Visakhapatnam or Vizag, the second biggest city in Andhra Pradesh,is the first in the country to have taken e-governance initiatives in early 2000. Today, many municipalities in India have replicated Visakhapatnam’s e-governance model. Not just e-governance but its overall performance in environmental sustainability has helped the Corporation bag the prestigious Euro India’s Environmentally Sustainable Cities Award (ESCA) in 2011. These days Greater Vishakapatnam Municipal Corporation (GVMC) is busy with another ambitious project that involves segregation of garbage at source. Municipal Commissioner B Ramanjaneyulu explains to CIJ, GVMC’s solid waste management project and the Corporation’s efforts in making a ‘bin-less’ city.
Though automation in production processes has evolved in the bakeries in terms of ovens and other sophisticated equipment, automation in cleaning is yet to take off. Inadequate infrastructure, high investment required for equipment & space, labour intensive processes and lack of awareness about FSSAI Act amongst the baker community are the main issues, reports Shardul Nautiyal.