Hyderabad: Two major projects of the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), one to make the city free from plastic and the other to get rid of the beggar menace, were launched here on Monday.
The beggar-free city project, which had been on the anvil for a long time but with no signs of progress, was revived recently by the GHMC, with surveys being conducted to identify the number of beggars in the city. The idea is to rehabilitate beggars, provide them with job-oriented training and to get them away from the practice of begging. The project will also look at identifying those beggars who are eligible for pension, Mayor B Rammohan said while launching the project.
On Monday, with the project going live officially, Rammohan went around areas including LB Nagar, Uppal and a few spots in Secunderabad looking for beggars who had been identified during a survey conducted by the Beggar Free Society NGO.
The survey had identified 500 beggars who were to be rehabilitated immediately. Fifty of these were identified by the team led by Rammohan and these were shifted to the Amma Nana Ashram, the rehabilitation centre run by the Beggar Free Society at Choutuppal. The team also found a four-month-old baby on the streets, and shifted the baby to the rehabilitation centre, where she will be taken care of till her parents are traced, the Mayor said.
The plastic free Hyderabad project, another idea that has taken years to be implemented, also began on Monday, with Gautam Nagar Colony in Malkajgiri taking steps to be declared as the first plastic free colony in the city.
The Mayor, who launched the distribution of paper bags in the colony, said the sanitation committee in the colony would see to it that the declaration was made possible at the earliest. “We are already collecting penalties from those who are using plastic bags despite the ban,” he said.