Hyderabad, July 27: The Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) will take up two major projects at a cost of over Rs 432 crore as part of infrastructure development under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Why do the poor pay the highest price for water and the rich, who have piped connection, get the inexpensive water in our cities? Why is there an outbreak of water borne disease frequently due to polluted water?

What is lacking: There is lack of investment to price water price correctly or repair the system.

Hyderabad July 24: Several areas in the state including the Hyderabad urban zone and tribal districts are under the grip of malaria. Around 9,687 people have tested positive for the disease this year and at least 37,000 people suspend to be suffering from various fevers including malaria and viral infection. The increasing mosquito menace during the rainy season is the prime reason for the rise in cases of malaria. But authorities are not doing much to contain this problem.

Hyderabad, July 22: The Hyderabad Urban Development Authority (Huda) is planning to go for another round of land acquisition. This time it is for the radial roads project, which connects the Inner Ring Road with the Outer Ring Road. Several residential, commercial and defence properties will be acquired for widening the three radial roads. These include the road from Rethi Bowli to AP Police Academy, Langar Houz to Gandipet and Biramalguda to Manneguda.

Hyderabad, July 21: Top companies such as Maytas Infra, Coromandal Fertilisers, Ramky Enviro Engineers, Delhi-based Jindal Water Infrastructure, and Bengaluru's Terra Fima Biotechnologies are vying to grab a project for segregation of garbage in Hyderabad. Several other firms from Noida, Navi Mumbai, Surat, New Delhi and Chennai are also in the reckoning.

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation is setting up the project to segregate garbage at source to keep the city environs free of toxic waste. As many as 22 companies from all over India have come forward to take up the project.

Hyderabad, July 21: Air pollution levels in the city are shooting up rapidly because of the exponential rise in the number of vehicles. "On an average, 600 new vehicles are entering our roads every day," said a senior transport official. This has been causing the air pollution to go beyond acceptable levels. For instance, the total suspended particulate matter (TSPM) in the air should be 200 milligram per cubic metre but the average value being recorded in the twin cities is 280 milligram per cubic metre.

Hyderabad, July 18: Majority of city hospitals are generating biomedical waste exceeding the limits prescribed by the Bureau of Indian Standards. A study by the AP Pollution Control Board found that Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences was generating the biggest amount of biomedical waste followed by Gandhi and Osmania General Hospitals.

The Haryana Cabinet has approved a pilot project for providing safe drinking water based on reverse osmosis and related technologies in select water quality affected villages in the Public-NGO-Community Mode through the Naandi Foundation of Hyderabad.

Announcing this after the Cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda disclosed that 100 villages would be taken up in the affected districts including Mewat, Mahendergarh, Jhajjar and Kaithal.

Hyderabad, July 14: The tourism department, which enjoyed a high degree of importance in the Telugu Desam regime, is now struggling to pay for an an international tourism event in the state. The Pacific Asian Travel Association travel mart is scheduled to held between September 16-19 at Hyderabad. The tourism department has managed to rope in more than 2,000 delegates from nearly 120 countries but has run out of money.

Hyderabad, July 6: Non-governmental organisations have demanded that government should obtain environmental clearance from the centre before taking the up metro rail project in Hyderabad. They said noise pollution would be much more throughout the day even at the silent zones such as schools and hospitals. According to them, the metro rail will cause more than permissible level of noise in city. The voluntary organisation "Concerned Citizen" on Sunday organised a debate on the subject in which both the representatives of NGOs and officials of Metro rail projects participated.