Bangalore garbage finds dumping place in Mandur: Civic body promises better infrastructure projects in exchange - Roundup of the week’s news (March 4- March 10, 2013)

Roundup of the week’s news (March 4- March 10, 2013)

Bangalore garbage finds dumping place in Mandur: Civic body promises better infrastructure projects for communities living there

With the communities living around the Mandur landfill agreeing to allow the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to continue dumping of garbage, the civic body is taking action to meet the assurances made to the citizens by taking up various infrastructure development activities. Rs. 1 crore for has been released for providing drinking water facilities and improved road infrastructure.

Maharashtra continues to be in the grip of drought

Central areas of Maharashtra state, face a water shortage worse than the severe drought in 1972, says the state’s chief minister. However villagers in Hiware Bazar turn water warriors, tackle drought with rainwater harvesting and show how such a situation can be avoided. In other parts of the state, with the groundwater plummeting, farmers spend a fortune on borewells. Even though Maharashtra is one of the first states to have regulated its groundwater resources, brazen extraction of groundwell water continues unabated.

Innovative farmer uses bicycle for irrigation

A villager from Maharashtra designs an implement from bicycle parts for marginal farmers to execute functions carried out by bullocks or tractors. His portable device called ‘ Krishiraj’ was built out of frustration of small farmers like himself, who are unable to afford oxen and bullocks.

Carbon credits for Okhla plant

South Delhi Municipal corporation’s composting plant in Okhla, Delhi is the first in the country to get carbon credits. Two lakh tonnes of waste has been processed since 2008, with the quantity to be increased in the near future.

Protecting women’s basic health

A sanitary pad manufacturing unit in Mount Carmel College, Tamil Nadu, started as a community development project, has brought about a change in the lives of hundreds of girls. These are manufactured on a no loss no profit basis, helping young girls continue their education uninterrupted.

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