Stop Littering Roads In Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada Or Get A Stinking ‘Return Gift’ From The Municipal Corporation

Stop Littering Roads In Andhra Pradesh’s Kakinada Or Get A Stinking ‘Return Gift’ From The Municipal Corporation

Residents of Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh's East Godavari district may now have to think twice before littering on streets as the municipal corporation has decided to send the garbage back to households that are found dumping irresponsibly
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Stop Littering Roads In Andhra Pradesh's Kakinada Or Get A Stinking 'Return Gift' From The Municipal CorporationIn an attempt to raise awareness about cleanliness, Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh has started a new initiative of returning the garbage to those who are seen throwing garbage improperly
Highlights
  • Kakinada is running various programmes to raise awareness on cleanliness
  • The Civic Body has urged citizens to be grateful towards sanitation staff
  • Dispose of your waste in a proper manner: Municipal Commissioner

New Delhi: With an aim to make people aware about the importance of cleanliness and motivate them to dispose of their waste properly, Andhra Pradesh’s coastal city of Kakinada has started an unusual initiative called ‘Return Gift’. Under the new initiative, the Municipal Corporation will be giving back the garbage to the citizens who are not handing the waste to sanitary workers and instead littering on roads or dumping in the drains. The initiative was started after Kakinada Municipal Commissioner Swapnil Dinakar Pundkar, who spotted a woman dumping garbage on the street instead of Municipal Corporation’s garbage collection bins while inspecting a locality, intervened and asked the sanitation worker to throw it in her house as a ‘return gift’ to counsel her on cleanliness. Mr. Pundkar’s video showing him take the stern action became viral on social media and garnered praise from the netizens.

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Declaring a war on indiscriminate dumping of garbage, Mr. Pundkar said that he had to adopt the rather stringent method in order to bring a change in the residents’ habits who continue their old ways even days after the civic body started an awareness campaign on responsible waste management under the Swachh Bharat Mission. Mr. Pundkar said to NDTV,

We have been doing awareness drives on the correct way to dispose of garbage to make the city clean, but some people refuse to follow the rules. Whoever is found littering on the road, the garbage will be collected and sent back to their house as a deterrent after due verification. With this “return gift”, we want to tell them that this is a wrong practice.

In a video shared by the Kakinada Municipal Corporation, the Commissioner is seen emphasising on the understanding the importance of hygiene, especially during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. He said,

As the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us the importance of hygiene, cleanliness and sanitation, these issues are the most important for Kakinada Municipal Corporation. We believe in the principle of ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. We have deployed more than 900 sanitary workers who would visit door-to-door in each and every household on each day to collect the segregated waste. The citizens are expected to hand over the segregated waste only to the sanitary workers.

He further urged the citizens to consider the ‘Return Gift’ initiative in a positive manner and as a mark of respect towards the sanitary workers.

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The Municipal body has indicated that not just the ‘return gift’ if people are continuously violating the norms of keeping the premises clean, the commissioner may order to impose heavy fines on people.

Acknowledging the move, Dr. Pidaparthy Prashanth, a resident of Kakinada and former Municipal Health Officer highlighted that throwing garbage on roads and in drains is one of the biggest factors leading to urban flooding. He said that proper waste management practices are crucial from the health perspective. He said,

A lot of people do not wait for sanitary staff to collect the waste from their homes. Due to this lack of patience, they just go out and throw whatever waste generated in their homes. But they fail to understand that even though their house got rid of the garbage, it will ultimately cause a menace for them in the form of urban floods or foul smell, contaminated water, pests and what not! By handing over their waste to sanitary workers, they’ll not keep their homes clean, but their city and the health of all citizens can be maintained too.

He recommended citizens to go for ‘Hook Lift Bins’ that they can keep outside their homes and use it without worrying about street dogs, cats and monkeys making a mess.

