Solid waste management facility worth Rs. 44-crore lying unused
The Rs. 44-crore modern solid waste management facility for Salem city is gathering dust. This Solid Waste Management (SMW) plant in Chettichavadi, on the city’s outskirts, grossly under-utilized because of non-availability of vehicles to transport the collected garbage and the erratic power supply.
The modern scientific recycling unit for safe disposal of solid waste is undertaken on a Build-Own-Operate-Transfer (BOOT) basis by a private contractor based in Gujarat. But the project is still on a trial run since it went on stream eight months ago since the civic body is unable to supply 350 tonnes of waste every day to make the plant run to its full capacity.
Union government orders registration of cases against 4 NGOs
The Union government has ordered registration of cases against four non-governmental organizations (NGOs), whom it suspects to be behind the growing agitation against the Kudankulam nuclear power project.
The CBI had already registered cases against two NGOs and the State [Tamil Nadu] police have filed cases against two others for violation of provisions of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA).
This indication comes after the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in an interview to the Science magazine, that NGOs had been funding agitations against nuclear power plants in the country. They were allegedly diverting foreign funds to this end.
Dip in sex ratio in the city
There has been an alarming dip in the sex ratio in Hyderabad in the last few years. The ratio of girls versus boys’ births has dipped to a nine-year low last year (2011) at 916, which is 16 points lower as compared to sex ratio of 933 the year before (2010).
A major reason for the low female births could be the lax regulation in implementing the Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PNDT) as affirmed by the senior officials. As, there has not been a single action in the last few years against the miscreants and even the raids have become a rarity.