011 LCA published by the UK government’s environment agency has indicated that global warming generated by this specific material non-woven PP bag is much more than that of a conventional plastic bag and not environment friendly. He pointed out that polyolefin’s are a different category of plastics and are safe for the environment and for food contact, but due to misinformation considered hazardous.
October 30th, 2012, 12:10 PM
How Mangalore solved its garbage woes (http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/report_how-mangalore-solved-its-garbage-woes_1757852)
Even as Bangalore grapples with the garbage situation, administrators, civic leaders and social activists of the coastal area have termed it as a social problem that has to be dealt by the people in a civilised way.
The coastal city of Mangalore also faced the dumping problem till 2004, but after the Karnataka Urban Infrastructure Development and Finance Corporation (KUIDFC) took up a project of turning dumping yards into landfill, the city contained the garbage problem and the size of its dumping yard at Vamanjoor was shrinking despite Mangalore being the second largest garbage producer in the state after Bangalore.
“Coupled with the ‘Nirmala Nagara Yojane’ (door-to-door garbage collection) the city the Mangalore City Corporation could bring in a high degree of garbage segregation and disposal as early as 2006,” said former deputy director (projects) JR Lobo, who also worked as the commissioner of Mangalore City Corporation.
“It is surely a social problem, it is a lack of civic sense and lack of belongingness to the city. I understand there are awful lot of people and each of them has his/her own hang-ups, but as the city stands, everybody has to be responsible for its upkeep. Prior to 2005, we in Mangalore too had a similar problem, but in Mangalore we have only 60 wards and population was much below five lakh.
“Compared with the size of Bangalore, what we had was a micro-level awareness campaign about civic sense about managing our own garbage. We took the help of colleges and high school students, who went from house to house, spreading awareness about the city’s garbage problems,” said Prof Rita Noronha, a senior social work faculty at the Roshni Nilaya school of social work.
State president of the People’s Union for Civil Liberties, PB D’Sa, told DNA that the dumping of your garbage in somebody else’s town or village was a violation of human rights.
October 31st, 2012, 06:13 AM
October 31st, 2012, 06:48 AM
October 31st, 2012, 07:48 AM
Ullal Town Municipal Corporation is doing UGD network across Ullal town..
Many areas like Wombathukere, Ullal bail work has been completed..
Any Idea where is the STP will come up in Ullal.?
October 31st, 2012, 08:51 AM
Mangalore bans plastic bags (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/mangalore-bans-plastic-bags/article4050259.ece)
Segregated plastic waste at the compost plant of Mangalore City Corporation at
Pachchanady. Photo: H.S. Manjunath
City generates 12 tonnes of plastic waste daily
As the earthmover lifts heaps of solid waste and puts them into a compost-making machine at Pachchanady dumping yard, more of plastic bags roll on the sieve of the machine than organic waste.
The earthmover lifts the waste from a row of heaps left for seven days for decomposing on the premises of the compost plant. But all is not dried up as people tie the plastic bags filled with solid waste before throwing them into bins. This waste tied in plastic bags will not decompose and affects the quality of compost produced at the corporation’s compost plant at Pachchanady, says Manjunath R Shetty, Environment Engineer, Mangalore City Corporation.
“Plastic is a Frankenstein’s monster,” he says. “If you burn it, it produces harmful gas. If you bury it, it reduces soil fertility and prevents percolation of rainwater, affecting recharging of groundwater table,” he says. Marine creatures eat plastic pieces considering them jelly fish and die, he says.
“Of the 200 tonnes of solid waste generated in the jurisdiction of the Mangalore City Corporation daily, 12 tonnes constitute plastic material,” Mr. Shetty says.
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda says plastic bags, plastic sheets and plastic cups affect segregation of waste at the compost plant.
Plastic waste reduces the life of Pachchanady’s landfill site designed to last till 2030. If the menace of plastic is not controlled, it will occupy more space at Pachchanady, forcing the corporation and the district administration to scout for more dumping sites. The district administration will prohibit use of all types of plastic carry bags, cups and sheets used on dining tables for serving meals at marriages and other functions in Mangalore taluk from November 1.
“We are prohibiting the use of plastic material which create nuisance,” he says. Mr. Gowda says the use of plastic will be prohibited under Plastic Manufacture, Sale and Usage Rules, 2011. According to the rules, it is the responsibility of plastic manufacturers to dispose of the material produced by them. The district administration held a meeting with plastic manufacturers here last year and asked them to collect the used plastic items and dispose them of. But they have not responded positively. According to rules, urban local bodies can restrict their use. Manufacturing of plastic bags and cups by industries at Baikampady Industrial Area may continue. “They can sell them in other places,” Mr. Gowda says.
The president of Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti, Mangalore, G. Hanumantha Kamath, says the samiti supports the move. But the district administration and the corporation should pursue the issue seriously. The move should not just be an eye-wash.
October 31st, 2012, 07:02 PM
November 2nd, 2012, 07:14 AM
Source bellevision (http://www.bellevision.com/belle/index.php?action=news_diggest&type=2348)
Mr. Kumar said that 92 per cent of work on the underground sewage network and associated facilities taken up with loans from Asian Development Bank (ADB) had been completed in the city. The deadline for completing the work under Karnataka Urban Development and Coastal Environment Management Project (KUDCEMP) was December-end.
