The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has undertaken a special drive to collect scrap and other disposable material from citizens, between November 3 and 12.
The GHMC, which has made all the necessary arrangements for the drive, said that the purpose of this was to prevent waste material being thrown into nalas and drains, which would cause clogging and flood low-lying areas during rains.
The GHMC said that any disposable items like broken chairs, tables, mattresses and cots can be handed over to the civic body.
The GHMC is also involving voluntary organizations, Residential Welfare Societies and Self Help Groups, to facilitate the collection of these items from the public, besides giving the drive publicity through local representatives as well as sanitation staff.
GHMC Commissioner Lokesh Kumar, instructed the Zonal Commissioners to personally monitor the drive and requested citizens to come forward.
Taking to Twitter, Telangana Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister KT Rama Rao said, "GHMC starts a 10-day recyclothon drive. Dry waste like broken furniture, metals, paper, cardboard, styrofoam, e-waste etc can be dropped off at ward wise collection centers instead of throwing them on the streets."
#GHMC starts a 10D #recyclothon drive. Dry waste like Broken furniture, metals, paper, cardboard, styrofoam, e-waste etc can be dropped off at ward wise collection centers instead of throwing them on the streetsâ€” KTR (@KTRTRS) November 3, 2019
Call 040-21111111, 30707070, 9030727277 to find your center pic.twitter.com/Gyuvt5uAZu
Citizens have been requested to call 040-21111111, 30707070 or at 9030727277 to find their nearest center.
â€” DC_Serilingmply (@DC_Serilingmply) November 3, 2019
However, according to media reports, a lack of publicity resulted in a sluggish response to the drive on Sunday. In many areas, citizens were reported to be unaware of the drive, while in other areas, the trucks hired by the GHMC to collect the waste, did not arrive.
Last year, a study conducted by the GHMC had shown that over 40% of 'nalas' and drains in Hyderabad, which were built to ensure the free flow of sewage and rainwater in the city, were choked with plastic, and other materials like coconut shells, glass and construction debris.