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Updated: May 9, 2012 11:10 IST

Dumping garbage on streets continues

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REVOLTING SIGHT: A heap of garbage besides the park at Padmanagar in Ward 25 in One Town of Visakhapatnam. Photo C.V. Subrahmanyam
The Hindu REVOLTING SIGHT: A heap of garbage besides the park at Padmanagar in Ward 25 in One Town of Visakhapatnam. Photo C.V. Subrahmanyam

Drivers are also being outsourced to drive the new trucks. The Commissioner wants to see a difference in a month as a cumulative effect of all the measures.

Sanitation is getting top priority with new packages being introduced for wards and workers being given particular stretches with numbers assigned to them. Called ‘pinpoint' sanitation, the main aim is to ensure that each worker does his/her job and accountability is fixed. Also so-called supervisors have been removed with the Municipal Commissioner insisting that there is no such designation and all are workers.

Besides, officials are being asked to supervise the work early in the morning and make use of the new pick-up trucks to lift the garbage. Drivers are also being outsourced to drive the new trucks. The Commissioner wants to see a difference in a month as a cumulative effect of all the measures.

But the impact of the measures should be felt more in the thickly populated One Town area where problems abound. Two heaps of garbage strewn on the road were found on Tuesday evening at Padmanagar in Ward 25 of One Town area. The heaps are further spread by cows looking for something to chew on. The municipal corporation's dumper bins should have been provided in the area. In the absence of the bins the residents must have thrown the garbage on to the road. With the showers that the city is receiving the dumped garbage turns the surroundings quite unhygienic. The municipal corporation has been implementing dustbin-free wards in only six of the wards by collecting garbage from the doorstep of the residents.

The corporation general body resolution for implementing in all the wards was passed long ago and the charges were finalised. However, it is not being implemented. On the top of it, the corporation does not have adequate number of the dumper bins.

A total of 175 bins are required and an order has been placed, it is learnt. Until they come, residents' choice appears to be limited.

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