‘Tsunami’ Helping GHMC in Public Reforms

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S Srinivas Reddy

Tsunami is generally known for causing havoc when it strikes but in Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC), it holds different meaning and significance, writes S Srinivas Reddy, Zonal Commissioner, South Zone, GHMC.

In the Tsunami model, all participants share equal responsibilities and no other work is taken up unless the task get over and the results are achieved. This model works excellently for:

Taking policy decisions — At times the government requires information immediately which is unavailable with Urban Local Bodies (ULB). During such urgent situations, Tsunami model works excellently.

Huge task and less period of time — Massive tasks can be accomplished by using all resources such as human resources, machinery resources etc, when there is very less time to complete the task.

Sample surveys and analysis — This model is used for speedy and timely completion of given task by taking up inspections, collection of data. Critical analysis of problems can be taken up so that same problems may not be repeated or experienced in future.

“To ensure the privacy, safety and dignity of ladies, we have installed 15 SHE e-Toilets in major tourist zones which are first in the country. Now we have plans to introduce the similar e-Toilets with support from corporates in major trading locations and business centres of South Zone.”

Utilisation of Tsunami model in GHMC

Enumeration of homeless people on roads—Many homeless people sleeping on roads, streets etc were provided with night shelters by taking up one night enumeration programme involving the officials of GHMC in coordination with the police department.

Unite the Families and Divide the Waste: UCD wing of GHMC along with the NGOs went to public using the caption of ‘Unite the Families and Divide the Waste’ and explained the importance of being together in a family and segregating waste into wet and dry. It took not more than a month by using Tsunami method and Gandhigiri to unite 136 families and to sensitise people to segregate waste into wet and dry separately at source.

Maximum utilisation of playgrounds:

Since many years, the utilisation of GHMC playgrounds was minimal and restricted to mornings and evenings. Many of the schools under GHMC limits lack a playground which reminds the proverb that ‘All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy’. This was viewed critically. All such schools were motivated to utilise the playgrounds in the school hours to enhance sports culture amongst students. 518 playgrounds now are being utilised by 508 government and private schools in three months.

Garbage vulnerable points (GVPs)– 1,116 Garbage Vulnerable Points were made garbage-free in a short period of 30 days. Awareness was created amongst public to use bins for throwing trash and not to throw garbage on the roads openly. Deepawali, Sankranthi samburaalu were celebrated at such points by MLAs and Corporators.

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