Guntur: Rubbishing allegations that Guntur Municipal Corporation (GMC) has procured inferior quality of bleaching powder, GMC commissioner C Anuradha has clarified that the bleaching power being used in the city containment zones is of high quality. She said that they have started procuring the high standard bleaching powder from the agencies only after getting cleared by the quality testing agency.
Speaking to the media here on Friday, commissioner said that they would initiate criminal action against all persons involved in malicious campaign against the civic body. She said that the entire civic body administration is engaged in the battle against Covid-19 for the past two months and it was not proper to demoralise staff at such crucial juncture.
The commissioner explained that they have awarded tender for purchase of 20 tonnes of lime powder to two private firms. “As per the rules, the lime powder should have the highest grading of 54 percent. Siddartha engineering college, a third party quality testing agency, has endorsed the lime powder supplied by two agencies and said it has 88 and 79 percent quality,” she said.
Anuradha said that they would normally mix lime powder and bleach in 1:5 ratio but they have decided to go for 1:4 for effective disinfection since they launched containment measures in the city. She said that locals in Sampath Nagar area misunderstood when the agency supplies the lime powder in maida bags and spread rumours that GMC is using maida powder for spraying operations. “While the cost of 1kg maida is Rs 45, lime powder costs just Rs 9. Who would use maida instead of bleaching powder?” she asked.

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