An elaborate plan has been drawn up for implementation from April 15

The GVMC has drawn up an elaborate plan for implementation of the decentralised solid waste management from April 15.

Apart from logistics, officials at various levels are involved for implementation of the new SWM. Under the supervision of zone commissioners, assistant medical officers will oversee the work of sanitary inspectors who will get the work done through two or three maistries. The sanitary inspectors and those directly involved in the implementation have been shown a video of how the SWM is being done at other places. Job charts have been given.

The Officer-on-Special Duty (Information Technology) has created a web page to upload details of waste collected, men worked etc. “Garbage collected from each route will be uploaded as soon it is dumped at the site identified for the purpose. This will be a constant process as ultimately the exact quantity of wet and dry garbage collected is to be calculated for its effective, long-term disposal,” says Additional Commissioner (Finance) P. Purnachandra Rao, who is entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the implementation of the SWM told The Hindu. Until now, the calculation is based on the thumb rule that each person generates 400 to 500 gm of waste a day.

Depending upon the terrain, various vehicles required like wheel barrows, pushcarts, cycle-rickshaws and other vehicles will be deployed. The vehicle type is decided on whether a zone has more gradient or narrow lanes etc. To ply the vehicles and collect garbage, a total of 1,340 routes have been identified in all the 72 wards, says Mr. Purnachandra Rao.

Besides, for every 350 to 400 houses a vehicle is required to collect the waste after identifying specific requirements. “However, tenders have been called for only 60 per cent of the pushcarts as already cycle-rickshaws and wheel barrows have been acquired spending the 12th Finance Commission funds,” says Mr. Purnachandra Rao. Similarly, the mini vehicles brought with the funds will be utilised to pick up garbage from the transit points.

Sites identified

For all the zones, vacant sites have been identified for making compost out of the wet garbage collected. However, for now vermi-compost is not being taken up. On the process to be taken up for disposal of dry waste, including debris, coconut shells and plastic, officials of executive engineer rank have been assigned the task.

An elaborate training and campaign is also a part of the programme before the implementation begins.

More In: Visakhapatnam