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Civic body takes up distribution of plastic containers

  • Distribution of plastic cans for collection of garbage completed in 12 wards
  • There is considerable improvement in sanitation in Indiramma wards, says Municipal Chairman
  • Several persons come forward offering services to improve public health Municipality will set up a clinic to provide medical help

    ONGOLE: The Ongole municipality has completed distribution of plastic cans for collection of garbage at the doorstep in all the 12 Indiramma wards in the town to make them dustbin-free localities in the first phase.

    Addressing a meeting got up to distribute plastic containers to every household in Housing Board Colony here on Monday, Municipal Chairman Bapatla Hanumantha Rao stressed the need for people's participation in protecting public health and environment. He appealed to people not to throw litter on the road.

    Awareness exercise

    The municipality is providing two plastic containers to each family for segregating organic and inorganic waste. Cycle-rickshaws visit the colonies every day and collect garbage from their doorstep. This avoids the need of dustbins at street corners which pose hazard to public health.He said that some people are using the plastic containers for other purposes like storing water etc. The municipality is distributing pamphlets to educate people and create awareness among them on public health.

    Mr. Hanumantha Rao said there was considerable improvement in sanitation in Indiramma wards where plastic containers were distributed.

    Call to public

    Municipal Commissioner Challa Anuradha said that all 36 wards would be covered in phases to make Ongole dustbin-free in the next one year to achieve zero garbage level. She said that steps were being taken to check open defecation. She asked people to make use of the Government schemes and construct individual sanitary latrines.

    Anandaiah, who retired as District Leprosy Officer, and his wife, Sowjanya, offered their services to improve public health.

    Dr. Hanumantha Rao said that the municipality would set up a clinic to provide medical help to people living in far away the Housing Board Colony.