Swachh Hyderabad: Need to act fast, says Telanagana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao

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As part of the `Clean Hyderabad’ drive, four scientifically-managed dump yards will be set up in different corners of the city soon. The four new dump yards will be located at a distance of about 50 km from the city.Currently, the city generates about 4,000 metric tonnes of garbage every day and is served by one large dump yard at Jawaharnagar. Spread over 300 acres, the Jawaharnagar dump yard has almost reached the saturation point.

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The decision on the new dump yards was announced by chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao during a meeting with elected representatives of all parties from GHMC limits on Tuesday. The chief minister was briefing public representatives and officials from various departments about the five-day ‘Swachh Hyderabad’ campaign and discussed ways to make the city clean.

KCR assured the meeting that funds for the ‘clean city’ progamme will not be a problem and called on all elected leaders to work towards beautification of Hyderabad by setting aside political differences. The meeting was attended by city MPs, MLAs, MLCs and officials from the Secunderabad Cantonment Board (SCB) in addition to deputy chief minister Md Mahmood Ali, ministers Nayani Narasimha Reddy, T Srinivas Yadav, Jupalli Krishna Rao and Padmarao Goud.

Yet another area that needed urgent attention was cleaning up of nalas. The chief minister said that the 72 canals that were designed to carry storm water and drainage are in pitiable condition and in urgent need of cleaning and repairs. He also said that in many localities, the nala beds are encroached upon and these need to be cleared. “The world is now looking at Hyderabad as an investment destination. We cannot afford to have an unclean city. If we do not start taking steps now, it may be too late,” he said.

During the five-day ‘Swachh Hyderabad’ campaign from May 16-20, KCR said that he had received hundreds of complaints about piled-up garbage, lowhanging power lines including high tension wires, bad roads, contaminated drinking water supply, and lowvoltage issues, especially from Old City.

The government has already sanctioned three new electricity sub-stations to stabilise power supply in Old City. Officials have started removing dangling electric cables. As for garbage collection, tri-cycles will soon be replaced by automobile trolleys, KCR added. A team, comprising GHMC officials and elected representatives, will be sent to Nagpur and New Delhi to study garbage handling and disposal methods being adopted there, further said.

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