The epic failure of Ananthapuram Municipal Corporation (AMC) on waste management, environment, plastic ban, and protection of trees is a classic example of how lack of commitment and intent can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem. In a world where environmental degradation is becoming a major issue, it is crucial that municipal corporations take a proactive approach to ensure the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants.
The implementation of the single-use plastic ban is a classic example of AMC’s failure in waste management. Despite the ban being in force for nine months, single-use plastic is still rampant in the town. The lack of initiative on the part of the municipal corporation to enforce the ban has resulted in clogged drainages and a major problem for sanitation workers. The indiscriminate disposal of plastic has also led to several cows dying due to consumption of plastic.
The burning of plastic in the main dumpyard, where there is a legacy waste of close to 3 lac tonnes, and the addition of 9 tonnes of plastic every day is yet another example of AMC’s failure in waste management. The municipal authorities are least bothered about the issue and have only conducted some dummy rallies and raids to show their efforts. The fact that AMC has not even collected 1/10th of the penalties that are collected by neighboring municipal corporations like Kadapa shows how miserable the failure is.
The loss of close to 800 trees in road expansion has had a severe impact on the environment of Ananthapuram. The lack of initiative on the part of the municipal corporation to compensate for the loss of green coverage of the town is an example of their failure in protecting the environment. The concerned environmental officers of the municipality seem to be in a coma when it comes to taking action on the protection of the environment, and so are the several commissioners in the past 4 years.
The failure of AMC in waste management, environment, plastic ban, and protection of trees is a wake-up call for other municipal corporations to take proactive measures to ensure the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants. The following are some of the steps that AMC and other municipal corporations can take to rectify their failure in these areas:
Enforce the single-use plastic ban: Municipal corporations should take strict measures to ensure that the single-use plastic ban is enforced effectively. They should conduct regular inspections and impose heavy penalties on those who violate the ban. The collected penalties should be utilized for the betterment of the environment.
Invest in waste management infrastructure: Municipal corporations should invest in modern waste management infrastructure to ensure the proper disposal of waste. They should also promote waste segregation at the source to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfills.
Plant more trees: Municipal corporations should take proactive measures to compensate for the loss of green coverage in their respective towns. They should plant more trees and promote green cover to combat environmental degradation.
Promote environmental awareness: Municipal corporations should conduct regular awareness campaigns to educate people about the importance of protecting the environment. They should also involve schools and colleges in these campaigns to create a sense of responsibility among the younger generation.
In conclusion, the failure of AMC in waste management, environment, plastic ban, and protection of trees is a classic example of how lack of commitment and intent can cause irreparable damage to the ecosystem. The municipal corporations should take proactive measures to rectify their failure in these areas and ensure the well-being of the environment and its inhabitants. It is crucial that we all work together to protect the environment and make the world a better place for future generations.