Garbage clearance resumes after four days in pilgrim city

Garbage clearance resumes after four days in pilgrim city
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Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) authorities as well as the people of the pilgrim city heaved a sigh of relief with the withdrawal of the blockade by the villagers of Ramapuram at the municipal dumping yard near the village to enable resuming disposal of garbage in the city, on Saturday.

Tirupati: Municipal Corporation of Tirupati (MCT) authorities as well as the people of the pilgrim city heaved a sigh of relief with the withdrawal of the blockade by the villagers of Ramapuram at the municipal dumping yard near the village to enable resuming disposal of garbage in the city, on Saturday.

Due to the villagers’ blockade preventing the municipal corporation garbage tractors near the village, 13 km from the city, the clearing of garbage came to a standstill in the pilgrim city. Since four days it resulted in the all the dustbins getting filled forcing the residents to throw their household waste around bins and in open places causing lot of inconvenience to the denizens.

MCT authorities along with local MLA M Suguna held several rounds of talks with the villagers in the past three days to end the deadlock resulting in the villagers temporarily with draw the blockade. They gave five days time for the MCT to decide on shifting the dumping yard to some other place.

Immediately after the withdrawal of the blockade, the MCT health department swung into action to clear the about 700 tonnes of accumulated garbage in the city.Talking to The Hans India, Corporation Sanitary Supervisor Govardhan said that all the 14 tractors, 4 tipper and 4 compactors each having a capacity of disposing 12 tonne garbage at a time pressed into service to clear the accumulate garbage. About 1000 health workers will work round the clock till the entire garbage accumulated is cleared.

Meanwhile, former Congress MP Chintha Mohan urged the authorities not to politicise the disposal of garbage in Ramapuram municipal yard and wanted the MCT to find out a permanent solution to the dumping of garbage to avoid frequent stoppage of garbage clearance causing inconvenience and health problem in the city.

He said any lapse in proper maintenance of sanitary condition and upkeep of the city mars the image of the famous pilgrim centre where about 70000 people from various places including abroad are coming daily to have darshan of Lord Venkateswara.

CPM city secretary T Subramanyam also expressed concern on the deteriorating sanitary condition in the city due to stoppage of garbage clearance and stressed on the MCT finding out a lasting solution to avoid such situation in future.

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