The city municipal Commissioner G. Nagaraju expressed, on Friday, his serious anguish over the ‘poor’ civic sense leading to poor sanitary conditions in the city.
The commissioner went round different localities in the old city such as clock centre, Dakshinapu Veedi, Kattepu Veedhi, Verusenakkayala Factory and Venkannachervu areas and took stock of the appalling civic conditions.
The scheme introduced by the Municipal Corporation of Eluru (MCE) for collection of garbage from the doorsteps of the residents has failed for want of public cooperation, he regretted. The MCE has deployed 50 rickshaws and 12 tractors for garbage collection from the households on a daily basis.
But 70 per cent of the garbage generated from households was being dumped either in the drains or on the road margins, he said. The Commissioner warned the residents found dumping the garbage in the drains would be fined. The drains were getting clogged with garbage and becoming cesspools. Consequently, they all became a breeding ground for mosquitoes, posing a serious threat to public health, he said. He stated that special teams from the municipal corporation would keep a vigil on the garbage disposal by the residents.
The Commissioner also witnessed wastage of piped water supplied by the MCE for drinking in several localities during the visit and tested the water quality. He instructed the personnel of the water supply wing of the MCE to plug the leakages.