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Electronics City Industrial Township Authority
Newsletter February 2020
Message from the CEO

Sustainable governance with improved quality of life has been the mantra at Electronics City. ELCITA has taken significant initiatives for handling various types of waste generated within Electronics City. Presently approximately 25 tons per day of solid waste and 10 MLD of sewage is being segregated/treated at multiple facilities across Electronics City. We have plans for adapting better technologies to expand the capacity of waste treatment plants and also increasing the footprint of waste collection within Electronics City.

To take ELCITA to the next level, we have proposed to build a “Sustainability Park.” This facility will be unique in that it will house STP, SWM, e-waste collection center, and a nursery. It would manage 35 tons of waste/day, 1MLD of sewage, and collect all e-waste from Electronics City. It can prove to be a model for decentralized, comprehensive, and model solutions for waste management. 

About Coronavirus
Coronavirus may soon not go by geographic boundaries. The new NCP Coronavirus may not show signs of infection for many days. How can one know if he/she is infected? By the time one has a fever and/or cough and goes to the hospital, the lungs are usually filled with 50% fibrosis and it's too late! This information below is useful for all of us to stay safe - 
 

Taiwan experts provide a simple self-check that we can do every morning. 

Take a deep breath and hold your breath for more than 10 seconds. If you complete it successfully without coughing and discomfort, stuffiness or tightness, it proves there is no fibrosis in the lungs, in short, indicating no signs of infection. In critical times, it is suggested to self-check every morning in an environment with clean air!
 

Excellent advice by Japanese doctors treating COVID-19 cases:

Ensure that the mouth & throat is moist, never dry. Take a few sips of water every 15 mins at least, so that even, if the virus gets into your mouth, drinking water or other liquids, will wash them down through your esophagus and into the stomach. Once it’s in the stomach, the stomach acid will kill all the viruses. If you don't drink enough water regularly, the virus can enter your windpipe and into the lungs, which could prove to be very dangerous. 

Put a clove of raw garlic in your mouth and let it remain in your mouth till it dissolves completely. Do this morning and evening to best prevent all types of pathogenic attacks. You will not catch any infection if you follow this practice daily.
 
Please share this information with family, friends, and everyone you know. Please scroll to the last section of this email for detailed information about Coronavirus. May the world recover from this soon and may all be well and happy. Take care.

 

REDUCE, REUSE AND RECYCLE (3R’s)

ELCITA has been in the fore font of adopting various “Sustainable” technologies - such as reduce, reuse, and recycle(3 R’s), be it sanitation, sewage treatment, solid waste management, etc.

ELCITA has installed four sewage treatment plants, using different technologies, in Electronics City to ensure safe treatment of sewage to ensure a safe & healthy environment.
Sewage is collected from the various companies, transported and treated in STPs, and the output water quality is designed to meet the standards set by KSPCB. The by-products of STP are valuable treated water and sludge.

Treated Water

Sewage Water is treated for various uses and has proven to be effective and has successfully created a reliable source of safe water supply for non-potable use. Water recycling & reuse is a cost-effective and sustainable method of water utilization and conservation.

Sewage Sludge

Sewage sludge, also called Biosolid, can be used for landscapes as manure if it is safe to the environment. ELCITA has been converting sludge into compost, using it to improve the health of vegetation in Electronics City, and giving compost to ELCitizens  free of cost.

At ELCITA, recycled water is used for the following:

  • Landscape & nursery 
  • Small scale irrigation @ KIADB
  • Dust control on roads
  • Construction activities
  • Vehicle wash 

ELCITA, in the past one year, has saved over 76.3 MLD of freshwater by utilizing recycled water.  Water reuse, recycling, and recovery will play a greater role in our overall water supply. By working together to overcome obstacles, water recycling, along with water conservation and efficiency, can help us to sustainably manage our vital water resources.

CUTLERY BANK
 
It is estimated that between 26 to 27 trillion plastic bags are consumed worldwide each year. This amounts to almost 10 million plastic bags a minute. Plastics in the environment pose significant hazards to wildlife both on land and in the ocean. Plastic bags in the sea resemble jellyfish and are often ingested by turtles and dolphins who mistake them for food. There is emerging evidence that the toxic chemicals added during the manufacturing process transfer from the ingested plastic into the animals’ tissues, eventually entering the food chain for humans as well.
 
To address this problem and contribute to reducing the problem of plastic pollution, ELCITA has started the Steel Cutlery Bank. The industries and the surrounding neighbors in Electronics City can make use of steel cutlery during events and occasions rent-free. The cutlery bank consists of dinner and tiffin plates, water and coffee tumblers, bowls, and spoons. It is an alternative to disposables used during events. To provide a better alternative to plastics, ELCITA has launched this initiative free of cost for ELCitizens.
 
