Two trucks hired to enable the civic body to lift garbage

Disturbed by a series of newspaper reports on accumulation of garbage in prime residential areas across the city, members of the Vijayawada Hoteliers’ Association have risen to the occasion to extend a helping hand to the health officials of the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC).

They handed over two big trucks to the corporation authorities to be utilised for lifting garbage from the city limits and dump it in the yard on the outskirts.

“Responding to the series of newspaper reports, we contacted Chief Medical Officer of the VMC M. Satyanarayana Raju to discuss what best could be done to address the crucial issue.

The latter cited dearth of garbage-lifting vehicles as a major drawback and so we hired two trucks for three days and handed them over to the VMC to be used for garbage-lifting purpose,” said association president K. Pattabhi Ram.

The association members handed over the vehicles to the VMC at its office on Wednesday afternoon.

“Half of the garbage lifting vehicles are damaged and are in need of repairs while the ones in use are also not in proper condition. Moreover, the garbage dump yard is 35 km away from Singhnagar, almost near Nuzvid,” said Mr. Pattabhi Ram.

He expressed hope that other organisations would also rise to the occasion and do their bit in having the piled up garbage cleared from the city limits.

Association’s vice-president S. Muralidhar Reddy, treasurer P.V.D. Prasad, and joint secretary Sanjay Mehta were present.

Meanwhile, Municipal Commissioner G. S. Panda Das said the corporation had expedited the garbage-clearance process.

He said the damaged vehicles had been repaired and additional vehicles hired for the purpose.

He asked people not to throw garbage on the road and instead hand it over to the corporation’s sanitary wing workers visiting their locality every morning.

He said people must realise that it was our city and we must make committed efforts to keep it clean and free of any health hazard.

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