The former Mayor M. Shankar Bhat said that the underground water supply line between Kottara and Kottara Chowki had been leaking since last month. The Commissioner said that the only option for it to put a separate pipeline as the road had been concreted. Bids had been invited for the purpose, he added.
November 2nd, 2012, 07:26 AM
Campaign on right to water from today (http://www.deccanherald.com/content/289527/campaign-right-water-today.html)
It is an attempt to awaken the public to take up a fight to safeguard their right to water
Karavali Karnataka Janabhivruddhi Vedike will organise a campaign from November 2 to 4, to bring awareness among the people about the need to protect their right to water.
Addressing media persons on Thursday, Vedike spokesperson T R Bhat said that the awareness campaign has been planned in order to awaken the public to take up a fight to safeguard their right to water, as the city is most likely to face acute shortage of drinking water this summer. “Due to the less rainfall this year, the water inflow in Netravati river has drastically decreased, which would result in water shortage during summer. In addition, more than 40 MLD water is wasted through leakages and unauthorised withdrawals, while the water is supplied from Netravati river to the houses, industries and commercial undertakings in the city,” he said.
Vedike Co-ordinator Vidya Dinker alleged that supplying Netravati water to mega industries in the district would augment the problem during summer. The MRPL which brought High Court order in their favour, arm twisted the district administration and the Mangalore City Corporation in last April, thus seeking the release of water to their requirement even when the city was facing acute drinking water shortage. The MSEZ and MRPL which have sought permission to utilise 10 million gallons of Netravati river water per day, are currently laying pipeline which has the capacity to supply 30 million gallons of water per day.
The move, Vidya Dinker said, clearly indicates that the companies are eyeing on supplying more water in future, in the absence of any mechanism by the district administration to check the water quantity released from the dam. “It is the high time, we should get ourselves prepared to ensure that the public would not meet injustice this summer,” she said.
Giving details about the three-day campaign, she said street plays will be staged as part of the campaign which will kick start on November 2, at MCC premises at 10.30 am. The street plays will be staged in different places including Mannagudda park, Deputy Commissioner’s office, Panmabur beach etc, before concluding at Kadri Park on November 4.
Drinking water crisis looms over Mangalore, warns vedike (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/drinking-water-crisis-looms-over-mangalore-warns-vedike/article4057587.ece)
November 2nd, 2012, 01:23 PM
MOHIT M. RAO
* Plastic bags have some redeeming qualities
“It is a misconception that replacing plastic bags with cloth or paper bags is an “eco-friendly” measure,” N. Lakshman, environment officer, Karnataka State Pollution Control Board, has said.
This claim is buttressed by a report of the Indian Centre for Plastics in the Environment, an “autonomous” national body.
According to the report, while the “finished” cloth and paper bags might be deemed eco-friendly, the manufacture process of these bags is quite damaging to the environment and not all that economical either.
During the manufacturing process of paper bags, a lot of water is consumed, hazardous chemicals are released, and chemical treatment is required as the bags will not withstand the wet conditions in India.
More than 10 trees are required to produce 7,000 newspaper copies (one tonne of paper).
Moreover, chemicals are used while recycling paper, the report states.
Cloth bags are not blemish free either as growing cotton requires intensive use of fertilizers.
Hazardous chemicals such as bleaches and heavy metals are used while processing cotton, it says.
The report also talks about the economic pitfalls of making use of the proposed alternatives. If light-weight plastics are replaced by traditional material such as paper, cloth, jute, metal, it will be a snag as weight of packaging will increase by 300 per cent, volume of waste by 160 per cent, energy requirements by 110 per cent and cost of packaging by 210 per cent.
November 2nd, 2012, 01:32 PM
Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda has said that the district administration will impose fines ranging from Rs. 200 to Rs. 1,000 on those found using plastic carry bags, cups and sheets in Mangalore taluk after November 15.
Mr. Gowda told The Hindu that the district administration is not banning plastic material altogether.
He sought the cooperation of people in tackling the plastic menace, especially in the city and other towns.
He said some self-help groups (SHGs) have come forward to manufacture bags using cloth. The district administration will support such ventures.
What will happen if anyone is found using the prohibited plastic material? “The law will take its course,” said Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar K.
President of Nagarika Hitarakshana Samiti G. Hanumantha Kamath urged the district administration to ban use of plastic spoons in ice cream parlours since they are “not biodegradable”.
November 2nd, 2012, 01:33 PM
‘Ban is a fashion statement and it is not practical at all’
Plastic carry-bag manufacturing industry is in a limbo.
Unit owners are worried about their future as uncertainty shrouds the implementation of ban on plastic carry bags that is to come into force by November 1.
Kanara Small-Scale Industry Association (KSIA) president B.A Nazeer says ban on plastic carry bags is not a part of the State-wide policy and if an order in favour of the ban is issued, the association will go to court against it.
There has been no official notice about the ban. “Ban is a fashion statement and it is not practical at all,” he said.
