The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) has decided to step up efforts to turn areas under its jurisdiction “open defecation-free”. Mayor Shyam Sharma chaired a high-level meeting on Tuesday to set deadlines for containing the problem.
A study commissioned by the Centre to measure progress of Swachh Bharat programmes placed Delhi at the 16th position, and some parts of the city as low as 398th. Open defecation is a major factor in the rankings.
While the BJP-led MCD clarified that the parameters for judging the corporations are “invalid” and the ranking is “unfair”, it acknowledged open defecation as a problem area.
The mayor told officials of the Department of Environment Management Services, Deputy Commissioners of the four zones and other senior officers to provide weekly reviews.
“I toured the city with some officials over the last couple of days. There is a need for more toilets. If the Delhi government does not construct more, the SDMC will,” said the mayor.