Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday directed the District Collectors in the State to come up with comprehensive plans for sanitation, greenery and water usage within a week for all the new municipalities.

The Minister’s directions came during a video conference with the District Collectors on the “Pattanam Pragathi” proposed by Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao after the successful implementation of the 30-day “Palle Pragathi” (Village Development) held in September.
Rama Rao asked the District Collectors to provide information about the process of collection of waste material, recycling, among others, in the plan. Pointing out that the Palle Pragathi had yielded positive results in gram panchayats across the State, he said similar plans should be introduced and implemented in the municipalities to improve sanitation. Like gram panchayat workers, the municipal staff will also be provided with insurance facilities, the Minister said.

He instructed the collectors to identify locations for dump-yards, faecal sludge treatment plants, composting centres, dry resource collection centres, and sewage treatment plants in the new municipalities. He also asked them to ensure replacement of streetlights with LEDs in the new municipalities and also identify sites for development as urban lung spaces.

Keeping in mind the increasing population in the municipalities, the Minister asked the collectors to increase the number of public toilets and She toilets. The government has already provided Swatch auto rickshaws for collection of garbage from door to door. He asked the collectors to increase the staff and vehicles.

MA&UD Principal Secretary Arvind Kumar, CDMA Director T.K. Sridevi, and HMWSSB MD Dana Kishore participated in the meeting.

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