Now, KMC to collect garbage four times a day

From August 15, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will introduce the system of collecting garbage during the evenings too. This will be a major step towards better solid waste management in the city.

With this routine in place, daily garbage collection will increase from three times to four.

KMC will set up three groups of people for each borough, who will keep an eye on garbage accumulation from 12 noon till 9 pm. Each group will have a supervisor. The groups will inform the Solid Waste Management Department of the corporation at which places garbage has accumulated and from where KMC’s vehicles may collect the same from.

Waste amounting to 4,500 metric tonnes is generated per day in Kolkata, which the KMC handles, while the total municipal waste generation in Bengal stands at 14,000 metric tonne per day.

The Bengal Government’s Solid Waste Management Rules 2016 categorises solid waste into six broad categories – industrial hazardous waste, healthcare or biomedical waste, solid waste (waste from houses, schools, offices, etc.), plastic waste, electronic or e-waste and construction or demolition waste. The Government is working upon classifying solid waste under three subcategories – biodegradable waste, recyclable waste and inert waste.

Source: Millennium Post

WB Govt organises three-phased Chhatro-Yuva Utsav

The Youth Services Dept of the West Bengal Government is organising the Chhatro-Yuva Utsav like every year. Conceptualized by the West Bengal Chief Minister Ms Mamata Banerjee, the student-youth festival received tremendous impulse even from the remote areas of Jangalmahal.

Competitions and different cultural activities will be held at three levels: blocks and boroughs, district and state level.

The three phased festival that kicked off on December 10, 2015 will first be held at block/ municipality/ corporation/ notified area and borough level, till December 15, 2015.

From December 20-23, the competitions will be held at district level and from January 2-4, 2016, competitions will be held at state level.

Parks in Kolkata get a new look, courtesy KMC

This is the first time that any Chief Minister has thought about a green Kolkata, a beautiful Kolkata. As a result of the special interest shown by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, beautification of parks and gardens have got equal importance as any other work, like drainage, garbage clearance, roads and street lighting.

The construction and maintenance of squares, roadside gardens and median strips, and the riverfront beautification of Ganga – these comprise the biggest contributions of KMC to the city.

In 2010, Mamata Banerjee conceived the idea of Ganga Riverfront beautification. As a result, the 5 km stretch along the banks of river Ganga has been beautified, and barges, cranes and payloaders are now used during immersions of idols. For trimming trees, each Borough has been allotted a hydraulic ladder.

CCTV cameras have been installed at Elliot Park on a pilot basis for the security of the park visitors as well as for the proper maintenance of the park. 3000 CCTV cameras are going to be set up in the 144 wards across Kolkata.

Another major initiative has been the use of solar energy to light up street lamps in Deshapriya Park. This is a first in Kolkata which would reduce the usage of electricity and would also lead to reduction in carbon emission in the atmosphere.

The Goalz Project, a joint venture amongst the British Council, Kolkata Police and Kolkata Municipal Corporation, is running football training centres in Kolkata. A swimming pool of international standards and a sports training centre has been constructed at Deshbandhu Park. The work of the Department of Parks and Squares, Kolkata Municipal Corporation has made the citizens proud of their city.