HYDERABAD: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu today directed the municipal administration officials to focus on modernisation and beautification of towns in the state.
In a meeting with the Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA & UD) and other officials, he directed the
departments of Sports, Tourism, Roads and Buildings, Electricity and Lighting and police to work together in drafting a plan to develop towns.
The Chief Minister asked the officials to approach people and discuss the developmental ideas, eventually making them partners in development, a Government statement said.
Officials informed Naidu that over 6,440 metric tonnes of waste is being collected every day from towns and 90 per cent of it is sent to the dumping yards. He asked officials to work on waste-to-energy and waste-to-wealth technologies.
The Chief Minister said door-to-door collection of garbage should be implemented thoroughly in the state by July so that there are no trash cans filled with garbage on roads.
He suggested that a similar door-to-door approach be taken up for commercial establishments as well.
The rag pickers should be educated about hygiene and use of protective gear and also about the segregation of waste, he said.
The officials told Naidu that there are 1.28 lakh women organisations in towns with corpus fund up to Rs 780 crore.
In order to give these groups financial strength, Naidu directed the officials to train them in 148 different skills.
The officials said there is potential to create 6,000 groups which can be trained in these skills, the release added.