GVMC has made a beginning to make the city dustbin free. As a part of it, the GVMC has removed dumper bins in 20 percent of the city area where door-to-door collection vehicles have been deployed. Speaking to Hello Vizag, G. Srijana said they do not want to jump the gun to make Vizag dustbin free in one go. When there are 150 minivans moving to collect garbage from all households, what is the need to install bins, she asked.
However, the places from where the bins have been removed will become vulnerable points as people will continue to throw garbage. To discourage the people from throwing garbage, the civic body will undertake an IEC campaign and impose penalties, she said. All garbage vehicles and bins have Geotags so that they can be monitored whether the garbage is being cleared daily or not.
She told that sanitary inspectors and ward sanitary secretaries are monitoring garbage clearance in their respective areas. She said door-to-door collection and segregation of waste have improved after secretaries began functioning. The penalty has been enhanced for throwing waste in the open and using plastic.
GVMC Chief Medical Officer of Health (COMH) KSLG Sastry said that bins are being removed in the areas where door-to-door garbage collection vehicles have access. He said they will gradually increase the number of garbage collection vehicles to the entire Vizag. However, litter bins will not be removed in the commercial areas, the COMH said residents should focus on segregation of dry, wet, and hazardous waste at source as per the latest solid waste management rules. Increased segregation of waste at source will help GVMC improve its ranking in Swachh Survekshan. Pushcarts will be deployed where the vehicles cannot go.
Warning the citizens not to throw waste in canals, he said they were focusing on the door-to-door collection, people’s awareness, and Swachhata App. A 20-day training program has been conducted for all sanitary inspectors, ward sanitary secretaries, supervisors, and drivers at all levels.
Around 1,100 metric tonnes of garbage, including both dry and wet waste, is generated in Vizag daily. The municipal corporation is focusing on the involvement of citizens since there will be 1800 marks out of 6,000 for citizen feedback, Sastry added. “WE will increase garbage vehicles next year after assessing the requirement. Currently, we are ensuring optimum utilization of available garbage vehicles,” he added.
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