GHMC to remove open garbage vulnerable points

‘Volunteers should be appointed at the locations to stop dumping’

The GHMC is launching a special drive, a second one, to remove open garbage points in various parts of the city.

GHMC commissioner D.S. Lokesh Kumar has issued directions to deputy commissioners and medical officers to ensure that garbage is cleared from the identified vulnerable points, and ensure that more garbage does not accumulate there.

Volunteers should be appointed at the locations to stop dumping of garbage and the points should be protected by drawing ‘Rangoli’ or planting saplings, the commissioner said.

GHMC had conducted a similar drive three years ago, as part of the 100-day action plan, when a total of 1,116 garbage vulnerable points (GVPs) were identified and cleared. However, more than half of them were being littered yet again and GHMC attributed it to continuous rains and festivals.

Majority of them are at important circles and commercial areas. As per the action plan to clear GVPs, it has been decided to collect household garbage more effectively and penalise those who dump trash in public places.

Rallies and announcements should be carried out to spread awareness about handing over garbage to auto tippers and special meetings should be held with colony welfare associations and owners of commercial complexes. GHMC sanitation officials and staff should work with corporators, Basti committees and resident welfare associations (RWAs) to clear the vulnerable points.

The practice of public shaming is sought to be revived, whereby those dumping trash in public places will be caught and felicitated, it said.

CCTV cameras should be installed at GVPs in order to identify violators and penalise them. RWAs should be encouraged to install CCTVs. Garbage at transfer stations too will be cleared completely.

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