If environment reflects the people’s behavioural pattern in and around, the State secretariat premises amply show it.
Four canteens, the most popular rendezvous of the babus and visitors, on the southern part of the premises used to have a clean surrounding, seniors recall. The appetizing aroma of sambar, ginger tea and fried onion used to greet people.
No longer so. The overwhelming smell now is a nauseating odour, and that is because of the growing pile of wastes, debris and overflowing drains. For over a week the overflowing and leaky sewer makes people pack food and escape. One can see open drains in front of the canteen with unused asbestos, iron rods, bricks and what not. It has become a dumping yard for the secretariat.
The contractors running the AP secretariat cooperative canteens said that they have reported about the growing dirt and garbage to the authorities concerned, but nothing is happening.
Even on the other side of the C block that is the Chief Minister’s office, the debris remaining after construction remain in heaps. Earlier, new places of worship had been constructed within the secretariat premises. The employees outsourced for the sanitation here told Postnoon that the debris have to be removed in lorries and they are here for just sweeping and mopping. The way leading to the publicity cell is also blocked with buckets of garbage and waste paper, apart from unused furniture lying in the way.
Employees wish Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy takes some time for a surprise visit like the TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu used to do earlier to ensure cleanliness.