Hyderabad: As part of a major drive to make Hyderabad a clean city, the municipal authorities are distributing two dustbins each to the 42 lakh households in the city for collecting dry and wet garbage separately.
Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday launched the scheme, said to be the first of its kind in the country aimed at segregating garbage at source.
The Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) is providing the dustbins of two colours to every household. The distribution of bins will be completed by the month-end and public awareness will also be created.
The chief minister launched the distribution of free bins as part of the "Swacch Hyderabad" initiative.
The state government is spending about Rs.42 crore on garbage bins for segregation of dry solid waste or non-biodegradable and recyclable, and wet municipal solid waste or biodegradable waste, which is mandatory as per the Municipal Solid Waste Rules and National Green Tribunal orders.
The chief minister also flagged off 1,005 auto trolleys provided by GHMC for collecting garbage from houses. Another 1,000 trolleys will be provided under the initiative to improve sanitation.
KCR, as the chief minister is popularly known, sought people's cooperation in making Hyderabad a clean and a global city.
Stating that Hyderabad was neglected by the rulers in the erstwhile undivided Andhra Pradesh, he pointed out that during rains, the streets turn into cesspools and cars become boats.
KCR said the government was working on all fronts to improve the civic infrastructure to make Hyderabad an international city. He announced that two reservoirs will be constructed exclusively to meet drinking water needs of the city. While 30 TMC reservoir will come up near Ramoji Film City, another reservoir with 15 TMC capacity will be built at Keshavapuram near Shameerpet lake.