Ameen, president, Kanara Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KCCI), says that the ban will jeopardise the livelihood of persons working in plastic-bag manufacturing units. Dealers are not buying plastic bags fearing the ban. Manufacturers are not running their units to full capacity and they are contemplating whether they should lay off some workers. If the ban is not enforced, the firing spree will backfire.
There are at least 60 plastic-bag manufacturing units in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts. As many as 5,000 people work in the units and another 10,000, including dealers and traders, depend on them for their livelihood.
“Everybody’s life is at stake, it is not something about which you can decide so quickly,” he says.
He says KCCI has asked the district administration to suggest a substitute for plastic bags. The suggested alternative is a poly product.
“It is not cloth...there is absolutely no substitute for plastic bags. Such a step by the administration (of banning plastic bags) is not good,” he says. Members of KCCI, KSIA and the Yeyyadi Industrial Area Association, and representatives from NGOs and doctors have met political representatives. Everybody, except one doctor, is against the ban.
Yet, the district administration wants to go ahead with the ban, which is not reflective of a democracy, Mr. Ameen says.
Mr. Ameen says KCCI has given 10 machines to the city corporation to ascertain the thickness of plastic bags. However, the machines remain unused for reasons not known.
The former president of KCCI G. Giridhar Prabhu says the regulation on manufacture and sale of plastic bags of less than 40 microns must be strictly enforced.
And fish vendors must be told to refrain from using such bags because law applied to all citizens. Local authorities must address the issue of plastic waste from households.
They must devise a mechanism for waste segregation and give separate bins for waste from homes and commercial places. The waste so collected must be used to generate electricity or should be recycled.
Local civic bodies should devise deterrents for those who throw plastic waste in public places.
November 2nd, 2012, 01:34 PM
Kiran Kumar, president of the Udupi City Municipal Council (CMC), said on Wednesday that the CMC had urged Deputy Commissioner M.T. Reju to give priority to remove silt from the Swarna river near the Baje dam to increase storage of water for supply to Udupi and neighbouring gram panchayats.
Chairing the general body meeting of the CMC here, Mr. Kumar said that since desilting work was not taken up, there was drinking water shortage in the city during May and June. Desilting work could be taken up only from October to December.
He along with CMC Commissioner Gokuldas Nayak had met Mr. Reju. The latter had promised to call a meeting on the issue in two days. Officials of the Department of Mines and Geology were also expected to attend the meeting. “The matter should be resolved in the next three days. If no action is taken, the CMC will have to take a decision on the issue,” he said.
The CMC had decided to organise “Udupi Utsava”, a fair, for the third successive year. The date was yet to be fixed, Mr. Kumar said.
On the implementation of ban on plastic carry bags and garbage disposal by councillor M.R. Pai, Mr. Nayak said that a door-to-door collection of garbage was being done as part of solid waste management. The ban on plastic carry bags and cups had helped a lot. The amount of plastic waste had come down in the city, he said.
Mr. Kumar said that there was an enthusiastic response from the people to the ban. Some people were even informing the CMC about the shops where plastic carry bags were being given to customers. “We will carry out raids on such shops. Udupi will be a completely plastic-free city in the next five months,” he added.
Mohan Upadhya, councillor, said that the CMC should give equal importance to disposal of tender coconut shells. Many petty shopkeepers threw them in the open, he said.
When Amrutha Krishnamurthy, councillor, said that a leakage in the underground drainage chamber was contaminating water in wells in Kinnimulki ward, Mr. Kumar directed the officials to construct a new chamber there.
November 6th, 2012, 09:52 AM
Yogish Bhat boycotts street play for Water Rights (http://thecanaratimes.com/epaper/index.php/archives/19246)
Guys what are the pros and cons of Water privatisation.
I say one thing is that we may have to pay more for water.
Or else the company will be given permission to run water for commercial purpose, i.e sell them in high cost for functions through bottling..
It is union government policy on pressure from World Bank I think.
Water Policy draft favours privatisation of services (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article2820794.ece)
Water PPPs: are they here to stay? (http://www.cseindia.org/userfiles/fullstory_final.pdf)
Water Privatisation in Delhi (http://pd.cpim.org/2012/0902_pd/09022012_6.html)
JNNURM II opens doors for private players - Times Of India (http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2012-07-12/pune/32647291_1_urban-local-bodies-urban-infrastructure-private-sector)
Electricity distribution is now through escoms. Next could be water and other services.
November 10th, 2012, 10:42 AM
'There will be eight packages for the purpose, covering 60 wards’
Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) will launch door-to-door collection of solid waste in the city from December 1, according to its Commissioner Harish Kumar K.
He told The Hindu on Friday that there would be eight packages for handling solid waste in the city covering 60 wards. Contractors for four packages had been selected and for the rest would be selected by November-end, he said.
Mr. Kumar said that segregated bio-degradable and non-degradable waste would be collected at Mannagudda and Court wards. These two would be made model wards for segregation of solid waste. The focus of the civic body in the remaining wards would be on collecting solid waste from doorsteps without segregating them till door-to-door collection stabilised.
The Commissioner said that if the civic body went for segregation of solid waste in all wards from December 1, door-to-door collection might prove a failure. Hence, initially people would be made to get accustomed to it. Later, they would be asked to segregate waste in phases. Once the segregation practice stabilised in Mannagudda and Court wards, it would be extended to neighbouring wards in a phased manner. Solid waste dumping bins in wards would be removed in a phased manner once the door-to-door collection picked up, Mr. Kumar said.
