June 2017

How Garbage Vulnerable Points Were Eliminated?

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Nirmala Helen
Assistant Medical Officer of Health,
Alwal, GHMC

The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has adopted various methodologies to eliminate Garbage Vulnerable Points (GVP) from localities and initiated activities and community interactions to ensure cleanliness, writes Nirmala Helen, Assistant Medical Officer of Health, Alwal, GHMC.

GHMC is trying to solve many problems. For example, people are throwing garbage at the same place repeatedly. These are called as Garbage Vulnerable Points and people are throwing garbage at such points instead of giving it to the GHMC Swacch Auto Tippers. GHMC has already identified 1,116 GVPs in GHMC limits, and has eliminated all of them.

“GHMC adopted many methodologies to eliminate these GVPs from the locality and initiated activities and community interactions to keep them clean.”

Methodologies adopted by GHMC:

GHMC adopted many methodologies to eliminate these GVPs from the locality and initiated activities and community interactions to keep them clean. The Corporation set up boards cautioning people to not throw garbage on roads. GHMC also hired local shopkeepers as Swachh Volunteers to make other people aware.

Many wall paintings depicting the benefits of cleanliness were also painted at prominent areas. GVPs were also painted with beautiful Rangoli designs so that people are deterred from throwing garbage at such points. At some of these points, plantation is also planned. Various other points witnessed the placing of traditional symbols of Telangana culture known as Bonalu.

GHMC also initiated a novel friendly gesture of celebrating festivals like Diwali, New Year and Karthika Pournami with people.

Advantages

The constant efforts of GHMC bore fruits as public awareness increased. Be it local residents or businessmen, all of them appreciated the GHMC initiatives and they are now actively involved in the elimination of Garbage Vulnerable Points.

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