Arvind Kumar,IAS., Principal Secretary to Govt. (MA&UD) held a Video Conference with the Additional Collectors

Principal Secretary Municipal Administration Arvind Kumar asked the  officials  to gear up to take up massive sanitation campaign in their municipalities and urban local bodies from the 1st to 8th of next month as part of the intensive sanitation drive.  Mr Kumar along with director Municipal Administration Mr Satyanarayana held a video conference with the additional collectors, municipal commissioners and officials of urban local bodies from the CDMA office today.
He said that as per the instructions of the Chief Minister, operational guidelines have already been issued to all the municipalities for taking up sanitation activities in the municipalities.  Special cleanliness drive has to be conducted in areas  wherever garbage is accumulated for months together.  All debris should be removed, drains desilted and road side bushes and shrubs should be cleared.  Similarly the areas have to be identified where the construction and demolition waste is accumulated for months and work out strategy to clean up the waste, he added. 
He asked the officials to identify low lying areas in localities, slums and roadsides  where water is accumulated or forms a cess pool and fill them up so that no stagnation takes place.  All the public toilets should be cleaned and made functional by the end of the sanitation drive.  Construction of public toilets should also be taken up.
He reiterated that The “Every Sunday 10 AM ten minutes” programme should be taken up for emptying of water tanks and other dumped containers as a precautionary measure  for containment of vector and water borne diseases.  As part of this initiative all ward members, resident welfare association members and other association members have to be involved for taking up cleaning exercise of their locality.  The people have to be motivated to adopt and own up the programme, he added.
 He directed the commissioners to take up anti larval measures in the municipalities to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes.  Proper chlorination of all water sources should be ensured.  Identification of vacant areas which are becoming dump yards should be identified and they should be cleaned, he said. 
 He urged the officials to completely involve the public representatives and resident welfare association members in the intensive sanitation drive to make it a peoples participatory movement.  He also advised them to strategise for taking up plantation in open spaces, schools, parks or road sides as part of the Haritha Haram programme
-Press note

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