Environment engineer of the corporation Manjunath R. Shetty said that there were 1.9 lakh properties in 60 wards. Of them, about 4,000 were in Mannagudda and Court wards. Each house in the two wards would be given two bins of 10-litre capacity. The green one would be for storing biodegradable waste and the red one for non-degradable waste. Each apartment in the two wards would be given two bins of 150-litre capacity for the purpose. Each ward would be given two pushcarts and a vehicle for collecting solid waste.
Mr. Kumar said that the corporation would spend Rs. 6 lakh on each of the two wards for making segregation of solid waste and door-to-door waste collection a success.
He said that under the renewed eight-package scheme, it was mandatory on the part of contractors to collect solid waste from doorsteps. Earlier, the mandatory part was limited to only 40 per cent.
November 10th, 2012, 11:13 AM
People are highly unlikely to throw away cloth,jute or paper bags every day unlike thin plastics .
November 10th, 2012, 02:10 PM
People are highly unlikely to throw away cloth,jute or paper bags every day unlike thin plastics .
I have about 10-15 such bags which I use for my weekly supermarket shopping(need only 5-6 at atime)bags .These are either made of Jute/mix of Jute and plastic and some are thick plastic. I have been using them for past several years . They are study and withstand wear and tear.
November 10th, 2012, 02:23 PM
MOHIT M. RAO
* These new plastic bags have been widely circulated in the two places where the ban came into effect from September 15.
The ban on the use of plastic carry bags in Moodbidri and Mulky – which came into effect on September 15 – has led to circulation of a form of carry bags which are made of plastic.
These new plastic bags have been widely circulated in the two places where the ban came into effect from September 15. The new carry bags are in different sizes and colours and are priced in the range between Rs. 5 and Rs. 15. While a shopkeeper said the new carry bags were produced from an agent, who gets it from Gujarat, another shopkeeper said they get the bags from a unit in Baikampady.
It too is plastic
A test of the sample by the Central Institute of Plastics Engineering and Technology on the directions of the Karnataka State Pollution Control Board (KSPCB) in September revealed the bag to be made of polypropylene, a recyclable thermoplastic, which though considered to be “low to moderately hazardous” by the Environment Working Group has the danger of leaching out chemicals.
“It is a form of plastic. Its effects are the same as plastics,” said N. Lakshman, Environment Officer, KSPCB. However, he said, that as a “temporary” measure, these bags work well to counter a below 40 microns plastic ban. “Most people tend to throw away plastic carry bags, but, they reuse these polypropylene bags because of their toughness. This way, plastic consumption is reduced, while these thicker bags are easier to pick out in a dump. So till an eco-friendly alternative is found, these bags will do,” said Mr. Lakshman.
The main aim of the bag was for the public to rid its dependence on disposable plastics and instead encourage them to recycle existing products – using boxes or steel containers to collect groceries and food items, making carry bags out of torn clothes or saris, he said.
Agreeing that the new carry bags were made of plastic, Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda said instructions had been given to the Chief Officers of Moodbidri Town Municipal Council (TMC) and the Mulky Town Panchayat to educate people not to use the new carry bags. “Circulation of these new carry bags will be phased out,” he said.
Orders had been placed for cloth bags, which would be circulated in the two places and in other parts of Mangalore taluk, he saded. Moodbidiri TMC Chief Officer Rayappa said each cloth bag would cost Rs. 8 and it would last one year.
Unaware of the presence of plastic in it, people in Moobidri and Mulky had developed liking for the new carry bags that had been widely sold although ones like Abdul Khader, a vegetable seller from Mulky, said they cost more. Since the use of paper had gone up, the rates of old newspapers had gone up to Rs. 12 a kg.
For Abdul Rehman, a resident of Mulky, the ban brought about revival of the old way of shopping — people started baskets for bringing vegetables and groceries.
The ban on the use of plastic carry bags had not made much difference to Ramesh Sanila, the owner of the small eatery – Hotel Raghavendra – off Padmavati Road near Moodbidri Vegetable Market.
Mr. Sanila had stopped use of plastic carry bags for two years now. “Packing food articles in plastic bags is harmful and I decided against its use.” Sanila and his hotel staff have been using plantain leaves and newspaper to wrap vada, dosa, and podis along with chutney. “We give sambar only if the customer brings a steel vessel or a tumbler,” he said. Mr. Sanila said newspaper agents had been regularly providing him with old newspapers.
November 11th, 2012, 12:30 PM
People are highly unlikely to throw away cloth,jute or paper bags every day unlike thin plastics .
yes you are right.
people wil take some time to adjust. but it ll be good for all
November 11th, 2012, 03:43 PM
^^ I have seen a shopkeeper in Udupi was struggling to convince a tourist from south interior Karnataka who was continuously scolding him for not giving a plastic bag.:bash::ohno:
November 14th, 2012, 10:38 AM
Door-to-door solid waste collection in Mangalore from next month (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/doortodoor-solid-waste-collection-in-mangalore-from-next-month/article4084662.ece)
‘There will be eight packages for the purpose, covering 60 wards’
Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) will launch door-to-door collection of solid waste in the city from December 1, according to its Commissioner Harish Kumar K.
