The Government has decided to constitute a regulatory authority for managing flood situation, including the implementation of relief measures, on a permanent basis, Minister for Revenue Jagadish Shettar has said.Replying to the ongoing discussion on flood situation, in which 18 members participated, in the Legislative Council on Friday, Mr. Shettar said that the Government had taken steps to shift a number of villages in the north Karnataka region that were being affected by the floods on a permanent basis.The Government had sought additional assistance from the Union Government for helping the flood-affected people. (snip)"
Monday, July 30, 2007
The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : Regulatory authority to manage flood situation: "
The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : Pilferage leaving these cities water-starved: "
Even as residents of Hubli-Dharwad and Belgaum make a hue and cry over insufficient supply of potable water, nearly half of the water drawn for these cities is literally going down the drain by way of leakage, pilferage and unauthorised connections.Water shortage has, on the one hand, led to an increase in exploitation of ground water by those who can afford to dig borewells. On the other, it has offered roaring business to those who sell water tanks as low-income groups tend to store whatever water is supplied.Although 96 million litres a day (MLD) of water is drawn from Malaprabha and Neerasagar reservoirs for the twin cities of Hubli-Dharwad, only 45 MLD reaches the consumers. (snip)"
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Friday, July 27, 2007
Deccan Herald - Government assures inquiry into 'Drainage scam': "
The Karnataka government will hold an inquiry into the alleged misuse of funds in the works taken up to desilt storm-water drains in the city, Transport Minister Chaluvaraya Swamy informed the Karnataka Legislative Council today.Replying to Janata Dal (Secular) member M Srinivas, the Minister informed that the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had started desilting work of the drains in the city with an estimated Rs 49.63 crore and spent over Rs 22 crore so far. (Snip)"
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Wednesday, July 25, 2007
BBMP services severely hit as workers’ strike continues The Hindu : Karnataka / Bangalore News : "
The four-day-old strike by municipal workers of the newly added zones of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has begun to take its toll on BBMP services. Water supply is disrupted, solid waste disposal is in disarray and the works related to storm water drains and daily cleaning works in the area have been left unattended. (snip)"
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Saturday, July 7, 2007
'PPP model for speedy urban projects'-Infrastructure-Economy-News-The Economic Times: "
The central government is set to extend the public-private partnership (PPP) model to urban infrastructure projects for their speedy development across the country.'As an estimated 50 per cent of the population (about 700 million people) will be living in cities by 2025, the government and other stakeholders face the daunting task of providing world class infrastructure facilities to improve the quality of life, connectivity, utilities and access to basic/civic amenities for all denizens,' union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy said here Friday.'Since the central government and states alone cannot shoulder the responsibility due to financial and resource constraints, the private sector will be involved to take up infrastructure projects on the PPP model as in the case of national highways, power, transport, airports and seaports,' he said. (snip)"
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