Friday, April 16, 2010

Shirdi to Become an Eco-City


13th April`2010
Kirtika Suneja / New Delhi

The Union ministry of Environment and Forests is planning to expand its Eco-City project to cities across the country, especially those which get a substantial tourist inflow, so as to address issues on deteriorating Air & Water quality and Waste management.

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) is to conduct studies across the country to identify the key environmental concerns in different cities and the roadmap to their improvement. It would invest Rs 20 lakh in conducting the study.

The Revised Eco-Cities Project would also cover newer aspects like Environment Management of Crematoria, Railway Stations,
Pollution under Control Certificates, Discharges, Waste Management and Emissions.

There will be an additional focus on cities that get a heavy tourist inflow such as Udaipur, Agra, Manali, Pushkar and Shirdi. The details in this regard would be filled in after the CPCB study is concluded.

The Project, initially launched in the 10th Plan (2002-07), covered only the Six Temple towns of Kottayam (Kerala), Puri (Orissa), Thanjavur (Tamil Nadu), Tirupati (Andhra Pradesh), Ujjain (Madhya Pradesh) and Vrindavan (Uttar Pradesh), while Sawai Madhopur, Darjeeling and Chanderi were added in 2007.

In Tirupati, for instance, water had depleted in the pond in which devotees took a religious dip. The pond was connected to another water body, which revived it.

In another case, a solid waste landfill was successfully created & in yet another, a water tank was constructed. Overall, it aimed at improvement of stormwater drains in the northern, southern and western side of the Sri Govindaraja Swami Temple.

The project in Kottayam aimed to rejuvenate the Mundar River & Kacherikadavu Boat Jetty & Canal that had severe siltation & pollution problems.

In Ujjain it aimed at the improvement around the Mahakal Temple & cleaning of the Rudra Sagar Lake, both highly silted & polluted with sewage.

In Vrindavan, it aimed at improving the historic core of the town, located around the Rangnath Temple.

The project in Puri was to improve around the Jagannath Temple, renovate 3 of the religious ponds, shift garages & automobile workshops and improve the existing solid waste disposal facility.

In Thanjavur town, activity on renovation of old tanks was proposed to be taken up to protect the presently used aquifers from further degradation and to facilitate a rainwater harvesting system.


Article By: Rohit Behal

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