Daily Archives: August 4, 2012

Odisha told to prepare database on waste

The Centre has asked the state government to create a database on the generation of construction and demolition (C&D) waste in major cities. The compilation of data is imperative in view of the proposed constitution of guidelines for C&D waste management and reuse in the country.

Receiving a directive from the Union urban development department, the Odisha housing and urban development department has entrusted the municipal corporations of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur, and the municipalities of Puri, Sambalpur, Baripada, Balasore, Bhadrak, Rourkela and Balangir with the job.

“Apart from collecting data, the civic bodies will have to promote separation of C&D waste at source and establish institutional mechanism for the C&D waste collection,” said the letter, copy of which is with TOI. “Adopt environment-friendly technologies for recycling of C&D waste,” the letter said. The state has been asked to furnish its suggestion and status report of compliance to the recommendations by the end of this month.

Sources said the construction industry in India generates around 10-12 million tonne C&D waste annually, while the state does not have any specific data about its generation. Going by the common practice, the construction rubbles are either dumped in low lying areas or on the roadsides.

“At present, C&D waste is not properly recycled or reused in an organized manner. It often gets mixed with general waste due to lack of segregated storage and collection facilities,” the letter said, adding, “C&D waste has potential use after processing. Recycling and reuse of the waste is being incorporated in the schedule of rates. The Bureau of Indian Standard has been requested to prepare necessary codes and specifications for the use of the recycled aggregates.”

Bhubaneswar mayor A N Jena said he would examine the recommendations and comply to them. “We will soon develop a mechanism to segregate C&D waste. At present, we are taking action against buildings for dumping construction materials like sand, bricks, stone chips, bamboos and iron rods on road.”

The BMC has power under sections 343 and 344 of the Orissa Municipal Corporation (OMC) Act, 2003, to punish road encroachers and impose fine on them.

Under section 344 of the OMC Act, the BMC commissioner has the power to impose fine of Rs 300 for a tractor load of materials and Rs 500 for a truck load recovered from any violator.

The construction industry in the country generates around 10-12 million tonne C&D waste annually. Going by the common practice, the rubbles are either dumped in low lying areas or on the roadsides

Rain leaves Sambalpur town flooded

Incessant rain left several areas of Sambalpur town flooded on Friday. People alleged that poor drainage system in the town prevented rain water from flowing into River Mahanadi.

Residents also complained that encroachment at various places had also affected the flow of water in the town’s natural Dhobijore Nulla, compounding the problem of flooding.

The worst-affected areas in the town were Gopalmal and Housing Board Colony where rainwater entered various houses.

Affected people came out on the streets and agitated against the alleged negligence of the municipal authorities for not paying proper attention towards the drainage system in the areas.

Life was also affected in several other places including Modipara, Malipara, Danipali, Bahalpara and Badbazar.

“We have evacuated the affected people to safer areas. We have also provided relief to the affected people in Bahalpara and Gopalmal areas. The situation is now under control and there is no need to panic”, a senior official of the district administration said.

Official sources said Sambalpur district received a record rainfall of a rain fall of 214 mm on Thursday and 334.8 mm on Friday. Jujomora block received the highest rainfall of 118 mm on Friday.

Meanwhile, Hirakud dam on Friday opened nine gates to discharge excessive water from the reservoir.

Dam sources revealed that the dam was receiving 1.70 lakhs cuses of water per second and discharging 1.65 lakhs cuses water per second through the gates and canals. While the water level of the reservoir has remained at 610.41 feet on Friday afternoon.

“We are trying to maintain the water level at 610 feet (maximum level is 630 feet) till the end of this month. So we have decided to discharge the additional water coming into the reservoir”, the executive engineer of Hirakud Dam Project engineer RK Panda said.