Staff Reporter

Tonnes of rubble dumped on roads removed on ‘Debris Day’

Debris dumped by individuals and apartment builders

Dumping junk on roadside to attract fine of Rs. 500

TIRUPATI: ‘Debris Day’, a novel concept coined by the Municipal Commissioner of Tirupati P. Mohan Reddy saw the removal of a whopping 400 metric tonnes of building junk material dumped indiscriminately on the roadside.

After physically cleaning the clogged open drains and getting into the underground drainage lines, Mr. Reddy on Friday targeted the removal of construction material and masonry junk left behind by individuals and apartment builders on the roads. With MP Chinta Mohan and MLA M. Venkataramana voluntarily coming forward to participate, the ‘Debris Day’ saw the participation of several social activists, civic employees and media persons in the noble cause.

Mr. Mohan Reddy explained that the debris collected on Saturday would be used to fill the low-lying area in the graveyard near Sankarambadi Sundarachari Circle. Expressing anguish over the denizens dumping debris at will, he said stringent measures would be initiated and that the violators would have to cough up double the charges incurred by the corporation in removing the garbage. The minimum fine was pegged at Rs. 500. Ten teams drawn from town planning and sanitation wings would roam around the city regularly in ten vehicles to identify and remove the garbage.

Mr. Chinta Mohan said Tirupati would look clean and green only when the denizens developed a love to keep their city a better place to live in. MLA M. Venkataramana also lauded the corporation’s novel initiative.