Government to build construction-waste management units

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is going to set up construction-waste management units. The first two such units will come up at Patharghata near Rajarhat and Dhapa dumping ground. Construction wastes from 23 wards of KMC, Bidhannagar, Nabadiganta and some area of KMDA will be recycled at Patharghata. The unit at Dhapa will cater to the rest of the city.

The Mayor-in-Council in-charge of Solid Waste Management Department said that tenders have been invited for the proposed units. Kolkata does not have a separate system of construction waste processing, hence, construction wastes are being dumped with other wastes. So, the KMC is setting up these units.

KMC is taking advice from Central Glass and Ceramic Research Institute and Indian Road Congress regarding ways to reuse the construction-waste for the construction of new roads. This will lead to reduction in pollution as well.

KMC introduces drone to aid anti-dengue drive

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has started using an advanced drone technology for capturing footage, collecting water samples for test and spraying larvicide to destroy the breeding grounds of mosquitoes.

There are vacant lands, abandoned factories and locked houses that cannot be accessed by KMC teams involved in vector control. This modern drone technology will be used for drives in these areas.

The drone will be able to capture footage of the place, pick accumulated water samples so that it can be examined and accordingly larvicide will be spread for destroying mosquito larvae.

The drone has been named Vinash and it will be capable of flying at a height of 200 feet above the ground. The demonstration was carried out at the roof of the KMC building in S N Banerjee Road and larvicide was spread on the roof of the Futnani Chamber building just opposite KMC.

Vinash is fitted with four nozzles and will be used to destroy larvae in canals, ponds and other waterbodies. It can fly for 10 minutes, during which it can empty 16 litres of larvicide.

It may be mentioned, The state Health department has disbursed a fund of nearly Rs 9 lakh to various hospitals and medical colleges across to State to conduct anti-dengue drives and maintain cleanliness in and around the premises.

Green City Mission: Smart LED street lamps being installed in municipalities

The State Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department has started installing power-saving LED streetlights in municipalities across the State as part of the Government’s Green City Mission. The Department has tied up with a reputed private company to instal the streetlights.

As a first step, the Minister in charge recently announced that around one lakh LED streetlights will be installed in the areas under Kolkata Municipal Corporation and Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation. He said that this was another milestone towards achieving an energy-efficient State.

Approximately 60,000 LED lights are being installed in Bankura, Beldanga, Budge Budge, Khardah and Durgapur.

The lights will reduce carbon emissions by 8,500 metric tonnes and will save 12.2 million units of electricity annually. Citizens will also get better service as the maintenance will be through centralised control and monitoring system (CCMS) technology, which will be provided by the private vendor.

Source: Millennium Post


KM C to launch drive against vector-borne diseases from Feb 21

From February 21, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start a drive against vector-borne diseases like malaria and dengue. It will continue till June.

The Health Department of the civic body has made a detailed list of the disease-prone areas in its jurisdiction, which comprises 144 wards. The drive will be conducted in the dry season so that outbreaks can be prevented during the monsoon.

Besides the Health Department, officials of the Solid Waste Management, Engineering, Project Management Unit and Building Departments, and the State Public Health Engineering Department, will take part in the drive.

Source: The Statesman

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Pollution-control measures during Durga Puja immersion

To prevent pollution of river water, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to set up a boundary with nylon nets around certain zones along the Hooghly river where immersions of Durga idols would take place.

The nets would prevent the idols and decorations from floating away, which would then be picked up by cranes employed by the KMC.

This technique will be used at the immersion points of Baje Kadamtala Ghat, Judges Court Ghat and Nimtala Ghat. The first one is where most of the big Pujas conduct their immersions.

Source: Aajkaal

Now, free umbrellas for school students

After uniforms and shoes, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has now decided to give umbrellas and raincoats to school students.

The decision would be of great help as poor students, many of whom study in the KMC schools, cannot afford umbrellas of their own, and so often have to miss classes during the rainy season. Umbrellas would be of help during the hot summer months too.

According to the head of the Education Department of the civic body, more than 35,000 students would be getting the umbrellas.


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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

KMC inducts 5 mobile medical units

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) inducted five mobile medical units recently with the aim of ensuring the reach of healthcare facilities to even the remotest corners of the city. Sixty wards have been identified which would be serviced by these mobile facilities.

The mobile medical units will have all the facilities of the KMC’s health units, and will be equipped with a doctor, a pharmacist, a laboratory technician, a pathologist and a driver-cum-helper. They will cater to both communicable and non-communicable diseases.

Along with mobile healthcare facilities, the corporation also inaugurated advanced pathological tests at its health units. The tests will include blood tests to detect kidney-related ailments, liver function tests and cholesterol tests. Also, importantly, these expensive tests will be done for free.

Six such centres for advanced tests have been opened, for ward numbers 11, 36, 62, 57, 96 and 132. These centres will soon be opened at the KMC’s 15 dengue detection centres too.

Source: Millennium Post

KMC to introduce computers in its schools

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will soon introduce computer education in its schools. The syllabus in this regard has already been prepared by the Education Department of the civic body.

The Member Mayor-in-Council (MMiC) Education said that the syllabus has been framed in accordance with the computer syllabus of the State primary schools that are run by the West Bengal Board of Primary Education. Also, the syllabus has been prepared in three languages: Hindi, Bengali and English.

The KMC plans to start computer education in nearly 50 schools at first and then proceed further.

 Source: Millennium Post

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KMC adopts new policy of tree plantation

Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has adopted a new policy on tree plantation. As part of the policy, trees which do not get uprooted easily during storms would be planted across Kolkata, which include fruit-bearing trees, flower-bearing trees as well as woody trees.

Trees having this specific quality are already present in many places. With the help of this new policy, though, many more such trees would be planted.

According to the new policy, the civic body’s Parks Department will plant arjun, chhatim, bakul, jarul and mahogany, which need comparatively less space too, as well as fruit-bearing trees like mango, jamun, guava, litchi and jamrul, which also help counter pollution.

As part of new tree plantation policy too, in order to conserve Kolkata’s green cover, KMC will be distributing saplings to the citizens for free. The saplings will be sourced from the many nurseries that KMC runs. Any citizen who has enough land in and around the house can approach their concerned borough office and collect saplings.

Source: The Times of India

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