HYDERABAD: Politicians, police and government officials, led by Governor ESL Narasimhan hit the streets Sunday, on the second day of the ‘Swachh Telangana- Swachh Hyderabad’ campaign, to interact with people directly and know about their problems first-hand.
“Citizens of Greater Hyderabad should involve themselves to make the localities and colonies clean and green,” Governor ESL Narasimhan stressed during the Swachh programme that was held at Anand Nagar Colony near Khairatabad.
“Whoever is found urinating on the roads, should be forced to clean the place with water,” suggested the Governor. Also if anyone throws garbage on the roads, force them to remove it themselves, he said, adding that this was the only way to keep Hyderabad clean.
He appealed to the residents not to throw garbage in open areas or nalas as it poses serious health hazards. “Instal CC cameras in the colony so that action could be initiated against the offenders under the Public Nuisance Act. Police patrolling will also be intensified in the area to curb the menace,” he added.
The Governor also urged locals to safeguard nalas from encroachments. He encouraged the residents of Anand Nagar to undertake Swachh Hyderabad campaign every week by cleaning up their colony themselves and thereby, transforming it into one of the best colonies in the city.
Meanwhile, as part of the cleanliness drive, Hyderabad Metro Rail (HMR) officials too cleared the debris from the construction works and filled potholes in areas around the metro rail works. HMR Managing Director NVS Reddy launched the programme by administering an oath to the employees of HMR and L&T MRHL at Punjagutta Metro station.
The officials undertook the Swachh Abhiyan on the 50-km stretch of Metro corridors where the work has been divided into 11 stretches of 4 to 5 km each. Posters on Metro pillars and barricades were removed at various places by these workers. Reddy later went around these areas — Punjagutta-Begumpet-Secunderabad-Uppal and Secunderabad-Musheerabad-RTC crossroads-Kachiguda crossroads — and interacted with the Metro teams participating in the programme.
As mentor of West Marredpally unit of the GHMC, Reddy and his team of HMR and GHMC officials along with several residents of West Marredpally participated in the Swachh Hyderabad programme.
Clearance of debris and garbage in Nehru Nagar park and at nearby places in West Marredpally was a part of the programme. When problems of water stagnation and accumulation of garbage at some places were brought to his notice by the locals, he asked GHMC and Water Board officials to attend to the problems immediately.
He urged the residents to see that garbage is not strewn around but is thrown in dustbins properly. Also, the officials and staff of Hyderabad Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board (HMWS&SB) participated in the programme. HMWS&SB Managing Director M Jagadeeshwar, who was nominated as the mentor for Madhapur area inspected Rohini Layout, Image Garden Road, Silicon Valley, Aronodaya Colony, Madhapur Harijan Basthi areas.
Residential Welfare Associations there put forward seven civic problems concerning the colony to the managing director. The issues include waste disposal, position of water supply, sewer overflows, streetlights, roads, security and optimum use of existing vacant lands. Jagadeeshwar suggested that the residents maintain two dustbins at homes — one for wet waste another for dry waste. He said the waste from their residences will be transported by the GHMC rickshaw/autos to the dumping grounds.
Addressing a complaint from the Jaihind Colony Welfare Association that the colony collects too much garbage and frequently encounters water shortage due to the presence of many paying guest houses, hostels and messes, the MD assured them supply of water through stainless steel water tankers
Regarding security problems, he advised the residents to install CC cameras at select locations and said the police station concerned will monitor the security. The RWAs agreed to pitch in and install the cameras.
“Two roads which are in bad condition will be re-laid and the much-needed community hall and gym will be constructed on existing vacant lands belonging to Harijan Basthi Residential Welfare Association,” he said.
DGP Anurag Sarma also took part in the programme at Humayunnagar while Cyberabad CP spoke to the residents of Telecom Nagar in Gachibowli about the importance of keeping their surroundings clean.