Swachh Delhi App turns out to be a hit
Delhi's sanitation drive which took place from November 22-30 following the launch of Swachh Delhi App has turned out to be huge success for the Government. The Urban Development Ministry has informed that nearly 37,144 genuine complaints were registered through the App, out which 66% had been completed. Also, during the drive PWD had lifted 8,000 metric tonnes of malba. Though the drive had been stopped, but the App will continue to operate.
200 more bio-toilets to be fitted in trains by the end of this financial year
The South Central Railway is all set to install 200 bio-toilets in trains by the end of the current financial year. So far, nearly 19,500 such toilets have been installed in about 7,000 coaches of over 300 trains. The environment-friendly bio-toilets have been jointly developed by Indian Railways and the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and converts the human waste into water and bio-gases.
Toilets at home a must to contest polls in Maharashtra
The State Cabinet has made toilet at home a mandatory requisite for any local body representative contesting elections to civic bodies at municipal corporation, council, district council, and grampanchayat levels. The aim behind this move is to achieve open defecation-free towns and villages under the Swaccha Bharat Mission. The Cabinet will soon be amending the Mumbai Municipal Corporations' Act, and Maharashtra local self government bodies' Act to this effect.
Bengaluru to fill its quarry pits with garbage
Karnataka Government has decided to dump waste in abandoned stone quarry pits as a temporary measure to the garbage menace. Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had turned two such quarry pits, however, they were closed due to intensive protests by locals. As a permanent solution to the waste management , the Government is planning to set up a 600-tonne waste-to-energy plant in the city, for which an agreement with a Netherland company has already been signed.
NGT gets strict towards use of plastic material in Chandigarh
The National Green Tribunal has ordered to impose a fine of Rs 5,000 on those found storing, purchasing, dealing with or distributing plastic material in Chandigarh. The decision has come following a petition filed for seeking immediate steps for waste management system and garbage disposal in the city. The Chandigarh Pollution Control Committee (CPCC) would be responsible for implementation of these directions and has been ordered to ensure that no use of plastic bags, plates or glasses be made in the city.
This is a roundup of sanitation related news published between December 1 and 6, 2015