G.V.R. Subba Rao
Mushrooming shopping centres, malls, fast food centres spewing out garbage
VMC procures nearly 75 waste disposal bins, each costing Rs. 2,900
Commissioner asks officials to levy fine on an educational institute
VIJAYAWADA: What is the most daunting task for the officials of Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC)? It is the fast growing urban culture with mushrooming shopping centres, malls, fast food centres and the like, which is throwing a challenge in making Vijayawada a litter-free city.
A cigarette packet or a pet bottle thrown out casually from a moving vehicle, plastic carry bags given in shopping malls or disposable glasses provided by cane juice vendors are all turning the city’s main roads and thoroughfares ugly. While many like to have a cup of coffee or a soft drink on the go, not all take care of dropping the empty cup or bottle in a waste bin.
As much as one tonne of waste is generated on main roads like Bandar road up to Benz circle, Eluru road up to Machavaram and Canal road every day.
Bins in disuse
With bins arranged at different places, all it takes one to do is to walk a few extra steps. But, hardly anyone seems to use these bins. Most of the waste generated on the roads consists of pet bottles, water sachets, juice straws, papers, carry bags, soft drink cans, food wraps and biscuit packets, dry cleaning bags and the like, say VMC officials.
It is not just the people. Most institutional and commercial centres produce waste very similar to those in the residential stream. They, generally, tend to throw out plastic liners and wrappers at the dawn. As night sweeping would have been completed by then, roads turn ugly again. VMC officials have found that night sweeping is not sufficient to keep the main roads clean and tidy. They identified G.S. Raju road, Sambamurthy road and low bridge as the stretches that get the highest volume of this kind of waste.
The VMC is taking up round-the-clock sweeping on these roads to accomplish the goal of making the city litter-free.
The new initiative would be implemented on these few roads initially, and would be extended to other busy roads in a phased manner.
It purchased about 75 bins each costing Rs. 2,900, and radium reflector jackets each worth Rs. 160. The VMC has plans to place a bin at a distance of every 100 metres. Nearly 75 sanitary workers with radium reflector jackets would be lined up in a shift. Resultantly, the VMC would deploy sanitary workers in three shifts, including for night sweeping.
Commercial establishments and shops would have to handover the waste generated on their premises only to the sanitary workers, officials say.
Seeking to send out a strong signal, VMC Commissioner P. S. Pradyumna instructed the officials to collect penal fee from the competitive examinations institute that threw pamphlets on Moghalrajpuram road on Saturday when ICET was held. He cautioned the educational institutions that stringent action would be taken if they were found to defacing the city roads with pamphlets.