Councillors in the South Delhi Municipal Corporation will be getting an additional Rs.2-5 lakh each to improve cleanliness in their wards, Leader of the House Subhash Arya said on Monday.

Order of the Madras High Court in the matter of A. Narayanan Vs Chief Secretary, Government of Tamil Nadu & Others dated 04/09/2014 regarding rehabilitation of slum dwellers.

Order of the National Green Tribunal (Principal Bench, New Delhi) in the matter of Dr. Irfan Ahmad & Ors. Vs. Mr. Nawang Rigzin Jora & Ors. dated 29/08/2014 regarding landfill dumping site at Achan, Srinagar. The Tribunal has directed the Commissioner of Municipal Corporation to discuss with the State Government and take clear instruction as to the amount which should be charged from each Household, Restaurant, Hotels and Commercial Complex on the principal of polluter pays. Further they will take instruction as to how the chicken waste particularly shall be disposed of.

The International Red Cross (IRC) has released a book, titled “Priceless! Uncovering the Real Costs of Water and Sanitation,” as part of the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Cost (WASHCost) initiative.

Question raised in Rajya Sabha on problem of sewage treatment and its disposal in urban India, 17/07/2014.

According to this 2014 revision of the World Urbanization Prospects produced by the UN Population Division of the Department of Economic and Social Affairs Africa and Asia are urbanizing faster than other regions and the largest urban growth will take place in India, China and Nigeria. These three countries will account for 37 per cent of the projected growth of the world’s urban population between 2014 and 2050.

For the first time in human history the urban population outnumbers the rural one. This is both due to villages growing to become towns and cities, and migration of the rural population to urban cities.

The provision of sanitation facilities – a basic necessity for human health, well-being, dignity and development – remains a mammoth challenge for developing countries, in which the vast majority of the 2.5 billion people without improved sanitation facilities reside.

The stink emanating from defunct public toilets in Hadwara town of Kupwara district is causing immense inconvenience to the residents.

The Chennai Corporation is aiming for a clean sweep to tackle problems of female hygiene and access to sanitation -special `She Toilets' have been planned for women in 348 locations across the city

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