HYDERABAD:Garbage, brooms and pans took centrestage on Saturday as the bigwigs of Telangana administration vowed to clean up the city for a Swachh Hyderabad. If Governor ESL Narasimhan picked up the broom in Khairatabad, Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao picked up a pan of garbage in Parsigutta, to begin a symbolic clean up of the city.
“Mee Hyderabad, Maa Hyderabad kaadu. Idi Mana Hyderabad,” said the Governor, exhorting people to ensure clean surroundings, as DGP Anurag Sharma, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar, and almost all the top officials and public representatives did their bit for the campaign to clean the city.
At the official launch of the function at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, Chief Minister Rao asked people to make Hyderabad a clean and green city.
“Though the weather in Hyderabad is good, the living conditions in the city are not up to the mark,” he added.
The Chief Minister claimed that Swachh Hyderabad would be unique in many ways as the government would involve local residents in making localities clean and green.
He wanted officials to go to bastis and spend five hours with the people to understand their problems. “There is no hard and fast rule for Swachh Hyderabad. Go to the people, go to their localities,” the Chief Minister told officials.
The ultimate goal of the programme is to provide leadership to the local basti people, Rao added. Rao termed the GHMC sweepers as gods, as they clean the city daily. KCR requested all public representatives, cutting across party lines, to participate in the programme. He reiterated that Swachh Hyderabad would be a continuous programme.
He thanked Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya for sanctioning Rs 75 crore for Swachh Hyderabad programme under Niti Ayog.
Rao said that Swachh Telangana would be launched in all villages and towns in Telangana very soon.
Let’s Turn Hyderabad...
“Swachh Hyderabad should be an inspiration for Swachh Telangana programme,” Rao said.
Meanwhile, Governor Narasimhan termed officials going to the doorsteps of the people, as part of Swachh Hyderabad programme, as a ‘bold step’.
“The government is for the people and by the people. Let officials involve people in Swachh Hyderabad,” Governor suggested and asked officials to provide civic amenities.
Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya urged the Chief Minister to take up Musi cleaning works and disposal of bio-waste.
Earlier, Chief Minister Rao launched Swachh Hyderabad logo, Facebook page and an audio CD containing eight songs on Swachh Hyderabad prepared by MLA Rasamai Balakishan.
Assembly Speaker S Madhusudan Chary, Legislative Council Chairman Swamy Goud, Deputy Chief Ministers Kadiyam Srihari and Mohammed Mahmood Ali, Ministers N Narasimha Reddy, Etala Rajender and T Harish Rao, Chief Secretary Rajiv Sharma, GHMC Commissioner Somesh Kumar were among those present on the occasion.
An Oath and a FB PAGE
The Chief Minister launched the Swachh Hyderabad programme by administering an oath, beside releasing eight audio songs and a Facebook Page to track the programme.