Days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) met officials of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to apprise them of the state of cleanliness in various parts of the capital following the launch of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, the party, on Sunday, announced the next phase of the cleanliness drive. AAP leaders said they were checking the status of action taken on the complaints of residents and apprising the civic body of the situation every day.
Having asked residents of Delhi to send them photographs of garbage strewn around along with the addresses, the AAP, in a statement, said it had received around 60,000 photographs on social media — Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp — and through e-mails.
Elaborating on the second phase of their campaign, the AAP said, “The party website will update the status report of the uploaded photographs by contacting citizens who sent these photos and by asking them whether the MCD has addressed their grievance.”
The party also said people could send their responses on WhatsApp by using “any of the options — cleaned/not cleaned/don’t know” to the party’s helpline number.
“The party will send photographs of the ground situation to the three mayors of municipal corporations on a daily basis now,” the statement said.
According to the AAP, the party has formed teams to “conduct a status update calling campaign”. “Party volunteers are calling the people who sent photographs of the garbage littered to find out whether the concerned authorities have begun cleaning up,” the party said.
To raise awareness among residents about the cleanliness drive, the party also plans to meet resident welfare associations (RWAs) to discuss the issue.
“The AAP is preparing for a regular dialogue with the people and their representative organisations, particularly the RWAs, so that constructive suggestions could be provided to the civic body, which has over the decades, been largely ineffective in addressing the problem of garbage disposal in Delhi,” the party said.