Visakhapatnam

Ensure litter-free city

Former chair of CII Young Indians of Vizag Chapter Poonam Shah Srinath moderates a discussion on Swachh Bharat in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam

Former chair of CII Young Indians of Vizag Chapter Poonam Shah Srinath moderates a discussion on Swachh Bharat in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Photo: C.V. Subrahmanyam  

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Stress on change in people’s mindset

People need to change their mindset for a programme like Swachh Bharat to succeed, Indrani Jagga Row, vice- chairperson of Mrs. A.V.N. College, said. “We have to inculcate the values required to ensure that our surroundings, city, and the country are clean,” she said while speaking at a panel discussion on Swachh Bharat organised by CII Yi Vizag Chapter as part of the National Volunteering Week here on Sunday.



“There is a need for a campaign that makes an individual feel guilty when he or she litters. The U.S. too ran a campaign a few decades ago to make people feel responsible and stop littering,” Peter Schneeberger, executive director of Samudra Software (P) Ltd, said. There was a need to enforce laws in the letter and spirit for ensuring greater compliance, said D.V.V.S. Somayajulu, president of Andhra Cricket Association and senior advocate, said. “We need to look inward rather than blaming others for the situation and take steps to ensure that we don’t contribute to the pollution of our neighbourhood,” he added.



Pollution control norms have to be more stringent and steps have to be taken to ensure greater compliance to bring down industrial pollution, said Neeraj Sarda, vice-chairman of CII Vizag chapter and director of Sarda Metals and Alloys Ltd.



The government has to establish effluent or garbage treatment facilities in line with the growing population and development of industries, Sanjit Singh Lamba, managing director of Eisai Pharmatechnology and Manufacturers Pvt Ltd, said.



K.V.T. Ramesh, member of Yellow Bin, talked on the importance and challenges of volunteering. Former chair of Yi Vizag chapter Poonam Shah Srinath moderated the discussion that was attended by youth and activists in large numbers.

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