Use of plastic in road constuction now made mandatory

Seetha Gopalakrishnan
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 - 08:44
MoEF's new waste management rules encourage the use of plastic refuse in road construction
The Union Ministry of Environment and Forests in its latest edition of the Plastic Waste Management Rules has made it mandatory for local bodies to use plastic that cannot be recycled further for construction of roads. Road developers now have to use plastic waste along with bitumen to lay roads within 50 km of periphery of any city with a population of over five lakh. Roads made of plastic cost 3-5% more than conventional roads depending on the raw material quality but will add to their longevity. 
 
Jamshedpur to become India's first 'zero sewerage discharge city' in a year
Jamshedpur is well on its way in becoming India’s first ‘zero sewerage discharge city’ in a year's timeby recycling and reusing all of its waste water. The Jamshedpur Utilities and Services Company (JUSCO)has been working towards minimising water leakage and maximising waste water reuse. The company operates two treatment plants in at Bistupur and Baracapable of treating close to 40 million litres of waste water which could very well be put to industrial and gardening uses. 
 
Mumbai Corporators suggest setting up waste processing units in all wards instead of overburdening centralised dumpyards
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation is looking for alternate mechanisms to deal with the citu’s solid waste following the repeated instances of fire break-out at the Deonar dumpyard. Several corporators have suggested setting up waste processing units in all wards instead of overburdening the city’s dumpyards located in Deonar, Mulund and Kanjurmarg. In addition, the Corporation is making a serious effort in spreading awareness about wet and dry waste segregation to make the entire management process more fruitful.
 
Anand Vihar is Delhi-NCR's cleanest train station: Railway Ministry announces survey results
The Railway Ministry has announced the results of the railway stations’ cleanliness survey conducted across India and Anand Vihar has been adjudged as Delhi-NCR's cleanest train station and is among the Top-20 stations in the country. The New Delhi railway station is ranked far behind at No. 55. The survey, based largely on passenger feedback, divided stations based on the revenue generated and graded them on various cleanliness parameters. Delhi’s Shahdara and Ghaziabad Railway Stations were among the worst in the country
 
Nagpur Municipal Corporation to recover garbage collection and transportation user charges from 2016-17 fiscal
The Nagpur Corporation plans to levy a new cess to cover garbage collection and transportation charges. Initially, it would only be applied to commercial and industrial properties and will later be extended to residential properties.As a result, around Rs20-22 crore is expected to be raised per annum and money is expected to cover  solid waste treatment operators’ tipping charges.
 
This is a roundup of important sanitation related news published between March 20 and 26, 2016
Lead image courtesy: Daily Mail
 

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