Hyderabad: Following Deccan Chronicle’s report regarding unhygienic conditions prevailing at Lakshminagar, Lalapet, due to unauthorised cattle-rearing and garbage dumping in open areas, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) conducted a special drive to clean up the area on Saturday.
GHMC officials removed the cattle sheds and pegs driven into the roads to tie cattle, logs and rods lying on the roads and in open lands. Earlier, these units were not removed though they were not maintaining hygienic conditions and had ignored several requests from residents.
The area was visited by the zonal commissioner, senior entomologists, veterinary section officers and sanitation and health department staff to take necessary steps.
Though residents were relieved that their locality was being cleaned up, they questioned why this action was not taken in the first place when there were repeated representations given by the residents to the GHMC authorities.
Mr K. Madhusudhan Reddy, the father of Ruthvika who lost her life while fighting dengue, said, “These changes should have been made before dengue took our daughter’s life.”
He added, “There are many children in this locality. We are not demanding any extravagant facilities, we are just asking the government to ensure that the colonies are hygienic for children to play outside.”
“We are happy that the officials finally came and inspected the colony, they have also warned all households to maintain cleanliness and to avoid garbage dumping in open areas. All the cattle rearers were given notices and asked not to repeat the same.”
When asked why there was a delay in action, a GHMC official said they had been taking action and responding to complaints as and when they have received them and they were prosecuting the offenders.