Hyderabad: The Union Ministry of Tourism has informed that the GHMC has been selected for National Tourism Awards under the category “Best Civic Management of Tourist Destination”. The GHMC has furnished a detailed note about the activities taken up on various categories for overall development of the city based on the information and service oriented by the GHMC.
Hyderabad is a historic city noted for its many Monuments, Temples, Mosques and Bazaars. A multitude of influences has shaped the character of the city in the last 400 years. Hyderabad is capital of the Indian state of Telangana. The city is forming its role and outlook as part of the booming service industry revolution, and is trying to preserve and popularize its history.
Open urination is an area of concern, especially at Tourist places. Higher the footprint, higher the problem. Hence, it is not just provision of toilets at Tourist places, its maintenance assumes primacy. Unless, the toilets are neat and tidy, people are reluctant to use them, while they take it for granted to make use of the adjacent open space for urination. Well maintained and operated toilets are located with robust infrastructure in place with separate seat for men, women and disabled. Hyderabad has come up with an innovative perception of availing toilets for public and tourist in private restaurants and petrol pumps (fuel filling stations), the idea has catered the needs of the tourist who tour the city by having abundant toilets at each tourist location.
Another issue is access of toilets by women, as they generally unwilling to access common toilets. From this perspective emerged the idea of establishing exclusive toilets for the use of women. The GHMC has taken the Pilot initiative at the vicinity of Historic Charminar, where a swanky “She Toilet” outlet has been arranged for the exclusive use of women.
Hyderabad as a global city equipped with modern toilets in major tourist destination, modern toilets like e- toilets, prefabricated Public Toilets, etc., within 50 to 100 mts of the tourist destination and within the premises in few places.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has 359 toilets and another 583 toilets are pooled from collective private resources in collaboration with Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation, thus tourists touring in Hyderabad are provided with basic service of sanitation in abundance where ever they visit.
Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation has inducted 2000 Swachh Auto Tippers to collect waste from Door to Door in residential areas, commercial area, public and semipublic areas, religious places etc., tourist places are also covered with Swachh Autos on day to day basis.
Adequate drinking water facilities are provided at the tourist place by the department of tourism and Water Supply board for public to use. Overall there are 2448 Public hand post and 935 water hand post in religious area and major tourist destinations. The GHMC is taking special efforts to maintain sanitation and upkeep of roads leading to the tourist destinations. Special Pin Point Programmes are prepared indicating the specific worker wise allotment of road stretches. (NSS)