He told The Hindu on Friday that there would be eight packages for handling solid waste in the city covering 60 wards. Contractors for four packages had been selected and for the rest would be selected by November-end, he said.
Mr. Kumar said that segregated bio-degradable and non-degradable waste would be collected at Mannagudda and Court wards. These two would be made model wards for segregation of solid waste. The focus of the civic body in the remaining wards would be on collecting solid waste from doorsteps without segregating them till door-to-door collection stabilised.
The Commissioner said that if the civic body went for segregation of solid waste in all wards from December 1, door-to-door collection might prove a failure. Hence, initially people would be made to get accustomed to it. Later, they would be asked to segregate waste in phases. Once the segregation practice stabilised in Mannagudda and Court wards, it would be extended to neighbouring wards in a phased manner. Solid waste dumping bins in wards would be removed in a phased manner once the door-to-door collection picked up, Mr. Kumar said.
Environment engineer of the corporation Manjunath R. Shetty said that there were 1.9 lakh properties in 60 wards. Of them, about 4,000 were in Mannagudda and Court wards. Each house in the two wards would be given two bins of 10-litre capacity. The green one would be for storing biodegradable waste and the red one for non-degradable waste. Each apartment in the two wards would be given two bins of 150-litre capacity for the purpose. Each ward would be given two pushcarts and a vehicle for collecting solid waste.
Mr. Kumar said that the corporation would spend Rs. 6 lakh on each of the two wards for making segregation of solid waste and door-to-door waste collection a success.
He said that under the renewed eight-package scheme, it was mandatory on the part of contractors to collect solid waste from doorsteps. Earlier, the mandatory part was limited to only 40 per cent.
November 15th, 2012, 10:23 AM
MANGALORE: Aggrieved by the leaking underground drainage, damaged roads, lack of street lamps, sign boards and proper mechanism for waste disposal, citizens of Kadri - Shivbagh ward (number 34) in the city staged a unique protest on Monday.
Gerard Towers, a resident of that ward, held a novel protest donning beggar's clothes and went around with a begging bowl to collect money after he failed to get required response from Mangalore City Corporation.
Gerard could collect Rs 2,350, which he said would be spent to put up two sign boards for a road in the ward.
Gerard told TOI that he had decided to hold the protest as a last resort to open the eyes of people's representatives and officials. "We held several protests, met political leaders and submitted memorandums seeking solutions to the problems in the ward. However, all our efforts went in vain. Hence, we thought of holding a begging protest," Gerard said.
The Employees State Insurance Hospital is situated in the ward, but the corporation could not erect a sign board on its road, he said. "We have plans to erect a sign board with information abut the hospital near the main road junction. One more board will be erected near another major road in the ward," he added.
November 15th, 2012, 10:31 AM
Mangalore, Nov 15: With a view to keep the clean city, the district administration together with the Mangalore City Corporation have planned to make the city bin-less. As of now, 3-4 bins are placed every kilometre in the city.
Instead, the authorities have made ready plans for door-to-door waste collection and thereby the waste would see immediate disposal. The bins will be reduced gradually till the city is totally free of them.
Addressing a press conference at his office here on Thursday November 15, deputy commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda told reporters that after the ban on plastic in the district received overwhelming response, the district administration as per the notice issued by the Lok Adalat, will collect waste from door to door from December 1. The waste collected will be disposed off scientifically.
In case the personnel do not collect waste from a house for many days, a helpline will be initiated through which citizens can inform the same, he said.
The move is applicable in the entire district except Moodbidri and Bantwal taluks. The plan will be implemented in 31 villages out of the 203 gram panchayats in DK zilla panchayat limits. The DC reasoned that the bins would have remained if there were only biodegradable wastes; however, in majority of the cases residents throw waste covered with plastic bags. Hence, the onus of segregation of waste lies on authorities.
"Moreover, Pacchanadi dumpyard can sustain for another 15 years, but if plastics is dumped, it may not last even 5 years," he said.
He added that plastic ban was implemented in Delhi in the year 2009 by passing a legislature, while Mumbai saw many seaside areas being inundated due to use of plastic which led to blockage in drainages.
The DC said that a meeting with plastic manufacturers of the city was called earlier in the month of August and the latter promised to stop manufacturing plastic below 40 microns. "However, the promise was not fulfilled and even constant raids conducted by MCC did not yield any fruit. But the response from the general public following the ban is commendable," he lauded.
He also said that under sections 223, 256 and 431 of Municipal Corporation Act, MCC is authorized to ban objects that harm the environment and its commissioner is authorized to levy a fine of Rs 100 on violators. "The district administration also has authority to ban plastics under sections 290 and 291 of the Indian Penal Code and levy a fine of Rs 200 and order imprisonment for repeated offence," he added.
"The people of DK district are law abiding and will not evoke punishment, he said, adding that western countries banned plastic long back.
He said rexine bags are the alternatives to carry fish from the market and each bag costs Rs 25 which could be used for 1 year. "Mangalore will be no-plastic zone and boards indicating this to tourists will be put up in places like railway stations and others," he said.
