Keeping in view the various consequences arising from Garbage Vunerable Points (GVPs) and also to uplift the sanitation standards, municipal bodies have begun to take a closer look at various unacceptable disposal practices, writes Dr Bhargav Narayana, Assistant Medical Officer of Health-15 and 16, Central Zone, Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC).
Elimination of Garbage Vulnerable Points (GVPs)
The Garbage Vulnerable Point (GVPs) is a land disposal site where solid wastes are deposited indiscriminately with little or no regard for pollution controls or aesthetics by individuals or commercial establishments. Every type of solid waste is deposited in the dumps ranging from tyres, furniture, kitchen appliances, industrial and commercial waste, agricultural by-products, trees, vegetation, demolition and construction waste as well as mixed household refuse.
“Elimination of GVPs not only saves the environment but also brings huge economic savings.”
GVPs cause pollution of surface or ground water, present unsightly appearance, pose threat to the health of humans, wildlife and environment.
Keeping in view the various consequences arising from GVPs and also to uplift the sanitation standards, municipal bodies have begun to take a closer look at this unacceptable disposal practice. These developments have created a need for strategy on how to close a GVP and how to dispose solid waste in acceptable manner.
To eliminate a GVP in the a locality, primarily identifing the source of that waste and volume of the garbage per day must be anticipated so as to dispose the garbage either by attaching a ‘swachh auto’ to collect garbage directly from door-to-door or by placing garbage bins in the suitable locations and get those bins frequently lifted. Similar strategy was adopted to close GVPs at Ashok Nagar Nala and Indira Nagar Open Point (Bholakpur) and it ended in success.
Savings on elimination of GVPs
Elimination of GVPs not only saves the environment but also brings huge economic savings. For example, closing of Indira Nagar GVP saves 75 litres of fuel per day issued to the transport vehicle for clearing of the garbage at that point and it also contributes in reducing carbon footprint, by not burning the fuel.