Overflowing garbage bins, trash scattered all around and unbearable stench – this is the civic scenario prevailing in most colonies in the city this festive season.
Right from the posh areas of Jubilee Hills to the lanes of the old city, overflowing garbage bins greet residents in the colonies. With the outbreak of dengue and other diseases in the city, residents in a majority of areas are a worried lot.
Though the main roads sport a clean look, the lanes and bylanes in most residential colonies appear neglected. The situation on the city fringes, particularly in areas like L.B. Nagar, Saroornagar, Champapet and Attapur, is worse. A majority of garbage bins in Gandhinagar, Chappal Bazar, next to Musheerabad toddy compound, Indiramma Nagar community Hall, Ramnagar – Lalithanagar road, Yousufguda Setwin office, Jubilee Hills, Moti Nagar and Borabanda are overflowing with trash.
Taking advantage of the situation, meat shop vendors and hotel owners are dumping all the trash in garbage bins placed in residential colonies. Many complaints were lodged with the GHMC authorities but nothing has been done.
“It is the festive season and GHMC authorities have not even felt the need to spray disinfectants in colonies,” said P. Uma Maheshwar, a resident of Gandhinagar.
“There are four garbage bins on the Chappal Bazar-Chaderghat road and they are left to overflow with trash at least five days a week. Already dengue cases have broken out in the city and these unhygienic conditions are making things even worse,” says Laxman Rao, a resident of Kacheguda.
While garbage is strewn on streets leading to Rasoolpura Masjid and Begumpet Patigadda road, heaps of garbage welcomes one at L.B. Nagar Nandanavanam Colony, B.M. Home Orphanage in Saroornagar, says Federation of Association of Colonies and Apartment secretary V. Kamesh Babu. This apart, branches of trees that were chopped by APCPDCL authorities to avoid damage to high tension wires are dumped on pavements in localities like Kalyanangar, Ameerpet market road, Banjara Hills road no. 12. These places are turning into mosquito dens.
On the other hand, GHMC authorities maintain that garbage is being collected regularly.
“Everyday nearly 3,800 tonnes of garbage is collected from the city and dumped at Jawaharnagar dumping yard”, says GHMC Additional Commissioner (Health and Sanitation) Aleem Basha.