Hyderabad: All efforts put in by Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to improve its ranking have paid off with the municipal corporation bagging the ‘Best State Capital in Solid Waste Management’ award in the entire country.
The Union Ministry for Housing and Urban Affairs announced the Swachh Survekshan rankings and awards on Wednesday evening.
Soon after the results the name of Hyderabad was announced as the ‘Best State Capital in Solid Waste Management’, the GHMC office erupted in joy.
GHMC Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy, Mayor Bonthu Rammohan and other senior officials celebrated the occasion by cutting a cake in the head office.
“Hyderabad has been bagging the award for the most livable city for the last three years. Emphasis has been on provision of basic amenities besides upkeep of sanitation. The city has been setting a example for other cities across the country with its innovative programmes,” the Mayor said, adding that the GHMC would continue to keep up the good show next year as well.
However, it was not a cake walk for the municipal corporation. Earlier this year, after the
Swachh Bharat Mission declared Hyderabad as Open Defecation Free city, GHMC prepared a 60-day action plan in March to improve its performance in the SwacchSurvekshan ranking this year.
As part of this initiative, several progammes such as rangoli competitions for women, awareness programmes in schools, educational institutes and residential welfare associations were conducted. Over 2,200 Swachh Dhoots were deployed to promote segregation of dry and wet waste at source.
Introduction of 2,500 Swachh Autos helped the municipal corporation increase the garbage collection from 3,500 metric tonnes to 4,500 metric tonnes a day.
Last year, Hyderabad was ranked best among the Metro cities in the country and the GHMC
was committed to improve its performance this year. Right from Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister KT Rama Rao, all senior officials appealed to citizens to actively participate in the Swachh Survekshan rankings.
Overwhelmed with the GHMC’s performance, Commissioner B Janardhan Reddy said it was a great achievement.
Bagging the best solid waste management is an indicator for the comprehensive practices being adopted by GHMC in keeping the city neat and clean, besides taking up innovative measures for waste management.
“Going forward, it will be Team GHMC involving officials, non-officials, elected public representatives and citizens in Swachh Hyderabad initiatives, he said.
The focus will be on elimination of plastic and polythene covers below 50 microns, effective management of construction and demolition debris, promoting home composting and other programmes, Reddy said.