Hyderabad: A day after bagging the award for the Best State Capital in Solid Waste Management as part of Swachh Survekshan, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is now looking to up the ante on all fronts.
The municipal corporation is drawing out plans to focus on mechanisation, modernisation of fleet, and to ensure citizen and community participation in Swachh Hyderabad initiatives, Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy told Telangana Today.
Q: What does the award mean to GHMC?
A: It means a lot. To beat 28 States and seven Union Territories and bag the Best Capital award in Solid Waste Management indicates comprehensive practices of collection, segregation, treatment of waste being adopted by the GHMC thereby setting an example to other cities.
Q: What helped GHMC improve its performance?
A: There are many. Introduction of Swachh Autos for collection of waste, Swachh Dhoots to promote segregation at source, eliminating garbage vulnerable points, ranking of municipal circles, colony associations, hotels, hospitals etc., played a crucial role. The State government’s support is also vital. The salaries being paid to sanitary workers here is the highest in the country.
Q: How are you going to consolidate the top position?
A: Focus will be on mechanisation and involving more IT services. Transport fleet will be modernised, night sweeping machine operations will be extended, improvement of transfer stations for handling construction and demolition debris will be stressed upon. Above all, involving citizens and community in Swachh Hyderabad initiatives will be emphasised.
Q: What made GHMC stand apart from the rest?
A: Introduction of biometric attendance system for workers, self-assessment of municipal circles, colonies etc., helped GHMC gain attention. In fact, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs replicated the elimination of garbage vulnerable points and making restaurants and fuel stations permit visitors to use toilets practices in other cities.