In a bid to improve its position in Swachh Survekshan (SS) – 2021 rankings, Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is fully focusing on every parameter that aids in making Visakhapatnam stand out in earning the score. As a part of this, GVMC is paying special attention to every aspect of the survey. Towards this end, Municipal Commissioner G Srijana gave clear instructions to the zonal commissioners across the city to lay focus on preventing urination in public places, open defecation, littering, and spitting.
Strict directives have been given to Sanitary inspectors and ward sanitary secretaries to maintain community and public toilets well. The Commissioner asked to keep a close tab on preventing open urination, defecation, and spitting, the Municipal Commissioner directed the officials concerned to charge penalty against the violators. It is learnt that the corporation officials are laying emphasis on gaining mileage in all the parameters of SS-2021, including direct observation, garbage-free city ratings, segregation and processing of waste, and citizens’ feedback through voting.
V Sanyasi Rao, Additional Commissioner says that those urinating in public or spitting or littering or defecating will attract a penalty which may even scale up to Rs 5,000. D Sridhar, Zonal Commissioner (V) said that, In the past, slips in matching up with certain parameters eventually made the city lag behind in Swachh Survekshan rankings. But this time, we do not want to take any chances and hence even the minute detail is being considered with great attention. Also, steps are afoot to identify vulnerable spots where people are used to relieving themselves and beautify them with impressive paintings on the walls and arranging flowering plants.
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