According to the Kakinada Municipal Corporation, the city was declared Open Defecation Free on October 2, 2016, and over 4,000 Individual Household Toilets, five community toilets and a number of public urinals were built under Swachh Bharat Mission. The city that has over 1.1 lakh households is now focusing on waste management. Kakinada generates about 175 Metric Tonnes (MT) of waste, every day and more than 900 sanitary workers have been deployed by the municipal corporation to collect garbage door-to-door from households in all 50 wards. The civic body is working towards improving the treatment and disposal of solid waste management in the city and has established an Organic Composting plant to treat vegetable waste. The city was ranked 58 in Swachh Survekshan 2020- the annual cleanliness ranking survey.

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World

11,29,83,901Cases
4,67,54,489Active
6,37,22,948Recovered
25,06,464Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 192 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 11,29,83,901 and 25,06,464 have died; 4,67,54,489 are active cases and 6,37,22,948 have recovered as on February 26, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

1,10,63,491 16577Cases
1,55,986 4278Active
1,07,50,680 12179Recovered
1,56,825 120Deaths
In India, there are 1,10,63,491 confirmed cases including 1,56,825 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,55,986 and 1,07,50,680 have recovered as on February 26, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Mumbai45,478
Thane13,660
Pune9,920
Mumbai Suburban5,363
Aurangabad1,974
Nashik1,575
Raigad1,462
Palghar1,421
Solapur1,291
Jalgaon1,039
Akola757
Nagpur692
Kolhapur646
Satara629
Ratnagiri350
Amravati291
Dhule228
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Ahmednagar190
Nanded176
Yavatmal150
Sangli145
Latur139
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Buldhana88
Parbhani78
gondia69
Beed54
Nandurbar42
Gadchiroli42
Bhandara41
Chandrapur32
Washim13
Wardha11

21,29,821 8,702

65,461 4,902

20,12,367 3,744

51,993 56

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kasaragod333
Palakkad224
Malappuram119
Kollam118
Thrissur106
Thiruvananthapuram104
Pathanamthitta98
Kozhikode90
Alappuzha76
Kottayam73
Ernakulam60
Idukki40
Wayanad36

10,48,686 3,677

52,164 989

9,92,372 4,652

4,150 14

DistrictCases
Udupi1,176
Kalaburagi669
Yadgir538
Bengaluru Urban529
Raichur369
Mandya346
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Hassan205
Davangere204
Vijayapura201
Dakshina Kannada179
Chikkaballapura149
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Uttara Kannada95
Shivamogga67
Dharwad61
Ballari60
Gadag45
Bengaluru Rural40
Tumakuru36
Kolar29
Haveri24
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Koppal5
Kodagu4
Ramanagara3
Chamarajanagara0

9,49,636 453

5,595 501

9,31,725 947

12,316 7

DistrictCases
Kurnool795
Krishna557
Guntur511
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Chittoor319
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Y.S.R.205
West Godavari199
Srikakulam183
Prakasam104
Visakhapatnam103
Vizianagaram23

8,89,585 82

611 8

8,81,806 74

7,168

DistrictCases
Chennai23,324
Chengalpattu1,314
Thiruvallur774
Villupuram509
Kanchipuram503
Tiruvannamalai496
Cuddalore477
Ariyalur444
Tirunelveli433
Tuticorin333
Kallakurichi324
Madurai322
Salem258
Coimbatore188
Virudhunagar185
Dindigul175
Perambalur133
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Ramanathapuram119
Tiruppur116
Kanniyakumari110
Tenkasi103
Nagapattinam99
Karur88
Namakkal83
Erode75
Vellore71
Thiruvarur67
Pudukkottai53
Sivaganga46
Tirupathur45
Krishnagiri43
The Nilgiris17
Dharmapuri15

8,50,096 467

4,053 9

8,33,560 471

12,483 5

DistrictCases
North West5,463
Central4,817
West4,768
New Delhi3,405
North3,059
East2,472
South East2,446
South West2,391
South2,329
North East1,914
Shahdara1,580

