Only 100 tons of garbage cleared against 500 tons generated daily

Mounds of garbage are seen on the city roads with the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) officials keeping their fingers crossed over stiff resistance from residents of Ajithsingh Nagar to dumping of garbage in their locality. The shortage of transportation vehicles has aggravated the problem.

Piles of garbage were left uncollected alongside the roads in many places. Garbage mounds could be seen at places close to the VMC office also.

For instance, the spot near Rajiv Gandhi Wholesale Market, which is just a stone’s throw away from the corporation, overflowed with trash generated from the flower and vegetable markets.

The Corporation officials could clear only 100 tons of garbage as against 500 tons generated daily in the city.

The problem cropped up ever since the Ajithsingh Nagar residents opposed and blocked the movement of garbage vehicles.

The VMC could not clear the garbage, literally for three days, in the city.

Keeping in view Sri Ramanavami, the Corporation officials shifted the overflowing dumper bins to vehicle depot located near railway station. They parked the dumper bins there and no further garbage clearance took place for three days.

More than 300 tons of garbage is generated from households, which come straight on to the dumper bins placed at vantage points in the city.

The corporation could clear only 70 dumper bins as against the total 400 dumper bins located across the city.

As the district administration has earmarked a seven-acre land at Kadimpothavaram near Kondapalli, the problem eased to little extend.

The officials say garbage transportation has become a Herculean Task as the village is approximately 30 km away from the city.

The VMC has to clear at least 250 bins a day to keep the streets clean. But, it is hardly clearing 70 bins in a day, officials say.

Meanwhile, CPI(M) city secretary Ch. Babu Rao said the funds released under Finance Commission for MSW were not utilised properly. The problem continues to haunt the people, he said.

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