Operation Godavari clean-up begins

Collector Kartikeya Misra, accompanied by ONGC’s Rajahmundry Asset Manager D.M.R. Sekhar and Mayor Pantam Rajani Sesha Sai, participated in the inaugural of the cleaning of the Godavari by using modern technology here on Friday.

Under the Swachh Bharat programme, the ONGC was funding the cleaning programme, in which high-powered motor pumps were being used to clean the waters and remove garbage from the river.

With a capacity of jetting out 2,500 gallons of water per minute, the pumps were mounted on a barge floating on the waters. Bio-wastes, plastics and algae would be flushed out by the pumps and loaded on the ghats. The piles of garbage would be collected manually from the ghats for further disposal. The silt would be cleared using high-pressure air compressors.

Lauding the efforts of the ONGC in cleaning the river, Mr. Misra highlighted the need for taking steps to prevent polluting the Godavari in future. Referring to the other initiatives of the ONGC such as construction of green toilets, the Collector wanted the firm to come up with more such programmes in the future. Municipal Commissioner V. Vijayarama Raju explained in detail the various programmes undertaken by the civic body to keep the city clean. MLA Adireddi Appa Rao and trainee Collector Anand were present.

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