Lucknow to sport more public toilets soon

Seetha Gopalakrishnan
Monday, May 16, 2016 - 08:27
Lucknow district administration to construct 97 public toilet complexes
Taking cognizance of the issue of insufficient public toilets in Lucknow, the administration has decided to construct 97 public toilet complexes across the city. 38 new complexes will first become functional within the next six months. Media reports reveal that the city has just 1,200 public toilet seats for a population of almost 30 lakh, with most of the existing ones in a deplorable state. Apart from constructing new toilet seats, the administration will now focus on maintaining existing ones as well.
 
Pune Corporation asked to amend rules regarding waste processing plants in residential projects
Maharshtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has urged the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) to amend its development control rules making waste processing plants mandatory for new residential projects. It has been agreed that decentralising waste processing is the best way to deal with garbage effectively and towards that end, the PMC has agreed to set up several small waste processing plants across the city.
 
Bihar to build over 7.5 lakh toilets in the next four years to achieve its swachh goals
The Bihar government will construct 7,52,863 individual household toilets over the next four years across the state to fulfil its commitment towards wholesome sanitation and the Swachh Bharat Mission. 2016-17 will witness the construction of around 3 lakh toilets. A central subsidy of Rs 4,000 will be supplemented by the state contribution of Rs 8,000 for every toilet built.
 
Bengaluru's Ulsoor Lake suffers another bout of fish kill
The Ulsoor lake suffered another large scale fish kill on May 9 where thousands of dead fish were found floating along the lake fringes. The event is just separated by a month from the massive fishkill that killed thousands more in late March. BBMP officials blame garbage washed out of storm water drains for increasing the lake's toxicity. Heavy dumping of solid waste is not uncommon at Ulsoor along with the release of untreated sewage. All this results in the increased pollution of the lake waters.
 
Sewage and industrial waste bearing Kukatpally nala has now been cut off from entering the Hussainsagar Lake
The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewage Board has succeeded in capping the Kukatpally nala that brings close to 175 to 200 million litres of domestic and industrial sewage into the city’s iconic Hussaisagar Lake. The waste will now be diverted into the Amberpet sewerage treatment plant closeby. In addition to this, three STPs were constructed around the lake under the 100-day action plan to reduce pollution levels at the Hussainsagar. The Hussainsagar Catchment Area Improvement Project was taken with support from the Japan International Cooperation Agency. 
 
This is a roundup of important sanitation related news published between May 8 and 14, 2016
Lead image courtesy: Huffington Post

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