6,38,593 220

1,169 32

6,26,519 188

10,905

DistrictCases
Gautam Buddha Nagar1,119
Agra933
Ghaziabad794
Meerut504
Lucknow386
Saharanpur298
Kanpur Nagar286
Moradabad252
Varanasi243
Hapur225
Aligarh215
Basti214
Amethi206
Rampur203
Jaunpur194
Firozabad190
Barabanki168
Gorakhpur166
Bulandshahr166
Siddharth Nagar159
Ghazipur159
Bijnor157
Deoria143
Azamgarh138
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Mathura129
Ayodhya120
Muzaffarnagar117
Sambhal116
Sultanpur97
Ambedkar Nagar92
Maharajganj85
Amroha80
Rae Bareli78
Bahraich73
Kheri72
Kannauj69
Baghpat68
Kushi Nagar67
Bhadohi60
Ballia60
Gonda59
Etah52
Hardoi49
Balrampur49
Mau48
Mainpuri46
Etawah46
Hathras43
Unnao42
Jalaun41
Jhansi41
Shamli40
Chandauli38
Auraiya37
Farrukhabad36
Sitapur32
Prayagraj30
Banda27
Shahjahanpur25
Shravasti23
Budaun23
Mirzapur22
Bareilly17
Kasganj16
Pratapgarh15
Pilibhit15
Sonbhadra10
Kaushambi6
Kanpur Dehat4
Chitrakoot4
Lalitpur3
Hamirpur3
Mahoba3
Fatehpur3

6,03,232 129

2,182 8

5,92,327 135

8,723 2

DistrictCases
Kolkata2,777
Howrah1,435
24 Paraganas North1,031
Hooghly604
24 Paraganas South281
Maldah235
Dinajpur Uttar216
Coochbehar210
Birbhum206
Medinipur West159
Medinipur East153
Nadia139
Purba Bardhaman130
Murshidabad125
Bankura116
Darjeeling97
Jalpaiguri88
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purulia66
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Alipurduar39
Kalimpong18
Jhargram9

5,74,500 199

3,353 24

5,60,887 219

10,260 4

DistrictCases
Ganjam581
Jajapur322
Khordha238
Baleshwar190
Kendrapara164
Cuttack155
Bhadrak137
Balangir129
Puri103
Sundargarh102
Jagatsinghapur91
Nayagarh86
Mayurbhanj73
Nuapada69
Gajapati61
Dhenkanal36
Boudh34
Kendujhar34
Deogarh33
Kalahandi33
Sonepur29
Kandhamal28
Anugul26
Malkangiri20
Bargarh16
Koraput16
Sambalpur16
Jharsuguda8
Nabarangpur2
Rayagada2

3,36,924 89

609 21

3,34,400 67

1,915 1

DistrictCases
Jaipur2,177
Jodhpur1,748
Udaipur724
Bharatpur563
Kota503
Nagaur500
Ajmer379
Dungarpur374
Pali352
Jhalawar329
Bhilwara250
Sikar231
Chittorgarh188
Tonk171
Jalore164
Rajsamand140
Sirohi130
Bikaner112
Banswara91
Alwar90
Churu81
Jhunjhunu64
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Baran59
Jaisalmer53
Barmer34
Hanumangarh31
SawaiMadhopur26
Karauli17
Pratapgarh14
Ganganagar8
Bundi5

3,19,929 128

1,208 4

3,15,936 124

2,785

DistrictCases
Bilaspur100
Korba100
Mungeli87
Baloda Bazar85
Jashpur77
Janjgir-Champa56
Mahasamund54
Rajnandgaon52
Kabirdham52
Raigarh47
Raipur46
Balod41
Korea39
Durg31
Bemetara21
Kanker19
Balrampur17
Surguja14
Gariyaband10
Surajpur9
Dhamtari6
Bijapur2
Bastar2
Dantewada0
Kondagaon0
Narayanpur0
Sukma0

