Staff Reporter

VISAKHAPATNAM: The Ministry of Environment and Forests of the Union Government framed Municipal Solid Waste (Management and Handling) Rules 2000. The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation is keen to modernize and improve overall quality of life in accordance with them. Municipal Commissioner Mukesh Kumar Meena speaks on the status on key issues:

House-to-house collection of garbage: The erstwhile corporation has about 80 to 85 per cent coverage. After it became GVMC and with increase of area, it is now 40 per cent.

Workers: The present number of workers is more than 3,000. An additional 2,200 workers are required.

Waste storage and transportation: More dumper placers and dumper bins are needed to cover new areas to do away with cement bins.

Processing and disposal of waste: A 100-acre land is being used as a dumping yard at Kapuluppada. The land is not properly used.

Pelletisation: For disposal of degradable garbage, a 6.6 mw energy recovery plant has been allotted and an MoU entered into in 2004 with Visakha Energy Systems. The Chief Minister laid foundation for the plant three years ago.

Resident Welfare Associations (RWAs): How long it will take to organise the resident welfare organisations to oversee sanitation work?

More Janachaitanya rickshaws are required to cover the new area. Besides, the existing 400 to 450, another 600 will be purchased.

We are soon going to take around 1100 workers under the “Subhram” scheme. The remaining will be taken next year.

In addition to the present 39 dumper placers and 446 bins, around 45 more placers and 440 bins are needed to cover the merged area. They will be purchased from the Government of Andhra Pradesh’s grant under the XII Finance Commission.

Landfill: Some engineering work needs to be done. We have called for private consultants to prepare a proposal.

After it was ready, we intend to send the proposal to the Union Government to take it up under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JNNURM).

Some of the RWAs are loosely organized and we have to bring them into an organized, functioning structure so that they play a monitoring role in a citizen partnership-oriented sanitation.