Garbage problem haunts city

Garbage problem haunts city
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Highlights

With the arrival of monsoon, sanitation in the city has turned from bad to worse. The unauthorised dumping places are adding to people\'s problems.In a city with population of 12 lakh, a total of 600 metric tonnes of garbage is being produced every day. When garbage collection itself is a challenging task, the non-availability of dumping place is another problem.

Vijayawada: With the arrival of monsoon, sanitation in the city has turned from bad to worse. The unauthorised dumping places are adding to people's problems.In a city with population of 12 lakh, a total of 600 metric tonnes of garbage is being produced every day. When garbage collection itself is a challenging task, the non-availability of dumping place is another problem.

Highlights:

  • No coordination between clearance and collection staff
  • Though 3,400 sanitation workers are involved in keeping the city clean, the task remains Herculean
  • Households should cooperate with sanitation workers to solve the problem of garbage spilling out from the bins

Unless every households cooperate with sanitation workers, it will be difficult to solve the problem of garbage spilling out from the bins, they say.Although about 3,400 sanitation workers are involved in keeping the city clean, the task remains Herculean. People complaining about spilling garbage bins at places where businessmen dump large quantity of garbage. “When they do so even after bin was full, the garbage spread onto the roads causing problem.

If the day happens to be a holiday or Sunday, the garbage stinks and it is a problem for pedestrians and vehicle riders too, said A Sitaram, a helper in a shop near Fish Market.“There is no coordination between the drain clearance staff who piles up silt beside road and collection staff who leaves it on the road forcing us to suffer,” said Kalyani, an Intermediate student at Anjaneya Vagu.

“Garbage is causing problems to people in almost all localities where garbage dumper bins are not cleared regularly. We want to keep the city clean but sometimes it is not possible because of delayed response from the sanitation staff,” says KV Ramana of Brahmin Street.

“We are confident that Vijayawada Municipal Corporation is dumping garbage at Jakkampudi flyover near Milk Factory. The dump includes organic material, demolished concrete material and other things. Going through the road is difficult because of the stink there,” said K Srinivas, a construction worker.

Responding to the existing garbage problem, VMC Health Officer Dr Gopi Naik told The Hans India that the VMC has nothing to do with the garbage being dumped at Jakkampudi. He informed that the entire garbage was being dumped at Pathapadu.
The government has brought the GO No 279 which recommends streamlining of sanitation works by forming City Sanitation Task Force. Though the VMC set up CSTF, it has to act in accordance with the Task Force to resolve the garbage problem which is haunting the city.

By Noor Shaik

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