Following public criticism, Vijayawada Municipal Corporation moves to clean three irrigation canals

Following severe criticism by the locals, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has launched a massive campaign to clear the three irrigation canals flowing through the city-- Ryves, Bandar and E

Published: 07th March 2018 02:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 07th March 2018 04:44 AM   |  A+A-

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By Express News Service

VIJAYAWADA: Following severe criticism by the locals, the Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has launched a massive campaign to clear the three irrigation canals flowing through the city-- Ryves, Bandar and Eluru-- choked with plastic and other garbage.

At several points, mounds of plastics and accumulated mud have prevented the free flow of water in the canals and those spots have become breeding places of mosquitoes.

The current clean-up work, which began recently, is being executed by 500 sanitation staff. Cleaning up of the Eluru and the Bandar canals is now the topmost priority for VMC. In the past two days, the cleaning works were concentrated in areas near the Meesala Rajeswara Rao bridge on Eluru canal and near the American Hospital on the Bandar canal stretch.  “The work will continue until the waste is removed from all the three irrigation canals.

Municipal Commissioner J Nivas has cautioned against dumping of waste in the canals,’’ said VMC chief medical and health officer M Arjuna Rao.

Speaking to TNIE, VMC assistant director of Horticulture, Pradeep Kumar, said that the civic body had chalked out an action plan to develop a 3-km green stretch between Pandit Nehru Bus Stand and Screw Bridge junction on the Bandar canal bund.

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