He added he had held the first round of talk with the MD of DK Milk Federation who assured that other ways of packaging will be introduced to replace plastic packs.
MCC Commissioner Dr Harish Kumar was present at the press meet.
November 15th, 2012, 11:00 AM
Don’t throw plastic waste, Give it to us: MCC, Dist admin appeal (http://www.coastaldigest.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47458:dont-throw-plastic-waste-give-it-to-us-mcc-dist-admin-appeal&catid=57:news-stories&Itemid=68)
Mangalore, November 15: The district administration and Mangalore City Corporation have jointly requested the people to do away with plastic carry bags and cooperate with the MCC in garbage collection in view of the ban on plastic in the city.
Addressing media persons at a press meet at the Deputy Commissioner’s office in Mangalore on Thursday, Dr. Harish Kumar, Commissioner, MCC, said that since the City Corporation is coming forward in terms of door to door garbage collection, people must hand over the garbage as well as plastic waste in houses to the MCC rather than throwing them away on the street.
“We request people to give all their plastic and garbage to us. We will recycle them. Please do not throw them on the street”, he said, while pointing out that separate collection of garbage and plastic from houses will be implemented by the MCC within December 31. Dr. Kumar also said that efforts to reduce bins in the city are also being made since there is a Supreme Court directive that cities should be bin-less.
Dr. N S Chennappa Gowda, Deputy Commissioner, DK, said that people are still disposing off their garbage in plastic bags which should be done away with. “With the proper implementation of segregation of waste and door to door garbage collection, this will decrease. At the moment 60-70% of garbage given by people contains plastic”, he said, while pointing out that it has become difficult for MCC to segregate waste at the compost plant at Pachanady besides stating that the waste tied in plastic bags which does not decompose, affects the quality of compost produced at the plant.
Stating that the ban on plastic has already come into effect from 1st of this month, Mr. Gowda said that 30-40% of plastic usage has come down. Although it was made clear to the plastic manufacturers that production of plastic carry bags below 40 microns is prohibited, it was found during raids that they were still being manufactured and sold. The manufacturers were given 15 days additional time and the deadline has ended today, the Deputy Commissioner said, while informing that from now on, 5 teams will travel across the city in 5 vehicles including 2 home guards and one representative from the MCC to check sale and use of plastic and impose penalties. “They will also warn the public. For the first time, a fine of Rs. 100 would be imposed. If there is continuous occurrence of offence, Section 291 of IPC would be implemented and a higher fine penalty would be imposed. The fines would be levied just to create awareness among the masses and not to burden them”, he said.
Mr. Gowda also said that he has spoken to concerned authorities about looking for an alternative for packaging milk which are currently sold in plastic packets.
November 15th, 2012, 11:34 AM
By Jaideep Shenoy, TNN | Nov 12, 2012, 12.39 PM IST
MANGALORE: The Kanara Small Industries Association (KSIA) has opposed imposition of ban on Plastic Carry bags and Plastic articles in Dakshina Kannada District from November 15. B A Nazeer, president, KSIA said this is a shocking news on the industry in the district where more than 50 small scale industries have made investments with financial assistance from various banks and financial institutions like Karnataka State Financial Corporation.
Besides this a large number of workers, most of whom are women have been employed in the industries with life time facilities like insurance and Provident Fund. Any blanket ban on use of plastic carry bags in the district will not only effects entrepreneurs financially but also financial institutions. A localized ban will not yield any results but will be an injustice the entrepreneurs of Dakshina Kannada district, Nazeer contended.
About more than 5000 people are employed directly and another 10,000 people indirectly in more than 50 units in the district. Total ban on plastic carry bags will affect the massive employment provided by the industry. In this connection it is to be noted that after long deliberations at the national level, the order of Plastic Waste Management Rules 2011 has been submitted to Supreme Court which has Apex Court has accepted.
The Central Government by its order dated February 4, 2011 has already stated that thickness of carry bags should be minimum of 40 microns and clearly defined the role of municipalities and producers of plastic carry bags. Stricter implementation of above rules will definitely address environmental concerns related to plastics. This association has already offered to join hands with the government and district administration to eradicate this menace
The state government must formulate a state policy in this regard instead of local and regional policies for stricter implementation of rules, Nazeer said adding KSIA opposed 'unjustified and illegal raids' by MCC officials on trade establishments and seizure of plastic carry bags and also other bags without giving acknowledgment for the seized goods, thereby creating fear among traders and users. This has ruined the Diwali business of the traders.
KSIA strongly opposes raids on trade establishments since no order has been issued by the district administration. KSIA urged the Chief Minister to intervene immediately and instruct the district administration not to impose ban on carry bags above 40 microns as prescribed in above mentioned rules. They must be given at least one year to study consequences in this regard and plastic manufacturers will adhere to ban on less than 40 microns carry bags.
Interesting to know whether non-plastic bags industry can generate enough jobs for the people who are currently employed with plastic bag industries.
