Metro rail projects are currently under implementation in seven cities

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Thursday said metro rail projects would start in 19 cities, which have a population of more than 2 million. Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony for the Kochi Metro project here, Singh said, “We have taken a decision to support preparation of detailed project reports for metro rail projects in all the 19 cities with population of more than 2 million. DPRs have already been prepared for 12 cities.” The first phase links Aluva to Petta.

Kerala Sanitation Mission to provide technical support

In a boost to the anti-litter campaign of the City Corporation, over 1,200 households coming under 12 residents’ associations in and around West Hill here have drawn up a plan to set up their own biodegradable-waste-treatment units. The Kerala Sanitation Mission will team up with the members of these residents’ associations and extend technical support to them.

Faced with the challenge of finding a solution to the worsening waste management crisis across the State, the State government has initiated steps to establish integrated municipal solid waste treatment plants in five more urban local bodies in the State.

Suchitwa Mission, the government’s nodal agency for implementation of public sanitation and waste treatment schemes in the State, had earlier invited tenders to set up large scale waste treatment plants in Thiruvananthapuram and Kochi.

The government plans to seek World Bank funding for development of 8570 km of major district roads to international standards, Minister for Public Works V. K. Ebrahim Kunju told the Assembly on Monday.

Replying to the debate on the demand for grants for Public Works, the Minister said that a study would be conducted for submission of the proposal to the Bank in six months. The Bank had agreed to consider the proposal.

The proposed monorail project in Kozhikode received a shot in the arm on Tuesday with the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) submitting the detailed project report to the State government and expressing willingness to take it up from September.

The first phase of the monorail, a mass rapid transit system, covering 14.2 km with 15 stations starting from the Government Medical College hostel area to Meenchanda, can be executed in 36 months at a cost of Rs. 1,991 crore. The entire alignment is elevated, carried on single pillars generally along the median of the road.

The Fire and Rescue Services has issued an alert after four fire outbreaks in the past 3 months

The reckless burning of solid wastes and garbage in public place is causing a fire-outbreak threat to commercial establishments and residential buildings in the city.

The anti-endosulfan campaigners from the rural areas of the district took out a march to the Collectorate here on Monday demanding the immediate intervention of the government to rehabilitate victi

Meet on waste management calls for total ban on plastic

Implementation of Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) that makes manufacturers responsible for disposal of non-biodegradable waste generated by their products is among the recommendations made to the government by heads of urban local bodies at a workshop on ‘Decentralised waste management,' organised by the Suchitwa Mission, here on Monday.

KASARAGOD: Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has announced a rehabilitation programme for endosulfan victims with a view to ensuring them relief in a time-bound manner.

The victims should be provided relief on a priority basis, Mr Chandy said at a review meeting at the Collectorate conference hall here on Monday. Mr.

Vadakara municipality will invest Rs.30 lakh. Authorities say waste water woes will end soon

KOZHIKODE: The Vadakara municipality, as part of its decentralised waste management programme, will set up a solid waste treatment plant equipped to produce cooking gas from garbage on its Puthiappu trenching ground.