Mayor Mohammed Majid Hussain on Friday asked Ramky Enviro Engineers, the private partner implementing the solid waste management project, to prepare an action plan within two weeks for collecting garbage door-to-door in the old city.

He said sanitation-related work, including the Ramky project, would be discussed at the general body meeting on Saturday. The firm was expected to begin trial runs in the east and west zones by now, but it got postponed owing to various reasons. The Mayor, who visited the Jawaharnagar dump along with senior officials, took stock of the work being taken up there and held discussions with the firm’s representatives. He asked the company to purchase new vehicles and necessary equipment as the existing fleet of municipal vehicles was not able to cope with the increasing load, thus resulting in poor disposal of garbage.

“We want to accord top priority to sanitation and accordingly asked Ramky to go head with the project schedule,” Mr. Hussain told reporters. He also said that workers’ unions too were in favour of the project.

The Mayor pointed out that the Chief Minister and other ministers had expressed displeasure over the current pace of sanitation work.

Mr. Hussain also said importance would be accorded to supplying quality drinking water to residents near the site, and that plans had also been chalked out to make the surroundings liveable. The Corporation will construct a hospital for the convenience of residents, besides conducting regular medical check-ups.

GHMC’s TDP floor leader Singireddy Srinivas Reddy and Additional Commissioner (Sanitation) L. Vandan Kumar were present.