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Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna placing earthworms into a vermicompost processing chamber at the new plant inaugurated on Thursday. Deputy Mayor Samanthapudi Narasaraju is seen.
Municipal Commissioner P.S. Pradyumna placing earthworms into a vermicompost processing chamber at the new plant inaugurated on Thursday. Deputy Mayor Samanthapudi Narasaraju is seen.

Staff Reporter

He inaugurates vermicompost plant at Skew Bridge on NH 5

VIJAYAWADA: Proper sanitation is key to the development of a city, said Municipal Commissioner P. S. Pradyumna on Thursday.

Speaking after inaugurating a vermicompost plant at Skew Bridge on NH-5, Mr. Pradyumna pointed out that development of cities worldwide was due to their perfect sanitation. He released earthworms in the vermicompost-processing chamber to mark the inaugural of the new plant and said that since it was located along a National Highway, it would serve as an educational experience for students on a study tour. He said the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) would set up a vermicompost plant in all divisions.

Pointing out that the 14th division was only third in the quantum of development taken up in the VMC limits, Mr. Pradyumna said the VMC had taken up a novel programme of providing utility services even on the areas located along the canal bunds. The new plant is funded jointly by the VMC and the Andhra Pradesh Cooperative Bank (APCOB).

Kankipadu MLA Devineni Rajasekhar (Nehru) inaugurated a bus-shelter, funded by local corporator Ummadisetty Bahadur and named after his grandparents. Citing the on-going developmental works underground drainage, water tank and a double-lane bridge in the division, he said the Congress government in the State had been according equal importance to all fields of development.

The MLA, however, admitted that mosquito menace was on the rise and advised the corporation authorities to lay emphasis on steps to eradicate the problem.

M. Venkata Subba Rao, adviser to the setting up of vermicompost plants, said that vermicompost was a preferred nutrient source for organic farming. It was eco-friendly, non-toxic, consumed low energy input for composting and was a recycled biological product.Deputy Mayor Samanthapudi Narasaraju, Mr. Bahadur, other corporators and officials of the VMC were present.


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