Slum-dwellers will not be charged for garbage collection: Harish

The Minister, who launched Pattana Pragathi at Narayan Reddy Colony, one of the backward colonies of Sangareddy municipality on Monday, noticed that many residents could not afford to pay the monthly amount because they were living on meagre incomes.

By Author  |  Published: 24th Feb 2020  11:14 pmUpdated: 25th Feb 2020  12:27 am
Finance Minister T Harish Rao speaking during the launch of Pattana Pragathi programme in Sangareddy on Monday.

Sangareddy: Finance Minister T Harish Rao has asked the civic officials of Sangareddy municipality not to charge for garbage collection in colonies such as Narayan Reddy Colony.

The Minister, who launched Pattana Pragathi at Narayan Reddy Colony, one of the backward colonies of Sangareddy municipality on Monday, noticed that many residents could not afford to pay the monthly amount because they were living on meagre incomes. As he went around the colony interacting with the residents to evoke the responses on various issues, Rao observed drains, vacant lands and roadside. When sought the explanation of households, many women replied that they were not in a state to pay the garbage collector.

The Minister has instructed the Collector, M Hanumantha Rao to immediately purchase the vehicles that were required for garbage collection. He has further asked the Collector to depute only municipal owned vehicles to collect the garbage from backward colonies without charging anything from households. “We cannot justify ourselves by imposing the burden on such poor people, Rao has observed and added saying that the rich can afford to pay it. However, the Minister has said that they will impose Rs 500 fine if anyone found dumping garbage in the colony. Later, the Collector said that they will install CC Cameras to monitor the disposal of garbage in the area. The Minister also sensitised them over the importance of segregating the waste into dry and wet at their doorstep to restrict the waste reaching to dump yard. He has further said that they will distribute dust bins and a bag for dumping wet and dry garbage.

During an interaction with ward committee members of 8th ward, Rao assured to get the ownership certificates to all the poor people those who constructed houses but not yet ascertained them, as few citizens raised the issue before the Minister. However, he asked them not to pay any bribe to any person for lobbying. “The government staff led by Sangareddy MRO will conduct a survey to identify such houses and the certificates will be distributed by hosting them over lunch, he said amid the applause of citizens.

He interacted with women committee members, youth committee members and senior citizen committee members in ward. As the individuals were raising the issues, the respective officials have noted down on each and every issue. While some women complained about the ration dealer, some others complained about damaged electric poles. The Minister said that they will provide all the facilities but he has sought them to keep their colony clean besides improving the greenery. He has assured them to build a community hall, Anganwadi centre, Open gym and other facilities if the work unitedly to keep their colony a clean one. Municipal Chairperson, Vijayalakshmi and others were present.


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