The Secunderabad Cantonment Board is planning to begin a new solid waste management system. On Monday, in a board meeting Sujatha Gupta, the SCB chief executive officer, said that at the household level the residents would be given coloured recyclable bags for isolation of wastes.
Ms Gupta said “Bins will also placed in colonies for segregated dumping of wastes. Composters will be built in every colony for composting kitchen and organic wastes.” She added, “We are planning on adopting the Panaji model of solid waste management, which was studied by the CEOs of the Southern Command during a recent visit.”
Already SCB has already collected property tax of Rs 18 crore. Around Rs 9 crore Board property tax dues by Begumpet Airport Authority since 12years. On Tuesday, officials also said that hearings of representations from property owners not satisfied with reassessments of properties will begin. Waiver will be made in some cases said by Ms Gupta. In meantime, GHMC is yet to take up garbage collection in a segregated manner from the households.
Ravi Kiran, additional commissioner (health and sanitation), GHMC, said “As of now, we are not collecting segregated waste from the households. The isolation is taken up at the dumpyard level.” When they asked officials replied that “So far we have not proposed to introduce such system.”
On the other hand HMDA’s initiative to prevent dumping of pooja material in the Hussainsagar. There are four ‘pooja collection’ centres one each at Necklace Road, Tank Bund, near Sanjeevaiah Park and near the Indira Gandhi statue at the IMAX circle, throughout the day, people fling gunny bags or polythene covers, mostly containing pooja material, into the lake.
HMDA official said “Such things will stop only when people realise how much harm they are causing to the lake