Hyderabad: Notwithstanding the strikes and financial troubles, the Andhra Pradesh Road Transport Corporation asserted on Thursday that it wanted to go ahead with its development schemes and announc

Visakhapatnam: The death toll in the massive fire at state-run Hindustan Petroleum (HPCL) refinery-cum-petrochemical complex here has risen to 14 with three more workers succumbing to burn injuries

Expansion of Visakh Refinery, setting up of Greenfield refinery near Visakhapatnam on the agenda

State-owned Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited is keen on expediting the process for its Rs.60,000-crore investment plan for expansion of Visakh Refinery and setting up of a Greenfield refinery near the city.

Visakhapatnam: The industrial units and PSUs that are partners of Green Visakha Project were asked to shoulder trusted responsibility in making the Project a realistic and noble activity.

The GVMC has violated the Municipal Solid Waste Management Rules, 2000, and has been dumping the city garbage at Kapuluppada for which the AP Pollution Control Board has denied permission for the landfill.

Around 800 mt of waste is being generated per day in the city which contains around 45 pc of domestic and 13 pc of commercial waste, according to officials.

Visakhapatnam: The famous port town of Visakhapatnam happens to be one of the worst-affected towns in the state, as far as the environmental pollution goes, according to the official data recently retrieved by a city based voluntary organisation under the Right to Information Act.

The shocking revelation flies in the face of the Visakhapatnam Port Trust’s tall claims about Vizag being “environmentally the best managed town” in the state. In fact, the situation is so serious that about 44 people died in the town in the past one year owing to the environmental pollution, according a city based voluntary organisation.

GVMC will introduce localised solid waste management in all the 72 wards of the city from March 1.

Announcing this at the inaugural of a national workshop on ‘Appropriate solid waste management options for small and medium towns in India’ here on Tuesday, Municipal Commissioner M.V. Satyanaryana said all through the month of February people would be educated on the new waste disposal method. Though the city had a landfill at Kapuluppada it was not scientifically managed, he said.

With one and a half years remaining to complete the projects taken up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission, the Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation has plans to borrow an additional Rs.150 crore.

It is biding its time in view of the money to be released by the State government. The State government has to pay Rs.126 crore, including its share of 20 per cent towards the works completed under the urban mission project so far. “For works worth Rs.40 crore completed by contractors, bills are due.

With climate change becoming a reality for our world to contend with, a highly detailed assessment of the likely impacts of this phenomenon in Kochi will be undertaken soon by the project partners

The second phase of the project to assess the impact of climate changes in target cities in India, including Kochi will be launched soon.

A stakeholder meeting will be convened in Kochi on Tuesday to discuss the timelines, status and next steps for the project. The major objectives of the meeting also include detailed discussions on the climate projections for Kochi and the impact of changing climate on the urban systems here. The project ‘Asian Cities Adapt: Impacts of Climate Change in Target Cities in India and the Philippines and Local Adaptation Strategies,’ is implemented jointly by International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) European Secretariat, CLEI South Asia and ICLEI South East Asia.