Revanth Calls for Four Landfills To Reduce Pollution, Convert Waste To Power

Hyderabad: Chief Minister A. Revanth Reddy called for the creation of four landfills — one in each direction — away from residential areas, to minimise adverse health consequences and reduce the burden on the current landfill.

Reddy said, “At present, there is only one dump yard for the entire city of Hyderabad, at Jawahar Nagar. About 8,000 tonnes of garbage is being transported to the Jawahar Nagar dump yard every day. The dump yard has been creating trouble for the local dwellers, with air pollution and bad smell.”

At a review meeting, officials brought to the Chief Minister’s notice that they had previously identified sites in Shamshabad and Medak to reduce pollution near the current one, to which Reddy asked for a review of the sites to ensure they would not disturb people residing there.

The Chief Minister also suggested that the landfills comprise waste-to-energy plants, to generate 15 MW of electricity, and that civic officials coordinate with TSSPDCL in this regard. “The government will extend full support to set up garbage recycling plants,” he said.

Discussing the changes to the Metro Rail alignment, Reddy said that the 32-km route from Gachibowli to the airport, proposed by the BRS regime, would not be of much use to the public.

He said that given the wealthier populations residing in Gachibowli and Jubilee Hills, where people prefer to use their own vehicles, the Congress modified the Metro route.

“The chances of using the Metro services on the modified Gowliguda-Falaknuma-airport route and LB Nagar-airport route are more. This route will help a lot of people who go to the airport to give a send-off to their family members, as many travel to Arab countries,” he said.

Reddy said that the government has decided to develop the Musi riverfront on a 55-km stretch, in the first phase. He said that the government is determined to develop all areas falling between the ORR and RRR as well.

“The government proposes to set up international-level amusement parks, waterfalls, children water sports, street vendors, business centres and shopping malls with unique designs in the catchment area of Musi River,” he said.

The Chief Minister also suggested creating a tourist circuit by connecting the historical buildings of Charminar, Golconda Fort, Seven Tombs and Taramati Baradari, located on the banks of the Musi.

Reddy called upon corporates to invest in these areas under the public-private partnership model and set up facilities for people to experience a pleasant atmosphere from 6 pm to 6 am.

He also asked officials to build check dams and install fountains and waterfalls in the Musi catchment area. “The government will also support the construction of five-star hotels,” he said.

( Source : Deccan Chronicle. )
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