Residents of most wards in Vizag North Constituency are eagerly waiting for the GVMC elections to come to an end. There are many civic issues that they want the corporators to be elected to solve, including the cracked-up roads full of garbage, domestic waste and plastic waste, with no garbage in sight.
While most drains have not been cleaned up in the constituency, an absence of garbage bins and dumping sewage openly on the roads in several areas is an issue of concern. In the Venkata Ramamurthy colony (ward 43) near kummari Veehi, there is no common GVMC bin. Locals said that the bin was installed and removed two years ago for reasons not known. The garbage from three to four blocks daily dumped on the road.
A general store vendor said, “Earlier the garbage used to be dumped in the drain nearby, but the sewage water started overflowing onto the roads as the drain was choke. Now all of us have shifted to dumping the garbage on the road.” Several parts of Akkyapalem (ward 26) are filled with potholes and poor sewage. While many drains are being cleaned up, the garbage picked up from the drain is left on the road for days together, said residents. The sanitation staff disposes of at their will, they added.
K Ramakrishna, a resident of NGOs colony, said that many people residing here more often than not dump garbage in the drain, which blocks it frequently. Dumping of waste here ought to be strictly prohibited. It is the first step towards cleanliness and waste management,” he said. Apart from roads, a bridge in Akkayapalem is in a dilapidated state. The walls of the bridges are broken. The residents said that since the bridge is small, no one has bothered to repair it.