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Industries, business houses, hotels and other commercial establishments have shown interest in the endeavour
If everything goes as planned by the Mysuru City Corporation (MCC), more parks and circles in Mysuru may soon become the talk of the town.
The MCC has proposed to draw funds available with industries under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) for developing parks and circles with the aim of enhancing the beauty of the city and giving more lung spaces to its residents. Industries, business houses, hotels and other commercial establishments have already evinced interest in developing circles and parks, and approached the MCC.
“While it is not that the MCC could not develop them, we wanted the community to contribute towards the development of the city. Parks that are closer to star hotels have drawn the attention of the managements for adopting them for development and maintenance,” said MCC Commissioner K.H. Jagadish.
He told The Hindu that the MCC has over 300 bigger and smaller parks under its limits and a few of them had been developed by the MCC using its funds.
The park in Nivedithanagar has become a ‘model’ for park development and has been drawing visitors even from neighbouring localities.
The commissioner said, “The MCC is in talks with those who had already come forward to develop parks and circles. If others also wish to contribute (subject to conditions laid down by the MCC), we would like to engage then in the process of development.”
A proposal has come to the MCC for beautifying Fountain Circle. Likewise, another corporate entity has come forward to develop the Millennium Circle in Bannimantap, the commissioner said.
If not all parks can be developed, at least a few of them can be developed whose maintenance can be looked after by the private players complying with the MCC’s conditions.
“Their effort will enhance their public image too,” he observed.
Mysuru will be the first to have this modern hi-tech unit in State near Kuppaluru
Mysuru: The Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) that has been facing an uphill task of clearing thousands of tonnes of wet waste, dry waste, construction and excavation debris generated daily in city will soon be able to ease its burden by setting up the most advanced C&D (Construction and Demolition) Waste Recycling Plant near Kuppaluru village on the city outskirts soon.
And if all goes well as per plans, Mysuru will be the first city in Karnataka after a few Indian Metropolitan cities to have this plant.
Speaking to Star of Mysore, MCC Commissioner K.H. Jagadeesha said that the city will get this plant with zero investment by having an understanding with Mumbai-based IL&FS Environmental Infrastructure Services Limited (IL&FS EISL) which has good reputation in handling construction and demolition waste.
IL&FS EISL has set up such plants in New Delhi and other parts of the country, successfully operated and handled a large volume of construction and demolition waste. It has also been appreciated by the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change besides Pollution Control Boards for efficiently recycling construction waste.
The plant will convert construction waste into ready-mix concrete, cement bricks, hollow bricks, pavement blocks, kerb stones, concrete bricks and M-Sand
He said that MCC had discussions with IL&FS EISL and it has agreed to set up this plant at 5.5 acres of land near Kuppaluru village. The agency will set up this plant purely on Private-Public Partnership (PPP model). Except land, MCC will not invest any money and the agency will manage the plant on BOOT (Build, Own, Operate and Transfer) model.
IL&FS EISL had asked the MCC to fund the transportation charges of construction, demolition and excavated material from the starting to end point at Kuppaluru. However, the MCC is negotiating over this issue of transportation charges, he added.
Jagadeesha said that the MCC had already sent the proposal for establishment of C&D plant to the State Government seeking its approval and it will ink the deal with IL&FS EISL once the government gives its approval.
He said that the city has a population of more than 18 lakh and there are more than two lakh houses spread over 65 wards of City Corporation limits. The MCC has been receiving flak from public, environmentalists, residents and other stakeholders over the issue of handling construction waste as people indiscriminately dump construction, demolition and excavation debris in parks, on roadsides and vacant lands.
The city has been developing rapidly in the recent years due to its close proximity to capital city of Bengaluru and is attracting people due to serene atmosphere, producing thousands of tonnes of C&D waste. C&D Recycling Technology converts C&D waste into an acceptable quality product for reuse, Jagadeesha said.
The plant will convert C&D waste into ready-mix concrete, cement bricks, hollow bricks, pavement blocks, kerb stones, concrete bricks and M-Sand thereby reducing the consumption of fresh stones and sand and at the same time mitigating the damage caused to environment.
Moreover, these recycled concrete blocks from the plant can be used for the construction purposes. The C&D plant has obtained certifications from International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Occupational Health and Safety Assessment (OHSAS) and Social Accountability (SA). The Union Ministry of Urban Development has also appreciated the plant for reducing the burden on landfills and providing employment opportunities to the locals, Jagadeesha said.
The MCC Commissioner has also said that dumping of such waste on land was also causing shortage of dumping places and moreover, improper disposal of such waste is choking storm water drains and polluting areas.
Launches ‘My Clean City’ mobile application
Mysuru City Corporation (MCC) has launched an Android-based mobile application – My Clean City – to bring the corporation and the citizens of Mysuru closer to address problems with regard to the services and facilities faced in the city.
The app is available on Playstore. Citizens can directly navigate to the application by visiting www.mymcc.co.in
With the launch, MCC has joined the list of several Indian cities whose municipal bodies have taken the app-route for an interface with residents on their grievances and rapid addressing of the same.
“Unlike mobile applications available for roads and environment management by various municipal authorities, My Clean City is embedded with many features and top-notch technology that acts in real time,” claim the developers.
MCC Commissioner K.H. Jagadish told The Hindu that they took the app-route to understand the city better and address problems such as bad roads, footpath encroachment, damaged water lines and others, through citizens who can share the problems in their wards using the application.
He said citizens can lodge complaints about the problems related to roads like potholes; damaged or unmanaged street lights; damaged sewage pipes; damaged waterlines; dumping of solid wastes; thefts of road assets; footpath encroachment, uncleared animal carcasses etc., in real time and mark the same on Google Maps on the app for easy access by concerned authorites.
With the help of the all-in-one mobile application, citizens can access details about roads maintained by the MCC. Citizens can also get important location details shared by the MCC such as e-toilets, zonal offices etc.; and get driving assistance from Google, said Naveen from Future Design Technologies, that developed the app.
Mr. Naveen said, via a release here, that citizens can get details on complaints assigned to the authority, solved and pending cases. “App users will automatically get notifications as soon the problem is solved. A user can inspect the solved problem and give a rating on the work. A user can also reopen the issue if not satisfied with the work,” he said.
With help of accurate geo fencing facility (which is being done) available in the backend of the app, the MCC will receive the complaints which fall only within their working area. Thus, it doesn’t have problems currently faced by other apps.
Citizens will also get important information about councillors, standing committees, and key contacts of MCC officials.