Civic body starts work to convert Vijayawada dumping yard into public park

Video footage of the collapsed landfill shared by the NGO, Chintan

The Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) has directed its sanitation wing to stop dumping waste at the Ajith Singh Nagar dumpsite immediately and prepare an action plan for the upcoming public park at the site.

Last month, the Andhra Pradesh government had announced its decision to develop a park at the dumpsite. A few years ago, it had relocated the yard to Pathapadu village and Zigma Environ Solutions was hired to start biomining around 3 lakh tonnes of garbage at the cost of Rs 12 crore.

However, biomining stopped in July 2019 as per the initial contract with Zigma – even though a lot of garbage remained at the site. Locals have been complaining of garbage being burnt at Ajith Nagar dumpyard even though it’s a transfer station now.

The Times of India reports that Municipal Commissioner Prasanna Venkatesh inspected the Ajith Nagar site and sought a detailed project report. Funds for the development of the park will be allocated in the coming budget.

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