Concern shown on aggregating sanitary condition in Hyderabad

Hyderabad: A high-level meeting here Friday expressed concern on poor sanitary condition and civic facilities in Hyderabad and asked administration to take remedial steps on priority.

The meeting held at Commissioner House, presided over by the Provincial Caretaker Minister for Environment & Alternate Energy Sharif Ansari , was also attended by Divisional Commissioner Jamal Mustafa Syed, Additional Commissioner-I Hyderabad Fareed Junejo, Administrator HMC Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi, MD WASA Saleemuddin and other senior officers.

Sharif Ansari said that to maintain cleanliness, provide efficient services of water supply and sewerage system, to standardize the speed breakers on the roads, to remove the water ponds from the streets / roads and to functionalize the safe drinking water plants in Hyderabad were the issue of immediate nature and be resolved on priority basis.

The re-strengthening of WASA was among the main issue to deliver the services to the people efficiently. The MD WASA while briefing the meeting said that WASA was supposed to pay an amount of Rs.3.8 million for salary against its recovery up to Rs.2.5 million thus has created a gap in between income and expenditure and difficulties. He said that millions of rupees have been piled up as outstanding against the government organizations and Rs.200 million only against the site management of Hyderabad.

He said that irony was that the government organizations have not head of account for their water charges and this is the main technical hurdle in payment to WASA from the government organizations. He said that due to financial constraint out of 5 filter plants, only 3 are working and we are not enable to purchase chemical for remaining 2 plants.

He proposed for providing bailout package for the WASA to clear its outstanding dues and normalize it’s working. The Provincial Caretaker Minister asked the MD WASA to submit his proposals in writing for resolving the financial issues within shortest possible time. The meeting recommended for keeping the budgetary provision of water charges in each government organization and reforming recovery system from individual.

While discussing over the issue of sanitary workers, minister desired to resolve the same with efficient strategy so that cleanliness in Hyderabad must be maintained. He said that since this issue was directly related to the environmental protection and health hazard, as such it must be concentrated on priority basis.

Administrator HMC Syed Barkat Ahmed Rizvi said that though his organization was also experiencing some financial difficulties but he to try his best to keep the city clean within the resources. He said that against the OZT share of Rs7,96,72,000/- in the month of March, 2013 the expenditure of HMC against salary, gratuity, commutation, pension, POL, utility bills stand Rs.10,29,50,000/- for same period. He said that due to this financial constraint we have very little number of sanitary workers.

While talking about the roads condition, he informed that under the shortest planning, 20 schemes of damaged roads of Hyderabad City have been proposed and prepared at the estimated cost of Rs10,08,23,450/-, while 12 schemes of road improvement of Latifabad taluka proposed and prepared at the estimated cost of Rs.10,03,85,000/- and 6 such schemes of Qasimabad at the cost of Rs.87,00,000/-. The Administrator HMC also informed the meeting that schedule of anti Mosquito spray has been chalked out and it will be carried out 10 days in Hyderabad City, 17 days in Latifabad and 5 days in Qasimabad from today. He said that this schedule to be repeated as well.

Divisional Commissioner while talking in the meeting assured the minister for providing all kinds of administrative support and asked the officers to coordinate and prepare short term strategy in such a way so that the problems of immediate nature be resolved.

Later on, the minister inaugurated anti-mosquito spray in Hyderabad.