New Surat municipal commissioner M Thennarasan has formed Nuisance Detection Squads in all seven civic zones to keep the city clean. Under the Swachh Bharat mission, the squads will visit litter-prone areas and spread awareness on maintaining cleanliness on public streets and roads. Later, they will shame those who litter or spoil the public roads by throwing garbage or wastes by beating the drum in front of their homes or shops. Further, the litterbugs will have to pay penalty as well as give an undertaking to the squad that they will not to do so in future, said a senior SMC official.
As part of this initiative, the health department officials of Limbayat Zone, led by chief sanitary inspector Iqbal Shaikh, visited Limbayat, a slum area on Mithikhadi main road, on Friday and Saturday. They urged slum dwellers not to throw waste or garbage on the roads.
Sources said that in the last two days, the SMC officials have collected Rs 24,000 as penalty from 93 litterbugs and also sought assurances from them that they will not do so in future.
Iqbal Shaikh said, “We are adopting an innovative way to create awareness about cleanliness among people by beating the drum. Wherever we find littered roads, we play drums.”