Urban local bodies (ULBs) have drawn up an action plan for revival, rehabilitation and maintenance of rain water harvesting (RWH) structures, Municipal Administration and Rural Development Minister K.P. Munusamy said on Monday.

Initiating a debate on the demands for grants of his departments, Mr. Munusamy said that the ULBs had taken up various measures for the rehabilitation of the structures. Wherever they were under repair, the ULBs had been asked to restore them. The awareness programme on RWH was being continued in all ULBs.

It will be implemented in 32 areas recently included in Chennai Corporation

The State government on Monday unveiled a Rs.2,000-crore project for improving water supply and sewerage facilities in the 32 areas newly included in the Chennai Corporation. Replying to a debate on the demands for grants for his department, Rural Development Minister K.P. Munusamy said that the drinking water scheme would be implemented at a cost of Rs.700 crore. Sewerage facilities would be provided on a war-footing at a cost of Rs.1,300 crore.

“Dirty and insecure toilets force kids, especially girls, out of school”

A report on the condition of toilets in Delhi's government schools has painted a grim picture of neglect and apathy towards the lives and hygiene of lakhs of children. The survey of the schools toilets was carried out by Alliance For People's Rights & its Associates, which has been working towards ground-level implementation of the newly-introduced Right to Education Act, 2009.

Tamil Nadu's scorecard for the decade is well ahead of the national average

Tamil Nadu, acknowledged widely as one of the progressive States, has lived up to this image through its enhanced performance, over the last 10 years, in most of development parameters except sanitation.

Latest Census reveals high-end technology is common in the Capital and households have greater comforts than ever before

With a greater number of its households possessing television sets than radios and transistors, with more families being connected to the Internet than to landline phones and with more people having scooters and motorcycles than bicycles, Delhi is now truly on the path to a major transition going by the latest figures revealed by the Census of India 2011.

In this report for the year 2010-11 CAG has slammed Himachal Pradesh government for not achieving the targets on sewage treatment, as the state treated only 12 per cent of the total sewage generated in Shimla.

‘Experience the plight of manual scavengers’

The High Court of Karnataka on Monday gave a dressing down to the chairpersons of Karnataka Urban Water Supply and Sewerage Board and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board on their failure to implement its orders to prevent manual scavenging in the State.

The Delhi Jal Board has been given the go-ahead to expand its sewerage system in the city. At a Jal Board meeting chaired by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday, several key projects were discussed and approved.

To lay a sewer network in the non-sewer areas of Delhi and trap the untreated waste that flows into the Yamuna, the Board has been given approval to spend Rs.135 crore for providing and laying sewerage system under the command of Ghitorni sub-zone.

Bikaner: The state housing board is planning to make houses available to the poorer section of society at cheaper rates in remote rural areas.

Haryana Public Health Minister Kiran Choudhary said on Monday that the National Capital Region Planning Board had approved three projects worth Rs.109.95 crore for improvement of water supply and sewerage facilities in Gurgaon district.

She said that execution of these projects would improve the basic amenities and provide substantial relief to the residents of the towns.