HYDERABAD: The state government has a formed a special committee to improve sanitation within the city. The committee will be headed by Ms Sujatha Gupta, officer on special duty. It will prepare an action plan to enhance sanitation right from the ward and circle levels.
Municipal administration and urban development minister K.T. Rama Rao asked the committee to prepare a comprehensive report at the earliest and make middle-level staff accountable for cleanliness in various parts of the twin cities.
The minister suggested that women self-help groups and residential welfare associations could also be involved in this endeavour. He pointed out that 18,000 sanitation workers are available at the ground level to improve sanitation in the city with a population over one crore.
Rama Rao wanted the existing garbage-carrying vehicles to be replaced with vehicles that are compliant with the solid waste management rules.
The minister said a dress code could be brought in for officials from the field level to higher authorities. He wanted modernisation of the 17 garbage transfer stations in the city, with location-wise mapping of garbage collection. Swachh autos must be deployed for collecting garbage from each house.
Later, GHMC commissioner D.S. Lokesh Kumar said that the corporation has deployed 150 fogging machines in addition to the existing 150, to deal with the mosquito menace. With this, he said, each ward will have two fogging machines....