November 16th, 2012, 06:47 AM
source: Vartha Bharathi
November 16th, 2012, 06:48 AM
Interesting to know whether non-plastic bags industry can generate enough jobs for the people who are currently employed with plastic bag industries.
source: Vartha Bharathi
November 16th, 2012, 10:46 AM
Mangalore to go bin-less soon (http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/Mangalore/mangalore-to-go-binless-soon/article4101268.ece)
Officials will crack down on vendors violating the ban on use of plastic carry bags and impose fines on them. Photo: H. S. Manjunath
Five squads have been set up, 5 kg of carry bags seized on Day 1 of the drive
Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Harish Kumar K. announced on Thursday that door-to-door garbage collection would begin in all the wards from December 1. In the case of Mannagudda and Court wards only segregated – biodegradable and non-biodegradable – would be collected.
He pointed out that the corporation was committed to implement door-to-door garbage collection from December. He said Mangalore would gradually become a bin-less city. Mr. Kumar said there was no proposal to provide coloured containers to households for segregating garbage as was being done in some wards of Bangalore. In Bangalore it was being done under the Central funds. Each ward would need Rs. 10 lakh if containers were to be given, he added. Deputy Commissioner N.S. Channappa Gowda said it had been given in writing before the Lok Adalat that door-to-door garbage collection would begin by December.
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Mangalore City Corporation to start door-to-door waste collection from Dec 1 (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Mangalore-City-Corporation-to-start-door-to-door-waste-collection-from-Dec-1/articleshow/17273985.cms)
MANGALORE: Taking a cue from the garbage mess that Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is facing, Mangalore City Corporation (MCC) will launch a door-to-door collection of solid waste from December 1.
The city corporation authorities expect that eight packages for handling solid waste in the city covering 60 wards will stabilize within a month. MCC has selected contractors for four packages and will do so for the rest by the end of this month.
A four pronged strategy such as segregation of waste at source in two wards, door-to-door collection in remaining 58 wards, their transportation to the landfill site from secondary collection points and collection of bulk canteen/hotel waste - vegetarian and non-vegetarian separately- form part of this strategy. MCC has invited separate tenders for handling bulk canteen waste and will employ six and three vehicles respectively for two types of waste.
Segregation of bio-degradable and non-degradable waste will be undertaken at Mannagudda and Court wards, K Harish Kumar, commissioner told TOI. The initial focus will be to ensure due segregation at source in these wards and then extend it to remaining wards. An attempt to roll out segregation in all wards at once might result in its failure. Organic waste of these two wards after segregation will be sent to the bio-gas plant in Urwa.
Until such time that people in the remaining wards got used to segregation, the waste collected in door-to-door drive and taken to secondary transportation point, will be segregated broadly into two categories in the lorries used to transport them to land fill site at Pachchanady. The lorries will have two compartments, where one will be filled with inert and the other with organic waste, said Manjunath R Shetty, environment engineer of the civic body.
With emphasis on primary collection of waste at source and their transportation to the secondary transportation point, the number of waste bins at secondary point too will come down, he said adding that such bins will be made inaccessible for people. "Otherwise, the whole effort will go waste," he said.
"They will be so placed that it is economical for lorries deployed by the contractors to collect them easily and transport them to the landfill site," he added.
Wise waste management
Each house in two wards will be given two bins of 10-litre capacity. Green bin is for storing biodegradable waste and red bin for non-degradable waste. Each apartment in the two wards will be given two bins of 150-litre capacity for the purpose. They will also be given two pushcarts and a vehicle for collecting solid waste. MCC will spend Rs 6 lakh on each of the two wards for making segregation of solid waste and door-to-door waste collection a success.
November 23rd, 2012, 05:01 AM
Mangalore, Nov 20, 2012, DHNS:
Indiscipline among users has forced the district administration to ban plastic, said Mangalore City Corporation Commissioner Dr Harish Kumar.
He was the resource person for the awareness programme, 'Plastic-free City and students’ contribution,’ organised by Information Department in association with St Aloysius College in Mangalore on Tuesday.
Plastic has become an integral part of our lives. It has many positive qualities such as it is light weight, transparent, water-proof, has good bearing capacity, does not allow microbial growth and is cheap. This makes it popular among users and one may not find a substitute to it, opined the Commissioner.
However, the problem arises while disposing it. When one burns plastic, it emits poisonous gases which is hazardous to nature. If one buries it, it does not degrade and has a lifespan of 1000 years. There are chances of chemicals used in making plastic getting mixed up in food chain causing irreversible health problems.
Animals die by choking on plastic. It's careless disposal makes the city look dirty. "When we weighed the pros and cons of plastic, we found negative attributes more. Hence, there was a need to ban plastic," he added.
An Indian uses 17 gm of plastic everyday on an average and 1 kg every year. However, it is difficult to manage waste in our country as people do not bifurcate it. "Plastic is mixed in all categories of waste. Segregation is very difficult. Out of the total waste generated in the City, ten per cent accounts for plastic. People are showing a negligent attitude. In spite of plastic below 40 micron was banned, people are still using it. Hence, these reasons made the district administration ban plastic," he said.
Stating that the present landfill site at Pachanady is designed to collect waste till 2030, he said that the pace in which plastic is being used may result in filling the site within next 10 years. Waste from different parts of the district like Sullia and Bantwal too is dumped at Pachanady, he rued.
