Interview with Mayor Bonthu Rammohan

We will improve Swachh ranking, says Mayor.

By   |  Published: 3rd Feb 2017  11:52 pm
File Photo: Bonthu Rammohan, Mayor, Hyderabad. Photo:Hrudayanand

Hyderabad: Hyderabad has been ranked first in transparency, accountability and participation in the Economic Survey apart from being categorised as the fifth most dynamic city in the world. Now, as the city gears up for the Swachh Survekshan ranking, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan said Hyderabad is well on track to become a world class city.

Q: What are the specific areas GHMC is looking at to improve the Swachh Survekshan ranking?
A: Dry and wet waste segregation is one, apart from the collection of construction and demolition (C&D) debris. GHMC is establishing C&D recycling plants shortly and fines are being levied on establishments and individuals, who dump waste on roads.

Q: Are you confident of improving the Swachh Survekshan ranking?
A: Hyderabad has been ranked first in transparency, accountability and other parameters in the Economic Survey. It is also the fifth most dynamic city in the world. Things don’t happen overnight. But this time, we are confident the city will stand among the top 10 cities in the Swachh Survekshan. It is on track to become a world class city.

Q: Is availability of public toilets still a concern?
A: Yes, but very shortly all these issues will be addressed. We are establishing 100 She Toilets and 400 public toilets. Tenders have already been finalised. This apart, 400 ultra-modern bus shelters will come up shortly.

Q: GHMC is always facing criticism for the city’s road conditions. What’s your take on that?
A: It was the case earlier, but not anymore. Apart from the white top, paver block and plastic roads, there are plans to lay 200km of open duct roads, which have ducts on either side for laying cables and pipelines. In a span of about three months, over 400 road works have been taken up. The bad roads that were reported by media belong to the National Highways and Metro Rail. Instructions have been issued to them to recarpet them soon.

Q: Many areas, especially on the outskirts still do not have efficient public transportation service in the city.
A: Things are definitely improving on this front. Now, the focus is on fringe areas. Plans are afoot to introduce BRTS in Hitech City and to extend the same to L B Nagar, Aramgarh, Shamirpet subsequently. Core area transportation will be addressed by tramway services and Metro Rail.

Q: Are the GHMC revenues dwindling?
A: To overcome this, property collection has been intensified. Data has been obtained from Commercial Tax and Electricity department to scan and collect property tax from every establishment and household. Shortly, rooftop solar panels will be established on GHMC properties to cut down on power bills. We will also install LED streetlights and reduce transportation costs of garbage trucks etc.