GHMC is burning the garbage, allege SCB residents

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GHMC SI allegedly asked complainant to take a picture or record video of offenders.

A screengrab from a viral video that shows garabage is being burnt and not proper disposal methods are being followed.

HYDERABAD: Residents living within the Secunderabad Cantonment Board precincts have accused the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation board of not being serious about sanitation and clearing of garbage in their areas.

Mr Venkatramana, a resident of Trimulgherry told Deccan Chronicle that he had complained against commercial establishments burning their garbage in the open to Mr M. Devender, GHMC superintendent for Solid Waste Management. But such burning of garbage is continuing adding to the pollution in the area.

The Trimulgherry resident said he had recently come across a sweeper who was burning dry garbage instead of disposing it in a waste bin.

When he was confronted, the sweeper took the stance that burning the garbage is better as it would otherwise scatter due to the wind.  “The waste bin was only a few metres away. He could have easily disposed it of properly.

Instead he burnt it causing air pollution. Such violation is happening because of the lethargic attitude of SCB officials. They think they can get away with this behaviour,” Mr Venkatramana remarked.

He said when he spoke GHMC superintendent Devender, he was asked to take a picture or record the video of offenders.

“The burden of proof is on us, the common citizens. When I sent him a video, the superintendent casually told me he would look into it,” the angry resident protested.

When contacted, the superintendent maintained that the SCB took the issue of garbage disposal seriously.  “We have recently penalised nearly 15 commercial establishments that were burning their garbage in the open. We understand the seriousness of the matter,” he maintained. Mr Devender said that since Tuesday was a holiday due to Guru Nanak Jayanti, he could not attend to Mr Venkatramana’s complaint. “We will get on to it as soon as possible,” he added.