Civic Headlines Today

July 18, 2019

Saving each drop at home not the key to water conservation’: IIT Hyderabad researchers

The idea of water conservation in cities is often limited to reducing usage in houses and workplaces, by using less water in the bathroom or by repairing leaking taps. However, there is still a lot of water we use indirectly, on a daily basis, which needs to be conserved if any long-term positive impact is to be made on water resources.

The magnitude of this indirect water consumption can be as much as 96 per cent of our daily usage, according to a study titled ‘Quantifying the water footprint of an urban agglomeration in developing economy’ by researchers from IIT Hyderabad’s Water Resources Division.

The researchers studied the water footprint of people living in the Hyderabad Metropolitan region, considering the water they used directly and indirectly under four categories — food consumption, fossil-fuels-based energy, electric power, and direct water. The water footprint of the Hyderabad Metropolitan region under these four categories was as much as 2,852 litres per capita per day (LPCD), they found.

Of this, a massive 96 per cent was through indirect usage — 70 per cent through food consumption (1,986 LPCD), 25 per cent by electric power and 1 per cent by fossil-fuels-based energy. The direct usage of water was just 4 per cent, amounting to 121 LPCD.

Source: The New Indian Express

Hyderabad has enough drinking water, Water Board chief assures

Hyderabad does not face the threat of running dry like Chennai or other metros in the country, Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board chief M Dana Kishore insisted speaking to the media on Wednesday.

The Yellampally Barrage and the Nagarjuna Sagar reservoir both are capable to meet the city’s water requirements throughout the year and there was nothing to worry about, he added.

The civic body chief’s assurances follow recent reports that the twin-cities had just enough drinking water to last 41 days leading to panic in many areas of the city resulting in curtailed water supply and emergency water management measures in various apartment and residential complexes across.

While the city’s needs totals up to 420 million gallons per day (MGD), water to the tune of 172 MGD was being drawn from the Godavari at Yellampally Barrage and another 270 MGD from the Krishna at Nagarjuna Sagar.

Further, with Yellampally set to receive its full capacity waters (20 TMC) from the Kaleshwaram lift scheme soon, the carryover flows to the tune of 160 TMC will be utilised for Hyderabad’s drinking water needs by August or September, he added.

Source: Telangana Today, The Hindu

Free dust bins for street vendors

In a bid to restrict littering on streets, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) will supply free dustbins to street vendors who are estimated to be around 30,000 in the city.

These vendors were throwing wastage on the roads, sanitary conditions in the vicinity were turning out to be poor. With this, GHMC has been carrying out a special drive across the city for the last five days to ensure every street vendor kept a dustbin at their stalls. In addition, officials have been creating awareness on dustbins to shopkeepers and largescale establishments.

Source: Telangana Today

Bangalore civic authority to wield the stick, To impose Rs5k-10K fines for wrong parking in busy areas

Taking a leaf out of Mumbai’s books, the Bengaluru Traffic Police (BTP) has asked the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to impose heavy fine on those who park vehicles in the ‘No Parking zone’. The BTP seeks to follow the Mumbai model by illegal parking on roads near public parking lots in corporation limits. BBMP officials are currently going through the rules and regulations passed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in 2017. The circular sent by the BTP to the civic body recommends heavy fine in the range of Rs 5,000 to Rs 10,000. Mumbai rules also recommend heavy late fee for delay in paying up.

Source: The Deccan Herald

No one owns the fallen building in Mumbai

A dispute between the trustees, tenants and owners of the Kesarbai building that caved in on Tuesday in Mumbai killing 12 people, was the reason for the redevelopment of the diplapidated building, reports the Deccan Herald.  Confusion also prevailed on the exact ownership of the building which also seems to be illegal.

In Mumbai, there are 499 buildings declared dilapidated and dangerous by the BMC and 24 by MHADA. The name of the century-old building does not figure in the list of either BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) or Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority (MHADA).

The building was proposed for redevelopment but the developer had issues with the owners/trust. Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis admitted that MHADA has issued orders of redevelopment, and why it was not carried out will be looked into.

Source: Deccan Herald

‘Imposing fine on water tankers not enough, confiscate properties’, Madras HC

The Madras High Court on Wednesday made it clear that the police as well as revenue officials cannot let go the private water tanker lorries, which transport illegally extracted groundwater from suburban localities to Chennai city, by merely imposing fines on the lorry drivers and owners.

Stating that the payment of fine amounts to admission of the offence, the court insisted upon seizure of all properties related to the crime.

A Division Bench of Justices S. Manikumar and Subramonium Prasad said: “We come across cases where vehicles seized are released on payment of fine. Once the offender has paid the fine, it implies that commission of offence is admitted. As per Section 12-A of the Chennai Metropolitan Area Ground Water (Regulation) Act of 1987, the vehicles and the apparatus used should be confiscated after following due process of law.”

Source: The Hindu

Delhi government plans to put a cap on number of guests at weddings

Delhi’s urban development minister Satyendar Jain on Wednesday said the government has finalised a draft policy to cap the number of guests at social functions in order to reduce traffic congestion along the borders of the national Capital. He, however, clarified that the guidelines will not cover all banquet halls and wedding venues across the city.

“The final draft has been prepared and the rules will be implemented only in farmhouses, motels and Low Density Residential Areas (LDRAs) located primarily in Outer Delhi. The most important aspect of the policy is that the maximum number of guests at weddings will depend on the parking space available at the venue. We are hoping this will help in reducing traffic bottlenecks that are created due to unauthorised parking at social functions as roadside parking will be banned,” said Jain.

Farmhouses, banquet halls and wedding venues in areas like Chhatarpur, along the GT Karnal Road and Tikri Border will come under these rules. The draft policy was finalised after chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took a review meeting of the same on Tuesday.

Source: The Hindustan Times