Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the city on September 11, UT Advisor Vijay Kumar Dev on Friday announced the beginning of a cleanliness campaign across the city in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation and city-based NGOs.
Broken curbs, non-functional street lights or the traffic lights, improper pruning of trees, overgrown grass around the footpath edges, dead plant matter, damaged roundabouts and sanitation all across the city would be taken care of under the cleanliness campaign in the coming week, Dev told the media.
He said that the campaign had been divided into several wards and the respective 26 councillors had been designated as the nodal officers to supervise their particular area and its problems. Three Sub-Divisional Magistrates (SDMs) — South, Central and East — would be supervising their areas.
The adviser said, “We are initiating this campaign not only to improve the sanitation of the city but also to improve the aesthetics of the city. I appeal to the residents to come forward and contribute to this campaign as much as possible, if they can. It will be the responsibility of the NGOs and the institutions like PGI and Panjab University to maintain their campuses. Our supervisors will be taking their reports on a daily basis.”
He said the administration would also hold enforcement activities wherein there would be a provision of ‘on the spot penalty’ for littering and for public smoking as well. “After dividing the city territorially, we will go to the grassroots level to see the problems our city is facing and our SDMs will supervise the working at every level,” he added.
It was also announced that the administration would initiate another campaign of ‘malba removal’ sector-wise, following complaints from residents about some of their neighbours throwing the leftover construction material in an open area near by.