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- Leh makes short work of a mountain of waste
SRINAGAR, DECEMBER 26, 2018 00:00 IST
UPDATED: DECEMBER 26, 2018 04:44 IST
Valuable trash:Some of the items that were made under Project Tsang-da in Leh district.
Rubbish generated in the tourist hotspot has gone up drastically following the release of ‘3 Idiots’
Authorities in tourist hotspot Leh have put 65 tonnes of waste to productive use after the ecologically sensitive region’s garbage output went up drastically following the release of 3 Idiots on Christmas day nine years ago, drawing tourists in hordes.
“The 65,000 kg of waste was first collected from the Choglamsar, Nubra, Nimo and Khaltsi areas this year. While 27,000 kg waste was sold to scrap dealers, 17,000 kg of cardboard, egg trays and other agriculture waste was reused for recyclable products like biofuel and bricks. Paper and cloth waste were used for making decorative items,” Deputy Commissioner (Leh) Avny Lavasa told The Hindu .
Project Tsang-da, initiated by the district administration this year, aims at sustainable waste management in rural areas of Leh district and city. “For the first time, the project turned the waste into revenue-generating goods, such as curtains, toys and cushion covers. Wine or beer bottles and other broken glasses were also reused in construction of roads and buildings by local construction companies,” said Ms. Lavasa.
The vast cold desert region of Leh is home to a small population of 1.47 lakh people. Around three lakh tourists visited Ladakh in 2018, a quantum jump from 79,087 tourists in 2009, the year 3 Idiots came in the public eye for locations like the Pangong Lake, straddling India and China. “Yes, the amount of waste has gone up due to the tourist footfalls,” said Ms. Lavasa.
During peak tourist season, Leh city collects 16 to 18 tonnes of waste per day, and annual waste production stands at an alarming 374 tonnes. The region, from a hydrological point of view, is the source of some major waterways in the sub-continent, such as the Indus river system.
- 'JDA to go paperless, all services to be online shortly' Jammu Development Authority (JDA) is all set to go paperless and would provide a seamless online interface between the department and the citizens shortly, an official spokesman said Sunday.
PTI | Dec 31, 2018, 10:39 IST
JAMMU: Jammu Development Authority (JDA) is all set to go paperless and would provide a seamless online interface between the department and the citizens shortly, an official spokesman said Sunday. JDA automation project being executed by the information technology department commenced last month and was progressing smoothly, he said.
Secretary information technology, Saugat Biswas, along with the JDA vice chairman Pawan Rathore Saturday reviewed the execution of the project, the spokesman said.
"The software solutions will reduce human interface in recording, processing, storing, retrieval and management of information for the service operations of JDA," he said.
The spokesman said the project would provide various online e-services like application for building permission, allotment of notified assets, registration, transfer, mortgage possession of property, permission to sub-let or renew lease of property, addition and deletion of name in lease deed, grant of no dues, online RTI, and online payments.
Besides various backend online services for the internal working of JDA, the project would also digitize all files and records of the department and make it a paperless organization, the spokesman said.
In addition to reviewing the development of various online modules constituting the project, he said, the secretary had a detailed review of the digitization of files of the JDA.
Under the project, about 25,000 files having a total estimated 18 lakh pages would be digitized and integrated with a Data Management Software (DMS), tailor-made for the JDA, he said, adding the DMS would integrate with the e-office software being developed for the JDA.
The spokesman said the secretary had a detailed check of the various quality control stages in the digitization process and issued strict directions to the vendors and JDA supervisors executing the project to adhere to the quality control protocols.
The project would automate the processes of JDA with electronic service delivery thereby reducing cost and at the same time making it more accessible to the public, the spokesman said.
He said the secretary issued directions to the project management team to strictly adhere to the timelines and ensure high-quality digitization of existing records.
The project is targeted to complete in four months, the spokesman said.
- Over 2,000 houses approved for construction under PMAY in Jammu
Giving details of the decision, officials said under phase one of the PMAY scheme, 1,059 houses have been approved for construction in Jammu and R S Pura tehsil. PTI | June 06, 2019, 15:00 IST
JAMMU: The Jammu and Kashmir government has decided to build 2,052 more houses in Jammu district under the Pradhan Mantri Awaas Yojana (PMAY), said officials.
To be implemented by 2022, the PMAY envisages providing central assistance to urban local bodies and other agencies through states and union territories for rehabilitation of slum dwellers, using land as a resource through private participation.
Giving details of the decision, officials said under phase one of the PMAY scheme, 1,059 houses have been approved for construction in Jammu and R S Pura tehsil.
Of these, 684 houses have been geo-tagged, while the construction of 542 has been started, out of which 127 have been built up to the roof level, said District Development Commissioner Ramesh Kumar.
A total of 993 houses have been approved for construction in Arnia, Bishnah, Gho Manhasa, Khour, Jourian and Akhnoor tehsils in the next phase, he said.
Of these, 623 houses have been geo-tagged while 52 others have already been built, he said.
After reviewing the pace and progress in implementation of the programme, Kumar directed officials to complete the geo-tagging of all approved houses within 15 days and complete the construction work of 127 houses, which have been built up to roof level, by June-end.
Kumar also directed the officials to expedite the pace of work so that housing-for-all mission is completed in the state.
- NGT raises fine imposed on Gammon India, HCC to Rs 2 crore each
The green panel, which had slapped an environment compensation of Rs 1 crore each on the companies on February 12, increased the amount after finding its previous order.PTI | July 15, 2019, 18:25 IST
Noting repeated failures, the NGT has raised the penalty slapped on Gammon India and Hindustan Construction Company to Rs 2 crore each for damaging the environment by dumping construction debris into Chenab and Tawi rivers in Jammu and Kashmir.
The green panel, which had slapped an environment compensation of Rs 1 crore each on the companies on February 12, increased the amount after finding its previous order restraining the firms from using the rivers as dumping sites was not complied with.
A petition filed by Ramban resident Amaresh Singh had sought the tribunal's direction to stop dumping of debris generated during the construction of a stretch of Jammu-Srinagar national highway between Udhampur and Banihal into the water bodies.
The plea had said the work on four-laning of the stretch was being executed in "a reckless manner" and loose soil was being dumped directly into the two rivers. On Friday, a bench headed by National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel also ordered the companies to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs two crore within two weeks.
"Gammon India Ltd as well as Hindustan Construction Company Ltd are now required to pay a sum of Rs 2 crore each within a month... The amount be deposited with the Central Pollution Control Board which may be spent for restoration of the environment.
"In view of repeated failures and the track record of deficiencies in maintaining environment norms, we require Gammon India as well as Hindustan Construction Company Ltd to furnish further performance guarantee in the sum of Rs 2 crore each to the satisfaction of the CPCB," the NGT said.
It also ordered the National Highway Authority of India to furnish a performance guarantee of Rs 1 crore within two weeks. "It is made clear that the amount of performance guarantees will be liable to be forfeited if there is any further default in maintaining the environmental norms henceforth," NGT said.
It warned the firms that in case of failure "we may have no other option but to direct civil imprisonment of the directors of the said companies".
The tribunal asked the firms to file an undertaking that it will comply with its order.
The companies had moved the Supreme Court, challenging NGT's February order. The apex court had dismissed their appeal.
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- J&K's ACB to probe illegal sale and construction of EWS flats
The builder allegedly encroached upon the government land to build flats in collusion with some government officials, he added.PTI | September 07, 2019, 13:00 IST