Lakshmipathi Nagar declared ‘litter-free’ by municipal corporation last year

With a population of over 10 lakh and a huge number of people coming every day either for livelihood or other works, keeping the city clean is obviously a formidable task but there are some colonies which are able to give a tidy look, thanks to the special sanitation drive conducted by Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC).

Here is one such small and neatly-maintained colony situated opposite Auto Nagar Gate in Patamata that’s envy for other habitations. It is Lakshmipathi Nagar, one of the 18 out of 250-plus colonies which were declared ‘litter-free’ by the VMC last year that still maintains a ‘clean track record’.

The colony is almost three-and-a-half decades old and is largely inhabited by employees and a sizable number of businessmen. For its cleanliness, it was declared as litter-free and awarded a certificate of appreciation in August 2012 by the then Municipal Commissioner Abdul Azeem.

Lot of greenery

Lakshmipathi Nagar has only one main road flanked on either side by those of Bapuji Nagar and J.D. Nagar and it has a lot of greenery thanks to the keen interest evinced by residents and their welfare association (Lakshmipathi Nagar Residents’ Welfare Association).

“We have nearly 200 households, a reasonably well-maintained underground drainage system and drinking water facility, but have no common facility area where a park, a library or other such utility can be developed. We are looking for a vacant piece of land for that purpose”, said Association officer-bearers M. Lingeswara Rao (president), B. Ch. Venkata Reddy (secretary) and V. Ravi Kumar (treasurer).

Helping them in the work are P.V.S. Kumar, M. Lakshman Rao, S. Papa Rao (former presidents) and D. Padmaja (executive member).

The colony is otherwise a happy place to live in, situated as it is very close to Patama Centre and Benz Circle. The land on which the colony came up was owned by a landlord, Lakshmipathi Muppavarapu. It has since been developed into a good residential locality. The focus is always on sanitation and the result of it is there to be seen and emulated elsewhere.

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