Hyderabad, January 12
The trials of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) to get Swachh Sarvekshan ranking are getting both positive and negative results. GHMC aimed to ensure clean roads without garbage and trying to bring a change among the people who throw garbage on main roads and open places in the name of ‘Gandhi Giri’. But there are no more than 500 toilets in the city which reflects the poor state. GHMC is maintaining five types of toilets in the city to prevent public urination and open defection. It gave the maintenance responsibility to a few private organizations.
GHMC Commissioner Janardhan Reddy issued orders to the staff in this regard. Following this, there are allegations that the staff is showing over enthusiasm while doing their duty.
The government failed to provide basic facilities for the one crore population in Greater Hyderabad. As per Swachh Bharat Mission guidelines, it is mandatory to construct one toilet for every 25 women and one for every 50 men in the city.
129 toilets were constructed on BOT method while 200 pre-fabricated toilets were purchased at a cost of Rs 5 lakh recently, which are yet to come into utilization. There are another 57 engineering toilets and for maintenance, Rs 6,000 salary per month is being paid to the cleaning staff per toilet.
There are about 50 sulabh complexes in the city, which are maintained by them for 30 years now. 50 bio-toilets were constructed and five machines were also purchased for their maintenance. But all these have become almost useless without proper maintenance.
Thousands of people visit Hyderabad daily on their personal or official work. while more than 10,000 tourists visit the city daily. But there are no toilets at key locations like Charminar, Golconda, Lumbini Park, NTR Gardens and other tourist spots.
People are criticizing the GHMC officials for their over action in the name of Gandhi Giri, without providing basic facilities. A youth was electrocuted while passing urine and there was no response from GHMC on this incident. The civic staff is forcibly collecting fine from those, who resort to public urination.
The public are requesting the GHMC officials to bring the pre-fabricated toilets into use at least now.