He also said that the Mangalore City Corporation would start door-to-door collection of waste from December 1 in Mangalore City.
The awareness programme was inaugurated by students Soujanya Balnad, Sanath Kumeri and Sharath Balnad from Puttur Balbhavan by painting a picture.
Speaking on the occasion, Deputy Commissioner Dr N S Channappa Gowda urged people to join hands with district administration in eradicating the plastic menace. "Plastic is poisonous to our planet. We should fulfill our duty as responsible citizens in protecting our nature for a greener tomorrow," he said.
"We tend to use and abuse things for our immediate gratification. Plastic was one such item, which has become a menace due to its overuse and careless disposal. Our ancestors passed a green and clean planet to us and we need to do the same for the future generation" said St Aloysius College Principal Rev Swebert D'Silva SJ.
Information Department Senior Assistant Director Rohini K, Registrar Prof A M Narahari, Vice Principals Prof John D’Silva and Judy Pinto among others were present.
November 24th, 2012, 12:49 PM
Mangalore: I am not quite sure whether God answered the prayers of the residents of "Souza Lane" (near Kadri Pumpwell, Opposite Natural Icecream/ adjacent to Karnataka Bank Kadri branch) or the MCC officials saw my grievance article "Walking down the MCC misery lane, where residents life is in jitters" which was published on this website on November 18, 2012 - whatever it could be, Souza Lane which was once in a pathetic and miserable state has been restored with a brand new look, with the dilapidated path replaced with interlock bricks. Thank you God ! Thank You MCC team, contractor and laborers !
Nearly three weeks back, the workers under the MCC orders had started to dig the whole stretch of Souza Lane and also the lane connecting to it. After they had dug and messed up the lanes, they were gone without any further work being taken up.The residents and visitors walking on this lane being a agitated lot were left in jitters. This dilapidated lane had left the residents wondering where the priorities of the MCC authorities was lying, and also the residents were keeping their fingers crossed as to when the lane will be fixed . Needless to say that the tall claims of the authorities prove hollow as the residents continue to suffer - the lane was in dire need of repair and needed to be fixed soon before any untoward incidents occur.
The lane was so pathetic, that older folks had hard times walking alone because of the rough conditions of the path. Since the surface of the lane was not smooth, it also made two-wheelers to easily slip and lose balance ( not to mention the wear and tear) - so all the residents owning two-wheelers had opted for different mode of travel, just to avoid the risk by not taking a ride on this broken and dilapidated lane. Looking at the unbearable conditions of the lane I decided to draft a grievance article and posted it on mangalorean.com.
Wow ! Seemed like a miracle - the day after the article was published, I saw a truck load of interlock bricks being unloaded at the end of the Souza Lane, and the work started the next day, and believe it or not, the whole stretch of the lane was brick-laid and completed within four days. I really compliment the " Shimoga group of labourers" for their speedy and dedicated work in finishing the task so quick. These Shimoga guys rock ! Seeing them toiling in the blazing sun. I kept them from getting dehydrated by providing them ice-water, and bananas? In appreciation for a good job done, I also treated them with a lunch at a nearby restaurant. It feels great to appreciate and commend someone who does a marvelous and sincere job.
Once again, as a resident of "Souza lane" and also on behalf of the other residents here, I would like to sincerely thank God, MCC and everyone who was responsible for the restoration of "Souza Lane". I guess sometimes " Complaints do work and bring positive results ?".
November 27th, 2012, 07:07 AM
source: Deccan Herald
November 30th, 2012, 07:17 AM
Two-day meet on hospital waste management starts tomorrow (http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mangalore/Two-day-meet-on-hospital-waste-management-starts-tomorrow/articleshow/17424851.cms)
MANGALORE: Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya University will organize the 12th annual conference of Indian Society of Hospital Waste Management (ISHWM) `ISHWMCON 2012' at Deralakatte, Mangalore on December 1 and 2.
Dr Ghulam Jeelani Qadiri, organizing chairman and Dr Sunita Saldanha, organizing secretary, stated the conference will attempt to facilitate discussions on critical issues and challenges in hospital waste management.
They said the conference with the theme 'Healthcare waste management - moving towards sustainable solutions' will provide an opportunity for exchange of information among different stakeholders - government, scientific community, hospitals, NGOs, medical fraternity, managers, health planners, international donors and policy makers.
They observed that hospital waste management is receiving a lot of attention in the recent past because of growing evidence of rise in incidences of Hepatitis B, C and HIV/AIDS as a result of mismanagement of hospital waste especially used syringes and needles.
The outcome of the conference will promote better management of healthcare waste through convergence of resources of different stakeholders by way of information exchange, networking, building alliances, collaboration and capacity buildings.
The conference will be attended by representatives from WHO-Serao, New Delhi apart from about 300 participants from several state and central government organizations, members of defense and railways, academicians, researchers, district nodal officers of healthcare waste management and members from Nepal will also be participating.
Yenepoya Abdulla Kunhi, chancellor, Yenepoya University will inaugurate the conference. P Chandramohan, vice-chancellor, Yenepoya University, Payden from WHO-Searo, Dr Ramteke, director general, Indian Railways and Dr C Shivaram from MSR Medical College, Bangalore will be present at the two-day event.