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SMART Kolakudi is open defecation-free


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Out of the 404 panchayats in the district, around 341 panchayats have achieved Open Defecation Free (ODF) status, and the remaining 63 panchayats are in the process of becoming ODF, before 2018 as planned by district administration.

As several constraints were cited in the process of making villages ODF including absence of behavioural change, a joint initiative by Kolakudi panchayat through Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) activities, Swachh Bharat Mission (Urban), and a Trichy-based NGO has earned 100% percent ODF tag for a panchayat near Thottiyam.

Unlike other panchayats, a cost-effective toilet model named SMART (Safe/Sustainable, Maintainable, Affordable, Recyclable, and Technical) toilet equipped with incinerator and waste recycling process grabbed the attention of residents and subsequently 1,725 toilets were established in the panchayat within a year.

According to the Kolakudi panchayat and Gramalaya, an NGO that implemented the project, Association of Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (AWASH) was formed in each village before commencing the process.

A panchayat representative was appointed as president of the committee and an association comprising 10 men and 10 women was handed up to Rs 18,000 per toilet as funds. The AWASH committee met once a month and discussed time frame for construction and purchase of materials required as a part of the Rs 3.71 crore project.

"As per the government norms and choice of the families, it was decided to construct the twin pits toilet with a junction chamber. If one of the twin pits was filled (minimum 5 years), diversion chamber would re-route incoming sewage to the other pit. After a year, the filled pit can be opened, and the sludge deposited can be used as manure," S Damodaran, founder, Gramalaya said.

The SMART toilet also has an option to install incinerator for eliminating the sanitary pads which can clog the sewage lines if dumped in toilets. Coordinators of the project said that 1,725 toilets were established through the CSR funding of HT Parekh foundation and Bank of America- Merrill Lynch Capital.




source: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/trichy/smart-kolakudi-is-open-defecation-free/articleshow/61028811.cms


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BHEL-Trichy spends Rs. 1.35 crore on cleanliness projects


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The Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL), Tiruchi, has so far spent Rs. 1.35 crore on various cleanliness projects under the Swachh Bharat initiative of the Centre, said R. Rajamanohar, its Executive Director, here recently.

Speaking at the closing ceremony of ‘Swachhta hi Sewa’ fortnight observed at BHEL, Tiruchi, Mr. Rajamanohar said works such as construction of new toilet blocks and renovating old ones in nearby villages, providing financial assistance for construction of 1,000 household toilets in Thuvakudi municipality, providing electrical incinerators to over 150 educational institutions, providing overhead water tanks to nearby villages and cleanliness drive have been taken up under the initiative.

Appreciating the efforts and support of Tiruchi Corporation in carrying out cleanliness activities in nearby areas, Mr. Rajamanohar said that by devoting two hours per week for cleaning their work places and surroundings, employees of BHEL, Tiruchi, have contributed over three lakh man hours for cleanliness drives.

N. Ravichandran, Special Officer-cum-Commissioner, Tiruchi Corporation, pointed out that Tiruchi had bagged second place among the cleanest cities in the country in 2015 and stood third and sixth in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

Tiruchi has maintained its rank in top 10 cities in spite of competing with over 4000 cities in the country.

Mr. Ravichandran thanked the residents for their whole hearted cooperation and participation in the efforts of the City Corporation.

Enumerating various initiatives including door-to-door collection of garbage, incentives for segregating and depositing waste and opening of micro-compost yards, Mr. Ravichandran said efforts are on to make Tiruchi the cleanest city in the country.



source: http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/tp-tamilnadu/bhel-spends-rs-135-crore-on-cleanliness-projects/article19837242.ece


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Citizen feedback to play important role in clean city rankings

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Citizen feedback will play a major role in deciding the outcome of Swachh Survekshan-2018, the national clean city ranking, according to Satish Kumar, Technical Officer, Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs.

Speaking at a regional workshop for heads of Corporations, Municipalities and Town Panchayats on methodology of Swachh Survekashan 2018 here on Saturday, he said that many changes have been introduced so as to improve the efficiency and accuracy of national level ranking.

Cities with the population of over 10 lakh took part in the Swachh Survekshan when it was introduced in 2016 for the first. It had gone up to 434 in 2017. A total of 4041 statutory cities and towns in the country will participate in 2018 survey.

Mr. Kumar said the total marks has been increased to 4,000 from 2,000. The addition of new towns and the methodology that has allowed cross checking of facts and figures and awarding of negative marks had made the competition very tough. Hence, the civic bodies that aim for top ranking should study the methodology manual well so as to have clear understanding of marking system.

He said out of 4,000 marks, 35 % would be earmarked for service level progress and 30 % for direct observation. Thirty-five per cent marks would be allotted for citizen feedback. It meant that it would have a major say in deciding the outcome of clean city ranking. Hence, it was important for the civic bodies to respond to the calls of citizens in solid waste management.

Fastinz Gomez, Consultant, National Programme Management Unit, said the civic bodies should furnish data that should match with direct observation. If the data and direction observation were differing, the civic bodies concerned would have to lose one-third marks as negative marks in the respective head.

Inaugurating the workshop, Collector K. Rajamani urged cities and towns to make a sincere attempt to improve their ranking in the Swachh Survekshan. Among all procedures, he said, documentation would be an important element in the survey. The civic bodies should be well versed with the documentation process.

Commissioner N. Ravichandran said that Tiruchi Corporation had been finishing in the top 10 rank list in the Swachh Survekshan since the concept was introduced. It had initiated a number of steps to improve its ranking.

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Trichy City Corporation has Installed Special Type 2-Colour Bins to Segregate Wastes at almost all places in the city


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Centuries-old Trichy canal to be fenced to prevent pollution

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Buoyed with the efficacy of barbed fences installed along a section of Uyyakondan canal's banks running through the city , the public works department (PWD) has planned to extend the measure to the entire stretch of canal in the city to safeguard the dying water body from being further polluted.

Meanwhile, the maintenance drive to clear off the aquatic weeds from the surface of centuries-old canal has been nearing completion.

The Uyyakondan canal departs from the course of Cauvery near Pettavaithalai, and from there, the 70km-long canal flows through Trichy city to benefit at least 33,000 acres of cultivable lands in Trichy and Thanjavur districts.

Owing to residents letting out drainage and solid waste into it, aquatic weeds have invaded the fresh water canal. Besides preventing the flow of water, the weeds proliferate the breeding of mosquitoes .

The PWD has been preparing a proposal to fence the entire 5km to 5.5km stretch of the Uyyakondan canal passing through the city to prevent people from dumping their waste into it. "We have proposed to fence entire bank of Uyyakondan in the city limits with iron poles and barbed wires. The proposal is being prepared," the official added.



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