Hyderabad: The city’s sanitation has gone from bad to worse over the last three months. Thanks to the GHMC, whose sanitary field assistants and supervisors, who are supposed to monitor cleanliness at circle level, were redeployed first for election duty, and then, for revenue collection. Result: the swachh auto tippers have been not collecting segregated waste in most colonies even once in two weeks.
Due to irregular visits of tippers, residents says they were forced to dump garbage on the road side.
This has resulted in rise of garbage vulnerable points (GVPs), which were to be eliminated by the GHMC.
Residents said that their sanitation issues were not resolved even after complaining through the MYGHMC app. They further informed that the garbage dumped on roads have become breeding site for mosquitoes and feeding spots for stray dogs.
Mr V. Ravi Krishna, a resident of Vandanapuri colony, Beeramguda, said that the swachh auto tippers were not visiting even once a week. “We cannot store garbage for a week inside our houses. After waiting for three days, we are forced to dump them on the roadside. If this is the situation in a colony where several VIPs and law makers reside, image the trauma of slums and other areas in the city.”
Most residents say that the corporation had removed garbage bins from their colonies a couple of years ago. Residents have started dumping garbage on the same spot where these bins used to be located.
Identifying GVPs, the corporation eliminated these dumps for a few days during the swachh survey, but the dumps made a quick comeback.
“In recent times, due to delay in frequency of swachh auto tippers, residents have been dumping garbage on the roadside. These huge piles of garbage have now become breeding sites for mosquitoes and a rendezvous point for stray dogs,” said Mahesh, a resident of Galaxy apartments, Kondapur. He said that despite several complaints, corporation officials have failed to address their issue. Even the MYGHMC app did not provide a relief to residents of the colony.
A senior GHMC official, on condition of anonymity, said that these issue had come to their notice. He conceded that the corporation cannot provide immediate relief to residents as most of its staff were deployed on electoral re-verification and revenue collection duties. He admitted that most of the complaints re-opened on the app were sanitation-related and they are clueless on how to resolve it. Sources in sanitation wing of GHMC said that though there are over 2,000 swachh auto tippers, only 1,400 had been hitting the city roads.
Surprisingly, the total amount of garbage lifted city-wide remained the same during this period. The corporation has been transporting 4,500 metric tons of garbage to Jawaharnagar dump yard, despite not lifting them from several locations including prime areas in the city.
When asked for an explanation for the anomaly of quantity of garbage lifted being same despite not collecting it from several colonies, official refused to comment....