3,11,900 220

2,865 46

3,05,214 258

3,821 8

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2,475
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Jagitial77
Nizamabad76
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Mancherial43
YadadriBhuvanagiri40
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Vikarabad40
Nalgonda33
Warangal Urban32
Mahabubnagar30
Sangareddy26
Khammam26
Adilabad22
Nirmal21
Karimnagar17
RajannaSircilla16
Medak11
Kamareddy11
Mahabubabad10
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Nagarkurnool8
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Jangoan8
Siddipet7
Peddapalli5
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Warangal Rural4
Mulugu3
Narayanpet3
Wanaparthy1

2,98,453 189

1,910 58

2,94,911 129

1,632 2

DistrictCases
Gurugram2,950
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Rohtak145
Palwal120
Jhajjar114
Karnal104
Hisar98
Ambala93
Panipat78
Nuh68
Bhiwani60
Rewari56
Kurukshetra55
Sirsa50
Kaithal48
Mahendragarh47
CharkiDadri43
Panchkula39
Fatehabad38
Jind38
Yamunanagar19

2,70,263 166

1,054 99

2,66,166 67

3,043

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17,125
Surat2,311
Vadodara1,555
Gandhinagar410
Mahesana159
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Rajkot135
Arvalli134
Mahisagar125
Anand107
PanchMahals107
Patan105
SabarKantha101
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Jamnagar63
Bharuch56
Botad55
Surendranagar55
Valsad47
GirSomnath45
Dohad43
Chhotaudepur37
Naysari35
Junagadh31
Narmada25
DevbhumiDwarka22
Amreli16
Porbandar11
Tapi6
Dang5
Morbi4

2,68,571 424

1,991 122

2,62,172 301

4,408 1

DistrictCases
Patna279
Bhagalpur266
Rohtas256
Khagaria253
Begusarai243
Madhubani199
Munger188
Jehanabad178
Katihar175
Darbhanga143
Samastipur139
Siwan139
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Banka134
Buxar134
Nalanda123
Gopalganj123
Nawada122
Sheikhpura118
Gaya115
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Bhojpur103
Saran101
Muzaffarpur96
Saharsa88
Supaul87
Vaishali87
Madhepura82
Kishanganj75
Aurangabad75
Sitamarhi73
Lakhisarai72
Araria68
Pashchim Champaran57
Arwal52
Jamui47
Sheohar20

2,62,418 61

478 31

2,60,401 91

1,539 1

DistrictCases
Indore3,839
Bhopal1,880
Ujjain799
Burhanpur351
Neemuch319
Jabalpur276
East Nimar266
Sagar228
Gwalior211
Khargone196
Dewas140
Dhar132
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Bhind87
Raisen71
Barwani60
Ratlam51
Rewa39
Shajapur39
Hoshangabad37
Vidisha37
Chhatarpur35
Betul35
Rajgarh31
Dindori29
Sheopur26
Damoh26
Satna24
Anuppur22
Panna20
Tikamgarh18
Sidhi17
Narsinghpur17
Chhindwara16
Agar Malwa15
Mandla15
Shivpuri15
Jhabua14
Shandol14
Singrauli13
Ashoknagar13
Datia12
Sehore12
Umaria10
Balaghat9
Guna8
Harda4
Alirajpur3
Katni3
Seoni2
Niwari0

2,60,681 368

2,435 165

2,54,387 201

3,859 2

DistrictCases
Kamrup Metro276
Golaghat203
Nagaon143
Hojai89
Dima Hasao86
Karimganj85
Tinsukia84
Cachar80
Dibrugarh61
Hailakandi57
Lakhimpur57
Marigaon50
Dhemaji47
Kamrup42
Kokrajhar37
Dhubri30
Charaideo29
Barpeta28
Udalguri28
Sonitpur27
Jorhat24
Nalbari23
Darrang20
Sivasagar20
Goalpara19
Biswanath16
Baksa14
KarbiAnglong13
Bongaigaon12
Chirang6
West KarbiAnglong5
South SalmaraMancachar4
Majuli2