Please approach the ELCITA office or mail to subhan@elcita.in for details and bookings of steel cutlery.
E-CITY HABBA
The 2nd edition of E-City Habba took place on 17 January 2020. Its purpose was to provide a platform for ELCitizens to appreciate the rich cultural heritage of India. This event brought to the stage the hidden talents of ELCitizens in the form of brilliant performances and created a sense of belonging. This event marked the changing culture in Electronics City and cemented the idea of it being a great place to work and have fun. 
 
Staying true to ELCITA’s commitment to sustainability, the entire festival was ECO-FRIENDLY.
  • Altogether a green event with over 4000 audiences
  • No use of single-use plastic items by stalls
  • Free stalls for artisans and organizations working towards a sustainable environment
The program comprised of the inauguration ceremony by planting a sapling, followed by Huli Vesha. ELCitizens then took the stage to dazzle the audiences with their brilliant performances, bringing different cultures to the community. It was then followed up by Yakshagana, a traditional Indian theatre form. The program was capped by a featured performance by Swarathma.
CORONAVIRUS

Facts about Coronavirus

1. If you have a runny nose and sputum, you have a common cold. Coronavirus pneumonia is a dry cough with no runny nose
2. This new virus is not heat-resistant and will be killed by a temperature of just 26/27 degrees. It hates the Sun.
3. If someone sneezes with it, it takes about 10 feet before it drops to the ground and is no longer airborne.
4. If it drops on a metal surface it will live for at least 12 hours - so if you come into contact with any metal surface - wash your hands as soon as you can with an anti-bacterial soap.
5. On fabric, it can survive for 6-12 hours. normal laundry detergent will kill it.
6. Drinking warm water is effective for all viruses. Try not to drink liquids with ice.
7. Wash your hands frequently as the virus can only live on your hands for 5-10 minutes, but - a lot can happen during that time - you can rub your eyes, pick your nose unwittingly and so on.

Precautions to take to avoid contracting the infection

1. Don’t panic, stay calm.

2. Keep up with personal hygiene.

  • Do not touch your face or other parts of the body unnecessarily. The virus is short-lived outside the body and frequent handwashing kills the virus.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly -  the back of your hands, between the fingers, and under the nails - with an alcohol-based solution for 20 seconds, enough to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice. 
  • If you see anyone coughing, ask them to wear a mask.
3. Keep away from potentially infected people.
  • Avoid traveling to countries with reported cases of Covid-19.
  • Avoid interacting with people who have come from infected countries.
  • Maintain 1 meter/3 ft distance when interacting with people.
  • Avoid attending events, conferences, and workshops where people from all over the world are participating.
  • If you are in a place that is likely to be infected, avoid going and try to work from home.

4. Build your immune system.

  • Take Turmeric/Amrutha Balli infused water regularly.
  • Eat food that is well-cooked.
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food from eastern countries/unreliable sources.
  • Avoid eating out as much as possible.
  • Don’t eat any rotten vegetables or fruits.
  • Avoid frozen non-vegetarian food (where the source is unknown).
  • Drink warm water every 15 minutes. Do not allow your throat to dry. Avoid drinking water with ice. 
  • Gargle as prevention. A simple solution of salt in warm water will suffice.

How Coronavirus affects the body?
1. It will first infect the throat, so you'll have a sore throat lasting 3/4 days.
2. The virus then blends into a nasal fluid that enters the trachea and then the lungs, causing pneumonia. This takes about 5/6 days further.
3. With pneumonia comes high fever and difficulty in breathing.
4. The nasal congestion is not like the normal kind. You feel like you're drowning. It's imperative you then seek immediate attention.
 

Symptoms of Coronavirus
If you see any of the following symptoms please see a doctor immediately
1. Fever
2. Headache
3. Running Nose
4. Cough
5. Tiredness
6. Sore throat 
7. Diarrhea


 Frequently Asked Questions:
Q - Is it safe to get a package from an affected country/area?
A - Yes. The likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low. The risk of catching the virus that causes COVID-19 from a package that has been moved and exposed to different conditions and temperatures is also low. 

Q - Is there a treatment for Covid-19?
A - As of now, there is no treatment. Do not take any antibiotics to treat Covid-19 (in case of symptoms, please visit your doctor). Antibiotics only work against bacteria, and not against a virus.

Q - Who is susceptible to catch the virus?
A - Approximately 1 out of 6 people who get COVID-19 become seriously ill and develop difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. 


The test for Coronavirus is available at NIMHANS Hospital.

Precautions against Chickenpox 
While we’re talking about health and safety, there have been reported cases of chickenpox at Electronics City. It is important to know the symptoms and precautions to minimize the chances of contracting it.

Chickenpox symptoms:

  • Body pain
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Boils

Precautions

  • Stay away from people infected.
  • For those who have got chickenpox once before, they are not at risk of getting it. But those who have not got chickenpox before, they need to take a 2 dose vaccination.
You can visit the WHO website to get some authentic information to educate yourself and your loved ones. 
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