The city’s struggle for collection and disposal of solid waste continues with not enough dumper bins in place in the 72 wards of Visakhapatnam. Plans for Anakapalle and Bhimili, which were made part of GVMC, are still in the pipeline.
The city has about 900 bins into which garbage is collected from households and waste from swept roads is dumped. The bins are lifted to the transfer station and from there to Kapuluppada dumping yard.
In use for about five to six years, about 400 of them rusted over a period of time and could not be used. There has been no replacement for long, according to sources.
With plans for decentralised management of solid waste initiated earlier, replacement of the old bins did not get due attention, say sources.
However, with no bins at places where they used to be, garbage is piling up. At several places in One Town like Stadium Road, Chilakala Road and One Town main road, near HB Colony in Sitammadhara and at several places in Pendurti area heaps of garbage are found as it would take sometime for the municipal vehicles to clear it up.
“After Mr. Pravin Kumar took over, orders are placed for about 250 bins around four months ago,” Chief Medical Officer (Health) M.S. Raju said when contacted. The bins are of one ton and 0.75 ton capacity on an average cost Rs.70,000 each.
“We got made 50 at Hyderabad and later shifted the making to a work site near the Stadium Road here,” said Hemant Kumar of Vignesh Engineering Company the makes the bins. All the 104 small bins and 85 of the 109 big bins are delivered. They have been handed over to the corporation as and when ready and they are almost nearing completion, he said.