2,17,484 30

1,623 17

2,14,770 13

1,091

DistrictCases
Amritsar485
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Tarn Taran163
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
S.A.S Nagar137
Patiala132
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Pathankot86
Rupnagar (Ropar)74
Faridkot74
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Moga65
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Firozepur50
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Barnala25

1,80,382 563

3,870 272

1,70,713 278

5,799 13

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Srinagar300
Kulgam295
Baramulla271
Shopian255
Kupwara231
Bandipora175
Udhampur155
Ramban151
Jammu138
Budgam110
Pulwama108
Kathua53
Rajouri39
Ganderbal37
Poonch35
Doda27
Reasi26
Samba25
Kishtwar10
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0

1,26,201 108

820 49

1,23,426 59

1,955

DistrictCases
East Singhbum170
Ranchi148
Hazaribagh110
Garhwa80
Ramgarh75
Koderma58
Simdega48
Dhanbad32
Gumla28
Palamu27
West Singhbhum21
SaraikelaKharsawan20
Giridih19
Bokaro16
Latehar14
Khunti10
Lohardaga8
Deoghar5
Dumka5
Pakur4
Jamtara2
Godda2
Chatra1
Sahebganj0

1,19,795 76

467 36

1,18,241 40

1,087

DistrictCases
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Tehri Garhwal110
Haridwar94
Udam Singh Nagar83
Almora71
Champawat45
Pithoragarh43
Chamoli36
PauriGarhwal36
Bageshwar31
Rudraprayag30
Uttar Kashi24

97,031

491 0

94,850

1,690

DistrictCases
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Una41
Solan32
Chamba29
Bilaspur21
Mandi21
Sirmaur11
Shimla10
Kullu4
Kinnaur2
Lahaul And Spiti0

58,499 42

244 15

57,260 27

995

DistrictCases
South Goa69
North Goa57

54,771 71

531 36

53,449 33

791 2

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Mahe4
Karaikal2
Yanam0

39,677 21

196 7

38,814 13

667 1

DistrictCases
Dhalai196
Sepahijala174
Gomati74
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45
Khowai24
North Tripura14

33,407 7

32 7

32,984

391

DistrictCases
Churachandpur32
Kangpokpi26
Imphal West21
Thoubal18
Imphal East10
Tengnoupal9
Bishnupur7
Senapati6
Chandel5
Kamjong5
Ukhrul4
Jiribam3
Pherzawl3
Kakching2
Tamenglong2
Noney1

29,253 3

40 1

28,840 4

373

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

21,590 49

279 29

20,960 20

351

DistrictCases
Changlang31
Papum Pare8
Lohit3
Namsai2
West Siang1
East Siang1
Upper Siang1
Tawang1
PakkeKessang1
West Kameng0
Upper Subansiri0
Tirap0
Siang0
Shi Yomi0
Anjaw0
Lower Subansiri0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Longding0
Leparada0
KurungKumey0
KraDaadi0
Kamle0
East Kameng0
Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0

16,836

3 1

16,777 1

56

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
West Garo Hills5
South West Garo Hills4
North Garo Hills1
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Khasi Hills0

13,961 3

20 2

13,793 1

148

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Mon8
Kohima7
Kiphire3
Tuensang3
Peren2
Phek1
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

12,198 6

13 5

12,094 1

91

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

9,814 7

56 3

9,628 4

130

DistrictCases
East District3
South District3
North District0
West District0

6,133 1

43 4

5,955 5

135

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

5,016

2 2

4,952 2

62

DistrictCases
Kolasib11
Aizawl10
Mamit8
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Saitual1
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Saiha0
Serchhip0

4,419 6

27 4

4,382 2

10

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

3,405 1

5 1

3,398

2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

331 9

86 0

244 8

1 1

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