The Greater Visakhapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) has set a target to make the city plastic-free in a year, Municipal Commissioner G. Lakshmisha has said.
Mr. Lakshmisha, along with City Mayor G. Hari Venkata Kumari, inaugurated a seminar on ‘Urbanisation and Development of Visakhapatnam’ organised by the members of Visakhapatnam Apartment Resident Welfare Association (VARWA) and Greater Visakha Resident Colony Association’s Federation (Nivas), at Alluri Sitharamaraju Vignana Kendram on Saturday.
Mr. Lakshmisha spoke about the development of the city over the years, especially after Visakhapatnam was accorded the ‘Smart City’ status. “The citizens have been playing a crucial role in developing the city by supporting the initiatives launched by the government. Many people are supporting the GVMC’s initiative to ban the single-use plastic, he said.
Addressing the seminar, many experts stressed the need for improving quality of healthcare facilities, sanitation, basic amenities for all citizens.
R. Arun Kumar from the Delhi Group on Urban Affairs said that reforms and development of a city should help citizens, but not the corporate groups. “Development of a city does not mean construction of flyovers, parks or having mural paintings. The focus should be on improving the standard of living of the citizens,” he said.
Convenor of Forum for Development of North Andhra A. Aja Sarma said that the government must make Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) mandatory for industries.