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Rs 300 cr plan for Delhi’s garbage crisis

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New Delhi, Sep 15 (IANS) The central government has approved a Rs 300 crore plan for “visible improvement” in solid waste management in the national capital in the face of the serious garbage crisis plaguing the city.

Newly-appointed Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said on Friday that in this plan, north, south and east municipal corporations of Delhi would spend Rs 100 crore each for procuring machines for collection, transport and storage of solid waste.

They would be assisted from the Urban Development Fund of the Ministry, Puri said at a conference on “Public Affairs: Effective Advocacy and Public Policy Strategies” here organised by the Public Affairs Forum of India (PAFI).

“All vehicles and mechanical equipment would be procured and commissioned by the end of December this year,” the Minister said.

Apart from that, the corporations would also procure decentralised treatment plants and special machines for upkeep of drains and sewers.

He added accelerated composters and bio-methanation plants to be procured under the plan would add a waste treatment capacity of 670 metric tonnes per day.

Equipments and machines to be procured include battery mounted and automated litter pickers, compacters, underground bins, mechanical road sweepers, accelerated composters, bio-methanation plants and super sucker re-cycler machines for drains and sewers, said the Minister.

“This should bring some relief in the national capital,” Puri said.

He said sanitation was one of the main priorities of the government and he took up the garbage issue in the national capital on his very second day in office.

The issue came to limelight on September 1 after two persons died when a huge portion of a landfill in east Delhi’s Ghazipur collapsed.

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Foster-daughter Namita of Vajpayee lit funeral pyre amidst Vedic hymns

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New Delhi: Full military honours were given to former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away here at AIIMS on Thursday at age 93, he was on Friday cremated at Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, where people turned out in tens of thousands to pay their final tributes.

Foster-daughter Namita of Vajpayee lit the funeral pyre amidst the chanting of vedic hymns and firing of a 21-gun salute by soldiers.

 

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Those who were present during crimination were President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi led a galaxy of political leaders cutting across party lines and foreign dignitaries joined the rest of the nation in bidding adieu to the departed leader at the Rashtriya Smriti Sthal, a designated spot for the last rites of Presidents, Vice Presidents and Prime Ministers, on the banks of Yamuna river.

In keeping with the military honours, three service chiefs placed wreaths on the body of Vajpayee before leaders paid their floral tributes.

 

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The tricolour that was wrapped around Vajpayee’s body was removed and given to his foster granddaughter Niharika after which the body was handed over to the family for last rites.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, veteran BJP leaders and Vajpayee’s long-time associates L.K. Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi, RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Congress President Rahul Gandhi were present at the funeral.

 

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee cremated with full military honours:

 

Bhutan King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuk and former Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai led foreign dignitaries including Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Sri Lanka’s Acting Foreign Minister Lakshman Kiriella and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abul Hassan Mahmood Ali in paying homage.

Former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Mallikarjun Kharge and Anand Sharma, Lok Sabha Deputy Speker M. Thambidurai, former Union Minister A. Raja, MDMK chief Vaiko and TMC leader Dinesh Trivedi were among who witnessed the performance of the last rites.

 

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A few thousand people, some of whom chanted slogans hailing the late leader, thronged the Smriti Sthal as the last rites took place.

Earlier, tens of thousands of commoners joined Modi and BJP President Amit Shah in the final journey to bid adieu to Vajpayee as the former Prime Minister’s body was being taken to Rashtriya Smriti Sthal.

 

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Vajpayee, who passed away at AIIMS on Thursday evening, had a pan-India appeal and his flair for foreign policy and initiatives were acknowledged globally.

The country observed a seven-day state mourning as a mark of respect for the leader was decorated with Bharat Ratna and was very popular. The tricolour is flying half-staff.

 

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