The municipal commissioner of a coastal metropolis in Andhra Pradesh has declared struggle on indiscriminate rubbish dumping in a singular method. He sends “return gifts” of home waste to residents who don’t hand it over to civic body-assigned rubbish collectors.
In Kakinada metropolis of East Godavari district, virtually 55km east of Hyderabad, municipal commissioner Swapnil Dinakar Pundkar will get his workers to gather the irresponsibly discarded rubbish and “home deliver” it to those that don’t have any qualms about throwing it on the roads and in drains – one of many greatest elements resulting in city flooding.
Mr Pundkar adopted this stern technique to attempt to change the residents’ habits days after the civic physique began an consciousness marketing campaign on accountable waste administration beneath the Clean India Mission, however discovered individuals persevering with with their previous methods.
“We have been doing awareness drives (on the correct way to dispose 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 reward”, we want to tell them that this is a wrong practice, “municipal commissioner Swapnil Dinakar Pundkar instructed NDTV.
So #Kakinada municipal commissioner is supervising ‘#ReturnGift‘of #garbage to each family that doesn’t hand over trash to municipal employee who does door-to-door assortment & as an alternative dump irresponsibly on the highway or in drains @ndtv@ndtvindia@kakinada_KMC#SwachchBharatpic.twitter.com/H6AfiPqOCY
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Videos of municipal commissioner Swapnil Pundkar’s interactions with erring residents have been shared extensively on the web, the place he has earned excessive reward for his distinctive strategy to the issue.
Visuals present Mr Pundkar touring town with municipal staff, who level out properties the place refused to “cooperate”. He is seen warning residents in opposition to dumping rubbish on the highway, after which supervising his workers to hold a bag of rubbish to the home and empty it on the entrance.
“Next time a fine will be imposed. You complain of clogged drains; how do you expect the water to flow if you throw garbage in it,” he’s heard asking residents in one of many movies.
There are 1.2 lakh homes and 80,000 homes in Kakinada metropolis, the place 90 per cent properties have been given barcodes which might be scanned each time a civic employee collects rubbish. The metropolis has almost 1,200 municipal staffers, of whom 900 are concerned in door-to-door rubbish assortment.
“We want to do away with garbage dumping on roads as it attracts stray animals. We are asking people to segregate wet and dry waste, if possible. We recycle wet waste into vermi-compost and dry waste is recycled and resold,” the Commissioner stated, including that he desires to show Kakinada right into a clear and inexperienced metropolis on the earliest.