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Towards sustainable urban development


Making colony resident welfare associations equal partners in maintaining sanitation, representatives of the United Federation of Resident Welfare Associations (UFRWA) have decided to conduct 10 preparatory meetings before the National Conference of Resident Welfare Associations (NCRWA) – 2016 scheduled to be held on November 26 and 27.

Ad hoc panels

After constituting an ad hoc panel committee at the second preparatory meeting concluded recently in the city, representatives of the United Federation of Resident Welfare Associations (UFRWA) said that they intend to intensify their efforts to figure out ways to help convert Visakhapatnam into a smart city.

Aligning RWAs with the local civic body and working in tandem to achieve a sustainable urban development, the ad hoc committee members plan to rope in all the stakeholders for the national conference to be held for the first time in the port city.

Hyderabad-based UFRWA representative B.T. Srinivasan has told The Hindu that the preparatory meetings aim at charting out various themes for the conference.

“Keeping the civic issues in view, we have come up with various themes such as emerging trends in civil society, management of resident welfare associations and effective solid waste management. Since RWAs play a critical role in shaping up the city into a smart one, we want to devise new strategies to iron out issues that stand in the way of urban development,” he says.

To be held in

 various places

The preparatory meetings scheduled to be held in various places aim at bringing several issues to the fore and figuring out solutions to address the same.

From setting up sewage treatment plants to establishing proper drainage channels and maintaining cleanliness, a number of issues will be discussed during the conference.

Souvenir to be


“The platform helps in reaching out to communities, building awareness on diverse subjects. A souvenir compiling the deliberations of the national conference will also be launched in November,” says K.S.R. Murthy, general secretary of NCRWA.