Hyderabad: The much-hyped use of green and blue dustbins to maintain cleanliness was kick-started here on Monday with Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao flagging off 1,005 garbage collecting vehicles and giving dust bins to some of the beneficiaries at the Peoples’ Plaza on the Necklace Road here.

Speaking on the occasion, the Chief Minister accused the previous rulers of destroying centuries old Hyderabad. The pearl-city, he said, was put to immense loss and difficulties by Andhra rulers and now “We have to develop it by taking a step ahead for cleanliness by giving away dustbins and trollies. The Chief Minister lashed out at the successive governments for failing to attend to the problems.

Expressing concern over the pathetic situation of cars, which are becoming boats on the roads during rainy season, the Chief Minister said, “To overcome this perennial problem, we have discussed with all political parties and taken a decision to launch cleanliness drive by distributing dustbins and garbage collection trollies. Efforts will be made to transform the historic Hyderabad into a world class city in the near future”, KCR said. “Of the two dustbins – green bin is meant for putting wet dust from rice and vegetables and blue dustbin for dropping dry dust from papers and carry-bags”, he said and appealed to the people to make proper use of them.

Shifting his focus on other issues in the city, the Chief Minister said all roads in the twin cities will be developed like mirrors and distribute five lakh dustbins by end of this month. “Now we have to eradicate poverty from the city besides addressing the chronic drinking water crisis. Two reservoirs – each of 15 tmc capacity will be built at Ramoji Film City and Keshavapuram”, he added.

Ministers Nayani Narsimha Reddy, Talasani Srinivas Yadav, T Padma Rao Goud, Mahender Reddy and others were present.

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