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Trend-setting scheme to clear garbage

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A tricycle engaged by the VMC picking up garbage in a residential locality. Photo: K.R. Deepak

VISAKHAPATNAM, AUG. 10. It can be termed a trend-setter worth emulation for other civic bodies. The Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation's experiment to ensure better upkeep of roads and regular door-to-door pick-up of garbage has become a big hit, the teething troubles notwithstanding.

The novel feature of the scheme is the active involvement of people towards having a better environ. "By motivating many to form residents' welfare associations (RWAs) in all the wards, we are able to get encouraging results,'' the VMC Chief Medical Officer, Satyanarayana Raju, said.

There are two schemes of the VMC: Subhram and Janachaitanya. Under Subhram, societies/associations have to be formed with a bank account and work out details on the length of roads, drains and number of houses in consultation with the sanitary inspector concerned. Depending on the need, the required number of workers will be engaged for sweeping the road and cleaning the drains.

Joint inspection

The VMC gives Rs.1,000 towards salary of a worker and Rs.100 a month for buying implements. The RWA and the sanitary inspector concerned will undertake joint inspection daily to ensure the success of the programme.

At present, the scheme is being operated in 139 areas with the formation of 140 RWAs by engaging a little over 1,000 workers. The RWAs can also contribute towards the wages of workers.

Janachaitanya is aimed at daily collection of domestic garbage at the doorstep of residents. Each worker engaged by the RWA is provided with a tricycle. On an average, for 250 households, one worker is being engaged.

The VMC has provided four plastic bins to each worker. He has to collect from houses of the members and dispose of it at the centralised iron container from where the VMC picks it up in its lorries.

According to officials, the scheme is being implemented by 110 RWAs. Each household has to pay Rs.5 or Rs.10 a month for meeting the expenses.

Hopefully, both schemes would continue on a permanent basis.

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