- Visakhapatnam adopts zone level waste collection and segregation model
- On the first of every month, two wards to be added in every zone
- Door to door waste collection is 50 percent at present in Visakhapatnam
Vishakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh is officially going to launch source segregation of waste at the zonal level on World Environment Day on June 5. As part of the nationwide campaign, the plan is to host an awareness programme which will include political leaders, city residents, swachh grahis, swachh leaders, NGOs, Resident Welfare Association (RWA), Slum Level Federation (SLF) and student welfare bodies like National Service Scheme (NSS).
The city currently generates 900metric tons of waste on a daily basis. Though door to door waste collection has already been implemented in the city, its reach is only 50 percent at present. The vehicles used for the collecting wastes are pushcarts and autos.
During the event on June 5, the leaders will share their experiences and views on waste segregation and through video presentation and talks, awareness regarding waste segregation would be spread.
Till now the door to door collection that has been happening is mixed, there’s no segregation of waste. But from June 5, source segregation would start, said Mr. A. Hemanth, Chief Municipal Officer of Health, GreaterVisakhapatnam Municipal Corporation.
The waste will be collected from houses and brought to the wards; from there the waste will be transported to the zones and after the accumulation of all the waste it will be taken to the dumping ground. The wet wastes collected will be sent for composting.
Mr Hemanth added, On the first of every month, two wards will be added in every zone for source segregation. We have eight zones, so in total 16 wards would be doing source segregation.
To make the city cleaner and more organized, the municipal authorities plan to increase the reach of door to door waste collection to 100 percent and ensure that all the zones are well aware of source segregation.
In the Swachh Bharat Surveskhan 2017, Visakhapatnam was listed amongst the top cleanest cities and it ranked fifth in the survey commissioned for 73 cities by the Ministry of Urban Development.
Now as 4000 cities gear up to participate in the waste segregation campaign from World Environment Day on June 5 till October 2, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his recent Mann Ki Baat, Visakhapatnam will be putting in all the efforts to better its cleanliness quotient and rank by next year.